Archive for October, 2011

Delicious Cupcakes

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Check out these delicious cupcakes I made.  Cinnamon caramel cupcakes with buttercream icing.

In fact, the icing on these delicious cupcakes is a modification of Sprinkle’s icing. Mmmmm.

Watch for the recipe for these delicious cupcakes (will be posted soon, I promise!).

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical for all!

Fall Flower Arrangement

Monday, October 17th, 2011


Here is an easy to make fall flower arrangement that takes no time and adds a bit of fun and whimsy to your table.  This easy flower arrangement will work great for any outdoor event whether it is a wedding or backyard party.

To make this fall flower arrangement just pick your favorite type of flowers such as sunflowers and Gerber daisies to name a couple, mix the arrangement with some greens and cut the stems. Then, purchase mason jars from either a kitchen supply store or your local home accessory store.

Add water and there you have an easy flower arrangement that takes no time to make.

I’ve seen this fall flower arrangement for outdoor country weddings as well as western themed parties.  For more easy flower arrangement ideas, click here.

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical for all!

Non-Profit Benefit Tea

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Many benefits have come from writing my book, Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget. One of them is to offer a donation via book sales to the Diamond Tea Benefit taking place this year on October 22nd in Portland, Oregon.

The Diamond Tea non-profit benefit offers life changing speaker presentations, women-owned business vendor booths, a sophisticated high English tea menu and philanthropic opportunities which support women-in-need nonprofits and children’s programs. This year the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity  Women Build Portland/Metro East and Pacific Crest Academy Camas WA Science/Technology and Teacher Enrichment Programs.

This non-profit benefit event still has table sponsorships available. Tables run $1000 for 10 guests. If you can’t make the event, don’t worry, your tickets will be put to good use via their new Pay it Forward Program whereby sponsors can donate their tickets to women in current financial need.

To help this non-profit benefit tea increase its donations to the selected charities, I will be donating 25% of each sale of Budget Bash from now until December 31st, 2011.  So hurry up and purchase your copy of  Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget today and make a difference in someone’s life.

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical for all!

Elegant Wedding Invitations

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Having just gone through the wedding process, I thought I would touch upon selecting elegant wedding invitations including customized wedding invitations.  Also included in this article are some helpful hints when creating your wedding invitation guest list.

It is always nice to set the tone of your wedding regarding who the two of you are and what you two want your wedding to be with your wedding invitation. For us, we wanted to have an elegant, heart warming wedding but still keep it fun and whimsical.  One of the ways we did this was to work with a company that specializes with customized wedding invitations, A Papier.  I have worked with Alyson and her team previously and her company was on my list when I wanted to send elegant wedding invitations for my wedding.

For our customized wedding invitations, we started by selecting the print style and the paper.  For me, weight is everything when it comes to paper and I personally like a heavy-weighted wedding invitation. In addition, I selected letterpress printing because I believe this type of printing provides a sense of importance and adds to the look of elegant wedding invitations.

We decided in the beginning that our wedding colors were to be celadon and gold and we liked the multilayer look created by the three different types of papers used on our invite. The French satin ribbon that was applied by hand at each of the corners created a framed look to our invite and is another one of the benefits when selecting customized wedding invitations.

Finally, we created our own logo for our elegant wedding invitations. We took our initials and interlocked them with a heart!

When considering who you are inviting to your wedding, here are some helpful tips in creating your wedding invitation guest list:

Use a spreadsheet program, such as Excel from Windows, Numbers from Apple or the spreadsheet offered in Google Documents.  These programs will save time in the long run.  The list will be neat and clean and easy to read.

You can alphabetize the guest list and always modify it for future parties.  You can easily add columns such as guest count, meal choice or gift brought.  Plus, you can merge the file to create labels for any purpose, whether it is the actual invitation, place card or thank you note.

Not sure about the particular spelling of someone’s name?  Don’t hesitate to call and ask.  Trust me, it is better to call and ask than to have the guest call and inform you of your mistake.

I hope you gained some tips for your wedding list as well as picked up on a couple of ideas to create your own elegant wedding invitations.  When considering customized wedding invitations, note they will be more expensive but you have the freedom and creativity to make something unique and special for the two of you.

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Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical for all!