DIY invitation ideas.

When we got married one of the most unnecessary expenses were the wedding invitations. Fair enough if you want to spend a lot of money on your invitations but there are a lot of cute ideas out there that can help you make your own. Bare in mind that making your own invitations can be time consuming but it also allows you and your husband to spend a lot of time together if you do this as a couple. In addition spending lots of money on wedding invitations might be worth it, but lots of other occasions also call for invitations and its not always worth spending too much on invitations when you can rather spend it on food or other decorations.

Message in a Bottle

This is one of the cutest ideas I’ve seen. All you need is small little glass bottles and you can decorate them by throwing anything from sand to feathers in there with the invitation. Remember to attach the invitation to some string or ribbon so that it’s easy to remove from the bottle.

Boxed ideas

Another idea that I thought was really nice were the invitation boxes. You can fold a little box or use something like matchstick boxes and decorate them according to your theme, with the little invitation inside.

Stencils

Using stencils is an easy method that could still make your invitations look elegant. The only drawback I have experienced is that when your fingers get some of the paint on it, you can stain your invitation, which could become frustrating.

Click on the links if you’re interested in how these were made.

  1. Gold Leaf
  2. Grey doilies
  3. Gold stencil pen
  4. Pink stencil from Etsy

Using interesting materials

Other easily accessible materials are also a great idea, for example using doilies or paint.

  1. Black wrought iron
  2. White lace
  3. Burlap
  4. Watercolors

If you decide to make your own invitations, I hope some if these ideas have inspired you!!!

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5 Wonderful Cheese Platter ideas.

I have always found cheese platters to be one of the easiest and effective appetisers to use for a party. The ingredients are mostly store bought and doesn’t need much prep time. In addition with a mix of fruits, cheese, meats and crackers, there is something for everyone.

The cheese-ball

When serving crackers with your cheese platter, the cheeseball is one of my favourites. You can add some spices, honey and even fruits to give it zing

Pomegranate Jewelled cheese-ball

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ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces freshly grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced, toasted almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • crackers for serving

Full instructions here

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese-ball

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (8oz.) block cream cheese, softened to room temp.
  • 1 (8 oz.) tub vegetable cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Spicy Ranch mix
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced (save the stem)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided use*

Full instructions here

Meaty Bites

Quick Salami and Cheese Bites

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INGREDIETNS

 

  • Deli hard salami slices
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Olives {optional}

Full instruction here

The veggie Cheese platter

Cheese platters are often very rich and creamy so adding some more veggies will help neutralise the creaminess a bit
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 Recipe for Tomato pesto salad

 INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 3 T. drained small capers
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3 T. grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Full instructions here

Italian Marinated Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

Full Instructions here

Balsamic Berry Vegan Grilled Cheese

As a bread lover I think adding some kind of toasted sandwich will go very well with your cheeseplatter.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup vegan mozzarella cheese shreds
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp vegan butter (1 tsp each spread on sides of the bread)
  • bread of choice

Full instructions here

The next time you’re having a dinner party and want a versatile selection of appetisers, remember the cheese-platter can be exactly that.

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Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Maybe you’ve been planning Thanksgiving dinners for years and you’re already a pro, or maybe this is your first thanksgiving and you’re looking for some ideas for your table.

Here are a few of my favourites from around the web.

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Sources Pinterest Here and Here

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1920’s Wedding/Party Ideas

“In the 1920’s the Parties were bigger, the pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser and the liqueur was cheaper.” F.Scott, Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

A few years ago we had a 1920’s theme murder mystery party. Everyone dressed and acted according to their character descriptions. It was great fun. No-one was who you thought they were. They were new and different people, the ones you trusted you couldn’t trust anymore…

In addition to our little party “the Gatsby Theme’ is something that has taken over parties and even weddings. Here are a few great ideas to incorporate into your event if you want the ROARING 20’s to make its appearance.

The Hair

Short bobbed hair and the finger wave and headbands was the thing to have, but if you have long hair you can still pull off a 1920’s look

 

Headband

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Some more stunning hair ideas here

The dress

The flapper dress was a rectangular dress that showed none of the female curves but more modern versions of the dress is created to exemplify femininity.

The suit (Male outfit ideas)

In the 1920’s clothes weren’t tailored to fit you the way it is today therefore the men were loose fitting suits. Outfits often included wearing a polo shirt with a leather jacket for a more casual look but mostly gangsters dressed in suits to show that they were ‘business’ men.

The invitations

The Great Gatsby movie showed off the decadence of that era, and so should your invitations. Adorn them with cold, pearls,lace, diamonds and feathers.

The flowers

Be ostentatious, instead of only using flowers, you can use feathers, and gold painted tree branches adorned with pearls, and other jewels. If you have the’ dough’ to spend you can also add some white orchids or lilies to your arrangements.

The decor

DIY ideas

There are some awesome DIY ideas on the net that ranges from glittered feathers and bowls to gold painted tree branches and balloons. Decorating any of these with pearls, diamonds or glitter will also do the trick

1920’s Slang

When hosting a 1920’s dinner party or event adding some 1920’s slang on your stationary will also give your party a more mafia/gangster feel.

  • all wet – totally wrong
  • attaboy or attagirl – great job! (From “That’s a boy!”)
  • baloney – nonsense
  • beef – a problem
  • bimbo – a tough guy
  • darb – great
  • doll – an attractive woman
  • dough – money
  • gams – legs
  • gay – happy – never used as slang for homosexual
  • get-up – an outfit, clothing
  • high hat – a snob
  • hip to the jive – trendy
  • jack – money
  • joint – an establishment
  • line – a false story or lie
  • lollapalooza – a humdinger or wonderful time
  • live wire – lively person
  • razz – to make fun of
  • rats! – how disappointing!
  • rummy – a drunk
  • sap – a fool or idiot
  • shiv – a knife
  • skirt – a woman
  • spill – to talk
  • swanky – elegant
  • tight – attractive
  • vamp – to flirt with or seduce
  • wet blanket – a kill-joy
  • whoopee – wild fun
  • beat your gums – talk idly
  • beat it! – get out of here
  • don’t know from nothing – doesn’t have any information
  • don’t take any wooden dimes – don’t get cheated
  • get a wiggle on – start moving
  • I have to see a man about a dog! – I need to leave now (usually to buy illegal alcohol)
  • left holding the bag – to be blamed for something
  • mind your potatoes – mind your own business
  • now you’re on the trolley! – now you’ve got it!
  • puttin’ on the Ritz – doing something in style
  • take someone for a ride – to drive someone to an isolated spot and kill them
  • tell it to Sweeney! – tell it to someone who cares!

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Plant inspired cupcakes

As you know I love flowers and flower arrangements. Since it’s Summer in some countries a lot of ladies will be having garden tea parties.

Therefore I have  collected a few flower/plant inspired  cupcakes to make your tea party more flowery, along with a great chilled garden tea I always use in summer when I have guests over.

Cupcakes

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Chilled Garden Tea

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MAKES 8
  • 7 cups water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups peach nectar
  • 1 cup vodka

1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil then remove from heat and add tea bags. Let tea steep for about 5 minutes.

2. Remove tea bags and add sugar to the hot water. Stir until dissolved. Add remaining 3 cups water and stir to combine.

3. Pour tea mixture into large pitcher and stir in peach nectar, lemon juice and vodka. Chill thoroughly. Add fresh peach and lemon slices and serve over ice with peach garnish.

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