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Kelsey’s Holiday How-To: DIY Gift Tags
So..you’ve purchased all of your gifts for family and friends, now what? A great way to personalize any gift is with a great gift tag! These gift tags are super easy & quick. Turn on your favorite holiday movie, grab some hot cocoa and craft away!
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There are so many different ways you can personalize your gift tags. Think stamps, stickers, and buttons galore! Be creative and give them your own special touch.  Here are the materials I used. All can be found at any craft store.
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{Materials}: 
  • 1 package of brown or white gift tags (comes with 25 tags)
  • Holiday stamps
  • Stamp pads of your choice
  • Scotch double sided tape squares
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • 1 Thick & 1 thin Sharpie
  • Holiday Stickers
  • Colored Pens
  • Small buttons
  • Circle Punch
  • Glitter tape
I made a bunch of these cute gift tags in different ways, here are some of my favorites!
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{frosty}:
  • 3 small red buttons, which already had glue on the back from the package, placed them one on top of the other.
  • Thin sharpie for drawing a hat and arms
  • 1 small piece of craft paper for the “snow
  • Double sided tape to secure it to the tag
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{button tree}:
  • 6 green small buttons
  • Scissors to cut out two small squares of scrapbook paper
  • Double sided tape to attach them to the gift tag
  • One small star sticker on top of the christmas tree
  • Thin sharpie to add on the bows for the presents
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{tree + trimmings}:
  • 1 Holiday tree sticker
  • Scissors to cut out a small square of scrapbook paper
  • Double sided tape to attach to gift tag
  • Colored gold pen to draw ribbons
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{santa + sparkle}:
  • 1 small red stamp pad
  • Small Santa stamp
  • Thin sharpie for writing message
  • White & Gold glitter tape
  • Scissors to cut the tape
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Finished product! All of these gift tags are super easy and fun to make. Happy Crafting from the elves at Whim!
xoxo, Kelsy

 

What is your favorite Holiday gift tag?
Wedding in a Winter Wonderland!

Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and prepare to get inspired by some of our favorite winter wonderland wedding ideas:

{drinks}: In the cold months, add a special touch to your bar by creating seasonal sips and specialty cocktails!  Some of our favorites are winter mojitos, cranberry sangria, or a post dinner hot chocolate bar. Guests can stay toasty before they get out on the dance floor.

{décor}: Add sparkle to your reception by incorporating candles, greens, and pops of color. For a subtle romantic touch, add mercury glass votives and candle holders that shine. For an earthy and homey touch, add greens to the table scape.

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Photo: Whim Events & Carla Ten Eyck Photography

We also love using ornaments.  By hanging them in windows or attaching them to branches, it creates the perfect amount of holiday cheer for your special day without screaming Christmas.

Visions of sugar plums dancing in your head? Probably because a fantastic color scheme for a winter wedding is plum and silver.  You can incorporate sparkle and rich plum hues by using silver table runners or chargers, plum napkins, or plum and silver place cards.

Photo: Purple In Wedding

{flowers}: We love using snowberries, eucalyptus leaves, and succulents in the cool winter months! These add a wintery & rustic touch to your bouquet or centerpieces.

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Photo: Whim Events & Carla Ten Eyck Photography

ps – more winter wedding ideas from whim here!

What is your favorite winter wedding idea?

Holiday Sales & Great Gifts for Your Wedding Party!
Whim Wedding Party Gifts
Whim Wedding Party Gifts by natalie-pinney 

Take advantage of the holiday sales and since you’re shopping anyway, get your wedding party gifts done early! Here are our top tip picks for baubles and beauties for the besties in your life:

1 | {The Foodie} Mod Cloth’s Chirp Your Enthusiasm Apron ($45)

This apron is stylish, functional and Martha approved. Your foodie friend will adore it, especially since she’ll probably bake your wedding cake wearing it.  Take advantage of free shipping for the holidays.

2 | {The Fashionista} Nordstrom’s NuNu Designs Small Initial Pendant Necklace ($48)

For your effortlessly stylish pal – the one who dropped everything to go dress shopping with you. We are also adoring this engraved “heart of gold” bangle too! Take advantage of Free Shipping at Nordstrom.

3 | {The Sentimental One}: BHLDN’s Will You Be My Bridesmaid or Maid of Honor Handkerchief  ($28.00)

For your sweetest and most sentimental friend, she’ll keep this hankie forever…and use it to whisk away tears of joy when you mention her in your thank you speech.

4 | {The Conversationalist}: Downton Abbey Teacups & Saucers from World Market ($29.99)

For the confidant who always invites you in for a cozy cup of tea and good conversation when the going gets tough. Take advantage of free shipping on all holiday gifts at World Market.

5 | {The Earthy One}: Succulent Ornaments from Whim ($30)

For the maid(s) with the green thumb, a special succulent terrarium to grow long after the big day. Pick up yours at the Somerville Armory on 12/14, 12/21 or 12/28. OR pre-order for your entire wedding party. Email natalie@whimevents.com

6 | {The BFF}: Artifact Uprising’s Instagram Friendly Softcover Books ($16.99)

For your soul sister, who you’ve been taking selfies with since you were seven. Get the images off your phone and into a book from Artifact Uprising.

7 | {The Man of Honor}: Portland General Store Shaving Kit from West Elm ($31)

For the other man in your life, a gentlemanly shaving kit for the big day. Hint, hint. Take advantage of this holiday sale price (20% off) at West Elm.

Happy shopping!

xx

Fall in Love: Autumn Wedding Inspiration

Although winter is on it’s way, we know our 2014 brides are using this time to find inspiration for their autumn weddings! Here are some great ways to incorporate fall into your perfect day:

Flowers- There are so many floral options to make your fall fete look incredible. Stay seasonal. Add dried plants & herbs, succulents, harvest vegetables or berries to your bouquet or centerpieces!

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Favors: Treat your guests to these tasty treats and bring them back to the nostalgia that fall brings. Include favors like: Hot Chocolate, Caramel Apples or Apple Butter. Yum!

Candles: Add a little rustic fall romance to your tables and spaces by spicing up your candles. Add acorns, cranberries, leaves, or pinecones to give your wedding a crisp autumn feel. Lanterns are also a great way to add lighting to your space while creating a harvest-like atmosphere.

We know these simple additions will help to create your perfect fall wedding day!

What are your favorite autumn touches?

Tyrone Farm Wedding: Amy & Brendan

Oh, how we love a good barn wedding. Especially when it involves a couple as laid back as Amy and Brendan, and a place as gorgeous as Tyrone Farm.  We loved everything about this couple’s big day, especially all of the DIY touches they incorporated. Brendan and Amy spent the year collecting vintage wood crates, unique vases and even beer growlers! It was the perfect fit with our Farmer’s Market bottle collection and Amy’s awesome neutral/rose rustic color palette.  One of our favorite parts of the day was dropping off the bouquets in the Cottage where Amy and her bridesmaids were getting ready – the peacefulness and joy of the day just radiated throughout the place. It was the perfect atmosphere for a wedding!

Congrats Amy and Brendan! Thank you, Olivia Gird Photography for capturing the flowers and the day so beautifully!

Five Tips for a Sustainable Eco-Friendly Wedding

As the world becomes “greener”, you may want to consider options that will make sure your special day doesn’t leave a lasting imprint on the environment, but how? There are plenty of ways to save on waste (and sometimes cash) without compromising quality. It all boils down to the three concepts you learned in grammar school: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Go Local. You can reduce carbon emissions and stimulate your local economy by choosing products within your area. Though local catering is usually what comes to mind, going local isn’t necessarily limited to food; there may also be resident wineries, breweries or distilleries from whom you can get your alcohol. Likewise, buying flowers that are native to your wedding venue will drastically cut down on carbon emissions and waste, just be sure to keep an open mind depending on what season your wedding is in.

Reduce paper products. Seating charts and ceremony programs are two major areas in which you can reduce your paper consumption. Practical programs, such as fans, will serve a dual purpose for your guests, both cooling and informing them about the ceremony. Seating charts can be written on virtually anything that fits in with your wedding’s theme. Windows, vintage doors and chalkboards can all be used to direct your guests to their seats and will be visually stimulating. (Which means you’ll have great pictures!)

Image: Amanda Marie Studio, Whim Events & Strawberry Smallworks

 Use succulents. Succulents are an amazing way to bring sustainability to your arrangements without having so sacrifice beautiful flowers. Pick a few of your favorite blooms and let the succulents be the fillers. They’re unique, eco-friendly, and when your wedding is over, you can take them home and plant them!

Repurpose vasesRecycle any old receptacles you may have and use them as the vases for your centerpieces! Whether it’s light bulbs, milk or perfume bottles, the uniqueness of these vases will attract a lot of attention and reduce waste.

 Replant the love. Have your favors be something that allows your guests to give back to the earth. Whether it’s flower bulbs, trees, or seeds, giving favors is always very popular (and highly sustainable)!

What other eco-friendly wedding ideas do you have?

 

 

 

 

3 Important People to Remember on Your Wedding Day

When your big day comes along, don’t forget to say a little “thank you” or “I’m thinking about you” to three groups of people who made the day possible.

 Your Wife or Hubby To Be:  Of course, there’s no way this day would even be happening without your significant other. Let them know just how excited you are to marry them with a note while their dressing, or even a surprise in their wardrobe. Stitch a message into his tie, stick a note in his pocket, write something on the bottom of her shoe, or maybe just have a letter delivered to their room while they get ready. Hearing from you right before the wedding will definitely heighten their excitement and the note will be a keepsake and a memory long after your wedding is over.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen. These are the people who have been by your side through thick and thin. Even though it is your day, tell your friends just how special they are making your wedding by being in it. Write them a message on their shoes or hangers; maybe even include a letter with the gifts you’ve gotten them. Either way, be sure to thank them and tell them you love them before you follow them down the aisle.

 

Parents. Both your future in-laws and your own parents have put a lot of time, money and effort into this day, so be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them. Hand-written letters are always nice, but the most recent (and adorable) trend is a stitched handkerchief that can be found on Etsy. They can be personalized or you can go with the template, but either way they are a thoughtful gesture that says “I couldn’t have done this without you”.

 

Tell us, whom else do you think the married couple should remember on their big day?

Workshop Wednesday: Oven-bake Table Number Holders for Your Wedding!
The great thing about working with clay is that you only need ONE material! These card holders are made out of polymer clay that is baked in the oven. Polymer clay can be found at your local craft supply store and made by different brands such as Fimo and Sculpey. Just make sure it says “oven-bake” on it.
Materials:
  • Polymer Clay
  • Knife (metal or plastic)
  • Oven
1. Open up the pack of clay!
(The clay shown here is a glistening gold color.)
2. Cut the clay block along the lines into 4 rectangles or into 8 smaller cubes.
3. Use the knife to make a thin slice halfway into the block of clay.This will be where the card is inserted when finished.
4. Leave the clay smooth or create a textural pattern using the straight edge of the knife.

 

5. Bake!

 

Follow the directions on the package but likely you will bake these at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. If you find after the first try that the slit sticks together place a small strip of newspaper in the slit while you bake it.

 

Rachel Shuman Armentano is the owner and artist behind Strawberry Small Works Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts. In addition to being wedding and party obsessed she has years of experience as an art educator and believes everyone can make something beautiful!

 

What’s your next craft project?
Workshop Wednesday: DIY Flowers and Fans

As an artist I am infatuated by all colors and patterns. Typically animal print is not my thing but I am a lover of African art and textiles. I stopped by to visit my aunt yesterday and caught her and her neighbor in the midst of centerpiece making for an upcoming safari themed party. I of course rolled my eyes at the sight of the leopard, zebra, & tiger print adorned work room. My aunt is a table-scaping extraodinaire, she taught me how to decorate for a party when I was toddler and she of course won me over with this project (I’m even going to try this trick with the fan in the vase with the flowers this weekend for a bridal shower). I thought I must share this today- so please welcome and thank Aunty Maureen & the lovely Mary for this week’s Workshop Wednesday!

Materials:
Mason jars (or water glasses would even work)
Tulle (or ribbon or fabric strips)
Fans (these can be found here)
Fake flowers
Spanish moss
Glue Gun
Scissor
1.Wrap the mason jars with strips of tulle, ribbon, or fabric and tack with a glue gun.
2.Fill the jars with spanish moss. (If you are using real flowers fill with water & rocks)
3.To add a complementary pop of color we took ferns from outside in the yard and added them to the flowers.
If you are into terrariums this a great way to get the same look but with some added height.
Still not sold on the safari inspiration? Check this out!:
via YesBabyDaily’s awesome post
via GracesCakes
via Wedding Chicks (Crossaints Bistro & Bakery)

Rachel Shuman Armentano is the owner and artist behind Strawberry Small Works Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts. In addition to being wedding and party obsessed she has years of experience as an art educator and believes everyone can make something beautiful!

What DIY projects are on your mind? Leave us a comment and we’re sure Rachel can come up with  some magic for you!

Katie & Steve’s Stowe Vermont Wedding

Back in December when Boston wedding photographer Katie Noble asked me to be her wedding planner, I was honored. Katie photographed my wedding and it was such a joy to be a part of hers. She and her fiance Steve got married on a beautiful June day in Stowe Vermont, at a private home located directly next to her parents house. The site was stunning, with a perfect view of Stowe Mountain (the couple are big skiers), clean Vermont air, rolling hills and starry skies. We planned the wedding in six months, and with the help of crafty Katie, Steve and the artistic Noble family – we created a stunning day full of love and all things beautiful!

Katie’s mom (an artist herself) created a fantastic branch chandelier and beautiful watercolor invitations, while her dad cut birch branches, landscaped, strung lights and lanterns and created 2 beautiful fabric arbors. Katie’s DIY details were impeccable: from her hand stenciled “love” napkins, to her day of paper, signage and seating chart, I’m pretty sure the entire family should work for Whim 😉 Oh, and what’s more? There was a choreographed flash mob at the wedding, planned by their amazing wedding party!! And a tear jerker speech from the best man.  Guests enjoyed a yummy menu of seasonal Vermont cuisine, and then danced late into the evening to the band, only stopping for a nostalgic snack: warm chocolate chip cookies and milk.

Katie and Steve, you two are such a fun and genuinely caring couple and I couldn’t be happier for you both. Katie, you always take such lovely photos of other peoples precious moments, so it was wonderful to see you in the midst of your own. Cheers and congrats!

Photography by Avenna Studios

The team: Venue: Private home/photography: Avenna Studios/ Planning: Whim Events/ Florals: Uncle George’s Flowers / Tent and Rentals: Wedding Tents and Events/Catering: Catering by Dale/Beverage:Fluid Bar Service / Band: Ripcord / Hair:Nicole Popma /Makeup: Vivian Infantino / Wedding gown: Amy Kuschel from Sewly Yours/Bridesmaid Dresses: Flair Boston, Rings: Serjeo