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Nothing says shabby chic like blue mason jars filled with flowers or tea lights. They add that charming look that almost every bride is after. But darn can they be expensive/hard to find! Well no more, I say! You can find clear mason jars anywhere (and for cheap). Add in the some transparent glass paint for around $4 and you’ve got some new and blue jars for about $1.50 each. Saweeeeet.

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Pie pops revisited

Hey folks,

remember those adorable pie pop favors that I blogged about here?? Well, I can now vouch for these babies as a recent bride (and wonderful friend) and I made these for her wedding! What started as a cute idea definitely turned into a labor of love as we spent 3 days prepping and another 3 baking over 300 pie pops, but I can confidently say that they were well worth the effort!!

Check them out in all their professional photo glory (photos by VeLvet OwL Photography):

And the final cost? hard to say exactly because we had to run out for a few more apples and lollipop sticks (we made half apple and half strawberry rhubarb), but they definitely came out no more than .50 cents a piece…and there were NONE left on the tables. Cheap + delicious + something people actually enjoyed = HUGE SUCCESS.

If you’re planning on tackling these favors and you have a huge guest list like my friend, you’ll need lots of time and determination (….and probably a couple bridesmaids). But stick it out and you’ll have amazing, homemade favors that are sure to be a hit. πŸ™‚

If you have any questions about the supplies we used or how we made them, don’t hesitate to ask!

p.s. how cute do the fabric flowersΒ  look (from my last tutorial) on the bridesmaids dresses?!


Happy planning! πŸ™‚

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I’ve been MIA for a good while…and I’m so sorry! But I promise I have good excuses!! As you all know, it’s wedding season! And I’ve had two very good friends get married this summer, and both weddings I’ve been a bridesmaid in as well as had a rather large hand in helping to plan. But that’s not even the best reason I’ve been gone…I’m starting a wedding planning business! So exciting! My future mother-in-law, who lives in Hawaii, and I are teaming up to start a local and destination wedding planning company, called Weddings Here & Away. It’s all still in the works, but I can’t wait to get into this crazy (and crazy fun) industry professionally. The website will be up soon so I’ll definitely be keeping everyone posted on that. In the meantime, if you’re planning a wedding in the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii, don’t hesitate to contact me at andreaskaar@gmail.com!

Alright, so since I’ve been gone for so very long, I come bearing gifts…in the form of an awesomely easy and fabulous fabric flower tutorial. One of my friends, whose wedding I mentioned above, asked me to create these to jazz up our bridesmaids dresses and now I’m addicted to these things. They’re so easy and one yard of fabric will get you about 7-9 flowers, depending on how big you make them…and at about $7.00/yard (depending on your fabric), that’s less than a dollar each! Fabulous indeed! Now, onto the tutorial:

First, materials. You’ll need 1 yard of fabric, thread, pins, and scissors.

Next, cut out a strip about 1.5-2″ wide along the longest side of the fabric.

Then fold the strip in half “hot dog style,” pinning every few inches to keep it together.

Then sew the rough edges together. If you have a “basting” setting on your
sewing machine, this step will go super fast. Alas, I do not, so hand-
sewing it was for me.

When you get to the end, start to pull the thread so the fabric bunches up.

The results of your bunching should look about like this.

Beginning with the end you started sewing with, start to roll the fabric
into a flower shape, securing it with stitches every few “rolls.”
This is super important- you don’t want it to fall apart! Make
sure the stitches go through every layer of the fabric.

When you get to the end, the back should look something like
this. Secure it with lots and lots of stitches…and don’t
worry about how it looks, no one will see this side.

Turn it over and you have a flower!

Attach a pin to the back and you’re done-zo!

These flowers are ridiculously easy and I can’t wait to see how they look on the dresses. The wedding is the 28th, so I’ll post pictures as soon as I have them! Let me know if you have any questions!

Promise to keep you posted more often-

-A

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The berries are making an appearance in good ol’ Oregon and it’s making my mouth water thinking about all the yummy berry pies and homemade jams I want to make this summer! If you’re having a summer wedding where the berries are sweet and plentiful, I can’t think of a better favor to give your guests than homemade jams…they will not only represent your location and season, but are super cute and super yummy- something your guests will have no choice but to appreciate!– and subsequently gobble up.

Find jars at thrift stores (or purchase them new), make your favorite jam (and coincidentally make your kitchen smell like candy…double bonus), and then package them with scraps of fabric (you can find great deals on scraps at your local fabric stores) and these awesome FREE jam labels from EatDrinkChic.com!

There’s something so comforting about homemade jam…and these labels capture that essence perfectly. So if you’re looking for a charming and sweet (pun most certainly intended) favor to give your guests, look no further than the local fruits in your area this season for a low-cost and high cuteness-factor favor. πŸ™‚

Enjoy and happy planning!

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I found these and just HAD to post them. While they’re presented on Better Homes and Gardens as a great Valentine’s Day idea, I think these little cuties would be perfect at a bridal shower, or at a wedding as favors or in a candy buffet.Β  Besides being fricken adorable all by themselves, BH&G also suggests using them as nontraditional fortune cookies. Very cool. All you need to make these meringue cones are sugar cones, meringue cookies (which you can either purchase or make yourself), chocolate chips, and pretty paper and nonpareils for the secret message…making these a treat your budget will find tasty as well.


Print love fortunes on pretty paper and cut them into strips. Roll the note and tuck in the bottom of a cone. For an additional surprise, sprinkle a few colorful nonpareils inside the cone on top of the note. Using a pastry brush, coat the bottoms of two meringue cookies with melted chocolate chips and stick them together.


Coat the top inside of the sugar cone with melted chocolate, then set the meringue cookie “scoop” on top. Let the chocolate set before giving or eating.

Now all I need is an excuse to make these…I’m sure it won’t take a very good one. πŸ™‚Β  If anyone else tackles these cones, please let us know how they turned out!

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My sincerest apologies for going MIA for a while there…amongst summer wedding planning and a kitchen remodel, it’s hard to find inspiration while covered in dust. But here I am, with some great ideas for a low-cost bridal shower that is sure to impress- at least on the food front…because let’s be real…it’s not just the bride and groom who are short on wedding-related cash. If you’re a bridesmaid in charge of the shower, don’t stress. There are plenty of ways to give your bride the shower she deserves on the budget you can afford. πŸ™‚


I LOVE this Springtime party idea presented by Southern Living. It’s simple, it’s fresh, and not to mention tasty-looking! Plus, it can be done for less than $10 a person. The table cloth above is actually a king-size sheet found on sale and the table runner and napkins are remnants from decorator’s fabric. Beverages are served in old canning jars and displayed in an antique baby’s bathtub.

Feta Cheese Truffles are served with cucumbers, tomatoes, almonds, and olives. Yum! Use antique or heirloom dishes and glasses that you either already own or can score for cheap at a thrift/antique store….and maybe gift them to the bride after the shower! (after they’ve been washed of course) πŸ™‚

Chicken scaloppine is served for a refreshing and not-too-filling entree. Dessert is simple and simply delicious with a Sweet Dip served with cookies, fruit and chocolate. Southern Living writes that it’s reminiscent of buttercream frosting secretly swiped off a cake. Umm…yes please!

As far as the food goes, this is one bridal shower I’d be RSVP-ing to with a resounding “Yes!” Bridal showers are way more memorable when they are personal and well thought-out…and that definitely does not always equal spending more money. So get creative- the guests and the bride are sure to appreciate it. πŸ™‚

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I’ve got pie on the brain lately. After getting some seriously amazing pie supplies for Christmas and subsequently making not only a beautiful, but delicious (if I do say so myself) apple pie last week, it has become my new mini-obsession. And just my luck, this morning I found another great idea for pies to use as favors, or at your dessert table (remember the pie pops I raved about recently?).

For your pie pleasure today, I bring you Pie in a Jar!

I can’t get over how cute these are!! And surprisingly cost-effective! Buy mini mason jars in bulk (you can find a dozen for $8.49 here!), refrigerated pie dough (or make your own easy crust for event cheaper!), and filling (use fruits that are in season to spend the least), and you’ve got creations that are as fun to look at as they are to eat!

Find the whole tutorial at Best Bites here! The best part? You can make these babies way ahead of time and freeze them!! Talk about knocking stuff off the list early! πŸ™‚

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