Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

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


Quick and Easy Pumpkin Bar Recipe

Welcome back to Pumpkin Week! Yesterday we showed you our favorite pumpkin stationery pieces. Today we’re doing something that we’ve never done before. How can you have Pumpkin Week without some delicious pumpkin treats!

I first made this recipe in my seventh grade home-ec class and now it has become my go-to autumn dessert. The recipe is incredibly simple and the end result crazy delicious! I also know from experience that the bars are a great addition to a late-night Gilmore Girls marathon, which may or may not be happening as I write this article…

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Bars

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup canola oil


Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1/2 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 Tblsp. butter or margarine, softened

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar   


1. Preheat oven to 350F. 

2. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. 

 3. Combine eggs, pumpkin, sugar and oil. Beat until combined. 

4. Add dry ingredients. Beat until well combined.

5. Spread batter in an ungreased 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ baking pan. 

6. Bake in a 350F oven for 25-30 minutes. Then cool.

7. In a mixer bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter/margarine and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. 

8. Spread over cooled bars. Cut into squares. 


Come back tomorrow for our final day of Pumpkin Week!

- Maggie


Pumpkin Paper

Welcome back to Pumpkin Week! Yesterday we showed you some romantic and playful pumpkin patch engagement photos. Today we are going back to what we know best: PAPER! It’s no secret that we adore paper and festive fall stationery is no exception.

Featured Above: Oh So Beautiful Paper - Below Left: Etsy - Below Right: Etsy

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

Make sure to check back tomorrow for more Pumpkin Week!

- Maggie


Pictures at the Pumpkin Patch

Welcome back to Pumpkin Week! Yesterday we talked about decorating your doorstep with pretty, stylish pumpkins. We’re changing gears today with pumpkin patch engagement photos.

A pumpkin patch might not be the first place you think of when you’re considering locations for a romantic engagement session, but it’s perfect for a laid-back couple who loves everything autumn has to offer.

Featured Above: My Wedding - Below Left: Leah Bullard Photography - Below Right: Style Me Pretty

Featured Above: Dylan and Sara Photography - Below: Luna Belle

Featured Above: Rustic Wedding Chic

Make sure to check back tomorrow for more Pumpkin Week!

- Maggie


Perfect Pumpkins

Welcome to Pumpkin Week! From our doorsteps to our morning coffee, pumpkins seem to be everywhere during the month of October. We’ve dedicated this entire week to celebrating our favorite fall vegetable (or is it a fruit? hmmm…).

Today is all about decorating with pumpkins. Jack-o-lanterns aren’t the only way to dress up your home at this time of year. With a good imagination, and a little bit of glitter glue, you can transform a pumpkin into a festive and feminine element of style.

Featured Above: A Fabulous Fete - Below Left: Style Me Pretty Living - Below Right: Martha Stewart

Featured Above: A Beautiful Mess - Below: The Farmer’s Daughter

Featured Above: Terrain

Make sure to check back tomorrow for more Pumpkin Week!

- Maggie


Home Inspiration: Illume “Go Be Lovely” Collection

I have to honest — Illume products are my absolute favorite things within the walls of The Dandelion Patch. Their bath and body products are encased in gorgeous packaging that hits the perfect balance between cheerful and chic. If you’re the type of person who “doesn’t judge a book by it’s cover” maybe you should reconsider, because the Go Be Lovely collection is full of intoxicating fragrances and top-notch formulas. I dare you to come in, try out a hand cream and not walk out that door with something Illume in tow.

If I wasn’t already enough obsessed, I started wondering if I could decorate my home with inspiration from Illume’s packaging. Turns out that I totally can!

Featured Above: Anthropologie - Below: Refinery29

Featured Above: Decor8 - Below: Brit + Co.

Looking for more home inspiration? Follow us on Instagram! @thedandelionpatch

- Maggie