Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Tea for Two" meets "Madame Librarian"

Our original favors were going to be little bottles of homemade vanilla extract. It was going to be a really fun, cool project. Unfortunately, we thought of that idea about a year ago. And since then the price of vanilla beans has gone up more than I would have thought possible. So now we are without favors. My new ideas are either homemade tea bags or hand embroidered tea towels (to go along with the tea theme from the centerpieces). I found this really cute embroidery design:

If it was on tea towels it would be tie in the book theme with the tea theme. How cute is that?
Both of those ideas sound expensive and time consuming, but I haven’t done the necessary research to figure out how much it would cost me and how long it would take me. I'm guessing it's not really possible. Maybe if I had started a couple years ago. There's also these, which I thought were kind of cute.
I don’t want Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle. I don’t want a picture frame that doubles as a table number. In fact, I don’t want a favor that people are going to forget at the hotel, or throw away at the airport or any of the other things that have happened to favors I have received over the years. I just want it to be unique and cool and something people will actually enjoy.  Ideas?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Food, glorious food! We're anxious to try it!"

We are meeting with the caterer in two weeks and I am finding myself becoming nervouser and nervouser. Beyond the financial  EEK! that’s coming our way, there is also another major flaw in this plan. The problem is this. Our wedding is in June. I should be thinking of feeding my guests light early Summer fare. Salads and fresh vegetables and limeades.
Things like this:

And instead I’m really worried that I’ll end up asking the caterer for things like this:

Because right now? It’s January. In Iowa.  And it is COLD. It is so COLD that I can’t help but type-yell in all caps the word. It is COLD. Everything is frozen to everything and it took me 10 minutes to open my car door this morning and I’m indoors right now and I am still shivering so much I can barely type. So just cross your fingers, and hope that I don’t end up serving you this:

Well...actually...maybe that I ccould get away with. Right? RIGHT?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It Ain't So Much a Question of Not Knowing What To Do...

In this case, I'm talking about not knowing what I'm doing when it comes to crafts. I'm a DIY bride on the loose with absolutely no clue what I am doing.
This is a list of some of the projects I'm planning to do over the next few weeks/months. Some of them even have pictures...ooooh!

Ring Bearer Pillow

Flower Covered Over-sized Initials
Chair Sashes?
Candy Buffet Table (Finding Containers, Making Labels, Choosing/Buying Candy)
Tissue Pomanders

Welcome Letters/Baskets for Hotel Rooms
Bridesmaid Gifts Containers
Groomsmen Gifts Containers
Soda Bar

Emergency Kits
Lacey Luminaries
Kids Room Craft Kits
Message Flags

Ceremony Programs
Organdy Corsages
Invitation assembly (printing, maps, other inserts, addressing envelopes)
Cards Box

That's what I have so far, but I'm sure I'll come up with more as I get closer and figure out more details. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go get to work.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010