Beckon your guests to a bar adorned with a radiant floral garland, then stock the station with tempting libations and matching stirrers.
To customize a string of white lights, make small flowers out of vellum and card stock using daisy craft punches. Create larger blooms with the same materials by folding a square into eighths and cutting out a petal shape. Punch a hole in the center of each one, then slide them over the bulbs, and glue, doubling them in places and folding up the petals to add volume. For the cocktail stirrers, glue small flowers to bamboo skewers.
EK Success Paper Shapers daisy punches, createforless.com. Paper and More vellum in metallic light gold and yellow gold, and card stock in metallic gold. Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies rice lights. Sur La Table bamboo skewers.
Ties in a Range of Colors
Offer your fiance's groomsmen a range of tie colors so they don't look too matchy-matchy. Pick different shades in the same color family -- from vibrant red to soft peach, for instance. That way the group appears coordinated, but each guy looks unique.
Elite Solids neckties in Christmas red, poinsettia red, burnt orange, ecru, and pale peach; Ties.com. Brooks Brothers French-cuff dress shirt.
This arresting centerpiece idea offers festive color and ambience for hours. Purchase brightly hued taper candles that coordinate with your wedding's palette, then spray-paint wooden candleholders of varying heights to match them.
Guests will be enjoying these favors for days after your reception. Wrap bite-size Hershey's miniatures (keep on only the foil) in our clip-art letters. Spell out your initials, or just compose warm words to love by. Place in clear boxes for a perfect 10-bar fit, and tie with gold thread.
You'll Need: Hershey's Special Dark Miniatures, amazon.com. ClearBags "Crystal Clear" boxes #FB129. Vintage metal thread, tinseltrading.com.
Seasonal Fruit Favor
Wrap seasonal fruit in tissue for a sweet (and healthful) gift for guests. Have an office-supply store make a rubber stamp with your names, wedding date, and a drawing or clip-art illustration (the entire design should be 3 inches in diameter or smaller). Stamp image onto squares of tissue paper. Cut off stems, center fruit on tissue, wrap, and twist.
The diminutive scale of lady apples transforms a fall favorite into a dainty nibble; offer to guests on passed trays as a sweet-tart surprise at the cocktail hour. A paper leaf is an elegant touch: Use a computer to design and print "Enjoy!" on card stock, then cut out with a leaf-shape craft punch; affix to short skewers with adhesive dots.
Flower Girl Foliage
As a fitting nod to the season, substitute dried leaves for petals in your flower girl's basket. If fall foliage isn't abundant when you wed, you can order pressed leaves online (from drynature.com). We lined this pint-size basket with cotton fabric. Using scissors, cut a large round of fabric and a slit on opposite sides to accommodate handles, then place in basket. Wrap silk ribbon around, and tie in a bow.
Great Pumpkin Centerpiece
A white-pumpkin shell becomes the vase for an arrangement of roses, daffodils, ranunculus, calla lilies, tulips, and hypericum berries in fall colors -- yellows, peaches, and shades of orange. Smaller pumpkins and votive candles in orange-glass holders fill out the centerpiece.
Scrumptious miniature pecan pies from a bakery in custom-stamped bags make for tasty treats that are easy as pie to assemble in advance.
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