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Inspired by all those favors I made, I decided to surf the Kate Aspen website (www.kateaspen.com) for some inspiration and unique favor ideas. 

The first is a really cute favor box.  You could fill these silver “love” boxes with all sorts of delicious treats….chocolates, jelly beans, assorted candies, nuts…..the ideas are endless.  Do remember though, if your wedding is outside, you need to fill your favor boxes with an item that can withstand heat….basically, NO CHOCOLATE.  Jelly Bellies do hold up fairly well in the heat (I know….I did some extensive “scientific” testing for a client once by sitting some jelly bellies in the direct sun for about 4 hours).

For a winery themed wedding, how cool would these wine bottle stoppers be as favors??  These are solid chrome and come with coordinating tags that can be personalized.  I just love the design of these black and white boxes.  Very cool, yet very classy!!

Finally, for a beach themed wedding, these margarita mixes would be FABULOUS and so unique for favors.  Not only would they add a fun touch to your tables, but they would be a HUGE hit with your guests!  For a non-alcoholic option, I did notice they also had lemonade and raspberry ice tea mixes.  Too cute!

Take some time to explore more of the Kate Aspen website for some really unique favor ideas.  Until next Friday, I hope you enjoyed my favorite things!

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That’s me all right!  Yesterday, I was busy making the favors for Karen and Mark’s wedding this Saturday.  It’s funny how 17 years ago, it seemed like it took me FOREVER to make 175 favors for my own wedding.  I spent every waking hour between classes tying ribbons around Hershey’s Kisses wrap in peach colored tulle circles.  Ocassionally, I even managed to bribe an “unsuspecting” roommate or two to help. 

These days though, I get quite a bit of practice at making favors for clients, so the time it takes me is much less than it was all those years ago.  I can easily make a couple hundred favors in one day and for this wedding, 50 favors was a breeze in one afternoon.  Many brides find making favors to be tedious and time-consuming, but for me, I LOVE it!  I find it to be fun and creative, even relaxing.

Karen and Mark’s favor are really cute.  She found these adorable boxes from Kate Aspen which I filled with Jelly Bellies.  Then I placed a label (which she was able to personalize) on the front of the box, slipped the outer sleeve over it, and tied a ribbon around the box for a really adorable presentation.  These are going to look perfect on the guest tables!

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This week, my favorite things were inspired by a search I was doing for a client.  My client is looking for a unique way to display her escort cards (sometimes also referred to as seating cards).  Usually, we find these cards lined up, alphabetically on a small table at the entrance to the reception.  These handy little cards are a very easy way to let guests know which table they are sitting at.  In addition, by printing the guest’s food selection on the card (i.e., chicken or beef), they become extremely useful for the wait staff when it comes time to serve the meal.  Since the escort cards are usually the guests first “glimpse” of your reception, why not display them in a fun and unique way that will give your guests an idea of things to come.  Don’t go with the same old tent-style card displayed in rows on a table, think of something more unique.  Here are some ideas I came across during my “google travels” this week.

How cute are these for a beach themed wedding?!  I found these at MarthaStewartweddings.com.  They are so festive and fun, not to mention adorable!  I just love how the “lounge chair” is actually the escort card.  Very different and very cute!

While still surfing Martha’s site (she really has great ideas), I came across this next idea.  This would be perfect for a Spring wedding when all the trees are in bloom.  It would also an easy DIY project.  Print the guests names and table numbers on a sheet of pretty paper.  Using a flower shaped punch, you could have this project done in no time at all.  Having this as your escort card display adds serious elegance to your reception.

I came across this last idea at Brides.com.  Here the couple did double duty by making their escort cards into the favors.  Now that’s thinking!  The couple planted flowers in terra cotta pots stamped with their monogram.  A card that looks like a plant stake is the perfect finishing touch for these adorable favors.  This would be a great idea for a garden themed wedding.

No matter what your theme, take some time to display your escort cards in a unique way.  It’s an easy way to add fun and class to your wedding reception.

Stay tuned for next Friday for some more of my Favorite Things!

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We are thrilled to announce that An Impressive Event has been nominated for the KCRA/Channel 3 A-List. We are currently competing in the “Best Wedding Planner” category.  Please take a moment to show your support and vote for us now. Thank you so much!

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I am so excited for my next wedding….Bruce and Fatima.  They are actually getting married this Saturday, March 20th, at McKinley Park.  I have had so much fun working with them and have thoroughly enjoyed planning their wedding.  They had their engagement session with Jackie Willard from Jacqueline Photography a couple of weeks ago and she just posted the fabulous results on her blog.  So I thought I would share.  Jackie is an extremely talented photography and I can’t wait to work with her, again, this weekend. 

http://www.jacquelinephotographyblog.net/

Enjoy!

Karen

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