Weddings: August 02, 2007

Bridal Shower DIY: Donut Diamond Rings

August 05, 2013

We can’t think of anything more appropriate for a bridal shower than these donut diamond rings. They add some serious bling to store-bought powdered donuts and are sure to elicit a stream of oohs and ahhs from guests. Just print out our free Diamond Printable and follow the instructions below to make your store-bought donuts shine bright like diamonds at the next bridal shower you host.

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Materials:

  • White cardstock (or desired color)
  • Bridal Shower Diamond Printable
  • Glue pen
  • Fine silver glitter
  • Carboard box or paper plate for glitter application
  • Powdered donuts
  • Cake stand

Step 2

Step 1: Print out the Bridal Shower Diamond template on cardstock paper and carefully cut out diamonds with scissors.

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Step 2: Using a glue pen, trace the gray lines of each diamond. Note: Some glue pens dry quicker than others, so we recommend tracing your diamond in sections. 

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Step 3: Quickly place diamond on designated box or plate and cover with glitter. Leave the tip of the diamond glitter-free so it doesn't get on the donuts and use excess glitter left in the box or plate for your next diamond.

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Step 4: Arrange donuts on cake stand and gently push the point of diamonds into each to make rings.

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Graduation Gifts: DIY Money Lei

April 26, 2013

Congratulate the grad in your life with our festive Money Lei! This decorative chain of cash may be given before the ceremony to wear during commencement, or presented at the party as gift-giving begins. The lucky recipient will appreciate the clever presentation as well as the funds, and you'll be content with the knowledge that your gift was as practical as it was fun.

Money Lei copy
Materials:

  • One-dollar bills ($30 and up makes a nice length)
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament (fishing line)
  • Crafting beads
  • Ribbon

1-4_DIY Graduation Money Lei

Step 5: String one end of filament through the center of a bill (a space was created when the corners were gathered). Repeat with the second end of fishing line.

Step 6: String the two ends of fishing line together through one bead and tie a knot to secure.

Step 7: Continue steps 5 and 6 until you’ve reached your desired length. You can either tie the ends of the fishing line together, or add some ribbon to the ends to increase the length (and make the lei more comfortable to wear).

a vintage bridal shower tea

August 03, 2009

not a spot of tea

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Showering a bride-to-be with gifts and good wishes is a lovely tradition, and a fête that is uniquely hers makes the day memorable. While it’s easy—and appreciated—to purchase a gift from the registry, an unexpected set of exquisite, mismatched vintage teacups makes a great surprise for the guest of honor.

Here’s how it works:

  • In the invitation, ask each guest to bring one pretty vintage teacup to the shower. (The hostess may want to have a few additional teacups at the ready in case a guest forgets.)
  • Also encourage guests to wear any long, old-fashioned gloves they may have; it is a vintage tea party! Older family members will be delighted to dust a pair off, and younger attendees will enjoy playing dress-up. (The organizers may want to provide some at the shower for ladies to borrow and wear.)
  • Be sure to ask one guest, perhaps the hostess or the organizers, to gift the bride-to-be with a tea pot.
  • At the shower, set aside a small table or area for guests to drop off the teacup they brought, and then encourage everyone to use them! At the end of the party the bride has a pretty mismatched tea set to take home as a sweet memento of the day. 
  • This sort of shower makes figuring out the favors easy! A tin of tea, a strainer and some honey (or any combination thereof) is great with the theme.

Note: Vintage tea cups and old-fashioned long gloves can be found at thrift stores, estate sales, church/synagogue bazaars or can come from one’s own collection—trés eco-friendly! It’s especially meaningful if family members have an heirloom teacup they’re willing to give.

A tea party Evite invitation works well with the bridal shower's theme. Click here to send this look. 

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put your stamp on it

July 22, 2009

d is for delicious. duh.

Want your party favors to say “you”? Easy enough. Just put your name/initials/face on one of these customizable options perfect for baby and bridal showers, wedding favors and more.

  • M&Ms get personal by dropping the famed Ms in favor of your initials. Go whole hog and select a color scheme to match your wedding party.
  • Personal Wine lets you do the talking with personalized wine labels. Use one of their templates, or create your own.
  • Or create a label to go on anything at all at Beau-coup: candle tins, mint tins, even lip butters.

spike it

July 07, 2009

we'll all float on

When it comes to ice cream floats, two options come to mind: root beer or Coke. I never thought there was more to the float world.

Then, one quiet day, the folks of Tastings in New York told me about an entirely new float. These floats were a giant hit at their summer parties. They involved alcohol. Also fruit. The visionary creation? Prosecco floats!

Bon Appetit introduced Tastings to the light-alcoholic-fizziness-meets-strawberry-sorbato combo. And the drink is, I’ve decided, the perfect hot-day refresher. It's also such a pretty addition to a bridal or baby shower. And while Bon App’s homemade sorbato (sorbet-meets-gelato) sounds delicious and not-that-hard-to-make, my approach is especially low-tech.

Spiked Floats

Place 1-2 scoops of store-bought sorbet of your choice—Haagen-Dazs’ strawberry, raspberry and peach are all great. Fill glass with Prosecco or other sparkling wine; 7 Up also works for a teetotaler version. Add 3 or so raspberries or other pretty fruit. Serve.

And be forewarned: This opens up an entire world of spiked floats. After this, I was an unstoppable-spiked-float force. I created what I call a Southern Spritzer by adding the leftover peach sorbet to 7 Up and bourbon and am officially smitten with this drink. I’m now contemplating my next spiked float move….

Sending out a summery Evite invitation like the one below instantly conjures images of cold drinks and a relaxed vibe. 

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be my "and guest"

May 21, 2009

ring-a-ding-ding

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Since we're at the beginning of another wedding season, we thought this would be the perfect time to address the perennial etiquette discussion of inviting guests with "and guest." Whether you're doing the inviting or getting invited, there are things to keep in mind to avoid a sticky situation.

Guests:

The rule is generally clear-cut: If your invitation doesn't include "and guest," then you're flying solo. Keep in mind that the bride and groom are tallying an exact headcount and paying per head. Showing up with someone unexpectedly or RSVPing with a guest will at most cause problems and at least lead to an awkward conversation.

There could be instances where the bride and groom may have overlooked your guest. If the wedding is being hosted by distant relatives or friends who live across the country, they may not know about your significant other. General etiquette suggests that your other is significant enough to require an invitation if you live together or are engaged or married. If you think that your lack of and-guest was an oversight, then definitely give the bride or groom a call.

Hosts:

In the interest of keeping your guests happy, here are a few things to consider during the invitation process.

  • If a guest is single and doesn't know anyone else who you've invited, it's courteous to invite them with a guest. This is especially the case if that guest has to travel to get to your wedding.
  • As mentioned above, if a guest lives with or is engaged to someone, their significant other should be invited. When inviting their guest, go the extra mile to find out that person's name (correct spelling and all).
  • Be prepared to receive an RSVP or two with an unexpected write-in. It's not necessarily a pleasant surprise, but one that most couples (present company included) have to face.

happy feet

March 26, 2009

put on your painful shoes and dance the blues

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With wedding season approaching, we ladies get to look forward to what is my least favorite thing about weddings: dancing the night away in horrifically uncomfortable shoes. If you're one of those people who's either barefoot or in flip-flops by the end of the evening, here are some tips for saving your feet from the clutches of those evil (but adorable) stilettos:

  • If your shoes are new, wear them around the house for a few days before your party. You'll break them in a little and figure out if there are any trouble spots where you'll need reinforcements, such as...
  • Band-Aid Friction Block — my new best friend. It looks like a tiny stick of deodorant, and it's packed with emollients that keep friction from causing blisters in places where your shoes rub.
  • If your shoes are slightly big and your heel comes out, stick an insert in your shoe at the ball of your foot. The extra padding pushes your heel back slightly. (I like Tip Toes from Foot Petals because they're cushy and cute.)
  • Slingbacks are lovely, but by the end of the night, the straps tend to slip. Plan ahead by cutting a strip of double-stick tape in half and putting the pieces into your clutch. If you find yourself yanking the straps back into place, duck into the powder room and stick on the tape. Violà — your straps stay put!
  • Whatever you do, resist the temptation to slip your shoes off under the table unless you have no intention of putting them back on. Once your feet are free, they swell immediately. And you thought your shoes were uncomfortable before you took them off!
  • At the end of the night, calm your barking dogs with a hit of Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray from The Body Shop. The combination of peppermint oil and menthol soothes your puffy skin and feels fantastic.

to a tea

March 19, 2009

tea it up

As I write up this post on tea, I am, appropriately enough, drinking tea. It’s a milk tea that I sweetened with cranberry honey crème; I’m sipping it out of a china teacup, all while under a blanket and typing on my laptop. Sounds not so bad, right?

Lucky for me — a bona fide tea lover — tea is just as good for an occasion as it is for a solitary pick-me-up. Here are some tea tips in case you’d like to host a tea party:

  • Easy, elegant tea bars, like the one in the picture above, are growing in popularity at weddings and showers. Rather conveniently, a row of different teas in the same tins — such as these from Portsmouth — makes a striking presentation. I’m also a fan of Lupica teas, especially their “ume verte,” which is a delicate and lovely blend of green and white teas scented with Japanese apricot.
  • If you want to cover a range of teas without putting out a crazy amount, I recommend going with whatever flavor suits your fancy within these four differently caffeinated categories: black tea (strongly caffeinated), green (lightly caffeinated), white (lightly caffeinated) and red (no caffeine). You may want to remind your guests that some teas, such as white and green, need to steep for less time (roughly two minutes, depending on the brand) and can become bitter if over-steeped.
  • As for tea accessories, put out spoons, milk, lemon wedges, sugar in cube or lump form (it’s easier that way) and honey. If you go the loose tea route, be sure to supply tea sacks as well so attendees can create their own little teabags; Portsmouth carries some. Also, to make things less messy for your guests, have either teacups with saucers, so guests can place their teabags on the saucers when they’re done steeping, or provide some other place for guests to put their teabags, like these tea trays from Tea Forte.
  • Favors are obvious and not hard on the wallet (some might say “in the bag,” but not me). Just send guests home with an individually packaged teabag such as Tea Forte’s cone-shaped teas or Tea Revolution’s single-serving boxes. After all, the tea-drinking doesn't have to stop just because the party is over.

drawn together

March 18, 2009

isn't she looooovely

Most brides will concur that finding the perfect dress is one of the most painstaking albeit rewarding parts of the whole wedding process. It involves going to umpteen bridal salons and abandoning all shame to get undressed in front of sales people who are complete strangers and a tad overzealous to profess how every dress she tries on is the dress. But for the bride, it's all worth it when she ends up with the most beautiful and special article of clothing she'll ever wear.

After all that time, effort and money, wouldn't it be nice to give her an extra-special keepsake to remember her beloved gown? We've decided that a one-of-a-kind illustration of her wedding dress just might be the most ingenious wedding, bridal shower or anniversary gift.

Send Dreamlines a photo of the bride on her wedding day, and the company will do a pencil illustration of the dress that looks like it could be straight from the hand of the designer. For a small fee, you can have them add an accessory like the bride's bouquet. If you want something even more personalized, Etsy artist Brooke Hagel includes the bride in her colorful illustrations.

So even though she'll only get to wear her dress for a few short hours, she'll have a truly unique portrait in which she can always behold it.

bridal bow-quet

August 29, 2008

bow sho!

One of my favorite bridal shower traditions is the ribbon bouquet: A paper plate adorned with the bows and ribbons from the bride's shower gifts to use as a bouquet during her reception. It's sentimental and adorable (two of my favorite adjectives). Unfortunately if you've not been to many bridal showers, you may not get how to create one of those bouquets.

As the maid of honor at my sister's shower, the ribbon bouquet was my responsibility and quickly turned into a comedy of errors. First of all, the only plates anyone had were those ultra-heavy-duty cardboard ones — try poking a hole in one of those without almost stabbing yourself. Second, the plate was oval, not round. Third, I just had no idea what I was doing. My sister ended up with a pretty sad-looking bouquet.

Then karma gave me an equally problematic ribbon bouquet for my rehearsal. My future sisters-in-law were in charge of collecting the bows and attaching them to the paper plate. They had a stapler, which seemed to be quite helpful. However, they created a ribbon bonnet instead of a bouquet. (This is either a tradition that I'm not aware of or a form of hazing.) After politely refusing to tie it to my head at the rehearsal, carrying it wasn't so easy because of its lack of handle.

To make sure more brides end up better faux-quets for their rehearsals, I assembled a few tips from some savvy former bridesmaids:

  • Just make one hole in the middle of the plate and pull all the ribbons through. Tie the ribbons together underneath the hole to keep everything in place and create a handy handle.
  • Ask guests to use ribbons that go along with the wedding colors. At my sister's shower, all the guests brought ribbons in various shades of pink. Even though the bouquet was quite sad, the colors looked really pretty.
  • Have a few extra ribbons on hand to fill out the bouquet if it looks a little anemic. Thin curling ribbon, for example, isn't so great for creating a full, lush ribbon bouquets.
  • If you're just not a DIY-er, get a bow-quet kit or a ribbon organizer to which you can tie the ribbons. No muss, no fuss.
  • FYI: As legend has it, the number of ribbons the bride breaks as she's opening gifts will be the number of children she has. Tear carefully!