Bits and Buds: The Dandelion Patch Blog
Apr23rd

How to Style Wedding Paper

This is one wedding detail you won’t want to forget! Especially if you are head over heels in love with your invitation suite, which we hope you are.  Order an extra of each of your paper products and save for your photographer to snag some pretty shots of your suite! There are many different ways you can style these pictures, but here are some of our favorite ideas:

One of the best ways to add color and interest to your invitation suite photo is through your wedding flowers! Ask for a couple extra buds with your flower arrangements that coordinate with your pretty paper.

Featured Below: Astrid Photography and The Dandelion Patch

Jessica and Frank

Keep it simple and set your suite on a fabulous textured or patterned backdrop. Whatever it is, make sure it lets your paper pop!

Featured Below: Jacqueline Campbell Photography and The Dandelion Patch

Alice & Dan

Add interest by arranging your suite on a mirrored tray. A tray will frame your suite and you can still add in other accents through flowers and ribbon. 

Featured Below: DuHon Photography and The Dandelion Patch

Jessica and Brian

Add in accent colors through materials like ribbon and lace to add a playful touch to your photo! 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

ribbon

Make it personal by styling your invitation suite with your wedding rings or other piece of beloved jewelry. 

Featured Below: Brett Heidebrecht Images

ring

Use props or other inspiration from your wedding to pull your whole style together.  We love how all of these paper products are offset by cherry blossoms and custom flags. 

Featured Below: Adam Barnes Photography and The Dandelion Patch

Terra & Thomas

Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for all things wedding and paper!

-Katie


Apr22nd

Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

In honor of Earth Day, we’re pulling together some ideas on how to make your wedding more eco-friendly.  All of the pretty that goes into the millions of weddings every year produces a major amount of waste. If every couple made one component of their big day a little more eco-friendly, the amount of waste would decrease dramatically. Let’s keep both our planet and your wedding pretty with some of these ideas:

Use flowers that are grown locally and are in season.  Not only will they be fresher for you, but less energy will be transmitted when transporting them.  

Featured Below: Imaginale

flowers - imaginale

Say no to linens and yes to beautiful wooden tables! Keep them bare or style with a simple lace or burlap table runner. Using a lot tablecloths also means using a lot of water to wash them. 

Featured Below: The Knot

table - the knot

Streamline the amount of glassware used by giving your guests a mason jar for the night! Set up a water station or keep a carafe at each table for them to stay refreshed. Then, at the end of the night, they can take them home as their favors.  Not only are mason jars cute, they’re eco-friendly!

Featured Below: Something Turquoise

mason jars - something turquoise

Try using burlap instead of ribbon!  Decorate with this trusty plant-based fabric in bouquets, garlands, and ceremony settings – perfect for a more rustic look and outdoor weddings. 

Featured Below: Every Last Detail Blog

burlap - eld

Be practical with the size of your wedding cake.  It should be proportional to the number of guests you have. You wouldn’t want it to go to waste!

Featured Below: Aisle Perfect

cake - aisle perfect

Treat your guests with something they won’t toss.  It could be fruit from a local market or a small plant they can take home! These favors can also double as an escort card or place setting. 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

favor - wedding chicks

Of course we can help with eco-friendly paper! Opt for letterpress instead of flat printing to decrease your carbon footprint while adding an exquisite touch. With letterpress you are not only using a sustainable printing method, but you doubly benefit with the use of cotton paper.  Also try using a postcard for your reply card to avoid using excess layers in your invitation suite. Our team is full of experts to help you find the perfect solution!

Featured Below: The Dandelion Patch

invites - dpatch

There are so many ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle on your big day.  Also make sure to tell your venue to recycle after the big day! Recycle and reuse yourself by choosing dresses and decorative pieces that can be used or worn again.

Happy Earth Day everyone! Follow us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration. 

-Katie


Apr20th

Bows

Bows are a simple, cute, and easy way to add some character to a wedding.  And is there a better symbol of tying the knot? Here are some of our favorite ways to accent the big day with bows!

Dresses with a bow in the back aren’t just for little girls. On a wedding gown, a bow-tied ribbon adds a level of elegance!

Featured Below: Mary Field’s Photography

dress - Mary Fields Photography

We’re head over heels for these bow-toed wedding shoes! The best part is they’ll fit into just about any style of wedding.  

Featured Below: Mod Wedding

shoes - mod wedding

Tie the bouquets with ribbon and a bow at the top!  Use a color that pops against the floral arrangement to add a unique touch to each bouquet. 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

bouquet - smp

Add a bow to any of your paper items! Whether it is the invitation, program, or escort card, a ribbon is a cute and simple way to add a pop of color.

Featured Below: Floridian Weddings

paper - floridian weddings

For an extra preppy touch, set your place settings with a bow-folded napkin.  Be creative with your colors, patterns, and fabrics!

 

napkins

Featured Below: The Perfect Palette

napkin - the perfect palette

There are so many other details you can add bows to. We love the idea of topping the signature cocktail class off with a bow.

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

details - wedding chicks

No matter how you decide to tie the knot, bows will always be in style. Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more wedding inspiration! 

-Katie


Apr17th

Bridal Shower Inspiration

With lots of spring and summer weddings coming up, it’s bridal shower season! A bridal shower is the perfect excuse to get all the girls together and throw an amazing party just for the bride to be! With so many bridal shower ideas floating around, we thought we would share a few of our favorite bridal shower themes. Take a look:

Pucker Up – Retro Citrus

Celebrate the bride to be before she puckers up! Use bright colors and citrus accents to style the tablescape, favors, and games. We love this handmade honeycomb runner made for Kelly Mindell of Studio DIY by the fabulous gals of Bellwether Events. 

Featured Below: Studio DIY as seen on 100 Layer Cake, photo by You Look Lovely 

pucker up - 100 layer cake

She’s a Gem

Let the bride “shine bright like a diamond” with a gem and geometric themed shower. Using a metallic and elegant color palette, set the scene with some glittering pinatas and wall decals.

Featured Below: Inspired by This

She's a Gem - Inspired by This

Tea Party

Nothing brings a group of girlfriends, old or young, together than a tea party.  Create a tea bar and decorate using pastels, florals, and vintage accents. Don’t forget to tell the guests to dress up! Instead of wearing hats, you can try setting up a create your own flower crown station. 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

tea - smp

Kate Spade

If the bride leaves a little sparkle everywhere she goes, throw a shower inspired by the ever so sophisticated and colorful brand, Kate Spade. Combine black and white stripes with gold glitter, bows, and lots of pink to create the perfect bridal brunch. 

Featured Below: Waiting on Martha

kate spade - waiting on martha

Aloha

Who wouldn’t love a colorful, tropical getaway? Throw an “aloha” bridal shower inspired by the latest pineapple trend! 

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cake

aloha - 100 layer cake

Recipe for Love

This is such a cute idea for a bride who loves to cook or bake. Use vintage kitchen inspired items like soup cans and coke bottles for a retro styled shower.  Have all the guests bring their favorite recipe to help the bride to be start her newlywed cookbook. 

Featured Below: Celebrations at Home

recipe - celebrations at home

Watercolor Spa Party

For the girly bride to be, throw a shower that is bound to pamper her.  Use playful watercolors and soft textures to style the party! Feature a bar filled with spa salts and even a DIY nail polish station. 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

watercolor - smp

However you choose to shower the bride to be, keep in mind the things she loves most and she will feel honored no matter what. Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more party inspiration.

-Katie 


Apr15th

Party Like a Pineapple

Have you noticed a certain summer fruit that is popping up all over Pinterest and in all your favorite stores? Pineapples are the hot item right now, from clothes, to home decor, to accessories, to party themes. Why are these unique fruits getting so much hype? Historically, pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, warmth, and good cheer. They are also simply a fun shape, bold color, and happy reminder of summer. What’s not to love? With summer just around the corner, we’ve found some of our favorite ideas to party like a pineapple.  Find inspiration for a kid’s birthday party, summer dinner party, or even Mother’s Day! Take a look:

Use pineapple printables to create a festive garland or gift tag.  Hang your garland for a pineapple party or keep it up all year long! 

Featured Below: Studio DIY

garland - studio diy

Send a happy note or invite to a party with a DIY pineapple surprise made out of paper cups, gold fringe, green paper, tape, and confetti!  

Featured Below: Oh Happy Day

invite - oh happy day

If you’re looking for a simple, cute, and affordable centerpiece, look no further than pineapples themselves! Try painting them gold for an extra classy touch.

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

table runner - smp

Creating a pineapple inspired dessert table will definitely spread good cheer.  We’re dreaming of pineapple shaped cookies, decorated cupcakes and macaroons, and anything that tastes like pineapple.  Offset your table with a bold photo wall of fun pineapple patterns and phrases.  We love how this bright yellow plays with black and white striped accents. 

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cake

food - 100 layer cake

Any celebration can be topped off with a pinata. Why not make one shaped like everyone’s favorite fruit?

Featured Below: Studio DIY

pinata - studio diy

If you’re hosting a summer party, you have to play pineapple bowling! This is so easy to set up in your backyard and the best part is you can use a coconut as your bowling ball. 

Featured Below: Casa Sugar

bowling - casa sugar

Don’t let your guests leave without a pineapple treat bag! They can fill them with leftover goodies or their part of the pinata filling. These are made with regular paper lunch bags, painted with green, yellow, and black paint, then cutting narrow triangles at the top of the bag.  How cute are they?!

Featured Below: The House That Lars Built

favor bags - the house that lars built

How do you feel about this trend? We hope we’ll meet you at the pineapple patch. Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more of our favorite trends. 

 

-Katie


Apr13th

Throwing a Classy Tea Party

Excited for spring and dreaming of your childhood tea party days? Nothing brings friends together like a fancy cup of tea. That’s why were sharing one of our favorite inspirations for bridal showers, bridesmaid parties, and girls brunches! A tea party is sweet, simple, and a a perfect setting for for catching up with all of your girlfriends. Here are some of our ideas for throwing a classy tea party!

Use pastels, lace, and girly patterns in your decor. We love how this tablescape uses umbrellas and ribbon to draw the eye upward.  

Featured Below: Hostess With the Mostess – styled by Events in the City

pastels - hostess with the mostess

Go for an intimate garden theme by setting your table outside and framing with breezy white fabrics. 

Featured Below: The Frosted Petticoat 

garden party - frosted petticoat

Set up a tea bar using an old dresser or other piece of furniture filled with your favorite tea cups, teas, sugar, and mixing spoons. Then, compliment with flowers!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

tea - smp

If you are going for a more vintage look, incorporate other pieces of furniture like old trunks and suitcases.  Fill with flowers or favors for the guests!

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks

vintage - wedding chicks

Invite your guests to go all out by dressing up in fancy dresses and floppy hats.  Don’t forget to take lots of fun pictures!

Featured Below: Sweet Little Southern Charm Blog

guests - sweet little southern charm

Finally, thank your guests with a small gift like a candle, unique tea cup, or scented bar of soap. 

Featured Below: The Frosted Petticoat

favor - the frosted petticoat

No matter the celebration, a tea party is sure to bring friends together. And remember, pinkies up! Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more party inspiration!

-Katie


Apr10th

Tassels!

Paper tassels are an extraordinary party decoration that are taking over all parties, and Pinterest. They come an array of colors and metallics and can be used for so many purposes. Once your party is over, you won’t want to take them down! Especially since they require lots of love and labor to make. Here are some of our favorite paper tassel decorations!

Create a simple garland out of similar hues for a simple yet bold statement. This is perfect for both home and party decor. 

Featured Below: Mr. Kate Blog
accent - Mr. Kate

Go all out with a tassle garland wall! Feature bright colors with metallics for an extra fun look. You can also try mixing in other decor like balloons! 

Featured Below: Paper Mart 

accent wall - Paper Mart If you’re looking for a bright and unique way to highlight your ceremony space, line the aisle with paper tassel garlands! We love the way this garland pops in the white space. 

Featured Below: Feedly

aisle runner - feedly Create an accent wall out of tassels to use as a photo backdrop wall. Imagine how fun those pictures will turn out! 

Featured Below: Glitter Guide backdrop - the glitter guide You can also use tassels as accents throughout your space. Try adding a simple garland to the dessert table or to the backs of chairs. 

Featured Below: Wedding Chicks
chair - wedding chicks Tassels don’t just have to be for parties. Leave your garland up all year round by using it as a headboard! For a twin bed, try layering a few shorter strands together for a fuller look.

Featured Below: Etsy headboard - etsy Instead of making a garland, accent your balloons with a string full of paper tassels! We’re loving all of the colors in this unique tablescape. 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty
party - smp From bold to neutral colors and ombré to metallics, there are so many ways to add tassels to your home and party decor. Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more party inspiration!

-Katie


Apr8th

Black & White Stripes

Trend alert: black and white stripes are in! This pattern is bold, romantic, chic, and classic all at the same time. Mix it with floral, gold, lace, or even pineapples for any kind of look you want. If you’re planning a birthday party, graduation celebration, bridal shower, or a simple dinner party, try using black and white stripes as your inspiration. Here are our favorite party ideas:

First things first: invitations! We’re loving this trend of adding a pop of pattern to the envelope liners. These thin stripes add a chic and playful touch to the whole suite. 

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

invite - smp

Cover your table in a black and white striped tablecloth or table runner. Try playing with the angle of the stripes to come up with a unique table setting like this one! 

Featured Below: Celebrations at Home

table - Celebrations at Home

For a more preppy look, match some black and white striped napkins with lace or florals! 

Featured Below: Swoon Magazine

napkins - Swooned Magazine

Don’t forget all the details of your party! You can find complimentary black and white accessories like cupcake holders, ribbon, paper coasters, and straws. Just be careful to not over do it, a little stripe can go a long way.

Featured Below: The Tom Kat Studio

straws - tom kat studio

What’s a party without a custom photobooth? Feature a bold black and white striped backdrop framed with brightly colored balloons, florals, or pineapples! We love this combo below!

Featured Below: 100 Layer Cake

photobooth

Finally, send your guests off with amazing treat bags like these.

Featured Below: Oh So Beautiful Paper

treat bag - oh so beautiful paper

Whatever you’re celebrating, black and white stripes will find a way to match your style. Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more party planning ideas!

-Katie


Apr6th

Classy Balloons

Who says balloons are just for kid’s birthday parties? Balloons can add a touch of fun and whimsy to any celebration.  They’re a great way to add color and make your wedding unique!  Check out these seven classy ways to add balloons to your wedding day:

1. Direct your guests to the ceremony or reception by accenting your sign with over-sized balloons. These look more elegant than the usual party balloon and sure will grab people’s attention!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

ceremony - smp

 2. Use big balloons as props for taking photos with the wedding party or bride and groom themselves.  We love the extra layer of fun and whimsy they add to any photo!

Featured Below: Style Me Pretty

prop - smp

 3. Use mini balloons as your escort card display!

Featured Below: Green Wedding Shoes

escort cards - green wedding shoes

 4. Add these chic gold balloon numbers to your centerpieces to number your tables.  It’s a simple way to add balloons to your reception and still keep it classy!

Featured Below: Etsy

table number - etsy

 5. If you’re feeling extra whimsical, accent the sweetheart table with the bride and groom’s initials using over-sized balloons. Because adding lots of colors and textures to the ceiling brings the eye upward, you can scale back on any floral arrangements in the table setting. 

Featured Below: Bash Please

fiesta - bash please

 6.  Accent the dessert table with lettered foil balloons that spell out love, or use the initials of the bride and groom. 

Featured Below: The Wedding Scoop

love - the wedding scoop

7.  Drive away in style with beautiful balloons tied to the getaway car!

Featured Below: Orange Turtle Photography

car - orange turtle photography

How will you add balloons to your celebration? Keep following us on Instagram and Pinterest @TheDandelionPatch for more fun wedding ideas. 

-Katie


Apr3rd

DIY Easter

Easter is full of cute animals, pretty colors, candy, and things that just make you happy. With fun traditions like Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, peeps, and the Easter bunny, there are so many opportunities to DIY! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite DIY Easter ideas that we hope will help get you in the holiday spirit:

DIY a bunny party hat for your kids or for yourself! All you need is some paper, a little glue, and a strand of twine.  You’ll be the talk of the day, just look how cute this face is! 

Featured Below: The House that Lars Built

hat - the house that lars built

If you’re hosting an Easter brunch or dinner, set your table with these sweet peep place cards.

Featured Below: A Beautiful Mess

peeps - a beautiful mess

Add even more fun to your dyed eggs by dressing up the cartons with bright paint colors. Try a color block design or simple patterns like stripes and dots. 

Featured Below: Minted

egg cartons - minted

Set the scene with these festive DIY egg balloons! Blow up solid pastel balloons and add egg designs with white paint.

Featured Below: Balloon Time

balloons - balloon time

Make some cinnabunnies for breakfast! You can use your ordinary cinnamon rolls from the grocery store, just break off some pieces to use as ears.

Featured Below: A Subtle Revelry

cinnabunnies - a subtle revelry

DIY an Easter basket like no other with orange poster board and fringe. Then, fill your carrot with more Easter goodies.

Featured Below: The House that Lars Built

candy basket - the house that lars built

Whether you’re visiting family, hosting a brunch, or staying home with the kids, we wish you all a very happy DIY Easter! 

-Katie