Friday Facts: All about Cheese!

Happy Friday everyone! We hope everyone had a great week! Now it’s time for some relaxing and to read up on cheese! Yes, cheese! Brides today are now picking cheese as a healthier (more savory) alternative to cake. This way they still get the affect of having a cake but it is still something unique to your own personality! 

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Have your wedding cake out of cheese wheels with toppings of fruits to make the colors pop! 

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Have markers in the laters so guest know what you are serving! 

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Still want to have a cake for your reception but need something for cocktail hour? Have a cheese and meat spread for your guest to snack on! 

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Loving all the texture that this cake brings! It is so fun how the different cheeses makes this so unique! 

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Whats better than a cheese wheel cake? The cute bride and groom mouse toppers! 

We love that couples are stepping outside of the norms for their wedding! It is another aspect of their ceremony and reception that is so personalized to them! 

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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!

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Real Wedding: New York Public Library Glamorous Nuptials

The brides, Lauren and Emily, were absolutely radiant as they celebrated their love with an intimate wedding and a glamorous reception. While keeping their wedding tasteful and personal, the couple made sure to let their overarching concept of “modern meets traditional” shine through, evident through photography by Roey Yohai. Their invitation included a classy fan motif inspired by the cover art of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel and gold foil-embossed lettering. To celebrate their Jewish heritage, they first held a private ceremony to sign their kebutah, or wedding contract, edited so that traditional concepts of husband-and-wife could instead speak more to their modern, same-sex marriage. Later, with a party overflowing with both glam and grand, they rounded up the day’s events at the New York Public Library with a fabulous reception featuring exquisite jewel-toned florals and exotic lighting! They expressed their gratitude for the love and support showered upon them by friends and family to help them celebrate “the most important day of [their] lives”!








Thanks and cheers to all vendors on the team for such a successful evening! We can’t wait for another opportunity to work together!

Photography: Roey Yohai | Planner: Sidekick Events | Venue: New York Public Library | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Florals: Lewis Miller Design | Dresses: Mark Ingram Atelier | Makeup: Ashlee Glazer | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Lighting, Sound : L&M Sound | Catering: Olivier Cheng Catering and Events

Trend Alert: Sweet Maple Merriment

‘Tis the merry season for maple syrup! Well, that’s not logistically true, as prime tree-tapping season generally occurs in the late-winter or early-spring. However, we’ve found that the common maple palette of rich oranges and golden browns easily fits into any autumn atmosphere! Scroll on ahead for some oh-so-(wedding)-brunchable sweets and treats that will surely leave your guests sticky for more!

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Instead of a perfectly-sculpted, evenly-coated cake, make your brunch party cake stand out with a Pollockian splatter of syrup, whipping cream and berrries galore!

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Nothing carries fall vibes more so than these crunchy bunch of syrup-sweet munch-ables!

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We recommend keeping track of the number of pancakes you go through – for future bragging purposes, of course.

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Why not throw in another fall foodie motif when such a combination is deliciously possible?

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Easy to make, easy to eat, – it’s a total win-win, if you ask us!

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And last but not least, let’s not forget the star of our post! Petite maple-leaf-shaped glass bottles make for fantastic guest favors!

Perhaps you’d like to consider a maple palette for your very own set of fall-season paper goods! Simply call for an appointment, or hit that like/follow button on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more weekly inspiration!

Trend Alert: Feathered Formalities

Feathers have braved the ups and downs of the fashion industry and withstood time, consistently re-emerging as the “latest fad” after adapting a different image. We can trace back to as early as the Medieval culture, when those of high society could afford to show off their status through plumage, to most recently as people’s interest in the light material became re-associated with the 1920s following the premier of Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. But back to our talk of wedding trends: one word – FEATHERS! They represent such rich history from the world of fashion that it would be quite disappointing to leave them out of this discussion!

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Instead of hair accessories with giant, fluffy feathers mimicking trends of prior decades (or centuries) you can keep things contemporary and concise without looking any less chic!

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If the bride gets to be all decked up in bird, then the groom does too!

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Let’s talk bouquets: go all out with a handful of feathers (like the one featured at the wedding of Joe Karnes, of band Fitz and the Tantrums), or perhaps try one that employs only a few for a Great Gatsby aesthetic!

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You’ve got the added embellishments of pure, white feathers, but they don’t consume your entire figure – quite a win-win, don’t you think?

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Pictured above: the winning argument in convincing just about anyone to commit to a feather-filled celebration.

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Who needs a fanfare of trumpets when you can just have giant feathers to section out sacred ground for the arrival of the bride?

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No one wants a half-completed cake. You need one that’s fully-fledged, like this one!

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A centerpiece fit for royalty! Experience the full force of plumage as you dine under this empowering display.

Interested in exploring more? We’d love to have you connect with The Dandelion Patch on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Stay tuned for more fun-filled, inspiration-packed trend features!

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!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Belle Haven Country Club Merry in Monochrome

This week’s Real Wedding Wednesday brings you the tasteful black-and-white themed wedding ceremony of Lindsey and KJ! While already captivating in their elegantly juxtaposed attire – pleasantly matched with white and green bouquets and boutonnieres – the lovebirds made no attempt to conceal their abounding exuberance as they exchanged vows in the presence of friends and family. The Patchettes were able to contribute accordingly with the monochrome theme, providing a simple, classy paper suite for the entire event. The reception took place later that day at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria. As brought to us by the talents of our friendor, Rodney Bailey, both newlyweds and their guests enjoyed the rest of the evening with a live band, a spacious dance floor, perhaps some cigars, and even a surprise birthday celebration!








It was absolutely delightful to work with this lovely team of friendors; and to Lindsey and KJ, we wish you the most merry path forward!

Photographer: Rodney Bailey | Venue: Belle Haven Country Club | Planner: Sara Muchnick Events | Flowers: Petals & Hedges | Cake: Sweets By E | Rentals: VintageLimos.biz | Paper Goods: The Dandelion Patch | Music: Paul Stetsenko | Hair: Cualtzin Salon | Band: White Ford Bronco

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!