Monthly Archives: March 2014

25+ Edible Wedding Favors Your Guests Won’t Leave Behind

instead of sending guests home with trinkets that'll likely sit around collecting dust, give them a treat they won't be able to resist digging into. We taste-tested dozens of ideas to find the best bets for your wedding. Here, check out 25+ crowd-pleasing favorites.

 

By: 
Kristen Klein

Stylish Ways to Display Your Food & Drinks

By: 
Sharon Naylor

wedding candy buffet
Photo Credit: Gemma Comas

It’s all about DIY, says Amy Atlas. “I’ve seen make-your-own pizza topping bars, mashed potato and French fry bars and pancake bars for the day-after brunch. On the dessert side, I’ve seen milkshake bars, popcorn bars, gelato and donut bars, and for drinks mimosa bars and end-of- the-night juice bars and coffee bars.”

Bar Design Basics

► Use fabulous furniture. Set your food or drinks on a gorgeous vintage dresser, a gleaming grand piano or on a rustic table to add a dazzling sense of design to your venue.

► Plan strategically to avoid lines. Brian Worley suggests positioning bars where lines will not extend onto the dance floor or around corners; working with your venue manager will help determine the best bar placement.

► Create a great backdrop. It might be an oversized sign for your signature dessert bar, a chandelier hung above your beverage bar or a dramatic picture window behind a grand vintage table.

► "Bars are a form of functional décor,” says Mark Kingsdorf, director of business development for bar rental company JustBars.com. “They are a place for social interaction,” so place them creatively around your venue, indoors and out, keeping them out of the corners of your space.

► Create theme-inspired ID signs to let guests know what the food, drink or dessert is, using print motifs like flourishes and chevrons that match your reception decor.

► “Pick both tall and low vessels to show off your food and to make the table visually interesting,” recommends Amy Atlas.

► "Make sure your serveware pieces fit the sensibility of the theme. If the the event has a vintage look, choose milk-glass or hobnail vessels. If the event has a modern sensibility, choose vessels that are angular with clean lines.”

► “Select flat serving pieces for food items that can’t be piled up (like cupcakes) and choose compotes and bowls for food items that can be piled high (like macarons and truffles).”

► Bring in a big focal point behind the bar. “A printed backdrop is a great idea, but if you are not planning on printing a backdrop, you can use fabric bun- ting, poms, or hanging strips of fabric or yarn.”

Amy Atlas's Dos and Don'ts

  • Don’t place your bar in an area where waiters can’t get to it to replenish.
  • Don’t place the bar too far away from the kitchen.
  • Do allow enough space for there to be good flow around the table.
  • Do label anything containing nuts. 
  • Do choose vessels with wide enough openings; don’t pick a container for candy that guests can’t get their scoop into!
  • Do provide enough scoops and tongs.
  • Do hire enough staff to replenish bar fare.

Next: How to Serve Your Main Course ►

The main event

mini sliders
Photo Credit: Annie McElwain

“Build your own” burgers, sliders, ceviche and more: When it comes to burgers, mini sizes are your best bet, since they’re easier to handle, and guests can fill their plates with a trio of different burger types: sirloin, tuna or veggie, for example. Topping choices can include onions, mushrooms, bacon plus classics like tomato and pickle slices. “Provide a selection of cheeses in addition to classic cheddar, like gorgonzola, blue cheese and brie,” says Andrea Correale, celebrity chef and owner of Elegant Affairs in New York City and Long Island. Or how about mini-sandwich sliders of smoked pulled pork and barbecued brisket along with mini Reubens on rye and bite-size crab cakes?

Brian Worley, celebrity event designer at Your-Bash.com, likes to do a raw bar with oysters, littleneck clams and shrimp, but takes it further with a customized ceviche station that allows guests to pick their raw seafood ingredients, then have a server mix everything together in a cocktail shaker and serve it in a martini glass.

raw bar
Photo Credit: Sherman Chu, courtesy of Sasha Souza Events

And who among us could resist the siren call of a potato bar? Audrey Chaney of Botanica Floral Design styled a recent spuds bar with “potato wedges, potato skins, twice-baked potatoes, french fries and, yes, Tater Tots.” The add-ons are endless, from bacon, chives, mushrooms to shredded cheddar and sour cream and beyond. Don’t forget the gravy!

potato bar
Photo Credit: Milou + Olin Photography

Andrea Correale serves up pear-shaped potato croquettes.

potato croquettes
Photo courtesy of Elegant Affairs, Inc.

Next: Fabulous Dessert Ideas ►

Just desserts

Tiffany MacIsaac, executive pastry chef of Birch & Barley, Iron Gate and Bijoux Patisserie Exclusivité in Washington, DC says that pie bars are not only a growing trend, but a budget-saver as well, since a bountiful pie bar can be created for less than the cost of a wedding cake. “For fall weddings, we like to present the pies in a rustic, farm table setting, and include such flavors as a double-crusted apple pie (add- ing bacon for a gourmet twist), sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie and other seasonal flavors.” Other popular pie bar flavors include cherry, blueberry, boysenberry, and chocolate pecan. Correale likes to go with bite-size triangles of sugary pie-crust “fries” for crunch and flavor, as well as homey blueberry cobbler, apple crisp and banana bread pudding. “Anything on a stick is a super-popular dessert bar option, from Rice Krispie bars to mini cupcakes to cake-ball pops," said Worley

piecrust fries with cherry filling
Photo courtesy of Elegant Affairs, Inc.

When it comes to adding color to your bar offerings, look no further than the fabulous French macaron. These dainty, cream-filled sandwich cookies come in a range of colors, from wedding theme-matching pastels to fashion-forward neons. You can take a bold monochromatic approach or go for a rainbow coalition of hues. The choice is yours.

wedding dessert bar
Photo Credit: Gemma Comas, courtesy of Amy Atlas

S’mores bars are particularly suited to every iteration of rustic celebration, from country garden to nighttime “glamping” campfire-fueled fêtes. Your chocoholic guests will be in heaven. Andrea Correale likes to riff on the theme, offering a deconstructed version in a bowl layered with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallow fluff and marshmallows dipped in chocolate then covered in graham-cracker crumbs.

smores bar
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Candy Girls

Donuts are another fast-rising dessert star, says Tiffany MacIsaac, who proposes donut “trees” and platters of apple cider donuts, pumpkin glazed and chocolate versions, plus every groom’s favorite: the maple-glazed, bacon- topped donut. Also coming on strong: cookie bars, says Jackie Sorkin, owner of celebrity-favorite Hollywood Candy Girls. “A cookie bar can feature your favorite cookies from when you were children, even if it’s just Oreos.” Other picks include frosted sugar cookies, oatmeal, shortbread, peanut butter and macadamia nut cookies (popular for beachy destination celebrations).

wedding cookie table
Photo Credit: Abby Rose Photo

Candy bars are tied with macarons when you want to play up specific wedding colors, and cupcake bars remain a perennial favorite, in both newsier flavors like red velvet and the traditional white-frosted cupcake that can be arranged in tiers beneath a small wedding cake layer at the top of the cupcake “tree.”

wedding cupcakes
Photo Credit: Tori Ava Photography

Next: Creative Drinks ►

Drink up

“I love to pair signature drinks with either the theme of the event or with the season,” Atlas says. “I love bringing in seasonal flavors as well. That first drink sets the stage for the event and gives a taste to your guests of what is coming up. A warm white chocolate cocoa could be a great drink for a winter white wedding, while a pumpkin spice drink could be great for the fall.” For a summer celebration, consider a sangria bar. Colorful and delightfully fresh and fruity, sangria ranges from traditional red to white-wine based, with peach, pear and pomegranate bases in between. For a customized, DIY approach, consider a glass-pitcher lineup of different sangria “bases,” with bowls of assorted fruits to mix in as desired.

wine display
Photo courtesy of Maggie Lord

Whiskey is trending, and Johnique Woods, co-owner of The Posh Knot Event Management, Planning and Styling in San Diego CA says, “We hired a mixologist to man the groom’s whiskey bar at a recent wedding. Guests enjoyed their whiskey straight up or mixed with mint and peach tea and stirred with a sugar-cane stick.”

whiskey bar
Photo Credit: D. Park Photography

A sparkling wine bar featuring various fruit juices helps stretch your champagne or prosecco supply, making this a great budget saver. Cocktails might feature pomegranate, raspberry, pear, orange or other juices, with a berry dropped into each champagne flute for effect.

mimosa bar
Photo Credit: Tori Ava Photography

A beer bar is another budget-friendly option, especially now, with craft beers having a major moment. Include a range of flavor profiles from light and bright to heartier ales and stouts. Frosted mugs add the perfect chill effect.

beer bar
Photo Credit: Milou + Olin Photography

To keep energy up: “Coffee bars are great,” Atlas says. “I’m seeing exotic blends, iced-coffee or cold-brew bars and steam-punk-styled coffee bars.” Or consider a self-service iced-tea bar, offering pitchers of sweet and unsweetened tea, peach and berry tea and of course a pitcher of lemonade so guests can make their own Arnold Palmer blend. Give these non-alcoholic drinks signature “cocktail” names as well, for a festive flourish. And a lineup of bright and colorful sodas in retro-style glass bottles creates a vibrant non-alcoholic bar experience for both nondrinkers and kids.

jones soda bar
Phot Credit: Leylla Badeanlou of Imagery with Impact

Inside a Wedding-Planning Consultation with David Tutera

By: 
David Tutera

colorful wedding
Photo Credit: Michael Segal Photography

What Brides Ask David:

Q: How can I make my wedding different and unique?

A: It isn’t about trying to find a unique theme or concept that’s different because that doesn’t necessarily make sense for who you are as a couple. Instead, aim for a wedding that breaks the mold of the traditional formula and timeline that everyone else follows. Have some interactive participation so your guests can’t predict what’s around the corner, and they leave feeling like they experienced — experience is they key word here — something unique. Check out 150+ ways to make your wedding unforgettable ►

Q: Do I have to do all the expected formalities (e.g. first dance as husband and wife, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, garter toss, bouquet toss, cake cutting)?

A: You don’t have to do any of it! It’s your wedding and it is completely up to you when it comes to these traditions. However, when making these decisions, take a moment to consider whether later in life you will regret not including them (e.g. having that special moment with your dad, your mom, etc.). Learn 10 ways to modernize classic wedding traditions ►

Q: Should we have an after-party or separate lounge area?

A: No. Both break the energy and flow of the celebration. Keep everyone contained in the four walls of one space and try not to spread out too much for too long a period of time.

Q: What are the season’s top color trends?

A: Rather than follow trends, try to pick colors that are unique to you, not specific to the colors of the moment. If you follow your heart and stay true to what’s meaningful and special to you and your fiancé, a beautiful wedding will unfold. Browse 200+ beautiful color-combinations for your wedding ►

Next: Find out what David Tutera likes to ask his brides ►

What David Asks His Brides:

escort card arrangementQ: What kind of wedding would you like to have?

A: The answer I often get is "I want a unique, different, creative wedding" — which is not the answer I am looking for. Every bride wants something unique; I want to see how far outside the box the couple wants to go. The style and personality they want to come through are important, but I need to understand how far they’re willing to venture — and how much they’re willing to break with the formula of a traditional wedding.

Q: What’s your color scheme?

A: Surprise: A lot of my brides don’t have a ready answer. Think about specific colors, preferably bringing in fabric swatches, paint chip colors, magazine tear sheets — anything that depicts what you’re envisioning. Ideally, I like to see three color choices per palette: a primary color (your main color), a secondary color (your accent color) and a third color (what I call the finish color: silver, crystal, copper or gold). See David's favorite color combos 

Q: How would you like to infuse your personalities into your celebration?

A: I hope the couple answers by telling me more about who they are — the types of foods they love, their cultural backgrounds, stories about their relationship, where they met, etc. The reason I ask this is because I want to tell the couple’s story. The more personality and detail in your wedding, the more your wedding becomes your wedding, instead of the cookie-cutter format so many people tend to follow. Check out 50+ creative ways to personalize your wedding ►

Q: What style do you live your life in?

A: Are you Modern? Classic? Eclectic? Traditional? Retro? I ask this question because the answer gives me a sense of who you are as a couple, as well as the way you like to live.

Q: What style would you like your wedding to be executed in?

A: The style a couple wants for their wedding may not be the style they live their lives by. It’s often more of a fantasy they want to live out for that day. Find the perfect theme for your wedding ►

Photo Credit: Maring Visuals

Love, American Style: Barn Weddings

Set the scene

Think about bringing the outdoors in and vice versa as you envision your overall design: fresh flowers and greenery inside, comfortable places to perch and/or mingle outside. Play to the scale of your venue. Take advantage of soaring ceilings with hanging poms or lanterns. Keep the mood intimate with low benches and cozy seating arrangements. Country venues tend to be sprawling, with twists and turns galore. Signs pointing your guests in the right direction help ensure a smooth flow from ceremony to cocktails to reception. Consider the season: Spring and summer lend themselves to lush, garden themes; fall is the perfect time to bring in crisp autumn tones, along with pretty apples and pumpkins.

Mismatched chairs are the perfect partners to a farmhouse table. For centerpieces, display cottage-garden blooms in an earthenware crock.

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Or, try this idea: White-on-white blooms and a doily table number.

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Welcomey your guests with a charming outdoor display and thirst-quenchers spiked with mint and fresh berries.

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Berrylicious treats make cheery wedding décor.

bowls of fruit

All signs point to fun. Fresh apples bookend a birch-tree escort-card display.

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Décor details

Focus on small nuances and personal touches. Whether it’s a rosemary sprig in the napkins, butcher’s twine around cup- cake boxes or burlap bows around the chairs, these are the details that create unforgettable memories. Strive to maintain a balance between “rustic” and “chic.” Think reclaimed wood against gorgeous white lace, or a grand chandelier hanging from a simple, hand-hewn beam. The décor you bring in should never attempt to cover up the rustic charm but instead enhance it. Be strategic with color accents throughout. Consider shades like yellow, blue, pink, to offset the prevailing tones of green (outdoors) and brown (indoors).

Consider a pastoral outdoor setting.

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Forever classic: hanging Mason jar lights.

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Choose invitation colors befitting a country-chic wedding.

barn wedding invitations

Pops of turquoise offset neutral table linens. And share the love: a plant stand turned cupcake display.

barn weddingrustic cupcake tower

Barns 101

Barns are not always a standard shape, so make sure the floor plan will accommodate the number of people on your guest list. On a budget? A barn offers so much natural appeal that major décor expenses can be pared down to allow the beauty of the space itself to shine through. Barns can be lit to stunningly beautiful effect. They often have minimal lighting to begin with, so consider twinkling string or Mason-jar lights.  A barn’s cathedral-like ceiling can also make the venue feel impersonal. Hanging swags of lace or fabric about 12 feet above the tables adds warmth without compromising the breathtaking scale of the space.

String lights placed just so focus the wedding activity towards an open-sided barn.

barn wedding lighting

A framed chalkboard sign adds to the homespun vibe. Light up the path with an array of lanterns on tree stumps. 

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A burlap-swagged display serves as the perfect gift table.

barn wedding gift table

Stack favors beneath a floral display, and serve a vine-embellished wedding cake.

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Adapted from Barn Weddings, text ©2013 Maggie Lord, published by Gibbs Smith.

 

Wedding Inspiration: Desert Rose

A treasured vintage sepia-toned photograph was the jumping-off point for artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs, who collaborated with Forevermore Events in St. George, UT to create this naturally stunning scenario. Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, UT, served as the venue; the backdrop, courtesy of Mother Nature!

“I’d long wanted to interpret sepia imagery: the tones, dreamy textures and filtered light of a vintage photograph, brought to life with soft-focus, charming details and pops of lush, rosy hues," said Rice.

Vintage white-painted chairs pop against the backdrop's more subdued desert shades. The tablecloth was cut extra long, for better draping. 

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“The locale’s dramatic, sun-drenched sunsets inform the reception’s color palette. Shades of rose-gold, coral and copper are seen at every turn."  The mismatched white chairs were sourced from Big Day Vintage in Salt Lake City, UT. 

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Shimmering table settings with artful menus encourage guests to "marvel and mingle."

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Custom watercolor linens and all paper goods by Momental Designs. Kristy drew an organic floral pattern and crowned the stationery suite with hand calligraphy from MM Ink Studio.

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Palm-sized programs feature the couple's names hand-painted on each with watercolor brushstrokes.

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The gorgeous floral designs are by Bloomers in St. George, UT. Here, a clutch of peonies in a hobnail vessel.

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A pale pink milk-glass compote holds an arrangement of David Austin roses, peonies and a ripe peach.

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The perfectly ombréed cupcakes topped with crystallized ginger, edible glitter and nuts were crafted by 25 Main, a bakery in St. George.

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Photo Credit: With Love and Embers

Wedding Inspiration: Desert Rose

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A treasured vintage sepia-toned photograph was the jumping-off point for artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs, who collaborated with Forevermore Events in St. George, UT to create this naturally stunning scenario. Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, UT, served as the venue; the backdrop, courtesy of Mother Nature!

“I’d long wanted to interpret sepia imagery: the tones, dreamy textures and filtered light of a vintage photograph, brought to life with soft-focus, charming details and pops of lush, rosy hues," said Rice.

Vintage white-painted chairs pop against the backdrop's more subdued desert shades. The tablecloth was cut extra long, for better draping. 

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DIY We Love: Mason Jar Crafts

By: 
Lauren Elise Donaldson

Treat Jar Escort Cards

diy treat jar escort cards

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Direct guests to their seats in a sweet way with these Mason jar escort cards. Everyone is sure to appreciate treats to munch on throughout the night and the jar is a practical way for your guests to transport their leftovers home. Popcorn is an ideal snack. Set up a popcorn bar where guests can sprinkle their favorite toppings over their popped kernels, like butter, cheese, salt, rosemary, sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate, to name just a few. Other possibilities for filling up the Mason jars include candy, chocolates, marshmallows, cookies, or berries. Little sweets are sure to be a big hit at your wedding.

Materials
Watercolor paper or cardstock
X-Acto knife
Scissors
Metal ruler
Cutting mat
Watercolor paints
Inkjet printer
Printer paper
Thin paintbrush
Wooden skewers
Butcher paper
White spray paint
Double-sided tape
Burlap
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pint-size Mason jars
Popcorn or candy

Font Used: Bombshell Pro by Emily Lime

1. To make the name tags, cut the watercolor paper into 3⁄4 x 6-inch pieces. You will need one tag per guest. For precise cutting, use an X-Acto knife and metal ruler and do your work on a cutting mat. Scissors will also work.

2. Use watercolor paints to write out guest’s names and table numbers on each of the tags. If you are uncomfortable with your own handwriting, choose a favorite font and layout names on the computer (use software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop or Microsoft Word). Print out the names and then use this as a guide while you paint.

3. Notch out a little triangle from the end of each tag.

diy treat jar escort cards

4. The wooden skewers should be about 10 inches long. Cut them down if necessary. Lay out the skewers on butcher paper and spray-paint them white. Turn them over and spray the opposite side. After applying full coverage allow the skewers to dry.

5. Put a strip of double-sided tape onto the end of a flag. Wrap this end around the top of a skewer and secure to the back of the flag. Repeat this for all of the flags.

diy treat jar escort cards

6. Remove the metal bands and lids from the Mason jars.

7. Cut the burlap into 12 x 3-inch strips, one strip per jar.

8. Hot-glue one end of the burlap to the jar. Wrap the burlap around the jar and then glue down the opposite end. Repeat this for each jar.

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9. Fill each jar with treats along with a flag to act as a guide for guests to find their seats.

diy treat jar escort cards

Extra Tips
For more of a personal twist, try painting your own calligraphy or request the assistance of a talented friend.

Another option for a wedding is to use these jars as take-home favors. Instead of spelling out guests’ names across the flags, write the name of the bride and groom, their initials, or their wedding date.

Adapted from Mason Jar Crafts—DIY Projects for Adorable Gifts, Rustic Decor, Clever Storage, Inventive Lighting and Much More, by Lauren Elise Donaldson (Ulysses Press 2013).
 


Vintage Fork Signage


Ring Bearer Pillow


Calligraphy Drink Jars


Succulent Favor

 


Terrarium Favor

 

Vintage Fork Signage

mason jar vintage fork signage

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Materials
Inkjet printer
Cardstock
Scanner
Signage Templates (see below)
X-Acto knife
Metal ruler
Scissors
Cutting mat
Stovetop
Stockpot
Vintage forks
Tongs
Quart-size and pint-size Mason jars
Super glue

Font Used: Nelly Script Flourish & Darling Monograms by Tart Workshop

Old forks can have new life again when paired with Mason jars, and they will shine as the perfect detail for rustic, vintage-inspired weddings and parties. Prominently display all types of signage to help educate and direct your guests at your
venue. The fork prongs can hold name tags, table
numbers, seating arrangements, food and dessert labels, photo booth directions, maps, and countless other signs and tags. Use them in your home as well to exhibit family photographs or to prop up recipes while you cook.

1. Choose a decorative font and load it onto your computer. Graphically lay out table numbers, labels, guests’ names, and/or signage in the chosen font using some kind of graphic software (like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, Microsoft Word, etc.). Start from scratch or use the template below for your designs.

vintage fork signage template

2. Print out your designs on the cardstock, arranging as many per page as possible. Cut down each of the designs individually. An X-Acto knife and metal ruler will ensure even, clean cuts, but scissors work also. If you choose to cut with an X-Acto knife, do your work on a cutting mat.

3. Boil water on your stove in a stockpot. Make sure there is enough water so that the silverware will be fully submerged. Once the water is boiling, drop the forks into the stockpot. Let them sit for about five minutes.

4. Remove the forks one at a time with the tongs.

5. Take a fork and bend it by hand in the center. Use the edge of your kitchen counter or something equivalent to help if necessary. The metal should be malleable from the hot water. Bend the fork into the shape you want.

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6. Try positioning the fork on the Mason jar. Multiple points of contact with the metal and glass will ensure stability so keep this in mind. Readjust the shape of the fork to achieve the best possible result when gluing.

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7. At the contact points, put a dab of super glue onto the fork. Place the fork onto the jar, applying pressure.

8. Allow plenty of time for the fork and jar to bond together. The glue may take a full 24 hours to achieve the best result. Check the instructions that came with your brand of glue. Position or prop up the jar so the spoon can properly adhere.

9. Repeat this process with multiple jars.

10. Slip the name tags, table numbers, treat labels, and your other designs between the fork prongs to prop up signage and give it prominence at your wedding, party, or event.

Extra Tips
For a more personal twist, try doing calligraphy by hand or asking a talented friend to help. Painting words and numbers with watercolors would be another artistic option.

Display these jars during the holidays. Prop up cards and photographs you receive in the mail from family and friends.

Adapted from Mason Jar Crafts—DIY Projects for Adorable Gifts, Rustic Decor, Clever Storage, Inventive Lighting and Much More, by Lauren Elise Donaldson (Ulysses Press 2013).
 


Treat-Jar Escort Cards


Ring Bearer Pillow

 


Calligraphy Drink Jars


Succulent Favor

 


Terrarium Favor

 

Ring Bearer Pillow in a Jar

diy mason jar ring bearer pillow

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Easy

Ring bearers have carried small pillows down the aisle for decades, taking a traditional approach in the delivery of the wedding rings. For the bride and groom who wish to see something different in their procession, this Mason jar pillow is a new variation. Young ring bearers can proudly transport this jar down the aisle and couples can appreciate this fresh take on a classic. Make a matching jar filled with petals to give to the flower girl.

Materials
Quart-size Mason jar
5 x 3½-inch Styrofoam egg
Craft knife
10-inch piece of ribbon
Ruler
Leather belt
Scissors
Pencil
Block of scrap wood
Large nail
Hammer
Jute twine
Fresh or dried flowers for decoration
6 x 6-inch piece of linen fabric
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

1. Remove the metal band from the Mason jar and set aside.

2. Cut the Styrofoam egg in half with a knife. Use the end that is more rounded. Drape the linen fabric over the Styrofoam and then tuck in the edges underneath it. Pull taut and hot-glue in place.

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3. Glue the linen-covered Styrofoam ball into the inside of the metal band. The Styrofoam should protrude out through the top. Tighten the band back onto the jar.

diy mason jar ring bearer pillow

4. Fold the ribbon in half to find the center point. Place a dab of glue at that point and then apply it to the top of the linen-covered Styrofoam. The rings will eventually be tied here.

diy mason jar ring bearer pillow

5. Measure out a section of the leather belt and cut it down to 20 inches with scissors.

6. Half an inch from each end of the belt, mark a center point with a pencil. Place one end of the belt over a block of scrap wood. Line up a large nail over the dot and hammer the nail into and through the leather. Repeat this with the other end. The nail will be driven through the leather and into whatever surface is below it, hence the scrap wood to protect your work surface. Instead of a nail, you can also use a stitching awl.

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7. Cut an 18-inch piece of jute twine. Wrap the twine around the jar a couple times below the band. Pass the twine through the holes in each end of the belt. Tie a knot in the twine. Glue sections of the jute to the glass for added strength.

8. Glue fresh or dried flowers around the jar.

9. Slip wedding rings through the ribbons and tie into a bow before heading down the aisle.

Extra Tips
Inexpensive leather belts can be found at local thrift stores, Goodwill stores, or big chain stores like Target. Find one in a hue and texture that complements your wedding colors.

The flowers and colors used in this example would look great at a shabby chic, garden wedding. By switching out colors and adornments, this DIY can be customized to your specific event.

For added visual interest, fill the inside of the jar with items that correspond to your theme. For a beach wedding, fill the jar with shells or sand. For a mountain wedding, fill it with pinecones. For a vintage wedding, fill it with old spools. Get creative!

Adapted from Mason Jar Crafts—DIY Projects for Adorable Gifts, Rustic Decor, Clever Storage, Inventive Lighting and Much More, by Lauren Elise Donaldson (Ulysses Press 2013).
 


Treat-Jar Escort Cards


Vintage Fork Signage

 


Calligraphy Drink Jars


Succulent Favor

 


Terrarium Favor

 

Calligraphy Drink Jars

mason jar calligraphy drink jars

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Easy

Handwritten calligraphy is a personal touch that can make a wedding day extra-special for you and your guests. This distinctive detail is not only romantic but practical too. Labeled Mason jars 
will help guests identify their drinks throughout 
the night, and since they can be used repeatedly,
 it is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic cups. Calligraphy details are very stylish in weddings
now, but not all brides can afford a personal calligrapher. This project is the perfect solution for
a less expensive, DIY alternative or for the bride
who lack confidence in her own freehand writing abilities.

Materials
Inkjet printer
Printer paper
Scissors
Double-sided tape
Pint-size Mason jars
Glass paint marker, white
Cookie sheet
Oven
Striped paper straws

Font Used: Jacques & Gilles by Emily Lime

1. Choose a calligraphic font that is both whimsical 
and legible and load it onto your computer. Graphically lay out guest’s names in the chosen
font using some kind of graphic software (like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, Microsoft Word, etc.). For pint-size jars, size the font appropriately so that names do not exceed more than 2.5 inches in width. This will ensure that names are easy to read on the curved surface of the Mason jars. Reminder: Steps 1 through 3 give direction in tracing names from an existing font. Skip these steps and write names freehand if you or someone you know is comfortable printing letters without a guide.

2. Print out guest’s names, arranging a handful of names per page. Cut down each of the names individually.

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3. Apply double-sided tape to the front of the name tags. Slip one into a Mason jar, position it, and press it down firmly against the glass. The double-sided tape will temporarily hold the name tag in place so that the letters can be traced over.

mason jar calligraphy drink jars

4. Use the glass marker to trace over the name or to write it out freehand. Remove the paper. Allow the jar to fully dry for four hours to guarantee that the paint permanently seals itself to the glass. If using a different marker, follow the directions provided with that specific product.

mason jar calligraphy drink jars

5. After four hours of dry time, arrange the Mason jars on a cookie sheet and place them in a cold oven. Set the oven to 375°F (180°C). Once the oven is up to temperature, bake the jars for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door, and allow the jars to cool inside the oven when finished. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for all of the jars.

6. Adorn drinks with paper straws to coordinate with your wedding or event and to make the jars festive.

Extra Tips
The paint on these Mason jars will need to hold up to excessive handling and condensation because they’re being used as drink glasses. By allowing plenty of dry time and by baking the jars, the paint can seal itself to the glass. This will prevent chipping and smearing and leave your calligraphy looking great throughout the entire event.

Wash these jars by hand to maximize the life of the painted names. After the wedding is over, use them every day for your favorite refreshments.

Adapted from Mason Jar Crafts—DIY Projects for Adorable Gifts, Rustic Decor, Clever Storage, Inventive Lighting and Much More, by Lauren Elise Donaldson (Ulysses Press 2013).
 


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Jute-Wrapped Succulent Favors

mason jar succulent wedding favor

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Easy

Deciding on ideal wedding favors can be a challenge. You want them to show your gratitude as well as be valuable to your guests. Choose to make something by hand and put a little love into your gifts. Succulents are easy plants to maintain, a characteristic that any guest will highly regard. And these wrapped jars are not only rustic and full of charm but are also easy and inexpensive to make, two traits that any DIY bride will appreciate.

Materials
Half pint-size Mason jar
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Jute twine
Scissors
Succulent
Wood skewer
Scrap linen fabric

1. Remove the metal band and lid from the Mason jar.

2. Place a thin line of glue along the bottom edge of the jar and then press the twine down into the glue. Apply pressure to the twine while the glue dries.

mason jar succulent wedding favor

3. Repeat Step 2 to cover the entire jar, doing a little section at a time and slowly working your way up and around the Mason jar.

mason jar succulent wedding favor

4. Continue wrapping until the entire jar is completely covered. Cut the twine when you have finished.

5. Plant your succulent in the jar.

6. To make the little flag, cut down a wooden skewer to 6 inches. Knot a scrap of frayed linen onto the end. A dab of hot glue will help hold it in place. Stick the flag into the jar for a simple embellishment.

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Extra Tips:
These jute-wrapped jars can shine in more ways than one on your wedding day. Turn them into table centerpieces or have them line your walk down the aisle. Both Mason jars and jute twine are low cost, so this DIY is ideal for a bride on a budget.

Succulents look great in your home too. Spice up any boring planters you may have for a touch of rustic beauty.

Adapted from Mason Jar Crafts—DIY Projects for Adorable Gifts, Rustic Decor, Clever Storage, Inventive Lighting and Much More, by Lauren Elise Donaldson (Ulysses Press 2013).
 


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Colorblocked Air Plant Terrariums

mason jar plant favors

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Easy

Air plants are great alternatives for those who enjoy greenery but not the upkeep. After all, not everyone is born with a green thumb. Worry-free plants deserve to be displayed with some glitz and glamour, and these gilded terrariums are one stylish solution. An easy project as well, this DIY only requires a few components, some of which may be found in your own cupboard. Air plants do not require soil to grow so they can be perched on top of any surface or material. Not only is this easy maintenance, but it also allows for total freedom when it comes to display.

Materials
Quart- and/or pint-size Mason jars
Butcher paper
Painter’s tape
Spray paint
Dried navy
 or pinto beans
Air plants

1. Prep your Mason jar by making sure it is clean and that the surface is ready to take paint.

2. Thoroughly cover your work area with butcher paper. Spray paint has a tendency to get everywhere so cover anything valuable that may be in its path.

3. Position painter’s tape on your Mason jar in the configuration of your choice.

mason jar plant favors

Press the tape down firmly to prevent paint from seeping underneath. Thoroughly cover the portion of the jar that will not be painted.

mason jar plant favors

4. Put your Mason jar upside down on the butcher paper and spray-paint the jar. Do a thorough coat, covering all the exposed glass.

5. Start to pull the tape up right away, before the paint can fully dry. This will minimize tearing when the tape is removed.

6. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

7. Fill the Mason jar with navy or pinto beans.

8. Display the air plant on top of the beans.

Extra Tips
Plant Care Tip: Keep a spray bottle on hand to easily water the air plants. Air plants need very little attention. An occasional spray or a soak in water, once a week or even once every two weeks should keep them plenty content. Follow specific plant care instructions.

This example uses dried navy or pinto beans. Give other dried foodstuffs a try like rice, black beans, or lentils. Coffee beans are an aromatic alternative as well.

Adapted from Mason Jar Crafts—DIY Projects for Adorable Gifts, Rustic Decor, Clever Storage, Inventive Lighting and Much More, by Lauren Elise Donaldson (Ulysses Press 2013).
 


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DIY We Love: Mason Jar Crafts

By: 
Lauren Elise Donaldson
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Treat Jar Escort Cards

diy treat jar escort cards

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Direct guests to their seats in a sweet way with these Mason jar escort cards. Everyone is sure to appreciate treats to munch on throughout the night and the jar is a practical way for your guests to transport their leftovers home. Popcorn is an ideal snack. Set up a popcorn bar where guests can sprinkle their favorite toppings over their popped kernels, like butter, cheese, salt, rosemary, sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate, to name just a few. Other possibilities for filling up the Mason jars include candy, chocolates, marshmallows, cookies, or berries. Little sweets are sure to be a big hit at your wedding.

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