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Still Trending: Hand-Painted Touches

We’ve fallen for all things hand-painted this wedding season. Especially beautiful hand-painted cakes, which add a lovely touch to any pattern you want to feature in your wedding! 

If you are looking for a way to add flowers to your wedding in unexpected ways, then this could be a great way for you to be unique. We love this fun mix of floral and stripes!

Featured Below: The Wedding Co

Cake- The Wedding Co

 If you are looking for even more flowers, your cake can be inspired by your bridal bouquet, or even a china pattern you love.

Featured Below: Nevie Pie Cakes, Also featured by our friends at 100 Layer Cakes

Cake 4 Nevie Pie Cakes- 100 layer cakes

If you’re still as obsessed as we are with the gold foil trend, this next cake is the right amount of classic elegance and sparkle! 

Featured Below: The Wedding Co

Cake 2 The Wedding Co

Hand Painted cakes can adapt to any style you want, including this modern, soft, bohemian style that we love.

Featured Below: The Cake Blog cake by the talented Robin Martin of Gateaux Inc. 

Cake 3 sourced in picture

You can also add a hand-painted sign to your big day. These add a personal element to the decorations, plus they’re beautiful to look at!

Featured Below: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Sign 1

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

Sign 2

If you’re loving this trend and feeling bold, consider a hand-painted wedding gown! 

Even celebrities are loving this trend! Here’s Anne Hathaway in a stunning hand-painted Valentino gown. 

Featured Below: Vogue

Anne Hathaway Hand Painted Gown

And of course, designers have found a way to use gold in their
dress designs (everyone loves this trend!). Here is a beautiful Carolina Herrera gown with hand-painted gold foil. 

Featured Below: Burnett’s Boards

Gold Hand Painted Gown 3

What kinds of hand painted touches are you adding to your special day? 

Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more ideas on how to style your wedding.



“Knot to Miss”

On Thursday, May 28th, The Dandelion Patch’s Vienna location will be hosting an in-store bridal charity auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Whether you’re a bride or not, all attendees will have the opportunity to bid on 40+ auction items. Check some of them out below!

Featured Below: We love this floral cake created by Catering by Uptown.

Knot to Miss Cake

Featured Below: How stunning is this arrangement designed by Amaryllis, Inc.?

Knot to Miss Florals

Featured Below: You could also bid on a customized calligraphy stamp created by Meant to Be Calligraphy!

Knot to Miss Calligraphy Stamp

Featured Below: Our friends at Gepetto Catering are also offering a drop-off dinner for 12 guests. Check out this delicious-looking salad!

Knot to Miss Salad

Featured Below: Look at these gorgeous photos by Marta Locklear, you have the chance to bid on a photography session with her!

Knot to Miss Photoshoot

…and those are only a few of the 40+ auction items that will be featured on Thursday. Plus, a few lucky guests will win special prizes!

Come out and bid on some great items, enjoy a glass of champagne, get some awesome wedding-planning tips from our special guests, and of course, support a great cause! RSVP at: For more information on the event and about our fabulous sponsors, check out the “Knot to Miss” Facebook event here. We’d love to see you there!

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest and Instagram!

-Sam and Jessica 


Memorial Day Weddings

In honor of Memorial Day, we are highlighting some of our favorite patriotic wedding ideas! Whether your fiance is serving our country, you’re having a Memorial Day wedding, or you just love America, there are many elegant ways you can incorporate red, white, and blue into your wedding style!

We love the idea of navy bridesmaids dresses. They are suitable for summer or winter and will look classy on all of your girls!

Featured Below: Wedding Planner NC

navy bridesmaids - wedding planner nc

Use red, white, and blue in your floral arrangements.  Don’t be afraid to be a little creative with your color and flower choices!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

florals - smp

Feature a memory table at your reception in honor of all your loved ones that cannot be with you. 

Featured Below: All Women’s Talk

memory table - all womans talk

What’s more American than a nautical style? It’s a fun and elegant twist on the red, white, and blue color scheme.  

Featured Below: Inspired by This

nautical - inspired by this

Serve an American inspired signature cocktail. We love this bright red berry drink!

Featured Below: Green Wedding Shoes

cocktail - green wedding shoes

Finally, let your guests send you off with American flags!

Featured Below: Wedding Planner NC

flag send off - wedding planner nc

However you choose to style your wedding, don’t be afraid to let your heart beat true to the red, white, and blue! Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more ideas on how to style your wedding. Happy Memorial Day everyone!



Paper Party

If you love paper as much as we do, why not throw a party using all paper? Here are some of our favorite ways to use paper in decorating for parties. 

Create a bold backdrop using colorful paper flowers. Set it in your entry way or above your dessert table for a unique focal point. 

Featured Below: Babble

backdrop - babble

Try making a paper table runner out of paper! We love the volume of these bright honeycomb balls. 

Featured Below: Etsy

honeycomb - etsy

Is any party complete without a photobooth? We don’t think so. DIY a herringbone photobooth backdrop out of craft paper and string. 

Featured Below: The Glitter Guide

photobooth - glitter guide

We love the idea of making your party interactive in some way. Try using a paper chalkboard runner on your tables for guests to doodle and write little notes! 

Featured Below: Lana Lou Style

chalkboard - lanaloustyle

Don’t forget about the details. Paper straws and paper napkins are cute and come in so many unique designs. 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

straws - the wedding chicks

Send your guests off with a paper inspired gift bag! Fill with goodies like note pads, stationery, and inspiring art prints.  

Featured Below: Oh So Beautiful Paper

gift bag - oh so beautiful paper

How will you use paper in your next party? Don’t forget to pick up some of your invitations and other paper products from our stores in Vienna and Georgetown!

Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more party inspiration.



Cocktail Bars

Are you having a cocktail hour between your ceremony and reception? It’s easy to forget about the details of the cocktail reception. However, your wedding style should be able to flow smoothly into this space too. One of the main focal points of the cocktail hour is the bar itself. Starting with the style of the bar will help to set the scene for the space. With a variety of options, we would love to share some of our favorite ideas:

If you’re having a simple and elegant outdoor wedding, keep your bar simple too! A plain white tablecloth draped with a garland will create a lush and inviting atmosphere. 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

simple - smp

For an even more natural look, we love the idea of a bare wooden bar. Try draping with bright flowers or other colorful garlands for a more whimsical look. 

Featured Below: Once Wed

natural - once wed

If you’re having a barn wedding, there is no better way to create a bar than with wine barrels. You could even make it yourself! 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

barn - wedding chicks

A boxwood bar will coordinate with almost any wedding style, whether it is inside or outside, elegant or casual. 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

boxwood - wedding chicks

For an eco-friendly wedding, DIY your own bar out of wooden crates. Dress it up with some paint, then decorate with lanterns, banners, and lights. 

Featured Below: The Space Between

pallet - the space between blog

For an extra classy cocktail hour, consider renting a bar or piece of furniture. It will be more unique and serve as a bold focal point. 

Featured Below: Brides

mirror - brides

However you decide to style your bar, don’t forget about all of the signature cockatils that will be served from it!

Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding ideas.



The Ombre Effect

We’ve been seeing ombre all over the place! In weddings, in clothes, and in lots of pretty paper products.  With this trend still going strong we thought we would share some ideas on how to incorporate the ombre technique in your wedding!

Currently, one of our favorite invitation styles features an artistic ombre effect. Since this design is both whimsical and elegant, it matches almost any wedding style. 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

invites - wedding chicks

Create an ombre bridal bouquet using different shades of the same color flower. We love how this gorgeous pink ombre bouquet pops against the white gown!

Featured Below: Green Wedding Shoes

bouquet - green wedding shoes

Be unique with your bridesmaids dresses by styling your girls in different shades of one color! 

Featured Below: Style Unveiled

bridesmaids - style unveiled

The ombre effect can be just as pretty when using multiple colors too. Just check out this colorful escort card display!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

escort display - smp

For an elegant, but colorful wedding cake, create an ombre effect! Whether two tiers or four, your cake will be sure to impress. 

Featured Below: Ruffled

cake - ruffled

Don’t forget the cocktail drinks! Design your own signature cocktail that reminds your guests of a beautiful sunset, just like these orange ombre drinks. 

Featured Below: Somewhere Splendid

cocktail - somewhere splendid

How will you choose to ombre? Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest for more wedding inspiration. 



The Donut Party

This is a party you donut want to miss! Donuts are sweet, colorful, and fun. Therefore, the perfect treat to celebrate with. Whether it’s a kid’s birthday party, bridal shower, or girls night in, there are so many ways to make it a donut party. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Combine donuts, donut holes, and a cake for the ultimate dessert table. Try using a mixture of plates and cakestands to liven up your display. 

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cakelet

tablescape - 100 layer cake

Turn a bar cart into a fun and fabulous donut bar! Fill with colorful cups, spoons, and candies for the perfect donut experience. 

Featured Below: Studio DIY

cart - studio diy

Or create a donut hole bar! Fill ramekins with different kinds of icing and sprinkles so guests can design their own masterpiece. 

Featured Below: Brit + Co

bar - brit and co

Keep it simple by setting out glasses of milk topped off with a donut and colorful straw. These are a perfect late night snack for any celebration!

Featured Below: Ruffled

cups - ruffled

Don’t forget to decorate! We love this bright and easy to make garland.  All you have to do is print, cut, string, and hang!

Featured Below: Oh Happy Day

garland - brit and co

If you’re not feeling an over-the-top donut-themed party, then you can always bring in a donut truck for dessert…

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

truck - smp

Whether you bake them from scratch or buy them from your favorite store, donuts will always be the perfect party treat. Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more party ideas! 



Still Trending: Gold Foil

Gold foil has been trending for a while now, and we’re not surprised! Gold foil can be paired with just about anything, from black and white to bright colors, but it also stands strong on its own. From paper, to fabric, and everything in between, gold foil is a luxurious, modern, and glamorous addition to any wedding. Check out some of our favorite ideas:

We love using gold foil in invitation suites.  From the lettering to the lining of envelopes, gold foil is always a stunner!

Featured Below: Sharmila Photography via The Dandelion Patch

invite - sharmila

Add a touch of boldness to a reception with gold foil balloons! Spell out a word, your monogram, or your wedding date for a modern backdrop.  

Featured Below: Mod Wedding

balloons - modwedding

Gold foil can be edible too! Accent colors and flowers with a layer of gold or try something truly unique with a hand-painted, foil infused cake.

Featured Below: Ruffled

cake - ruffled

Dress up your cocktail and dessert napkins with a gold foil napkin design. Be creative with what you say! 

Featured Below: Inspired by This

napkins - inspired by this

Gold foil tassels are always a fun addition to a wedding ceremony, reception, or photo shoot.  Especially with over-sized balloons!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

tassels - smp

Tie all of the gold accents together with your table setting. From gold silverware, to gold edged plates you’ll create a luxurious and modern tablescape. 

Featured Below: Domaine Home

table setting - domaine home

How will you go for gold? Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch to stay up-to-date on all of the latest trends!



Floral DIYs

So many flowers are in full bloom! With so many varieties and countless colors, florals can be used in just about any decoration.  Get your house ready for all of those summer parties with some of these DIY floral crafts: 

Brighten up any blank space with a DIY floral monogram.  Use artificial flowers from the craft store so you can keep it up all year round. Or, instead of your monogram, try spelling out a word!

Featured Below: Lulu’s

monogram - Lulus

Cut flowers from their stems and tie to string to create a delicate flower garland. Hang on the wall, from the backs of chairs, or hang multiples for a unique backdrop!

Featured Below: A Pair and a Spare

garland - a pair and a spare

At your next summer get together, use fresh flowers as your wine glass charms. All you need is a little wire!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

glass charm - smp

Who wouldn’t want to receive a gift covered in flowers and twine? Use colorful flower stems to accent your gift wrap! This is perfect packaging for a mom, a grad, or a bride-to-be. 

Featured Below: Studio DIY

tag - studio diy

Freshen up some decorative balloons with a delicate garland of greenery and florals! 

Featured Below: Apartment 34

balloons - aprtment 34

A DIY floral chandelier is perfect for any summer party or wedding. We love these bright colors!

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cake

chandelier - 100 layer cake

There are so many ways to DIY with fresh florals, so get crafty! Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more DIY ideas.



Mother’s Day Brunch

Throwing a Mother’s Day brunch is one of the best and most fun ways to honor mom on her special day.  There are so many ways to style a brunch or tea party, but since it is the beginning of summer, we love the idea of using florals and bright colors to set the party scene.  Here are some of our favorite ways to style a Mother’s Day brunch at home:

Decorate with the word “mom” using colorful flowers or banners!

Featured Below: Lillian Hope Designs

mom - lillian hope designs

Create a flower backdrop out of tissue paper to set as a fun focal point for the day.

Featured Below: The Makerista

floral backdrop - the makerista

Set up a drink station complete with fruit, straws, and a variety of juices. 

Featured Below: The Tom Kat Studio

drinks - tom kat studio

Using flower stems as a place setting is a sweet idea for seating all of your special guests. 

Featured Below: Camille Styles

flower - camille styles

Combine a variety of cakestands to use as both centerpieces and platters to display the treats!

Featured Below: Stylish Eve

cakestands - stylish eve

Make the brunch extra special by including all of your mom’s favorite pictures. Use photos as placecards or accent centerpieces with fun frames!

Featured Below: Sugar and Charm

picture - sugar and charm

How will you brunch on Mother’s Day this year? Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch as we continue on our May celebrations!