Petal / Winter Bouquets

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Ariella Chezar Flower Workshop, Corbin Gurkin

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Bash / Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail

I’m not even going to pretend that I don’t love sparkling wine.  Prosecco, Cava, Champagne.  No matter here it’s from, I simply love bubbles.  The best part is that I still find drinking it special.  Every occasion where bubbles are present feels like a delightful treat.

I came across this drink recipe on Apartment 34.  I used raspberries that I froze this summer and put sugar on the rim instead of the sugar raspberries to simplify.  Let me know what you think.

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Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Champagne

1 cup of raspberries

Dash of St. Germain

Sugar

Red food coloring

Saucer style champagne glasses

On a small plate, mix 3T finely granulated sugar with 1 drop of red food coloring until the sugar forms a dark pink color.  Set aside.  Blend the raspberries in a blender.  Once blended, strain the raspberries through a fine strainer to get your raspberry puree.  Wet the rim of the champagne glass on a plate of warm water.  Dip it in so just the rim gets wet.  Next dip the glass in the sugar mixture so it coat evenly around the rim. Add 2T of the puree to each glass.  Add a splash of St. Germain.  Top  the glass off with Champagne.  Enjoy!

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Seeing it Everywhere / Gold Geometry

I’m on trend and don’t even know it.  I am in the midst of planning our wedding (!!!) and given my love of all things paper, petal and bash *wink* I’m sure you can understand how fun and difficult all the decisions can be.

I came across these gold cubes on CB2 and thought they could be a great prop for table decor, hanging behind the alter or as a general theme.

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CB2. $16.95 CA for the set.

Then my friend showed me these escort cards.

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When I saw them, it solidified my decision to use a gold, geometric pattern as a theme.  Plus wouldn’t these make a great DIY?  Here are some other goodies I’ve found that I’m excited to incorporate.

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Sphere hanging mobile.  CB2.  $39.95 CA.

The florist we’re using has this piece she used for another wedding.  Perfect, right?

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Here are a few other ideas I’m not sure if I’m using but are cute nonetheless.

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Bash / My Own

It’s the ultimate bash.  Our wedding.  R and I are excited for so many reasons – declaring our love and lifelong commitment in front of our family and friends, having all of those people in one place, a honeymoon 😉  But let’s be honest, I am pretty darn excited about the paper, the petals and obviously, the bash.  The funny thing is, for a lady who covets event ideas like I do, planning my own wedding is totally overwhelming.

We decided on a short engagement so we have a number of things figured out already:

  • Goal: a super fun party with our family and friends
  • Vibe: casual, elegant and representative of us
  • Things I care about: colorful flowers, unique paper goods, people having a good time, the whole thing ‘coming together’, DIY’s
  • Things R cares about: great food, that everyone dances, having an open bar, that the flowers are not ‘girly’, no boutonnière
  • Things I don’t care about: the exact flowers, band vs. dj, desserts, favors/welcome bags/things-that-cost-a-lot-of-money-that-no-one-cares-about,
  • Things R doesn’t care about: decor details (yes!), DIY’s (double yes!), being involved in the details
  • Details: yellow, teal, hot pink, black and white stripes, sparkly gold. Secondary colors: jewel tones.

Here is the vibe board I put together.  I use pinterest but wanted something that with one quick glance, would help anyone understand what we’re going for.

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I’m so excited to marry R!!!

Seeing it Everywhere / Decorate with Leaves

One of the most affordable ways to create fall decor is to use what we have.  I have a lawn.  My lawn has trees on it.  Thus I have free decor right outside my doorstep.  It can be as simple as putting a branch in a pretty vase or going one step further and painting or hanging the foliage you find.

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I love this image I got from Bri’s instagram.  Great idea and awesome expression.

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Bash / Summer Party Favors

Summer schedule fill up quickly with bar-b-q’s, parties, and events.  I wanted to come up with a few inexpensive summer-inspired hostess gifts and party favors so I never show up empty handed and my guests always leave with a little more then they came with.

Farm fresh tomatoes.  Inexpensive, unexpected and so good they might not make it home.

Wrap up sidewalk chalk in wax paper for a perfect kid-friendly gift.

I love these wood containers – they are $2.99 for a pack of 4 at Michael’s.

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More fruit to go courtesy of Martha.  Cherries in little white bags.  Use pattern edge scissors to make a plain bag special.

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I received potted herbs as a hostess gift and it was such a creative gift idea I have been using it ever since.  Some garden stores have pre-made pots with 2 or 3 different herbs already planted and they go for as little as $8.99.

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Sweet Home

Here are some pics from my trip home to Chicago.  Love it there.  Sigh.

I roamed around the city at night, spent the day with my Aunt when we walked around Bucktown and found an incredible ribbon and button store called Soutache and a lovely flower shop called Larkspur.  I love city driving.  Chicagoan’s are the best drivers (in my opinion) and exploring the architecture in different neighborhoods is one of my favorite thigns to do when I am in Chicago.

I also love nights at home with my family, a classic movie (we watched Wood Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite), cookies and wine.  It was Mother’s Day so we treated the lady of the house to peony’s, fresh cut flowers from the garden and a home made breakfast of fruit salad and rhubarb and strawberry crepes.  Oh, sweet home Chicago!

Paper / W + K Studio

I am racking my brain trying to recall where I came across W + K Studio but despite my early onset memory loss I am happy they are now in my life.  Besides cards and t-shirts they have cheeky kids gear including onesies that don’t scream “baby!”

Even though Mother’s Day just past us by for no reason is as good as any reason to celebrate Mom with a card.  She would much prefer the paper version over the tattoo.

I love this versatile card good for pretty much every occasion.

Father’s Day is coming up next!  Plan ahead.

Cards are $4 and are made here in the PNW (that’s Pacific Northwest kids) in the lovely state of Oregon.  Other items for sale include prints ($15-$20), stationary sets ($20-$30) and tea towels ($15).

Source: All images from W+K Studio