Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013

Outdoor Wedding Ideas

If you are planning an outdoor wedding you should consider setting up a star gazing area for your guests. It is really easy to do and your guests will appreciate the opportunity to get off their feet and relax under the stars.

Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

Pick a good star gazing area without too many trees blocking the view. Then create the ultimate rustic star gazing atmosphere by laying out quilts and pillows, hanging bunting, adding an accent table, and a sign.

Country Wedding

You probably won’t get a chance to tell all your guests that there is a special star gazing area so make sure to have a sign. If guests are wandering around and see the sign they will be more inclined to walk over and check it out.

Quilts for Outdoor wedding

Make sure to provide enough quilts for guests to use in case they get cold. Also guests can use the extra quilt to expand the star gazing area if they want. You can fill a trunk with the extra blankets and add a little bunting banner to draw more attention to the trunk.

Outdoor Wedding

Add a small table so guests will have somewhere to set their drinks. You can decorate the table with items that fit into your rustic outdoor wedding theme like candles and flowers. These little accents will make your guests feel cozy as they enjoy the night sky.

Star Gazing Outdoor Wedding

Give your guests a little help by printing out constellation maps. Your guests will feel like  astronomers searching the night sky for their favorite constellation.

Country WeddingI want to thank Marissa Winchester so much for making my idea a reality. She is an amazing photographer and it is always a wonderful experience working with her.

photo credit: Marissa Winchester of Sweet Poppy Studios 


Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Outdoor Wedding Idea

I want to thank Marissa Winchester of Sweet Poppy Studios so much for doing another shoot for Holiday Helpings. I am so excited to share more photos with you in an upcoming post but for now I just wanted to share a few.

Cowboy Boots Photography

You may remember Marissa’s amazing work from the Letter to the Troops Table and 4th of July Chili Bar posts. She is the ultimate all-star and a genius behind the lens. Stay tuned for more photos!

Rustic Outdoor Wedding

photo credit: Marissa Winchester


Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 

Wedding Favor Idea - Rustic

When deciding what to do as a wedding favor think about what your guests will like and actually use. There is no point wasting money on little trinkets that your guests will throw away as soon as they get back to their hotel.  Which is why I love this wedding favor idea from Black Eiffel.

Provide a fresh selection of farmer’s market items for your guests as a wedding favor. Most likely your wedding guests will have burned some serious calories on the dance floor and will be grateful to have their pick of healthy snacks to take back to their hotel room. Not to mention, the extra tote bag may come in handy for guests who’ve collected extra items on their trip that won’t fit into their suitcase.

You can offer your guests a selection of fresh breads, cheese, and berries. If most of your guests are local you can also offer some flowers and herbs for them to pick from. Depending on your budget you can make your own tote bags or have some custom made with your wedding logo or initials.

photo credit: black eiffel

 

 

 


Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013

keep bugs away from your salad this summer

It’s Summer which means lots of outdoor parties… and also bugs. Nobody likes bugs flying around and landing in their food so as a host it is important to make sure this doesn’t happen. I found this simply genius outdoor salad serving idea on 4 Men 1 Lady. Serving salad in a glass jar with a lid will keep the bugs out and will look nice on your table. Guests can see the beautiful salad contents and won’t have to fight the bugs away.

You can wrap the salad jars with burlap ribbon and add a colorful food label. If you are doing an outdoor beach gathering you could attach a starfish and write the label right on the starfish. There are lots of ways to incorporate this salad serving idea into your summer party theme.

photo credit: 4 Men 1 Lady


Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Holiday Helpings Chili Bar

4th of July BBQs are an American tradition, but it’s time to spice things up a little bit! This year skip the classic burgers and hotdogs and set up a 4th of July Chili Bar!

Holiday Helpings 4th of July

A 4th of July Chili Bar is a fun spin on the classic BBQ and requires a lot less work and cleanup. No more running back and forth to the BBQ or cold burgers. You can prepare the chili ahead of time on the stove or in a crockpot and majority of the toppings can be prepared ahead of time as well. Being able to have everything ready before the party will make it much more enjoyable for you!

4th of July BBQ Ideas

Make sure to offer a variety of toppings. We offered two types of cheeses, onions, bell peppers, crackers, and corn. There are so many things you can put on chili so have some fun when deciding what toppings to provide.

4th of July BBQ

Don’t be afraid to put the toppings in different containers for serving. We used galvanized cups, a galvanized tray, and small glass jars. Make sure to label the toppings so your guests know what they are putting on their chili. We used chalkboard labels for the toppings but used a silver Sharpie instead of chalk to make it easier to write.

Patriotic Cornbread 4th of July

Everyone loves cornbread and it is one of my favorite American treats! We decided to make cornbread muffins so they were easier for people to grab and eat. We baked them in patriotic cupcake liners to add some color and put them in a burlap basket.

4th of July Chili Bar

The burlap sack around the baguette was not just for looks, it’s also functional. So many times when people rip off a piece of bread they touch the whole baguette. By using the burlap sack people will be touching that and not the whole baguette making it more sanitary for everyone. Plus, the burlap sack adds a nice rustic element to the table.

4th of July Mason Jars

We wanted to use mason jars as bowls so we tied wooden spoons to each jar using twine. Having the spoons tied to the jars saves space on the table and makes it easier for your guests. The mason jars also add a nice rustic decoration to the overall table display.

4th of July BBQ

To decorate the table we used different sized American flags in mason jars and added a pinwheel for variety. We also planted wheat grass in the small galvanized cups and inserted little American flags to add a pop of color.

Patriotic Tablescape

If you don’t want to make the chili yourself, you can ask your guests to bring a pot of their own chili for everyone to share and you can provide the fixings. You could even have a little chili cook-off asking people to vote for their favorite.

Chili in a Mason Jar Holiday Helpings

Your guests will love your 4th of July Chili Bar and will appreciate your creativity. Happy 4th of July!!! I want to thank Marissa Winchester for working with me to capture these wonderful photos. Thanks Marissa! You are an all-star!

photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios


Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Letters To The Troops Table Idea - Fourth of July

Idea Behind The Letters To The Troops Table

Over the past few months I have been inspired by the amazing strength of our servicemembers and their families. I wanted to do something to thank and recognize our troops and came up with the idea to set up this Letters To The Troops Table.

Letters to the Troops Table Idea

Concept

The Letters To The Troops Table provides writing material for friends and family to write notes to a loved soldier or an entire troop. Sometimes people are discouraged from writing letters because they don’t know the address but with this setup your guests won’t have to worry about that. You can place all the finished letters in one large package at the end of the event and address it yourself. Standard postage rates apply even for troops serving overseas.

The Letters To The Troops Table would be great to set up at a Fourth of July BBQ or neighborhood gathering. If you have a spouse, friend, or neighbor serving you can have a photo of them framed on the table and a note with details from their latest update. This idea would also be really sweet at a wedding where a special servicemember couldn’t be in attendance.

Letter to the Troops Patriotic Table

What You Will Need

Creating this Letters To The Troops Table is easy to do. When setting up the table find a patriotic table cloth that is smooth enough to write on. Provide cards, envelopes, and pens for guests to write their notes. Having a sign in front of the table or hanging above the table will catch their attention and clearly explain what the table is there for. You can have photos of the soldier or troop framed on the table as decoration. If you have an update or letters you are willing to share you can have those on the table as well. Have a real mailbox for guests to put their finished letters in.

Letters to the Troops Idea

Cards

I want to thank Red Letter Paper Company, Scrapping Dahlias, and The Iris and The Bee for donating cards for the troops and the shoot. Each card company was featured in an individual post on Holiday Helpings so if you would like more information about the cards featured and where to purchase them click on the following links:

Patriotic Thank You Cards by Red Letter Paper Company

Patriotic Cards by Scrapping Dahlias

‘Merica Cards by The Iris and The Bee

 Write Letters to the Troops

Photographer

All these spectacular photos were taken by Marissa Winchester, associate photographer at Sweet Poppy Studios. Marissa helped translate my pencil sketches and scattered thoughts into beautiful photos capturing the look and feel I had envisioned. I had so much fun working with her and am so excited to feature her photos on Holiday Helpings.


Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thank you card for troops

These patriotic cards by Scrapping Dahlias are great for writing thank you letters to the troops. Each card is handmade and has layers of different textures. These beautiful cards were generously donated by Jan owner of Scrapping Dahlias for the troops and will be featured in an upcoming post.

You can view other products by Scrapping Dahlias and these cards by clicking here.

Patriotic Thank You Cards

 photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios


Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Merica card by The Iris and The Bee

You gotta love this card! The Iris and The Bee designed this ‘Merica card while apparently listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” It doesn’t get much more ‘merican than that!

This card has three things going for it (1) it says ‘Merica, not America, ‘Merica (2) it has a mustache… a stars and stripes mustache and (3) it has those awesome black shades. I just love this card so much!

The ‘Merica card by The Iris and The Bee was donated for the troops and was used in the photo shoot last weekend. This card will also be featured in an upcoming post with more photos from the shoot.

If you would like to purchase this ‘Merica card and check out other cards by The Iris and The Bee click here.

photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios


Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

American Flag Cards Thank You To The Troops

Say thank you to service members, veterans and their families for keeping our nation safe with these Patriotic Thank You Cards by Red Letter Paper Company. As you all know I am a big believer in the power of a handwritten note. Even more so when those notes are headed to our servicemen and women overseas. These patriotic cards are blank on the inside so you have tons of space to write a thoughtful note to the troops.

It gets better… not only are these cards patriotic but they are also environmentally friendly and printed on recycled paper. So when you purchase these patriotic thank you cards you can support our troops and be green!

You can visit the Red Letter Paper Company shop on Etsy by clicking here. Make sure to check out some of the other products too!

photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios


Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Patriotic American Flag

Over the next few weeks you will see some marvelous new photos on Holiday Helpings thanks to Marissa Winchester of Sweet Poppy Studios. You all know how much I adore Sweet Poppy Studios and it was an honor to get to work with Marissa for the first time. Marissa helped translate my spastic thoughts, penciled sketches, and countless emails into truly beautiful images capturing the look and feel I had envisioned.

Chili and cornbread

I want to thank Marissa so much for all the hard work and energy she put in for this shoot. I only shared a few of the photos in this post… a bit of a tease, I know! Many, many more photos to come! Thank you so much Marissa!

America, Patriotic, Fourth of July

photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios

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Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013

Outdoor Wedding Ideas

If you are planning an outdoor wedding you should consider setting up a star gazing area for your guests. It is really easy to do and your guests will appreciate the opportunity to get off their feet and relax under the stars.

Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

Pick a good star gazing area without too many trees blocking the view. Then create the ultimate rustic star gazing atmosphere by laying out quilts and pillows, hanging bunting, adding an accent table, and a sign.

Country Wedding

You probably won’t get a chance to tell all your guests that there is a special star gazing area so make sure to have a sign. If guests are wandering around and see the sign they will be more inclined to walk over and check it out.

Quilts for Outdoor wedding

Make sure to provide enough quilts for guests to use in case they get cold. Also guests can use the extra quilt to expand the star gazing area if they want. You can fill a trunk with the extra blankets and add a little bunting banner to draw more attention to the trunk.

Outdoor Wedding

Add a small table so guests will have somewhere to set their drinks. You can decorate the table with items that fit into your rustic outdoor wedding theme like candles and flowers. These little accents will make your guests feel cozy as they enjoy the night sky.

Star Gazing Outdoor Wedding

Give your guests a little help by printing out constellation maps. Your guests will feel like  astronomers searching the night sky for their favorite constellation.

Country WeddingI want to thank Marissa Winchester so much for making my idea a reality. She is an amazing photographer and it is always a wonderful experience working with her.

photo credit: Marissa Winchester of Sweet Poppy Studios 


Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Outdoor Wedding Idea

I want to thank Marissa Winchester of Sweet Poppy Studios so much for doing another shoot for Holiday Helpings. I am so excited to share more photos with you in an upcoming post but for now I just wanted to share a few.

Cowboy Boots Photography

You may remember Marissa’s amazing work from the Letter to the Troops Table and 4th of July Chili Bar posts. She is the ultimate all-star and a genius behind the lens. Stay tuned for more photos!

Rustic Outdoor Wedding

photo credit: Marissa Winchester


Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 

Wedding Favor Idea - Rustic

When deciding what to do as a wedding favor think about what your guests will like and actually use. There is no point wasting money on little trinkets that your guests will throw away as soon as they get back to their hotel.  Which is why I love this wedding favor idea from Black Eiffel.

Provide a fresh selection of farmer’s market items for your guests as a wedding favor. Most likely your wedding guests will have burned some serious calories on the dance floor and will be grateful to have their pick of healthy snacks to take back to their hotel room. Not to mention, the extra tote bag may come in handy for guests who’ve collected extra items on their trip that won’t fit into their suitcase.

You can offer your guests a selection of fresh breads, cheese, and berries. If most of your guests are local you can also offer some flowers and herbs for them to pick from. Depending on your budget you can make your own tote bags or have some custom made with your wedding logo or initials.

photo credit: black eiffel

 

 

 


Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013

keep bugs away from your salad this summer

It’s Summer which means lots of outdoor parties… and also bugs. Nobody likes bugs flying around and landing in their food so as a host it is important to make sure this doesn’t happen. I found this simply genius outdoor salad serving idea on 4 Men 1 Lady. Serving salad in a glass jar with a lid will keep the bugs out and will look nice on your table. Guests can see the beautiful salad contents and won’t have to fight the bugs away.

You can wrap the salad jars with burlap ribbon and add a colorful food label. If you are doing an outdoor beach gathering you could attach a starfish and write the label right on the starfish. There are lots of ways to incorporate this salad serving idea into your summer party theme.

photo credit: 4 Men 1 Lady


Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Holiday Helpings Chili Bar

4th of July BBQs are an American tradition, but it’s time to spice things up a little bit! This year skip the classic burgers and hotdogs and set up a 4th of July Chili Bar!

Holiday Helpings 4th of July

A 4th of July Chili Bar is a fun spin on the classic BBQ and requires a lot less work and cleanup. No more running back and forth to the BBQ or cold burgers. You can prepare the chili ahead of time on the stove or in a crockpot and majority of the toppings can be prepared ahead of time as well. Being able to have everything ready before the party will make it much more enjoyable for you!

4th of July BBQ Ideas

Make sure to offer a variety of toppings. We offered two types of cheeses, onions, bell peppers, crackers, and corn. There are so many things you can put on chili so have some fun when deciding what toppings to provide.

4th of July BBQ

Don’t be afraid to put the toppings in different containers for serving. We used galvanized cups, a galvanized tray, and small glass jars. Make sure to label the toppings so your guests know what they are putting on their chili. We used chalkboard labels for the toppings but used a silver Sharpie instead of chalk to make it easier to write.

Patriotic Cornbread 4th of July

Everyone loves cornbread and it is one of my favorite American treats! We decided to make cornbread muffins so they were easier for people to grab and eat. We baked them in patriotic cupcake liners to add some color and put them in a burlap basket.

4th of July Chili Bar

The burlap sack around the baguette was not just for looks, it’s also functional. So many times when people rip off a piece of bread they touch the whole baguette. By using the burlap sack people will be touching that and not the whole baguette making it more sanitary for everyone. Plus, the burlap sack adds a nice rustic element to the table.

4th of July Mason Jars

We wanted to use mason jars as bowls so we tied wooden spoons to each jar using twine. Having the spoons tied to the jars saves space on the table and makes it easier for your guests. The mason jars also add a nice rustic decoration to the overall table display.

4th of July BBQ

To decorate the table we used different sized American flags in mason jars and added a pinwheel for variety. We also planted wheat grass in the small galvanized cups and inserted little American flags to add a pop of color.

Patriotic Tablescape

If you don’t want to make the chili yourself, you can ask your guests to bring a pot of their own chili for everyone to share and you can provide the fixings. You could even have a little chili cook-off asking people to vote for their favorite.

Chili in a Mason Jar Holiday Helpings

Your guests will love your 4th of July Chili Bar and will appreciate your creativity. Happy 4th of July!!! I want to thank Marissa Winchester for working with me to capture these wonderful photos. Thanks Marissa! You are an all-star!

photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios


Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Letters To The Troops Table Idea - Fourth of July

Idea Behind The Letters To The Troops Table

Over the past few months I have been inspired by the amazing strength of our servicemembers and their families. I wanted to do something to thank and recognize our troops and came up with the idea to set up this Letters To The Troops Table.

Letters to the Troops Table Idea

Concept

The Letters To The Troops Table provides writing material for friends and family to write notes to a loved soldier or an entire troop. Sometimes people are discouraged from writing letters because they don’t know the address but with this setup your guests won’t have to worry about that. You can place all the finished letters in one large package at the end of the event and address it yourself. Standard postage rates apply even for troops serving overseas.

The Letters To The Troops Table would be great to set up at a Fourth of July BBQ or neighborhood gathering. If you have a spouse, friend, or neighbor serving you can have a photo of them framed on the table and a note with details from their latest update. This idea would also be really sweet at a wedding where a special servicemember couldn’t be in attendance.

Letter to the Troops Patriotic Table

What You Will Need

Creating this Letters To The Troops Table is easy to do. When setting up the table find a patriotic table cloth that is smooth enough to write on. Provide cards, envelopes, and pens for guests to write their notes. Having a sign in front of the table or hanging above the table will catch their attention and clearly explain what the table is there for. You can have photos of the soldier or troop framed on the table as decoration. If you have an update or letters you are willing to share you can have those on the table as well. Have a real mailbox for guests to put their finished letters in.

Letters to the Troops Idea

Cards

I want to thank Red Letter Paper Company, Scrapping Dahlias, and The Iris and The Bee for donating cards for the troops and the shoot. Each card company was featured in an individual post on Holiday Helpings so if you would like more information about the cards featured and where to purchase them click on the following links:

Patriotic Thank You Cards by Red Letter Paper Company

Patriotic Cards by Scrapping Dahlias

‘Merica Cards by The Iris and The Bee

 Write Letters to the Troops

Photographer

All these spectacular photos were taken by Marissa Winchester, associate photographer at Sweet Poppy Studios. Marissa helped translate my pencil sketches and scattered thoughts into beautiful photos capturing the look and feel I had envisioned. I had so much fun working with her and am so excited to feature her photos on Holiday Helpings.


Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thank you card for troops

These patriotic cards by Scrapping Dahlias are great for writing thank you letters to the troops. Each card is handmade and has layers of different textures. These beautiful cards were generously donated by Jan owner of Scrapping Dahlias for the troops and will be featured in an upcoming post.

You can view other products by Scrapping Dahlias and these cards by clicking here.

Patriotic Thank You Cards

 photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios


Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Merica card by The Iris and The Bee

You gotta love this card! The Iris and The Bee designed this ‘Merica card while apparently listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” It doesn’t get much more ‘merican than that!

This card has three things going for it (1) it says ‘Merica, not America, ‘Merica (2) it has a mustache… a stars and stripes mustache and (3) it has those awesome black shades. I just love this card so much!

The ‘Merica card by The Iris and The Bee was donated for the troops and was used in the photo shoot last weekend. This card will also be featured in an upcoming post with more photos from the shoot.

If you would like to purchase this ‘Merica card and check out other cards by The Iris and The Bee click here.

photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios


Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

American Flag Cards Thank You To The Troops

Say thank you to service members, veterans and their families for keeping our nation safe with these Patriotic Thank You Cards by Red Letter Paper Company. As you all know I am a big believer in the power of a handwritten note. Even more so when those notes are headed to our servicemen and women overseas. These patriotic cards are blank on the inside so you have tons of space to write a thoughtful note to the troops.

It gets better… not only are these cards patriotic but they are also environmentally friendly and printed on recycled paper. So when you purchase these patriotic thank you cards you can support our troops and be green!

You can visit the Red Letter Paper Company shop on Etsy by clicking here. Make sure to check out some of the other products too!

photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios


Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Patriotic American Flag

Over the next few weeks you will see some marvelous new photos on Holiday Helpings thanks to Marissa Winchester of Sweet Poppy Studios. You all know how much I adore Sweet Poppy Studios and it was an honor to get to work with Marissa for the first time. Marissa helped translate my spastic thoughts, penciled sketches, and countless emails into truly beautiful images capturing the look and feel I had envisioned.

Chili and cornbread

I want to thank Marissa so much for all the hard work and energy she put in for this shoot. I only shared a few of the photos in this post… a bit of a tease, I know! Many, many more photos to come! Thank you so much Marissa!

America, Patriotic, Fourth of July

photo credit: Marissa Winchester, Sweet Poppy Studios

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