DIY Friday: Spring Dinner Party

DIY Spring Soiree – Dinner Party

Want to have a Spring soiree with a few of your close friends perhaps in the comfort of your home or undeneath the beautiful stars? Today I am sharing a few DIY projects and tips for an intimate springtime evening dinner party! For this post I am going for grown and sexy, simple yet elegant!

1. Dinner Guestlist

Decide on your guest count and put together your invitee list.

2.DIY Invitations

Decide on the dinner party details – location, date, time, and theme, if any. Then find a creative way to share the deets about your event – here are a few examples:

Be “old-fashioned” and personally handwrite invitations to each of your guests on lovely paper like this from the Paper Source:

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Or you can use some creative fonts that fit your theme and simply print your invitation on lovely paper!

Another inexpesive option that I am a HUGE fan of is buy a lovely personalized printable DIY invitation (jpg) from an Etsy vendor like this one from Trinity St. Studio:

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3. DIY Decor

Decide on the ambiance and your decor for your dinner party. (In the DIY examples below I am going for a romantic spring-like ambiance.) Take a look at these inexpensive DIY projects for decor:

Save your wine or beer bottles and buy candlesticks from the Dollar Tree. DIY instructions from Happy Mundane here:

Candlelight centerpiece

DIY Flowers & Candlelights Centerpiece : DIY Instructions from My New Place here:

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If you wanted to add a little bit of color, then try something like this wear you either buy color vases or paint your own and add flowers and succulents as shared on Little Miss Momma:

colored vases

For decor you can buy elegant premium plastic dinner ware products from Party City or from the Dollar Tree:

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Buy affordable beautiful table covers from Party City or elegant linens from Linen Tablecloth! Buy or make your own table runners to add some pizzaz or use your favorite scrapbooking paper as a place mat for each dinner set.

 

4. Personalized Favors

Do something simple or even something grand, this isnt required but a special touch. You can offer something edible or useable that you make. Here is a lovely creative idea I found on HGTV – infused sugars (you can find these containers at Michaels and choose to personalize them with your guests name):

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Or how about a beautiful personalized “green” gift like this one featured on Design Sponge:

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5. DIY Food and Drinks

Food – go for a food bar like taco bar, sandwhich bar, burger bar, baked potato bar, chili bar, grilled cheese bar, etc. You just want to pick something that is cost effective for the quantity of guests but is also fulfilling and offers a lot variety – this is the fun part for your guests, to actually pick their toppings! Here is an example of a baked potato bar shared on Lucy Dylan Weddings:

potato bar

Dessert – since you are going with the food bar, you can also add a dessert bar with a myriad of desserts or focused on one particular item – cheesecake bar, ice cream bar, fruit bar, fondue bar, cookies bar, cupcake bar, etc. If you want to keep the dessert simple – make your favorite dessert – cake, cookies, pie, brownies, etc or if you aren’t a great chef opt for some awesome bakery or store bought desserts and put them on lovely plates for your guests to choose!

Drinks – if you are in the mood for libations, share your favorite wine, beer, or make a creative signature drink for your guests! Or you can go bar crazy and go with a drink bar – i.e. a Margarita, Mimosa, or Mojito bar.  If you and your guests do not drink, make a yummy and refreshing drink to share, such as this Pomegranate Spritzer shared on White on Rice Couple:

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*For more food and drink ideas and recipes, you will definitely want to check out my Food & Libation Pinterest board of over 500 delectable pins!*

I hope you found amazing inspiration and ideas in today’s dinner party Spring soiree post, enjoying this week’s DIY Friday! As always, if you LOVE this post – please LIKE IT, TWEET IT, PIN IT, and SHARE IT! If you have any ideas for a future post, I’d love to hear from you!

*Please note: Due to my current hectic schedule, I will be doing DIY Friday posts every other Friday until things settle down a bit for me. For now you can still expect Inspiration Board Tuesdays & Etsy Thursdays every week!*

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Beach Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

Beach Bridal Shower

 
You are in for a real treat – with Spring here and summer around the corner -this week’s Inspiration Board Tuesday pick is a beach themed bridal shower! Living in southern CA I must admit that I am pretty spoiled with all the lovely  local beaches to choose from + the lovely weather we usually have year-round! For those brides that love the beach and may not have one nearby or have the weather for a beach celebration, why not plan a beautiful beach bridal shower – a perfect theme to host at a venue or a private home. For this week’s beach bridal shower inspiration board I decided to stay with the blue and tan hues with white and brown accents, however depending on the season and your creativeness you can definitely change the color palette. For a beach bridal shower you will want to collect seashells, seahorses, starfish, sand (in vases/centerpieces), coral, and anything else that is representative of the beach and sprinkle around the venue to create the perfect beach decor. This theme is so simplistic yet serene and beautiful – check out my inspiration board below!

 

Beach Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

{Photo Credits: Beach Bridal Shower Table Setting by SC Events by Jennifer | *Beach Bridal Shower by Weddings* | Seahorse Cake featured on Customized Cakes by Jen | Seashell Acrylic Favors on Beau-Coup | Cream Cheese Seashell Mints featured on Smellin Coffee}

* 3D-Memoirs Sponsor – Lovely Invitations for Weddings*

 

In addition to the beautiful inspiration board above, here are a few lovely DIY projects I found across the web that would go perfect with this beach bridal shower theme!

Beach Party Fabric Garland

Beach Party Fabric Garland featured on Real Simple

 

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece featured on Celebrations

 

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece featured on Celebrations

 

DIY Shell Candles

DIY Shell Candles featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

 

DIY Seashell Bouquet Confetti

DIY Seashell Bouquet Confetti Day Dreams

 

SHARE WITH ME: Which color palette did you like the best? In addition to the two color palettes above you could also do pink and white, pink & ivory, & pink and fuchsia pink for a girl. For a baby boy you could do baby blue and gray, blue and ivory, gray and ivory, blue and white, gray and white, or black and white.

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Make sure you come back next Tuesday for the next Inspiration Board Tuesday, where I will share inspiration and amazing finds around the web for a new theme and event.

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DIY Summer Wedding

Summer is the most perfect time of the year for a wedding–I LOVE summer weddings! To kick off this summer, 3D-Memoirs featured a DIY Summer Bridal Shower Inspiration post including some awesome DIY ideas and lovely Wedding Paper Divas eye-candy! (If you missed it, please check it out!) Fast forward a couple months and wow, can you believe that summer is almost over? Before summer becomes fall, I thought I would share some creative ideas and unique concepts for a DIY Summer Wedding!  You are in for a real treat! I can’t take all the credit for this wonderful post, as you will see below I have two wonderful ladies that have contributed to the amazing content in this post!

 

The color palette that I chose for this DIY Summer Wedding post is SHERBET (like the ice-cream):

Based upon these bright summer colors, Sara from Burnett’s Boards (inspiration for bright-minded brides), was so kind to develop a special Sherbet wedding inspiration board just for this post! After I shared with her that the inspirational vibe for this DIY summer wedding post was “fresh, fun, and romantic using vibrant sherbet colors with a touch of elegance (gold accents)”, this is the lovely board that she came up with:

 (Make sure you stop by Sara’s blog, Burnett’s Boards, to check out all of her unique and creative inspiration boards–you will definitely find the wedding inspiration that you are looking for! I am a personal fan of Burnett’s Boards and I am sure you will become one too!)

 

Based upon this amazing inspiration board, I created 3 DIY items to share with you for a DIY summer wedding. (For the step-by-step DIY instructions, please click on the titles below.)

Wedding Favors

   

 

Wedding Escort Card

                                          

 

Wedding Centerpiece

Individual Components

  

Collective Components 

 

 

In addition to this creative DIY collection, Rebecca from Lady B Paperie, has contributed a lovely and unique sherbet-inspired Botanical DIY Printable Invitation Suite (includes the invitation, RSVP card, insert, & Thank You card)!

 

How lovely is this invitation suite?! Rebecca is so awesome and loves 3D-Memoirs so much that she is giving our readers a FREE printable DIY “Thank You” card! Before downloading your FREE Thank You card, please make sure to stop by and purchase the rest of this beautiful DIY invitation suite for your wedding!  (Rebecca is so talented, if this style doesn’t fit your wedding theme, stop by Lady B Paperie to check out all of her other beautiful invitation suites–I’m sure you will find a perfect match!)

Is this your first time purchasing a DIY printable invitation suite? If so, no worries! Rebecca has provided easy instructions on how to print these lovely invitations, along with DIY printable tips!

 

THOUGHTS: What do you think of this DIY Summer Wedding inspirational post? What did you think of the sherbet color palette? Which one of the DIY projects is your favorite? How much did you love Sara’s inspiration board? Rebecca’s invitations suite?

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Etsy Thursday: Rustic Vineyard Wedding

I LOVE the idea of a rustic vineyard wedding, so much so that not only did I choose this for the theme of this week’s Etsy Thursday, but I also had a vineyard theme for my very own wedding! I LOVE wine, wine tasting, & the beauty of a vineyard. I was lucky enough to be proposed to amongst the beautiful vineyards in Temecula (Bella Vista Winery), so this post is near and dear to my heart and a personal favorite– I hope that you enjoy it and find lots of lovely rustic vineyard inspiration for your wedding!

 

EAT, DRINK, & GET MARRIED….

 

100 Letterpress Save the Dates (Vineyard)

 

Rustic Save-the-Date Box

 

Unique Wine Bottle Invitation

 

 

Vineyard – Personalized Wedding Invitation Stamp

 

Unique Rustic Wedding Place Cards

 

Lime Green Cork Wedding Place Card Holders

 

Vineyard Wedding Table Numbers Rustic Vintage Style

 

Vineyard Wedding Table Number Wine Label- Personalized Label

 

DIY Printable Rustic Winery Wedding Menu

 

Vineyard Wedding – Wine Cork Board Wedding Seating Chart

 

Guest Book Display Message in a Bottle

 

Rustic Wedding favor box

 

Vineyard Wedding Favor with Custom Flower Soap

 

THOUGHTS: I LOVE when I hear from my readers! How romantic was this collection? Ok, maybe I am biased but I just love this collection! What is your favorite Etsy wedding find?

SHARE WITH OTHERS: We LOVE our readers and enjoy making new friends! If you like this post, then I’m sure your friends will too! Simply use the social media buttons below to share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google +, Pinterest, Stumble, and via email!

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Etsy Thursday: Hot Air Balloon Weddings

This week I am featuring Hot Air Balloon Weddings for Etsy Thursday! Let me take you “Up, Up, & Away” with these  amazing and lovely Etsy wedding finds! I really enjoyed searching for this week’s finds to feature and I have a feeling that you too are going to love them!  Hold onto your hats and enjoy the ride with these Etsy beauties!

 

Vintage Hot Air Balloon Invitation Suite

 

Vintage Hot Air Balloon Wedding Invitation Suite

 

Printable Hot Air Balloon Invitation

 

Printable Hot Air Balloon Wedding Invitation Suite

 

Vintage Hot Air Balloon Save-the-Date

 

Hot Air Balloon Wedding Table Numbers

 

Vintage Hot Balloon Wedding Escort Cards

 

Hot Air Balloon Tags–Perfect for a favor tag, Thank You, or Escort Card

 

Hot Air Balloon Wedding Favors (muslin bags)

 

Hot Air Balloon “Thank You” Magnets

 

Personalized Hot Air Balloon “Thank You” Stamp

 

Clay Hot Air Balloon–Perfect decor item to hang at your wedding/reception!

 

Hot Air Balloon–perfect wedding decor item!

 

Hot Air Balloon Paper Lantern

 

Hot Air Balloon LOVE Blank Cards–Write a note on the back to say “Thank You” to your guests!

 

Hot Air Balloon Guestbook Alternative

 

Hot Air Balloon Cake Topper

 

Hot Air Balloon Necklace–Perfect Bridesmaid’s Gift

 

Hot Air Balloon Cufflinks–Perfect for the Groom & Groomsmen!

 

SHARE WITH ME: Which ones were your favorites? Have you ever seen a hot air balloon themed wedding? What Etsy wedding theme would you like to see next?

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DIY wedding? Free wedding printables!

Save some money and make your own paper suite (invitations, response cards, place cards, table numbers/names, favor tags, etc). If you lack the time and creativity here are some FREE wedding printables I found on Intimate Weddings website. (There are other printables available there as well.)

I love these creative place cards found on Martha Stewart Weddings website. (Click the pictures below to go to the site and download the free printables.)

Patterned placecards

Butterfly placecards

This oozes creativity…LOVE IT!

 

What’s In a Name?

Some guests are too shy to share their life stories. Help them bypass the small talk and go straight for the good stuff with introductory cards that reveal shared interests or personal triumphs.

Play It
When a guest slides out her place card (calligraph her name under our design), she’ll see an arrow pointing to the left with the name of the person seated there, plus an interesting tidbit (e.g., “Joel was a Connecticut tap-dancing finalist!”). A second arrow shares info on the person seated to her right.

 

Here are some lovely favor wraps you can DIY, courtesy of Martha Stewart:

Beautiful paper Dahlia favor wrap

Wedding Favor Cone

Heart box favors

Matchbook seeds favors

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