the Event Essentials

Glass Marble Charger Plate
November 30, 2007, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor

I came across this great little craft project on that could really add a little sparkle to your next event. It looks like it could be quite the time consuming project, but would be a neat idea to use as candle holder for your centerpiece or use for your guests of honor at your head table.


For our pictured project, we used iridescent glass marbles and cardboard. We glued on a circle of black felt to the cardboard before gluing on the marbles.
Using the plates you’ll use as a guide, cut out a circle in the cardboard or cardstock about two inches larger than the plate. If you are using cardboard, you’ll need to either paint the cardboard (spray paint is faster) or cover it with fabric. Felt is a nice choice for all wine cork crafts because it doesn’t fray. If you are using colored cardstock, you don’t need to cover it as the base is already a nice quality and color


Place the flat glass marbles around the edge of the charger plate. Place them down without gluing them to make certain you have the spacing correct, then glue with a hot glue gun.


Let your glass marble plate chargers dry completely before using. Fortunately, hot glue dries and sets very quickly, so these can be used almost immediately. Have fun with this winter wedding idea craft project!


Style me Pretty – Inspiration Board
November 28, 2007, 2:14 am
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Color Schemes, Reception

It’s an absolute must that I check out the Style Me Pretty blog every morning, but this morning I was so busy I just didn’t get a chance to. However, I made some time for it tonight and what did it do, none other than inspire me πŸ™‚ There was a “Dear Abby” post about the need for color inspiration for a fall wedding.

Inspiration Board

I saw what looked to be like the wedding ceremony facility and was all gung ho about trying to create a board myself. The copper was just glowing at me from the picture. So I tried a board that was developed with coppers, eggplant purple, emerald green, and cobalt blue! Thanks for the inspiration! It’s fun to tinker around πŸ™‚

Makin a List – Checkin it Twice
November 20, 2007, 6:39 pm
Filed under: Accessories, Centerpieces and Decor, Flowers

With Thanksgiving, comes “black Friday.” A day when us crazy shoppers wake up at the oddest hours, grab a huge cup of coffee, and head out for some amazing sales at the wee hours of the mornings. My husband thinks it’s absolutely crazy, but I don’t exactly see him complaining on Christmas morning when he’s opening up some “totally awesome” gifts! Yes, as a marketing person, I know most of the sale items are just gimmicks, but I just can’t help going out. Even if it’s just to people watch!

One thing I do know, I love to shop online for gifts as well, and the Red Envelope has some fantastic items that can be personalized! Its a great site for bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts as well. They even have some cool event decor — sorry, I’m a centerpiece and decor freak πŸ™‚ I can’t help it!

Red Envelope

Build Your Own Candleholder
November 16, 2007, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Flowers, Reception

I was out surfing around today for some fun ideas to add to my Thanksgiving buffet table decor. Of course, being a planner and designer, everyone expects the tip top in my creativity, so every year I’m searching for bigger and bettter or something that will completely catch my family off guard. This year, I came across these neat little “Build your own candleholders” on that I thought could be really fun. I love the artichoke and some gords, but I thought this could be a great idea to build with pomander balls in the middle.

Build your own candleholder

Modern Glass Flowers
November 8, 2007, 12:47 am
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Flowers, Reception

As you can probably tell, I’m always looking for creative decor or craft ideas for events. Well, this week I was out surfing the net for unique centerpiece concepts to show some of my brides that you don’t always have to use real flowers as centerpieces. I love to think outside of the box, but I always recommend real flowers for the bride to carry unless she’s completly eclectic! So I ran across this beautiful modern glass art called “Jade Glass”. Wouldn’t this make such a modern centerpiece? You can even purchase the flowers alone, which would be absolutely adorable on a napkin on a charger with a little paper petal used as a seating assignment. The really tall ones would be absolutely stunning for a ceremony site. I can just see the sun or candles reflecting off the glass. Simply gorgeous! And the best part is your guests could take them home!

Picture 6

One of the most exciting features of these glass flowers is the ability to customize each piece to your liking. Each stem is threaded and the glass flower screws onto each stem via a short screw which is attached to the back of the glass flower. This enables you to build your own designs from our selection of over 30 different glass colors as well as very safe and trouble free shipping.

Illuminations *SALE*
November 5, 2007, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Color Schemes, Reception

Some how October just blew right past me like a dandelion in the wind. There were so many beautiful weddings (which I will post as soon as I get photos from the photographers) and the weather in Arizona couldn’t have been nicer! This is the one time of the year that I absolutely adore. Not only because the holidays are glowing around the corners and the weather outside is amazing, but because there are so many wonderful sale items as the holidays pass. I absolutely adore collecting wedding items for 50 – 75% off for brides to use next fall, or even to take the fall / winter look away from them and use any time of the year. Like a nice candleabra! All you have to do is remove the fall berries that surround it and you create a nice universal piece that can be used at any time. Speaking of awesome sale items — I found on some pretty cool suff to check out. The lanterns could line the aisle ways for the ceremony, universal candleabras that can be adorned with any seasonal decor, and hanging chandaliers that are just amazing looking.


Oh so Fab Idea – Wine Glass Candle Lamp
October 23, 2007, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Centerpieces and Decor, Reception

I found this oh so fabulous idea on Charles and Marie on how to take a wine glass and make it into a mini lamp candle holder. It’s absolutely adorable and can be used for many different events.

Wine Glass Candle Lamp

Made out of fragile parchment, each set contains 3 different shades with cute and whimsical designs that are printed in a faint white. All you need to do is take them out of the package roll them up, drop a candle into a wine glass and add the lampshade. That’s it. Instantly the white pattern is transformed to a darker shade (as if it were a shadow) and a wine glass is turned into a sweet miniature lamp.

Save-on-Crafts has a great instructions on how to make your very own Wine Glass Candle Lamp

8-1/2″ x 11″ (21.8cm x 28cm) sheets of vellum (one per lamp)
Scissors with decorative blades
Decorative paper punch in desired shape
Glue pen
Votive candle or a LED Battery Operated Tea Light
Candle putty (floral clay)

1.Lampshade Pattern (PDF file click here)
To view this file, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader

2. Trace the lampshade pattern onto the sheet of vellum. Cut the straight ends and the inner curve using plain scissors with decorative blades.

2. Punch designs about 1″ (2.5 cm) from the lower edge, spacing the designs evenly.

3. Apply a thin line of glue (a glue pen works well for this) to one straight end. Lap the other end over the glued end, forming the shade.

4. Secure the votive candle and set the lampshade atop a wine glass