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Tea Towel Favors November 20, 2011

If you have a whole lot of time for crafting before your wedding, you might want to consider stamping tea towels as favors for your guests. You can pick up some inexpensive flour sack tea towels, a rubber stamp that fits your theme (every so often, Michaels has 40% off all of their stamps) and some fabric ink/dye. In the right colors for your wedding, they’ll look beautiful wrapped in a matching ribbon at each place setting. Plus they’re actually useful, your guests will use the tea towel long after the wedding and they’ll remember your special day every time they see it.

Here’s a blog from Jen Jafarzadeh, Redbook’s lifestyle editor, with more details on executing these reusable gifts.


OMG I fell in love again June 5, 2010

I just nearly peed my pants with excitement. As a crafty bride, I am so excited to have found the Intimate Wedding Blog’s list of tutorials. So many cute DIY projects!

I definitely want to try the paper or fabric fortune cookies, they’d make an adorable gift tag for a small gift in a Chinese food takeout box (which they sell at Michaels.) I’m thinking of packaging my bridesmaids gifts like this (once I figure out what those gifts are, of course!) I also really like the idea of informing guests about a charitable donation in lieu of a favor with these fortune cookies. Heck, I just like the idea of having random fortunes inside them and finding uses for them. Love it!

My other fave is the paper flowers made of cupcake liners. I love paper and fabric flowers and these look nice and easy, as well as cheap and quirky. I’m going to try these soon. They look like carnations, the flower I want to go with for the bouquets and boutonnieres, so perhaps I can make some cute side paper arrangements if they turn out well.

Carnations made of cupcake liners from Intimate Wedding Blog

There’s also a tissue paper version of carnations on Folded Trees.

So basically I’m super excited about this site! I can’t wait to post some of the projects I attempt from this list of tutorials! Have you tried any of these or similar projects? What is your favorite source for wedding craft tutorials?


If I Had a Flower Girl, I’d Already Be Set April 20, 2010

I found an adorable flower girl gift! I don’t have a flower girl and I don’t intend to get one though, I just figured I’d share this cuteness with you. It’s plush petit fours!

Plush petit fours from the MoMA Store

They’re ideal for little tea parties, you know they beat the crap out of plastic play tea party food. Plus it’s from the Museum of Modern Art’s store, so it helps support the museum. What’s not to love about that? They have plenty of unique ideas for attendant gifts: how about some fingerprint cufflinks, blue sky umbrella, or unique jewelry?

When I was a flower girl, I was given a ring with my birthstone in it. It was pretty and I treated it like it was worth a million dollars, but it didn’t fit for long (I thought I was pretty cool wearing it as a pinky ring in middle school. I was not.) I also couldn’t wear it much since I’d just lose it. If you’re going to get the kid something that won’t last long anyway, why not something they’ll play with? They may not keep their petit fours forever; I intend to keep my teeny tiny ring forever. I guess that’s the difference.

I was really big on tea parties when I was little so that would have been my dream toy (is it just me or has this become Childhood Dreams Week? Sorry about that.) I’m going to sound a tad insane or like I’ve got a touch of the hoarding fever, but I actually bought this to save for when I have kids in case I can’t find something so awesome in a couple of years. Yep. I admitted it. Feels good to get it off my chest. I ran it by my fiancĂ© to make sure he wouldn’t come across them in a box later and think I was nuts. He gave the OK and said I wasn’t crazy, and that’s how I know we’ll have an excellent marriage. Anyhoo, check out the MoMA Store for unique attendant gifts. Not cheap, but it puts the “quirky” in Cheap ‘n’ Quirky, so it counts for something.