Archive for October, 2009

Easy as pie

Happy Halloween Eve everyone! I thought I’d hit ya with a nice dose ofย  “yummy” before the weekend officially hits. It’s fall…and fall time means warm, homemade comfort foods…like pie! So why not serve up some miniature versions for your dessert bar or as favors! These pie pops, created by the geniuses at Luxirare, are not only adorable, they’re mega-adorable! how can you go wrong with mini pies?? The answer is, you can’t.

With simple ingredients like fruit, sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch, these cuties are a cinch to make…Luxirare shows you how to make them in banana, pumpkin, blackberry, and apple…but you could essentially create any mini pie flavor you’d like. And to make it even easier, use pre-made refrigerated pie dough for the crust.

For more info and beautiful pictures, go here. Is anyone else’s mouth watering?


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So you need favor boxes and you need ’em cheap…but you don’t just want to settle for the “everybody’s seen them” varieties at Michael’s or Target. Well have no fear ladies…Vale Design Paper Goods is here with custom, editable favor boxes for just $3-$5 for the template!

All it takes is a one-time download of the template, a color printer, Adobe Acrobat, and cardstock in the color(s) of your choice, and you’ve got yourself a custom favor box! Everyone will think you spent hundreds…so let them think it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Pretty cake stands are the new thing…a little vintage and a lot gorgeous, they can take your cake from pretty to pretty amazing. But these beauties can cost you a pretty penny for something that will probably lose the battle to something more practical for room in the cupboard after the wedding. So why not make one for a price that won’t bring you to tears to part with?

This is so easy. Betz White, in her blog “Stitch Beautifully, Tread Lightly“, shows us how to make beautiful display stands in just a few simple steps. First, scour your local Goodwill/thrift store for glass/crystal (if you score big) parfait glasses and dishes…the lesser they match, the more character your stand will have. You can usually acquire these for less than $5 a piece. You can also use antique china, teacups (in lieu of the parfait glasses), or antique silver platters, for a completely unique look.


  • Glass or crystal parfait glasses and dishes (or china, ceramic, silver, etc.)
  • Clear caulk or silicone

That’s it! Now:

Apply silicone or caulk sparingly around the rim of the parfait glass.

Invert the parfait glass onto the center of the bottom of the plate

Invert the parfait glass onto the center of the bottom of the plate

Wait for it to dry (around 36 hours) and voila!

Wait for it to dry (around 36 hours) and voila!

For around $10-$15, you have a beautiful stand to display your cake, cupcakes, favors, escort cards, etc! Now that’s something to celebrate…with cake! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How have you gotten creatively chic and cheap in displaying your desserts, favors, or escort cards?

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October weddings do not always have to equal orange…if you like orange, great! but if this bold color doesn’t make it into your color scheme and you still want the look and feel of fall, using white pumpkins is a great (and cheap!) way to bring your favorite colors and the autumn vibe into one space.

Place beautiful flower arrangements in them:

Adorn them with moss, glitter, crystals, whatever you like!:

little ones make great table numbers!

Carve your initials, wedding date, favorite quote, or design:

There are so many ways to personalize pumpkins to make them not just quintessentially fall, but quintessentially you! And at under $10 a piece, they’re quintessentially under budget. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Magazine…she (and the people on her team) are so creative, and her recipes and DIY projects are perfect for the budget-conscious. In her October/November 2009 issue, she shows readers how to make a beautiful Thanksgiving table scape…but these ideas are just too pretty to only be used at Thanksgiving. This pine cone pillar candle holder would look perfect next to your centerpieces…or as a centerpiece all on it’s own. Here’s how to make it:

What you’ll need:

  • Several glass cylinders (pick these up at any thrift store…Goodwill shelves are stocked with these…or you can rent them)
  • Satin ribbon
  • Double-sided transparent tape
  • Several small and large pine cones
  • Several sweetgum balls cut in half (for the the spiky center)
  • Pillar candles
  • Hot glue gun

To put it together:

Gather several plain glass cylinders to arrange down the center of the table. Cut a length of wide, satin ribbon to fit around each cylinder, allowing the ribbon ends to overlap slightly. Secure the ribbon ends with double-sided transparent tape. Create the pine cone ornament by first cutting several sweetgum balls in half using scissors. Remove the largest scales from a soft, open pinecone. Hot-glue pine cone scales on back of each sweetgum ball, starting in the middle and working your way out, making a snowflake shape. Use hot glue to attach the pinecone ornament to ribbon where the ends meet. Place a pillar candle in the middle of cylinder, and surround it with miniature pinecones.

And that’s it! Elegant and yet, quintessentially fall, these pillar candle holders are easy and inexpensive to make. Find more on this project and the rest of Sandra Lee’s table scape in her October/November issue of Semi-Homemade!

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I know I’ve been MIA for almost a month…between getting a new job and doing some work for Oregon Bride Magazine, time (and energy) seems to be hard to find. But don’t fret, I am back. And still dedicated to finding and reporting on all things chic and cheap! So since it is now October (again, where does the time go?!), I thought I’d provide you with the 411 on the flowers blooming in October, which also equal the flowers that will be the cheapest during this month. So, without further ado….


One of the primary flowers of October is the mum. Although most mums are fairly similar in make-up, there are actually 13 key types that you may wish to employ in wedding designs. The key differences across mums are the size of the flower itself (in both fullness and diameter) and the petals.

Spider Mums

The Spider Mum is a unique flower within the Mum family. Each stem has a single head with long, tubular outer petals and a bulb-like center. Resembling an exploding firework,ย  spider mums are sure to bring excitement to any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.


The Anemone is also called the Windflower,and Lily-of-the-Field.ย  The name is derived from the Greek word ‘anemos’ meaning ‘wind’. In Roman times Pliny wrote that the anemone flower was opened by the wind. The flowers of the taller types are carried on long, wiry stems and nod gracefully in a breeze.ย  Anemone flowers come in vibrant shades of red, pink, blue, purple, and white, and have a dark center, sometimes ringed with white. But a white Anemone flower usually has a yellow-green center.


October is also a prime month for lilies. While typically thought of as a spring flower, properly tended lilies have a second bloom season in the first blush of cool weather after the summertime heat. For a majority of the United States, this means that these classically beautiful flowers will be available to the October bride.


Though not typically seen in wedding arrangements, this fall season flower has one of the widest color ranges of any garden annual. Included in the wide color range are red, purple, blue, bronze, pink, black, yellow, white, lavender, orange, apricot and mahogany. the flowers may be of a single color or have two or three colors with a face. The plant itself is compact, not more than 9 inches in both height and spread, and bears many stems. the medium green, coarsely notched leaves are oval or heart-shaped. Pansies would make a beautiful and unique addition to your floral arrangements.


Also a garden flower, the snapdragon is known for its wispy jaw-like upper and lower petals. A single stem averages 10-15 of these unique blooms, which are grouped closely together giving the impression of a single lengthy flower. They come in a varietry of colors and would heighten any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.


These whimsical flowers come in an assortment of colors and sizes that would look fantastic at your fall wedding. From reds, oranges, and yellows to white, pinks, and blues, they are sure to match any color scheme.

Chinese Lantern Plant

OK, this plant is so cool. I think it would look amazing in an October/November centerpiece. This fruit-laden plant gets its name from the calyx, the balloon-like, papery, red covering over the fruit, which resembles a Chinese paper lantern. To use in arrangements, simple hang the plants upside down to dry the flowers and voila! They last for a long time, so they would be great home decorations or used for craft projects after your event!

So, to all of you October brides, take advantage of the beautiful flowers and plants in season this month. They’ll not only look beautiful, they’ll save you some major cash. sounds like a win-win to me!

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