Destination Wedding Inspiration and $100 Giveaway!

Wedding season is fast approaching, and many newly engaged couples will begin planning their big day. Thoughtfully Simple teamed up with Wedding Paper Divas to bring you a fabulous giveaway! If you are considering a destination wedding, this is for you! Thoughtfully Simple is providing you with a little inspiration to get your wheels spinning…and Wedding Paper Divas is giving away one $100 gift certificate for you to purchase your fabulous wedding invitations!

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. Not only are they typically more intimate, they are definitely more memorable. From tropical settings to high mountain climates, to lush vineyards…your options really are endless.

Tropical settings

Don’t assume your color palette has to be blue just because you are beach side. Anything can really go, however I suggest colors that will compliment your setting. Here is a fun color scheme to make your wedding “pop” on the neutral backdrop of a beach venue.

Mountain Settings

Outdoor weddings in a mountain setting can be stunning. I recommend really letting nature inspire you if you choose a destination wedding in a mountain setting.

Above: We took one wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas and simply by changing the color scheme of that invitation we were able to create two different destination wedding visions. The possibilities really are endless with their fabulous collections!

Feeling inspired? want to win a $100 gift certificate to make your destination wedding vision come true? Take a look at Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitations and start planning now!

Contest Closed

Congrats to Sarai S.!

Here are your random numbers:

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Simple Entertaining: Overnight Guests

During the holiday season, many of us find ourselves entertaining guests overnight. Whether it be relatives who have traveled in order to stay with you, or a friend passing through looking for a place simply to rest their head, here are a few simple tips that can help you make their stay more comfortable.

  • One easy thing you can do that will have your guests wanting to return is to make their sleep more comfortable. You may not have the same budget as a luxury hotel, but investing in a couple extra pillows and a really comfortable blanket will leave guests in a sweet slumber. By leaving an extra blanket in their room, your guests can fell just as warm and snugly as they desire.
  • If you are one of those households that have 3 remotes just to turn on the TV, Satellite, Tivo, etc. your guests will most likely be completely lost and intimated to turn anything on. If your guests’ room has a TV, confusing alarm clock, or other complicated electronics…putting together a simple electronics “manual” would be very thoughtful. You can do as little as type a few instruction up and leave it in their room or as much as putting together a small “how-to” binder (like pictured here). This tip is also good for babysitters and house sitters!
  • If your guests will be staying a long period of time, putting together a quick schedule might be helpful. Let them know when you are busy working (and/or attending other obligations) and when you will be home. This will enable them to feel comfortable making their own plans. You can even put together a little “suggestion” list of things for them to do or places to visit if they are not familiar with your area.
  • Make a guests truly feel welcomed by putting together a small care kit for them. Include some sample sized toiletries, extra tooth brush, aspirin, and anything you know they love. For example, a special tea they drink or their favorite coffee creamer for the mornings.

These are just a few simple and thoughtful ideas to help you be a fabulous hostess to your overnight guests. Making them feel comfortable is key…. and of course enjoy their company!

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Simple Holiday Decor: Winter Berry Wreath!


Guest Post

Emily from My Little Window Shoppe shares her simple and creative tips for making an impressive holiday wreath. She proves that it doesn’t take a lot to make something fabulous!

Hello Thoughtfully Simple readers! This is my favorite Winter Berry wreath! I have it at home proudly displayed and since I thought it was so pretty, I took a few pictures of it and put it up on the front page of Little Window Shoppe a week ago. Since posting it up, I have had a lot of questions about it! So, due to popular demand, I wanted to write a quick tutorial with easy steps on how to make your own gorgeous wreath this year.

Supplies
  • An old or new grapevine wreath base (size = your choice). You can buy these at Michaels for about $3 – $6. Mine also has extra dried twigs included in it, in fact you could dry your own twigs and make a base out of it…just secure it together with floral wire.
  • A bunch of your favorite freshly picked Red Winter Berry Stems – (the artificial stems are also found at various craft stores).
  • Floral Wire – to secure everything in place and to make a hanger for your wreath.
  • Scissors and/or a wire cutter
  • (Extra) Ribbon – if you want to add a ribbon to your wreath.

Simple Steps

Once you have your grapevine/twig base and your Winter Berry stems, start weaving them into the base and secure them with floral wire. If you can’t keep it in place with just the wire, you can also use hot glue (I like to avoid glue if at all possible on this project, but it can definitely help hold it all together if nothing else is working).

Finally, once the stems are intertwined and secured, you can use your floral wire to make a hanger for your wreath or to attach a pretty bow. This is a fun and easy little project for the holidays and will help you to save a lot of money too! Many of pre-made berry wreaths are selling for about $20 to $40 (depending on the size). So, have fun and keep your cash this season.

Author Bio
Emily {Little Window Shoppe Founder and Editor-in-Chief}

We were so thrilled that Emily was interested in guest posting with us! She’s the kind of girl who reads every inch of the Pottery Barn magazine the day it comes in the mail just to glean ideas from each and every page {we love that}! Her site My Little Window Shoppe was created from a true passion. Emily explains:

“I especially love to window shop when it’s “shoppetique” style (”Shoppetique” ~ my own little combination of shoppes and boutiques). To me, there’s something so cheery and personal about shoppes that I find absolutely beautiful. I quite enjoy the eclectic feel and seem to find artistic creativity in every nook and cranny.”

Want to know more about Emily? Check out her daily blog and also read “20 Fun Facts” about her!

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Giveaway: Tiny Prints


Tiny Prints

Exclusive, Designer Holiday Photo Cards

Tiny Prints has everything you need for the holidays. From fabulous Holiday Invites to gorgeous Holiday Photo Cards. Tiny Prints’ unique selection of exclusive card designs proves to be contemporary and distinctly different…..not to mention impressive!

Here are a couple of my Fav Holiday Photo Cards from Tiny Prints:

They also have fabulous Holiday Invites!

The designs at Tiny Prints speak for themselves….. so go ahead gather your precious pics of the family and make your Holiday Photo Card today! (P.S. They are having a HUGE Season Sale!)

Your Free {fab} Find

The fabulous folks at Tiny Prints will give one winner a $25.00 Gift Certificate!

Don’t miss this one!

Contest Closed! Congrats to Mary!
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Simple Centerpieces Make a Bold Statement!

If you are still looking for some Table Top inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast, check out how simple it can be! You can turn ordinary pumpkins into simple and modern table top decor that will surely impress.

Your table centerpieces can be as simple as gathering a few pumpkins. Group them together to make a bold statement. You can also display them on cake stands to give the arrangement height (which also gives you more table room for your food). For a modern statement, spray paint your entire pumpkin white, stem and all. The folks from Dwell Studio point out that this modern idea won’t draw away from the colors of your beautiful dinner! {We love that!} Or mix it up and create more of an interest like the above table top from domino Magazine. And if the real-deal isn’t for you, we are also loving these Pumpkin Candles from Pottery Barn.

Hostess Tip: Don’t stress, when you make things simple, you tend produce fabulous results!
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Drink Your Dessert: Pumpkin Martini

Want to skip the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving but still want to be festive? Why not serve this Pumpkin Martini instead? Okay, still make the pie (after all it is Thanksgiving), but perhaps some of the adults would like the option to drink their dessert!

Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Martini

Pick up pumpkin pie spices in the bakery aisle of your grocery store and mix them with equal parts brown sugar on a plate. Rim the edge of the martini glass with the sweet-spice mixture and serve with a small cinnamon stick for even more holiday flavor.

Ingredients:

2 ounces pumpkin infused vodka
Splash of Cointreau
Ice
Note: Your liquor store should carry pumpkin- flavored or infused vodka around this time of year.
Directions:

1. Swirl Cointreau in a martini glass, then dump out.
2. Shake pumpkin vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass.

Servings: 1 cocktail.

This recipe was discovered in Fine Living

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