Are you planning a wedding? Don’t waste your money on these 3 things that guests could care less about!
1. Trinkets as Favors– The majority of wedding reception favors are left behind once the night is over. Why? Well who really needs one silver 3×5 frame or one heart shaped place card holder? For your favors, consider an adorable edible gift. I do not mean a tulle bag of Jordan almonds either- there are so many options these days. Change to an edible favor and I bet that not too many will be left behind. Bonus- edible favors typically costs less which will allow you to increase your budget on more important things…..like flowers!
2. Personalized Embossed Cocktail Napkins– Yes, I had these at my wedding. Why? I have no idea because it was not 1980. Take it from me, save the $150 and put it towards something else (did I mention flowers would be a good place?). The solid, standard cocktail napkins will do just fine.
3. 200 Ceremony Programs– If ceremony programs are important to you, go ahead and have them. Just please, don’t order one for each guest. Order one for every couple (or just divide guest list by 2). Not every guest will even read your program and after your 20 minute ceremony, the ground will most likely be scattered with tossed programs anyway.
Hostess Tip- To avoid “running out” of programs, have your ushers or site staff place one program on every other ceremony chair rather than handing them out as guests arrive.
I hope these simple ways to save money help you stretch your wedding budget when you are planning your fabulous day!
This year when you find yourself planning you child’s birthday party, stop stressing and simply think…Polka Dots! This fun and colorful pattern is a hot trend right now, and in good reason. Polka Dots are versatile, allowing you to be as creative (or basic) with the color selection as you dare. With this simple theme you will be able to create an impressive and thoughtful party in a snap! Just start thinking in circles, and you’ll soon realize what I mean when I say, Polka Dots are SIMPLE!
My Tips- Choose 2 colors and go at it! Above: Hot Pink & Lime
If you are having or hosting a fall bridal shower, here are some simple ideas you just might fall in love with!
-Pick a natural setting and let nature do a lot of your decorating. Host the event in family or a friend’s backyard. The outdoor colors of greens and browns will set the mood of your shower.
-Skip the formal flower arrangements; pick up some planter boxes, potting soil, and rich colored flowers from you local garden center. If you are having round tables then look for round planters, otherwise the rectangular planter boxes work wonderfully for oblong tables. Oh- and if you cannot find planter boxes in the right color, a little spray paint will do the trick.
-Don’t forget the candles! Have candle lighting throughout your shower. Think bathrooms, table tops, even floating in a pool if there is one.
-Serve a deep red or auburn cocktail. Try Bridal Sweet Martini!
Bridal Sweet Martini (serving for 4)
6 oz vodka
2 oz strawberry juice
1 oz cranberry juice
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Combine all in mixer w/ice. Shake and strain into martini glasses.
If your spice cabinet looks anything like mine, it is a black hole of little jars with little organization. Despite my organizing efforts, my spice cabinet never seems to stay tidy– and of course the chaos eventually got the best of me. Because rather than using what I had already, I was in the habit of purchasing whatever spice I needed for a particular recipe. The outcome, unneeded purchases at the grocery store and more clutter to the spice cabinet.
So, as I realized there was no need to have 4 jars of “ground cumin” on hand, I began to get organized. My tip for today is to spice up your spice cabinet!
What I did: I set aside a few minutes and took inventory of everything actually in the spice cabinet. Write down each spice (making sure to note the amount of each you have on hand). Then, simply type up your list and tape to the inside of the spice cabinet door.
Next time you are making out your shopping list you will simply have to open up the cabinet and check to see if you already have “dried mustard,” preventing any unnecessary strolls down the spice aisle.
Also try purchasing spice racks and shelves to keep everything visible! These are from The Container Store and are under $10.00
Sure Halloween is about kiddos in cute costumes and loads of sugary sweets….. but adults can have fun too! This Halloween serve a spooky themed wine and let your guests get a kick out of the fun and ghostly labels. If you are going to be a guest this Halloween, a bottle of Halloween-themed wine would make for a fabulous hostess gift to bring along.
Who knew your Granny was a “green” cleaner all along? If we take a step back in time, I bet we don’t remember our grandparents storing 8 bottles of random household cleaners under their kitchen sinks, now do we? In fact, past generations knew a thing or two about using green and affordable cleaners around the house (and they actually did get the job done).
Make cleaning in an environmentally safe way simple by breaking out the old household supplies. My favorite cleaner, baking soda!
Next time you need to get one of these jobs done, put down the green can and pick up the baking soda:
–Scrub out your sink– just sprinkle, scrub, rejoice!
– Greasy dinner dishes? Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher and the greasy grime will be cut in the first wash cycle, before your detergent even starts it’s thing. For cast iron pans that don’t go in the dishwasher, sprinkle with baking soda and give them a quick scrub.
–Smelly sponge?? Sprinkle a tsp of baking soda after a heavy use and simply rinse it out.
–White sneakers not so white anymore? Simply make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub, now that’s simple!