Edible Escort Cards posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Events, Food and Beverage, Uncategorized, Weddings

As an event designer, I love to find unexpected ways to use everyday items, and even more am over the moon when I find ways for these items to pull double duty at an event. Lately, I have been crazy about the idea of having edible escort cards. Sure the tent card will suffice, but why not have a nice treat for your guests to enjoy as they arrive to the reception? Or select an item befitting you and your groom that could double as a favor.

Think custom labeled soda in vintage-looking glass bottles, cupcake bites, macaroons or lollipops accented with a personalized flag. Perhaps a jar of honey or a lavender sachet would make the perfect place card and favor combination for your guests. The possibilities are near endless.

My personal top pick – greeting guests with a refreshing beverage upon arrival that also includes the deets on seats for the reception. Not into soda? Opt for a specially blended lemonade for an afternoon outdoor reception luncheon or take this idea uptown using customized champagne minis for an evening dinner affair.

Here are a few other faves I’ve spyed for inspiration.

So, it’s to you Society – do you love this take on the escort card? What are some ideas that you have for items that would make a great presentation?


Photo Credits: 100 layer cake, style me pretty, southern fried paper, vintage confections

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Tie One On – Festive Napkin Folds posted in: Entertainment, Events, How Tos

Need a last minute way to add some festivity to your Memorial Day Celebration tables? Look no further. Try one of these cute napkin folds to jazz up your luncheon or picnic.

Pinwheel Napkin Ring

What you’ll need to create this look:

  • Linen Napkin (pressed)
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Pinwheel

How to:

  1. 1. Lay napkin flat, seams facing up.
  2. 2. Fold the top and bottom edge in (bottom up approx. 2 inches, top down approx 1 inch)
  3. 3. Insert flatware inside the bottom fold (begin approx 2 inches in from the right edge)
  4. 4. Fold the right edge over the  inserted flatware and roll to the left edge
  5. 5. Place the seam facing down and wrap the roll with ribbon and tie
  6. 6. Secure pinwheel to the front (using ribbon to tie or with a hot glue gun)
  7. 7. Voila!

If you have opted to use disposable wares for your picnic, the tie below is a fast, easy and inexpensive (all supplies total less than $5) option……it also makes for a fun craft with the wee tots.

Baby You're a Firework!

What you’ll need:

  • Disposable dinner napkins
  • 1-2 packages of gift shred (one package will make several napkin accents. However, you may opt for two to create as I did for more color)
  • twist ties

How to:

  1. 1. Gather several strands of shred (number will depend on how full you want your “firework” to be – for the look in the photos use 15-20 piece bundles)
  2. 2. Hold shred end to end and fold in half
  3. 3. Secure with a twist tie in the center of the length of the folded bundle
  4. 4. Use scissors to cut the lopped end of the bundle to create the frayed look
  5. 5. Repeat steps 1-4 to create a second bundle
  6. 6. Roll flatware inside of the napkin
  7. 7. Next, take two firework bundles – secure the first perpendicular to the napkin roll and secure to the front with a twist tie. Place the second firework bundle atop the first running       the length of the napkin roll and affix with a twist tie
  8. 8. All done!

These easy accents will leave you plenty of time to relax and enjoy a cocktail….or three before your guests arrive. Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Happy picnicing!

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