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Further Jam Jar Perfection – Centrepieces

17 Jun

Jam jars seem to be increasingly popular on my blog, so why not continue fulfilling your desires?! This time, I am specifically looking a beautiful ways of using jam jars to create gorgeous centrepieces on your wedding tables. Cheap and cheerful – yes. Expensive and complicated – no. Here we go…

1. Simple is sometimes the best – why not pop a flower or two into the jar. One jar will work well on smaller tables, but you can go for as many as you want – even placing one on each place setting. Be careful not to choose big jars with long stemmed flowers otherwise people won’t be able to speak to those sitting across the table from them!

2. Sweeties – homemade or shop bought, either way they should reflect the theme of your wedding and look utterly delicious! Put enough jars on the table for each guest, and they double up as a wedding favour. That makes the clearing up at the end of the night much easier!

3. Candles. So easy. You can paint the glass any colour, or leave it clear, and you can do all sorts inside the jar, such as fill it with sand, or pebbles for example. You can really get this to match your theme. Be careful with ribbon, you don’t want to set the place alight! Try and get candles that will burn for the entire evening.

4. Fruit – use seasonal fruit to jazz up the tables. Tricky to find images to inspire you, but these, courtesy of Marianne Taylor Photography should be enough to convince you it looks beautiful!

creative Cornwall wedding photography

I hope this helps to inspire you!

All Hail the Jam Jar – Part 2

16 Jun

Well, I seem to have had a lot of interest in my article on the lovely jam jar, and I just came across some new ideas on how they can be used in a creative way, so I had to share it with you.

www.notmartha.org has some great ideas of creating pies and puddings in jars, which would be a great way to serve up your dessert on your special day. And, you could personally decorate the jars, and people can take them home with them after the event.

The ideas are for:

Blueberry cobbler baked in jars

 

Pies baked in jars (you can do any kind of pie)

Firecracker chocolate pudding

[spicy chocolate pudding in jars]

The chocolate pudding idea is so quick and easy, and requires no baking. How about trying this with Nigella Lawson’s recipe for chocolate pudding (I have tried this and it is divine!)

After feeling inspired by these ideas, I did a quick internet search for some more inspiration, which produced some more fantastic ideas! See below:

These ideas (above), including the genius muffin baked in a jar, came from Sweet Dream Events, in an article they did on jam jars.

Above, is a fantastic recipe and idea for Guinness Chocolate Pudding, courtesy of Butter Plus Cream.

Christmas pudding trifle recipe

Above is a recipe from the Good Food Channel for Christmas Trifle.

Wow, the photos above is of S’Mores Cakes in jars, which I found through Janna Beecham. The original ideas comes from How Sweet It Is. Yum!

Dessert in a Jar 2

Darling Notes is where I found the lovely two above. She found them from Babble, in an article about 15 dessert recipes for jam jars!

So, let’s get creative!

Crafty Confetti Made Easy

8 Jun

After my previous post I wanted to offer another quick alternative to DIY confetti – DIFM confetti (‘Do It For Me’ confetti!)

I am a big champion of Etsy, as it brings individuals and small business to a global audience, and really showcases crafty talent at it’s best in a way no other site does. So, if you want the look of homemade confetti, but don’t have the time or patience, let someone else do the hard work for you. Here are my top picks from Etsy…

* Confetti paper hearts by bookishengland

These lovely hearts are cut from old Mills & Boon novels, which is a very romantic touch! This is a seller from Brighton, so postage for UK residents is just 80p (50p for any additional items.) You get approximately 200 hearts per pack, and it costs £5.00Confetti paper hearts

* Personalised paper heart confetti – pure white by mommyholly

Get some lovely heart shaped confetti, this time with your initials printed on each. You get 45 hearts per pack, but get in touch and she says she can make them in any colour, and can make as many as you want. They cost just 91p per pack. As they come from Canada shipping to the UK is £1.97, and 16p for each additional item. Bargain! 

personalized paper heart confetti - pure white

* 1,000 Real Violas, dried wedding flower confetti by pleasanthedges

Breaking away from the heart theme, this is a really beautiful bunch of confetti. The dried violas make a fantastic alternative to the traditional style of confetti, and would work beautifully with a purple themed wedding. The pack costs £93.97, with postage an additional £7.52 

1000 Real Violas, dried wedding flower confetti

* 100 Vintage Atlas and Map Bird Paper Punches by dreamingofpaper

These are lovely little birdies cut out from maps and atlases, and would be great if you and your parter are known for your travels, or are heading on a travelling adventure for your honeymoon. Why not have them thrown over you as you head on your merry way in the evening, with something more traditional for after the service? The pack of 100 costs £1.41. No shipping costs are listed for the UK, but maybe get in touch with the seller and they can sort something out for you

100 Vintage Atlas and Map Bird Paper Punches

* Birdseed Tossing Bags with Hand Sewn on Rustic Tags by KOtwo

Now, this is one of my favourites! It is such a fantastic idea, I don’t know why I have never seen this before! This is not only fun, but feeds the birds and is eco-friendly, as it leaves no mess as all the birds have a delicious meal. If you are after something a little different and alternative, this is definitely they way to go. It costs £62.11 for 50 bags, which will be enough for 100 people as each pouch can be shared between two. Postage to the UK costs £9.60

Birdeseed Tossing Bags with Sewn on Rustic Tags

* 200 Cranberry, Cream & Blueberry Stars Confetti by DanisWeddingPretties

These are cute and, I think, slightly kitsch. They are a lovely alternative to traditional candy coloured confetti. A pack of 200 costs just £1.72, with an additional £1.53 for postage to the UK

200 - Cranberry  Cream & Blueberry Stars Confetti / Embellishments.. America the Beautiful...

DIY Confetti – Dried Rose Petals

8 Jun

Making your own confetti is a cheaper way to achieve a more natural feel. It can be pricey to buy real dried petals as confetti, but here is a step by step way to dry you own rose petals at home!

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • Roses
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard box
  • Plastic bags
  1. Cut the stems short, leaving an inch or two attached to the flower.
  2. Hold the rose in one hand and use your other hand to gently snap the stem off the flower in one swift motion, as if you were breaking a stick in half. The head of the rose should come off easily.
  3. Shake the flower gently over a bin to discard tiny seeds.
  4. Loosen all the petals gently from each other and let them fall into cardboard box. Mix the petals as you go, if you are using more than one colour.
  5. Make dried petal confetti a few days prior to use and store it in the cardboard box. Transfer to plastic bags on the day of the event. Make fresh petal confetti the same day you will use it and store it in plastic bags until needed

Let me know if you try this out!

Bunting

1 Jun

Bunting is very traditional, and many of you may be thinking ‘oh no!’, but, believe me, it can look gorgeous and works so well with a handmade wedding theme.

Bunting has been transformed into something kinda kitsch, and is something you can easily make yourself. Or, even better, enlist the help of someone else! If you don’t have the time/energy/patience/sewing skills (delete as appropriate) there are people out there to help! Head on over to Etsy and grab a handmade masterpiece. Here are my top picks:

* JUST MARRIED Vintage Pennant Banner on Kraft Paper by PurplePeonyCouture

By the looks of things I think the item is listed as sold, but get in touch with the designer/maker and they might be able to rustle something up for you

JUST MARRIED Vintage Pennant Banner on Kraft Paper 

* SAMPLE SALE . Love Sweet Love Papel Picado Banners by aymujer

£14.42 for a banner with 9 flags. Beautiful, intricate and delicate. It reminds me of Rob Ryan’s work.

SAMPLE SALE . Love Sweet Love Papel Picado Banners

* MR & MRS Glittered Burlap Banner with Tattoos by funkyshique

£17.55 and measures 4.5 feet. The natural hessian is beautiful and I think would work well for a rustic, country-style wedding.

MR & MRS Glittered Burlap Banner with Tattoos

* Lets Make Love Glitter Burlap Banner by funkyshique

£15.05 for bunting stretching approximately 6 feet. Very light and bright, with a distinct handcrafted appeal.

Lets Make Love Glitter Burlap Banner

* Paper Lace Garland – 10′ by thePathLessTraveled

£5.96 for 10 feet. A bargain!

Paper Lace Garland - 10'

* Mini fabric bunting 6 feet 6″ long in duck egg blue, a mini version of True Romance, only sweeter… by BettyandBarclay

£10.03 for 9 flags stretching 6ft 6in. Very cute and floral, reminding me of Cath Kidston prints.

Mini fabric bunting 6 feet 6" long in duck egg blue, a mini version of True Romance, only sweeter...

all hail the jam jar

17 Aug

Cheap chic. Don’t believe me? It really is easily achievable. Get collecting now, the weirder the better. Ask friends, family, neighbours…anyone…to save up their empty jars so you can turn them into a personalised decoration for your special day.

You may have seen in my earlier post how you can use jam jars for cocktails, but here is how they can be used for anything from place names, to wedding favours…

Place setting

Candle holder

Wedding Favours (fill it with gorgeous homemade jam or chutney, and stick on a label with your names and the date of your wedding)

Place names

Serve items from it, e.g. tea bags, sweets etc.

Confetti holder – being such a new and innovative idea (!) I couldn’t find any images of this, but here is an idea of how you can paint the jam jars to match your colour theme, and then fill them with confetti – be it edible rice paper or dried rose petals

Sparkler holder

Vase

Dessert in a jar

Drinking glasses

Who would have thought the humble jam jar would have so many uses?!

tipples

16 Aug

Creativity is key when it comes to the tipple(s) of choice at a wedding.

For something a little out of the ordinary why not serve cocktails in a more obscure way. Perhaps you could even create a cocktail yourself.

A cheap chic ways to serve your cocktails is in jam jars. OK, sounds a bit weird. But it oddly works if you use your creativity. Why not print out some stickers with your names and date on to make it a little more personal.

If you are trying to work within a tight budget, a wedding at this time of year can work around some seasonal, British fruit. The cheapest of which are free – blackberries. You can find these in abundance all over the country, and if you find some grab some punnets and get picking. You can easily gather over a kilo in less than an hour if you find a good supply.

The classic cocktail utilising blackberries is a bramble. To make it ultra personal, try making a blackberry liqueur yourself at home!:

Here is a recipe courtesy of homebrewunderground.com

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (Important: If frozen berries are used, measure them while still frozen, because in a thawed state, they will shrink to about half the volume)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup 80-proof vodka
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup sugar syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Step One Directions:

  1. Put berries and sugar in 2 Qt. Mason jar, then crush berries with a wooden spoon, then let the mixture stand to allow juice to develop.
  2. After one hour add the vodka and brandy, then shake the mixture thoroughly until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the sugar syrup, then add the lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Macerate at room temperature for 2 weeks.

Step Two Ingredients:

  • 100-proof vodka

Step Two Directions:

  1. Strain and filter.
  2. Blend with 100 proof vodka to taste – About 8 parts strained and filtered liqueur to 1 part 100 proof vodka