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Inspiration of the Week:Unique Centerpieces

This week’s inspiration {of the week} ideas focuses on unique centerpieces…each post will focus on different inspiring ideas to make tables more eye-catching and so not passe.

Today: Candle Centerpieces

Will you light my candle? Okay, I am not Mimi but I love the musical Rent, what can I say…
I love how candles add a romantic touch to evening receptions…or otherwise dark reception spaces.

I like this paper lantern and candle centerpiece from Every Day with Rachael Ray for a laid back shower or a less formal wedding..

I also like these ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings…

DIY corrugated paper and twine candle wraps

DIY stamped glass candleholders

DIY lovely photo frame lanterns with votives
see a ‘how to’ here.

And check out these lovely pew lanterns, not a centerpiece, but lovely, lovely, lovely!

Inspiration of the Week: Unique Centerpieces

This week’s inspiration {of the week} ideas focuses on unique centerpieces…each post will focus on different inspiring ideas to make tables more eye-catching and so not passe.

Today: Paper Flower Centerpieces

I like this inspiration for showers…or even engagement parties, if you are having one. Paper centerpieces add a new kind of fun to the table. Here are some favorites that make me want to go out and make them today…or this weekend when I have more time. :)

Simple white paper flowers from Craftstylish. How cute are these placed in a french press? Learn how to make them here.

Paper Flower Centerpieces

And look at these paper daisies also from Craftstylish. Learn how to make them here.
Here is also another great paper flower tutorial from dozi desgin.

Flower Paper Centerpieces - 2

Speaking of paper flowers, do you know about Paper Source’s super crafty paper flower kits?
Here are some of my favorites…

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These are totally fun and I can’t wait to make them for a wedding shower, baby shower or well, just because.

And last but not least, here are some of Martha Stewart’s paper crafts…

a cute crepe paper rose ‘how to’…
Martha Stewart Crepe Rose

and a super cheery tissue pom-pom and napkin ring how to.
Martha Stewart Pom Pom

And, in case you missed it, here is a link to a DIY origami branch centerpiece I featured.

Inspiration of the Week: Unique Centerpieces

This week’s inspiration {of the week} ideas focuses on unique centerpieces…each post will focus on different inspiring ideas to make tables more eye-catching and so not passe.

Today: Out of the Box Centerpieces…

So, it may not be a surprise that I love centerpieces. For my wedding, centerpieces were definitely the thing I was most wishy-washy on because of the endless possibilities. I decided on low centerpieces to allow people to better talk to one another and see each other – that was important to me. Centerpieces don’t have to be tall or large to grab the attention of your guests…

Check out today’s out of the box centerpiece inspiration via my guest blog post at the Wishpot Wedding Blog.

Here’s a teaser:

[image credit: Botanicals, Inc.]

Because I Love Fonts + This Design….

Wow. Talk about out of the box design…
Instead of using typical centerpieces for a gala celebrating the Metropolitan Opera’s 125th year anniversary, David Stark Design and Production decorated the space using various graphics + fonts and look at the result…

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amazing.

[image credit: David Stark Sketchbook via iDiY]

Theme Thursday

I want to share with you some creative + fun wedding + event ‘themes.’ I use that word loosely because it is not an inspiration board but instead ideas + fab finds all with a central ‘motif’ for an entertaining event- whether
shower, reception, bachelorette party or other. New Thursday, new motif. See the links below to find out where to purchase the finds or how to make the drinks.

This Thursday: A Moroccan Inspired Event

It is no surprise that Moroccan style has kind of taken off in terms of decor. I like the bright colors and patterns that are associated with Moroccan decor. I really like how you are starting to see Moroccan used more and more as centerpieces and in weddings and other events.

Moroccan Inspired Event

Idea: For your seating area at your event, you can use similar furniture + decor in the picture above from Casablanca Market to create a relaxed lounge-like atmosphere. Or to even go over the top? Look into having a belly dancer perform!

Love tea? I am a huge fan of Moroccan mint tea. You can check out Emeril’s recipe here.
In the mood for some Moroccan food? Epicurious has some great recipes listed here.

[image credit: orange/yellow lantern - Amazon; blue lantern - Amazon; Star lantern - Amazon; Moroccan tea image - Flickr;  plates - CB2; Moroccan decor image - Casablanca Market; pillow - Wrapables ; spice box - World Market; glasses - World Market 'Casablanca' - Amazon ]

Inspiration of the Week: Beyond the Plain Vase

This week’s inspiration {of the week} ideas focuses on ways to go beyond the plain vase…each post will focus on different ways to make it more
fun, whether for a shower, reception or other event.

Today…use different vase fillers-be creative.

Lemon filled vase

You’ve probably seen cut lemons, limes + even kiwis filled in a vase. But what else can you use?

Jennifer from Hostess with the Mostess wrote about just that at Real Simple. I was about to put some vase fillers I like but some were already listed on her great list.

Here are some great vase fillers…

Vase gems
Coffee Beans
Candy
Marbles
Acrylic Gems and Crystals
Ice Cube Glass Crystals
Colored Glass

Pink acrylic gems
Ice cube glass crystals

Acrylic Blue Ice

For a complete list of her suggestions, click here.

Even colored water looks great in vases, bowls or floating candle holders.

{Image credit: 1- Lenox Hill Florist & Events, 2-4 Save on crafts}

Inspiration of the Week: Beyond the Plain Vase

This week’s inspiration {of the week} ideas focuses on ways to go beyond
the plain vase…each post will focus on different ways to make it more
fun, whether for a shower, reception or other event.

Today…use the vases in unique ways {part 1…look for part 2 tomorrow}.

I adore this look, especially for a shower…bud vases displayed on a cake stand!

MS takeaway centerpieces

Also cute for a shower…

baby centerpieces in fun arrangements!

MS favors as centerpieces
MS vases in heart shape

And, since no one said all vases had to hold the same…

Pottery Barn Vase 1

Or no vase had to be the same…{on a table}

Pottery Barn Vase 2

Monogrammed vases + great display! Compliments of Pottery Barn.


Pottery Barn Vase 3

{Image credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

Inspiration of the Week: Beyond the Plain Vase

This week’s inspiration {of the week} ideas will focus on ways to go beyond the plain vase…each post will focus on different ways to make it more fun, whether for a shower, reception or other event.

Today…use ribbon(s) and fabric.

It could be as simple as adding ribbon around the vase, either covering it completely, around the middle, or in a bow…

Ribbon centerpiece1
Ribbon vase 3Ribbon vase 2
Ribbon vase 4

Or it could be a little more complex…fabric vases, when done right, make a statement…

Fabric vase
Click here to see how to create this look.

{Image credit, left to right: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

Inspiration of the Week: Wedding Reception Fabric Backdrops

A reader wrote to me asking for ideas and inspiration for a fabric backdrop to be hung in the reception space for her Illinois wedding. I think a nice fabric + lights (especially pin spot, up light or both) makes all the difference.

Purple velour 2

In this photo, the floral arrangement “bookends” help anchor the look.

Purple velourPink marroon and white backdrop
Different colored fabric + the height of the branch centerpieces – A+

Cake backdrop brown
Great way to emphasize the cake.

Purple wall floral bunch

Red wall

Check back soon for even more backdrop and reception space ideas…

{ Image credit: 1+2 Yvonne Design, 3 WeddingDecor.com, 4 Project Wedding, 5 Cynthia Martyn Event Planning & Design, 6 White Night Design, 5 Project Wedding, 8 Cynthia Martyn Event Planning & Design }

It’s Unique, It’s Fun, It’s DIY…It’s Paper!

I came across this great site, wedlog, and this fun DIY origami branch centerpiece. Check out the site for their detailed instructions on how to create your own!

origami-flowering-branch

{photo credit: wedlog}

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