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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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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy and happy planning!

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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) ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today I have for you Option 2 for my friend Alicia’s 2010 Arizona wedding. If succulents aren’t perfect for an AZ wedding, I don’t know what are! When I heard Alicia’s bridesmaid dresses were slate color, my mind automatically went to yellow. Yellow and gray are so popular right now. But throw in the beautiful muted greens ofย  various succulents (and the fact that Alicia isn’t the biggest fan of flowers), and you have a color palette that is fun, sophisticated, and totally stylish. I love love love how well the yellow billy balls plays against the textures of the succulents. So, what do you think? Slate, hot pink, and creamsicle? Slate, yellow, and green? Neither? What colors do you see when you think “fun, outdoor, Arizona wedding?”

p.s. Need color inspiration? E-mail me! andreaskaar@gmail.com ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today’s board comes to you inspired by one of my ASU sorority sisters who’s getting married next May in Peoria, AZ (congratulations Alicia!).ย  Her bridesmaid dresses are a luminescent slate color, just dying for bright, summery colors to pop against it. I remember the sunsets in AZ…orange, pink, and all around gorgeous. Now, hot pink can be a little…harsh. But played against the creamsicle orange and silvery gray, the pink is toned down, yet still provides the “pizazz,” if you will. I love how this board turned out…but I have another color scheme in mind that I want to show her (and you!)…just to make the decision even more difficult (or easier!). Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The sky is blue, the air is warm, and summer wedding season is in full swing! As I was scrolling through Elizabeth Anne Designs, an awesome wedding and lifestyle site, I found this table scape that literally popped off the computer screen. Everything about it screams summer from the dainty daisies in the bright yellow vase, to the orange and yellow details on the table. So for you summer brides, I thought I would share these pictures to amaze and inspire you.ย  Enjoy!


Serve Orangeade as pre or post-ceremony refreshments, favors, or escort cards! With a straw, a ribbon, and a customized tag with a note, name, and/or table number, this idea is as refreshing as it is simple!


Atop a tangerine pin tuck taffeta linen, is a funky yellow place mat (a table runner would have the same effect and would cost significantly less), a white plate, yellow napkin, and orange salad plate. Bright and beautiful!


Homemade french macaroons serve as favors in lemon, orange blossom, and peach flavors, sure to be a summer treat for the taste buds!


My favorite part about the whole table arrangement is the fantastic centerpiece. Full of daisies accented with “billy balls,” and placed in a bright yellow vase, these centerpieces are not only perfect for your summer soiree, but are also relatively inexpensive! As far as wedding flowers go, daisies are one of the least expensive varieties out there, and with just a few pops of the “billy balls,” you will definitely be keeping your floral expenses to a minimum. What’s not to love?!

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Using bird cages in your centerpieces is a great way to bring the outdoors in for your indoor wedding, or to accentuate the summer setting at your outdoor event. If you’re having a “garden” themed wedding, I can’t think of a better centerpiece to fit that theme. Bird cages are completely different from your standard floral arrangement, adding visual interest and a touch of whimsy that your guests are sure to not only notice, but talk about them well after the event!

Inside, you can fill them with whatever you want! Flowers, moss, branches with little fake birds on them, fruit, hanging pomanders, candles, whatever fits the style, feel, and theme of your wedding. Whether your look is vintage or modern, bird cages can match any look you’re going for.

Sooo, how much do these classy cages cost? Well, if you can find a place in your town to rent them, that’s going to be your best bet. Otherwise, it’s time to bargain hunt! Currently, on ebay.com, this beautiful blue bird cage is on sale for $11.00:

This very ornate birdcage is also on sale, with the bids currently at $11.00:

With the size and grandeur of this particular bird cage, too many of them would clutter the room. Having just one, maybe on the head table, the table in the very center of the room, or on the dessert table, would make a statement, still giving off the vibe you’re looking for. And on other tables, you can have your typical floral arrangements along with a few mini bird cages to keep the theme consistent. This bird cage is on sale for $7.50 on ebay:

And don’t think that the bird cages all have to match. Having different colors, sizes, and materials will bring in variety, while still looking cohesive, being surrounded by the same flowers and colors of your other decor.

With a little bargain hunting, and a lot of creativity, you can have these beautiful centerpieces and still stay on budget!

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