Monday, September 26, 2016

Groomsmen Gift Boxes

Houston really wanted to give his groomsmen a thoughtful and practical thank you gift for being in our wedding. He knew he wanted to give each gentleman the accessories that would need for the wedding:  a tie, pocket square, belt, socks and shoes.


He looked for a way to package the items for each of the guys in something other than a simple when he found this storage box that looks like a leather trunk at Hobby Lobby!


It took us 4 separate trips to the store to find 4 of the same  style boxes, but it was totally worth it.

We lined the box with simple white tissue paper and then placed the gift items in the box. Another piece of paper to tuck everything in, and I called it good.



Each box got a tag with the groomsmen's name that I hand-lettered and we attached to the tag to the handle with simple twine.




Houston gave the packages to his groomsmen the morning of our wedding and they all thought they were great!


As an extra bonus, check out our wedding highlight video here:


Wedding Ceremony and Venue: Kellogg House - Cal Poly Pomona, Ca
Hotel: Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel - Cal Poly Pomona, Ca

Details:

Groomsmen: 
Suits: Men's Wearhouse Pronto Uomo Gray Suit
Shoes: Cole Haan Williams Cap Toe II Oxford
Ties & Pocket Squares: Wool - Navy

Shoe Boxes: Hobby Lobby (Here and Here)




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Red and Orange Fall Dessert Tablescape

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.

Yesterday I shared an easy DIY craft for dressing up my jar candles that I picked up over the weekend. Well, I figured since I was starting my fall decorating I would share an easy to create fall dessert table.

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.

With potlucks, Friendsgiving, and Thanksgiving coming up, you can never be too prepared.
For my fall inspired dessert table, I started with my color palette of fall colors: burnt orange and shades of red.

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.


I grabbed my favorite cake stands and got to putting out my desserts: pumpkin spice cupcakes, caramel chocolate bark, pudding trifles, mini pies, cookies, and a caramel-covered cake.

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.

Then I layered in my wrapped candles, bushels of wheat, and mini pumpkins. I placed some of my wrapped candles on mini cake stands to give additional height to the table and stacked two cake stands for my centerpiece and my caramel cake.

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.

Fall is coming and this red and orange fall dessert tablescape would be perfect for an office party or an easy setup for Thanksgiving.

This fall dessert table would be easy to set up ahead of Thanksgiving dinner so guests can help themselves to dessert afterward – or steal a couple cookies before dinner like I do.

Tell me what your favorite fall dessert is in the comments!

Monday, September 19, 2016

How To Make a Fall Candle Wrap

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The weather in California has finally started to cool down (knock on wood) and it has me craving all things fall. Bring on the pumpkins, hot chocolate, and crisp weather so I can wear a scarf.

This is a quick and easy craft on how to make a fall candle wrap. These are great for adding a little extra DIY flare to your fall decor.  #ad #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias

I think fall is giving Christmas a run for its money when it comes to my favorite decorating in the house. I love the entryway project I made last year and couldn’t wait to get everything out again and start decorating this year. One thing I always change when I decorate for fall is the fragrances of my candles around the house; in the summer I use fresh and clean fragrances, but in the fall it is all about candles that remind me of baked goods and yummy pies.

I decided to dress up my American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand candles with an easy craft using my new Silhouette machine. The fall candle wrap makes my candles more cohesive when they are on a table or as part of my décor. Doesn't it look festive?

This is a quick and easy craft on how to make a fall candle wrap. These are great for adding a little extra DIY flare to your fall decor.  #ad #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias


I pick up my American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand candles at Walmart (in the candle aisle near the home décor department). I love the variety of fragrances that Walmart carries and that the candles burn clean from start to finish – nobody likes ash in their candles, right? Right.

This is a quick and easy craft on how to make a fall candle wrap. These are great for adding a little extra DIY flare to your fall decor.  #ad #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias

I grabbed an assortment of fragrances that remind me of fall: Homemade Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cinnamon Cider, Sweet and Salty Caramel, and Buttercream Frosting.

How To Make a Fall Candle Wrap
  • Cut strips of paper from cardstock with a paper trimmer. I used complimentary colors for the candle I would be wrapping. My paper was 2 inches wide for the large jars and 1.5 inches for the medium sized jar.
  • Wrap the strip around the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand candle and trim the excess if there is any.
  • Mark where to cut out the leaf shape on the strip.
  • Use a Silhouette machine to cut out the leaf shape. I purchased this shape from the Silhouette Design Store, but you could use a punch or a design of your own.
  • Attach the paper strip to the candle jar with some glue dots.
This is a quick and easy craft on how to make a fall candle wrap. These are great for adding a little extra DIY flare to your fall decor.  #ad #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias

This is a quick and easy craft on how to make a fall candle wrap. These are great for adding a little extra DIY flare to your fall decor.  #ad #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias

This is a quick and easy craft on how to make a fall candle wrap. These are great for adding a little extra DIY flare to your fall decor.  #ad #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias

This is a quick and easy craft on how to make a fall candle wrap. These are great for adding a little extra DIY flare to your fall decor.  #ad #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias

The negative shape lets me see the candle color through the paper strip and I know it will look so pretty when my candle burns down and the light from the wick shows through the shape. (Be sure to practice safe candle burning and follow the instructions on your American Home™ by Yankee Candle® candle jar; including trimming the wick so the flame doesn’t get too large.)

This is a quick and easy craft on how to make a fall candle wrap. These are great for adding a little extra DIY flare to your fall decor.  #ad #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias


I can't wait to use these wraps for all my fall parties and tablescapes. Tomorrow I will be sharing more photos from my fall dessert table, complete with these fall candle wraps.

I would love to hear what your favorite American Home™ by Yankee Candle® fragrance is (the Sweet and Salty Caramel is mine) - tell me in the comments!