Sep 30, 2013

Rose Tattoo Wedding Invitations

I found these rose tattoo wedding invitations today at Zazzle and fell completely in love.  Beautiful red roses, one of the most popular tattoo designs in the world, symbolizes passion and perfection, wealth and well-being. When paired with a heart it means love, now and everlasting. These rockabilly style invitations sell for $2.59 each in quantities of twenty. They feature a vintage parchment paper background and are also available with these edges: round, bracket, scallop, ticket or tag.

Popular Tattoos for Women
  • Angels - symbolize our belief in spiritual guardians to watch over and protect us, always keep us in their loving care.
  • Butterflies - long a symbol of beauty and grace, but they also can mark a magnificent life-changing event such as a birth or wedding.
  • Doves - usually symbolize the end of a conflict or just the pure joy in living in peace and harmony.
  • Hearts - always invoke love, adoration, friendship and most of all - passion!
  • Stars - shooting stars can symbolize breathtaking moments in our life as well as our ambitions, aims and inspiration.

Sep 25, 2013

Vintage Wedding Cupcakes

These vintage style cupcakes from Little Paper Cakes are available for all the lucky brides who live near South Manchester in England. They would be breathtakingly beautiful at a bridal shower, brunch or garden style wedding. For the rest of us - we can only feast our jealous eyes on these tea party inspired treats and pray that someone here much closer to home has a flair for fondant and can create such pale pink sculpted roses as magnificent as these.

vintage style wedding cake 
tea party themed cupcakes 
pink and white fondant cupcakes 
pink and white striped cupcakes
cupcake wedding ideas 

Sep 24, 2013

DIY Limoncello Wedding Favors

Ice cold limoncello - if you've never sipped this divine Italian after-dinner drink, make sure you do before week's end. Traditionally, this lovely lemon liqueur was made from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons, prized for their exquisite flavor, abundant rind oil, low seed count and exceptionally high juice content. To get that variety we would have to make our way to the Sorrento Coast of Italy, where the hot Mediterranean sun casts it's warm glow over lemons and every living thing. But for now, we'll have to "make do" with lemons grown in Florida and Southern California. This homemade limoncello is made with pure vodka - so a sip is better than a swallow.

limoncello wedding favors

Easy Homemade Limoncello
10 lemons
1 liter of vodka
3 cups of white sugar
4 cups of water
  • Zest the lemons (the most time-consuming part - but the zest quickly adds up).  Place the zest into a large glass jar.  Add the vodka and cover loosely.  Leave at room temperature.
  • About one week later, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil - without stirring.  Boil the sugar and water for 15 minutes. Allow syrup to cool.
  • Stir vodka mixture into the cooled syrup.  Strain into small glass bottles, seal and let them age for about 2 weeks. 
DIY limoncello favors
jars of homemade limoncello
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Sep 16, 2013

Burlap Wedding Reception Signs

Burlap wedding reception signs - available from about thirty-five to $50 at Sophia's Sign Boutique on Etsy. The stand alone signs are on the low end and the burlap "Happily Ever After Begins Today" banner is closer to fifty. Painted white (or ivory) and aged by hand, the "Dessert Bar - Love is Sweet" sign measures 14" x 7" - looks great on a table but can be customized for hanging as well. What about shipping fees? Just for reference, from Minneapolis, Minnesota to my home in Southeastern Virginia I would pay an additional $13.50. Current turnaround time is 2 to 3 weeks.

dessert bar wedding reception sign


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Sep 14, 2013

10 Amazing Succulent Boutonnieres

Succulent boutonnieres - you can see these sweet little easy-to-grow succulents - Hens and Chicks - look amazing with so many other gifts from nature, including pods, berries and charming yellow billy balls. Nestled in a plain burlap wrapper (top photo), this rustic succulent boutonniere is simple yet striking - something you could put together in just 20 minutes or less. But let's say you want more color, more texture, more pizzazz. Add one or more of these items (burrow's tail and dusty miller are my personal favorites) and make this eco-friendly boutonniere well dressed and very well loved.
  • thistle
  • Texas tallow berry
  • lavender
  • flower pods
  • dusty miller
  • lamb's ear
  • sedum
  • burrow's tail
  • craspedia (billy balls)
  • blueberries
succulent wedding boutonniere
fall wedding boutonniere ideas
diy succulent boutonnieres
billy ball boutonniere
rustic outdoor boutonniere
summer wedding boutonnieres
twined wrapped boutonniere
 succulent and dusty miller boutonniere
outdoor garden boutonniere
fall themed boutonniere

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Sep 11, 2013

Fall Themed Wedding Cakes

Fall wedding cakes with their beautiful orange, green and golden brown loveliness - remind us that hot and humid (at least here in the South) will soon give way to 60 degree days, crisp fresh air and crackling maple leaves beneath our feet. A fall wedding beckons with what is Mother Nature's most beautiful box of colors - rust, gold, copper, burgundy, chestnut brown and crimson red.
 brown and orange cupcakes
Fall Wedding Cupcakes
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Rustic Flower Girl Dresses

These rustic flower girl dresses - lovingly handmade with 100% washable linen - shown here in off white, beige and dark beige - although available in burgundy, royal blue, red, hot pink, navy, charcoal gray, orange, purple and plum. These charming ruffled dresses are made in Finland at a price that seems too good to be true - a little over sixty dollars each. Linen ring bearer suits are available with short pants or long. Even with a $20 shipping charge to the United States, one of these fully lined linen flower girl dresses with satin roses and lace trim will be perfect for your outdoor or rustic themed wedding.

rustic flower girl dress, outdoor wedding ideas
linen flower girl dress

ruffled white flower girl dress
beige flower girl dresses, rustic wedding ideas
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Sep 9, 2013

Vintage Suitcases - Wedding Card Displays

Vintage suitcases - for cards, love notes, greetings and small gifts from loving family, cousins, co-workers, neighbors and friends. Best of all - grandma might have one of these classic vintage Samsonite suitcases that she used on her own honeymoon to Niagara Falls, holding old photos and frames in her attic right now. Or you may have seen them at the Goodwill, a little tattered and torn. Tiny flaws can be hidden behind flowers and lace, vintage brooches and burlap bows. With so many rustic wedding decorations over-priced and over-hyped, it's nice to know a simple suitcase can gather up loving wishes in such a charming, old-fashioned way.

vintage suitcase for wedding reception
red vintage suitcase
vintage wedding reception ideas
vintage suitcase for wedding cards, rustic wedding ideas
 beige vintage suitcase
vintage samsonsite suitcase
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Sep 8, 2013

Pumpkin Dessert Ideas

A favorite pumpkin dessert of mine - is double layer pumpkin cheesecake, which is the only one I strongly recommend making with homemade pumpkin puree. To make the puree, purchase a three pound pie pumpkin, slice off the top, cut in half and scoop out all of the seeds with a melon baller. Place the two pumpkin halves on a baking sheet - cut sides down. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes. The pumpkin flesh should pull easily away from the skin. Puree in your food processor for about thirty seconds and you're done! Ideal for a fall or winter bridal shower when want your food to look divine as well as delicious. Grace your good friends with these other healthy pumpkin desserts, full of the fragrances we love this time of year - freshly ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and those exotic Indonesian flower buds known simply as cloves. No heavy lifting here - all of these desserts were made with canned pumpkin - 80 calories per cup, vitamins A, C and E, and seven grams of fiber.

pumpkin cake roll

individual pumpkin trifles
mini pumpkin cheesecakes
pumpkin dessert bars
mini pumpkin pies

Sep 6, 2013

Pink and Turquoise Wedding Ideas

Pink and turquoise wedding ideas - such a beautiful color combination for a spring bridal shower, luncheon or afternoon tea. Pale garden roses make a fresh and fragrant centerpiece nestled in a vintage style turquoise vase.  Clear vases are a dime a dozen at the thrift store and can easily be transformed by using Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint (Aqua) for less than $10.  Or you can always put a couple of tablespoons of Modge Podge and a few drops of food coloring into a Mason jar, twist it around to coat the whole inside, pour out the excess and let it dry upside down (about 30 minutes).

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Sep 5, 2013

Gunmetal Pocket Watches

I love this engraved gunmetal pocket watch with clip and sturdy fourteen inch chain that sells for less than $25 on Etsy. This type of pocket watch (which is also available for about the same price on Amazon) features a handsome black face with Roman numerals and stylish gray gunmetal finish. Purchase these as affordable groomsmen gifts in sets of 4, 6 or 8 and receive a multi order discount (about two dollars less on each watch). And for $10 more, this monogrammed pocket watch can be engraved on front and back. A timeless and trendy gift for best man, brother-in law or father of the bride and/or groom.

gunmetal pocket watch

Sep 4, 2013

Pink and Green Mini Wedding Cakes

Mini wedding cakes - in pastel pink and lovely mint green. Charming little cakes so beautifully made you just know that no expense was spared to make each wedding or bridal shower guest feel honored and well-loved. Can you make these at home? After comparing mini wedding cake and cheesecake pans on Amazon, I found a much cheaper alternative in deep muffins pans (also called "kingsize" and "jumbo") for less than five dollars, made by Wilton. Their 6 cup jumbo muffin pan can also be used for mini pies, quiches, mini angel food cakes, cupcakes and mousse.

pink and green bridal shower ideas, pink and green cakes
mini wedding cake - green and pink

green fondant mini cakes with pink roses
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