In my opinion, getting married is a huge let down for the girl that had a blast planning it. All that time leading up to it, focusing on the finest details, making sure it’s all perfect… then it’s done in a day. Blah! It’s enough to make some of us go mad. What happens then? We stalk others who are in the planning phase, attaching ourselves to their ideas and putting in our two cents every chance we can get. Yes… I have become that girl. Fortunately/unfortunately for my friend Jessica, she is getting married and I have offered to lend my wedding expertise. (You know having one yourself clearly makes you a professional.)
Jessica is arranging a fall wedding for 2010 and is at the beginning of the planning process. We’ve been throwing around some ideas about economical reception centerpieces and I mentioned the concept of using lanterns. It immediately went on the serious reception decor possibility list as she explained to me how much her and her fiancé love the lanterns they got from Ikea. Since then, I’ve been looking for lantern centerpiece ideas for her.
Here are some of the lantern centerpieces that make my favorite list:
If you have any lantern centerpiece pictures you could share, please do! I’d love to see some more for inspiration (and I know Jessica cannot wait to be annoyed by my sharing again)!!!
With the New Year rung in, it’s time for the dreaded decoration deconstruction. I had a blast this year decorating my new home for Christmas and did a lot of little projects around the place to make it feel festive. Some of my favorites were the Christmas pillows I made.
- I started with 6 completed pillows in various sizes. My mom had a bunch that no longer matched her decor that she gave me to “play” with. Thus, the idea of the Christmas themed pillow covers came to mind. Covers are a great way to change your decor for the holidays or reuse something you otherwise would have given away or thrown out. I think some Valentine’s day pillow covers might need to go into production here soon.
- I then found an online tutorial for how to make a pillow cover with an invisible zipper. I’ve never made a pillow cover before but this blog post from Never Yawn had a great tutorial on this (others listed below). I used fleece for the fabric. I had a guest at our New Years Eve party tell me how much she loved them because they felt like Snuggies!
- Once I was done with the covers, I created shapes and letters out of remaining fabric to attach. I did four of the circles and buttons and two with holiday phrases.
- I applied the cutouts by hand, sewing them on with coordinating embroidery floss. I didn’t use any fancy techniques just a simple straight stitch. I threw some buttons on the pillows with the circle design for a final touch and voilà!
Here are some other great posts on how to make a pillow cover: