May 13, 2014

Vintage Furniture Rental Ideas

Vintage furniture rentals - here are my favorite ideas using antique sideboard and stenciled chest of drawers. What else may be available in your area? French parlor chairs, Victorian settees, English Oak washstands, weathered whiskey barrels, drop leaf tables, crystal chandeliers, vintage globes, trunks, typewriters, suitcases and alarm clocks. Here are some of the requirements you may find in search for the perfect vintage wedding furniture:
  • Browse online collections in your area, picking out specific pieces and styles and then get in touch by phone or email.  They will provide you with a quote including delivery, return and staging if required.  A 25 or 50% deposit may be required to reserve your pieces. The remaining amount will be due two weeks prior to the day of your wedding.
  • Most will work closely with your venue and event planner to organize delivery times and set up and may travel up to 100 mile radius (for an additional fee) outside the city where they are located.
  • Rentals periods vary from 24 hours up to three days.
  • It won't come as any surprise to you that the glass of Merlot accidentally spilled on the vintage pink velvet sofa will also be charged to your credit card ASAP. 
  • There may be a $200 to $300 minimum rental policy on large furniture such as tables, chairs, sofas and settees. 
  • Smaller pieces such as vintage china, goblets and glassware can be collected, staged and returned yourself.  Delivery service definitely will be required for furniture and larger items. 
vintage wedding dresser
vintage white wedding dresser 
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May 10, 2014

White Chocolate Cranberry Scones

White chocolate cranberry scones - like these will be a fast favorite at your next bridal shower or afternoon tea. These are bursting with sweetened cranberries with a lovely white chocolate glaze on top. This recipe is courtesy of Land O Lakes, but obviously any brand of butter will do. They recommend your butter be softened, but I guarantee cold butter - although it takes a little more effort with the pastry blender - will produce moist and delicious scones each and every time. Fruit scones are a big hit at my house, especially since these delicious after dinner desserts have only 130 calories each. For a little more punch, try substituting orange zest for the lemon.

cranberry scones
  • 2 cups flour (I often use 1 cup white flour and 1 cup whole wheat to add fiber)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Land O Lakes butter
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup white chocolate baking chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
Heat oven to 400°F. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt in bowl; cut in (cold) butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in whipping cream; mix until dough holds together. Stir in cranberries and 3/4 cup white chocolate baking chips.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until dough is smooth. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; shape each piece into 8-inch log. Cut each log into four (2-inch) pieces; cut each piece in half diagonally to form small triangles.
Place scones, at least 1 inch apart, onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Cool completely.
Combine remaining 1/2 cup baking chips and shortening in bowl. Microwave on Medium (50% power) for 30 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving and stirring every 30 seconds until chips are melted and smooth. Drizzle scones with melted white chocolate and enjoy!

May 9, 2014

Garden Themed Wedding Centerpieces

Garden themed wedding centerpieces - we all love the sweet scent of freshly picked garden blooms. But many of these charming displays don't come cheap. What close friend or kind neighbor do you know that has a treasure trove of tulips or yellow daffodils by the dozens? A good friend of mine bought one hydrangea plant, left it alone and the beautiful light purple blooms are now almost as tall as the house. Someone you know has a gift for roses, ranunculus, sunflowers or snapdragons. Would they consider a generous supply of fresh and fragrant flowers - for bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces - an early and very well appreciated wedding gift to you?

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May 3, 2014

Personalized Wedding Key Holder

Why choose this 5 x 7 inch personalized wedding key holder? Because not everyone can afford to give a Keurig Special Edition Single Serve Coffee Maker or a Bamboo Cheese Board & Cutlery Set with a Slide-Out Drawer. Some of us just have twenty five bucks to spend on a co-worker's wedding, a nice guy who brings in freshly baked donuts every Friday but have only known for six weeks or less. A very thoughtful and stylish gift would be this black and white personalized key holder that has been distressed to give it class and character. With three key holders and a saw tooth hanger at back, it is a runaway best seller on Etsy at only $24.

personalized wedding key holder

Floral Wedding Band in Sterling Silver

A floral wedding band in sterling silver - encircled with sweet small flowers and lovely leafy vines. At one time it was believed that the fourth finger on the left hand had a direct connection to the heart and so it became a tradition to place the wedding band there -- as a symbol of eternal love. This charming 4mm floral wedding band is available for $125 in sizes 4 to 10. Other options include yellow or white gold and copper-looking 14k rose gold with an antique finish that sells for $550. For a small additional fee, these beautiful handcrafted wedding bands - also available in a set of 4 mm and 6 mm - can be custom engraved with your names, wedding date or a short, sweet, and very special message.

sterling silver floral wedding band
floral wedding bands
Floral Wedding Band Set

May 2, 2014

Happily Ever After Cake Topper

This Happily Ever After Cake Topper - is available at Etsy (Better Off Wed) for $35 plus shipping. As I update this post in the fall of 2017, this shop is currently on vacation. With almost 40,000 sales, I'm sure it will be available again soon. This eco-friendly wedding topper speaks of a day so sacred and so special, one that promises a lifetime of joy and tenderness. Not that every day will be happy, that's impossible. But finding that one person who makes every day seem like a holiday, can make your sorrows seem small and surmountable. These wooden wedding cake toppers are made from sturdy recycled wood made from eucalyptus tree fibers. The lettering is about six inches tall and wide. They are finished with a protective coating to make sure they are food safe, and placed in a beautiful keepsake box.

happily ever after cake topper
best day ever cake topper
always & forever cake topper
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