Wedding Favors

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We used paper bags to decorate for our wedding favors. I used the peacock feather stamp I already owned, found a “Thank you” stamp on E-bay, and used the letter stamps from an alphabet set I bought from Michael’s to stamp “T & T” on the bags. We hole punched the tops, and tied with ribbons. Inside, we placed sealed bags of coffee beans in some bags, and tea in others. They were quick to put together, and didn’t have any favors left over!

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Centerpieces

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I purchased the vases and stones from Dollar Tree, peacock feathers from E-bay, and ribbon and floating candles from Michael’s. I used hot glue to attach the peacock feather and ribbon. The centerpieces were quick and turned out pretty! They were set on the tables with purple tea lights, also from Michael’s, and the table numbers, as pictured above.

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Anniversary Scavenger Hunt

For our first wedding anniversary, I planned a scavenger hunt for my husband. I hid clues around our apartment, and our cars, and he had to solve the clue to move on to the next thing. Clues lead to gifts, and to things to do- we went to brunch at a peacock-themed restaurant (influenced by our peacock-themed wedding!), made cotton candy martinis (his favorite drink we tried at a restaurant in St. Petersburg for Valentine’s Day), had homemade cheesecake (his favorite dessert) and more. It was a fun day.

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I was inspired by this scavenger hunt: http://www.staceywestbrook.com/a-valentineanniversary-scavenger-hunt/

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Cotton candy martini recipe: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Best-Cotton-Candy-Martini-Recipe

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Cheesecake recipe: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/philadelphia-classic-cheesecake-52544.aspx

I made the cake topper myself, by finding a plain banner and typing the words over it, printing it, cutting it out, and taping it to skewers. I was inspired by this cake topper:

Cheesecake recipe:

DIY Toss Bouquet

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I used some of the handmade fabric flowers (see previous post on them!) to create our toss bouquet. To create the bouquet:

  1. Gather your fabric flowers. I used my previously made one, and bought a few from Michael’s.
  2. Hotglue wires to the back of each of the flowers- ensure the wire is long enough to create the length of handle you want.
  3. Wrap fabric tape around the wires, securely.
  4. Wrap a thick ribbon around the wires, and secure with dots of glue. I tied another ribbon in a bow at the top, and used a dot of glue to add a peacock feather.
  5. You’re done! In total, mine had 13 flowers in it and took about an hour to make (not including the time to handmade the flowers).

Handmade Flowers

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After deciding on brooch bouquets, I decided not to have any real flowers, besides 2 vases of them for the ceremony. I set out to sew, glue and create handmade fabric and tissue paper flowers for the wedding. I rounded up a collection of different ways to make flowers, and bought various supplies on sale at Joann’s. We started experimenting with different styles, and then replicated the easiest and quickest ones the most. We mostly made purple flowers, to use them to fill turquoise vases around the venue, and also used them to create the toss bouquet. Here are some of my favorite tutorials:

Fabric Flowers

Ribbon, felt, cotton and much more can be fun options to make flowers from

Rolled flowers: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/flowers/rolled-fabric-flowers-tutorial/

Braided rolled flowers: http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/scrappy-braided-flower.html

Geometric: http://justagirlandherblog.com/no-sew-fabric-flower-tutorial/

Burned edges flower: http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com/blog/index.php/2010/05/29/tutorial-how-to-make-lovely-fabric-flowers/

Yo-yo flower with button: https://homeislavenderscones.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/yo-yo-flower-tutotial/

Tissue paper flowers

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http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Tissue-Paper-Flowers