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5 Unconventional Wedding Themes

Wedding season is not yet upon us, but that does not mean that we don’t have brides all over looking for inspiration during their own wedding planning process. One of the first things that a couple should decide for the wedding, apart from the budget, is the theme of the wedding. When deciding on a theme, it should reflect the couple’s love story, hobbies and anything that the couple likes. It can be a cohesive theme, like Harry Potter or it can be a very broad theme like a movie theme.

In the following post, we want to show you guys the themes that made us go ‘wow’. They are not seen so often among weddings. Keep in mind that when using a theme for your wedding, it’s not mandatory that you go all out. Certain elements can be used to identify with the theme, but if you have a circus theme, you do not need to have a menagerie of circus animals to make it look authentic.

1. The Wizard of Oz
‘Follow the yellow brick road!’ has probably never felt so joyous. Take your guests on an adventure by using the Wizard of Oz as your main wedding theme. From quotes that can be written on table cards, to games where guests can get a brain, some courage or a heart. As for colors, they can be very bright and happy, think technicolor and you’ll be good.

wedding themes wizard of oz wedding

2. Spies
This can be a very versatile theme, to be quite honest. There are riffs on the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ movie concept, where the bride, groom and wedding party are dressed to kill. Yes, that was an assassin pun, but it fits. You can go for a very formal and classy black/white palette and use the spy concept in the stationery creation.

weddings themes spy movie wedding

3. Steam-punk
There are plenty of fans of this concept. If you’ve never heard of steampunk before, think a science or fantasy world with plenty of Victorian influences, with corsets, petticoats, and top hats being common clothing and in terms of elements, gauges, huge bolts that fit the industrial era, where you could actually find steam-powered machines.

wedding themes steam punk wedding theme

4. Game of Thrones
Not much to say about this story, because if you don’t know at least a little bit about it, where have you been so far? Game of thrones has all fantastical elements of fantasy, making it a perfect inspiration for anyone who wants to have their wedding nature inspired.

wedding themes game of thrones wedding

5. Alice in Wonderland 
Coincidentally, this is also a theme that comes from the Victorian era, only this is one is a little more whimsical, a little more colorful and a little more quirky. Oh, who are we kidding, it’s plenty whimsical, colorful and quirky, it’s Alice! Go for bright and bold colors, mismatched porcelain tea sets and funny references to the book.

wedding themes alice in wonderland wedding

Those are five of the most unconventional wedding themes that we really wanted to showcase. There are plenty more and they don’t necessarily have to be related to movies or books. Anything can inspire you to introduce a certain element or a certain concept into your wedding.

Roxie

Sources: The Oz Couple, Ruby Shoes, Wedding File, Spy Cake, Steampunk Cake, Steampunk Bouquet, Game of Thrones Seating Arrangements, Dragon Cake, ‘Eat Me’ Favors, Mad Hatter Wedding Cake 

Planning / Etiquette

4 Ways You Can Make Your Wedding Kid-Friendly

One of the things that you need to consider for when you are planning you wedding is, of course, who you’re going to invite. You, guests, are an important element for the wedding because, even if the day if about you and your significant other, the wedding is happening because you want to show everyone that you are taking this step. So really, you don’t really hold a wedding without any guests.
In this blog post we’re not going to talk about all guests, but a special group. Today, we’re going to talk about the kids. If you’re thinking about inviting kids at your wedding, you’re going to have to do some preparation. We all know that weddings can sometimes get toned down, even for adults and for kids it’s at a different level. So that your guests that bring their kids don’t have to deal with meltdowns brought on by boredom, these are some things you can do for your wedding to be kid-friendly.
1. Time your wedding
The best time of day for a wedding where kids are invited is either morning or early-afternoon. There’s a bit of time since they woke up from their night’s sleep, it’s way before their naps, so you can avoid the crankiness that comes with sleepiness.
It’s easier on the catering as well, because brunch or breakfast weddings are easier to pull off than elaborate 5-course meals.
kid friendly weddings wedding brunch
2. Colors!
Not everywhere, but coloring books can help keep kids engaged with an activity when the ceremonies and the speeches are happening. Think about buying bulk coloring books, or even better, create a really simple one, with you and your significant other’s love story.
kid friendly weddings wedding programs coloring
3. Activities
During the reception, you can arrange a designated kid area where you can place certain games that the kids can enjoy and have fun playing. The kid area can be close enough to the adults that they still receive supervision but in a place where it won’t provide a distraction from the speeches and other elements of the reception.
kid friendly wedding kid area pinata wedding
4. Ask for help 
Think about the parents, when they have a date night, they employ a babysitter to take care of the kiddies and spend time with them. You can do the same. You can get one or more babysitters, depending on the number of kids and have them enjoy a pizza party while their parents get to be adults and enjoy the party without having to worry so much about their children.
kid friendly wedding kid are kid table baby sitter
Those were our two cents on how you can make your wedding kid-friendly. If you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share, leave a comment, we’d love to hear different ideas from you!
Roxie
Good To Know

The Two Main Wedding Colors of 2016

Today we’re going to be talking about a favorite topic of ours. Given the fact that we create stationery designs and we work with stationery on a daily basis, one of the most important elements for us is color. Whichever way you cut it, even if you have great lines and elements coming together for a design, if the colors are off or don’t go well together, it’s likely that the design is not going to be 100% what you want.

In this post we’re going to talk about the colors of 2016, as released by Pantone. Yes, we said colors, yes, there are two of them and they are pretty much the embodiment of tranquility and peace. If 2015 was the year for Marsala (the deep, rich wine red that everyone was going crazy over), this year, Rose Quartz and Serenity are the colors to match with.

2016 wedding colors wedding color palettes

In terms of wedding colors, the colors of 2016 will most likely make an appearance in a lot of wedding color palettes. So let’s see what you can match them with, how they can work and what would not work with them.

1. Rose Quartz
Let’s talk complementary colors. Rose Quartz is a light shade of pink with warm undertones. If you are looking to achieve a soft look, with delicate nuances, then Rose Quartz is a great color to start building your palette from. It goes very well with different variations of green, picture the color of sage or jade, those are some of the best combinations. It is best friends with Marsala as well as with a lovely yellow color, think the color of honey, if honey would not be translucent. If you’re looking for a bolder look, Rose Quartz can be a highlight color, that can break up a bit of the bold color blocks with elegance.

wedding colors 2016 rose quartz

2. Serenity
Serenity is on the cooler side of the palette. Imagine a light blue that is covered by a layer of fine dust and you have the color Serenity. It’s is perfect for a fairy tale ethereal look, think Cinderella more than Sleeping Beauty or Beauty and the Beast. It plays very well with dusty colors, pastels and corals. If you want to create a palette that has equal amounts of Serenity and very bold colors, consider making one or the other an accent or highlight color, because Serenity has a hard time keeping up with bolder colors; it tends to get lost among “louder” colors. However, if you’re going to go for a wedding color palette of blues, then no matter how bold royal and navy blue are, Serenity will fit right in as a beautiful shade that can anchor the palette.

wedding colors 2016 serenity

That is about it from us. We hope you enjoyed what we prepared for you today. As more and more colors are being used for weddings, so will these posts become more frequent.

Roxie

Sources: Dahlias, Delphiniums, Pink BouquetRose Quartz and Green, Serenity and Pastels, Serenity and Peach

Good To Know Planning / Etiquette Seasonal

4 Tips To Organizing The Perfect Christmas Party

Christmas is fast approaching, since it is a time spent with family and friends, it’s common for many Christmas parties to happen during the week of Christmas. If you are planning on hosting such an event, then it might be a good idea to get everything in order and start organizing all the little details for the party. As an example of an invite that you can send out, you can find one below and you can check out other styles right here.

holiday party invitations with holy frame

1. Decorations

Because it’s Christmas, you won’t have to go that far into the DIY realm if you don’t wish to. The winter holiday season is the perfect time of year for string lights, a huge diversity of garlands and many other decorations. If you want cute decorations, you can get them, if you want to go the traditional route, there are decorations out there that can give that feel. There are plenty of options and you don’t have to break the bank to have lovely Christmas decorations.

christmas party decorations

2. Food
Here you can have lots of fun and let your inner chef shine. Whether it be desserts or savory dishes, there are tons of recipes that can make it on the Christmas menu. From cakes to cookies, you have an entire palette of sweets to choose from. If you want to try your hand at cakes, you can choose to go for a white cake, with white icing and red accents, like a cranberry cake. If you want something decadent, a dark chocolate cake is the way to go. The red accents for this chocolate cake can come from brandied cherries or rum macerated berries. Savory dishes can range from finger food or canapé to cooking big batches of crowd favorites Sliders or sausage and fennel bites are perfect for finger food. If you want everyone to gather around the table, think about creating some roasted root vegetables with a great addition of either a mushroom based main or something non-vegetarian. It all depends on your guests.

christmas party sweets foods

3. Drink
Here come the punches! Christmas Punch should not be missing from any Christmas party, and as with everything else on this list, the recipe list is log and varied. Non-alcoholic, for parties that include kids, alcoholic for the parties where you want your guests to warm up. You can riff off of mulled wines, hot rum and everything in between. There are tons of recipes making the most out of seasonal fruits and aromatic spirits, to bring flavor and savor to the Christmas drink list.

party christmas drinks punch

4. Cozy atmosphere
Make sure that apart from decorations, you can make the space, where the party is going to be taking place, feel cozy, warm and welcoming. This can mean to have blankets, a selection of tunes that can give the idea of a chill space and enough places for your guests to sit and lounge and just talk. A Christmas party can be one where people dance the night away, but more often than not, it’s a place where people can just spend time with each other and enjoy the evening.

christmas party cozy atmosphere

That’s is about it from our side. We hope that these coming holidays are happy and that all the best wishes will come true.

♥ Roxie

Sources: Christmas Tree Shelves, White Snowflakes, Cinnamon Decorations, Oreo Bark, White Christmas Cake, Reindeer Cupcake, Lemon Punch, Cherry Punch, Cozy Red Decor, Cozy Metallic Decor

Good To Know Planning / Etiquette

Wedding Bouquets You’ll Love – Part 1

If you are a bride-to-be and you are already in the middle of planning for your dream day, you probably already have your checklist and next months all planned out. When planning for a wedding, there are a lot of things that you have to decide on, there are a lot of checklists to complete, mood boards to create and sources to find for inspiration. One of the subjects that you can get inspired for is the bridal bouquet, and this post is the first part of two posts that will talk about all the different types of wedding bouquets that you can order or even make yourself. Let’s go!

1. Succulent Bouquets
Succulents have been around for a long time. Because they are desert plants they are fairly sturdy, especially in high temperatures and low humidity. They can range a light jade green to a dark green. They are simple and perfect for a desert wedding or as companions to other types of flowers such as peonies, tulips or roses. They can also be used in winter wedding bouquets, for the rustic themed weddings as a formal setting might be too stifling for these plants.

wedding bouquets succulents rustic outdoor wedding

2. Brooch Bouquets
A rather new development for wedding bouquets, when creating a brooch bouquet you can really use any type of brooch. The only things you need to consider when creating a brooch bouquet are: balance – it is striking to see a full brooch bouquet and if the elements are not chosen carefully, it can appear gaudy and cheap; weight – this links to the size of the bouquet, you really don’t want to lug around something heavy on your wedding day; finally, a brooch bouquet can help in either respecting some traditions or establishing new ones.

wedding bouquets brooch bouquets formal wedding

3. Pine Cone Bouquets
These little numbers are perfect for a rustic, outdoor wedding. If it’s a forest themed wedding, even better. Pine cones are very versatile, they can be the sole elements in a bouquet or be a great companion that can bring out the best from other plants and flowers, such as baby’s breath, peonies and others. Pine cones are also popularly used for winter weddings.

wedding bouquets pine cone bouquets rustic winter wedding

4. Paper Bouquets
These are probably some of the most versatile bouquets you can make. There can be paper flowers, pinwheels or origami. Generally used by alternative or quirky brides that look to have a shot of whimsy in every wedding element.

wedding bouquets paper bouquets pinwheel origami flowers whimsical

Whatever type of bouquet you use, make sure that it reflects you, the wedding theme and what you like. Also, throwing it to all the singles at the wedding does not have to be a tradition that you keep. Good luck!

♥ Roxie

Sources: Berries and Succulents, Daisies and Succulents, Large Succulent, Succulent and Peonies; Brooch Bouquet in a Jar, Formal Brooch Bouquet, Old Watch Brooch Bouquet, Colorful Brooch Bouquet; Pine Cone Bouquet, Pine Cones and Wheat, Pine Cones and White Peonies, Pine Cones and Pine Needles; Colorful Paper Flowers, Pinwheel Bouquet, Origami Lilies, Cream Paper Flowers 

Good To Know Seasonal

Thanksgiving Calm – How To Be As Cool As A Cucumber

With Thanksgiving being here, we decided to jump in the deep end. Since this can be a day filled with stress for many people since families are coming together and the turkey has to be perfect and everything else on the table needs to be in tip-top shape, we thought that a calming article would be very useful. If you feel a meltdown coming on because nothing is ready and you feel like you don’t have that much time, use these tips to get back on track with yourself.

1. Remember why
When everything seems overwhelming, remember why you are doing all of this preparation. Think about what this day means to you and your family. Think of the good times you’ll have, all seated at the same table, sharing a meal and practicing gratitude towards the good moments and the lessons that you all went through, so far. If you remember the reason you’re doing this, then that will help you calm down and get on with your day.

thanksgiving dinner table

2. Have everything within reach
This might seem like a small detail but it pays to know where everything is. If you’re preparing the meal, setting the table and decorating the room, knowing where everything is and not missing any valuable items will really help ease the stress that can come with this day.

3. Hydrate
With all the running around and getting everything together, it’s going to be really easy to forget to take care of yourself. That is until your body will give you a wake-up call by making you dizzy or by you not being able to focus on the task at hand. Make sure to eat and drink plenty of water. This is supposed to be a good day not stress filled, with trips to the hospital.

thanksgiving table setting pieces

4. Breathe
This might be the last thing you want to hear when you’re stressing out but it’s also one of the most effective ways to calm yourself down. When everything is going wrong, take time to breathe in and out a couple of times and focus on your breathing. You will be more prepared to handle emergency situations or unexpected things happening.

thanksgiving stress free dinner

Finally, this is a day meant for gratitude and being thankful for your family, friends and for what you have in your life. Don’t let it become a day full of stress and negative feelings. It’s a holiday that is meant to bring people together so enjoy it!

♥ Roxie

Sources: DIY Table Setting, Pumpkin Table Setting, Give Thanks Chalkboard

Good To Know Planning / Etiquette

The Five Backgrounds You Need To Create – Part 1

Brace yourselves, coprinters, because this blog post we’re really going to get creative! Since the weekend is coming up, you may be experiencing some TGIF feelings and maybe you have a desire to let your creative energy loose and make something. This blog post we’re going to be focusing on photography backdrops. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to have need of these backdrops. They are perfect for any party that you throw and where you want your guests to have the option to take professional looking photos. Furthermore, any event you organize is going to have a personal touch with these backgrounds. They are easy to create with varying times for completing the project. Regardless of which backdrop you will want to tackle you can be sure that it’s going to look amazing.

1. One-color 
Arguably the easiest backdrop to create, it can be as simple as getting a bolt of material and draping it over a sturdy structure. If you really want to go thrifty, a blanket, sheet or even a towel draped over a wide chair or hung on the wall can become the background for a nice and impromptu photography session.

backdrop full color

2. Lights
If you want to take some photos that have a fairy tale look, one way of giving them that vibe is by using light. Using a backdrops made out of light is a great way to add some magic to a regular scene. They look best at night or in low lighting conditions so that the backdrop and the people who pose in front of it can be the center of attention. A light backdrop can be one of the best mediums to create a story through your photograph. Use fairy lights, colorful Christmas lights or low intensity light bulbs to create the perfect light background.

backdrop light garlands light fixtures

3. Geometric
We’re slowly moving into the realm of more time-consuming projects. When thinking about a geometric backdrop you can use any shape that strikes your fancy. Squares, circles, rectangles or any other type of shape, they’re all good because they look dynamic. It can be 2D or 3D by creating paper geometric shapes with the help of a glue gun. They are perfect for parties or events with a more modern feel and depending on what colors you use, or if you go for monochrome it can fit almost any modern theme. Patterns like chevron and hound’s tooth can be considered geometric backgrounds.

backdrops geometric shapes event planning

4. Paper 
Garlands, punched-out shapes like stars, hearts or any other motif, paper flowers or even origami strewn on pieces of string, they all qualify as paper backgrounds. Paper backgrounds are good if you want to take photos that have a delicate vibe to them. You can use different types of paper like translucent, opaque, fully colored or patterned.

backdrops photography paper cranes and french paper

5. Edible 
This i a unique idea that will definitely wow your guests. While we use popcorn and dried pieces of fruit to decorate Christmas trees we don’t really think about using them in other contexts. From giant marshmallows to candy canes, from popcorn to dried apples and oranges, edible backgrounds are great for a rustic event.

backdrops with edible garlands photography

That is it for part one of our background creation. Stay tuned for part two where we’re going to show you other ways to create non-conventional backgrounds for your events.

♥ Roxie

Sources: Orange Backdrop, Pink Backdrop, Light bulb Garlands, Fairy Lights, Geometric Detail, Geometry Backdrop, French Paper, Paper Cranes, Marshmallow Backdrop, Dried Fruit Garland

Good To Know Planning / Etiquette

How Do You Organize A Monochrome Party

This blog post is perfect for the ones who will have their birthday coming up, but still haven’t decided on a theme or a style for the party. Even if your birthday is nowhere near the time we post this article, that doesn’t mean that it can’t serve as a source of inspiration for other events and parties that you might organize or even help out in decorate. For today, we’re going to talk about how to incorporate a monochrome theme for a party. We’re going to be talking about the black/white aesthetic and how it can become a great theme, in the right hands. You can also find the perfect birthday party invitations on our website, check them out here.

birthday party invitations monochrome

1. The Space
Because monochrome is a minimalist inspired style, it looks better in certain spaces, more than others. The space needs to be clean and airy, with plenty of light and few other distractions. Everything should look streamlined with straight lines and sharp corners. If your space is very Bohemian or very Art Nouveau inspired, don’t worry, you can still give it a monochrome look, but you’re going to have to get a bit creative. If there are many items in the room where you’re holding the party, consider moving them or rearranging them so it can give off the illusion of more space and less clutter. Also, you can use bolts of black or white fabric to conceal other colors that might clash with the theme. Think blank canvas when you’re thinking about what to do with the space.

monochrome birthday party space decorations

2. Decorations
You might think that it’s simple to find black and white only decorations but you might be surprised. Since a lot of parties are very colorful it might be a bit more complicated finding the decorations that can fit the minimalist theme. If you’re a fan of DIY there are many resources only that can help with the stationery side of things. For example, you can find free printables of black and white paper garlands that you can hang around the space. Look for black and white balloons. The other decorations that you could need are props for the photos. To be honest the best route for all of these is to go DIY. It is rewarding, affordable and fun.

black and white party monochrome props

3. Food
If you really want to go all out with the theme, take advantage and find foods and drinks that follow the same color palette. You can be a little adventurous and cook spaghetti made with squid ink, in white sauce which will follow the chromatic. For other edible treats you can coat tiny pretzels in white chocolate and then sprinkle black sprinkles. The possibilities are endless. For alcoholic drinks you can search for variations on the White Russian or recipes that use Kahlua or coffee. Go wild!

monochrome birthday party treats and snacks

4. Dress-code
This might sound pretentious but you should think about the dress code or at the very least the dress theme for your party. There are two ways you can do this, state the theme on the party invitations and ask the guests to follow the theme by dressing only in monochrome colors or you can go the opposite way and ask your guests to dress very colorfully. Either way, the photos of the party are going to look stunning.

monochrome party dress code

That is about it from us. We hope that we gave you some helpful tips on organizing a monochrome party. Good luck!
♥ Roxie

Sources: Birthday Party Invitations, The Space, The Decor, The Treats, The Dress-code

Inspirations Boards Seasonal

Winter Wedding With Neutral Colors – Inspiration Board

We’re back, with a new week and a new inspiration board that can help you get some ideas for your winter wedding. This inspiration board, we’re focusing on a winter wedding with neutral colors, white, browns and creams. All the photo sources can be found below. Imagine how your wedding would look like with these lovely additions. Enjoy!

inspiration board winter wedding neutral colors

♥ Roxie

Sources: Wedding Invitations, Wedding Party, Wedding Cake , Bridal Bouquet

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7 Interesting Facts About Thanksgiving

Even though we are at the beginning of November and there’s still about 20 days until Thanksgiving, we want to make some blog posts to help you get to know Thanksgiving a bit better. We went online and researched a bit about Thanksgiving, what it stands for and what it means, there were also some fun and interesting facts about the holiday. Without further ado, here’s the rundown to Thanksgiving.

1. Even though, in this day and age, turkey is the staple food that is served on most of the table in North America, in the beginning it was most likely some type of wild fowl like geese or ducks. Turkey became popular somewhere in the 18th century in North America and since then it has graced the Thanksgiving tables.

thanksgiving facts interesting information fall setting

2. The date of Thanksgiving varies every year because what counts is the day of the week. Thanksgiving falls on the last Thursday of the month of November.

3. Even though, stories say that the first Thanksgiving dinner took place in the 17th century, Thanksgiving only became a national holiday in 1941.

thanksgiving interesting facts thanksgiving pie

4. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade reaches the respectable age of 91 years, this year. It is one of the most anticipated events of the year being beaten only by the Superbowl and the Ball Drop, during New Year’s Eve.

5. Initially, turkeys were wild fowl that later got domesticated. Wild turkeys can actually fly, domesticated turkeys cannot.

thanksgiving interesting facts pumpkins

6. The Cornucopia is actually an element that stems from Greek myths. Zeus’ mother, in trying to protect him from his father, hid him in a cave and left Amalthea, a goat, as a foster mother for Zeus. While playing with the goat, Zeus broke one of her horns accidentally. He could not attach it back but to repay her for her loyalty and servitude he enchanted the horn to bear fruits and vegetables, as such, it was called the Horn of Abundance.

7. The national emblem of the United States was almost a wild turkey, not the very well known bald eagle. Benjamin Franklin was one of the supporters of this change but it, ultimately, did not go through.

thanksgiving table setting turkey

That is about it from us, Thanksgiving is a holiday that is actually shrouded in mystery because there are very little things that are known about the creation of this holiday. Also, the things we all learn in school about this holiday are fairly watered down and polite compared to a more accurate turn of events. Knowledge is important and so is doing the research for a topic. Hopefully we’ve aroused your curiosity for finding out more about Thanksgiving.

♥ Roxie

Sources: Table Setting, Thanksgiving Pie, Pumpkins, Thanksgiving Dinner