Trend Alert Holiday Special: Gathering in Gingham

Happy Labor Day, everyone! This particular holiday has held up a steady reputation as one of the most popular dates for weddings, to which many couples have attributed to the long weekend and guests from other states having more time to complete the journey. However, in light of the spirit of patriotism (inexplicably) attached to this day, we’ve decided on a trend compromise – one that’s not blatantly patriotic, but at the same time provides a smidgen of “America” to continue the culture. Ever heard of Gingham? While most of the plaid-looking pattern fulfills the familiar red-white-and-blue anthem, fortunately for those who already made plans for a non-patriotic wedding, it is casual enough to also be incorporated into other settings!

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Mason jars and blue (or red) gingham ribbon are classic “America day” decor, but they’re extremely versatile too!

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It’s not 4th of July, but as summer days linger on, picnic potential continues to run high! How about a pleasant backyard picnic reception party?

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As a motif of outdoor dining, the classic “red-checkered” look evokes many settings associated with the good ol’ US of A – rustic barnyard, chic countryside, you name it!

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Be it home-made jam or honey, cap off wedding favors with gingham-patterned fabric for a cozy, rustic atmosphere.

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Cupcake liners, basket liners, envelope liners… aside from the obvious fact that they all feature the word “liner”, did you know they also share an affinity for gingham?

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Would you have known otherwise how geometrically glamorous gingham looked on a cake?

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Gingham button-ups look simply dashing on all ages!

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Think of the endless possibilities in decor you’d be able to peruse once you combine patterning with florals!

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Let’s get ready to melt some hearts and make the ladies swoon in a hip, all-gingham three-piece!

Gingham, in its most basic form, is a pattern that one can continue to stylize and work with, so if the commonly seen navy and red palette of this pattern doesn’t suite your tastes, feel free to switch up the color tones, or even incorporate other designs in your presentation! And, like all other patterns, gingham would certainly add a burst of color to your stationary! For more inspiration, follow The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Patch Perfect Bows!

As the Christmas season begins, wrapping gifts will become a way of life for the next three weeks.  Learning how to tie the patch perfect bow will be a useful tip for all your present-wrapping paloozas!

 

Step 1: Tuck your right ribbon under the left ribbon.

Step 2: Pull your right ribbon up and the left ribbon down and pull tightly.

Step 3: Bend your bottom ribbon up to make your first bow loop and point the tail to the right of your package.

Step 4: Wrap your top ribbon around the first bow loop to create your bow middle.

Step 5: As you wrap your top ribbon around the first loop, bend it into your second loop and push it through the hole you’ve created.

Step 6: Pull your loops tightly into a perfect beautiful bow!

Final Step: Enjoy all your present creations!

 

 

-Leslie