DIY: Twine Wrapped Table Numbers…

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! Is it just me, or is the holiday season absolutely flying by this year? Well, before it turns from fall to winter, I have another awesome fall appropriate DIY for you from Smitten on Paper! These sweet twine wrapped table numbers would be great for a wedding any time of the year, but there is a rustic appeal about them that I think makes them especially perfect for fall.





Fresh Cut flowers


Glue stick

Glue Gun


Thick cardboard

Table number print out







-Print out your desired table numbers, making sure they are the perfect desired size.


-Using a glue stick, lightly coat the back of the printed sheet and place over the cardboard. This is to ensure the sheet will not move when tracing and cutting over the cardboard. Then let dry.


-Using an X-acto, trace over the number, cutting through the cardboard.


-When your number is finally all cut out, peel back the sheet of paper.




-If your table number has any paper residue left over, not to worry, this will be covered up by twine and will not show through. So now, at the top, tie a knot. This will be your starting point when wrapping.


-Wrap, Wrap, Wrap!


-TADA. Your table number is now ready for beautification.


-Using a glue gun, carefully apply the flowers where you feel they are suited best. And done!





Smitten on Paper is currently offering 30% off all their holiday cards. I got mine from them this year and they are super cute, so don’t miss out on this great deal!




Rustic Fall Shoot in Bend, Oregon…

As we are all planning our upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations, I thought this beautiful rustic fall styled shoot, sent over by my friend Annie of Marry You Me, would provide some awesome inspiration! I love how easily wedding inspiration can translate to any event or party. Those pendelton wool blankets used as table linens and caramel dipped pears are definitely going into my Thanksgiving idea file!




Here’s more from Annie about this lovely shoot…



“Fall is a short but beautiful season in Central Oregon, and we wanted to celebrate the gorgeousness of fall and its colors and the best that Bend has to offer – sunny weather, local beers, the outdoors and of course, dogs. We chose historic Hollinshead Park for our shoot because of its orchards, old barns, and the fact that it has a great event barn perfect for weddings.



Working with a team of talented local vendors we wanted something that felt very Bend with a laid-back, natural yet beautiful and memorable feel. The beer bar of all local brews was a must – Bend has the nickname Beer Town USA because of our 14 (and counting) local breweries, and the beer growler filling phenomenon is booming here. Oregon is also known for its fruits and crops so incorporating fresh local fruits like pears, pomegranates and apples into the centerpieces and bouquet by Marry You Me and all of the desserts by Foxtail Bakeshop was important. Using non-floral centerpieces can be a great budget idea and the fruit can double as favors for the guests!



Pendelton wool plaid blankets (also made in Oregon!) adorned the dessert table and served as a table runner, as did Oregon brand fruit cans used for vases and Bend beer pint glasses. Locally made wood tables and benches from O’Brien Events were the perfect rustic touch for seating and have a great handmade feel to them. Fall leaves made for amazing natural decorations all over the ground at the park as well as in the bouquet for a nod to the season. The fall inspired invitations and calligraphed leaf place cards were designed by our model, Nikki Wilkinson of the The Wilkinson Loft. Fall in Central Oregon can be brisk, so a yellow sweater made the perfect and practical accent over the lace Mori Lee dress.”





Photography: Byron Roe Photography
Event Design: Marry You Me
Cake + Desserts: Foxtail Bakeshop
Floral Design: Marry You Me
Rentals: O’Brien Events
Invitations: The Wilkinson Loft
Location: Hollinshead Barn
Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Bella Brides
Hair + Makeup: Lori for Weddings by Edge Salon
Hair Accessory: Buttons n’ Blossoms


Luggage Tag Love…

After yesterday’s Fijian fete, I’ve had honeymoons on the brain! Before jetting off you’ll want to make sure you have all the right shoes, outfits, bathing suits and accessories, but don’t forget one important accessory that may slip under your radar- luggage tags! You need to make sure your bags are easily identifiable, both for you at the baggage claim, and in case they get lost in transit. You can always use the little paper ones supplied by the airline, but why not go for something that stands out a little more? No one says all the fun stuff has to stay inside the luggage:) Here’s a round up of some super cute luggage tags…

On the subject of luggage tags, I love this awesome wedding favor idea. Hand stamped luggage tags! While it may get a bit pricey for a large wedding, for a smaller one, it would be such a great and useful favor for your friends and family!


Molasses + Sugar…

Today’s post has two parts. First, a color inspiration board, and second, the source of the inspiration- my favorite holiday cookie! I love to bake, especially at the holidays, but this year I only had the chance to bake once. So of course, I chose my very favorite cookie, the molasses crackle! It is always a total hit with everyone, and seriously the most delicious thing ever. It tastes like the perfect blend of a sugar cookie and gingerbread. Yummy! Here is the little board I put together inspired by molasses + sugar, the key ingredients in these cookies.

{Top-Bottom, Left-Right: | Birch + Bird | Cuisinart | Photo by Aaron Delesie via Martha Stewart | Photo by Aric + Casey Photography via Style Me Pretty | Photo by Aaron Delesie via Martha Stewart | | An Edible Mosaic}

And now, on to the recipe! I snapped a few pictures to show how pretty these cookies are in addition to being tasty. As an added bonus, they are really simple to make!

This recipe is adapted from one I found a few years back via Martha Stewart.

You will need…

-2 cups all-purpose flour

-3/4 cup of butter

-1 cup sugar, plus an extra 1/2 cup sugar for rolling the dough in

-1 egg

-1 1/2 tsp baking soda

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp ( I tend to make this a rather heaping 1/2 tsp) nutmeg

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 cup molasses

What to do…

- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

- Beat the sugar, butter, egg and molasses together using an electric mixer. Once they are mixed, slowly add in the dry ingredients. I start with the flour, then add baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg + salt. Mix until a dough forms, it shouldn’t be too sticky.

- Use a tablespoon to scoop out dough. Roll each tablespoon of dough into a ball, then roll in the extra 1/2 cup of sugar you have set aside. This time I used regular old sugar, but in the past I have used sanding sugar, which looked really pretty. Place the dough balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes (you may need to adjust depending on your oven), one sheet at a time to get the pretty crackling on top.

Enjoy! Let me know if you make them + what you think:)


Woodgrain + Spruce…

I love the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree more than anything! It transports me right into the joy of the holidays. That smell, which is currently filling my house (yay!), is what inspired this color palette of woodgrain + spruce.

{Top-Bottom, Left-Right: Nine Photography via Style Me Pretty | Urban Farmhouse | Ball & Chain | Photo by Aaron Delesie, Design by Mindy Rice | Photo by Aaron Delesie, Design by Mindy Rice | Centsational Girl | | Photo by You Go, I Go, We Go, Design by Hello Tenfold, Via Mint Design Blog}


Navy + Saddle…

Navy + saddle, a classic and beautiful color combo that will never go out of style…

{Top to Bottom, L-R: Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photographers, Design by Jesi Haack | | This is Glamorous | Photo by Ken Kienow via Green Wedding Shoes | | | In Habitat | Memento Designs}


Christmas Cookies + Bridal Shower= Love…

As someone who is admittedly not the best cook, I love getting tried and true recipes from others to add to my (small) collection. I have to say though, I prefer baking to cooking. What is my favorite thing to bake you ask? Why, cookies of course! Especially Christmas cookies. I can’t be the only one out there!

I know guests often give a favorite recipe to the bride at her shower, but if you’re hosting a bridal shower around the holidays, why not ask for a Christmas cookie recipe? Help start the newlyweds off with a great collection to choose from. They’ll thank you, I promise!

Mmm! Bourbon pecan chews. Like traditional pecan pie with a bit of punch from the bourbon. Sounds good to me:) Just one example of many delicious choices, but if you’re interested you can find the recipe on the Martha Stewart website.

For recipe cards, why not try making this version, which is super adorable AND cost efficient! They’re made from brown paper bags! Time to put that stock pile of Trader Joe’s bags to use:) Send one out with each guest’s invitation and ask them to bring the recipe along. You can find the instructions and more over on Crafting In A Green World.

What is your favorite Christmas cookie? Recipes are welcome, of course:)

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