Wedding Trends: Pastels, From Lavender to Creme and Sweet Mint Green

Soft shades of ivory, lavender (radiant orchid’s subtle sister) and sweet, sweet mint green are capturing everyone’s heart this season. Creamy ivory is a welcome alternative to stark white and it pairs perfectly with the pastel shades that we have seen in runway, street fashion, interior design and fun spring themed DIY projects for the family.

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Summer Hand Fan Favors

Urban Baby bunting and pretty thaumatrope giant confetti used to make simple summer hand fansOutdoor events and warm weather bring the perfect reason to break out fan favors (here in the sweltering south, we’ve perfected the art of fanning up our own breezes!) I’ve assembled a simple hand fan using re-purposed minted confetti and circular bunting. Try them as wedding favors to pull in a colorful pattern, a sweet quote or even a personalized initial. These can be easily assembled in no time flat, but look like you ordered a completely custom fan set.

Minted giant confetti to make a simple hand fan

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Design to Dish: Italian Cream Sodas

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

raspberry italian cream soda

I’m completely charmed by the Southern tradition of throwing a Sip & See after a new baby is born! I love the idea of inviting friends and family over for a little get-together to meet the new baby, eat delicious snacks, and drink fizzy drinks–so many of my favorite things rolled into one fun party.

If you’re going to throw a Sip & See, you’ll need to serve a fun beverage. I absolutely love Italian Cream Sodas. They’re delicious and pretty, appropriate for all ages, and you can set them up as a create-your-own-soda bar, which everyone loves. Set out some pretty glasses, some cute paper straws, and some tasty flavored drink syrups, and you’re all set!

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Lettered Vase Centerpiece DIY

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Decor DIY

This summer, i’ll be watching one for my friends walk down the aisle… which means, we have been in full planning mode recently. One thing that has come up a lot in planning the decor is, how can we take all of that inspiration we find and really personalize it to her and her fiancé. And I think that can be one of the hardest tricks for any wedding. There are sure to be quotes, songs, even little things that you two say to each other that are special. And those are the perfect pieces to infuse into your wedding day decor to give it a personal touch. I only wish I had this realization before our wedding day two years ago! So, here is one simple and cost effective way to add those special words to your centerpieces.

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Watercolor Linen Printable

Diy linen napkin with floral transfer by Kelly VenturaSpringtime brings so many reasons to brunch and celebrate, and water-colored linens are a great way to add some fresh color to the table. I’ve created an easy DIY linen using a piece of hand-painted art from the oh-so-talented Kelly Ventura. Check out the post for an iron-on printable along with some tips on making your own. The finished piece looks as if Kelly has hand-painted each one herself!

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Alphabet Love

By Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus
Stationery Alphabet

The ABCs are not just for kids anymore. Designers love the alphabet! I have several alphabet posters in my home. My kids probably think it’s for them, but it’s really because mom has a affinity for letters and all it’s form…

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Bohemian Beach Dinner

bohemian beach dinnerLast October, I threw a Bohemian beach dinner to kick off a seaside bachelorette weekend. The vibe was easy, the colors were bright and the setting was spectacular. Check out the post for more details on how it came together, along with some tips for hosting your own barefoot soiree.Bohemian Beach Dinner

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Design to Dish: An Easter Egg Hunt

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

carrot cake easter egg hunt inspiration

It seems like the weather just warmed up, and Easter is already right around the corner. What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a classic Easter Egg Hunt! Playing outside in the warm sunshine with flowers blooming all around; eating sweet Spring treats; beautiful, nature-inspired decor, and fun crafts–it all sounds so dreamy!

A classic carrot cake is the perfect dessert for an Easter get-together. This carrot cake recipe is my very favorite: two moist layers filled with fresh carrots and crushed pineapple, smothered with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Oh my! I’m like a kid at an Easter egg hunt just thinking about it!

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