Monday, February 17, 2014

Measurements for Candy Table

My daughter is getting married in 12 days!  Today I set up the candy table one more time, just to make sure I had everything.  I had found some really good deals on large vases and purchased them.  My daughter brought over some more candy, so I really needed to double check what we had.


I bought most of the candy from Candy Warehouse, Oriental Trading, and Party City.

The hardest part for me was trying to figure out how much candy I needed to fill each vase.  I thought I would try and help you out, by showing you how much candy I put in each one of my vases.

In this beautiful vase, I put 6 lbs. of lemon drops.  The vase is 6 inches high (from where candy is only)
 and 11 inches wide (longest part).  I was fortunate enough to find two of these.  
The second one holds 3 lbs. of taffy.

There are 1 1/2 pounds of marshmallow puffs in this jar.  The jar is 8" tall and 6 1/2" wide.

This large vase hold 5 1/2 lbs. of taffy.  The vase is 12 inches tall and 6 inches wide from the top.

This vase holds 2 lbs. of Hershey's Kisses.  The vase is  6" tall and 5" wide.

Both of these vases hold 2 lbs. of almonds.  The vase on the left is 5" tall and 4" wide.  
The one on the right is 6" tall and 4" wide.

 This vase hold 2 lbs. of wrapped mints. 

This vase came from the Dollar Tree, along with the candlestick.  It can hold 1 lb. of mints. 
 It measures 4" tall and 4" wide at the top.  It will also hold 1 lb., 5 oz. of m&m's.

This vase hold 5 lbs. of the tiny purple heart candies.  They are in a plastic bag in this picture.  The 
suckers will be on the top.  I could have probably put another pound in this vase.

I bought this vase at Michaels, with a 50% off coupon.  It will hold 42 ounces of 
Sixlets, which I got at Party City.

Hope this will help someone.  I will be posting pictures in a couple of weeks of the wedding and the reception.  I'll be able to show you then, just how the candy table looked.  Wish us luck!  It will be here before we know it!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Creating the Perfect Bridal Shower

My daughter, Cassie is getting married on February 28, and her bridesmaids and I  gave her a bridal shower.  I really wanted to make it the best shower ever for her.

Cassie wanted to have an elegant brunch, with pink and gold colors.  So, the first thing the Bridal Party and I did was to figure out what types of food we wanted to have. My niece, Leslie, who is the Maid of Honor, started a group on Facebook, so we could put this all together.

For the menu, we chose:
Pancake Skewers;
Doughnut holes
Fruit Tray with yummy dip;
Bagels and Muffins
Orange Juice
Strawberry Margaritas

Next, we had to figure out what condiments we would need, such as jelly, cream cheese, syrup, sugar, cream, whip cream, etc.

To make it easier on everyone, we divided up the food menu between us.  I took the menu and decided what bowls, trays, etc. that we would need.

I went to thrift stores to see what I could get.  Here are a few of the things I found.  I know, they don't look all that attractive right now, but I knew they were the right pieces we would need..


Once I had everything, I started putting it all together.

Here are the trays I made.  You can see the tutorial of them here.

This first tray was made for the Fruit and the yummy Fruit Dip.  The second one was made for the cupcakes.


And now, it's the day of the shower!  I was really nervous about pulling this all together.  I wanted it to be so perfect for her.

We started by adding a few decorations.  I  used the left over fabric I had and made this
little banner for the room.

Here's my "From Miss to Mrs." banner.  I have a tutorial of it here.

I found all the prize gifts at thrift stores or dollar stores. Nothing was over $3.00.

 Here's when we first started putting it together.  I found the tablecloth at Party City for a 
reasonible price.  Because of the large table we had, I bought two of them and we added 
another one to the other sides

Here's another basket I made.  You can go here to see the baskets I decorated..  I bought all the
cups at a thrift store too.

  Here's the beautiful bridesmaids getting it all together.

Once we started adding the food, it started to come alive.  

All the bowls and plates came from thrift stores.  I added candlesticks to some of the bowls, to give more dimension.

All these dishes were bought at thrift stores.. 


Fruit Tray with Dip and Fresh Waffles and Doughnuts


Do you remember the ugly cup I got at the thrift store.  I paid $2.00 for this. Just spraying it with gold paint did wonders for it.

Drink station was a success.

Food was a success.


After everyone served themselves to food and drinks, we played a few games.  The day before, 
Leslie asked Cassie's fiance some questions about him.  Then, we asked Cassie the same ones 
to see just how much she really knew him.

We thought it was only fair to then see how well everyone knew Cassie.  This was a lot of fun.

Last game we played was to give Cassie advise.  There were some really great answers.
Some really funny ones too.

The little box on the table is the white box I bought.  I just changed the fabric on it.   When guest arrived, we had them fill out an index card with an idea for a cheap, but fun date.  Now it is Cassie's keepsake box.for the shower and wedding.

Cassie got lots of great gifts.  


I think the shower was a great success and everyone had a lot of fun.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

From Miss to Mrs. Banner Tutorial

One of the projects I made for my daughters bridal shower was a banner.

This was very simple to make.  Here's my tutorial for it.

Cut out 16 panels  I used placemats for these. From the pint in the middle to the top, it's 6".  Width is 4"

I used a pink strip of fabric, no need to sew the sides.  It was 120" (10 ft. long)

Fold each piece over on top about 1 inch and pen.

Sew each piece down or you could also glue them down.

I hung the banner up to see if I was happy with the way it looked, before adding the letters.

Next,  draw each letter out on paper.  Pin the letter to your fabric and cut them out. 


Pin letter to Under Wonder and cut them out..

Iron the Wonder Under to each letter.  Then, peel off the backing and iron them to each panel.

I don't have pictures of the next steps.  I bought a bottle of gold glitter paint and painted around the edges of each letter.  To separate the words, I cut out pink polka dot circles and and traced them with the paint also.  I also put a dot of paint in the middle of each circle..  Be sure and let them dry completely, so they won't stick to each other.

And that's it.