Baby showers: Tea Party and Fancy Brunch

I’m learning that with a newborn (and probably children of any age!)  it’s hard to get anything done that takes time! But as I post now, I have a sleeping baby on my chest, so I’ll squeeze some blogging in when I can! I wanted to share a post about the baby showers that were hosted for us, because they were both so lovely!!

We were blessed with 2 showers, 1 was a family shower hosted by my moms and sisters, and the other a friends shower by my best friend. Both were just perfect and I couldn’t have asked for more!

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Tea Party 

For the family shower we had a “tea party” theme. We had fruit and scones and coffee cake and of course coffee and tea. They decorated everything in tans and creams to keep it gender neutral and had beautiful flowers and mason jars. It was beautiful!!

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 Fancy Baby Shower Brunch 

For my other shower, it was at a beautiful resort outside for brunch near the pool. It was a smaller group, so we had a special little menu and cabana and were able to decorate the table. It was so pretty and fancy. I felt so pampered!!

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Mason Jar Wedding Centerpiece DIY – Part 1

It’s beginning to feel like spring in the air and that means wedding season is coming! We are attending 2 weddings this month, and I’m excited! I just love what a wedding means, and it makes me reminisce about our wedding! In that spirit, I thought I’d share a little DIY post on making your own wedding centerpieces!

I’ve mentioned before about doing your own bridal party bouquets – see that post HERE – but we also did all the flowers for our centerpieces and flowers for the ceremony! It is actually pretty easy (and budget friendly!) so long as you have wonderful bridesmaids and friends to help! And it just takes a little planning.

First thing to do is – think about your tables.  Do you have long picnic style table, or rounds? How many? This will help you to determine how many set of centerpieces you will need.

Then decide what kind of centerpiece you want. Vases, flowers, candles, etc. And you do want anything on them, like burlap or lace, or ribbon? Sometimes the number of sets you will need will also help determine what your centerpieces will look like.

Once you have determined these things, you can start collecting your supplies!

We had long picnic style tables (4 rows that were 40 feet long!) I think we had five 8 foot tables in a row. That meant I needed 20 sets of centerpieces for the guests. But don’t forget about the head table! We decided to use the bouquets as the flowers for that and we put them in crates.

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Don’t know what I was excited about, but it looks fun!

ANYWAY – 20 sets of centerpieces. We decided to do mason jars (half-gallon and quart sizes) with flowers and some with candles. You might also want to set up a few mock tables before to see what they look like and make sure you know how much you will need.
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Once you have collected all your vases (or in our case mason jars), you just have to think about how many flowers you want to go in each and what types. I had no preference on flowers, and we didn’t really have wedding “colors” I just knew I liked natural colors, and more natural types of flowers, as opposed to roses. Sadly, I don’t remember the names of the flowers we ended up getting, but this is what they looked like!
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To figure out how many flowers you want in each vase, I’d recommend making a sample arrangement.  If you can’t get the same flowers as you want in the wedding, just get some that are similar in size so you can get a feel for how much you need.

You’ll also need to think about WHERE you want to get the flowers, WHEN you want to get them, and WHO will get them. For us, we had the LA Flower Mart nearby, we picked them up on Thursday morning (for a Saturday wedding), and I went with my mom, mother-in-law, and a friend who knows the flower mart. It worked out perfect, and the flowers held up great in buckets in the garage for a few days.

So once you know what you want and have all your supplies, you just have to wait until the wedding to get the flowers and put them together!

Stay tuned for a post on that next!! Happy Weekend!

Fun times at the Holiday Hootenanny!

We had such a fun time with all the vendors at the Holiday Hootenanny last Saturday!  Katie and Faith of fox&bear did such a great job organizing the event, decorating and finding wonderful musicians! Thanks so much you two!!

It was our first time at loveinamasonjar to do an actual event, so we definitely learned a lot!  It’s a lot of work! Props to all of you who have a store or put up booths at different fairs!  Its hard to make sure you have enough items to sell, load everything up, set up shop, and then tear down after the whole day! I’m so thankful for my kind and patient husband who spent his whole day off helping me!  Here are some photos of the display.  I loved how it turned out!

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If you see anything you like, we have everything available in the ETSY shop now too!!

Thankful Jar. Another Thanksgiving family tradition.

If you don’t want to make a thankful tree to remember and write things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving season, you could also make a Thankful Jar!
Find a jar, cut up some paper, write what you are thankful for, and store it in the jar! It could be a really fun tradition to save each year and look back and see what you wrote in years past.
If you want to purchase this jar above, you can find them in the ETSY Shop!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Wedding week – DIY wedding craft parties and ideas!

One of my favorite parts of planning our wedding was how much our family pulled together to help!  We had many weekends of going to antique markets and craft days where we made the DIY parts of the wedding decor! You can really do a lot of things on your own, and in the end it is so gratifying to know that you did it!!

I’ve posted about the invitation before HERE, but we did make our own invitations using a large custom made stamp.  Here is my husband who stamped every single invitation and RSVP card!

We also cut our own burlap runners.  Here is how they started.And here is how they ended!A more detailed post about the table runners can be found HERE.
One of my favorite decor pieces was the burlap banners we made.
I love you brother 🙂 so glad you were having so much fun helping me! Don’t hate me for posting this photo!

We also wanted to use chalkboards for signage, but we found that it was much cheaper to just use old frames and paint them whatever color you prefer, and then use chalkboard paint to make the inside.

The last helpful thing we did – that I highly recommend – is a mock set up of our centepieces and extra tables (dessert table, drink table, gift table, guestbook table etc.) It helped to get a good idea of what we had and what we still needed.  That also made it a lot easier to sort things by table and organize and store it for easy set up!  Here are some of our mock table set ups…

The Burlap Wreath. Versatile front door decor.

Why is it that the fall season gets so many of us in the crafty mood?  Decorating the porch…baking pumpkin goodies…thinking of DIY Christmas gifts…I feel this way most of the time anyway, but for some reason this season and into the new year, I feel full of creative energy.  Today I wanted to share my favorite little front door decor, The Burlap Wreath.  I realized I have had this on my front door for almost a whole year! I’ve just changed out the decor and phrases for different seasons!  I don’t have any step by step photos, but this basic wreath is perfect, simple, and can be changed all year round!

Here’s what I use for the basic wreath:

..foam wreath.. (floral section at Michaels or Hobby Lobby)

..thick burlap ribbon.. (like THIS)

..hot glue gun..

..twine..

That’s it! Just wrap the foam wreath in the burlap ribbon (or cut burlap into about 7 inch strips) and hot glue and the end!  Use the twine to wrap around the top several times and tie to make a loop to hang.  Then decorate as you please!  I’ve also had other little mini pennant banner phrases like “WELCOME” or “HI THERE”, and you can use different ribbon for color if you wish!

Here is last years Christmas / Winter wreath…

Do you have cute wreath ideas? I’d love to see them!

Fall Wedding Trend – Burlap and Lace

At our wedding we used 40 foot long tables for our guests at the reception, instead of the traditional round tables. It made it feel more like a large family picnic which is exactly what we were going for. Because of the long tables, we decided to use classic white linens with long burlap table runners. And although we got married almost a year ago it’s fun to see that the burlap trend has continued for rustic weddings, especially for those in the fall. Since it is FINALLY starting to cool down and feel like fall here I thought we could talk BURLAP!! Burlap table runners, burlap wrapped bouquets, burlap and lace mason jars, and burlap and lace placemat centerpieces!

First things first, burlap table runners!  To make really long runners (like these pictured) you can purchase whole rolls of burlap from places like Joann’s fabric for a decent price (and don’t forget they have coupons online!). They will cut it to whatever length you want but it will be really wide, and so we found that cutting it into thirds makes for perfect width for table runners (about 15 inches wide). Your table lengths will determine what length you’d like them to cut the fabric.  If they are really long (like ours) it will be quite a task to cut it into thirds, but if you have a long table, you can lay it out in sections and use a tape measurer and chalk to mark the section. Make sure you have a good pair of scissors to cut the fabric since burlap can be kinda rough.  The good thing is, burlap is forgiving since it is already frayed, so if you are a little off, no one will notice!!

Next burlap wedding idea…burlap wrapped bouquets!

Burlap can be a great detail to use to wrap your bouquets with!  If they are first wrapped with floral wire, then it’s easy to wrap any material around!  You can either cut from burlap that you already have to the width of the stems, or you could also find burlap rolls (like these HERE) that is a great width for bouquets.  To secure the material around the stems, you can use twine and wrap it several times (we wrapped it pretty wide) and then tie at the end! 

Burlap can also be great as decor on mason jars for centerpieces!  We didn’t use these at our wedding, but if we had more time I bet we would have!  I actually created these for my ETSY shop because I thought they would make great vases or candle holders!  You can use any combination of lace, burlap, and twine to make beautiful creations!  Just use glue! If you want to order these, Click Here!

Another option for your tables that provides a more romantic, shabby chic feel, are burlap and lace runners, or place mats!  You can always add lace to the ends of the burlap runners you cut, or cut smaller pieces into place mat size (mine are 12 inches square with 2 inch lace on either side).  The place mats can be used to go under centerpieces for round tables!

Just add a little lace trim to the ends of the burlap and you’re done!

If you’d like to order the burlap and lace runners or place mats that are pictured above you can find them HERE!

pretty packaging, kraft paper, stamps and tags

Have you ever purchased something from Anthropologie? Do you notice how well they create the “experience” when buying something?  It’s the little things that make a gift or item you purchase a special treat…And paying attention to packaging makes all the difference.

For instance the logo masking tape they use to secure the tissue paper.
And the matching classic, simple and stylish bag.
And at the holidays they always provide the best boxes and some type of creative ribbon where you basically don’t even have to wrap the present!

I love the simple kraft paper boxes and the shoe lace ribbon. Doesn’t all the extra effort they put into packaging make you want to shop there more?

I really wanted to make my products have the same feel when you open them – more of an experience of receiving something and incorporate some branding… So I started to think about what I could do (and still stay on a budget)…

Remember the Anthropologie masking tape?  I did try to see if I could order some of my own, but it was super expensive.  So, I decided to make it…and here’s how…

First, one of the best decisions I made was to purchase a logo stamp.  I used my favorite local stamp company stampoutonline and sent the a .jpeg of my “logo” and they made it into a stamp!  Super easy and super fast.

And you know what you can do with a logo stamp?! Anything!  So I purchased cheap masking tape at home depot and then got my stamp on!I use it to secure bubble wrap for signs and mason jars…And for tissue paper when I ship burlap banners…
I also wanted to have kraft paper tags to create a thank you card for each purchase. There are some super cute tags out there, but you can also make your own! I did using kraft paper,scissors, a hole punch and reinforcement holes! Just decide on a size and make a “template” and then cut the tags out! Use a hole punch to put a hole in the top, and put reinforcement tabs on either side! And there you go – and you can stamp anything on them!  Basic shipping tags from an office store are also a great alternative…

I had found a great mason jar stamp (at Michaels!) when I was planning my wedding, that I’ve since used for my logo. What do you think?
To affix the tags to your product you can use anything, but I  love bakers twine or even regular twine.

And the final product…

…Not that mine compares with Anthropologie, but they inspired me to think about packaging!

loveinamasonjar July 4 burlap banner featured on havenbyhaden blog

Just a little note to say that the loveinamasonjar July 4th burlap banner is featured for a giveaway on the super cute blog havenbyhayden! Check it out for great design ideas and projects!

Thanks to Hayden someone will be getting a patriotic burlap banner for their July 4 independence day celebration!

The banner is also for sale at our etsy shop loveinamasonjar.

Happy July 4 party planning!

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