Event Inspiration: Come cozy up at the lodge!

Happy Wednesday everyone! This Wednesday we are taking a break from real weddings and we are showcasing our event that The Dandelion Patch hosted. This year the talented Grit + Grace helped bring this lodge to life! We celebrated the planners that make our jobs possible! We are so thankful for the clients that they bring to us to find their perfect wedding suite. 

 

Also, we’d like to thank all the vendors who made this event possible! We are so thankful for all of you! 

Photography: Abby Jiu and Lisa Ziesing | Flowers: Edge Florals |  Paper Products: The Dandelion Patch | Planning: Grit and Grace | Entertainment: Bialeck Music | Decor: Social Supply Decor + Design | Makeup: Makeup by Ana B | Catering: Windows Catering | Lighting: John Farr Lighting

Lastly, don’t forget to follow us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

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)!

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!

Holiday Special: Sweet Treats and Spooky Reads

With this spook-taculicious holiday just around the corner, we’re switching gears from wedding trends to a more general topic: party treats! But not just any spooky party treats, either. In preparation for this year’s All Hallows’ Eve, we’ve selected some of our favorite desserts inspired by dark classics in literature. You’ll have your guests chuckling in no time once they see your clever creations!

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Take a sip! Try a bite! Will you grow to be a giant the size of a cottage, or shrink down enough to fit through a teeny-tiny door in the wall?

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Bring the temptation up a notch – now your guests will surely be scrambling to find out what exactly you’ve concocted for them!

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Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a carriage ride with the White Witch in addition to servings of these tasty Turkish Delights.

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If you’ve come ready with your own additional (personal) ingredients, step right on up and prepare yourself for an interesting night ahead…

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Cupcakes make for better desserts than apples, period.

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Have the Weird Sisters inspired you to “Double, double, toil and trouble” in your own cauldron for this night? Try this “Eye of Newt” punch and tell us what you think!

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Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore” as we continue to commemorate the man behind our favorite dark poems and short stories!

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No one knows why the Frankenstein monster is green, but we’re just going to play along!

For more inspiration on all things fabulous and festive, be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Happy Halloween-Eve, everyone!

Fountains of Love (for Food!)

A good question to ask in regards to catering for your reception: how does one feed his or her guests and keep ’em entertained at the same time? Well, ponder no further! In addition to resolving the essential required qualities in question, food fountains are also sharable and come in unlimited supply (for a good while, at least!); and think of all the friendly interactions your guests could be having with one another while trying to figure out how to best use the apparatus? There are simply too many pros to not include one of these at your event!

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There’s no way we’d leave out the classic cho-co-lat-é fountain, suitable for all dessert dippings!

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Just in queso you get stuck when coming up with ideas for catering…

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But a ranch dip is equally lovable!

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What’s a celebratory occasion without its own champagne station?

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When life doesn’t give you lemons, you go out an buy some pink lemonade punch. See? Easy-peasy, lemon-(not)-squeezy!

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For meat lovers out there, this is your time to shine!

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Not one for the salty, tangy taste? Opt for a sweeter (albeit stickier) fountain choice!

Any food fountain will surely leave quite the impression! But so will your stationary! Check out our gallery of pretty paper on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and let The Dandelion Patch bring you the highest quality paper goods to further impress your guests!

Coffee Connections

Coffee comes in many forms. There’s the drink, which many people use as a daily boost of caffeine or take simply out of pleasure. There are the beans, which can be ground up or roasted (and then coated with chocolate!) If you ever find an endless desire to spread the passion for and connect with others over all these forms of coffee, you’re in luck! Over the years, people have figured out plenty of fun, creative ways to incorporate coffee into their wedding events, so get ready, because we’ve got a latte of inspiration coming your way!

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Can’t have a coffee party without a coffee bar, now can we?

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‘Cause if you love it then of course you’ll put a ring on it! (Not to mention the satisfying aroma it’ll be carrying!)

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Not only is this aesthetically enticing, you also know that this spoonful of coffee is going to be equally as delicious!

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Would you like to give it a shot?

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As always, sharing is caring! So coffee lovers, get ready to share some of your grounds for assembly! 

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Vintage coffee mugs hanging against a wooden board backdrop create the perfect atmosphere for a coffee party!

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If you’re going to have a coffee party, coffee puns are an absolute must-have!

Thanks for “bean” a great audience and a supportive reader! For more wedding inspirations, connect with us, 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!

Pool Party, Cool Party, Wedding Day Festivity

Summertime holds a plethora of creative possibilities when it comes to weddings, one of which includes a favorite American pastime of the season – going to the pool! Or rather, to better fit our intended scenario – “having a pool present (while your guests come to you to help celebrate.)” While the tiny body of shimmering water appears particularly inviting when one is constantly enveloped by the fiery temperatures of Earth life, we are (unfortunately) not here today to discuss pool parties, or splashing, not even tanning. Instead, we’ve decided that pools can play a huge role in wedding decor too! In other words, to compensate for the lack of water-based activity, simply throw yourself into amplifying the visual properties of “pool time” instead!

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No need to keep track of each individual piece of decoration when you can simply project mesmerizing textures onto the water’s surface!

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Another effortless way to beautify your liquid space: flowers! We think vibrant individual blooms such as the ones pictured above work best in delivering the natural, organic look; they seem to carry a bit more control in presentation than the arbitrary sprinkling of petals.

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But if you’re up for a more cohesive arrangement, bouquets are fabulous pool accents too! From far away, they’re practically giant, colorful, floating pom-poms!

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Candlelight in the evening gives off a soft glow that’ll keep up the cheerful spirits!

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Imagine crickets chirping, the voices of the wedding celebration floating in the background just as these paper lanterns rest on the water’s surface and provide none other than a soothing presence at the end of the day.

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What’s a wedding without monograms? We’ve also seen people spell out entire letters

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Make a cute “cover” for your pool by stringing up some floral pieces and weaving them across the surface! Get that burst of color going on your fancy flower web!

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Who knew walking, much less dancing, on water would ever be possible on your wedding day? Count on plexiglass to perform wonders to wow!

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Not your average way of hosting a bridesmaids’ party, but having to scavenge the waters for the one box with your name on makes this all the more enticing!

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If you’re planning an absolute fiesta, we say go all out with pool floats!

Got a cool pool (wedding) party in mind or upcoming? We at The Dandelion Patch would love to hear about how you plan to decorate your pool space! Connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

How to: Assemble the Perfect Guest Gifts!

If you are having a destination wedding, or just want to treat your guests who are staying for your wedding weekend, the best way to thank them is to create a gift bag for them! This may seem like an overwhelming task, but trust us, there is a way to make this trend work for any type of wedding and every wedding budget! The most important thing is personalization: making your guests feel special on your day! Here are some tips on how to best make your family and friends feel just as excited for your wedding as you are.

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-PERSONALIZATION! This bag is adorable because it speaks directly to the state the wedding is taking place in. Howdy!

-Cute coasters are a fun way to bring some color and design into your welcome bag.

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-Including a map or list of activities/events for the weekend. Offering your guests options of things to do to make your weekend even more fun is a great way to get them involved. The Patchettes are the perfect source to custom design pieces like this!

– How adorable are these custom bride and groom cupcakes? So original!

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-This bag is totally custom: including your wedding colors, fonts, monograms, or design in these bags is the perfect way to keep the theme going!

-A door sign is the perfect way to keep your friends and family comfy in their beds the next day, and is a cute favor.

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-Personalizing your bags with your names or wedding date is a really adorable custom detail.

– Add your favorite snacks that are unique to the area your wedding is in for a little flair!

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-Want something small and inexpensive? Go for the hangover kit! Tiny, adorable, and memorable!

-So cute and funny (but they actually might help everyone out from their long night of partying!). Include things like mints, aspirin, or eye masks so your guests can refresh. 

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– Throw in a tiny bottle of bubbly to get the party started early!

-Perfume, shampoo, bath salts, or soap are all a great way to ensure your guests are staying fresh and  happy all weekend!

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-Have some room in your budget to splurge on your guests? This is the way to do it: creating a custom basket filled with goodies for them to take home or use during their weekend is one way to surely impress.

-Making these baskets as unique to your wedding location as possible is what makes them special and unique!

We certainly hope we get to be a guest at a wedding like one of these in the future! For more inspiration or pretty paper visit us at The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

It’s Confetti Time!

You heard right – it’s confetti time! We love confetti! It’s our favorite thing ever: paper – in a fun little form. Confetti seems to be the one party item that never goes out of style. While you may not think confetti for your wedding day, it’s perfect for showers, birthdays, anniversaries and more! Take it from us, the party-loving Patchettes, every good party needs some cute confetti!

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The current confetti trend is “the bigger, the better.”

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These trendy, confetti tubes are super easy to make!

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Finally, make your own custom confetti if you’re really feeling crafty!

We hope you create some fabulous party decor with these confetti ideas! Let the Patchettes helps you decorate with banners, place cards, and more. For all sorts of pretty paper inspiration, follow The Dandelion Patch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter