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Participar de um “junta pratos” é um programinha super divertido, já que não dá muito trabalho para ninguém e a criatividade pode rolar solta! E se prepararmos tudo com carinho e com uma atenção especial pode ser ainda mais. Olha que dicas lindas de apresentação, você pode nem se uma cozinheira de mão cheia, mas com certeza vai fazer o maior sucesso.


Fotos Rogério Voltan – via Casa e jardim


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I invited Kristen J. from the blog Wedding (Version 2.0) to be our second guest blogger and exchange some ideas about decorating a Wedding party. Kristen’s been married for a few years now, but she’s planning the wedding ceremony she never had in the form of a vow renewal.

I simply loved her post about not using flowers to decorate her wedding. It’s her wish and nothing is more appropriate in a wedding than doing what you feel like doing.  Here it is, in her own words:

“A flowerless wedding…  Can it be done?  Should it be done?

In our case, the answer is most definitely… yes!  I have never been the type of girl who gushed over the idea of being sent roses.  Instead, I would feel bad that flowers had to die just so I could look at them inside my house.  Send me a potted plant that I can help to grow and enjoy for years and I’m yours!  So, the thought of killing tons of flowers just for a wedding ceremony and reception really rubs me the wrong way, at least when it comes to my own wedding.

The theme of our wedding is the Adirondack woods, so we are going to try to keep the decor natural, without having to kill any plants.  Our centerpieces are going to be living terrariums that people can take home with them, which will hopefully continue to live and grow for a long time.  We are also intending to use pine cones and leaves in some way on the guest tables at the reception.

At first I tossed around the idea of possibly having a flower bouquet to carry down the aisle, but I was never really sold on the idea.  Part of me felt like it was wrong for me not to carry one, but the other part of me rebelled against the idea of doing something just because everyone else does it, and the proverbial “they” say that I have to.  In addition, flowers are expensive!  Holy cow!  Still, I didn’t know what else to do, and I thought it would be weird to walk down the aisle empty handed.  Where would I put my hands?

Eventually, after looking around on the internet for who knows how long, I fell back to my old friend etsy and stumbled across something that is perfect for me:

It’s called a Rustic Firefly Lantern and is made by April Hiler Designs.  This completely fits our wedding theme, is really cute, and nothing needed to die in order for it to be made!  Better yet, it won’t wilt a few hours after the wedding, and I’m sure I can find another use for it!  Inside the basket is preserved sheet moss, dried grapevine, and faux fern fronds, along with a little string of LED lights.

Etsy is absolutely full of great items that could be used for a wedding instead of flowers!

It may not be customary or commonplace, but it wouldn’t really be our wedding if we did things like everyone else, now would it!”

And how would you like the idea of fruit centerpieces?

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Planning a party can be an exciting, but also very stressful activity. If you are not an organized person or don’t mind the details, I advise you to give it up and hire professional help. Actually, depending on the amount of guests, you can be 100% hands on or you can have as little work as making the guest list, it’s up to you.

I’ve just came back from Brazil where I threw an engagement brunch for 60 guests. Here’s how it happened:

1- FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Since it was around Christmas time, it was impossible to find time to prep, cook and bake for so many people. So, a local catering company was hired to bring the food for the buffet table, sweets for the desert table and all non-alcoholic beverages.

2- PROSECCO: I bought four cases at a local liquor store and left a couple of extra cases in stand by in case of need (one more was needed so I had a friend to pick it up for me). Whiskey was also available but since it was too hot outside, guests preferred the sparkling wine.

3- MUSIC: A local duo was hired to play background music since it was not a party with a dance floor.

4- FLOWERS: Since I wanted fuchsia color flowers, and I know how hard (or expensive) it is to find these flowers at this time of year, I bought artificial flowers that worked even better. Look online for better deals and get only the ones that look real. Everybody was asking where I got such gorgeous flowers. And of course, they are now stored for the next opportunity.

5- IDENTITY: Every event needs an identity. It can be a theme, a color palette, a number… anything. This party was pink and brown and had some “romance” in the air. Since I’m a DIY person, I designed the invitation, the labels for the favors and the food, sewed the felt garlands, packaged the favors and set up the venue according to a decoration plan.

6- FAVORS: Fans to escape from the hot weather, handmade sachet, lollypop for the kids and the LUP (since the groom sells iPhone accessories online).

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a Video from Home Depot with tips for the house.

a video from Kates Paperie with gift wrapping tips (not so useful, but a lot of fun!)

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If you are planning on building, remodeling or redecorating, these sites could be very useful for you:

DIYORNOT.com – Their free Web tool allows you to search for a project and find out the relative cost (specific to your ZIP code) and the time it would take to do it yourself compared to hiring a professional.

NOBETTERDEAL.com – bargain shopping website for electronics and furniture.

MRHANDYMAN.com – a full-service repair and maintenance company specializing in taking care of everything on your “To Do” list.

MYBLUESOFA.com – online marketplace and community for anything home related. You can browse the wide variety of furniture and home decor items provided by many different sellers, and shop locally or worldwide. Whether your style is vintage, modern, shabby, cozy or any other you can find something there.

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Here are some ideas to throw a stress free dinner party during the Holiday Season.

1- Ask your family what traditions they love, and what they wouldn’t miss if they were gone. Focus on the favorites; nix the rest.

2- Include an easy-to-assemble crafts project at the kid’s table, so young guests have something to occupy them.

3- Let yourself off the hook and skip the “everything from scratch” mentality. Go boxed, jarred or purchased for items that are not the most important items on the table.

4- Serve a specialty drink or ask one of the guest to be responsible for it.

5- Keep it simple. The simpler the plan, the more you will enjoy the holiday, too.

6- Start cleaning the place in advance. Clean the main rooms, a little each day. Even set the table a few days before if you don’t use the dining room daily.

From Better Homes and Garden magazine.

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Halloween Bottle Labels

Halloween Cup Labels

Halloween Placecards

These are from organize.com, but I’m sure you can DO IT YOURSELF!

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