Love is in the air and we are counting down the days to the most romantic day of the year! Whether you are celebrating with your Husband-to-be or with all those special people in your life, a few sweet treats might be just what you need to make the night a success! Here are some of our favorite must-have’s for your Valentine’s Day Bash.
Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message to a glass jewelry box with rose gold edges.
Here’s the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Bridesmaid Proposal Gift Box:
Packing and DIY Supplies:
- Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti
- White 9″x 9″x 4.5″ Two Piece Gift Box
- White and Gold Mylar Sizzle
- Black and White Striped Ribbon
- Real or Silk Flowers
- Fine Tip Water Based Sharpie Paint Markers in White and Gold
- DIY Photo Label
- Decorative Tape
Do-It-Yourself Faux Lettering on Glass Jewellery Box:
Clean the glass before starting. Cut out the lettering as shown above and tape it to the back of the glass lid. Trace the lettering using the Sharpie marker. If you make a mistake, it’s easy to remove the paint using a damp cotton swab or tissue. Allow the paint to dry a few minutes before handling.
Do-It-Yourself Labels on Wine Bottles:
Sure you could just add a mini wine bottle to the gift box but isn’t this so much nicer? Print a photo onto plain white paper and trim it to fit your bottle. Make sure to cover the existing label and use a piece of decorative tape to keep the paper label in place.
Make sure you are using a gift box that is large enough to to easily fit the biggest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of your items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything stays in place. Add a few decorative elements like gold foil party confetti.
Make sure that your proposal boxes are as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, real or silk flowers, gold foil party confetti and gift tags. Instead of a gift tag, add a pretty hand lettered detail to the box using a gold Sharpie paint marker.
Succulents are growing increasingly popular in the weddingsphere. And no wonder! They’re pretty and low maintenance and make a great finishing touch to any rustic, city wedding. So today we’re looking at making some cute and stylish DIY succulent mini mason jar wedding favours!
What You’ll Need:
- Mini mason jars
- Grey wooden stakes
- Expressions small rectangular tag (we used a personalised “XO” tag in pewter grey)
- White mini wooden clips
- Grey spray paint
- Vintage decor paint (we love “antique sky” and “wedding cake” by Martha Stewart)
- Paint brush
- A selection of succulents
- Potting soil (not shown)
Step 1: Begin by giving your mason jars a thin layer of grey spray paint. It doesn’t have to be even, as this will help the overall shabby chic look.
Step 2: Leave your base coat to dry, and then use your paintbrush to coat your mason jars with vintage paint. Use all kinds of brush strokes—up and down, side to side, diagonal—and once again don’t worry about too even an application. By allowing your base grey to show through your vintage paint, you get a gorgeous aged finish.
Step 3: Before the vintage paint can dry, use your finger or a piece of cloth to rub away the paint where you’d like more of your base grey to show through—like the letters on your mason jars.
Step 4: Fill your mason jars with soil (right up to the neck of the jars) and, using a variety of succulent types and colours, transfer your succulents into the jars.
Step 5: Complete your succulent mason jar favours with a grey stake and a tag.
The Final Result:
It’s no secret that the ombre concept continues to hold a top spot for unique and lovely event design details. A modern twist to the traditionally romantic watercolor painting technique, ombre offers a fresh twist on creative ways to play with colors. And the end result, although bringing with it a definite contemporary feel, is just as striking as its predecessor. Care to incorporate the ombre concept into your upcoming event? Then check out our step by step on how to get the look, demonstrated on some bath salt filled white linen favor baggies.
- white linen drawstring favor bags (sold in packs of 6)
- feather whimsy design personalized “thank you” rubber stamp and ink pad
- fabric dye (we used the Rit brand) in colors of your choice (we used Teal, Purple and Golden Yellow), and bowls for dipping
- bath salts, to fill baggies with. We recommend selecting colors that coordinate with the color of dye(s) you’re using.
The Step by Step
Step 1 (not shown here): dissolve dye as per package instructions. If using multiple colors, keep them separate.
Step 2 (not shown here): into each of your three bowls, add approximately 1.5 – 2 cups of water. Next add in your dye (ensure it’s still warm from the dissolving process) starting with 1.5 tablespoons of dye into the first bowl, 1/4 cup into the second, and 1/2 cup into the third. This will give you three various concentrations of dye.
Step 3: dip your linen baggie into the first, least concentrated bowl of dye, all the way to the point your’d like your ombre to fade out. We went approximately a quarter of the way up the bag. Hold for just a few seconds. Remove and dip into the next bowl, to the point where you’d like that level of concentration to end, about the half way mark of the entire ombre fade. Lastly dip the very bottom of the baggie into the highest concentration of dye, which will give you the darkest shade of your ombre effect. Remove, wring out and let dry.
Step 4: once your bag has dried, stamp it and fill with bath salts.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for the various shades of dye and types of salts you’d like to use.
The End Result
It was around this time two years ago that I discovered a little DIY secret that would forever change my creative repertoire. I now use it in my wedding designs, home accents, greeting cards, and just about everything else I embark on creatively. That little secret is glitter, gold and beyond, and ever since I realized how it could be added to just about anything to majorly up the pretty factor, I’ve been hooked. There’s no detail safe from my glitter addiction and after checking out today’s post, chances are you may quickly join the shimmer squad. Here’s how to use the golden good stuff to create some seriously sparkly chair markers.
- two wooden floral pomander balls – one small and one medium
- fine gold glitter
- gold ribbon, hot glue and a fine tipped tool
- mod podge and a paint brush for application
- tray lined with a layer of paper towels
The Step by Step
Step 1: pour out a generous amount of fine gold glitter onto your work surface. Make sure to first line your surface with a layer of paper towels. The porous nature of the towels will aid to ease the application of the glitter. Next, using a thin tipped paint brush, begin to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tips of the wooden curls of your pomander ball. Avoid too heavy an application of glue as it’ll result in clumpy glitter. Start out the glitter application to half of the pomander, doing so in sections of approximately 5-6 floral curls at a time.
Step 2: once the glue has been applied, roll the florals into the glitter and shake off access. Make sure you apply the glitter quickly after the glue application to avoid the glue drying up. If a spot has been missed, reapply more glue onto that spot specifically and roll in the glitter. Avoid overlapping already applied glitter with glue as it’ll result in a lumpy and patchy finish.
Step 3: for floral centers that are not flush with the curls, apply glue to the center point and manually dust on the glitter. Continue steps 1-3 until half of the pomander is complete, then set aside to dry before working on the other side.
Step 4: push hot glue in between a couple of the florals. Immediately after, using a small fine tipped tool, push through a piece of gold ribbon that has been fold in half, at the halfway point. Hold for a few seconds to set. Once dry, the pomander is complete. Repeat steps 1-4 for your other pomander.
The End Result
It’s no secret that I’m slightly obsessed with table runners. Whether they be made up of candles, florals, foliage, or all of the above, I can’t get enough of them. And there’s one very good reason. They are stunning! Gracing the center of a tabletop, they provide a visual focal point that binds the reception event design together. The creative opportunities for execution are endless, and you can’t go wrong with any single approach. And just when I thought they couldn’t get any prettier, we decided to try adding some string lights into the equation. The result, instant gorgeousness. Here’s how to make the look yours.
The Step by Step and The Supplies
Step 1: Select an abundant green (or two) to act as the base of your runner. We used two varieties of eucalyptus, seeded and moon lagoon. Going with more than one variety of greenery provides for added texture and interest. And remember, the fuller your selected green(s), the less stems you’ll need to complete the look. We used two bunches of the seeded eucalyptus, and one of the moon lagoon.
Step 2: Starting at one end of your table, lay a wide and full gathering of your main foliage. This will be your widest point.
Step 3: Working toward the middle point of the table, start tapering in your gathering. You don’t want it to be too narrow but a slightly tapered approach creates an interesting effect and saves on the amount of stems you need.
Step 4: If using two varieties of greenery, add in select stems of the second kind for added texture, reserving some to later cover exposed wiring from your string lights (which will be added when the runner of greens is complete).
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the table, meeting the two arrangements at the middle point.
Step 6: Take your selected string lights, we went with our white paper and white lace lanterns (one strand of each), and intertwine them into your greenery. Use the stems to cover as much of the wiring as possible, incorporating additional stems if necessary.
The End Result
White paper and lace not your style? Here are some additional string light designs that are just as lovely.
He popped the big question and now you have a fiancé! Now how does that sound? FIANCE! Now that you have declared the big `YES!` what’s next? We have tips on everything from showing off the bling and sharing the big news with friends and family to getting started with the initial stages of planning the big day. But first thing’s first. You’re Engaged so take in the moment!
Get a Manicure
When your friends and family find out that you are engaged, the first thing they are going to do is look at your left hand. Show off your new bling in all its glory. A little TLC to your cuticles and a dab of hand lotion will go a long way!
Tell Friends & Family
As tempting as it may be to update your Facebook status right away, it might be worth waiting just a little while. A huge part of the fun is getting to tell all your closest friends and family about the big news and you might want to relish in each of their reactions. Not only is it fun for you and your husband to be, but your loved ones will certainly appreciate that you took the time and effort to tell them individually.
Buy a Bridal Magazine
You might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the long list of things you will have to do to plan such a big and exciting event. The best place to start is with a little inspiration. Grab a few magazines to get you started!
Before you can get down into the details you need to decide on the big picture. Start to narrow down an event design by getting inspired by all the possibilities. Start up a Pinterest account and begin following top wedding sources, buy some wedding magazines and start regularly following a few inspirational wedding blogs.
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Set The Date
Start with the broad details like a season that sound appealing to you. What colors immediately come to mind? Will it be warm? Cold? How can you ensure your guests are comfortable? Once you have come to a decision, look at the big details like venue and photographer. Find out their availability and you will be well on your way. But in all the excitement, don’t forget to take some time to enjoy this wonderful time in your lives.
Find the Perfect Spot
Start looking into venue options for both your ceremony and reception. Many locations book at least a year in advance, so you’ll want to get a head start and consider as many options as possible. Here’s where that flexibility with your date will come in play.
Before you get too far into what you have to have for your big day, set an overall wedding budget you’re comfortable with. Make sure you’re not overextending yourself financially and that you’re realistic about not only how much you want to spend but also about how much things actually cost. Make sure that both you and your fiance are fully comfortable with the number as if could cause issues later on.