Dessert Bar Bridal Shower

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's that time of life. Love is in the air and friends are getting married every weekend. I've been told it is the age I am but I have a sneaky suspicion this will reoccur in 2-3 years when bridal showers are exchanged for baby showers. But alas we are not to that point yet so let's celebrate Gina and her dessert bar bridal shower that took place this past Sunday.

Gina is a girly girl at heart, has a rich sweet tooth, and loves her coffee like none other. In planning her bridal shower it took me in one clear path.. a bright and beautiful dessert bar bridal shower filled with all things she loves. The menu included French Almond Croissants, Double Cherry Cake, Blueberry/Apple/Cherry Miniature Pies, Homemade Fruit Ice Cream, and French Macaroons. To wet the palette, Tangerine Cranberry Italian Soda, Cranberry Mint Iced Tea, and an Iced Coffee Bar was provided. 

I love entertaining at the core because it brings smiles to others faces and joy to hearts. This day was truly a celebration of this radiant bride. October 12th is right around the corner for the future Mrs. Brandow!

What are your favorite events to host? Are you in a certain stage of life when it comes to the events your attending or life experiences you are having?

Wedding Wednesday: The Invitations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Weddings cost money and it saddens me the dime some people choose to pay for one day rather than investing in a lifetime. Jacob and I worked under a specific budget while planning our wedding and were very cautious on how we spent it. Our biggest priority from day one was to have everyone we wanted to be there be able to be. This funneled the majority of our budget towards food and catering meaning everything else was done out of frugality.

It was a fun challenge to think innovatively on how to cut costs and creatively come up with DIY ways of doing everything. One of my favorite ideas we came up with was a clever save the date video. We knew printing and postage adds up if we were to send something out whereas email and sharing a video was absolutely free! Stop motion is a form of videography in which you take what seems like exactly one million pictures, put them altogether, and play them really fast in the form of a video. Take a look at our finished result:

Our invitations were a beast to create but with the help of my stud sister who can make dreams come true in the graphic design world, we created, printed, assembled, and sent out our invitations all on our own. We counted up the costs and realized it would save a lot of money to buy our own printer, not to mention we needed one anyways, and use that to whip them out. 

After perusing the interwebs and gathering a better idea of what we wanted our invites to look like, Leah went to work on designing them. You should definitely take a stop by her Facebook page as she is exploding with creative juices. We were highly pleased with the paper we ordered from The Paper Source and were able to print and assemble them all within a few nights of work. 
There were three inserts we included 1. The invitation itself 2. Directions and lodging information 3. The RSVP post card and we sealed it together with a stamped emblem and striped yarn. Walah! There you have Laura and Jacob's DIY wedding invitations. Simple, classy, and cost effective says it all.

Chicago & Michigan Adventures

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

At the end of July a spontaneous decision with the encouragement of an even more spontaneous friend was made to travel across the Midwest to Chicago. My dearest Jessica sure does have a convincing way about her. We spent several days exploring her new home, fully embarking on public transportation and laughing over shared experiences. Her friendship is pure gold. 

One of the biggest blessings of my time away contained a day trip to Western Michigan where I worked at Camp Geneva for a summer three years ago. I had not been back to this beloved place since and cried in pure joy upon returning. Two Northwestern students who I am closely connected to worked there this summer and it was such a momentous reunion. Because I am still at a loss for words over the incredible experience I will just let you be there with me through pictures.

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