Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. We are thankful for our dedicated Patchettes who go above and beyond in their work every day without every losing their smiles. We are thankful for the DC wedding community for always being there to support and inspire us in our creative endeavors. We are thankful for being able to celebrate 20 years in business and for everyone who joined us in our year-long birthday party. 

Above all else, we are thankful for you: our customers. Without your kind words, your patronage, and your wonderful love of paper, we wouldn’t be here today. You have welcomed us into your hearts and homes and allowed us to share in all of your lives’ celebrations. You bring us so much joy when we are able to create the perfect invitation for your wedding or the perfect starter set of stationery for your new home. You are the reason we love doing what we do. Thank you for giving us that gift.

We hope that you all take today to express your gratitude for those who support and love you all year long. Today is the perfect opportunity to thank your sister for always texting you back, or to thank your children for giving you a reason to smile every day. Give thanks and give love this holiday season, we promise you won’t regret it. 

- Maggie

Featured Above: Baylee Hart


Small Business Saturday: Georgetown Edition

Small Business Saturday is the perfect opportunity to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping AND support local, small businesses. We are proud to be participating again this year and are offering a buy two, get one free deal on our boxed holiday cards!

In honor of Small Business Saturday we are sharing some of our favorite neighborhood businesses with you! We shared our guides to Reston and Vienna earlier this week. That leaves us with the corner of DC we call home: Georgetown. We have loved getting to know our district customers and enjoy being in such an iconic location. While we are surrounded by wonderful businesses, these are a couple of our favorites:

Sherman Pickey

Sherman Pickey is one of our favorite places to shop for classic clothing with a modern edge. Located in DC’s preppiest neighborhood, Sherman Pickey carries derby staples like Lilly Pulitzer and Jack Rogers alongside trendier brands like Bonobos and Nicole Miller. Now through December 20th they are hosting an Angela & Roi pop-up shop! If you weren’t sold already, the name was inspired by the owners’ pets! - 1647 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Wisconsin, DC 20007 – 202-333-4212

Baked & Wired

Georgetown is full of so many delicious options for sweet treats, most notably the cupcake! While a certain well-known shop has claimed the name, Baked & Wired is the true Georgetown cupcake shop in our eyes, having been a neighborhood icon since 2001. If you aren’t in the mood for a cupcake, they have a wide-ranging selection of pies, brownies, biscotti, and espresso drinks. But who are we kidding, we’re always in the mood for a cupcake! - 1051 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 – 703-663-8727

 See you on Saturday!

- Maggie


Small Business Saturday: Vienna Edition

In case you missed it, we are proud to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year and are offering a buy two, get one free deal on our boxed holiday cards!

In honor of Small Business Saturday we are sharing some of our favorite neighborhood businesses with you! Yesterday we tackled Reston, but today we’re going back to the town that started it all: Vienna. Over the past 20 years we have grown and blossomed on Church Street because of the incredible community that continues to support us every day. While we are surrounded by a plethora of wonderful locally-owned businesses, these are a couple of our favorites:

Cocoa Vienna

What happens when you mix a Vienna native with a master chocolatier? Cocoa Vienna! Our lovely little neighbors have emerged as THE place for chocolate lovers of all calibers. Classic chocolates like Pecan Turtles and Chocolate-Covered Cherries are nestled next to gourmet goodies like Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Truffles and Kentucky Bourbon Ganache on Cocoa Vienna’s sprawling menu. You can even host a chocolate party in the store, where you and your guests can become chocolate experts. - 120 Church Street NE, Ste. 100, Vienna, VA 22180 – 703-865-8881

Wylie Wagg

You know that we love our pets over here at The Dandelion Patch. What we love even more is spoiling them with treats and pet accessories from Wylie Wagg! This lovely shop has been around since 2002 and has become a destination for happy pets and their owners through multiple locations in the DC area. Wylie Wagg aims to make the world a better place for pets and reinforces this mission through their frequent adoption and community events. Visit their website to stay in-the-loop on events like Pet Caricature Artists, Game Nights, and Mobile Groomers! - 7505 Leesburg Pike, Ste. 120A, Falls Church, VA 22043 – 703-748-0022 

See you on Saturday!

- Maggie


Small Business Saturday: Reston Edition

While Black Friday offers up some incredible bargains, the crowds are pretty unbearable. If waiting in a hundred-person line in the freezing cold at midnight doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, have no fear. Small Business Saturday is the perfect opportunity to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping AND support local, small businesses. We are proud to be participating again this year and are offering a buy two, get one free deal on our boxed holiday cards!

In honor of Small Business Saturday we are sharing some of our favorite neighborhood businesses with you! We’re kicking this mini-series off with our most vibrant location: Reston Town Center. We’ve occupied two different storefronts in Reston and have loved seeing the community grow into the leading shopping and dining destination in western Fairfax County. While we are surrounded by wonderful businesses, these are a few of our favorites:

Amphora Catering

While Amphora is not directly in Reston Town Center, it’s pretty darn close! We’ve worked with Amphora on countless occasions. They recently catered our 20th Birthday Bash! Amphora never ceases to amaze us with their delicious concoctions, eye for beautiful design, and impeccable service. We would recommend them for any event from a simple dinner party to a corporate gala. - 1141 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170 – 703-938-3800

Potomac River Running

Potomac River Running is celebrating their eleventh year in business! They’ve expanded to numerous stores across the DC Metro area, and they have been named one of the 50 Best Running Stores for eight years in a row. Not only do they sell running footwear and apparel, they also have become a vital part of the community through their training programs and race series. Join them for their annual Turkey Day 5k in the heart of Reston. - 11911 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA 20190 – 703-689-0999

South Moon Under

South Moon Under is our go-to pick for trendy, reasonably-priced apparel and accessories. They now have 22 stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic, but still maintain the feel of a neighborhood treasure. What puts South Moon Under on our list isn’t their abundance of flawless fashions finds, it’s their passion for customer service. When you walk through the doors you are instantly given the A-list treatment. You’ll feel like the store is your personal stylist! - 11950 Market Street, Reston, VA 20191 – 703-435-0605


See you on Saturday!

- Maggie


Fashionista Friday

Celebrate in Style.

We’re putting new meaning to our slogan! As we enter holiday season you’re probably searching for the perfect outfit to wear to Thanksgiving dinner or your neighborhood potluck. We’ve looked to our favorite fashion designers and bloggers to share a bit of inspiration for shaking up your almost-winter wardrobe.

Featured Above Left: Kendie Everyday - Above Center: Pink Peonies - Above Right: A Little Dash of Darling - Below Left: Rstyle - Below Right: Olivia Burton

Featured Above: Wendy’s Lookbook

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

- Maggie


Thanksgiving Thursday: The Kid’s Table

Thanksgiving is only one week away! Last week we shared some tablescape inspiration, but we neglected the kid’s table, which makes an appearance at most holiday gatherings. We suggest keeping the kids entertained (and out of trouble) by occupying them with small crafts or toys. We also love the idea of creating adorable Thanksgiving hats or headbands for all of your little guests to wear. They will liven up the mood and make for phenomenal pictures!

Featured Above: Hostess With The Mostess - Below: The House That Lars Built

Featured Above: Project Nursery – Below Left: Frugal Coupon Living - Below Right: Knock Off Decor

Featured Above: Babble

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

- Maggie


5 Tricks to Unforgettable Engagement Photos

Not all engagement photos are created equal. As we enter proposal season we want to share our insider tips on how to make your engagement photos stand out! Say goodbye to cookie-cutter, lifeless pictures and say hello to model-status, blog-worthy portraits.

1) Find a stunning backdrop: A breathtaking view takes your photos to a new level. Love your city? Find a spot that shows off the skyline. Want to make a statement? Set up shop in front of your favorite neighborhood mural/street art.

2) Do something mundane: Sometimes the most touching moments are the things that we do everyday, like drinking our morning coffee or perusing the farmer’s market.

3) …Or go on an adventure: Adventures are inherently romantic. Have your photographer join you as you explore a new city, go to a carnival, or hike the Appalachian Trail!

4) Don’t be afraid to get artistic: It may feel strange to trust your photographer’s artistic instincts, (“Why are you taking a picture of our knees?!”) but just remember that for every few weird/uncomfortable photos, there will be at least one that blows you away with the emotion it captures.

5) Show off something important to you: Maybe you just adopted a puppy together or maybe you both share a love of music. Whatever it is that binds you two together, let it show in your pictures! 

Featured Above: Levi Stolove - Below Left: United With Love – Below Right: Katie Stoops

Featured Above: Mary Boyden - Below Left: 100 Layer Cake - Below Right: Abby Jiu

Featured Above: Our Love is Loud

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

- Maggie


50 Shades of Orange

As rusty leaves pile up in our yards and pumpkin pies make their way to our Thanksgiving tables, we are surrounded by hues of orange. From gold-tinged tones to deep burnt shades, orange can add warmth and seasonal flair to a late-fall wedding. Here’s to one last autumn day as we plunge into winter!

Featured Above: Ruffled - Below: Wedding Chicks

Featured Above Left: Grey Likes Weddings - Above Right: Style Me Pretty - Below: Bridal Guide

Featured Above Left: Maggie Austin Cakes - Above Right: 100 Layer Cake

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

- Maggie


Make A Statement

Accent Walln. A wall that is painted a different color than the rest of the room to add some visual interest

Statement Walln. A wall that is full of excitement and pizzazz, and shows off your impeccable sense of personal style

Which one belongs in the home of a trendsetting girl like you? 

Featured Above: Classy Clutter - Below: Sixth Street Design School

Featured Above Left: Style Me Pretty - Above Right: The Every Girl - Below: A Beautiful Mess

Featured Above: A Little Craft In Your Day

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

- Maggie


To Hashtag Or Not To Hashtag?

We are always connected. From the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep, we’re caught up in a flurry of communication in the form of texts, likes, and comments. Some people see this as a good thing: being able to reach out to anyone at any time is pretty incredible. Others could do without the constant contact: it’s easy to get too caught up in our virtual lives. This debate is an incredibly hot topic and has quickly made it’s way into the wedding world.

To hashtag or not to hashtag? That is the question.

Today we’re bringing you the pro’s and con’s of asking your guests to Instagram at your wedding. Where do you stand on the issue?

Featured Above Left: Style Me Pretty – Above Right: Etsy

I’m All About the Hashtags

The Upside: You get a free curated photo album of unique and special moments from your big day that you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise. 

The Drawback: Your guests can get distracted by their phones and might not fully enjoy the evening that you spent so long planning.

Featured Above: Bridal Musings

Let’s Party Like It’s 1999

The Upside: You get to control the photos that are released into the world (no unflattering candids!) and you’re guests can get a chance to unplug and relax after a long week.

The Drawback: If people choose to post pictures anyway, there is no way to track them down if you don’t follow all of your guests.

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

- Maggie