QOTD: Do you dress up for the holidays?

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I think this time of year is great for fashion. No other time can you get away with wearing sequins in the day and extra sparkle. Double statement necklaces? Why not. A tulle skirt? Rock it. However a lot of festivities are casual. For all of the house hopping I do, the atmosphere is comfortable…always but I wish I had a real reason to get super dressed up in a gown or some thing that called for “after 5″ attire.

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Imagine having a calendar filled of parties to attend, friendsgiving, turkey day dinners, Christmas parties and knowing you had to come dressed the part. I think that would make this season even more magical. In the mean time, I’ll add some sparkle, dramatic smokey eyes, sequins and velvet to the mix…

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Wedding getaway car decorating ideas…

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Seeing a newlywed couple exiting the wedding reception in a stylish vintage convertible just isn’t enough. You have to adorn the car in classy fun ways to let the passerbys know you just got married. Here are alternatives to the old can-on-a-string tradition.

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Hang a floral wreath on the grill…

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Attach a banner….

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Tie a huge ribbon in a bow…

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Give the steering wheel a corsage…

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Tissue paper pom pom garland and custom window decals are other cute ideas…

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{Images via Style me Pretty, Ruffled Blog, 100 Layer Cake, Plum Pretty Sugar, Weddings Online, M Three Studio, Etsy, Michelle Edgemont + Brklyn View Photography, Erich McVey photography, & Strawberry Milk Events}

Wedding horses and flowers….

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I have a love of horses and think incorporating flowers on their manes is such a beautiful idea for rusticnor bohemian wedding photos…

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This above is the absolute cutest thing ever. Which would you decide to decorate: the tail, mane, or create a garland for the neck or a floral halo like the above?

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{Images via Kristen Booth,
Feather & Twine Photography, Kay English Photography, Vicki Grafton Photography, Burnetts Boards, Love My Dress, & Style Me Pretty}

Practical Wedding Favors Guests Will Actually Use…

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Weddings are fun and recpetions are better but often bride and grooms overthink favors that guests end up throwing away. Careful planning and more attention to other details like reception entertainment and weather can keep guests comfortable and happy. This post has some favor ideas that will actually get used. I like the game station above. This could easily be for kids or adults who prefer to stay off the dance floor. Dollar Tree has board games like Checkers and 2-pack decks of cards and tons of puzzles for an inexpensive way to entertain. Just make sure you dont have too many options because you don’t want the reception to look like a boring bingo hall…

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Most women wear heels to weddings so you may want to keep a basket of cheap Old Navy flip flops so they can stay on the dance floor as long as they want. Maybe have one basket per size ( ex: a basket for size 7 & 7.5’s). This idea is also nice for beach weddings because you’re bound to have someone show up in inappropiate shoes…

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Paper wedding parasols offer shield from a sunny sky in an outdoor ceremony….

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Leaving shades on each seat is another way to ensure all guests are comfortable & if nothing else, they will make for a great photo op…

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Pairing fans with programs is a great way to keep guests cool in a hot venue…

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Who wouldn’t want a nice throw? Have some available in case the temperature drops at an outdoor evening reception…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: babies in weddings

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By now we all heard about that foolishness of a bride with a baby sewn into her wedding train and dragged down the aisle. Well here are some classy ways to incorporate babies and toddlers in weddings: wedding wagons…

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I adore this domed Cinderella wagon so much…

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You could even have the kids in a wagon decorate the cans to really incorporate them…

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Know of a cool way to include a baby?

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As an alternative to traditional flower girl roles, have them hold signs…

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There are so many classy options for kids so don’t drag anymore babies down the aisle m’kay?

{Images via jordans portraits as seen on a day to remember, ashley rose photography as seen on green wedding shoes
& wedding wagons via mini wagons & wicker by design}

Had a date night in Friday with a Chocolate fountain…

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So I have been craving fondue eating for a while now. Here in Milwaukee we have a restaurant called The Melting Pot that seems like a ball of fun. With a little patience you can have the same experience at home. For a date night in, I used frozen bananas, strawberries, pineapples, ice cream flavored mushrooms, Special K Pastry Crisps in cookies n cream & Ritz crackers with peanut butter filling….

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I like chocolate fountains because it makes people get up from their seats at a party and mingle. It’s a fun idea for any dinner or birthday party for kids and adults and great as a treat during wedding receptions…

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I used YescomUSA‘s chocolate fountain. I hear some come with up to four parts. I like that this one only came into two parts which made for an easy installation. I used gheridelli chocolate which I first melted over the stove top. Once melted I spooned it into the base and heated the chocolate for a couple minutes before turning on the fountain.

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Tuesday’s Tips: No Sew DIY Cloth Napkins from old shirts

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I was watching Rachel Ray and she had someone on her show repurposing old shirts and turning them into cute square cloth napkins. This could be a quick fun way to use fabric from an old or thrifted shirt that may not fit anymore. Sometimes it’s the textile that you can’t part with, so you end up keeping it. Making cloth napkins can jazz up the dinner party table and make use of something that was going to sit idle in the closet. All you need is a little patience, scissors and steam a seam tape. It’s similar to hem tape one can use on pants. See a tutorial here.

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Let’s say you have a dinner party or small wedding to plan. Adding cloth napkins completes the table setting. Linen rental companies can be very pricey so it may be easier to buy a few yards of fabric at the local fabric store and get to cutting and ironing! Make some place mats while you’re at for additional savings.

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{All images via my Pinterest‘s tablescape board}

Tuesday’s Tips: budget friendly bed & breakfast wedding ceremonies

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Face it. Weddings cost a ton but that is no reason to start your marriage off in debt if you don’t have the means to pay for an elaborate affair. Having a small scaled wedding but want the details to remain elegant? Consider an intimate wedding gathering by booking a bed and breakfast.

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Book all the rooms to the house (which b&bs typically are……big ‘ol mansions) and if it’s picturesque enough (most have nice pretty yards), have the ceremony there. Depending on how far in advance you book, try to book all the rooms in the B&B so that the entire wedding party can stay. Arrange it where everyone stays overnight so that the morning of the wedding you won’t have to worry about rushing to the location site. You also will save money by not having to rent party buses or limos for the wedding party since you all will already be there.

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If the party is small and there are more rooms, consider booking a room for the hair stylist and makeup artist too since they play important roles in the wedding party look. You may want to eliminate any chance of them running into traffic the day of your wedding.

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As a thank you, host a Thank You brunch the morning after for everyone if it’s a destination or road trip. Otherwise a brunch for the wedding party is a nice parting gesture.

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Most B&B’s tend to have a fancier backyard and landscaping. Look for one with fountains, a gazebo, manicured landscaping, pool, rose bushes and flower gardens. The more flowers and already decorated, the less money you will need for the florist. Also if there are benches along the property, you will less likely need to rent additional lounge seating for “cocktail hour” or informal times during the reception.

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You can also look for a B&B located on a wine vineyard, rolling hills, polo ground (horse back riding would be amazing for picture taking or possibly a horse drawn carriage), ranch, along a golf course or lake. The more beautiful the surroundings, the better. It will make the guests stay that much more enjoyable too. If the B&B is a short road trip away, and the whole guest list is staying in the same place, arriving the day before, you may wish to do something with them as a welcome. You could arrange for various activities to get the families to mingle like horse back riding, golfing, chartering a boat ride or fishing.

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Wedding brunch ideas…perfect for a Sunday morning ceremony

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Today I’m going to a morning wedding followed by a wedding brunch so figured I would show you pretty brunch ideas. Breakfast is my absolute favorite meals so this is right up my alley. This could also be used as a last departure get-to-gether for out of town guests when doing a destination wedding, bridal or baby shower, mother/father’s day, a sleepover or morning after bachelorette slumber party…

Beverage Stations

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Have a Mimosa and a Bloody Mary station as well as hot chocolate and coffee area (one serving hot and iced coffees)…

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Small bowls and utensils for garnishes and ingredients…

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Carefully label items on craft paper…

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Use chalkboard spraypaint to cover glass in frames to write menus and details…

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Place books and boxes under tablecloths to give a multi-layered look…

Food Stations

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French toast sticks in small glasses with syrup are pretty displays…

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Anything on a kabob looks fancy like this fruit and donut hole skewer…

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You can have fried chicken wings and waffles already made in warming containers with small bowls for syrup…

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Cupcake tiers will hold smaller items like mini muffins and pastries (store bought ones are fine, guests won’t know)…

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Yogurt, granola and omelette stations will encourage guests to mingle…

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Whether fresh, frozen or canned, fruit can easily be grabbed by the stem as guests arrive so they can have something to munch on until their table is called…

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Whether you do different flavored waffles or just different syrups, this is sure to be a hit…

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If you have a biscuit bar, have a variety of jams and jellys as well as butters and gravy. You may want to include sausage patties, eggs and cheese for those who want to make a biscuit sandwich..

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Cinnabons on skewers and pancake station are a must. As a favor think about homemade granola in mason jars. Oh and don’t forget the dispensers for cereal.
Did I miss anything? See if your find more inspiration here or from this vintage brunch

Now I’m hungry…

{All images via my party foodie board on Pinterest}

Magical Wedding Nights…

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Having celebrated my best friend’s wedding Saturday night, I’m in wedding planning mode. Not for myself but imaginery wedding clients. If I ever get to style for a reception again, here is what I’d suggest: chandeliers, white paper lanterns, tree … Continue reading