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2907, 2015

DIY table numbers for your next party

By |July 29th, 2015|crafts, Uncategorized, wedding|0 Comments

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I kind of have a thing for gold spray paint. Like, if it wasn’t harmful and generally frowned upon I might just spray paint my dog. Just kidding of course- but I do think I have a gold spray paint problem. I love the transformation of something blah into something shiny and gilded in just a few seconds. So when it came to table numbers at my wedding, I knew I wanted to get my spray paint on. Originally I looked for wood numbers, but after some pinterest searching those felt oh-so overdone. I started looking around for other possibilities. Frames were another popular option but I didn’t love the look of a printed table number inside the frame. So when I saw these adorable heart frames at Ikea I knew I was on to something. I got out my trusty paint, recruited my sister as a co-partner in paint, and got to work.

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The best part of the frames (aside from the $1.99 price tag!) is that they are double sided, so there is no awkward “back side” of the table number. Each frame comes with a clear plastic insert that is perfect to write on. I played around with paint pens and ended up using a white chalk marker. It looked elegant and best of all it’s erasable if you mess up! Because you are writing on a clear surface you can print things on paper and put them behind the plastic like a stencil. This was a game changer for me and my chicken scratch handwriting. I used our wedding font to write the table numbers on my computer, printed it out and traced right onto the plastic.

The only bummer about the white writing was that it was hard to photograph so you cant get the full effect from the photos. I put one at the top from the day of and you can just barely make it out!

love and candy,

lindsay

2707, 2015

5 easy ways to personalize invites

By |July 27th, 2015|DIY, wedding|1 Comment

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Custom invitations can get super expensive, especially for weddings.  I love letterpress but by the time I added up all the options I wanted- multiple colors, custom art, etc.. it was way over my budget. Thankfully there are a ton of other great options out there these days and I found an invite on minted that I loved for a fraction of the price. I was a little hesitant to buy a stock invite but I thought of some easy ways to personalize the invites to make them uniquely mine. Here are 5 things you can do to customize stock invites!

1. Customize your colors: Most sites let you take the base design and then change the colors and fonts. Your invites are the first things your guests see so set the tone with the color palette and fonts you chose. Be sure to use the RGB or CMYK for the exact colors you want to avoid any mishaps. Most online sites only do digital proofs, and even if it looks good on your monitor, it can look totally different in person! Our palette was sage green, blush and gold, so we customized the invites to include those colors.

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2. Put it in your own words: change the wording on the invites to reflect your event. Don’t be afraid to steer away from the example verbiage, this is your wedding and it should reflect your style and tone. The reply card is a great spot to have a little creativity. Instead of checking yes or no, put something more personal. I have also seen people have an “Other” spot where people could put their own response!

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3. Step up your stamp game: Envelopes are the first things your guests see, so make it something to get excited about! There are so many amazing stamp options out there. You can create your own on sites like zazzle or buy vintage stamps. Our wedding was in the desert so I picked out some fun retro desert stamps that I tracked down on etsy. Yes, it’s slightly more expensive than regular stamps but so worth it!

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4. Add a photo: I’m a picture person, and loved the idea of adding a photo without having the whole invite be a photograph.  We made 4 x 6 prints of one of our engagement photos and used two sided photo tape to attach one to the inside flap of each envelope. It was a quick and fun way to personalize our envelopes.  You could totally do this for Christmas cards or any other occasion too!

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5. Seal it with love- and wax: There is something about a wax seal that seems so special, probably because they are so hardly used anymore. I found a ton of people selling them on etsy, and they weren’t very expensive- you can get one for about 10 bucks.  I found a shop that lets you upload your own design so I used our wedding font to get a custom “K” made and then wax sealed the envelopes shut. It takes a little while to get the hang of the wax seal so make sure you practice on other paper first so you don’t put your envelopes at risk!

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I’m super happy with the way they turned out! Hopefully you picked up a couple of ideas of how to personalize your invites without breaking the bank.


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love and candy,

lindsay

2007, 2015

it’s poppin’ time

By |July 20th, 2015|cooking, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Popsicle time that is! One of the great things about getting married (aside from the whole gaining a life partner thing) is that you get all sorts of fun wedding gifts. I used a Williams- Sonoma gift card to pick up a popsicle mold and also a nifty Hario cold brew maker. < I later found the same cold brewer for less on Amazon here >.  Put the two together and you get these delish and easy to make coffee pops.

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The key for these (and any other coffee popsicle) is that you need to start with a cold brew, you can’t just freeze a pot of coffee. Once coffee gets hot is releases acidic flavors that make the pops taste not so tasty. If you don’t want to spend the $30 or so for a cold brewer, here is a great how-to on making your own cold brew with just a jar and a strainer.

So start with a cold brew! Next chose your flavors. I used almond milk and some sugar free vanilla syrup. You can sub out for regular milk and any flavor syrup you desire, or just stick with a classic coffee taste.

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Here is the mix I used, but once again it’s all about taste preference so experiment with some different strengths to find what you like best.

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3 cups cold brew coffee

2 cups almond milk

8 tsps Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup

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Then it’s time to pour and freeze your pops. Have extra? Drink it, of course.  I recommend using whiskey ice cubes to prevent diluting your coffee- or just drink it quickly.
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When the pops are finally ready (about 4 hours which feels like forever), add a little flare by sprinkling salt, sugar or something fun on the tip of your pop. I used Jacobsen vanilla bean salt for a little flavor kick.

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Hooray for summer and popsicles! Do you have any fave popsicle recipes?

love and candy,

lindsay