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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rainbow Color Cookie and Candy Buffet

Photo and Paper Designs by TomKatstudio at

These colorful and eye-catching sandwich cookies are dipped in brightly colored melted chocolate. Yum! Add to your candy/sweet buffet! Add some pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and rolled in multi-colored jimmies and some lollipops in rainbow colors as well. The paper goods are by TomKatstudios on Be sure an visit their blog and get the signs to go with your table. They have all sorts of professionally executed designs that will change you party from ho-hum to WOW!

DIY Kid Friendly Favors

Photo and Idea from DIY section

If you're having children in your wedding or as guests at your wedding, you might want to provide kid-friendly favors. These DIY favors are courtesy of Gwenab on The Offbeatbride's site gives you the specific directions as well as links to the sites she learned how to make these from under the DIY section of the site. Lego actually has a ice cube mold (go to You can use this to make crayons in the shapes of lego men! Kudos to you Gwen! Great idea and execution! Other suggestions included stars and other fun shapes.

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Economical Orchid Centerpieces

Photo and design by

If you are like many brides when you got a quote for flowers and suffered from sticker shock! Wow! How can flowers cost that much?  So you may have had to make some accomodations to still use the flowers you love for your wedding.  The designers at Wedding Aces give you information on how they crafted the above orchid centerpieces without breaking the bank. So if you're a DIY bride head over to their web site, for further directions. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Is There Such a Thing as Inexpensive Orchids?

Photo of Orchids from Whole Foods

If you want to use orchids in your wedding bouquet or even for your centerpieces, consider buying whole plants at Home Depot or Whole Foods. This will often save you quite a bit of money over ordering them by the stem. And this way you'll have the plants to enjoy as they bloom year after year.

Southern Rolls to Serve at Your Wedding or Bridal Shower
Photo and recipe coutesy of http://www,
Looking for food that has a romantic twist for your wedding?  Why not try these heart shaped refrigerator rolls featured on  The recipe is easy to make ahead of time and you can slice them in half and stuff them with quality thin sliced ham or other meat of your choice.  The recipe needs around a pound of meat to fill them.  Consider adding some Boursin cheese for a hint of garlic and herbs.
Go check out Amanda's web site above for her Grandmother's recipe, and while you are there take the time to browse through her other blog posts, many of which offer other great ideas for parties.  Another flavor option would be to sprinkle with some dried lavendar or some italian seasonings.  Yum!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Purple Inspiration Board

Looking for that perfect purple bouquet? Or how about some great shoes to accent your purple themed weddding?  Go to where you'll find flowers, cake, and more to help plan your day.

Suggestions for a SunnyYellow Wedding Day

Photos courtesy of

Planning a bright and sunny yellow wedding?  Go to where there are inspiration boards designed to help you coordinate you wedding day. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Design to Die For -- Outdoor Spaces You Never Want to Leave

All Photos courtesy of EP Henry, Philadelphia Design Home

Outdoor weddings and weddings at your home have become more common as the cost for renting the country club or a mansion to hold your wedding in has skyrocketed.  Why not take the money you might spend on your venue and update your outdoor living area?  In the mid-eastern United States EP Henry is one of the best known outdoor design firms and they offer design services as well as products used to execute your project. 

Monday evening my guest and I were fortunate to be one of the guests at the EP Henry Patio Party at the Philadelphia Design Home. For anyone who is not familiar with the concept of the design home, each year a fabulous home is designed and decorated to show off the skills of local designers and builders. Design Home ticket proceeds benefit the local Ronald McDonald house which provides a 'home away from home' for families of children with serious illnesses being treated at Philadelphia area hospitals. For more information on the Ronald McDonald House go to this Philly Mag link.

Our host, EP Henry did the outdoor design work including the area surrounding a fabulous salt-water pool area complete with fountains pouring water into it from above as well as an outdoor living space that was as relaxing as it was beautiful.

Outdoor spaces now include more than you basic grill and picnic table and EP Henry pulled out all the stops to show just what homeowners can do.  EP Henry can help you design your own outdoor living space even if you aren't planning a design on a grand scale. 

Chambord was also there promoting their new flavored vodka.  I'm not usually a drinker but I have to admit to being impressed with the product!  I'll be sure to pick some up the next time I'm at the liquor store for my guests at home. I highly recommend it to brides looking for a great product to build their signature drink at their wedding around. 

The house is located on 4.5 acres of land in Gwynedd Valley. Some of the features that rocked were the raised outdoor living area that included perks like waterproof outdoor electronics and a great fireplace, an outdoor kitchen, a lower level and a garage.

EP Henry's design featured Devonshire Gaelic and Tennyson pavers in Sandstone Cream and Bluestone, a Cast Veneer Stone Ledgestone wall in Aspen, and Coventry Stone III pavers in Dakota Blend.  Just head over to their web site to see the variety of stone and paving products available for both the DIY'er and thoseof us who need to hire a contractor.

For homeowners interested in redoing their own backyards EP Henry has three special events at the design home that can help you transform your grass and cement block patio into a luxurious living area perfect for your daughter's upcoming wedding or for any entertaining or relaxation. Why pay to rent a wedding venue when you can update your yard and invest the money in a design that you can enjoy for years to come?
  • Design-a-Palooza Join us on Saturday, September 25, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Design Home for our biggest hardscape design event ever! This event will give you and your readers the chance to speak with EP Henry designers and have your “before” photos be transformed by professional designers to create a realistic “after” image using our state-of-the-art PRO Landscape Software.  
  • Green Day, Oct 2 : Increase your storm water IQ and get tax credits in return with this easy-to-follow demonstration on permeable guidelines and township standards
  • 5% discount for 5 Saturdays (September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2 and October 9) with EPH matching 5% as donation to Ronald McDonald House. I am very happy to announce that EP Henry will be offering the Philly Social Media Moms an additional 5% off during this time. This will increase your discount to 10%!

 EP Henry has PRO Landscape software that allows them to take a photo of your current yard and turn it into an outdoor living space you'll never want to leave!  EP Henry also can help you finance your project.  So take a ride out to the design home on the days listed above and take advantage of EP Henry's expertise and to support a great cause, The Ronald McDonald House.  All ticket proceeds go to the charity. 

**Please note, the sponsor and her guest were invited without cost to them to this party. Food, drink and a tour were provided at no cost but this did not effect the expression of my opinions in this sponsored blog post.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The 'IT' Shades For Weddings

Photo courtesy of is showing these colors as the 'IT' colors for your bridesmaides to wear.  From the deep red to the Wedgewood blue, colors are vibrant and a perfect foil for you white gown.  The colors dazzle the eye and can be mixed together so you have a vibrant bridal party.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Need A Minister For Your Wedding?

If you aren't affiliated with a church but need a minister for your wedding, Ken Gelzhiser, M.Div. from St. Mark's Methodist Church in Broomall PA will perform weddings either at his church or at your location anywhere in Delaware County PA.  Call 610-356-1199 or 610-353-1544.  He'll also do counseling if anyone is interested in that service as well.