Jul 28, 2009

Vintage Handkerchief Ring Bearer Pillows

Vintage handkerchief ring bearer pillows - are they hard to make?  Not accordingly to Martha Stewart.  Here is her guide to making your own instant family heirloom - a vintage ring bearer pillow:

  • For a square handkerchief (10 inches), you'll need a square pillow just big enough for the handkerchief's corners to slightly overlap at the center (the one above is six inches).
  • Place the pillow on the wrong side of the linen as shown; fold the corners in, overlapping them. Hand-sew the middle of a satin ribbon to pillow center, sewing through the linen's corners and pillow; use two or three stitches (when ready to remove linen, cut the thread).
To attach rings, thread them onto the ribbon, tie a bow, and you have a perfect vintage style ring bearer pillow!

Jul 20, 2009

Wedding Brownie Pops

Wedding brownie pops - everyone loves a tasty chocolate treat!  These well-loved wedding favor pops feature an elegant, eye-catching chocolate coating and a blissfully delicious brownie center.  The "bride" is dressed in white chocolate with candy pearls and a delicate lace bodice made of white nonpareils; the groom is resplendent in a milk chocolate tux and tie with a white chocolate shirt. Each round gourmet wedding favor contains a freshly baked brownie center. For filigree, scrolls and vintage designs choose a chocolate base and detailing to reflect your own personal style.

Mini Wedding Brownie Favor Pops

Brownie Pop with Scrolls
Vintage Style Brownie Pops
Filigree Brownie Pops

Jul 9, 2009

Choosing the Right Wedding Dress and Accessories

Be flashy not trashy!  In their book “Anti-Bride Etiquette Guide,” Carolyn Gerin and Kathleen Hughes list The Ten Commandments Of Bridal Attire. These are amazingly simple tips but worth passing along:

Know thyself and the dress will follow. Know your shape, your height, and your coloring, and have some idea of silhouettes that suit you.

Not every runway trend is a “real way” trend. Choose your clothes with thoughtfulness and discretion, and then not thinking another moment about them.

You should be wearing the garment—it should not be wearing you. Pinching shoes, a tight bodice, a scratchy crinoline, or a constricting corset will make you a cranky bride.

Aim for private comforts. Silk undies, a cotton-lined bodice, shoes you can dance in, a dress that doesn’t feel like a heavy suit of armor.

Cleavage is one thing, but Baywatch is another. Be flashy but not trashy.

Go light on the makeup. Know how much makeup you’re comfortable wearing and don’t run the risk of looking embalmed.

Too many looks (or too much of one look) spoil the look. Instead of going head-to-toe vintage, build your look around one or two points such as shoes, necklace or beaded bodice.

Match your dress to your surroundings. A floor-length $20,000 Vera Wang at your nuptials in your parents’ backyard would be inappropriate.
White’s all right. Even if it’s an encore marriage or you’re over forty, white is fine, but avoid wearing a veil, traditionally reserved for younger brides.

Despite all the dos and don’ts, have some guts. We say, wear a monster tiara if you dare.

Find the perfect bridesmaid dress on Weddington Way!

Jul 8, 2009

Ocean Theme Wedding Favors

Enjoy a sunset wedding toast by the sea and pass on the joy with these starfish wine bottle stoppers and other ocean themed thank you gifts. Starfish themed wedding favors are the perfect combination of elegance and whimsy for your beach wedding or wine-themed engagement party.






Beach Wedding Invitations, Favors and More

Jul 4, 2009

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

More cookie buffet ideas - these iced pumpkin cookies will be a huge hit at your fall bridal shower, luncheon, rehearsal dinner or reception.  Canned pumpkin is such a low calorie and high fiber food, I love to bake and serve them - especially to cookie connoisseurs -  when they taste so overwhelmingly moist and delicious.  If you're a bit lazy like me and this recipe looks too long and too Martha Stewart, here is how to present a plateful of pumpkin cookies in no time.  Substitute 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (a beautiful blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and aromatic allspice - all in one can) and ice your cookies with canned cream cheese icing.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar or 1 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree - I use Libby's brand
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Icing:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Using a teaspoon as your guide, drop onto baking sheets; flatten slightly.

3.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cookies cool completely and then drizzle glaze on top.

To Make Glaze: Combine powdered sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add a tiny bit more milk if needed, to achieve desired consistency.