DIY Project: Super Easy, SO Beautiful Glitter Ornaments – Great for Favors and Decor!

diy glitter ornaments with pledge floor wax Perfect for weddings events
image courtesy: Crafts & Confections

The Holidays are here and while everyone is bustling around in preparation of get-togethers with family some of you are lucky enough (or crazy enough? hehe) to also be getting married during this wonderful time of the year! If you are having a holiday or winter themed wedding, party or event one of the simplest and yet most beautiful favor or decor ideas are ornaments. Whether your event theme will be red and green, silvers or blue or even something completely your own these DIY Glitter Ornaments can be created to fit anyone’s color theme AND anyone’s budget!

All you need are a few ingredients -

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Fine Colored Glitter in your choice of color(s)
    (If you are making a lot of ornaments I highly recommend buying in bulk from somewhere like KitKraft to save you some money!)
  • Pledge Floor Care Multi-Purpose Finish OR Water based Polyurethane (Like Minwax or Varathane)
  • Glass or Plastic Ornaments (Both work great!)
  • Optional: Ribbons, Scrapbooking Stickers, Gemstones and Glue etc. to add some extra sparkle or details to your ornaments

Ready? Let’s Glitter!

For best results it is best to clean your ornaments with some rubbing alcohol before starting. Remove the top of the ornament and then just pour a little inside your ornament(s), swish it around and pour it out. Allow them to dry for a few hours (upside down in small disposable cups works wonderfully!)

Now, all you need to do is pour some of your floor wax or water based polyurethane into your ornament, swirl it around and pour the excess back out into the container.

Then add some glitter and swirl around until fully coated. Allow to dry and replace the top of the ornament.

Then if you like add some ribbon, some gems or if you have a steady hand you could always paint your names, a little monogram or your wedding date. I think they could also look really pretty painted with themed words like Love, Cherish, Hope and Sincerity…or maybe words that define you and your relationship!

SUPER easy. SUPER gorgeous! Your guests will love having such a beautiful take home for their tree or holiday decor and they will remember what a wonderful time they had at your wedding or event every time they pull it back out around holiday season.

 

Autumn/Fall Signature Drink Recipes – Caramel Appletini and Pumpkin Pie Martini – YUM!

The leaves are falling and a chill is in the air. Autumn weddings are in full swing as Halloween is now over and Thanksgiving quickly approaches. Warm fall weddings often feature warm red and gold colors, pretty bits of nature at its best like leaves and pumpkins… What else do you need? Well how about adding an autumn themed signature drink to your big event? Martinis are always a big hit for weddings and parties, so a “Caramel Appletini” or a “Pumpkin Pie Martini” would be fantastic for your event!

Caramel Appletini Wedding Signature Drink Recipe
Photo courtesy of Claire Sutton on flickr.com

Caramel Appletini

Caramel apples are so delicious.. How could you go wrong making it into an adult beverage instead??

For one drink you will need -

  • 1 oz. of Baileys® Irish Cream with a Hint of Caramel Flavor
  • 0.5 oz. Smirnoff® Green Apple Flavored Vodka
  • 1 tsp. Caramel
  • 1 Apple Slice (a pretty finishing touch!)
  1. Shake Baileys, vodka and caramel in an ice-filled shaker until chilled.
  2. Strain into a pre-chilled martini glass and garnish with the apple slice. (Rimming the glass with some caramel may be an idea for an extra treat!)

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini Signature Drink Recipe - Perfect for Weddings and Parties
Photo and recipe courtesy of Day Dream Desserts

Pumpkin Pie Martini -
Nothing says fall like pumpkin pie. With this delicious fall themed martini your guests can enjoy the taste of autumn and still mingle!

For one drink you will need -

  • 1.5 oz. pecan liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 0.5 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 graham cracker, ground (optional for garnish)
  1. If desired rim your martini glass with ground graham cracker.
  2. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
  3. Shake until chilled and pour into your chilled martini glass.

These autumn signature drinks would add fall flavor to any autumn themed wedding or party. Your guests will love how you turned two fall favorites into yummy drinks instead!

DIY Green Wedding Favor – Chic Adorable Potted Succulents (or Cacti!)

Pretty Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credit – MarthaStewart.com

As summer comes to an end I am always sad to say goodbye to my garden until next year. I’m sure many of you feel the same way when you wrap up your gardening and planting in the fall and look forward to another spring! But what if we could enjoy tending to plants year round? That’s where succulents (and cacti!) come in! They are hardy little plants that just need sun, good drainage and a little water once in awhile and grow great indoors. Since they are so easy to care for and long lasting they make perfect take home favors for your wedding guests. Then they too can enjoy a little gardening year round and think of your beautiful wedding or event each time they tend to their potted succulent plant.

You don’t need much to create these potted succulent wedding favors. With just a few materials you can create a bunch of these plant cuties and customize them to fit your wedding theme too!

Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credit – valkyrieh116 on flickr.com

You will need -

- Succulents (You can find them often at local garden stores such as Lowes and Home Depot but you can also find them online! Check out – The Succulent Source on Etsy, or Amazon (Like this collection of 36 mixed succulents or this collection of 128 of them!))
- Small 2″ or 3″ Terra Cotta Pots or Mini Pails/Buckets (Both can typically be found at crafts stores like Michaels or on the Oriental Trading Website). If you go with the pails it is best to drill small holes at the bottom of each so they have good drainage which is essential for plants like succulents!

- Decorative Moss

- Potting soil (They make a kind specific to succulents and cacti but any potting soil will do in a pinch)

- Acrylic Paint and PaintBrush/Sponge (Optional – In case you want to paint your pots before assembling!)

- Ribbon and/or Twine (For wrapping your pot or pail)

- Hot Glue Gun or Glue Dots (Helps keep the ribbon or twine wrapped around the pot/pail in place!)

- Newspaper (Optional – to protect your work area from the mess!)

- Hang Tags or small labels with your names and event date or monogram (Make them yourself or I can create some for you – just visit my stationery and paper product design website weddingsnwhimsy.com for details!)

Let’s get started!

  1. If you plan on painting your pots first pull out your paint and brush/sponge and do this first and allow them to dry.
  2. If you are wrapping the pot or pail with ribbon wrap a piece around your pot or pail and cut to size allowing a small overlap. Remove the ribbon and measure how long it is so you can cut a bunch of ribbon strips to size all at once to speed up your process!
  3. Wrap your pot/pail with ribbon. It helps to put a little dab of glue (or glue dot) on and press one end of the ribbon into it to secure and then wrap and secure it with another dot of glue.
  4. Spread out your newspaper and put a little bit of potting soil into each container. Then gently remove succulent from its container and place it into it’s pretty new home.
  5. Gently water your little succulent so it has a little drink before heading on its journey to a new home!
  6. Add a little more potting soil and/or decorative moss around the top to fill in and hide the roots.
  7. Wipe off any dirt or smudges on your pot/pail that may have occurred while planting with a damp cloth or sponge.
  8. Attach your custom label over the ribbon (covering the seam works best!) or wrap a string of twine around the container with your tag hanging from it and tie. You may want to add a tiny bit of glue behind the twine to secure it as well!

Just repeat the process for each potted succulent you plan on creating for your guests and you are all set! Place them in pretty rows on a table or tray to look like a little garden or place them at the tables as part of the table setting to add a unique touch. You could also use them as place cards or escort cards and put the guests name and/or table assignments on the labels or hang tags. Adorable!

As always if you use this tutorial to create something spectacular     for your big day please send in your photos! Would love to see (and maybe share with the world too!)

Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credits – hortulus and dog.happy.art on flickr.com

Guest Post: Signature Drinks and Tying the Knot

Wedding trends can be fabulous or frightful.  Remember the year of the black wedding dress or the season of the pastel tuxedo?  Yes, I try to forget them too, but my wedding photos keep reminding me that unfortunate trends can make looking back on your day a bit embarrassing. 2013, though, is the year of a trend we can all appreciate, the signature cocktail.

Why oh why didn’t someone come up with this idea a decade or so ago?  Instead of stocking a full bar, which is incredibly expensive and annoying (especially when Aunt Shirley makes the bartenders mix her special “All You Can Drink” beverage that comes with a cherry-on-top, a separate pitcher of tequila with lime, and a whiskey chaser), the bride and groom can concoct a bright and fresh cocktail of their own.  This drink can reflect the wedding’s theme and color and, best of all, will cost less than a full bar.  I know “buying in bulk” is one of my favorite phrases, and whoever is paying for the wedding will be delighted with this new fad as well.

Choosing the signature drink can be done at a pre-wedding party.  The bride and groom can gather their friends and family, add vodka, gin, whiskey, scotch, etc., throw in some sweet liqueurs and juices, and voila’, the special cocktail is born.  The best part is drinking all the mistakes and false starts.  Designated drivers are a must for this gathering, but just observing the festivities will be reward enough for attending.  At the end of this grueling exercise, something truly noteworthy will be created.

Here is a signature drink recipe that you can try at home.  Developed by the event experts at the Turning Stone Resort, the Bermuda Rose Martini is a drink inspired by warm weather months of spring and summer.  Known for their gorgeous landscape and bountiful amenities, the Turning Stone Resort is a popular Central New York wedding venue.  Experiment with different recipes to find the best match for your wedding.

Bermuda Rose Cocktail Signature Drink for Weddings, Showers & Parties

 

Bermuda Rose Martini

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 2 oz. Orange Huice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Lime Juice
  • Splash of Club Soda

 

This recipe can easily turned into a “mocktail”.  Mocktails are delicious, and even kids can enjoy them.  Also, the use of mock-tails at the reception lowers the chances of drunken brawls.  Aunt Shirley might not appreciate the absence of alcohol, but she will survive.

Bermuda Mocktail Signature Drink Non-Alcoholic Perfect for Weddings, Showers & Parties
Photo credit – Babble

Bermuda Mocktail

  • Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Club Soda

The reception will benefit from the happy couple’s unique beverage.  The guests will be impressed by the novelty and delicious taste, and the money saved can be used for something special, like gifts the bridal pair registered for and didn’t get. Everyone wins, and this is one trend that won’t be embarrassing to remember ten or twenty years down the line.

DIY Project – Light Bulb Bud Vase – Perfect for Table Decor or Hanging!

DIY Project Light Bulb Bud Vase Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
credit – themerrythought

Looking for a way to recycle/upcycle some old light bulbs and diy something pretty for your wedding, shower or event? The a light bulb bud vase would be absolutely perfect for you! It is an easy peasy diy project you can do with old light bulbs you would have thrown out anyways. Decorate your ceremony (maybe hang them along the aisle!) or reception with hanging light bulb vases filled with pretty blooms or put in some small flowers and set them on tables. So beautiful , so fresh..and so GREEN! :D

Here is what you will need -

  • Clear Incandescent light bulb
  • Needle Nose pliers
  • Safety glasses and gloves
  • Floral Wire or Twine (for hanging), Coat hanger, Napkin Ring or aluminum welding rod [available at your local hardware store] (for standing)
  • Optional – Bag to catch glass and throwaway bits & pieces

DIY Project - Light Bulb Bud Vase - Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
credit – themerrythought

  1. First, remove the little silver disc (the contact) on the bottom of the light bulb with your pliers.
  2. Next, remove the black glass cap by working the tip of the pliers into the hole to snap it. (Twist while applying a little bit of pressure!)
  3. Working over your bag, use the pliers to gently loosen the bits and pieces in the bulb and pull them out to discard until the light bulb is empty.
  4. Now the next step depends on if you plan on hanging it or standing it on a table.
  • If you are hanging it you can either tie some twine tightly around the top leaving a tail that can be used to hang. You could also wrap floral wire around the top and create a loop for hanging.
  • If you are standing it on the table the easiest way is to just set it on a small napkin ring that coordinates with the rest of your decor. You can also use a wire coat hanger or aluminum welding rod bent and twisted into a stand for hanging or sitting upon. (See photos for ideas!)

That’s it! Now just add some water and your favorite flower (or grass/foliage/greenery which can be pretty too! Totally simple and eco-friendly to boot.

Some ideas for flowers – Daisies, Mums, Carnations, Roses, Tulips, Astrolomeria, Lilies – etc. etc!

DIY Project - Light Bulb Bud Vase - Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
credit – 2nified on flickr.com