Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

Meet Patchette Ali!

We’ve already introduced you to a few Patchettes and we aren’t slowing down any time soon! Next up…

Ali McIntosh

Assistant Manager

Where do you call home?
Stevensville, MD

Why do you love working at The Dandelion Patch?
I love my coworkers :) 

What could we find you doing when you aren’t in the Georgetown store?
Driving all over the DMV to see friends & the boyfriend, happy hours, working out, sporting events.

Tell us some fun facts about you!
I like to do Jim Carrey “Grinch” impersonations, I got vocal cord surgery when I was a sophomore in college due to over-use of my voice, I love trashy TV including all of the Real Housewives & The Bachelor/Bachlorette. 

Stay on the lookout for more Patchette spotlights. See what we’re up to on our Instagram @thedandelionpatch!

- Maggie


What Does Your Favorite Halloween Candy Say About You?

1. Hershey’s Bar
You’re laid-back, kind, and liked by just about everybody. You love tradition and take pleasure in life’s simple things.

2. Starburst
You’re bubbly and outgoing. You love a good party and don’t shy away from the spotlight.

3. Snickers
You’re a passionate person, but don’t take yourself to seriously. You’re a bit complex and never cease to surprise people.

4. Skittles
You’re adventurous, artistic, and a bit eccentric. You want to experience everything that life has to offer.

5. Retro Candy
You are generous and affectionate. You’re incredibly nostalgic and long for a time when life was simpler.

6. Reeses Cups
You’re funny and incredibly friendly. People are drawn to your positive energy and warm personality.

7. Junior Mints
You’re smart, trustworthy, and dependable. You are a total go-getter and a bit of an academic.

8. Raisins
You are the worst kind of person.


Happy Halloween!

- Maggie


Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Your fiance has popped the question, and now it’s your turn! Asking someone to be your bridesmaid is kind of a big deal. These ladies have been a huge part of your life and will be essential to your wedding day, so why not show them just how much they mean to you? There are infinite ways to propose to your bridesmaids. These are just a few of our favorites…

Featured Above: A Beautiful Mess - Below: Style Me Pretty

Featured Above Left: A Beautiful Mess - Above Right: Rifle Paper Co. - Below: Buzzfeed

Featured Above Left: BHLDN - Above Right: Best Day Ever

Looking for more bridesmaid inspiration? Follow us on Instagram! (@thedandelionpatch)

- Maggie


Perfect Pairing: Kraft Paper & Gold Foil

Kraft paper: simple, natural, rustic, laid-back, earthy

Gold foil: glamorous, bold, attention-getting, regal, feminine

This trendy combo is a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and a lotta bit fabulous! We’ve been seeing it EVERYWHERE and it’s not going away any time soon.

Featured Above: Oh So Beautiful Paper - Below Left: Style Me Pretty - Below Right: The Crooked Twig

Featured Above: Sugar Paper - Below: Hoopla Love

Featured Above Left: From Up North - Above Right: Anthropologie

Want to stay up to date on the latest paper trends? Follow us on Instagram! (@thedandelionpatch)

- Maggie


5 Last-Minute Halloween DIY’s

Halloween is only a week away! Are you in need of a last-minute costume? Do you have the urge to get crafty this weekend? We’ve found five easy-as-pie DIY projects for all of your Halloween needs.

1) Cute Printable Masks - They’re the perfect simple, work-appropriate costume and are bound to be popular at a neighborhood party. 

2) #Selfie Adult Costume – Ideal for Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, or the diva-at-heart!

3) Simple Halloween Garlands – Ghosts, leaves, acorns, and chalkboard can adorn your front door or mantle. 

4) Spooky Sharpie Balloons & Ghoulish Duct Tape Goodie Bags – You can look like Martha Stewart in 10 minutes or less. 


5) No-Sew Elsa Costume – How many Frozen characters are we going to see this year?


Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Follow us on Instagram! (@thedandelionpatch)

- Maggie


A Look Inside The Dandelion Patch

Working at The Dandelion Patch is truly a unique experience. We love what we do and have a lot of fun doing it! Every day we help brides pick out their perfect invitation, stock our shelves with our favorite products, and design beautiful custom paper orders. But there are a few things that you might not know about our daily life at “The Patch”…

1. We drink an unhealthy amount of Diet Coke. (If you couldn’t tell from the pictures.)
2. We are addicted to Pandora Radio. Some of our favorite stations? The Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Lorde, and “Summer Hits of the 90s”.
3. We have a pet fish named Kanye in our Design Studio. He drives a pretty rad VW van.
4. We have all picked out our future save-the-dates, wedding invitations, thank you notes, baby announcements, and family holiday cards. I mean we DO spend a lot of time around paper!
5. We adore our fellow Patchettes. How could we not? Just look at those faces!

See more of our daily Patchette life on our Instagram @thedandelionpatch!

- Maggie


Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where families and friends gather together to remember the lives of the loved ones they have lost. The three day event (October 31st-November 2nd) is rich with cultural tradition and is not as somber as the name might suggest. Bright marigolds and intricately designed sugar skulls make the perfect backdrop for an autumn celebration. 

Featured Above: Brit + Co. - Below Left: - Below Right: Sweet Sugar Belle

Featured Above Left: Sweet Designs - Above Right: Field Guide 35 - Below Left: Wedding Chicks - Below Right: Rock n Roll Bride

Featured Above: Wedding Chicks

Looking for more celebration inspiration? Follow us on Instagram! (@thedandelionpatch)

- Maggie


Meet Patchette Rebecca!

We’ve already introduced you to a few Patchettes and we aren’t slowing down any time soon! Next up…

Rebecca Hallett

Inventory and Merchandising Manager

Where do you call home?
Culpeper, VA

Why do you love working at The Dandelion Patch?
I love working at The Dandelion Patch because of the lovely ladies I work with. They are my second family, and I couldn’t ask for better people to spend all day, everyday with. 

What could we find you doing when you aren’t in the Georgetown store?
When I’m not working I usually am hanging out with my friends or watching Lifetime.

Tell us some fun facts about you!
I have four older brothers, I’ve donated to Locks of Love three times, and I recently joined a social bowling league!

Stay on the lookout for more Patchette spotlights. See what we’re up to on our Instagram @thedandelionpatch!

- Maggie


In Lieu of Flowers

When we think about weddings flowers are probably one of the first things that come to mind. Flowers are beautiful but the can easily cut deep into your budget. For couples who are looking to save a bit of cash, who consider themselves to be anything but traditional, or who just don’t like flowers, there are plenty of options to add color and life to your wedding! Paper flowers and greenery, or other natural elements, can all be designed to fit any color scheme or theme. 

Featured Above: Green Wedding Shoes - Below Left: Style Me Pretty – Below Right: A Practical Wedding

Featured Above: Southern Weddings - Below Left: Style Me Pretty - Below Right: Oh So Beautiful Paper

Featured Above: Brooklyn Bride

Looking for more wedding inspiration? Follow us on Instagram! (@thedandelionpatch)

- Maggie


Autumn Wedding Inspiration: Pumpkins

Welcome back to Pumpkin Week! Yesterday we baked yummy homemade pumpkin bars. Seriously, they’re delicious. 

For our final day of Pumpkin Week we went back to something we like to consider ourselves experts in: weddings! Pumpkins add autumnal warmth and rustic charm to your fall wedding or engagement party. Simply add pumpkins to your aisle or altar to dress up your ceremony, or paint a few gold to add a bit of glamour to your tablescape. Or you can skip the traditional wedding cake and opt for mini pumpkin pies! 

Featured Above: Every Last Detail - Below: 100 Layer Cake

Featured Above: Grey Likes Weddings - Below: Southern Weddings

Featured Above: Grey Likes Weddings - Below: Ruffled


And that concludes Pumpkin Week! Follow us on Instagram (@thedandelionpatch) for more autumn wedding inspiration!

- Maggie