Wedding Week, Flowers, Family and Father’s Day

Pretty and Simple Centerpieces

My sister’s centerpieces were twine-tied mason jars filled with fairy lights and silk hydrangeas set on a glass tiles and surrounded by votives. These would be easy DIY centerpieces for a wedding, shower, engagement party, or even a backyard celebration–think gerber daisies or sunflowers.

Her bridal bouquet was made up of brightly colored flowers with the stems wrapped in satin ribbon.

The bride and groom, Ruth and Michael’s first dance.
Flowering cherry blossoms provide the perfect backdrop to my sister’s blended family.

And in honor of Father’s Day…

Me and Hubby.
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Wedding Week–Bachelorette Party or Bridal Shower Games

Does every Bachelorette-ish dinner need games? Probably not, but why not?!

Searching for activities that felt getting-remarried-appopriate and age-appropriate took some doing.  “How Well Do You Know the Bride?” and “How Well Do You Know Your Fiancé?” were the winners. Here’s how they work:

“How Well Do You Know the Bride?”

Each guest picks a question out of a bag and answers it. The bride-to-be confirms or corrects the answer. Fun!

  1. What is (the bride’s) birthday?
  2. What color are her eyes?
  3. What is her shoe size?
  4. What is (the bride’s) middle name?
  5. Who is her favorite author?
  6. What is (the bride’s) favorite food?
  7. Where did she go to elementary school?
  8. Where did she go to college?
  9. What is the name of her college boyfriend?
  10. Who is her celebrity crush?
  11. Where did (the bride) and (groom) meet?
  12. Where are they going on their honeymoon?
  13. What song will they rock out to at their wedding?
  14. Where is (the bride’s) dream vacation?

“How Well Do You Know Your Fiancé?” 

Before the dinner, the groom-to-be answers the list of questions. At the party, the bride-to-be has to guess her fiancé’s answers. Funny!

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. Do you have any unusual birthmarks?
  3. Where did the two of you have your first kiss?
  4. Who steals the covers?
  5. What is your favorite breakfast food?
  6. Who said, “I love you” first?
  7. Are you a beer or wine guy?
  8. Do you have a pet name for (the bride)?
  9. Who has better dance moves?
  10. Where would you love to travel?
  11. What is your ideal date?
  12. What do you do that annoys (the bride) most?
  13. What does (the bride) do that annoys you the most?
  14. What is one item that you own that (the bride) can’t stand?
  15. What is one item that (the bride) owns that you can’t stand?
  16. What does (the bride) think is your most endearing quality?
  17. What do you think is (the bride’s) most endearing quality?

The funniest questions were 12-17. My sister mostly guessed her fiancé’s answers correctly. I’ll take that as a good sign!

Wedding Week–DIY Chocolate Favors

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DIY Chocolate Favors

Hon, you know I love a theme! My sister recently got re-married and I was in charge of the bachelorette-ish dinner. A pretty pocketbook was featured on the invitation, so when I found candy molds with pocketbooks and pumps, I was sold. There are endless molds to choose from making these DIY favors easy to adapt to different themes and occasions. Need a fun kids activity? Kid can measure, time, pour, pop the candy out of the molds and, of course, eat the chocolates. Yum!

Supplies:

  • candy molds
  • melting chocolates (I used a combination of milk, dark and white chocolate.)
  • cookie tray
  • wax or parchment paper
  • microwaveable bowls, spoons and spatula
  • favor bags and ribbon

Steps:

  1. Set up: Place candy molds on baking trays. Top another tray or cutting board with wax or parchment paper.
  2. Melt 2 cups of chocolate melties in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another 10-12 seconds or until chocolate is smooth. Stir. If more than  2 cups of chocolate are being melted, microwave for 15 seconds. (note: Some chocolate melties melt better than others. It’s better to microwave for less time, stir, microwave again, etc. if you’re not sure. If the chocolate passes the melting stage and gets “crumbly,” it can’t be re-melted and becomes unusable.)
  3. Pour melted chocolate into candy molds.
  4. Place baking tray with candy molds in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. Pop frozen chocolate shapes onto wax/parchment lined tray. Let it come to room temperature before handling.
  6. Fill bags and tie with ribbon.

Source: Check out Sweet n Fancy Emporium where you can find endless choice of mold, cookie cutter, melties, sprinkles and frostings.

DIY Wedding Decorations, Food and Drinks (Part 3)

A table set with love.

Head Table

Linh and Dan didn’t sit much, but their table was set with His and Hers wine glasses, votive candles and an array of succulents, ranunculus and roses. Dusty green, pink, peach and ivory were carried through the centerpieces and decorations.

Toast the newlyweds.

How great is this bottle cork heart? It sat by the bar where a sign (below) featured a drink called the “Berry Marry Sangria” and said, “Eat, Drink and Be Married.”

Centerpieces.

The centerpieces were creative and lovely. Tables were wet with stacked books, clustered corks, votive candles, and mason jars of succulents, ranunculus, roses and hydrangeas.  This place setting would be beautiful at a brunch, engagement party, bridal party or–think picture books–a baby shower.

Opaque bottles decorated the dessert table.
Lots of “Love” to go around.

 

 

 

 

 

Birds and a birdcage are sweet accessories.
Wedding cake.

I’m guessing the wooden perch that the cut-out birds are resting had stakes to stand inside the cake.

Happy party planning, hon.

Related Posts:

DIY Wedding Decorations, Ceremony (Part 1)

DIY Wedding Decoration, Cocktail Hour (Part 2)

 

DIY Wedding Decorations, Cocktail Hour (Part 2)

Welcome-to-the-Celebration-Table

Wedding Wishes

One of the benefits of an October wedding in Paso Robles, California is dry weather. In the  Northeast, there’d have to be a rain date or a tent!

Welcome-to-the-Celebration-Table

The table displayed the light, airy and romantic mood with its floral lace tablecloth, photos of the bride and groom, handkerchiefs, bubbles, potted plants, and sweet accessories.

Guests were invited to take dainty handkerchiefs–for tears of joy, of course.

I love the potted succulents and ranunculus!

Jenga Advice along with Shabby Chic  “L & D” and stacked books.

Advice for newlyweds? Guests could pen theirs on Jenga pieces.

Next Up: The party continues.

Related Post: DIY Wedding Decorations, Ceremony (Part 1)

Love In The Air

Love was in the August air when my twenty-three year old niece married her high school sweetheart. Twenty-three years ago, my fiance’s sister’s daughter was the adorable red-headed baby at my engagement party.  Hon, no one remembers what I wore but everyone remembers that sweet, happy baby!  Years of hugs, kisses, birthday parties, holidays and milestones shared have created a scrapbook of memories.  I’m looking forward to adding countless more pages to that book. Congrats to the newlyweds!