DIY Wedding Favors

Happy Sunday everyone!

After spending the weekend away with family (yet still working on some fun DIY projects for upcoming weddings), I was thinking about how much we can save and how much fun we can have thanks to all the amazing step by step tutorials that are available online.

Yes, time is definitely a factor to consider when choosing the add DIY elements to your wedding or event, however if it is something you enjoy, it truly makes the details extra special.

Today’s post is all about DIY wedding (or party favors) and I am sharing some of the great ideas I have found online. Plus one of my own. Enjoy!

DIY Smore’s & Hot Cocoa

Ice Cream in a Jar - this is so unique and fun for a summer event!

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Chocolate Tasting

And for a winter wonderland wedding..

I love the idea of giving away a cookie cutter with a recipe. You can have a variety for people to choose from and it is something they can use over and over again to make memories with their families.

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Happy Planning!

 

incorporating vintage

Vintage themed weddings and parties have been a huge trend the past few seasons. It really goes back to the something old, something new saying. More and more we are seeing couples incorporating old family pieces or simply great vintage finds into their special days.

Today’s post is all about finding that balance. Incorporating vintage yet still having those classic or modern pieces.

Decor

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Cake tables, signing tables and seating charts are a great place to add a lot of vintage pieces! Setting up a display where everyone will have time to stop and see is a perfect way to add those fun details or family gems!

Using old cake stands and vases are a really nice way to mix the vintage pieces with bright flowers and modern treats!

Style

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Details

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Our friends over at The Millionaire’s Daughter have THE BEST consignment furniture pieces. How amazing is this wedding display one of their creative clients put together with an item from their Aurora location

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Happy Planning!

baby girl shower

Last time we shared some inspiration for a baby boy shower and as promised, today is all about the girls!

Whether it’s a vintage tea party, a fun bbq or an upscale affair we think all mommies-to-be should have a shower personalized to them!

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Don’t be afraid to mix DIY items with rented items for a casual chic look!

For more information regarding planning social events, contact us at info@thecreativedetails.ca

We can’t wait to hear from you! Happy Planning!

Planning a Bridal Shower

As a Maid of Honor, you have a lot responsibilities. Having this role is such an honor and it is also a lot of work. You will be there every step of the way for your best friend and you will probably be very involved in all aspects of the wedding plans.

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Here are a few tips on planning the bridal shower in hopes of making this a fun event, not a task!

1. Set your budget. It is so easy to get carried away with details and pretty things, but remember, the person hosting the shower is usually the one paying for it, and you want to be happy at the end of the day, no resentful of how much this cost you.

2. Plan Ahead. Invitations need to go out 4-6 weeks before the event, especially if it is during the summer months- weekends book up quickly! Make lists and timelines for yourself so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute, this will make the planning simple and enjoyable! Side note.. if planning parties really isn’t your thing, hire someone to do it! There are planners who love doing these smaller events and your bride will be just as happy with the results :)

3.  Personalize it. As many of you know, I just love personalizing every event I do. The couple or guest of honor should feel like this was put together just for her/him/them. Get creative and incorporate small details that show this shower is all about her.

4. Pick a theme or color scheme. This is my tip for every event. It makes it so much easier to have a direction when thinking of activities and items you need. Having everything consistent makes the shower look especial too!

5. Remember proper etiquette. Don’t invite guests who haven’t been invited to the wedding, if it’s a large wedding. Do invite guests who haven’t been invited to the wedding if it’s a very small or destination wedding.

Do make sure you greet guests and introduce yourself at the beginning of the shower.

Do add information about the bride’s registry on the invitation- it is not proper etiquette for her to do it on the invitations to the wedding so this is a good time to let people know.

Don’t host your own shower.

Don’t expect the bride to pay for anything- this is up to the friends and family. On that note.. don’t be afraid to delegate, you are doing the planning so you can ask others in the bridal party to participate in crafts, help set up, purchase a few items  or bake/cook items to save on budget.

Bonus Tip: Don’t stress, enjoy the shower!

Happy Planning

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baby boy shower

As some of you may know, the creative details plans all types of celebrations from weddings to bridal showers, parties and of course, baby showers!

Today’s post is sharing some baby boy shower inspiration..

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I just love these nautical, beach-y look! It’s masculine enough yet still so pretty!

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A baby backyard BBQ- this is casual party perfection for the whole family!

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It’s all about the details!

Stay tuned, more baby celebration inspiration coming this month,

happy planning!

trending: the nautical theme

To me, the nautical theme is a classic. It can change color palette’s, accents and vary in it’s design but it continues to be one of my favorite themes and today, i’m dreaming of a seaside wedding or party!

The Color Palettes

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Navy, Coral and Blush are such a pretty combination! The coral brightens the blue for a more summer-y look.

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I love this gorgeous mix of blues and nudes! So classic.

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The Look

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The Details

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I love how this theme can be so casual yet so chic and elegant! It is so versatile and I can’t wait to work with these color schemes this season!

Happy Planning!

BBQ Season

Happy Monday everyone!

Last weekend finally felt like summer and I was so excited to host a bbq and enjoy the wonderful weather and a great meal with friends!

Today’s post shares a few entertaining tips and some delicious recipes for your next BBQ

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The Set Up

- Afternoon and early evening barbecues are the best, the temperature is nice, the sun is going down and you have lots of time to prepare before your guests arrive. Make sure to have bug spray on-hand!

- Stay casual, but ensure there is seating for everyone (even if it is a mix and match assortment of chairs, benches and picnic tables).

- Have a build your own bar or table (everyone can customize their plate and will enjoy having an interactive meal).

The Food

Everyone loves basics like burgers (beef or chicken) and hot dogs (cheddar smokies are great too!)

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to bring something- this saves you cost and prep and sometimes a potluck is even more fun, you get to try new recipes1

A few favourites..

Rosted Dill Potato Wedges

Skewered Greek Meatballs

Greek Tortellini Salad

The Drinks

Always make sure to have non alcoholic options -in the summer heat we want to stay hydrated (and be able to get home!)

Set up a drink station, this is fun for your guests and serves as decor in the backyard (if possible, do this in the shade)

Lemonade Iced Tea- a classic flavor and so refreshing!

The Classic Mojito

14 Fruit Infused Water Recipes

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Happy Entertaining!

 

mix and match

As a wedding and event planner, I love watching trends come and go. It’s interested to see what people “go for” and what sticks season after season. A trend I really enjoyed last season and I am incorporating even more this year is mix and matching.

Not everything has to be a matching color.. it can be various shades of one color or within a color scheme. For this of you who aren’t too traditional, enjoy some variety and are planning a more casual event, here’s some inspiration!

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Mix-and-Match-Chairs

Whether it’s the attire, the chairs, the decor or the details, I just love the fun style that comes from mixing and matching! Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new..

Happy Planning!

entertaining tips: mothers day brunch

Last year I hosted Mother’s Day brunch and it was so much fun! My parents are in the States so having my boyfriend’s family and grandparent’s over was so nice! (I’ve always loved a yummy meal surrounded by friends and family)

When playing host, I like to create a little bit of a color scheme. I have such so much fun picking napkins, flowers and accessories. It makes everyone feel special and entertaining is something I truly enjoy.

Here are a few tips to make “playing host” enjoyable!

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1. Prepare as much as you can the night before. There’s nothing worse then being flustered by having too much to do the morning of your event or while your guests are there. By having a few things done prior to your guest’s arrival- you will have more time to socialize and enjoy!

2. Have a plan. Think about what you want to make and create a list of what you will need – again get these items before the day of the event.

3. Make multiple simple dishes or have one fancy meal, don’t do both! For brunch, I like to have options! Simple options.

4. Have enough seating for everyone. There is nothing worse then having guests standing around or sharing a seat- especially for a seated meal. Create an open space for everyone to gather and socialize but ensure the table(s) is large enough for everyone to be together.

5. Have a little something for your guest (s) of honor to go home with. I had 2 centrepiece last year and had my boyfriend’s mom and grand mother leave with one. They were so excited and it really shows that extra thought.

Bonus tip: if you have the time, get crafty and creative- everyone loves personal touches!

Stay tuned for this year’s Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Happy Planning

the home office

Working from home can be very tricky for some people. It is so easy to get distracted or stay in your pjs all day. Unfortunately, that probably won’t lead to a very productive day.. so here are a few tips for those enjoying the perks and struggles of their home office!

1.  Don’t stay in your pyjamas. Remember, you are at work.  Take a shower, get dressed and work in your office space. Not your dining room table or your couch, your office- this will help you stay focused.

2. Start your day with a to-do list ( and a coffee :) ) having priorities and tasks you need completed will get you started.

3. Have a separate phone line for business- you don’t want to end up on personal calls, your personal facebook, social media, or texting friends.  This will not only keep you focused during the day but it will also help you disconnect at night – when it is personal time.

4. Make that space your own and make it comfortable. Buy a nice chair and desk, frame pictures, quotes, and stay organized. Make that space inspiring, energizing, an office you want to work in.

5. If you find yourself doing laundry, vacuuming or distracted by other house chores, try a coffee shop! Sometimes a little break outside of the house can do you some good.

As for your office decor- here’s some inspiration

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Get creative- remember the DIY Home Organization post? Use some of these ideas in your office. It will create a personalized, pleasant atmosphere and may inspire all kinds of new ideas.

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You are going to be spending a lot of time in this room so make sure you like it. And stay organized!

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Happy Monday!