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!

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:

Olive Garden At Home

While my husband was away on a trip, I turned our home into Olive Garden… Why? I’m not sure what motivated me, besides wanting to do something fun for him. And it was fun for me too!

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I found a menu template online, and changed it up to include things he likes more. (Template here:http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/12/olive-garden-date-night-at-home-recipes.html )

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I didn’t take many pictures of the details, but it was fun to have napkins, wine and more with the theme. At the end of the night, he asked what restaurant would be next!

Paper Anniversary

The First Anniversary is traditionally a paper gift. I wanted to make something paper for my husband, to go with the gift I was purchasing him and plans I had. Lots of gifts involved photos, but I’ve already done a ton of photo stuff with him because of my love of photography. I finally decided on a Folded Book Art.

1. Find the perfect book.

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I decided to look at Nicholas Sparks book because I wanted a cheesy love story for the occasion, and I stumbled upon just what I wanted- a love story about a Marine finding his true love.

2. Decide the shape you’re folding the book into. 

I knew I wanted a heart for this lovely occasion.

3. Find a tutorial/template with that shape- or make your own template.

I’ve done a few different folded books now, but always with a template, and the first one I watched a tutorial. I can’t imagine free handing it- I just think it’d end up crooked. If you’re good at making your own templates, or have a shape that doesn’t need to be perfect, give it a try though! I’m just someone who does better with clear instructions. I used this: http://www.instructables.com/id/Folded-Book-Art-Best-most-clear-Tutorial-available/ 

4. Make your folded book art!

I suggest getting a spare book for practice first. Then, make the actual thing- if you mess up on a lot of pages, it can end up getting a weird shape, because of so many re-folds and such. My second one turned out way better than my first, it was almost perfect.

Don’t want to make one of your own? Purchase one of mine on Etsy! 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/193925326/folded-book-art-small-heart?

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