DIY Country Bridal Shower

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!)

 

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DIY Friday: DIY Spring Wedding Tutorials

DIY Wedding Tutorials

For today’s DIY Friday I decided to share some of my favorite Spring wedding DIY projects and tutorials featured on one of my favorite DIY sites – DIY Weddings Mag!  These DIY wedding projects are PERFECT for a Spring wedding! (Click on the photos below to be taken to the DIY tutorial.)

 

DIY Billy Button Centerpiece

DIY Billy Button Centerpiece

 

DIY Terrarium Place Cards

DIY Terrarium Place Cards

 

DIY Tin Can Table Numbers

DIY Tin Can Table Numbers

 

Persian Cotton Candy Favors

Persian Cotton Candy Favors

 

DIY Personalized Signature Drink Escort Cards

DIY Personalized Signature Drink Escort Cards

 

DIY Flower Wrapped Favors

DIY Flower Wrapped Favors

 

Here is a creative way to ask your Bridesmaids to be a part of your special day:

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This week I kept it short and sweet! What did you think of these DIY tutorials? Anyone else excited that it is Spring and Summer is around the corner? What would you like to see for future DIY Fridays?

Don’t forget to stop by in 2 weeks for the next DIY Friday post – you’ll love the DIY inspiration I’ll be sharing with you! 

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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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DIY Event & Party Planning Resources

DIY Fridays: Event & Party Planning Resources

Grab some paper and a pen and get ready because for this week’s DIY Friday I will be sharing some of my favorite DIY planning go-to retailers for planning your next event! Welcome to my Little Black Book of retailers and make sure you make through the entire post because I have some awesome planning tips for those of you that may not know where to start!

 

DIY Vendors & Stores for Party Supplies, Favors, & Decor

Michaels: one of the largest, not to mention my favorite, online and brick and mortar crafts retailer that sells arts and craft supplies, scrapbooking materials, framing, baking materials, baskets, party supplies, decor elements, framing, and a lot more! They also offer a variety of wonderful classes – check out their website for details. They always have coupons, so make sure you grab one before you go shopping and be prepared to spend a few hours in the store!

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Dollar Tree: LOVE the Dollar Tree! You wouldn’t believe how many amazing decor and party planning supplies that I have snagged from this retailer from vases, candles, decor items, candlesticks & plate for a DIY cake stand, silk flowers, foam, children books, and so much more! This is definitely one of my go to retailers and each store may have slightly different inventory so you may have to hit up a few. Hint: If you need to buy in bulk you can purchase from them online, usually in cases of 24, and have it shipped to a nearby store for FREE for you to conveniently pick up!

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Etsy: online retailer that offers a ridiculous amount of amazing handmade goodies from talented people around the world. Any and everything handmade that you can think of is available through Etsy  – invitations, banners, signs, clothing, jewelry, etc. (For an example check out my Etsy Thursday posts – every Thursday I pick a unique and creative wedding theme and then search Etsy for the best handmade finds to fit the theme.)

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Amazon: this retailer is known for the awesome shopping experience it provides to its buyers and sellers, with great accountability, ease of purchasing, and wide variety of products. For unique party decor items I can’t find in store, I always search Amazon for the product and have had nothing but wonderful purchasing experiences!

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Save-on-Crafts: online crafts retailer with a amazing variety of craft and decor items that at times it is just overwhelming to look at all of their decor goodies. You will find a lot of wonderful items at great prices – so have fun and be prepared to spend a few hours looking!

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Party City: online and brick and mortar retailer of party supplies like paper goods (plates, cups, silverware, tablecloths), serving dishes, themed party supplies, balloons, and more!

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Joann: online and brick and mortar retailer that sells an amazing variety of fabrics plus some decor elements! If you can sew or work with fabric, this is the place to shop. I recently bought burlap and fabric for a pirate flag from Joann’s for my son’s 2nd birthday party that I did.

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Linen Tablecloth: offers a variety of quality linen for purchase at amazing low prices (less than rental rates)! Why rent linen when you can buy it for your next event?

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Beau-coup: one of the largest online favor and party supply retailers with creative items for a variety of events – weddings, baby shower, bridal shower, birthday parties, etc.

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Hobby Lobby : online and brick and mortar retailer selling arts and crafts supplies, party supplies, silk flowers, and more! (Make sure to keep an eye out for coupon codes and see if they have one available on their site.)

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Oriental Trading Company: the largest online US direct merchant of  party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties – all at great low prices!

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Event Planning Advice

Once you know the event you are planning, whether birthday party, bridal shower, intimate dinner, baby shower, etc., you will want to decide on the following:

  • Budget – Decide how much you can afford and are willing to spend for the event. If you are on a tight budget try to solicit the help of a friend or family member to help and contribute in order to maximize your budget without uncomfortably stretching your pockets.
  • Theme & Decorations – Use online resources like Google, Pinterest, & Kara’s Party Ideas to find inspiration and come up with a creative concept. It is ok to take a popular theme and add your own twist, unique color palette, or creative addition to make it your own! Or try to come up with something different that hasnt been done over and over again that is outside the box and most importantly relates to the person(s) you are celebrating! Once you have your theme start searching in local stores and online for decorations – if you are as detailed as I am you will make a few trips to a variety of stores and then search online (using the retailers I mentioned above + Google) for the items you can’t find in stores, compare item and shipping prices, and then purchase. It is ok to do a little comparable shopping before purchasing and feel free to search the web and vendor’s website for coupon codes, coupons, and deals! If you are crafty, then incorporate DIY projects into your decorations, thinking of creative elements to add to the decor.
  • Number of guests you plan on inviting
  • Invitations – Depending upon the event, theme, and person you are celebrating, you will want to decide whether to use an online invitation site like Evite or go the traditional route and mail invitations. Try to make a creative invitation that fits your theme or search online (i.e. Etsy) for a unique invitation to share the details of the event. Nowadays you can buy invitations, paying someone to personalize, make, and print them for you or on Etsy you will find alot of stores will sell you a customized pdf invitation that you can print on your own. If you purchase an invitation that you have to print on your own, buy some colorful or textured paper to print on at home or if you want to save your ink, just order it from an online print shop like VistaPrint or Overnight Prints. Recently, I used UPrinting and had a wonderful experience – they had the best pricing & shipping options, timeline for print and delivery, and I found their process really easy to use.
  • Timeline for the event – It is important to have a basic outline of the activities for the day, sequence of events, and a rough time schedule for each activity. You definitely want to plan in advance so that you don’t run out of time to do all the activities you worked so hard putting together.
  • Location – You will want to decide if it will take place in a private home or if you will rent a space.
  • Date & Time
  • Menu (food and drinks) – Keep in mind your budget, theme, type of event, time of the year, and your guests when developing a menu. It is always a lovely touch when it compliments the event. (For example: for a Super Bowl party you will probably want to serve delicious finger foods, bbq, chips & dip, and mini desserts.)
  • Games/Activities – Search the internet for creative games and activities that relate to your specific event and theme.
  • Favors/Gifts/Keepsakes – Although this is optional, it is always fun to give your guest a parting keepsake. Try to find something that represents the person you are celebrating and/or fits your theme.
  • Entertainment & Photography – Based upon the event and theme you will need to decide if you will have entertainment at the event – clown, balloon artist, caricature artist, character, vocalist, DJ, etc.  Also, you may want to hire a photographer to capture the decor and special moments or if you are lucky enough maybe you can enlist the help of a friend or family member that is a photographer or takes great photos with a quality camera to help you out.

Here are some party planning resources that I found on Pinterest and think you might find of interest! (Click on the link below, which will take you to the Pinterest pin and then you can click on the pin to get to the original resource and information.)

The Perfect Party Planner from Studio 5

The Chickabug Guide to How Much to Serve at a Party

Party Planning Guideline shared on Kara’s Party Ideas

 

Now are you ready to party? I am! Just waiting for the next event I can plan! If you are not the party planning type, don’t have the time to do it, or just don’t have a creative or DIY thumb, then call/email me! I am available to help plan your next event and/or develop the creative decor that will give your event the WOW factor and keep your guests talking for months! (Check out my most recent event that was featured on one of the largest party inspiration blogs – Kara’s Party Ideas!)

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DIY Fridays: Amazing DIY Wedding Projects

DIY Wedding Tutorials & Projects

Today officially kicks off the start of my new DIY FRIDAY’s series where I will be sharing amazing DIY wedding projects and tutorials that I find across the web and on Pinterest. This series will include DIY ideas for weddings and a variety of events, DIY advice, resources, vendors, and tools, DIY tutorials & projects, DIY printables, and anything else DIY I can find and think you will love!

This week’s DIY wedding projects are a reflection of a few of my favorite things – I hope you enjoy this collection!

 

Pinwheels make me happy….

DIY Ombre Pinwheels featured on Wedding Chicks

DIY Ombre Pinwheels featured on Wedding Chicks

 

Colorful & Artistic – always favorite elements of mine….

DIY Tissue Paper Lanterns featured on www.curbly.com

DIY Tissue Paper Lanterns featured on www.curbly.com

 

Flowers + Garland = Beautiful and Timeless….

DIY Fresh Flower Garland featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

DIY Fresh Flower Garland featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

 

I love the creativity and beauty of these napkin flowers…..

DIY Napkin Flowers created by and featured on www.danamadeit.com

DIY Napkin Flowers created by and featured on www.danamadeit.com

 

The reminds me of my love for the outdoors combined with a favorite sweet – cake ………

DIY Tree Cake Stands featured on www.oncewed.com

DIY Tree Cake Stands featured on www.oncewed.com

 

Mmmmmm…who doesnt love S’Mores? Fire, chocolate, gooey mess – definitely a favorite…..

DIY Smores Kit featured by www.TwigandThistle.com

DIY Smores Kit featured by www.TwigandThistle.com

 

Oh, I just love these tassel garlands – a new obsession – so creative and cute……

DIY Tassel Garland featured on www.PrudentBaby.com

DIY Tassel Garland featured on www.PrudentBaby.com

 

I truly LOVE Butterflies – even included them in our wedding – adorable idea…..

DIY Butterfly Rice Tosser

DIY Butterfly Rice Tosser featured on www.stylemepretty.com

 

Silver & Glitter are a great combination, especially for beautifying a plain ‘ole charger…..

DIY Metallic Glitter Chargers Featured on www.DIYWeddingsMag.com

DIY Metallic Glitter Chargers Featured on www.DIYWeddingsMag.com

 

I LOVE flowers – they truly put a smile on my face – I can’t stop staring at this lovely bouquet….

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DIY Mum Wedding Bouquet featured on www.WeddingChicks.com

 

What do you think of these DIY wedding projects? Do you have any themes or suggestions of what you would like to see next week for DIY Friday? Leave me a note below and share your feedback. If you try any of these projects, send me an email with your finished product – I’d love to see it!

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