Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog
Feb27th

What we’re Looking Forward to this March

Happy end of February! Are you as excited for March as we are? Here are 5 things we are looking forward to this month, we hope you’ll join in on the fun!

1. Engaged  in DC Wedding Showcase – Hosted by Engaged! Magazine, this event features some of the very best vendors in the area. Come find us at our booth! 

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2. Tips on Tuesday –  On March 3rd in our Georgetown shop, we will be hosting Secrets of a Stylist! Ladies from Strawberry Milk Events and Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events will be discussing how you can turn your wedding vision into a reality. You won’t want to miss out!

Tips on Tuesday

3.  Spring Wedding Showcase – We cannot wait for this special lunch on March 8th. RSVP now to reserve your exclusive spot!

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 4.  St. Patrick’s Day – We can’t wait to feature some fabulous green and gold inspired St. Patrick’s Day weddings on our blog.  

Featured Below: I Take You Blog

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5.  March in DC means it’s time for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  This year the festivities launch on March 20th.  We hope some warmer weather and blooming cherry blossoms come along with it!

Featured Below: Pop Photo

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What are you looking forward to this March? We hope to see many of our followers at our fun events and out in the city! Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for up-to-date information on all things patchworthy. 

-Katie


Feb25th

Piñatas

Who says piñatas are only for kid’s birthday parties? Piñatas can add a whole new element of fun and whimsy to any celebration, from weddings to bridal showers to any birthday party.  DIY any shape you want using some cardboard, tape, and fringed tissue paper – no need for that messy paper mache! Just don’t forget the hole for the candy (or confetti!). You can also try dressing up a store bought piñata with some boldly colored spray paint.  

Bring out your inner child with fun shaped piñatas like diamonds, hearts, or stars.  In gold, silver, or bronze they also make a classy backdrops!

Featured Below: Prospect Goods

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Adding a piñata party to your wedding reception can be a great idea to entertain all of the kiddos, but the bride and groom can join in too!  Hang a glittery piñata filled with confetti for a unique moment with all of your guests. 

Featured Below: Green Wedding Shoes

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Or rather than breaking it open on the wedding day, use a piñata as a guest book. Have guests write their well wishes on pieces of paper they drop into the piñata. Then, on your first year anniversary, open it up and read all of the messages!

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

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For a birthday party, create numbered piñatas to celebrate the age of the birthday boy or girl. You can also use numbered piñatas for an anniversary or New Year’s party!

Featured Below: Sincerely Jules

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Did you know it’s possible to mail a mini piñata? It’s true! What’s more fun than coming home to a cute little piñata on your doorstep? Send as party invitations by stuffing the piñata with the invite or just as a clever care package.

Featured Below: Studio DIY

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Think outside of the box and make your piñata shape super unique. Why not create a lipstick piñata?

Featured Below: Studio DIY 

lipstick - studio diy How will you bring out your inner child? Whatever you make, have fun with it! 

Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more DIY ideas!

-Katie


Feb23rd

Something Borrowed

We’ve all heard of the tradition of incorporating something borrowed into your wedding, but what exactly does it mean?  It’s part of an old English rhyme that encourages brides to borrow happiness from a married couple in their life.  So, to make this tradition the most meaningful, choose an item that reminds you of a marriage that inspires you.  One popular idea is to borrow your mother’s wedding dress (or redesign it to make it your own). You could also wear a piece of your grandmother’s favorite jewelry. No matter what you choose, there are many meaningful and modern ideas to infuse an inspirational marriage into your big day! Take a look:

1. Borrow the lace of your mom’s dress or veil to dress up your bouquet. Or attach a favorite family brooch to tie it together.

Featured Below Left: Colin Cowie Weddings- Below Right: Heavenly Blooms

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2. Wear your mom’s veil or add some of her lace to the edges of your new one – combine the old with the new for the best of both worlds!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

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3.  If you’re going for a more vintage look, try borrowing some of your grandparents china to use at the sweetheart table or as part of the dessert table.  

Featured Below: Southern Weddings

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4. Borrow the first dance songs from all of the inspirational couples in your life.  You can play them at your wedding and even turn them into a love song CD to hand out as favors to your guests that they can listen to on their ride home!

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

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5. For a more modern tradition, borrow an item from a friends wedding, like the robe they used to get ready for their big day. Then pass it along to the next friend or sister that gets married and it’ll become the sisterhood of the traveling robe! 

Featured Below: It’s a Bride’s Life

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Whatever you choose to borrow, make sure that will inspire and remind you of happiness on your big day. Whoever you choose to borrow from, they will feel honored to be a part of the start to your marriage.  For more unique wedding ideas, keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch. 

-Katie


Feb20th

Oscars Party!

You don’t have to be strolling the red carpet this weekend to join in on the Oscars fun! If you’re a movie nut, or even just a party nut, then dress up in your Sunday best and invite your friends over for a fabulous Oscars party! Simple decorations with touches of gold, some easy treats, and a few creative ideas will make you want to throw this party every year. 

Featured Below: Glitter Guide

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Not only celebrities have to get Oscars tonight! Award your guests with prizes for being best dressed or having the swankiest manicure.  Get creative and make your own Oscars out of old Ken dolls and some gold spray paint, or decorate white balloons for each category. You can also use these as decor throughout your space.

Featured Below Left: Studio DIY - Below Right: DIY Candy

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A fancy night like this wouldn’t be complete without a signature cocktail! Try something new, like adding a drop of strawberry puree to champagne.  Don’t forget to dress up your glasses with a hint of gold! Dip the rims in gold sugar, add a classy paper straw, or even a gold swizzle stick.  

As for the food, what would be a movie party be without popcorn? You can create a DIY popcorn bar, or just go all out with this Oscars popcorn mix below.  Pop your own kernels on the stove, then add pretzels, chocolate chunks, and edible gold foil glitter (if you’re feeling extra fancy). 

 Featured Below Left: Sugar and Charm - Below Right: Honestly Yum

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Create even more laughs by playing Oscars games with your guests.  Print out some Oscar ballets and bingo cards to predict the results and keep your eyes peeled during the show. Don’t forget the gold pens and stars! Winners of these can receive those nostalgic ken dolls too!

Featured Below Left: Glitter Guide - Below Right: Better Homes & Gardens

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Whatever you do for your Oscars party, you’ll feel fabulous and have a blast with your friends, so happy viewing! Don’t forget to keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more party ideas. 

-Katie


Feb18th

Playing with Patterns

Stripes, dots, and florals oh my! There are so many patterns to inspire your wedding look.  From large details to small, mixing patterns into your color palette will add character and complete your overall design.  Patterns that are currently trendy include bold stripes, fun and pretty florals, geometric shapes, and colorful dots. Of course we would not recommend incorporating all of these patterns at once, but there’s no harm in mixing a little floral with a pinch of stripe.  When in doubt, just be you! Here are some of our favorite ways to play: 

1. Opt for unique bridesmaids dresses that show off the pattern behind the wedding

Featured Below: One Fab Day

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2.  Mix and match your invitation suite and envelope liners with patterns like preppy stripes and fancy florals.

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

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3.  Dress up your groom and groomsmen in patterned ties, suspenders, or socks for          extra pizzazz!

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

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4. Brighten up your table settings with festive runners or tablecloths. Don’t be afraid to layer with flowers and other textures!

Featured Below: The Perfect Palette 

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5. Don’t forget about the aisle and the altar! Try setting your ceremony space with patterned backdrops or aisle runners.

Featured Below: Green Wedding Shoes 

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6.  Let them eat cake! A fun one that is. Don’t be afraid to blend polka dots and stripes, just try keeping them in the same color.  

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

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7. Slip into a patterned gown! If you dare to be different, surprise your guests (and your groom) with an out of this world wedding dress.  

Featured Below: Ruffled Blog

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Try playing with patterns in your next celebration, it’s easy and fabulous! So is following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch!

-Katie

 


Feb16th

Geometric Inspiration

Geometric shapes and patterns are super trendy right now.  More and more modern couples are using geometric elements in their wedding decor. And rightfully so! Geometric patterns can add a touch of fun, but still keep it classy.  Here are some ideas to infuse geometric elements into your celebration:

1. Invitations – Start it off right with save the dates and invitations featuring bold lines and colors.  Opt for die cut pieces in your suite, to leave a lasting impression. The geometric shape invites are a creative way to excite your guests about what you have planned for the big day!

Featured Below: Ruffled Blog

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2. Backdrop – Create a geometric shaped backdrop to use as a setting for your ceremony or even for your dessert table.  Or try making it into an escort card display!

Featured Below: Grey Likes Weddings

Escort Cards - Grey Likes Weddings

3. Escort Cards & Favors – Treat your guests with a geometric shaped box. Doubled as an escort card, fill each box with confetti and something sweet. Don’t forget their name tag!

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cake

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4. Centerpieces – Modernize any tablescape with a geometric shaped clear box.  Use it to add height or try creating a terrarium out of it.  

Featured Below: Casa Sugar

Centerpiece - Casa Sugar

5. Place Settings – Hearts can be modernized too! Create menu cards out of geometric inspired hearts, or any other bold shape. 

Featured Below: Every Last Detail Blog

Place Setting - ELD

6. Cake – Couples are becoming more and more creative with their wedding cakes, so why not try a new shape! Layer with your wedding colors and a touch of flowers. 

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cake

cake - 100 Layer Cake

How will you add these fun shapes to your wedding? There are so many ways!

Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration.

-Katie


Feb13th

Valentine’s Day Fashion

Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day tonight with your best gals, going to a Valentine’s Day brunch, or out to dinner with that special someone, you’ll want to look fabulous!  This time of the year is the perfect chance to get all dolled up, especially in red and pink.  Check out some of our favorite looks for this Valentine’s Day:

The Classic Red Dress.  Dress up the Valentine’s Day go-to piece with fun accessories like patterned tights (try polka dots or hearts), a sparkly statement necklace, or a bold clutch. Or go for the same kind of look in a pink dress!

Featured Below: The Darling Detail

Red Dress- The Darling Detail

Find a dress you’ll want to twirl all day in! If you’re not feeling the classic red or pink dress, why not slip into something floral? 

Featured Below: Anthropologie

Floral - Anthropologie Is there anything more fun than a tutu? Find your inner ballerina and pair a soft pink (or white or red) tea length tutu with a simple top.  If you’re crafty and don’t want to break the bank, you can even try to make you’re own!

Featured Below: Lace and Locks

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Midi skirts are super trendy right now.  Wearing a bold red midi skirt with a lace top and neutral heels will impress any valentine.    

Featured Below: Pink Peonies

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If all else fails, you’ll always be classy in an LBD.  Accessorize with pink or red accessories and you’ve got yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit. Whatever you wear, remember that you’re never fully dressed without a smile.  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and thanks for following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch!

-Katie


Feb11th

Galentine’s Day

Do you know what February 13th is? Parks and Rec fans sure do, it’s GALentine’s Day! With everyone celebrating with their significant others on the 14th, this is the perfect time to celebrate and have some fun with all of your best gals. Grab your friends, your co-workers, your sisters, even your mom and get all dolled up for a night of fun, food, and friendship!  Check out these #patchperfect ideas:

For a cocktail party, feature a mimosa and dessert bar.  You can let your girls create their own fancy red drinks by providing the champagne, a variety of fruit juices, some fruit, and of course the glasses. Remember to pour the champagne first and then mix in all the juice you want! We love how this bar is accented by a bright red heart garland that is super easy to make. All you need to do is cut out hearts from red cardstock paper, punch some holes, string together with twine, and hang!  Add on your favorite desserts and you’ve got yourself a fantastic spread. 

Featured Below: The Tom Kat Studio

mimosa - Tom Kat Studio

For a sit down dinner party, try dressing up your table! We love this DIY xo tablecloth sprinkled with colorful pom poms to create a fun centerpiece.  

Featured Below: Walk in Love

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No party is complete without a photobooth.  Create tangible memories with each of your BFFs; it’s easy to smile in front of this glittery heart. 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

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No matter what kind of Galentine’s Party you have, dessert is always a necessity.  Feature a plate full of colorful doughnuts (pick some up at any doughnut shop on your way home from work) and what kind of fancy lady doesn’t like macaroons?

Featured Below Left: The Glitter Guide - Below Right: 100 Layer Cake

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Don’t let your gals leave without giving them a sweet valentine! Make them feel super special and pampered with a bottle of bright red nail polish or their very own mini bouquet of flowers. 

Featured Below Left: Tom Kat Studio - Below Right: The Flair Exchange

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Having this day to celebrate friendships is such a treat, so enjoy it! We think it should happen every year. Happy Galentine’s Day everyone, and remember, no boys allowed!

-Katie

PS. Keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for inspiration on all of the celebrations in your life, from your wedding to your birthday to Galentine’s Day.  

 

 

 

 


Feb9th

Pop the Question to your Bridesmaids

Just as engagement proposals are becoming more and more creative, so are bridesmaids proposals! Your friends should get to feel special too, and what an appropriate time to remind your girls just how much you love them. You don’t have to go over the top to pop the question, but here are some clever and colorful ideas.

Put together a “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” box or bag. Not only is this a super fun way to ask your friends, but it could prepare them for the big day! Along with a handwritten note, you can fill a box or bag with items like paint swatches of your color scheme (to help them pick their shoes), a bottle of the nail polish to wear for the big day, and a card with any important details. Also include a mini bottle of champagne (with a straw, of course) to celebrate!

Featured Below Left: Style Me Pretty - Below Right: Smitten on Paper

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Throw a “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Party. Invite your girls over for dinner and surprise them by popping the question! If you’re creative, your decorations can also help you ask the big question.

Featured Below Left: The Perfect Palette – Below Right: Wedding Chicks

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If you want to keep it simple, send them some pretty flowers and/or a fun card, or this fun pop out balloon box! 

Featured Below Left: Brides Magazine - Below Right: Aisle Perfect

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No matter how you propose to your bridesmaids, they’ll feel honored to be a part of your big day. So, ask away! And don’t forget to keep following us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration!

-Katie

 


Feb6th

Heart Week Part 3 – Valentines

Will you be our valentine? Check out all of these creative valentine ideas as we close out this week full of Valentine’s Day inspiration. You can impress everyone on your list with these sweet, little gifts:

For the Girls…All you need is some tape, crepe paper, and lollipops. Stick on a “You’re my best bud” tag and you’ve got yourself a valentine for any sweet girl in your life.

Featured Below: Oh Happy Day

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For the Boys…Be bold with these dino-mite, colorful valentines!

Featured Below: Sweet C’s Designs

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For the Teacher…Tell your teacher they rule with these super easy and clever ruler valentines!

Featured Below: The 36th Avenue

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For your Bestie…What’s more fun than pretty party crackers filled with all of her favorite things! Fill with glitter, confetti, and chocolates!

Featured Below: Oh Happy Day

bestie - oh happy day

For that Long Distance Valentine…Who says mail can’t be fun to receive? Send your valentine a sweet surprise with a homemade “I love you” or “Be Mine” garland. Don’t forget to decorate with washi tape, confetti, and extra stamps!

Featured Below: Oh Happy Day

Mailer - Oh Happy Day

For your True Love…Fun and simple.  Give them a heart attack: a box filled with all the reasons you love them.

Featured Below: The House that Lars Built

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Well there you have it! We hope you enjoyed Heart Week as much as we did. Follow us on Instagram @TheDandelionPatch as we continue to get ready for Valentine’s Day! 

-Katie