Monday, December 19, 2011

Go to Fabric?

What is your Go to Fabric right now? What are you loving, cannot get enough of, DIY/blog stocking? Dying to plan an event just to so you can use this most-sought-after-fabric?
It should not come as a shock to anyone who has been around me for the last year, but I am dying over burlap. I even purchased some amazing bags at Architectural Salvage, Aurora, Oregon a couple of months ago and have been lusting after every DIY burlap guide I can find.

Its Rustic Elegance to Perfection and I am Head-Over Heals for it.

PSyou can usually purchase burlap at a craft or fabric store for fairly inexpensive. Additionally, most drape and linen companies now have quite a selection of different weights, colors, and styles. I have even found awesome prices on Etsy and Ebay.

Here are some of my favorites:

Gorgeous Outdoor Space

Drape Burlap Over Lighting for a Warm Glow

Perfect Space!

Burlap and White *Twinkle Lights*

Anyone Looking for a Perfect Way to Wrap Xmas Gifts? What about favors?

You can find this on Etsy!

Burlap and Peonies

More Burlap Curtains used as a defining element of a space.

So simple!
 What's your Go to Fabric?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wedding Perfection

I hope this dear gorgeous bride does not mind, but I am awe-inspired by the Jamie and Xavier Wedding.

Not only is the dress, wellies, bouquet, location, absolutely rustic elegance to perfection, but you know these two lovers will be together for many more glorious life adventures.

Here is the blogger at her best and a link to the photographs taken by the amazing Jenny Hill Photography.

PS, just a little sneak peak:

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Beverage Guide - It can be tricky

Are you planning a shin-dig for the holidays? Or, at least having family over for dinner? You have the amount of food figured out, but ever find that planning for the right amount of beverages can sometimes be a little tricky. And, if your family is anything like mine, running out of booze is not an option...

In my head I have my own beverage calculator depending on the group I am planning the party for. When I meet with people to plan an event for the first time, when figuring out catering I ask them about their guests - not just do they like steak or salmon (PS unless you are planning an event for fisherman, stay away from salmon, there are other less controversial choices), but you should always ask these:
  • Are these people drinkers?
  • What are their drinks of choice?
  • Would beer and wine suffice or should some hard-alcohol options be available? (Will someone be loudly offended if the party does not have their preferred 7 year malt scotch?)
Remember, you do not have to break the bank when it comes to beverages if you plan smartly. I often find that if you can bring in your own alcohol and just pay the corkage that will usually save you some dollars. Additionally, you do not need to have a knock-down-all-incompasing-full-bar (plus, this encourages over consumption). Some basic mid-level selections with chosen mixers is most often perfect. You can even go the route of Signature Cocktails for the party - especially if these have creative names, people really respond to these. Another thing to consider is bubbly - chances are if you have this as an option people will drink this (especially the ladies) over anything else.

For those of you planning an event and are bottle-count stumped there are incredible website calculators out there that will help you figure out the amount lickity-split. (PS if you are hiring a caterer they should also be able to tell you - if they cannot, I would be a little weary, wink * wink * )

Here is one of my favorites and really user friendly, its from Table & Vine.

Table & Vine Party Planning Calculator

Let me know if you ever have any questions and/or get stuck - it is a tricky thing, this thing called booze.