This October in Bucks County, Erin and Charles celebrated among family, friends, and the most beautiful array of changing fall foliage.
On the most perfect Fall day, Erin and Charles were married at Trinity Episcopal and celebrated afterwards at Lookaway Golf Club, a private club that Charles' family belongs to. The outdoor patio was transformed for the reception and the sprawling grounds served as a natural backdrop for the occasion. Erin chose a stunning classic look for her decor, almost a vintage romantic-inspired look, while incorporating modern touches such as mercury glass. Guests danced the night away (and had a chance to change into complimentary flip flops to keep their feet comfortable!) and took home tasty chocolate favors.
Now that it's officially Spring, I'm ready for warmer weather and look forward to entertaining with family and friends. For me, Easter has always been a signifier of Spring and this year I decided to put together a tablescape that would work for the Easter holiday but would also transition into the new season without too much hassle.
When I think Spring, I think pink. I'll admit pink isn't my favorite color to decorate with, I much prefer neutrals; however, I wanted to make sure to add a few pops of color into the design to really stand out. It works perfectly for Easter too! I chose to accent with the placemats, flowers and votives. Small touches that add big impact. The runner also ties it all together (more about that later).
My Easter decor inventory is pretty much non-existent, and so I headed to Target (naturally) to stock up. I found the cutest rabbit salt and pepper shakers, a $5 watering can to utilize as a centerpiece and egg-shaped appetizer plates.
I hated leaving these adorable egg-shaped plates bare, but I wanted you to be able to get a clear look at them! It's the perfect setting for an adorable napkin fold or a place card for Easter brunch guests.
If you know me, you know I'm all about my sweets. Cupcakes, carrot cakes, cookies - I don't discriminate. In the Target dollar section, I found these adorable mini cake stands which were the perfect size for the gluten-free cupcakes I scored at Giant. And yes, these little stands were only $1.00. I know. I'm also obsessed.
I can't forget to discuss that adorable table runner. Also from Target (I have an addiction), I loved that this would be able to withstand a couple of seasons. It's got blue, pink, yellow and is an off-white shade so it'll really be able to transition into Summer too.
Aside from the fact that this tablescape works with seasons, not just one holiday, it also works for different occasions. I set it up for a brunch with some sweet treats but it could also work well for a night with the girls, a dinner (I'd recommend adding some more blue so that it's a little less bright) or a tea party for the little ones.
This weekend, I met with one of my bride's for her venue walkthrough and naturally, we started to discuss her wedding day details. As we strolled down the porch of her venue, she said something that made me proud.
"I'd really like to donate my flowers after the wedding to the nursing home that my fiancé's grandfather was in".
Her statement was heartfelt, and it was wonderful to see that she wanted to honor the memory of this family member by sharing her wedding flowers with the folks at the nursing home. Many times, couples who are getting married aren't sure what to do with all of their decor after the wedding day, and donating those items are a wonderful way to repurpose them while making someone else's day just a little bit brighter.
Flowers aren't the only wedding day leftovers that can be repurposed and donated - many places will also accept leftover meals (so much better than going in the trash at the end of the night, or sitting untouched in your hotel mini-fridge!).
Interested in donating your wedding day leftovers? Chat with your florist or wedding planner to see what your options are. If you don't have a personal connection to any particular hospital, nursing home, shelter, etc. these professionals can probably direct you to a local organization that would benefit from them and would probably be willing to help to deliver these items.