Make it Fun for the Kids: Wedding Ideas To Keep Kids (And Parents!) Happy

If you’re ok with having little kids at your wedding, then you want to make sure that there are some activities to not only keep them occupied, but happy and content as well. Here are some great ideas for you to consider!

  • Crayon Table: Ok, this is pretty fabulous and I’m sure you’d find me at the kid’s table coloring right along with those cutie pies. Ok, so here’s what you need. First of all, you need a table (duh) and plenty of little seats for little bums. Now that we have that established, let’s take a look at some other things you need:
    • Tons of crayons
    • Twine
    • Colored stock paper (or coloring books. You can find great ones at the Dollar Store)
    • Lollipops (a little extra sugar… I’m sure the parents will love that!)

Set up either a piece of card stock paper or a small coloring book in front of each seat and then wrap a bunch of crayons together with the twine. Put a lollipop at each seat and throw on a couple table decorations to give it a little pop of décor and you’re all set!

Kids Table by kendrickmartin

Kids Table by kendrickmartin

  • Ball Pit: Oh my gosh… yes! This is fantastic. Have a little ball pit (if the reception is outside, of course) in the corner of the area. Make sure you set up signs that say “no shoes, and no parents”. You’d still find me jumping in there with my little girl, that’s for sure…

    Ball Pit Fun by Staci Baird

    Ball Pit Fun by Staci Baird

  • Treasure Hunt, Anyone? This is a fantastic way for making sure all those little ones get all that pent up energy out of their systems. Organize a treasure hunt for them to participate in. You can have the “treasure” be anything you fancy. Whether it’s a basket of candy or a cool unisex gift that any kid would love, either way, those kids will be ecstatic.

    Treasure Hunt Cuteness by Jonni Andersen

    Treasure Hunt Cuteness by Jonni Andersen

  • Trivia Crack: Every kid loves trivia, so why not have a mini trivia book at each dinner table for the kids? It’ll keep them entertained for a while, plus it’ll get those little brains a workin’. Who doesn’t love food, dancing, and trivia?

    Wedding Trivia by Sharon

    Wedding Trivia by Sharon

  • Kids Dances: Set aside a few (2, maybe 3) dances for the kids. Nothing too Kid-boppy, but something fun that they can jiggle and wiggle to. It’ll make the kids feel welcome and “cool” if the DJ announces a dance just for the kids.

    Kids Dancing by Shelli Friedberg

    Kid’s Dancing by Shelli Friedberg

  • Hop Scotch: Not only will this keep them entertained, but it’ll wear them out after all that sugar and cake you provided at your gorgeous wedding! The parents will appreciate this after your favors and lollipops.

    Hopscotch by Craig Piersma

    Hopscotch by Craig Piersma

 

These are just a few fantastic ideas for you to think about adding to your wedding! If you want to keep everything going smoothly, than this is definitely a must do. Take it from me, there’s nothing more stressful than being at a wedding and the kids are bored out of their minds. So go ahead, add a few of these kid friendly games to keep everyone, parents included, happy!

Prioritize Your List: Part 2!

Ok, so we’ve seen the first part of the list of to-do’s and you probably started freaking out a bit. Please, don’t stress. I planned my wedding in 7 months, and I had about 150-160 guests. If I can do that, so can you… trust me. So, here’s the rest of your to-do list, and once you have everything accomplished, you can breathe!

**One major piece of advice I gave my beautiful best friend when she was planning a wedding, and a piece of advice I’m about to give you is – take a week off from work and breathe. Finish the last bits of your wedding planning and then stop. Stop worrying, stop planning, stop fretting, and stop doing. Go get a pedicure, eat some cake, take a bath, and go on a date. Seriously though, you need to take a break after this whirlwind of pure crazy planning. Enjoy! Now, onto your to-do list…

More To-Do’s: We’ve discussed how you need to start with a budget plan and then we ended with deciding where to honeymoon. Here’s the rest of your generalized to-do list:

  • Wedding Cake Tasting: Find a place where you want to get your wedding cake and grooms cake made and then try a few flavors. There are tons of great ideas out there and so many different flavors of cake and icings, the combinations and flavors are endless!

    Wedding Cakes by Ridha

    Wedding Cakes by Ridha

  • Invitation Styles: Find a wedding save-the-date and invitation that you like and decide on the wording. Find out where you want to buy them, and about 3 months before the wedding, send out your save-the-date. Then, a few weeks before the wedding, send out the invite.

    Wedding Invitations by UglyKitty

    Wedding Invitations by UglyKitty

  • Book Rehearsals: Book your rehearsal locations way ahead of time to make sure that you have the space. Most times, venues include rehearsal hours into the hours that you’re renting the venue for (usually 8) so you don’t have to worry about it, but just double check and make sure.
  • Find Your Linen Lady: Find a great store where you can rent your linens. These places usually have all your dinnerware, linens, napkins, and so on, so you’ll be good.
  • Favors: Decide on what kind of favors you want and then either start shopping for the materials to make them or start looking for places to order them!

    Wedding Favors by antaresjhw

    Wedding Favors by antaresjhw

  • Trials: Set up a date for your hair and makeup trails. You want to make sure you do this well in advance, usually a couple months before your wedding so you can schedule other appointments as needed.
  • Confirm Dates: Call all your vendors, peoples, and your wedding planner to make sure everything is going as planned. Make sure there are no bumps in the road and everything is ironed out.
  • Rehearsal Dinner Invites: Go ahead and send out the rehearsal dinner invites to make sure everyone has that date set aside.
  • Licenses: Get your marriage license, passport, and any other documents you need to have in hand.

    Marriage License by april

    Marriage License by april

  • Rings n Things: Make sure you have the engagement rings ready and sized. Those are kind of important!

    Wedding Rings by photodriven

    Wedding Rings by photodriven

  • Charts n Stuff: Create your seating chart and your seating numbers. The sooner, the better.
  • Wedding Vows: Make sure you and your fiancé have your wedding vows (if you’re doing your own) all written, proof read, and done. Woohoo! Almost done!
  • Pack! Pack for your honeymoon! Do this about a week before the wedding so you have everything done and set aside before the haze of hurried finalizations sets in.

 

This is a pretty rough checklist, but it’s a starter! Make sure that you have everything set and finalized the week before your wedding! The sooner everything is completed, the better. Just make sure you relax, enjoy, and breathe! Leave a comment for me and all the other readers if you come across any need-to-know ideas and tips!

Unique and Beautifully Budgeted DIY Bridal Cake

I used to work in a bakery and loved all the fantastic creations the decorators made out of cakes. They were simply fantastic. And, not to mention, one of my all-time favorite TV shows is Ace of Cakes – fantastic. Every time I watch that show I want to dig into one of those awesome cakes. Well, with all of this cake making going on and wedding bells ringing, a thought came to my mind – how about making a bridal shower cake? Daunting, right? Not so much. If you’re hosting a bridal shower for a bride, than take a breath and realize that you don’t have to spend an arm, a leg, and two fingers on a cake. Another thing you don’t have to worry about – you don’t have to be a pro and an artist to decorate a cake. So, in order to prove the ease of creating your own bridal shower cake, here are some ideas for ya!

Bridal Shower Cake by Grace Tari

Bridal Shower Cake by Grace Tari

Tea Cakes, Anyone? Ok, I know for a bridal shower cake, you usually think of a three tiered round cake. Well, how about something unique, different, and delicious? How about cranberry-orange-walnut tea cakes? Absolutely delicious, right?! What’s great about this cake is you can make mini tea cakes or one large one. Super chic, super unique, and super delicious! Here’s the recipe for you!

Cranberry Cake by Tea at Kara's

Cranberry Cake by Tea at Kara’s

Cheesecake Cake: Seriously, who doesn’t love cheesecake? And who would have thought about having cheesecake at a bridal shower? Brilliant, right? What’s great about this recipe is it’s a no-bake cake. Can’t get much better than that! Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe for you!

Cheesecake Cake by no name

Cheesecake Cake by no name

Mini Bundts: Oh my gosh, I absolutely love mini bundt cakes, and these are absolutely delicious! For an evening bridal shower, you can serve these little cakes with a cup of coffee or hot tea – absolutely perfect. Take a look at all these mini bundt cake recpies!

Mini Bundt Cake by Stéphanie Kilgast

Mini Bundt Cake by Stéphanie Kilgast

Candied-Pecan Cake w/ Browned-Butter Pears: Holy deliciousness. This sounds absolutely extravagant! It’s a more decadent cake than the other three, but if you’re feeling brave, than this is a fantastic cake for you to try! Make it even more delicious with bourbon-spiked whipped cream. I think I could eat this entire 4-layer cake myself… Here’s the recipe for this decadent heaven-sent dessert!

Candied Pecan Cake with Brown Butter Pears by maggie schreiter

Candied Pecan Cake with Brown Butter Pears by maggie schreiter

Lemony Love: Ah, lemon! It’s a delicious cake for the spring and summer months. Lemons are refreshing, so what better way than to incorporate them in a delicious, easy to make Martha Stewart cake? My mouth is fairly drooling with the desire to delve into this 4-layer masterpiece! Here’s the recipe for you!

Lemon Cake by Eliza Adam

Lemon Cake by Eliza Adam

 

These are just 5 of many bridal shower cake ideas for you to consider. They’re relatively easy, super unique, unbelievably delicious, and fantastic for many bridal shower styles! If you try any of these recipes, make sure to leave a comment and let me know how the baking process went and how it all turned out! I’m anxious to try some of these myself!

Prioritize Your List

As a new bride, you’re automatically bombarded with a million things to get done and only a short amount of time. Your automatic response is to stress, worry, and overwork yourself. Don’t! The whole wedding planning process is supposed to be fun, enjoyable, and memorable. So in order to plan your perfect wedding without losing your hair, make sure to prioritize! Here are some tips just for you!

Your Wedding To Do List: Now, you have to remember, you have to have a list to start from A and work your way to Z. You don’t want to find a caterer before you find a venue, and you don’t want to buy a dress before you set a date. Here’s a beginners list to keep you on track and focused:

  • Organize Your Budget Plan: This is the most important part. You want to have a budget, and you want to make sure that you both are on the same plan and agree that you’re not going to go over (as much as you can help). Decide on what can be budgeted and what you can splurge on. Once you have your budget in place, then you can start looking and shopping.
  • Find a Venue: You actually want to do this first because the venue you want may not have the dates available that you prefer. With that in mind…
  • Decide on a Few Dates: This is a problem I ran into. I got engaged as a college student, so I had to have a couple dates I could play with. When I found the venue I wanted, I actually had to change my original date. So decide on at least two dates that you and your fiancé are good with.
  • Hire a Planner: If this is something you want to do, then make sure you hire one ASAP. The sooner, the better. Here are some pros and cons to hiring a wedding planner.

    Wedding Planner by Eleonora Gianinetto

    Wedding Planner by Eleonora Gianinetto

  • Shop for Your Wedding Dress: Shopping for your wedding dress is the most enjoyable part of the whole experience, in my opinion. Now that you have a date and a venue, you’ll know when you need the dress altered by and what type of dress you need because of the venue. Also, choose what type, color, and style of bridesmaid dresses you want and shop for those too!

    Wedding Dress by Parekh Cards

    Wedding Dress by Parekh Cards

  • Organize Your Guest List: This may take some tinkering and heavy deciding. Depending on how large your venue is depends on how many people you can invite. So sit down with both sets of parents and work on a guest list that fits.

    Guest List by Michael Delaney

    Guest List by Michael Delaney

  • Invite Your Bridal Party: Decide on who you want to be in your wedding and ask them in a super cute way!
  • Entertainment and Music: Start listening to some music and decide what you want on your list. Then, start shopping for DJ’s. Here are some things for you to think about when looking around for your wedding DJ.

    Music Playlist by Adam Baker

    Music Playlist by Adam Baker

  • Honeymoon Destination: Decide on where you and your fiancé want to honeymoon! This is great, so definitely do some searching and find a place where you and your soon-to-be hubby can get away! Here are some great destination ideas for ya!

 

This is just the beginning of your to-do list! But don’t panic, once you get started, it actually does get easier. Next blog post will have the rest of your to do list, but if there’s anything I forgot to add or if you have any extra ideas, make sure to leave a comment for me below!

Thank You Card Etiquette

I have to say, one of the most important parts of a wedding is the thank you cards. Normally you wouldn’t think of it as being something major, but in all honesty, a thank you card says a lot about you. It lets your guests know that hey, thank you for taking time to come to my wedding and buy me gifts and support me on one of the biggest day of my life. So, now that we’ve established the importance of thank you cards, let’s look at some proper etiquette for card types, writing, and sending.

Thank You by Eileen Rivard

Thank You by Eileen Rivard

What to Write: It’s a daunting task, writing all those thank you cards. What’s even more daunting is knowing what to write. That’s where I come in! Here are some ideas for you to take into consideration when penning your notes of appreciation:

Thank You Card by Valerie

Thank You Card by Valerie

  • Make sure to mention what gift that person gave you. Not mentioning the gift leaves the impression that you don’t remember and don’t care enough to look into it. Mentioning the gift, whether it’s an item (like a home décor piece, kitchen item, etc…) or a gift card, lets them know that you appreciate it.
  • You should also let them know how you plan to use it if they give you money or a gift card. Say something like, Dear ____________we are so thankful for your gift card/money, and can’t wait to use it to purchase a ____________.
  • Don’t go overboard with your thanks. Too much “thank you so much”es can really be obnoxious. They get the point. Say thank you in the beginning and in the end, and that’s it.

What to Use: Ok, we know that thank you cards are important, but what kind of thank you cards? Yeah, there are a lot of options out there, but you want to make sure that the one you choose is wedding-appropriate. For example, here are some thank you “cards” you do NOT want to use:

Wedding Stationery by Andrea

Wedding Stationery by Andrea

  • blank, generic, plain cards
  • a thank you on your wedding website (nobody’s gonna check it after your wedding)
  • a thank you on Facebook (just plain tacky)
  • a text message or email (again, tacky)

Now that we know what not to use, let’s take a gander at what we should use:

  • Stationery. This is pretty much your best bet as far as thank you cards go. There are several different styles you can choose from as well, including:
    • Monogrammed – super cute, especially with your new last name initial!
    • Vintage style (my favorite, obviously)
    • Wedding colors
    • A picture of you and your spouse holding “thank you” posters

When to Send Them: Rule of thumb: the sooner, the better. You want to get those thank you cards out as soon as you start receiving gifts. But, as another rule of thumb, if you want to send them out after you get back from the honeymoon, make sure all thank you cards are sent out about 1-2 weeks post wedding. Any later and people start to wonder if you forgot them or if you care. To keep it “professional” and classy, you really, really don’t want to go any later than 6 weeks at the latest.

Now that you know what to write, what to write on, and when to send your thank you cards, you’re all set! As a rule of thumb and from experience, you won’t get them all done in one day. So, set aside 2 maybe 3 days to get them all written out. Happy writing, ladies!

A Vintage Appeal: DIY Vintage Décor

As y’all probably know, one of my favorite wedding themes is vintage. It’s a taste of everything posh, elegant, and gorgeous. So, if you’re having a vintage-themed wedding, here are some of my absolute favorite DIY vintage décor ideas!

Vintage Wedding Decor by Chelsey Arnal

Vintage Wedding Decor by Chelsey Arnal

Chalkboard Signs: Ok, let’s be honest, when you look for super chic chalkboard signs, they’re a little (insanely) expensive. How about a cheaper idea that’s super easy to duplicate? Here’s how:

Making a Chalkboard Sign by Barb Hoyer

Making a Chalkboard Sign by Barb Hoyer

  • What You Need:
    • Serving Platter (you can find great ones at the Dollar General Store, super cheap!)
    • Painting Tape
    • Paint Brushes
    • Chalkboard Paint
    • Hot glue gun and glue
    • Ribbon
  • What You Do:
    • Start by taping the inside edges of the serving platter.
    • Start painting the inside of the serving platter with your chalkboard paint. Paint on several coats of paint to ensure a nice, thick layer.
    • Let it dry for several days.
    • Now that the inside is painted, remove the edge tape.
    • Now, tape the inside of the platter
    • Spray paint the edges with a base coat and a textured top coat of your color choice.
    • Again, let that paint dry.
    • Once the paint is dry, hot glue your ribbon to the back of your tray
    • Cover the chalkboard with chalk, and then wipe it off. Now it’s ready to use!

Doily Table Runner: Oh my goodness, this is one of my absolute favorite ideas! Everything about this is super cute, chic, and absolutely perfect. Here’s how to accomplish this:

Doily Table Runner by Jim Grey

Doily Table Runner by Jim Grey

  • What You Need:
    • Several Doilies. You can get these from garage sales, consignment stores, flea market, your grandma (what a great gift!) and any craft store.
    • Tacks
    • Thread
    • Needle
  • What You Do:
    • Lay out your largest doilies first
    • Then, go ahead and place your medium and small doilies throughout. Make sure that the little ones aren’t just on top, so arrange it to where every doily is visible.
    • Then, underneath the layout of your doilies, pin them together to keep them where you want them
    • Then, go ahead and tie little knots with your thread. Thread the thread through the doilies with a needle to make it easy.
    • Voila, you’re all done!

Wood Ladder Sign: This is quite fantastic, actually. Instead of your regular sign, here’s a little twist to it. It’s super easy, takes hardly any time to assemble, it’s personal, and super chic and vintage. Here’s how:

  • What You Need:
    • Wooden Ladder
    • Picture of you and your honey
    • Potted Plant
    • Mason Jar filled with your wedding flowers
    • Wooden “Ceremony” sign
    • Wedding sign
      • i.e.: “…and they lived happily ever after”, “soon to be Mr. and Mrs.” etc…
  • What You Do:
    • Set up your latter so it’s in standing position
    • Set up each item (vase, picture, etc…) on the second, third, and fourth step (or whatever step you want)
    • Hang the side from the point where the two sides meet.
    • Stake your ceremony sing in front of the ladder, pointing to where your ceremony will be hosted.

Now that you have a few great vintage decoration ideas, happy decorating! Leave a comment for me and let me know if you found any great ideas! The more ideas, the merrier!

Vintage Teacup Decor by Gemma Morgan

Vintage Teacup Decor by Gemma Morgan

DIY Something Blue

Honestly, one of the hardest (believe it or not) ideas I had to come up with was my something blue. Seriously though, there were so many different ideas it was almost ridiculous. Some were simple, and yet some were ornate. So, let’s take a look at some of the best DIY something blue ideas there are out there!

Heels & Soles & Blues:

  • Heels: Ok, for those of you who are wearing blue heels, it’s the perfect solution! Not only are they gorgeous, but they can easily pull double duty! Whether you want Tiffany blue, Navy blue, or Royal blue, either way those shades are perfect!

    Blue Heels by Lauren Nelson

    Blue Heels by Lauren Nelson

  • Soles: There are several different ways to have your something blue on the soles of your heels!
    Blue Dipped Heels by IceAngel2011

    Blue Dipped Heels by IceAngel2011

    • Dipped in Glitter: This is one of my favorite ideas – you can dip your heels in blue glitter! Talk about fantastic!
      • Here’s what you need:
        • Mod Podge Gloss
        • Glitter
        • Paintbrushes
        • Scotch Tape
    • Here’s How You Do It:
      • Clean your Shoes
      • Mix your glitter and mod podge
      • paint the shoes
      • let them dry, and voila!
  • Names of Love: This is such a fantastic and sentimental idea! I love this. Have all of your bridesmaids sign the bottom of your shoe.
    • Here’s What You Need:
      • High Heels
      • Blue Permanent Pens (not markers – you need to have a fine point pen so each name doesn’t take up too much room and you don’t have risk of smudges)
Lace and Floral Headpiece by Faylyne

Lace and Floral Headpiece by Faylyne

  • Lace Princess Tiara: If you’re going for a princess look, what better way than to top it off with a gorgeous tiara! Want to make it even more fantastic? How about a lace tiara for a little extra pizazz, uniqueness, and vintage appeal? Here’s the how to:
  • Here’s What You Need:
    • Posterboard, 19” long and 4” high
    • Plastic Wrap
    • Tape
    • ½ yard crocheted lace
    • Straight Pin
    • Rubber Gloves
    • Metallic Spray Paint
    • Clear Enamel
    • E6000
    • Scissors
    • Vintage Jewelry (whatever you want to bedazzle it)
  • Here’s How You Do It:
    • Roll the poster board into a 17” circumference. Tape it in place.
    • Wrap the entire tube in plastic so the lace doesn’t stick to the tube, ruining your crown.
    • Grab your lace, wrap it around the tube.
    • Pin the ends together wherever it overlaps
    • Spray the whole crown with your clear enamel. Let it dry before moving onto next step.
    • Once dry, spray it with metallic pain. Let it dry before moving onto next step.
    • Unwrap the lace from the form, then re-wrap around form with painted section facing inwards.
    • Spray it with your clear glaze. Let it dry.
    • Again, spray it with your metallic paint. Let it dry, and then spray it one last time with metallic paint.
    • Once it’s mostly dry, remove the pins, remove it from the form, and allow the crown to dry even longer.
    • Once the crown is completely dry, go ahead and bedazzle it with all of your embellishments! And voila, you’re all done!
      • **For an added touch, make sure your embellishments are blue so you can fulfill your need for “something blue.”

These are just a few of my absolute favorite ideas! Now that you have a few ideas and some how-to’s on some great ideas, try ‘em out for yourself and let me know how it went!

A Unique DIY Something New

Usually, when you think of something new, a lot of ladies choose to make their dress their something new, or their shoes, ring, or even a hair piece. But what about something unique, something you made yourself? Now that’s something new! So, to get your thoughts churning and your ideas spinning, here are a few great ideas for you to consider!

DIY Hairpiece: Yeah, I know I mentioned how a lot of ladies use their hairpieces as something new, but what about making your own? I personally love the idea! So here’s a great DIY headpiece for you to try!

Pearls and Petals Hairpiece by Faylyne

Pearls and Petals Hairpiece by Faylyne

  • Pearls and Lace and Everything Nice: Like I’ve mentioned (about 100 times…) I love everything vintage. So what about a vintage styled pearl and lace (or floral!) headpiece? Ok, I’m hooked! Here are the directions:
    • What You Need: A lot of these supplies you can find at Hobby Lobby or Michaels (only the two greatest stores ever….)
      • Lace/Floral appliques
      • Thin Silver Wire
      • Beads
      • Needle and Thread
      • Fabric Stiffener
      • Metal Hair Comb
      • Super Glue
    • What You Do: Now that we have all our supplies, this is how you make it:
    • Trim your lace applique(s) to your desired size. To me, the bigger the better. Make it your centerpiece (besides your dress of course)!
    • Thread each of your pearls (maybe throw in some silver beads for a little extra pop!) onto the silver wire and twist for a branch-like affect. Make it long enough so it will be a little longer than the applique.
    • Twist the excess wire around the comb to secure it.
    • Hand stich the wired beads onto the applique.
    • Then, super glue the knotted threads on the back to give it a more secure application.
    • Spray on the fabric stiffener to keep it nice and stiff and in place.
    • Once the stiffener is applied, trim any excess fabric to make it look clean and neat.
    • Once it’s all trimmed and dry, hand stitch the finished applique to the comb and you’re all done!
  • Lace Shoe Appliques: If you couldn’t tell, I love lace. So why not deck your shoes out with gorgeous lace appliques? It’s a great something new, and if you have blue shoes, this will soften them up a bit! Here’s the how to:
    Lace Shoe Appliques by Gary Tanner

    Lace Shoe Appliques by Gary Tanner

    • What You Need:
      • Spray Adhesive
      • Shoes (any shoe will do!)
      • Lace appliques
    • What You Do:
      • Make sure you apply the appliques on a surface that you’re comfortable getting ruined (like a cardboard box).
      • Find a place that you really want the applique – for example, on the toe, the back, the side, anywhere.
      • Spray the BACK of the applique. Not a lot, but a little honestly goes a really long way.
      • Wait for the adhesive to get a smidge sticky, and then GENTLY and CAREFULLY place the applique where you want it. No smudging, or else your shoes will look tacky and “homemade.” As great as homemade is, you don’t want it to look it.
      • Let them dry for a while, and voila! Homemade gorgeous shoes just for you!

These are just two of some of the greatest ideas you could try. They’re unique, easy to do, and absolutely gorgeous! If you do decide to try one of these super incredibly DIY something new’s, leave a comment and let me know how it went!

For the Traveling Lass: Cool DIY Travel-Themed Wedding Décor

Traveling is one of the greatest past-times you could possibly invest in. If you’re a traveling fanatic and you’re in love with the world around you, then a traveling theme wedding may be in your wedding plans! Well, here are some pretty fantastic travel-themed DIY decorations that you should definitely put on your list! These are just a couple of my absolute favorite ideas!

Centerpieces: Centerpieces are, well, the center of attention when it comes to your reception decoration. Everyone drinks in the beautiful flowers, artful seating charts, and pretty china plates and ornately wrapped silverware. It’s just what they (and we!) do. So, to give them something gorgeous and fabulous to look at while devouring your delicious dinner, here are some ideas:

Centerpieces by Lan Phantastic

Centerpieces by Lan Phantastic

  • Cities for Numbers: If you have a seating chart and designated seats, than instead of numbers, try cities or countries! For example, I’m a huge fan of Scotland (and one day hope to visit!) so make one table “Scotland”. Have the top of the card say the country, and then have an image that represents that place (for example, a bagpipe, rolling hills, or something of the sort.) Then, behind it as a type of stand, place an old book written by a Scottish author. Place a small vase of flowers on top of the book, and voila, your centerpiece is a masterpiece! Remember, each table has its own country and theme, so have fun and really go consignment shopping for great finds.

    Map and City Seating Plan by David Higgs

    Map and City Seating Plan by David Higgs

  • Compass Place: Ok, now this is pretty neat. You can find great stopwatches at a lot of antique stores, eBay, and Amazon even. Have a compass at each seat where you want each guest to sit. Pretty cool idea if you ask me.

Other Decorations: Besides centerpieces and place settings, you have your bouquets, your guest books, and your favors. Here are some pretty fabulous ideas:

  • Suitcase “Bouquets”: I absolutely love this idea. Instead of having your ladies carry a bouquet, you could have them carry a small carry-on size bag. Make it even more unique by finding old, antique/vintage styled carry-on’s. Personally, I’m obsessed with the idea!
  • Map Your World: Your family is world, as are your friends. I absolutely love the idea of having people sign an antique styled globe. Have them sign a country that they want to visit or that they were born in. Super cool and a great way to get to know your guests even more! You can find some pretty cool globes on Amazon, consignment stores, antique shops, and so on.

    Antique Globe by James Saunders

    Antique Globe by James Saunders

  • Bouquet Your Map: Find an old paper map and make paper flowers. Here’s a great way to create your paper flowers..

    Paper Flower Bouquets by Vanessa Hayes

    Paper Flower Bouquets by Vanessa Hayes

These are just 5 of my favorites, and of course there are more! Some of these are DIY and some of these are just antique shopping, garage hopping, fun day with the gals ideas. So, if you have any other fantastic travel-themed decorations, leave a comment and let me know some of your favorites!

Bridal Shower Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to bridal showers, there are just a few do’s and don’ts that you need to keep in mind. it’s a time for celebration and pure enjoyment, so here are some great ideas for you to keep in mind!

Bridal Shower by Clever Cupcakes

Bridal Shower by Clever Cupcakes

Bridal Shower Do’s: Here are some great ideas for you to consider when hosting and planning for your bridal shower:

  • It’s Ok to have multiple parties. In fact, my now mother-in-law hosted one for me as well as my piano teacher. Having two bridal showers is great because you can make sure all the ladies you love can be there!
  • As far as invitations go, they don’t have to be fancy, just classy. Don’t send out a mass text or a mass email to all your friends; find a great invitation that you like that’s simple, chic, and the style of your wedding.

    Bridal Shower Invitation by Sarah Parrott

    Bridal Shower Invitation by Sarah Parrott

  • Games are great! Not only do they ensure that your guests interact, but it also gives them an opportunity to meet one another and enjoy their time at your party. No matter what bridal shower game or games you choose, it’ll help to break the ice for everyone.
  • Thank You cards are a must, and the sooner the better. Within a week is great, but no more than three weeks. Sending out a thank you card lets your guests know that you are appreciative of their gifts, time, support, and love.

    Thank You Cards by Faraz Dhishoom

    Thank You Cards by Faraz Dhishoom

  • Have plenty of finger foods. Besides enjoying time with the bride, the food and beverages is the best part!

    Bridal Shower Appetizers by Tatyana Kanzaveli

    Bridal Shower Appetizers by Tatyana Kanzaveli

Bridal Shower Don’ts:

  • As the bride, you’re supposed to have a say on style and who comes to your shower, but you’re not the one planning it. Let a trusted friend or family member (who wants to!) plan your bridal shower.
  • Please, please don’t invite people to your bridal shower if they’re not invited to your wedding. That’s just asking for hurt feelings and disagreements.
  • Don’t forget to include where the bride is registered. Whether you include it on a little note within the invitation, or (if the bride and groom have a website) include the address to their bridal website.
  • Don’t plan a shower without a plan. Have a to-do list and a generalized plan of how the bridal shower needs to run.

Usually, the maid of honor, the bride’s mom, or the groom’s mom will host the shower. Of course, other people are allowed to host your bridal shower if they want to! Just remember, as the bride enjoy the time and send out your thank you cards!

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