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!


Adam and I are getting married in Puerto Vallarta. And I CANNOT wait. However, if we weren’t having a wedding fiesta, this is what I’d want our day to look like…my wedding “alter ego”, if you will.

Swooooooon. Does anyone else have multiple personalities when it comes to your wedding day vision?

I found this really great blog when my amazing photographer, Amanda, posted that some of her work was featured on it…her work is amazing.Β  Seriously, go check her out. Anyway, after ooh-ing and ahh-ing at all the pictures, I perused the site and found these FREE invitation templates! How fantastic is that?! And not only do they offer these lovelies for our frugal enjoyment, Love and Lavender is a great site for beautiful (and practical!) wedding ideas. So go check them out and take advantage of these ADORABLE invitation templates (and everything else)!

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!

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™‚

It’s been a little inspiration board crazy around here for a while…but hey, who doesn’t love a little color in their lives? Today’s fresh and summery board is for Bethe, one my oldest and best friends. She’s getting married this summer in an outdoor setting, with a theme of lemons and limes and Southern goodness. Lemon and lime were born to be together, and the added touch of some down-home southern style makes this wedding one that anyone would want to be invited to! Makes me want some sweet tea just thinking about it!

I think the look isΒ  fresh, inviting, and fun, just like Bethe and Isaac. I can’t wait to see how their vision turns out! I’m hoping Bethe will let me do a feature on their fabulously budget-friendly Southern citrus wedding…stay tuned! πŸ™‚

I promised you a comparison for the “Anthropologie meets Steampunk” board, and here we have it! While it’s decidedly less steampunk, and way more peacock, I think it still carries much of the vibe that Crystal’s friend is going for. So why the colorful bird? With the groom’s last name being “Peacock,” it’s almost criminal not to design your wedding based around the beautiful bird…especially when the colors and options are so dreamy! While I left out the steampunk element so as to not overwhelm the elements (although the quirky cake topper second down from the top left definitely has that vibe), this board is still very Anthropologie, a bit heirloom, and has a punch of modernity in some funky hand-painted shoes (second down from the top right) and a very modern-style cake (on the bottom left).Β  Instead of chartreuse, we’re going with a more kelly green, along with deep purples, and of course the navy. I am really loving these colors together and I think they are a perfect fit for the rustic barn the wedding is being held in (pictured top left).

So, what’s the word? Anthropologie meets feathery friend? Anthropologie meet steampunk? Neither?