Mocha, Anyone?

 

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I was looking around pinterest the other day, and ran across this DIY Martha Stewart favor idea.  Somethingturquoise.com gives a nice ingredient list and step by step instructions. This is an adorable, idea, and best of all, it’s consumable.  I think the best favor ideas are those that the guests can eat or use and then…they’re gone.  Who really wants to keep an item from someone else’s wedding?  I read once where the bride and groom gifted their guests with Waterford Christmas ornaments with their name and wedding date engraved on them.  But would you REALLY hang them on your tree?

SUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts darling test tube favor kit (halloween themed)
  • sugar
  • dry creamer
  • instant coffee
  • dry milk powder
  • cocoa powder
  • salt + cinnamon (optional)
  • mallow bits and chocolate sprinkles (optional)
  • sticker paper
  • FREE label downloads below
  • recipe card print out

Instant Mocha Mix

Serves 28
Mix these 7 simple ingredients together to create a delicious ‘instant mocha mix’ that is wonderful for gift giving! Especially wedding favors…
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 3/4 cup dry creamer
  3. 1/2 cup instant coffee
  4. 1/2 cup dry milk powder
  5. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  6. optional;
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  9. mallow bits
  10. chocolate sprinkles
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Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a blender until completely combined. That’s all there is too it!
To brew
  1. Add 1.5 tablespoons to an 8 ounce glass of hot water or milk
By Jen | Something Turquoise
If you really want to personalize a favor and include your name and wedding date on something…how about cute mugs to go with this mocha mix??  Vistaprint.com has mugs available to download your own pictures onto mugs.  The cost is $5.99 per mug, (their sale price!), plus shipping and handling.  If you have a couple hundred guests,  just this item along can run you in excess of $1,200.00.  So choose your wedding favors wisely…
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Sweetheart Table?

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Will you have a Sweetheart Table, or head table?  So what’s a Sweetheart Table?  Well, YOU may know the answer to that question, but to be honest, until I started planning weddings, I didn’t.   A Sweetheart Table is a special table just for the bride and groom.  The official definition of a Sweetheart Table, according to the wedding gurus at the knot, www.theknot.com, is as follows:

“A sweetheart table is a small table set up for just the bride and groom at the wedding reception. The happy couple sits together, facing their guests, with their wedding attendants and families at tables in close proximity. The advantage is that you get to spend time together and enable your wedding party to sit with family and friends. If you’re not comfortable with being the focal point at the wedding reception, you can have a head table. Your head table can be similar to the other reception tables or it can be a dais table (elevated), to stand out. The head table can consist of all the wedding attendants or include the parents, siblings, grandparents and anyone else who is very close to the bride and groom.”

 

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Maggie and Rob had a head table, as did Kenny and I.  I don’t think the newlyweds or Kenny and I would change our choice, but the Sweetheart Table offers perks too.  KK and Tyler have chosen to have a Sweetheart Table.  One thing their wedding coordinator told them, “Commit to taking a moment at the reception to be alone.  Enjoy the happiness around you,  enjoy the music, the dancing, the ambiance.  It’s over so quickly”.  I think a Sweetheart Table allows a couple to do this.  Of course your guests will visit you at your own private little oasis, but hopefully you’ll have a couple of those “Special Moments”…

 

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Wedding Favors – Wow!!

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Ok…I love these!  If you choose favors, it’s best to give something that will be used.  Who doesn’t need an extra wine stopper or corkscrew?  This favor is not only something your guests can and WILL enjoy, but it can be personalized as well.  It meets all a bride’s ‘take-away’ bucket list.  We all love our names emblazed on things.  Kenny and I had our names all other everything at our wedding… sad, but true…  :- )  

Check out the picture below.  This is innovative, useful – (Yum! – your name and wedding date are one them!), and relatively inexpensive.  In a previous post, “Will You Have Extras At Your Wedding?”  I mentioned late night snacks.  This fills that criteria.  Not only are these popcorn containers pretty and cute, they look like they could be a DIY project.  Print out the papers a couple of weeks in advance, pop the corn a day or two ahead of time, store it in airtight containers, and package them up.  Remember to ask a reliable person deliver the bundles to the reception.

 

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What about an altruistic favor?  These replantable tree saplings fit the bill.  You can also personalize them with your name, wedding date, or anything you’d like to have immortalized… and you would be helping the planet.  This could be prepared ahead of time, and would need no refrigeration.  Just remember to keep them moist.

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It’s funny…I never liked succulents when I was growing up in California…but now…it seems like home.  I think these are charming, thoughtful, low maintenance gifts.  A simple tag can personalize them, with either your name or your name and wedding date.

I’m not sure what KK and Tyler will choose for their favors.  But rest assured it will be novel, useful and lovely.  It’s how they roll.

 

 

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Wedding With Flair…

75 Ways To Make Your Wedding Unique

Our all-time favorite ways to inject the wedding with a shot of personality

Photos by Yunhee Kim
Hillary Quinn has written a delightful article on making your wedding standout.  I have included the first 10 ideas from her article, but if you’d like to read about all 75, click on the link below…  Next time, I’ll tell you about the special touches we are going to include at KK and Tyler’s wedding…
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1. Choose barware that fits your theme: Serving hard lemonade in Mason jars at an outdoor country wedding adds charm to the cocktail hour. Jars, Candle Soylutions; candlesoylutions.com. Straws, Party City; partycity.com. Coastres, Wallies;wallies.com
2. Collect photos of family and friends (easier with small weddings), and place them in frames with each guest’s table assignment.
3. Give a custom flourish to all your printed material with your own logo—an image that’s meaningful to you and your spouse, like a hobby or place. See loveletterslogos.com for ideas.
4. Surprise guests with a handwritten note in each place card (“Tom, thanks for flying in from Colorado!”). Got a giant guest list? Try a lipstick-smooch mark and a “Glad you’re here today!”
5. Depending on your style, tie the napkins with satin ribbons, metallic cording, braided leather laces, even pieces of twine.
6. At informal receptions, top cocktail tables with white butcher paper; supply markers and glitter pens. Tell guests to have a go at it!
7. Give each reception table a name (for example, “Richmond Avenue”) that relates to your courtship. Have a tent card on the table with a short explanation: “We had our first apartment here—a 6th-floor, 300-square-foot walk-up!”
8. Got a travel theme? Go the extra mile and use leather luggage tags (baekgaardltd.com) to hold the escort or place cards.
9. Traditional guest books often end up stashed in a closet; instead, choose a coffee-table book (rizzoliusa.com) covering a subject you love and that you’ll want to display at home; guests can write on the photos or in the margins.
10. Another guest-book idea: Leave a glass bowl with cards and pens beside it, with a note asking guests to contribute a favorite memory of you or your husband.

http://www.brides.com/wedding-ideas/2009/02/75-ways-to-make-your-wedding-unique

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