Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wedding Stuff!

We celebrated a wonderful wedding this weekend!!
My son and his fiancé tied the knot and we could not be happier!
I had spent the last couple weeks working on wedding stuff and I thought I would share some things just in case someone would want to use the ideas for their wedding as well.

My favorite - The Chalkboard Sign

This was a fairly simple project and I loved how it turned out.

I bought the sandwich board in a shop in Amish country - I forget how much it was - but I do remember when my girlfriend and I saw it - we thought it was much cheaper then we thought we would have to pay - so we snapped it up.
I have lent it out for several weddings, but now I finally got to use it for my own son's wedding.

I printed out what I wanted to say on my Silhoutte.
The script font is Magnolia Sky and the print font is Surf Shack.
Then I used white Saral transfer paper and just went over the outline of the letters.
You can see how that looks on Jenna's name.   Then you just have to color in your letters with a chalk marker.  I have tried quite a few different chalk markers and like these Chalk Ink markers the best, they come in several different colors and widths.

Then I did some small chalkboards - we used these for both the rehearsal dinner and on the bar tables during cocktail hour.  These are what I call cheater chalkboards!!

Because I just printed out the sayings on my Silhouette with a black background and white lettering- just cut them to the size of the chalkboard and used glue dots to adhere it to the board.
I use these small chalkboard easels over and over for basket raffles and buffet signs, and I found that this is a fast, easy way to make a cute sign.
I just embellished all the signs with some faux florals, again, using glue dots to adhere them so that I can take it apart and use it again - plus it is easier to transport the signs without the florals.
Nothing super special about my out of town guest bags.
I made a nice tag using the shape of Ohio.  We included bags of pretzels, chocolates, some instant coffee single cup servings, individual Shout wipe packets and of course, personalized water bottles.
You see that same Magnolia Sky font, I just made a very plain band with their names and used very wide packing tape over the light weight card stock band.

This was another favorite of mine!!  The Rehearsal Dinner dessert.
Not only because they were absolutely delicious, but they saved us quite a bit of money too!
Instead of paying another $6.95 for dessert at the restaurant we had the rehearsal dinner at - I packaged up these french twirl pastries I purchased at a local bakery for $1.49 each!
Again, I designed the tag on my Silhouette and added a sheer navy bow with a glue dot.

Sorry, no photos of the wedding couple - with them both being teachers, I respect their privacy on social media and try not to post anything with their photos.

I hope this helps anyone that maybe planning a wedding!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Romantic Valentine's Day Table for Two

Love is in the Air! And my husband is out of town!
Wait, that didn't sound right!!
Well, with Valentine's Day coming up and my husband out of town, it was perfect timing to move a small table into the living area and create a beautiful, romantic table for two in front of the fireplace.
The reason why I said it was good timing with my husband gone - was because I set up most of this on Super Bowl Sunday - in the room where he would be watching the big game - not the usual game time activity!
 I am excited to be part of the Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by the creative Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate and Decorate.  There are 24 bloggers sharing their Valentine's inspiration for some very romantic table settings.
I hope you will enjoy browsing through all the links listed at the end of my post.

Hopefully we can enjoy a nice dinner at this table when he gets back, which will be before Valentine's Day.
While it is romantic by the fire, its also difficult to photograph!
So most of the photos here are during the day in the sunlight.
 I loved the way these strings of hearts casted heart shaped shadows against the fireplace from the very bright snowy daylight streaming through the patio doors.
This table topper has been in my closet for a number of years.  I bought it and a spool of ribbon that matched it in an after Christmas sale one year for a steal. 
 I made the napkin ring bows from the ribbon, used Dollar Tree votive holders and scattered some hearts I cut out of some sparkly paper to add some romantic touches to the table.
Embroidery hoops painted gold and embellished with some tiny roses and greenery make for an inexpensive way to decorate above the mantel. Simple candle sticks and a sign that says  "I Still Fall for You Every Day" that I borrowed from our bedroom sit on the mantel.
Those strings of hearts turned out to be much more of a challenge than I thought they would be.  I hung them from fishing line - but they kept twisting and turning.  So I ended up cutting some narrow strips of acetate and ran those down the back.  Luckily you don't really notice the acetate and it doesn't show at all in the photos.
I hope you enjoyed my version of a romantic table for two!
Here are the links to all the other blogs for more inspiration:

Much Thanks goes out to Chloe for pulling us all together and coordinating a wonderful hop!
Thank you so much for visiting.  I hope you have a warm and wonderful Valentine's Day!

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Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch