Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Burlap :: Fabric Inspiration

As I sat in the office today wishing I was outside, I started to look at some of the great linen books that we have lying around. There are so many great colors and types of fabrics, but one that I have always loved for its great texture and color is burlap. Although not the most sophisticated of fabrics, burlap has great dimension and can be used for some many different things throughout a wedding or event. It works great if you are going for a natural, rustic feel. Burlap is also not that expensive and you can find it in most fabric stores or through most linen companies. It is a great linen for spring, summer and fall since it is such a simple, natural color!

I love burlap as a table runner, it truly adds something special and creates a great flow down a long rectangular table. You can have anything from your initials, wedding date, designs, ect. printed on burlap for a fun keepsake for your guests. You can also you the burlap in your wedding favors, escort cards, tables numbers and many other items. Make sure you check with your linen provider to see what kind of burlap the linens will be in, since some are more rough than others. I would not suggest you get a napkin out of burlap for your guests, they might not want to use the semi rough fabric... but otherwise the possibilities are endless. Here are some of my favorite's!

Pictures From:
Caterers Anantonio
BV Weddings
Dulcet and Dapper

Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer Drinks

Now that the pools open this weekend and the sun is shining all I can think about are some of the great drinks I will have this summer. There are great ideas to make at home for a BBQ or have as a specialty cocktail at your event or wedding. Come up with some cute names and put it in a nice glass and you have some wonderful cocktails! Ask your caterer about serving these specialty drinks at your event and make sure they have the recipe you want to use!

{Wine Smoothies}
Wine smoothie consists of a fruity wine, like rose, blended with ice and fruits of your choice. Garnished with a couple of berries or fruit slices

Mint leaves, crushed ice, Dark Rum, Sugar and Lime Juice, all muddled together and topped with some soda water. Top it off with a piece sugar cane! Add some muddled fruit and you can make many varieties of mojiots!

Salt the rim of a glass, then mix tequila, orange-flavored liquor and lemon juice. Squeeze a fresh lime and you got yourself Summer in a Glass! You can also blend the mixture together and have a Frozen Margarita!

You can make both Red and White Sangria using either a red or white wine. For both add in wine, some sugar, typically orange and lime juice and other fruit cut up/sliced and stuck in the mixture. Afterwards eat the fruit and delicious!

{Fruit + Gin}
Gin Bucket is a yummy summer tradition from my college years, but it makes for a refreshing and light summer drink, perfect for BBQ's and concerts since you make a ton at a time! 
Gin, Limeade concentrate and Orange Concentrate let thaw in the gin, Any lemon-Lime soda and lots of cut up fruit. Just like the Sangria, after the fruit has sat in the mixture for a while it is so good to eat! 

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Flowers are such an integral part of weddings and events. Although you may love some kinds of flowers, they may not be in season and could cost you an am and a leg to get. Here is a small guide to some spring flowers that are in bloom and will be the easiest to get. These are by no means all the flowers that you will be able to get in the springtime, but these are some of the most popular grown spring time flowers!

Spring Flowers


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Speciality Seating

Now a days there are so many different kinds of chairs, benches, couches and seats! Find some great seating to use at your event around your tables, at your ceremony, at your reception or just in pictures. seating can add some great variety, color and creativity to your wedding day or event. Look at thrift stores, yard sales and online to find some great chairs and benches to use! Enjoy and get creative with your seating!

Pictures From:
Uy wedding 
Project Wedding 

La Belle Bride
My Simple Details

Monday, May 9, 2011

Destination of the Week: Bali

My friend got married in Bali and is taking a trip back and it got me thinking of what a beautiful place it is. This little island nestled in the Pacific Ocean is the perfect getaway for a destination wedding or honeymoon. Luckily some people speak English, so you wont need a translator the whole time and there are taxis and minibuses to help you travel around. The flight takes around 24 hours from most places in the United States, but it will be worth it when you arrive on the beautiful island. The best times to visit are April and May, September and October. The island has a lot of Asian flavor to it and there are villas and hotels that you can go through to plan your trip. There are many sites where you can book guided tours and many hotels have excursions you can buy! Enjoy the amazing sites and beautiful landscape of Bali.

Pictures From:
The Knot 

Asia Web Direct

Monday, May 2, 2011

An Oldie But Goodie :: Vintage Love

Vintage has always been in, from vintage cars, clothes, music and art. Everyone loves something old that can be used in a new way! Weddings and events are a great way to bring in some vintage items to add dimension and uniqueness. Use items you find in your garage, at yard sales or thrift stores. Use some vintage bikes or cars in your pictures or wear some vintage jewelry. There are so many ways to use vintage items, the sky is the limit! You can have a full our vintage themed wedding or just use items that work with your color scheme or another theme! I am in love with using vintage items for engagement and wedding photos as well, you do not have to add them to your event just the pictures.

Pictures From:
Hindsight Bride
Once Wed
Found Vintage Rentals
Imperfectly Perfect Love
Ruffled Blog