Picnic Lunch

I’m looking for a way to dress up a picnic reception, and I ran across this several months ago on Oh Happy Day. This would be simple to make and wouldn’t be too expensive, while at the same time creating a striking visual.

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Wedding Photo

I don’t remember where I found this; I’ve had it sitting on my desktop for several years. I love this.

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Erickson’s jam

Erickson's jam

For wedding favors I’m thinking locally made jam and jelly. Erickson Ranch makes a variety of jams and jellies with unique and bold flavors. You can find them here.

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

There is a lady I know from work who has a side business baking cupcakes. They are delicious and fluffy and moist. She was kind enough to give me her card. We still haven’t figured out a cake, but without a doubt I am ordering some of these.

Her website can be found here.

Rainbow floral backdrop

Rainbow floral backdrop

I ran across a link to this post today, and I really like the feel of this arrangement. I’m tired and not very verbose at the moment, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Meatloaf Cupcakes

I love these! I’ve made something similar in the past, but never this pretty. I think these meatloaf cupcakes would be fun to serve after the wedding.

First Look, Then Cook

Remember when I posted these, and wrote about the instant aversion my kids have towards meatloaf?  They can’t get enough meatballs, but when I use that same recipe and make a loaf out of it, something happens.  Well, I just solved the problem for all the mothers out there looking to get their kids to eat meatloaf.  MEATLOAF CUPCAKES!!!!

The other week a friend of mine at work came by to tell me about this awesome bakery in Chicago, called the MeatLoaf Bakery.  She described the meatloaf cupcakes and instantly my mind went racing – mostly to the decorations.  Bacon, chives, shredded cheese, black olives, a ketchup dollop on the top – I just couldn’t stop myself.  Then reality set it – but would my kids actually get into this?  Oh boy did they ever.  They begged me to make them every night for weeks, until I finally…

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Kissy Lips

Kissy Lips

Maybe I’ll put some of these in the bouquet. A larger assortment of exotic flowers can be found here.

One thing I really don’t want to do is spend a lot of money on buying or renting clothes that will only be worn once. This image is from a fall wedding, but what I like is that even though the men’s outfits are different they still really go well together.

I want to do something similar. I keep joking that the wedding color is rainbow, but I’m more interested in a color palette than a single color. With a little bit of coordination, I think finding dress clothes that work well together would be a great alternative to rented tuxedos.

I like the fresh and carefree feel of a crown of flowers more than the stuffy drab of a veil. I will admit there are some pretty neat veils out there, but my hair is wild enough and I don’t want to have to worry about getting the veil in my mouth of blowing away.

The picture is from a DIY floral crown project on Julep from Mother’s Day. It seems pretty simple to construct, and I have made one of these in the past. Instructions can be found here.

I have been in love with this idea ever since I ran across it here. I think hanging a dozen donuts from a tree above the desert table would be an inexpensive way to add whimsy and create memories that won’t easily be forgotten.