Oct 28, 2016
I'm a girl, not a potential groomsman, but I still love these Will You Be My Groomsman Gift Tags. Your service (pay for your tux, plan an unforgettable bachelor party and provide a kick ass getaway car) is requested! These manly looking walnut stained tags with hand written calligraphy and tough little suede ties are available for your best man, groomsmen and ushers for $4.50 each (unfortunately, Jack Daniels not included). An additional fifty cents and you can personalize each with names and/or wedding date on the back. Imagine his surprise when he finds one of these welcome little whiskey bottles - at home or at the office - with a handsome "will you be my groomsman" gift tag.
Some of these hand lettered wedding signs can be made by you or I with plenty of practice. And some (like the first photo) are refreshingly simple. Who doesn't want to be greeted this way? Sweet or sophisticated, all these rustic wedding signs share one thing in common - an announcement that today all of us will be witnesses to a deep and forever kind of love - that we were chosen out of many others to hear these sacred vows and share our special blessings. A day to hug and be hugged. Kiss and be kissed. You're so glad we're here? There's no place on earth we'd rather be.
Oct 24, 2016
A rustic engagement ring box like this, cut from reclaimed redwood in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is yours for $29.99 (top branding only) or $34.99 (initials on top and date on the rim). These personalized ring boxes have been cut from fallen trees and branches, a genuine gift from Mother Nature with little or no carbon footprint. Your engagement ring will fit perfectly in this beautiful wooden box (each one with its own unique charm) that has been carefully sanded and oiled to enhance its natural beauty.
Oct 22, 2016
To the thoughtful bride and groom who gives the gift of coffee wedding favors - I say may all your days be happy ones and all your children millionaires. Once again at Evermine (with a guide on where to find these chalkboard favor tags, labels and window bags), I found a favor that (after the wedding) will guarantee freshly brewed hot coffee Monday through Friday and a cup or two before Sunday's game. No tea lights, no trinkets, no rock hard candy on a stick. Something warm, something wonderful, the rich aroma of a special brand of coffee - you chose to grind yourself - that makes me savor both the drink and the special day you invited me as your well-loved guest.
Oct 21, 2016
Satin bridesmaid robes - a real beautiful bargain at just $18 each. Years ago a friend loaned me a homemade pattern and I turned out these kimono style robes for just about every woman I know, plus size to petite. One size fit everyone with a comfortable belt that tied loosely over jeans, shorts, sweat pants or pajamas. Mine were designed out of comfortable cotton, these are made of shiny polyester satin. Yes, these make an elegant and affordable bridesmaid gift idea. But if you have a sewing machine that delivers professional looking edges on a variety of silky fabrics - inside and out - you may want to consider making these beautiful satin bridesmaid robes yourself.
Oct 19, 2016
Caramel Apple Trifle - so easy you won't believe it! Many thanks to Frugal Fanatic (a great blog for saving money, making money and living a more frugal lifestyle), for this easy and elegant bridal shower dessert. Only five ingredients - starting with your favorite store bought cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, canned apple filling and creamy caramel topping sauce. If you haven't invested in a clear glass trifle bowl, pick one up just like this at Walmart for less than ten dollars. A great investment to show off all your delicious trifle desserts.
Caramel Apple Trifle Ingredients:
- 1 box of your favorite cake mix (spice, yellow or white)
- 1 large container of Cool Whip
- 1 large box of Vanilla Instant Pudding
- 1 jar caramel topping sauce
- 2 cans of apple pie filling
- Bake cake as directed and let cool. Put one layer of cake cubes on the bottom.
- Drizzle caramel sauce on top of the cake.
- Add a layer of vanilla pudding.
- Add 1 can of apple pie filling.
- Add a layer of Cool Whip.
- Top it off with Cool Whip and drizzle with caramel topping.
Oct 18, 2016
Winter wedding cookies - wouldn't these be stunning on trays, cupcake towers or sealed individually in crisp cellophane bags? Royal icing is needed for most of these Christmas cookie designs, and once you master the three simple ingredients - egg whites, vanilla extract and confectioner's sugar - you'll be turning out professional looking cookies winter, spring, summer and fall. Some of these, honestly take more time and talent than I possess. Know how to cut a simple wedge? Take a stab at making and decorating the Christmas tree cookies with silver edible pearls below. The snowman sugar cookies and un-iced gingerbread men would make a fun and affordable winter wedding favor - loved by children of all ages and easy to make.
Oct 13, 2016
Many thanks to Jen at Bakerette for this easy Crock Pot Apple Cider recipe that takes so little time and talent to prepare, yet will warm the hearts and souls of everyone in the cold months ahead. The perfect delicious hot drink for your fall or winter wedding reception, your only real expense is five or more gallons of apple cider and several slow cookers - bought or borrowed. You can also pierce your orange slices with whole cloves (pointed side in) for a more rustic look, and decrease the amount of brown sugar depending on your taste.
- 1 gallon apple cider - any brand is fine
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange sliced
- Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir until brown sugar is absorbed.
- Turn slow cooker on low and let the flavors blend together. Apple cider should be hot enough to drink in less than two hours.
- Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.
Oct 6, 2016
In many ways we think we are bigger, stronger, smarter and more creative than people in the past. And then you read this sweet and tender Old Testament Bible verse - I have found the one my soul loves. Credit is given to wise old King Solomon, a guy who had 700 wives and 300 girlfriends and obviously knew a thing or two about love - or at least sex. But in realty, it may have come several centuries later and the author is unknown. It really doesn't matter. Sweeter words were never spoken. This Bible verse wedding sign is 11 x 14 inches, solid wood with dark walnut stain and white lettering, and sells for less than $30. So heartfelt - and so affordable. A breathtakingly beautiful religious themed wedding gift.
Oct 5, 2016
These breathtakingly beautiful eucalyptus table runners are perfect indoors or out. Did you know that eucalyptus is a natural stimulant? Besides having a small army of positive health benefits - being an anti-inflammatory, deodorant and decongestant, eucalyptus and its essential oils relax the blood vessels and increase circulation. So not only does it look and smell fragrant and fresh, it might entice everyone up and on the dance floor after a mouth watering meal of Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Southern Collard Greens and several tender champagne toasts.
Oct 3, 2016
Besides seeing you marry the man of your dreams, your guests all have one thing in common. Grandma and Grandpa who took Southwest Airlines from Sarasota and your cousins who drove in from the Jersey shore. Everyone just wants to r-e-l-a-x. But not everyone will be crazy about the Conga Line and some would rather change a tire in the pouring rain than give a warm and witty speech. But all be thirsty, looking for everything from Diet Pepsi to champagne punch. These Mason jar drinking glasses feel casual and comfortable, at a sweet and joyful celebration many wish would never end.
Oct 2, 2016
Because they're charming and relatively cheap, I've written about personalized wedding hangers many times before. But these letters are not fashioned out of wire. They are cut from natural colored wood board and if you select this option (as shown) expect to pay about $10 each. Metallic silver or gold letters bring the price tag up to twenty. As long as no more than 14 letters are needed, these hangers can also be personalized with a short phrase or title (Maid of Honor, Bridesmaid). They ship from China and could take 15 - 20 business days (one whole month) to reach your door.