Rustic Centerpieces and Favors

When holding an event in a beautiful setting, such as in the mountains, in a meadow, or on a farm, there is no need to be extravagant with your decor.  This is an area where you could save some money.  Many times, the extra flowers and sparkle may just deter from the beauty of the venue.

For centerpieces, I found this wonderful idea  for twig vases (thanks Martha Stewart).  It sounds a little strange, but the outcome is great!  So, for all your hikers, next time you are hiking away, pick up a bunch of twigs and create this rustic-chic vase.  Click here for the DIY instructions.

Another option using this same idea is to buy photo frames, glue on the twigs, and include a beautiful photo of the location to create unique favors for your guests.  This can be an inexpensive option for you that looks stylish (especially if you buy dollar frames from the dollar tree- hint hint), and will prove to be a memorable gift for your guests.

If you would like a more elegant option for your frame, here is a version using straw.  This is particularly appropriate if you are holding an event in a meadow or on a farm.  Who would have thought that twigs and straw would look so great with just a little glue and some extra attention?

Any other DIY ideas out there?

Bridesmaid Gifts

A couple brides I know are stuck on what to gift their bridesmaids, so here are my two cents.

My favorite gift right now for bridesmaids is the clutch.  There are some fabulous clutches out there in a variety of colors that can serve a purpose at the wedding.  Depending on the clutch, it can and will also be reused over and over again when your bridesmaids go out to have fun on the town.  Best of all, they are cute and affordable!

I went to and here are a couple of my faves:

Waterpath has several clutches in a variety of colors and patterns. (~$22.00 each)



Upstyle is offering a 10% discount right now and they give a break for multiple clutches purchased. (~$65.00 each)




O.C. Styles has unique clutches and offers a bridal clutch package. (~$23.00 each)




What is also fun about a clutch is that you can fill it with fun items.

For example, the traditional jewelry gift.

Or a customized purse hook:  (Here from etsy again- Yaya DIY Club)



If you are on a tight budget, you can always go to your favorite department store (Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, JCPenney’s, etc.) or make-up store (Sephora), and ask for some samples.  You can come away with some magnificent samples of mascara, lipstick, eye shadows, and perfumes, which make a perfect little present when added with your clutch.

Have fun shopping :)!  Shoot, now I want 1 (or five ;))…