Tropical-Inspired Boutonniere DIY

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Tropical Wedding

Whether your big day is taking place in a sandy, island location, or you’ve just been inspired by tropical destinations while planning your wedding, this simple boutonniere will give your groom and groomsmen the tropical touch they need. I chose plants that make me instantly think of a summer vacation: palm fronds, bougainvillea and succulents. Using these sturdy pieces made the boutonnieres extremely easy to work with and the vibrant colors meant just a few stems stood out well on their own. Read on to see how you can create these for your wedding day!

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Homemade Salsa Recipe and a Father’s Day Printable

By Melissa of Alice & Lois
We love to create something homemade for the dads in our lives for Father’s Day and what dad doesn’t love salsa? You can’t go wrong with this fresh tomato salsa recipe. It takes 15 minutes to make this homemade gift for dad’s special day. The kids will love helping out with this simple recipe. All you have to do to make it extra special is print out this label, cut it out and adhere it to the jar. All the papas
out there will love this “Salsa de Papa!”


Keep reading to get the printable and recipe!

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Summer Floral Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Minted Floral Invitations

My guess is approximately 24 hours after a couple is engaged, they are on pinterest beginning their search for the perfect wedding theme. And we all know how overwhelming that can be with the abundance of information and ideas on the internet. One place you can start you inspiration search that might help you narrow things down a bit quicker is the invitation. You can easily choose a style, like modern, rustic, floral, vintage, etc. and take it from there. I am a big fan of anything floral and gold, so this floral canopy foil-pressed invitation caught my eye. And if I could plan my wedding day all over again, this is where I would start with my inspiration!

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Design to Dish: “Not Quite” Fried Ice Cream Sundaes

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

fiesta fried ice cream sundaes

I know Cinco de Mayo is behind us for the year, but I can’t resist a good party theme, and fiestas are always especially colorful and lively. The food is fresh and flavorful, the colors are bright and bold, and the company is always fantastic. I think a fiesta-themed graduation party would be amazing. So would a fiesta-themed baby shower. Or a bridal shower. Or a summer birthday party. Pretty much all parties should be fiestas!

I wanted to come up with a fun, Mexican-inspired dessert to go along with the darling papel picado fiesta invitations from Minted pictured above, and the first thing that came to mind was fried ice cream. But seriously, who wants to deal with the hassle and mess of frying ice cream balls?! And it doesn’t seem like a very party-friendly dessert. My mom makes a yummy summer dessert with vanilla ice cream surrounded by a crispy, buttery, sauteed coconut/cereal crust and topping, and it occurred to me that it would be pretty easy to rolls ice cream balls in that crunchy coating to make almost-friend ice cream. My dessert experiments aren’t always successful, but these “Not Quite” Fried Ice Cream Sundaes got two very enthusiastic thumbs up from the entire family over Memorial Day weekend, and they were super easy to make. Ole!

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8 Ideas for Welcome Bags

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

When asking guests to travel a bit for your wedding, it’s a nice gesture to have something waiting for them upon their arrival. And with a million other things on your mind while planning your big day, coming up with goodies that all of your guests will enjoy is a time consuming task. So here are a few themes and ideas to get your started!

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Design to Dish: Walking Tacos & Frito Pies

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

walking tacos frito pies

Graduation is such an exciting time! Moving on from the world of education to the big, grown-up world of jobs and life and responsibilities–what a fantastic reason to gather and celebrate! The summery, sunny weather at graduation time seems tailor-made for casual, outdoor celebrations filled with balloons and banners and streamers, good food, and lots of fun.

Walking Tacos and their fraternal twin Frito Pies are perfect outdoor party food. They’re fun and tasty, essentially mess-free, and easy to eat while you walk and talk. You simply start with a single serving-sized bag of Fritos for each guest, and set out taco toppings (for Walking Tacos) or chili toppings (for Frito Pies). The bags are water- and grease-proof, so the entire entree is contained in one little, easily portable bag with no mess–perfect food for an outdoor celebration!

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honeycomb gift toppers

By Melanie of You Are My Fave

honeycomb gift toppers
honeycomb gift toppers

Wrapping a gift with paper is not my forte. I can never get the corners to lay flat and the sides end up looking bedraggled (can paper look bedraggled?). I’d much rather have a good box or bag and slap something cute on top. These toppers are a cinch and there are a plethora of designs you could create.

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