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Nautical Nuptials

As we enter the dog days of summer, we’re looking for any way to beat the heat. Today we’re finding inspiration in nautical weddings. This theme gives “tying the knot” a whole new meaning. Introducing rope, stripes, seashells, anchors, and anything navy blue into your big day is sure to transport your guests to the seaside, whether or not they’re actually there!

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A Literary Love Affair

Bibliophile n. A person who collects or is a great lover of books.

Incorporate your passion for storytelling into your big day by using books in unexpected ways. Stack old copies of your favorite books underneath floral arrangements to add height and interest to a tablescape. Or use the pages to make paper flowers to add to your bouquet. Used book stores are a great place to shop for decor on a budget!

This is your real life love story, might as well make it a classic.

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Bridesmaid Boot Camp: Bridal Shower Games

Welcome back to week three of Bridesmaid Boot Camp! This week we’re talking about bridal shower games. Games are a great way to introduce your guests to each other and make your celebration exciting and unforgettable. Some may find games a bit cheesy, but these three options are bound to be a good time for all of your guests, even the skeptics!

We recommend having two games: one shortly after people arrive and one right before the bride opens her gifts. The first gets people into a lighthearted mood and the second subtly grabs everyone’s attention so there is a smooth transition into gift opening. In between make sure your guests are noshing on all of the delicious treats you and your fellow bridesmaids slaved over!

Featured Above: 100 Layer Cake - Below Left: Wedding Party - Below Right: Bridal Musings

Playing Dress Up

Think you’re the next Vera Wang? Why not design the bride’s dream wedding dress? Divide your guests into teams of three or four and supply each with two rolls of toilet paper. The guests then have three minutes to wrap one teammate up in a couture gown. The bride then pulls out her best Tim Gunn impression and picks her favorite dress. She probably won’t wear it on her big day, but it’s the thought that counts!

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The Almost-Wed Game

A take on the classic game show, The Almost-Wed Game quizzes the bride on how her husband-to-be would answer some very important questions. Before the bridal shower ask her fiance a list of questions: Where was your first kiss with the bride? Who is her celebrity crush? What is your favorite thing about her? At the party, read aloud the questions and ask the bride to guess the groom’s answers. For every answer she gets wrong, make her put a marshmallow or piece of bubblegum in her mouth. What a photo op!

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Bridal Jeopardy! 

Quiz your guests on their knowledge of the bride and wedding trivia. Take a poster board and section it into a few categories like About the Bride, the Happy Couple, Rom Com’s and Love Songs. Write questions for each category on index cards and pin to the board. Follow the rules of Alex Trebek and let winning guests pick the next question until the board is empty. The winner of this one definitely deserves a prize for being such a smart cookie!

Check back weekly for more Bridesmaid Boot Camp! Next week: Bachelorette Party Tips and Tricks.

Don’t forget to tweet us any questions you may have about being a bridesmaid!


10 Signs You’re Addicted To Stationery

1. You pride yourself on your impeccable organizational skills.

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2. You are probably the only person you know who still uses an agenda.

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3. Your life philosophy: A neatly organized work space makes a WORLD of difference.

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4. And no work space is complete without beautiful notepads, pens, the works.

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5. Don’t even get me started on your business cards.

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6. You collect cute/pretty/funny greeting cards, because you might need them someday…

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7. Your go-to gift for any occasion is personalized stationery.

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8. You even have a Pinterest board dedicated to wedding invitations.

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9. The smell of fresh paper is an aphrodisiac to you.

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10. Despite everyone saying that paper is a dying medium, you’ll stick by it forever.

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Share this article on Facebook too see who of your friends are stationery addicts, too!


Hostess With The Mostess

Looking for a hostess gift that’s a bit more exciting than a bottle of wine? Unless the friend in question is a vino connoisseur, give her something a bit more personal. By putting a little extra thought into finding a great gift, your friend will feel incredibly appreciated for her generosity. What does she love to do? Who are her style icons? We’ve curated our top gift picks based on your hostess’s unique personality.

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The Beauty Guru
The girl who adores all things pretty and give’s makeup advice to all of her friends is sure to love a gorgeously packaged soap or powder room accessory. Illume makes beautiful soaps, lotions, and candles that smell divine!

The Fashionista
Somehow this lady always looks put together. The grocery store is basically her catwalk! A colorful and trendy home decor item, like a Jonathan Adler alpaca throw, is bound to make her home look just as chic as she does.

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The Entertainer
Step aside Martha Stewart! This hostess lives to entertain her friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and probably even strangers. A monogram lucite serving tray is just the thing she needs to become the hostess with the mostess. This one from Darby Lee comes in a ton of colors, prints, and sizes.

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The Foodie
Dinner parties at this girl’s house are always an adventure. Free-range octopus anyone? She deserves a fun way to try new artisan foods, and Knoshy is the perfect option! This monthly subscription box sends new and exciting snacks right to her door.

What was the best hostess gift you ever received? Instagram us a pic #patchperfect!


Everything’s Coming Up Lilly

Nothing says “coastal prep” quite like Lilly Pulitzer. Her vibrant designs have been a staple of southern and east coast wardrobes for more than 50 years! It’s no surprise that all of us at The Dandelion Patch are Lilly fanatics–just check out our Instagram. Today we’ve decided to take our Lilly love to a whole new level and build our dream Pulitzer-inspired wedding, complete with plenty of pink and floral accents.

While we were putting together these images we learned a little bit more about our fashion idol. Use these fun facts to impress your sorority sisters at your next chapter reunion!

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1. Lilly first started selling her iconic shift dresses out of a juice stand in Palm Beach, Florida. She made her own brightly colored frocks to hide the stains from all the spilled juice, and her customers fell in love with her style!

2. Lilly Pulitzer, Inc. shut down operations in 1984 and was brought back to life in 1993 by popular demand.

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3. Lilly’s first husband was the grandson of newspaper mogul Joseph Pulitzer. Yes, THAT Pulitzer. You go girl!

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4. Jackie O wore a Lilly shift on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1962. Lilly became a household name overnight!

What do you think of our Lilly-inspired wedding? Tweet us your thoughts!


Bridesmaid Boot Camp: Bridal Shower Themes

Welcome back to week two of Bridesmaid Boot Camp! Today we’re talking about bridal shower themes. There are two routes for shower themes: decor and gift. Decor themes are what we tend to think of when we think of themed parties – the food, drink, and decorations all fit into one style. Gift themes ask guests to bring presents that follow a particular guideline. These are great for the bride that already has everything or is passionate about a certain hobby.

Below we’ve featured three of our favorite themes. The Dandelion Patch has beautiful options for invitations and day-of paper to complete whatever look you’re going for.

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Bridal Tea Party

The bride: Is obsessed with Downton Abbey, anything Jane Austen, and the royal baby
The guests: An older or more mature crowd
The decor: Vintage tea pots full of flowers, heirloom cake stands, lace table runners, pastel colors
The menu: Finger sandwiches, petit fours, and of course, tea!

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Bridal Brunch

The bride: Is part of a weekly brunch group and lives for bottomless mimosas
The guests: All ages – everyone loves breakfast!
The decor: Striped paper straws, tissue pom-poms, chalkboard signs, bright colors
The menu: A mimosa bar, bite-size pancakes, yogurt parfait shooters

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Pots and Panties

The bride: She DVR’s episodes of Chopped and has a bit of a wild side
The guests: Younger friends and co-workers
The decor: Cookbooks, flower arrangements in colanders or pots, “pantie” garland
The menu: Trendy hors d’oeuvres, cookies in the shapes of bras and underwear
The gifts: Ask guests to bring either a cooking-related gift off of the bride’s registry or some cute little under-things (make sure you list her sizes on the invite)

Check back weekly for more Bridesmaid Boot Camp! Next week: Bridal Shower Games.


Bridesmaid Boot Camp: The Basics

So you were just asked to be a bridesmaid! Congrats! This is going to be such a fun and exciting time, but what exactly are you getting yourself into? For many bridesmaids, especially first-timers, it can be confusing to figure out your role in the bride’s big day. But have no fear, The Dandelion Patch is here! We’re launching our Bridesmaid Boot Camp blog series to cover everything from bachelorette parties to bridesmaid dresses. Today’s lesson is in the basics of being a bridesmaid.

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Q: What exactly are my responsibilities as a bridesmaid?
A: Every bride is different, but typically bridesmaids act as a support system for the bride. She may ask you to go with her to shop for dresses or even accompany her to cake tastings. If she’s a DIY bride, she will most likely ask you to help her tackle her crafting projects. In addition to this, you’ll probably be in charge of hosting a bridal shower and bachelorette party. These will typically be spearheaded by the maid of honor. Your most important responsibility will be standing up next to your dear friend as she celebrates the biggest day of her life.

If you are confused about your exact responsibilities, don’t be afraid to ask the bride! A lot of brides are now sending out an introductory bridesmaid “newsletter” to help you figure out your role in her wedding and get acquainted with your team. Reach out to them too, some might be just as confused!

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Q: How much is being a bridesmaid going to cost me? What if I have a tight budget?
A: Unfortunately, being a bridesmaid can get pretty pricey. A recent survey found that most bridesmaids are spending about $1,000 throughout the festivities. The typical breakdown goes:
Dress, shoes, accessories: $300+
Gifts: $150
Hair, makeup, nails: $100
Bridal shower: $100
Bachelorette party: $100+
Travel: $300

Yikes! If you’re working around a tight budget let the bride know upfront – she will understand and potentially pick a less expensive dress and let you all wear shoes and accessories you already own. Save more money by doing your nails yourself, or asking another bridesmaid to tackle your hair and makeup.

When it comes time for the parties, let your fellow bridesmaids know what you can contribute. Offer to take on decor and DIY as much as you can or bake up a storm to avoid the costs of hiring a caterer. At the end of the day, the costs don’t have to be astronomical, and you can still enjoy the process!

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Being a bridesmaid is a big responsibility, both emotionally and financially, but it is worth every penny to be a part of the bride’s important day.

Check back weekly for more Bridesmaid Boot Camp! Next week: Bridal Shower Themes.


Gracious Gifting

We all know how it goes – you spend weeks searching for the perfect gift for your sister’s birthday or your best friend’s baby shower and when it comes time to wrap it up, the outside is just so bleh. Gift decorating can seem intimidating and expensive, but all you need is a little imagination! Use simple paper and embellish it with colorful twine and fresh flowers from your garden. Or take all of those extra scraps of wrapping paper you have lying around (it’s okay we all do!) and layer them to create a totally unique design. Play around with texture and color! Sometimes all you need is a little bit of washi tape.

To learn more about the art of gift decorating and gift giving, join us for Gracious Gifting at our Georgetown store in August. One lucky guest will win a FREE gift-wrapping kit from Wrap and Revel!

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The Perfect Match

Getting engaged is such a magical time. So much happens in those first few months after saying “Yes!”. Once you’ve finally settled on a venue and found the event planner of your dreams, you can finally spread the word about your big day. Save the Dates are the perfect opportunity to get your guests excited to attend your wedding and show off your personalities, too. Whether you do that by capturing one your shared passions or by showcasing your wedding style/theme, we love the idea of coordinating your Save the Dates with your engagement photos.

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