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.
Who says baby boy showers can’t be gorgeous too?! Here are a couple photos from my best friend’s shower this past summer. Here are some ideas:
- Think anything blue & brown (you could also try green & brown).
-Purchase many onesies and baby outfits all in blue and/or brown, making sure to mix up the sizes so Mom doesn’t get all newborn outfits he’ll outgrow before he can wear them! String them using clothesline and clothespins (paint them if your the crafty type) and hang them from patio covers, doorways, pop-up shades, anywhere you think the decor will look good. At the end of the shower, remove all the clothes and put in a basket for mom- decor and a gift all in one!
-Make sure your dessert is all blue & brown; cupcakes, cakes, cookies- whatever it may be.
-Serve a blue themed drink (alcohol and non versions).
-If outdoors, hang blue/brown/white paper lanterns from the trees.