Wedding Gift Ideas

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DIY Mommy to BEE Baby Shower

DIY Mommy to BEE Baby ShowerDIY Bumble Bee Baby Shower Baby showers are such a joyous occasion! The mother-to-be is pampered, showered with gifts, and surrounded by loved ones celebrating the highly anticipated arrival of a precious [more]

Mermaid Birthday Party

Mermaid Birthday PartyMermaid Themed 3rd Birthday Party One of my talented dear friends just celebrated her daughters 3rd birthday party last month. Marsinah (from Blushing Pearl) did an amazing job styling this super cute and [more]

1920's Great Gatsby Birthday Party

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10 DIY Christmas Decorations + Giveaway

10 DIY Christmas Decorations + Giveaway  10 Gorgeous DIY Christmas Decorations + Giveaway Its the most wonderful time of the year - yep my FAVORITE time - Christmas!! Last year I put together some awesome DIY ideas in a 2 part post for [more]

Holidays for Heroes

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DIY Baby Shower Candy Buffet

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DIY Country Bridal Shower

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Victorian Wedding Inspiration Photo Shoot

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Wedding Gift Ideas

Fun Wedding Gifts

Getting married soon or planning on being a guest at an upcoming wedding? Looking for unique products for your home or a great gift for a birthday? If so, boy do I have a treat for you today – a site that will definitely come in handy in the near future. Please let me introduce you to Uncommon Goods, an online retailer that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment.  A few cool facts about the company: most of the products they sell were created in the US, half of what they sell is handmade, and one-third of their products incorporate recycled and/or up cycled materials. Lastly, one other awesome thing about this company is their humanitarian efforts – they support 4 awesome charities that you can check out here.

Uncommon Goods definitely has some lovely and creative goodies for everyone, but today I’d like to focus on their wedding and anniversary gifts. I took some time to browse the site and check out their wedding gifts and I must admit that quite a few products caught my eye. What I love about the site is that they have such a great variety of products spanning wide range of budgets, and users are able to rate the products – I LOVE and live by reviews so this was a big plus for me! You can check out some wedding gifts options here.

After much internal debate I decided on two fun and useful libation products – a unique molecular mixology Mojito kit and an instant wine chiller. I loved both products so much that I thought I would share my personal review with you. The wine chiller was super easy to use, did an awesome job chilling my Rose wine, and I was amazed at how quickly it chilled the wine. I do agree with the wine chiller’s description that it “maintains the wine’s characteristics and doesn’t alter the taste”. If you are like me and have forgotten to put the wine in the fridge before a party or plain ‘ole dinner, this would be a great addition to your kitchen.

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Now the molecular mixology mojito kit is a truly unique invention. If you love mojitos and are interested in trying something new, this kit offers 7 unique techniques to creatively construct and deconstruct a mojito. This is a fun project to try alone, with friends, or a significant other. This kit goes beyond bartending and will definitely make you feel like you just created something for Top Chef. The best part of it all is enjoying the fruits of your labor! I had a blast making this with my hubby and I’ve still got a few techniques to try out. (Btw if you are not a fan of Mojito’s they also offer similar kits for Margaritas and Cosmopolitans.)

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I hope you enjoyed my 2 product reviews – which one would you be more likely to try?  If you are the least bit curious of what other goodies you can find then I’d encourage you to head over to Uncommon Goods.  I’d love to hear your thoughts so let me know your favorite product(s) or if you end up buying something, please let me know what you bought and your personal product review.

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DIY Mommy to BEE Baby Shower

DIY Bumble Bee Baby Shower

Baby showers are such a joyous occasion! The mother-to-be is pampered, showered with gifts, and surrounded by loved ones celebrating the highly anticipated arrival of a precious bundle of joy. Today’s featured DIY baby shower is so adorable, full of lovely DIY projects, and definitely the bees knees.

This DIY Bumble Bee baby shower was created with love by Joanna & Lydia for the mommy-to-bee who loves Bumble Bees and simple colors such as white, light gray and yellow. With simplicity, elegance, and a brunch in mind the planning duo found an awesome venue and went to work on creating the bumble bee inspired décor.

The classic, elegant centerpieces were styled with white hydrangeas and adorned with twine holding tiny bees wrapped around the vases. Little white frames held simply decorated table numbers. The favors on the table included mini honey jars and a bee muslin bag held the silverware.

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The dessert table was a focal point containing giant letters spelling out BABY were made from foam board and tissue squares glued onto the letters. Adorable hand made poms made from white and yellow tissue paper were decoratively placed throughout the private room. The “It’s a Boy” bunting made from silver letters and different colored papers added to the bumble bee ambiance. Delectable treats like golden Oreos with yellow filling, bumble bee imprinted Oreo cookies with yellow filling, and homemade turtle pretzels with yellow and chocolate details and an edible Bee embellishment filled the dessert table.

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The rest of the bumble bee decor included a fun baby shower bingo with a bee embellishment, a framed baby shower announcement, a creative guestbook (Mommy to Bee’s favorite childhood book), and a memorable game called “What should the Name Bee”. where the mommy-to-be selected her favorite name and the guest who wrote the name received a Burt’s Bee’s gift set as a prize.

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Vendors: Event Hosts – Lydia Seno & Joanna Fiaccato | White hydrangeas – Windy City Flower Girls | White hot chocolate & Chocolate/Vanilla Coconut cupcakes- Crumbs Bakery | Bumble bee & bee hive cookies- Sincerely Kira 

A little bit about one of the baby shower planners: Joanna Fiaccato
I am 28 years old, married for just over 2 years.  I love throwing parties and planning events.  I planned my wedding from start to finish as well as my mom’s and sister within the past two years.  I have a beautiful home and love to entertain.  I manage a wholesale gift company as well as work part time for a promotion company where I get to plan and execute events.  Party hosting is currently just a hobby of mine but you never know what the future holds.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY bumble bee styled baby shower and if you love this idea and are looking for more bumble bee inspiration, then you’ll want to check out these two Bumble Bee inspiration boards! This baby shower definitely shows that you don’t have to spend a lot of money planning and decorating an event and sometimes simple just takes the cake!

For more lovely and creative inspiration, please join me on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/3DMemoirs

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Mermaid Birthday Party

Mermaid Themed 3rd Birthday Party

One of my talented dear friends just celebrated her daughters 3rd birthday party last month. Marsinah (from Blushing Pearl) did an amazing job styling this super cute and adorable birthday party – perfect for a little mermaid. Believe me when I say that this under the sea mermaid themed birthday party was full of creative details and I won’t tease you any longer with the suspense – check out the photos below and let us know what you think?

Here is the initial inspiration for the party – a lovely invitation Marsinah created for her daughter’s mermaid birthday party:

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The Party was a Success – a Happy Birthday girl!

{Vendors} Photo Backdrop, invitation, cake pops, favor bags – designed and created by Marsinah from Blushing Pearl | Cake topper & Sea Creatures – designed and created by A Paper Playground | Paper Poms – created by Pomtree

What I love about this party is that there were just enough details to pull off the mermaid theme but she didn’t break the bank to bring this sea dream to life. The color theme was fabulous and I adored the crepe paper/streamers backdrop and props for photos! (If you can’t afford a photo booth, this is a great alternative!) What was your favorite detail? What inspiration did you get from this party? What creative ideas do you have to fit this theme? Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear your ideas and feedback!

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1920’s Great Gatsby Birthday Party

Great Gatsby 30th Birthday Party 

My brother, his wife, and their close friend had the fun idea of throwing themselves a birthday party to say goodbye to their 20’s and hello to their “Dirty 30’s”! With the rage of the roaring 20’s following the release of the Great Gatsby last year, they decided no better way to celebrate in style and class than with a 1920’s Great Gatsby themed party.

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They booked the perfect venue for their event – Diamond’s Billiards in Brea, CA – not only did they have the perfect space to accommodate this creative party theme, but they were super flexible and easy to work with in planning the logistics, food and drinks, and music selection. Next, the party planning begin – guest list, invitation, 1920’s wardrobe, menu planning, details, and all of the other wonderful details that went into pulling off this elegant adults affair. Take a look at the end result – you’ll just love the FABULOUS details!

 

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I wish I could take the credit for the beautiful and creative party decor, but the credit rightfully goes to the talented decorating sister duo – Nena & Lydia Banuelos.  Inspired by the creative invitation above, the elegant 1920’s Great Gatsby styled black and gold decor and a stunning dessert table and creative backdrop greeted dressed-up partygoers. These two ladies ran with the birthday couple’s vision and ideas, infusing creative elements (such as my brother’s unique vintage drink menu), and transforming the intimate space into a scene right out of the roaring 20’s.

 

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 I was blown away by the fact that every single person was uniquely dressed to fit the theme – I really felt like I went back in time and was in attendance at a Great Gatsby party or at a 1920’s popular nightclub. Besides the awesome decor – the music, food, and drinks were great! Not to mention the fabulous photo booth that was big hit and awesome addition to the party. Apparently some of us were addicted to the photo booth! Check out our photo obsession! We had such a blast, who would have thought a photo booth could be so much fun?!

{Vendors:} Venue: Diamonds Billards | Photography: Natalie Isabel Photography | Photo booth: Red Curtain Photo Studio | Decor & Dessert Table: Nena Chavez from In the Now Weddings & Events | Dessert: Bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes | 1920’s inspired Invitation: Computer Nerd Art Etsy Shop

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10 Gorgeous DIY Christmas Decorations + Giveaway

Its the most wonderful time of the year – yep my FAVORITE time – Christmas!! Last year I put together some awesome DIY ideas in a 2 part post for delicious food and libations (DIY Holiday Dinner Party – Food & Drinks) AND amazing DIY decor ideas (DIY Holiday Dinner Party – Decor). This year I’m going to share some awesome DIY Christmas decorations that I have found across the web and Pinterest, PLUS I’ve got an amazing holiday giveaway for you as well!

{DIY Christmas Decorations} Here are a few of my favorite DIY Christmas Decorations I found. You’ll be sure to save some money this year by creating these beauties – no need for costly store decorations! For more inspiration, follow my DIY Christmas Decorations board on Pinterest.

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DIY Glitter Pear Ornament by A Pumpkin & A Princess | DIY Christmas Trees by Little Inspiration

 

DIY mantle decoration

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland featured on Sweetest Occasion | DIY Merry & Bright Mantle Decoration by The Lovely Cupboard

 

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DIY Lamp Christmas Decoration by Blissfully Ever After | DIY Waterless Snow Globes by Tidy Mom

 

DIY tissue pom pom and wool wreath

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms by Tara Dennis | DIY Wool Wreath by It’s Overflowing

 

DIY twine garland

DIY Bakers Twine Garland by Lolly Jane | DIY Twine Lanterns by Anthology Destination

 

{GIVEAWAY}

I have the pleasure of hosting a giveaway for a beautiful Christmas collection from the talented Marsinah from Blushing Pearl! You will fall in love with her lovely collection we are giving away. One lucky winner will win the following: 6 Folk Christmas Letterpress cards, 8 Cozy Knits Letterpress Printed Gift Tags, & 4 Gingerbread Dear Santa Letterpress Printed Flat NotesThis is a perfect collection for the upcoming holiday season!

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{How to Enter}

1. Share this giveaway on Facebook with the following message:

@3dmemoirs and @Blushing Pearl design + letterpress are teaming up for this amazing holiday giveaway. For a chance to win check out www.3d-memoirs.com for more details!

Then come back and comment below letting us know you shared this on Facebook.

 

{For additional entries}

1. Tweet this post using the SHARE buttons at the bottom of the post with the following message:

@3dmemoirs & @blushingpearl have an amazing holiday #giveaway! Details on 3d-memoirs.com!

Then come back and comment below letting us know you shared this on Twitter.

  2. Follow 3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl on Facebook (3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl design + letterpress), Twitter (@3dmemoirs & @blushingpearl), & Pinterest (3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl) and then come back and leave a comment for each social media stating that you are now following us. (Each social media follow for both of us is 1 additional entry. A total of 3 additional entries.)

Our winner will be chosen and announced on December 10, 2013 on 3D-Memoir’s Facebook page! One exciting last detail, Marsinah is offering all 3D-Memoirs readers a special discount code for 15% off your entire purchase in her shop until 12/18/13: CHEERS13. Rush on over and take a peek, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with something!

{DIY Christmas Inspiration}

This year I wanted to do a DIY Christmas decoration inspiration shoot, but I just couldn’t make it happen due to time constraints. So as a final takeaway, I wanted to share with you my DIY Christmas Floral Centerpiece that I made for less than $10. I bought the silk flowers, vase, ribbon, and gold Christmas trees from the Dollar Tree and I used pieces from old pinecones as the vase filler and the remaining pine cones as decorative pieces. I hope you like my creation!

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Holidays for Heroes

Holidays For Heroes – Sending Christmas to our US Troops!

You may not know, but Christmas is my favorite holiday and time of the year! As a Christian, I love what it represents religiously and I truly enjoy the time spent with family, gift-giving, amazing food and desserts, festive decorations, the smell of a real Christmas tree and staring at the beautiful twinkling lights, cold weather and warm clothes, and good ‘ole Christmas songs. I feel confident in saying that there are many others like me that just absolutely love the Christmas holiday.

Recently I watched a TV show where they were interviewing military wives and one of the wives shared that her husband was brought to tears once by a stranger that approached him in the airport, shook his hand, and warmly thanked him for his service. The wives agreed that this sort of gesture doesn’t happen often but is very much appreciated by our soldiers. During the interview the host shared that he realized the previous year that a lot of active military personnel are away from their loved ones during Christmas or sadly do not have any close family or friends that they can expect to hear from during Christmas. The truly saddened me as I never before considered that during one of the most joyous times of the year, that there were US soldiers deployed, going without, separated from their families, and perhaps lonely. These individuals are selflessly defending my liberties & freedoms, a true sacrifice, while I celebrate Christmas and all that I love with my friends and family.

Truly touched by these realizations, I decided that this year I wanted to get involved and send care packages to our troops, reminding them that we appreciate their sacrifice and dedication, and are truly thankful for their service to our country. But I knew I couldn’t do this alone, so I reached out to a blogger friend to collaborate with on this project and I could not have found a better partner than Sara from Burnetts Boards! Being the amazing person that she is, she immediately jumped on board and loved the idea of sending holiday cheer to our military heroes.

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How Can You Get Involved and Help?

The organization we’ve chosen to support is Operation Care Packages (http://www.operationcarepackages.org/Christmas/SendSantaToTheTroops.html). There are a few ways that you can participate sending Christmas to the troops AND we’ve got an amazing giveaway for one of our awesome participants!

1. Make one or more care package(s) for the troops (click here for a sample holiday care package wish listSuggestion: Grab a friend or two, and/or involve your kids and put together care packages as a family. It’ll be a lot of fun and plus you will feel good doing it. (Don’t worry, you can definitely help without it being a financial burden, majority of the items can be found at the 99 cent store or the Dolllar Tree.) Send the package to: Operation Care Package, 611 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL 60435

2. Make a donation to help cover shipping costs or obtain supplies they are in need of OR sponsor a Christmas pack – you donate $25 and they will supply the care package. You may send a check or money order to: Operation Care Package, 611 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL 60435 or send a Paypal donation to proudarmysis4@sbcglobal.net.

3. Donate First Class stamps to help send cards or letters to our troops. You may send stamps to: Operation Care Package, 611 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL 60435

4. Get kids involved – Have your children, classroom, church group, family, social group, etc. color pictures, make a card, or write a letter to our troops: OCP KIDS http://www.operationcarepackages.org/Christmas/SendSantaToTheTroops.html You may send these items to: OCP KIDS Operation Care Package, 611 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL 60435

5. Behold Designz has been awesome enough to create a FREE downloadable Christmas card specifically for Holidays for Heroes. You can simply print this card, write a kind word, and send it to our troops. (Click here to download and print the card.)

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Photography credit: Kleinworth & Co

 

As you can see there are so many wonderful ways to participate. Feel free to do one of the items listed above or several – whatever your heart feels compelled to do will greatly be appreciated, plus the joy and smile that you are bringing to one or more military personnel is PRICELESS. See if you can rally your friends, family, co-workers, church, or social group to participate with you! Please share this on your favorite social media platforms (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google +, etc) and if you have a blog, invite your readers to participate. I would love for our troops to receive an overwhelming response of love, joy, and appreciation this Christmas and YOU can definitely help make a difference! I’ve chosen to stuff Christmas stockings with goodies for our soldiers, so make sure you are following 3DMemoirs on Instagram so you can see what I put together for our troops!

*GIVEAWAY* One last exciting detail, LOVE VS. DESIGN, has been kind enough to put together a wonderful package of $100 worth of holiday cards from their new customizable collection for one special participant!!

 

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Here are the details for the giveaway:

  • Follow both 3DMemoirs & Burnetts Boards on Instagram
  • Instagram a picture of you with a military friend or family OR a picture of a military friend or family member by themselves or with other troops OR a picture of your participating gift (care package, card, letter, stamps, etc) AND use the hastag #holidaysforheroes
  • The participation contest will run from November 20, 2013 until 11:59pm PST on Dec 1, 2013.
  • Sara & I will select 1 winner from the instagram participants and announce the winner on our Facebook pages on Dec 2, 2013 at 2pm PST. So, please stop by http://www.facebook.com/3dmemoirs and http://www.facebook.com/burnettsboards to find out if you are the lucky winner!

Thank you in advance for participating and helping put a smile on our soldiers face while they are away from their families during the holiday season! In addition to Operation Care Packages, there are several other organizations that you can choose to donate to, here are a few that I found: http://www.anysoldier.com,  http://www.homefronthugs.org, http://www.carepackageproject.comhttp://www.give2thetroops.org, and http://www.operationgratitude.com.

 

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DIY Baby Shower Candy Buffet

Oh sweet baby! This past weekend I put together the most vibrant and gorgeous candy buffet table for a baby shower. Filled with DIY projects, this creative candy buffet was a hit with the guests! I loved the final product so much that I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I hope that it provides you inspiration for your next baby shower or candy buffet.

The inspiration for this candy buffet came from this adorable Pink Safari baby shower invitation from Party City.

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I loved the invitation because it shyed away from the ordinary by encompassing a fuchsia, pastel pink, white, and black color palette plus 2 different patterns – zebra print and leopard spots. I knew this was going to be a fun challenge for me to combine these various components together cohesively in a beautiful candy buffet.

First I searched around for appropriate “candy jars” and decided to go with a variety of different shapes, heights, widths, and sizes. I purchased vases from Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Michaels since I found them to be the best retail options. (I also purchased some from a wholesaler I have membership to called Shinoda’s.) DIY alert: To add additional height to 2 of the cylinder vases, I simply purchased a glass candlestick holder from the Dollar Tree and glued it to the base of the vase. For added accents, I bought various ribbons matching the theme colors and patterns and hot glued them to the vases. (The best way to do this is to tape one end of the ribbon to the vase, wrap it around and then hot glue the other end of the ribbon to the overlapping ribbon base. This way you can always pull off the ribbon and reuse the vase for a future event.)

Note: remember when you are looking for vases for a candy buffet you don’t want to get anything with a skinny neck that would make using tongs or a scooper difficult for your guests to grab the candy. 

Next, being a big DIY fan as you know, I decided to make a tissue paper tassel garland and make the banner, instead of purchasing one. Thanks to HGTV’s DIY instructions I was able to pull off a beautiful complimentary tissue paper garland tassel for the candy buffet table. It is really easy to make, cost effective, and a gorgeous decoration addition to any event or themed table. I am sure this won’t be the last one you see from me. :)

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For the banner I came up with a creatively cute idea, instead of the typical “It’s a Girl” or “Baby Shower”, I came up with “Oh Sweet Baby”, which I thought was the perfect word play to tie together the event and the candy buffet. I made the letters on my computer, cut them, and then adhered them to patterned scrapbooking paper. Then I punched holes in the top and strung ribbon through each letter. It came out beautifully and was a perfect addition to the backdrop for the candy buffet table. Lastly, adding a few paper pin wheels from Party City along with the banner made for an amazing backdrop.

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A huge plus for this gorgeous candy buffet were the fitted white rectangular linen and the fuchsia table runner from Linen Tablecloth. The quality of the linen was amazing and elegant plus it just looked so much better than a paper or plastic tablecloth would have. The satin table runner had the perfect brilliant fuchsia color making everything on the table pop! At only $2.39 it is a steal of a deal! I really do recommend purchasing linens from Linen Tablecloth because they are really affordable (usually cheaper than renting) and they provide quality linen that you can re-use over and over again. If you don’t believe my raves then head over to their site www.linentablecloth.com – read the reviews and try for yourself!

Last but not least, in addition to the candy I added elements like fuchsia boa’s from the Dollar Tree, extra tissue paper tassels, a picture frame, small vase with carnations, candy scoopers, and matching favor bags from Party City with Thank You stickers. Take a look at how it all came together beautifully! (Make sure you check out my tips for pulling off a beautiful candy buffet table below.)

 

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For my first candy buffet table I was really blown away with the results once I was able to visually see everything blend together beautifully. I encourage you, especially my DIY readers, to do a candy or dessert buffet and share the photos with me, I’d love to see your creation and I’m always looking for beautiful content and DIY projects to share on the blog! Please contact me if you have something you think would be perfect to share on 3D-Memoirs!

Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below! I’d also love it if you could be so kind as to PIN the photos on Pinterest and/or share the post on FB or Twitter! Also, if you didn’t know 3D-Memoirs is now on INSTAGRAM! Follow me @3DMemoirs for lovely wedding inspiration, party ideas, and more DIY projects! I look forward to connecting with you soon!

Here are a couple of tips for a successful candy buffet table:

  • Add height and depth by utilizing various vases/jars, staggering on the table, and/or adding decorative boxes or crates for some of the vases to sit on
  • Make sure you buy enough candy to fill the vases/jars at least 3/4 of the way
  • Add fillers to the table that matches the theme of your occasion (i.e. crystals, toys, flowers, feathers, etc) 
  • If you have a 6 ft table you’ll probably need 12-15 vases/jars for it to look full and complete
  • If you can get candy that fits your color palette it always looks awesome but it is not a requirement
  • Don’t forget the scoopers, tongs, or favor bags for your guests 
  • If it is going to be outside and it’s a hot day, it is best to avoid having chocolate
  • Use a table runner, garland, backdrop, banner, tags, or decorate the vases to add beautiful touches to your table

If you love my work and would like to see more, please check out my portfolio. If you are interested in hiring me to plan or make decor for your next event, please email me at 3DMemoirs{at}gmail.com!

 

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Country Bridal Shower

You must be wondering “how did you come up with the creative idea of an elegant-styled country bridal shower?” Well as you know by now, I have a hankering for DIY projects and event decor, so I was super excited when I received this lovely linen from Linen Tablecloth and was told I could have my way with it!

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Linen Tablecloth’s – Spring Harvest Tablecloth

I loved the pattern and lace trim of this quality linen, which definitely had an orchard or barn-like country flair, so I decided to create an elegant country bridal shower DIY tablescape using this lovely patterned linen as the base and as inspiration for the decor. My goal was to develop a unique tablescape that could be utilized in both indoor and outdoor settings with a down-home country and elegant rustic feel to it. In order to compliment the gorgeous linen, I went with a navy blue and white color palette infused with gold accents (chargers, candlestick holders, glitter, paint, ribbon and sequins) and tan elements (wood, burlap, and twine). What’s amazing about this elegant country theme is that it would be perfect for a Spring, Summer, or Fall bridal shower, wedding, or baby shower (changing a few elements)! In the end it all came together beautifully, just as I had pictured in my head, and Natalie Henderson did an amazing job capturing all of the minute lovely details that went into this DIY Country Bridal Shower! (Click on the photos below to see the full-sized picture.)  

 

 


{Vendors} Event Styling & Design – Elvira DeCuir from DeCuir Details & Design | PhotographerNatalie Isabel Photography | Table Linen & Linen NapkinsLinen Tablecloth

I hope you enjoyed this DIY Country Bridal Shower, please let me know what you think and your favorite decor element by leaving me a note below – I’d love to hear from you! In love with the invitation? If so, I’ve added it to my Etsy shop so that you can simply purchase the invitation pdf to make your own DIY country bridal shower invitations! Also, if you are interested in the DIY instructions for the adorable napkin ring holders, click here. Last but not least, please do me a HUGE favor and share this post with your friends and family, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social network that you love – I would really appreciate it if you could help me share this lovely DIY country bridal shower with more people! THANK YOU so much for being a loyal reader of 3D-Memoirs.com! (If this is your first time here – Welcome! Please hang out with me and check out the rest of the blog – there’s so much eye candy that it’ll keep you coming back for more!)

 

Country Bridal Shower Collage

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Victorian Wedding Inspiration Photo Shoot

Beautiful Victorian Wedding Inspirational Shoot

Victorian Wedding – what a creative concept for a 21st century wedding! In history, the Victorian period marked a “long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence for Britain”. (Source: Wikipedia) When I think Victorian a few words come to mind: classic, elegant, refined, high tea & lovely china, big fancy dresses with corsets, curly hair and interesting hats and accessories. What comes to mind when you think of the Victorian period?

I have always been intrigued by history and the various eras, way of life, fashion, art, religion, culture, etc that existed before my life began. It is common for people to find inspiration in history (fashion, art, culture, etc) and either replicate, creatively build upon, or re-engineer to suit modern taste and style. When it comes to weddings, we are seeing less “traditional” weddings and more creative and personalized weddings that match the style and personality of the bride and groom. Recent popular wedding style choices have been whimsical, rustic, modern,vintage, outdoor, beach, etc. So when the opportunity came my way to share and inspirational shoot for Victorian-styled wedding, I was all in!

Today I am excited to share a lovely Victorian wedding inspirational photo shoot beautifully put together by a creative and talented group of wedding professionals. Let me give you a few details of the photo shoot:

What inspired this Victorian wedding photo shoot? This photo shoot was inspired by a china plate from Plate Vintage Rentals. The color coordination of the plate was amazing and immediately gave us the idea of creating a Victorian inspired photo shoot. From the lace fabrics to the custom designed invitation suite and Victorian details this shoot was full of ideas and lots of attention to details.

The venue looks amazing, where did this photo shoot take place? This photo shoot took place at the amazingly beautiful Grove Redfield Estate in Glenview Illinois. The bright colors and beautiful fireplace gave this Victorian photo shoot a cozy and romantic feel.

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Beautiful Venue
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Victorian Bridal Bouquet

Gorgeous Bridal Bouquet
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Victorian Boutainier

Groom’s Boutonniere
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Victorian Invitation Suite

Beautiful Victorian Invitation Suite
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Victorian Save the Date

Victorian Save-the-Date
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Victorian Table Setting 4

Sweetheart Table
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Handwritten Place Card Photography: WojoImage Photography (http://wojoimage.com)

Handwritten Place Card
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victorian bride and groom

Bride & Groom
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Victorian Table Setting Menu

Victorian Inspired Table Setting & Menu
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Victorian Table Setting 2

Lovely Victorian Inspired Reception Table
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Victorian Table Setting 3

Beautiful Centerpiece and Table Decor
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Victorian Bride & Groom2

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Victorian Escort Card Table

Victorian-styled Escort Card Table
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Victorian Bride & Groom

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Love Birds
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{Vendor Credits}

Photography: WojoImage Photography | Organized by: HeartilyWed | Floral + Coordination: Hlavacek Florist of Glenview
Stationery: Chykalophia Graphic Design | Bridal Attire: Kasia’s Bridal Boutique | Makeup + Hair: Penthouse Hairstyling
Furniture: ShadowBox Dreams | Vintage Dishware + Plates: Vintage Crockery Rental & Rescue | Venue:The Grove Redfield Estate 
Models: Naiane Nunes and Pedro Nunes
What a lovely collaboration of creative talents and professional touches to put together this beautiful Victorian wedding inspirational photo shoot with a modern flair! What was your favorite element of this photo shoot? Would you consider a Victorian-styled wedding? What other wedding elements could you see complimenting this photo shoot (i.e. cake, favors, bridesmaid dresses, guestbook, etc)?
I hope you enjoyed this photo shoot as much as I did! Please SHARE & TWEET this post with your friends, and don’t forget to PIN your favorites! Let me know if you have a creative concept for a stylized inspirational wedding photo shoot! If you have a submission, please contact me!

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Wedding Invitations for Every Season

Weddings & the Four Seasons of LOVE

Have you missed me? Enjoying summer? Summer is my favorite season of the year and although I’ve missed you guys, I have been having a blast and can’t believe we are half-way through summer! What is your favorite season of the year – Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter?

Today, I am so excited to share with you some awesome custom designed wedding invitations & save-the-dates for every season from a lovely Etsy duo named Behold Designz! Behold Designz is very unique in that they tailor their work and designs based upon the bride’s wedding color palette and floral arrangement – how awesome is that! With feedback from the bride, they truly do a wonderful job capturing the unique elements, color palette, and style of each of their brides – all for an budget-friendly price and within a reasonable timeframe (only 6 weeks)!

If you are a visual person like me, you are probably dying to see what these creative and beautifully colorful invitations look like so I won’t make you wait any longer. :) Here is an adorable collection for the four seasons that Behold Designz created just for me to share with my readers – you are going to love this!

 

Fall Wedding Save-the-Date

I have to say that this one is my favorite, I just LOVE the fall colors and the antlers! Being a nature girl that loves the natural elements, I am loving the earthy, rustic/whimsical feel with these save-the-dates and matching wedding invitation.

Floral Antler Save the date

Floral Antler Save-the-date

 

Winter Wedding Invitation

This cool red velvet and gray invitation suite is perfect for a lovely winter wedding. Surprise your guests with this custom winter wedding invitation suite that will definitely warm their heart.

Floral Winter Wedding Invitation

Floral Winter Wedding Invitation

 

Spring and Summer Save-the-Date

The bright, cheery, and colorful “Beloved” save-the-date would be perfect for either a Spring or Summer wedding.  I am loving the pops of color and simplistic message of love – definitely romantic!

Floral Spring and Summer Save-the-Date

Floral Spring and Summer Save-the-Date

 

I don’t know about you but I am loving these wedding invitations and save-the-dates that beautifully represents the four seasons of love! From the invitations above do you see how Behold Designz was able to utilize one design and tranform each invitation into something unique and creative by simply using different color palettes? The color combinations uniquely changes the entire look of the design, which allows a bride to essentially have their own one-of-a-kind wedding invitation! Again, this is one of the awesome things about working with Behold Designz – you get to be an integral part of the process, customizing your wedding invitation suite to match your color palette and floral selections, and having a finished product that you’ll LOVE sharing with your friends and family!

If you loved this eye-candy, please make sure you stop by Behold Designz Etsy shop and check out some of their other lovely floral wedding invitation designs or contact them for a beautiful custom wedding invitation design!

 

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