A “Hole” Lotta Donuts on Display

Happy Monday, everyone! We’ve decided to start off this week’s inspiration posts with a year-round-favorite munchable – donuts! Regardless of which party they feature in – brunch reception or bridal party, birthday celebration or holiday dinner (@ X’mas!) – presentation is key to a sugar-glazed success! Work up displays like these and we guarantee a “lit” factor of cream-coated fingers and jelly-filled joyousness!

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As the author of this blog had said, putting anything on a stick and tying a ribbon at the end makes it a part of something much more festive! Of course, a drink pairing doesn’t hurt either – hence the apple cider.

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Typically you can only fit one donut in each hand, but now you’ll be able to snag as many as you can fit via kabob skewers!

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Top off your delicious donut stack with with a whipped cream finish! Florals serve as an excellent garnishing device, so use them to your advantage!

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Sweet treats for only the most glitter glam of donut diners!

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Even if you didn’t like blueberry all that much, or cake all that much, you’ll probably say yes to this one just for the topping!

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Which one to begin with will be the most difficult question you have ever asked yourself as you stand in front of this wall of sugar-filled well-roundedness!

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Pack a treat for each of your lovely guests!

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*Insert romantic donut pun* 😉

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A donut for me, a donut for you!

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Hook ’em up for all to see!

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Practice your typography skills with some delicious donut letters!

With so much pun-tential on the table, we gladly offer our “hole”some paper services for any signage or labeling for a donut display that’ll leave guests absolutely dumbfounded! Connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more inspiration in Foodtopia (because we also donut have very strong resolve when it comes to rainbow candy sprinkles and frosting)!

Trend Alert: Dinner of Veggies n’ Spice

Alas, we part ways with yet another year’s Thanksgiving dinner – but not being taking a snippet of that as inspiration for the future! As we take a moment to reminisce the incredibly satisfying feast from last night, we pick up on the rich splashes of autumnal tones in the vegetables present on the table and cannot help but wonder how delightfully refreshing they might look in their most natural form. Hence we bring you today’s trend alert! Table setting and centerpieces that incorporate the season’s harvests and spices are sure to wow your guests in their organic charm!

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Holiday Special: Season’s Cocktail Campaign

Studies in the past have demonstrated rising trends in cocktail consumption as a result of audiences’ growing preference for “authenticity”. So, to all party-hosts-to-be (Hint, hint: T-2 days until Thanksgiving!) – in addition to that scrumptious feast, those gorgeous party decor and exciting activities you’ve got hidden up your sleeves – if you are looking to really blitz up the spirit of the occasion, look no further! Here, we’ve brought in sample cocktail beverages that we think perfectly embodies the fall season flavor. From the homey aroma of pumpkin to the spicy tang of cinnamon, from autumn maple to freshly harvested fruit, we simply cannot wait to fine dine and cocktail the night away!

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Additional vodka and Kahlúa (coffee-flavored liqueur) makes a delicious 21+ version of everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice latte.

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Spice up your next chocolatini (think chocolate + martini) with a bit of cinnamon rim sugar!

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Add a fun twist on s’mores adventures!

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While typical Manhattan cocktails already uses syrup, this warm, vanilla-infused Spiced Maple Manhattan has a subtle bite that makes it stand out from the rest!

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A handful of pomegranate seeds and a few sprigs of rosemary to garnish this lovely cocktail does well to complete the aesthetic, but not without a bit of fizz and sparkle!

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This one’s for the summer nostalgic! Fresh blackberries smashed in with a bit of sweet garnish mix sublimely well with a blend of bourbon and ginger beer.

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A refreshing bubbly that could be served for brunch or dinner!

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Here’s a classic gingery Moscow Mule with a splash of apple cider and cranberries to make for the perfect fall feast!

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Perhaps a cool sip of this spiced pear and gin cocktail is just what your guests need!

Here’s to a fantastic evening with family and friends!

If you’re ever looking for pretty paper invitations to preface your party, be sure to check out our gallery of work on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Our clients inspire us daily with their design ideas; we’d love nothing more than to discuss what you might have in mind as well!

How to: Celebrate Your Apple-y Ever After

You know it’s truly autumn when you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed or friends’ Snap-stories and pictures from apple-picking excursions are showing up every weekend. Since apples are so frequently associated with this season, imagine just how perfectly they’ll fit as a fall wedding? Not only does the fruit adapt easily to serve as various elements of a ceremony and/or reception, but the apple also display a palette that projects autumnal vibes. Keep reading to see all the ways these delicious, “doctor-repelling” fruit can be featured!

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Chocolate and caramel coated apple slices are easy and fun to make, but even easier and more fun to eat!

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10 points for each apple you find! You’d be surprised how well they blend into this impressive centerpiece!

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Your guests won’t be able to resist the sweetness once they get a taste of that homemade caramel apple sangria!

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It’s not exactly your typical wedding “cake”, but it definitely sets the tone for the season!

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Though they might not be very edible post-transformation, apple candles are easy to craft and quite stunning to look at!

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Put a seasonal twist on regular mimosas and you get the cinnamon apple cider version instead!

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SURPRISE! What would be your first reaction to such an adorably whimsical proposal?

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Better get the competitive spirit going – rally up your guests for a good ol’ game of apple bobbing!

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And then there’s our classic apple dessert! Some people like to package and wrap ’em up in ribbons and sparkles; others prefer it simple and straightforward. One thing’s for sure though – there is no going wrong with either pick!

If you’re hungry for more appeeling wedding inspiration or would like to browse through apple-easing collection of pretty paper, follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Trend Alert: Origami Accents

We haven’t heard much about origami decor these days, but don’t let that discourage you from including some in your own wedding celebration! These exquisite paper forms are totally DIY-able, meaning a) it makes for a lower-budget party, and b) it’ll be an excellent opportunity to bond with friends or family, whether from spending quality time together while folding paper or through knowing each person’s contribution behind each piece of decoration. You’ll be beyond proud to see all that well-spent time and labor come to life on the day of your party!

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These geometric hangings already look fantastic from this angle; just imagine how amazing it’ll feel once it’s above you at your seat!

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1000 cranes for good luck, as tradition goes!

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Arrange your individual masterpieces into a gorgeous chandelier of origami cranes!

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Though this floral arrangement is the definition of elegance, the fact that it’s made of paper gives it a fun, spunky edge too!

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Origami lotus flower plus candle equals ‘lotus lantern’! (Warning: do not use real candles)

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Place a few colorful pieces in glass bottles to make for adorable table-top decor!

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Guaranteed zero chance of mutiny when each person gets to captain their own ship!

Whether it is advice on paper style and color or a set of origami-oriented stationary that you seek, The Dandelion Patch is glad to help! Make an appointment with us to discuss your ideas in person, or connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! We’d love hear what you have in mind!

Trend Alert: Hula Hoops at your Wedding

Every bride wants their wedding to look elegant, beautiful, and expensive. But not every bride has the budget to make this happen! DIY decorations, if done right, can make just as much of an impression on your guests. 

Here’s today’s out of the ordinary DIY idea: using hula hoops! Hula hoops and embroidery hoops are swinging into the wedding scene as versatile and cheap objects you can use to make your day special! Don’t have a clue what we’re talking about? Check out some of these ideas below to get you started. From their the possibilities are endless!

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You can’t even tell this hanging fixture at a reception is constructed of hula hoops! The greenery completely transforms the space and gives it a light and airy feeling.

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Embroidered hoops are another way to introduce lace or handmade crafts into your ceremony or reception space. Show off your skills!

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Consider using hoops as an escort card holder or as a place to use your names in the reception space for a photo opportunity. 

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Not sold on a chandelier? How about one made of flowers, candles and lace? So boho chic!

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These large greenery fixtures are so romantic for this reception space. 

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Nontraditional bride? How about this spin on a nontraditional bridal bouquet?

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Want more space to use flowers and greenery in your reception space? Just look up!

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Consider this: using smaller hoops to build an archway for your ceremony space? Circular and spectacular, and your guests will be none the wiser you didn’t break the bank!

Like what you see? We have even more inspiration, including our gallery of gorgeous wedding paper over at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Connect with us, we love new friends!

DIY Wedding Trends

With weddings getting more and more expensive, it’s a great idea to do some of the decorating yourself! We know what you’re thinking – DIY decor can be difficult. Maybe you’re not crafty? Well, these ideas are so simple and classy! Anyone can make these DIY ideas work!

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Make your own favors to save money!

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A little ribbon and a flower is all you need for trendy table settings!

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These picks are easy and inexpensive table numbers! You can make them yourself or order off Etsy!

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Follow this link to learn how to make your own confetti!

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All you need for a great photo opportunity is fabric and a little paint – how cute!

We love how simple these wedding DIYs are! What’s your favorite? Share with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Trend Comeback: Gingham

Gingham is making a comeback! This pattern was one of our favorite trends from Fashion Week this year and it is absolutely perfect for summer. You can wear this cute summer print or incorporate it into your wedding or next party. 

Diane Von Furstenberg was one of many designers to use gingham in their Spring 2015 collections. How cute is this look?

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Check out these Miu Miu heels worn by a NYFW attendee, photographed by Anton Lombardi.

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This pattern isn’t just for Fashion Week though! Gingham can add a fun, fashion-forward element to any wedding or celebration. 

Check out this bride’s coral peony bouquet featuring a gingham touch.

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Add a little southern charm to any wedding by dressing your groom in a  gingham shirt.

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Gingham can also be used as a decorative accent on your wedding day. Use gingham in your tablecloths, centerpieces, and invitations.

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If you’re loving this trend, you can even use gingham in your home decor! 

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The gingham trend has even reached food! Check out this stunning bridal shower cake, and these fun DIY cookies for some inspiration.

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How will you incorporate gingham this summer?

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-Jessica