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Shoes

My name is Karen and I love shoes. It’s true. I am a woman. I do have a serious love, no passion, ok obsession with shoes. So creating this post is one of my favorites. And there may be more to come.

When shopping for wedding shoes, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind:

Comfort – probably the biggest factor. You’re wearing them all night.

Height – it’s up to you how tall you want to be in your pictures but it’s something to keep in mind.

A Change – you may want to consider putting on your dancing shoes after the wedding and for the rehearsal.

Colors – remember to make sure the shoes match exactly. Too many shades of one color can definitely be a bad thing.

Style – definitely keep your every day style in mind – it helps make your day about who you guys are as a couple.

With all those factors in mind, here are some things that I’ve found that I love!

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Valentine Deliciousness!!

So, Valentine’s Day is on it’s way. Less than a week. Trust us, life gets busy. Things get forgotten prioritized. Especially in the gifts department.

Do something different for your love. More thoughtful than a box of chocolates.

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How Simply Adorable are these custom coasters? These were made as an anniversary present and a birthday present! And now they can be yours too!

For just $19.99, you can have a set of four of your very own customized photo coasters, too!
Or, if you want them in bulk (say for favors for your guests or for bridal party gifts), I will offer you a bulk discount of $17.99 for orders of 20+ sets.

Don’t want a picture & just want plain colored coasters? They’re yours for $17.99 with a bulk discount at $15.99 for 20+ sets.

Just send me an email at simplymoxie@gmail.com with the following:

  • Colors/specific pattern you want
  • 4 Photos for the coaster
  • If you want them uniform or different (different pictures or all the same pattern)
  • How many sets you need

Questions? Just contact me!

DIY Table Numbers

Going along with the centerpiece posts the last couple days, I thought I would also share how I made my own table numbers. On a budget. They were fun. Festive. Easy to make. Easy on the budget. And I was able to include a lot of people in them.

I found these fantastic frames at Ikea. Again, we had 20 tables, so I got 20 of them. I think they were $1. Each. Fantastic. And, the reason I liked them a little more? They have 2 sides on them. So, rather than the regular frame that only faces half the table, I was able to include 2 pictures per table.

What you need to make each table number:

  • (1) 4″x6″ frame
  • (1) 4″x6″ colored paper (pink in picture)
  • (2) 2″x3″ other colored paper (brown in picture)
  • (2) 2″x3″ picture
  • (2) 1.5″x2.5″ Table # printed on paper
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Double stick tape

I also chose to use a paper cutter since it turns out a lot neater looking with straighter edges than using a scissor. And you only need 1 sheet of 4″x6″ colored paper (pink in photo) since you see it on both sides.

Cut out the picture of your choice a little smaller than the width of the paper. I chose 2″x3″. Cut the other colored piece of paper (brown in photo) the same exact size.

I used Microsoft Word to type out the table numbers. You can see the size of your lettering on the ruler toolbar on the left to see how big it will be when you cut it out. Once you get the sizing right, you can print all of them at once. Remember, you need 2 of each Table Number since the frame is double sided.

Cut the Table Number a little smaller than the second color sheet of paper (brown in photo). I chose 1.5″ by 2.5″.

Use double stick tape on the back of the table number piece. Center it on the small colored piece of paper (brown).

Visualize an imaginary line that goes down the center of your colored (pink) 4″x6″ piece of paper. Use double stick tape on the back of the small colored paper (brown) with the table number on it and center it on the bottom half of the larger piece (pink) paper.

Use double stick tape on the back of the photo and attach it to the center of the top half of the colored (pink) 4″x6″ piece of paper.

Do the same thing on the back side of the large (pink) piece of paper and insert the entire thing into the frame. And there you have it! An easy, cheap budget-friendly, yet classy looking table number!! You could also choose to spray paint the frame if you’d like. It comes as white and that’s the way I left it.

Bridal Shower Recipe Guide

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, the food that you serve completely depends on your theme. Try to stick with one main idea and let that help you out.

Because the bridal shower is usually a 2 hour event, your guests shouldn’t expect to be fed a complete meal, unless you specify it in your invitation. It’s easiest to make finger foods and allows the event to be more social and easier to play games, do some activities and open gifts without it taking up the entire day.

Here are just a couple fun ideas to get you started!

Bridal Shower Punch
This is a favorite among all types of shower, especially bridal showers. If you want, you can feel free to “spike” it with a flavored vodka.

Hummus
This perfect dip is always a favorite and so easy to make! You can serve it with pita chips, bread and/or a plate of fresh veggies.

Tomato Basil Flatbread
This is always a favorite – it takes a little time to make, but there are always short cuts you can take!

Bruschetta Bites
This is an all-time favorite for my sister & I when hosting parties in the past – they’re bursting with flavor, super easy to make and always a hit!

Fresh Caramel Apple Cake
Of course I need to go to one of my best friends for the dessert idea, Liz Barhydt of The Cookie Chew – her amazing ideas and recipes on her blog are incredible – check out her website for amazing ideas!!

 

Bridal Shower Planning

Hosting a bridal shower for a friend, sister, best friend or loved one can be a lot of work, but so much fun!! Sometimes games can be cheesy and sometimes they can be a blast!! Here’s a couple ideas to make your day extra special!!

1. Schedule ahead – it’s best to plan the shower about 6-8 weeks before the wedding. Shoot for a 2-hour block of time and weekends usually work best. Plan ahead – people have busy lives and busy schedules –  the sooner you let your guests know, the better!

2. Stick to your Budget– usually the maid/matron-of-honor leads the charge with all the extra bridesmaids pitching in. The party-giver is usually the one to foot all the bills so making & sticking to your budget is key!

3. Venue – places book up quick, so, if you’re planning on going to a restaurant or venue, make sure to get it booked ahead of time!

4. Theme – it makes it more fun to pick out a theme, espcially if you can incorporate the theme of the wedding. Example: kitchen, new home, pamper-the-bride, or something more in-depth, like a Mexico destination wedding, have beachy attire, decorations, favor & games. Make sure to let your gusts know what the theme is!!

5. Guest List – it usually helps you out to have the bride & groom make the guest list – and it makes sure that all the ones they want there are at least invited! Make sure to plan ahead and send out invitations at least 6 weeks before the shower, especially if there will be any out-of-towners. Make sure to get all their information, including addresses, phone numbers & emails.

6. Invitations – DIY or have them created through a ton of great websites (see Save The Dates post for ideas for your invite). Make sure to line them up with your theme!! Include the date, start and end times–two hours should do it–event address, contact information, and gift registry.

7. Decorations – if you picked out a theme, make sure to continue it without overdoing it. Remember, focus on your bride and what she likes. It also helps to revolve your decorations around what she plans the wedding to be like. Incorporate her colors & her theme – it will really show her how much you care!

8. Photos – you can include pictures of the attendees and the bride together to make it fun and include everyone! Or, if you want to go above & beyond, reach out to all the girls invited and ask them to write something special – a memory or special quote – and make a little book that includes it all to give your bride to show how much she is loved!

9. Menu – this can be as laid back or as elegant as you want it. Everything works from a backyard BBQ to a high-end restaurant. It all depends on your bride-to-be and your budget. But, if you’re doing it yourself, look for tomorrow’s post for some wonderful recipe ideas!!

10. Favors – this is not necessary and completely depends on your budget. However, you can make it really fun and give your guests something to remember the fun event by! And there are always DIY options – see here for the flower pot favor I made – easy and so fun!!

11. Games – games can be silly and sometimes cheesy, but, as with everything else, depends on your bride. Check back for some fun ideas to make your day go a little smoother and be a blast for everyone there!

12. Setup/Cleanup – putting together a list of all the to-do’s you need for both before and after your event will seriously help you out. Take an extra 10-15 minutes to plan your day ahead. It will help streamline the day so that you’re not cleaning up too late.

13. Last minute details – don’t forget to make sure you have all the little things! Think about everything you need when you’re making your setup/cleanup to-do’s including making sure you have enough ice, serving utensils, music if you want/have it, etc.

14. HAVE FUN!!! Planning an event, especially if it’s not something you’re used to, can get a little stressful – the most important thing is to remember to HAVE FUN!! This is a special time in your lives & something to remember forever!!