Margarita Shower Favors

(If your name is Sarah W. stop reading now, unless you don’t care about being surprised about your shower favors.)

Everyone else, welcome to my latest adventure in creating fun, personal and inexpensive favors for a friend’s bridal shower. Sarah is a grad school friend and much of our friendship was forged while eating tacos and drinking margaritas at a local place near the University of Delaware. If you’ve been to grad school you know how important tequila can be to your survival. If you haven’t been to grad school, you may not fully understand. Anyways, we are having Sarah’s shower at a Latin restaurant in Pittsburgh PA this weekend and the margaritas will be flowing! I’m very excited about this location as it is uniquely Sarah and the food is delish. Because the location suits the Bride so well, myself and the MOH Lora wanted to be sure the invites and favors also felt like Sarah. I designed the invites using a template from WeddingPaperDivas.com and the finished favors can be seen below, read on to learn how I created them myself and just how little they cost!

A few weeks ago, I began to brainstorm about these favors and decided to give each guest a margarita magnet and a recipe card with my margarita drink recipe on it. So I went onto the internet and started to look into buying margarita magnets in bulk. To get about 30 magnets was $2 or $3 per magnet, which seemed like a lot. As I was looking at the magnets I realized they looked a lot like buttons I make at work to use for recognition for students, just with magnets on the back and not pins. I wondered to myself if I could buy buttons with magnet-backs instead of pin-backs and then use my work machine to simply press them together.  I went to our typical button supply company BadgeAMinit.com and lo and behold they do sell magnet back buttons. I was even able to find a better price with MrButton.com, so I purchased my own supplies and set out to create margarita buttons. In order to do this you would need a button press like this one (they are expensive, but if you have access to one already, supplies are reasonable, or if you would use it often it would be a good investment – fundraising as well as craft options with these things are endless):

Here are my supplies and the invite I used as inspiration.

Using simple clip art and my color printer I created these first:

I forgot to take a picture when these were in paper form, but below you’ll get to see the process start to finish. After creating the margarita magnets, I thought they looked great! At that point, I planned to write out index cards for each guest with my margarita recipe on them. I mentioned this to a coworker and she said “Can you put the recipe on a magnet?” and I thought well there’s a great idea! And I was able to format the recipe using text boxes in publisher to create these:

Next I went about making these recipes into magnets. You load the button press with the back sharp side up, then a metal disc sharp side down, then the artwork face up (like one of the recipes) and then a plastic clear disc, then simply press. The resulting button can than have a magnet simply stuck on the back. The supplies I ordered came with self-adhesive magnets but you could use a glue gun to secure them. The recipe magnets turned out great! I color coded them to showcase 4 recipes: Classic, Cadillac, Gold and Mango. Here is the result:

All my buttons are stacked up and ready to travel to Pitt!! Each guest will receive a margarita magnet as well as their choice of 1 of the 4 recipe magnets. All 50 magnets cost only $21 to create!!!  I really hope Sarah loves them as much as I do.

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I’m late, I’m late, for a very important DATE!

Working Title: Why you need a timeline – but the other one is more catchy.

So lately I’ve been spending time preparing for my friend Caroline’s wedding in February. We grew up together in PA, and now she lives in TN with her fiance and will be married there in about 60 days (Wooohooo!!!). This past weekend we attended Caroline’s first bridal fitting and her dress fit like a glove!! Only small changes need to be made on the hem and straps and it will be good to go! We have a second fitting lined up in a month to double check things. (We also got to see the bridesmaids dresses on her friend Tracey and they look stunning as well). Following Caroline’s fitting we had a big meeting (with wine of course) to hash out her timeline details, check her photo list and generally talk shop about her BIG day.

draft of timeline from our meeting

The bulk of our time was spent on her timeline, which begins at 6:45am on a Saturday and ends at 12:45am late that night. (Can a girl get a ‘5 hour energy’ please?) In my opinion, one of the most important things to think about as you plan your wedding is the timing of the day. Especially if multiple locations and a large bridal party is involved the coordination of it all can get really complicated. Main components to consider include: locations of all events and getting ready areas (including salons and hotels), number of people involved, means of transportation, travel time from location to location, items (flowers, lighting, etc) needing to be moved or set up if any, and the order of special things happening at the reception (intros, toasts, 1st dance, cake cutting, garter/bouquet tosses, grand exit, etc.) And then there are the question to be answered: Where will the flowers be dropped off and when? When should the photographers come and where to? When will you eat? What if there is traffic? What if the limo doesn’t show? What’s plan B? Are there any last minute VIPs (close family or bridal party members) arriving the day of? Will they need to be picked up from the airport for example?

Ooof. And the list goes on. So if you don’t have a timeline for your day, it may be a good idea to start one. Basics include when you need to arrive and leave each location, include any appointments (hair/makeup/nails) and the order of things at the reception. Some are simpler than others, of course! But I don’t think you can be over prepared! Closing thought: Build in extra time. You will run a little behind at some point, and that’s ok. You can’t have a wedding without the Bride — or Groom, so don’t worry, all will wait for you, but you don’t want your guests to get too drunk while they wait for your grand entrance ;).

Linen and Lace

A little while back I blogged about the Showerette I was throwing for my college best friend, and last night was the party. We had a fantastic time!!! Bdette and I, who are co-MOH’s in this wedding, transformed her apartment into a lacy bachelorette pad fit for a Queen. One of our favorite decorations used were paper doilies I picked up at Michael’s Crafts for $4. I made a wreath to decorate the door using small round doilies taped to the door, and then I threaded a light blue ribbon through them to make a circle.
And Bdette had the great idea to sew them together to make a sort of banner across the windows. If you had told me a week ago I would be sewing something again after the veil and sash I made last month, I would have laughed. I could probably use sewing lessons, ha! But this was actually easy, I just threaded white string through the holes in the large square doilies.

Because we invited guests to give a linen or lace gift we wanted to display the lingerie gifts. We used a white satin ribbon and made a clothesline. We tied the bras, panties and nightgowns to the clothesline with tiny pieces of blue ribbon. It looked really cool!!

DIY Bachelorette Accessories Part 2

To continue my DIY Bachelorette crafting this week, I also picked up supplies to make a veil at Michaels. I bought 1 yard each of a pink sparkly tulle and white sparkly tulle. Luckily I had given the Bride-to-Be a tiara as a Birthday gift a few years ago, so I borrowed that from her. I also grabbed some sequins I had from a shirt I bought a while back. I don’t think I will actually need to replace them on the shirt anytime soon.

I began by ironing the pieces of tulle and then folded them in quarters. I cut the bottom of each color, rounding out the corner without a fold (right side here). I also cut along the long edge (top seen here) to make it slightly rounded. As seen below:

Once unfolded all the way the piece was basically a large oval. Folding it in quarters allowed me to cut it once and have it all be symmetrical. Think about when you folded paper to cut a heart as a child!

Next I took the each oval and folded it in half. Then I folded them individually accordion style, with the folded edge at the top:
This allowed me to gather the wide piece into a smaller bunch. Now I began to sew the tulle to the tiara. The tiara had zig zags, which made it very easy to use. I began with the pink tulle and held the folded edge of the fabric, still folded accordion style and put one stitch through all the layers of the tulle, effectively binding them together. Then I set out to attach it to the tiara. I started at one end and simply weaved it in and out and then repeated the process with the white tulle. The end was result was not something fit for a wedding day, but for my first attempt at making a veil, I thought it turned out great. Also I saved myself some cash. Veils with tiaras, which I saw online, were $20-$30 with shipping. I made this for a grand total of $15.

DIY Bachelorette Accessories Part 1

As Shortcake’s Bachelorette approaches I’ve been working on a few things for her to wear. Earlier this week I looked online and at a few stores at sashes, veils, and tiaras, but I didn’t find anything I loved at the right price. It seemed that most items were poorly made or those that were of better quality were quite expensive. So I thought to myself, “How hard can it be to make a sash?”

I went to Michael’s Craft Store and picked up a number of things. For the sash I bought 2 yards of wide white satin ribbon, some pink sparkly iron-on letters, and a few stick on rhinestones.

I began by measuring the ribbon with a friend’s help. I simply placed it over her shoulder and pinned it where it hit her hip. Later I turned it “inside out” and then sewed that spot together, creating a diagonal hem, then I trimmed it and scorched the edges with a match (so it would not unravel) and then I turned it back to the now outside, seen below.

Next I laid out the letters to spell Bachelorette and then followed the instuctions that came with the letters. Basically iron with a towel on top and then lightly go over the back of the ribbon. Lastly I added the rhinestones, which I stuck at the top and bottom of the sash. To make the sash myself was about $6. They were selling online for about $15 to $20. I will post a photo of Shortcake wearing this ASAP!

What’s a Showerette?

Ahh, yet another trip to Target for invites. I just can’t get enough! The price is right and the selection is lovely. This time I decided to pick up these pink cardstock sheets. Each one was blank, aside from the word “PARTY!” in a gold foil on the side. The accompanying envelopes even had gold foil lining, LOVE. I decided to try using my computer this time. My handwriting is ok, but it does take longer and certainly more care to hand write invites which I learned here and here.


So using Word and a laser printer, I created the invites for another friend’s Showerette to take place in June. What’s a showerette you say? I have to give credit for this term to my partner in crime (and planning), Bdette. Because this Bride’s guests are all over the U.S. she had 2 family showers in PA and OR, and we are responsible for the friends’ shower in DC. Our college friends are also spread out, so it didn’t make sense to have a Shower one week and then a Bachelorette weeks later. We decided to combine things, and Bdette started calling it a Showerette. Isn’t she clever? I certainly think so. So we’re having a Linen and Lace theme and guests can give traditional shower gifts (linen) or sexy lingerie gifts (lace).

If you would like to make invites this way, make sure you set your printer to Cardstock and Manual Feed. Be careful as you feed each sheet into the Printer, if you push it crooked, it prints crooked (like duh). It’s also good to buy a few extra invites, I bought 30 and produced 26 acceptable invites.

I will update after the party with some pics. We have all kinds of fun decorations planned. I promise to get carried away with this theme, lol.

Bachelorette Party for Shortcake!

In a few weeks I’ll be hosting Shortcake’s Bachelorette Party. I have several things to work on for this party including a homemade veil and sash, so stay tuned. Again I picked up invites at Target, for about $1 each. These are made by Papyrus. They are pink and green, as you can see and even have glitter on them. I love glitter!!! This one I kept for myself because I made a little mistake with the address, whoops! But all the others were perfect.