February 12, 2016

D.I.Y: Let Cupid Decorate Your Drinks


Add this last minute decoration to your fabulous Valentine's Day party with help from our free printable. These adorable and simple drink tags are a festive way to tie together all your decorations. Pink, black, and white complement any decor for an easy final touch.  



Feature these tags on straws and stirrers as pictured, or mix it up by using them on tooth picks and display with your delicious desserts. We also added decorative washi tapes for a distinct look and some shiny tinsel for a touch of bling.  There really is no way for this craft to go wrong. You can even have guests assemble their own for a hands-on activity and an easy way for them to tell their beverages apart throughout the festivities.
 

Download the free printable of the Valentine's Day drink decorations here. Be sure to share your creations with us by tagging @finestationery on Instagram and Twitter!

February 8, 2016

Sincerely: A Conversation with Wild Heart Events, Part II

This week we bring you more wise wedding planning advice from the amazing Jaime Kostechko from Wild Heart Events. For this segment we talk budgeting for your big day and the one big question you should always ask before making wedding planning decisions. Planning a wedding is hard work and can drive every bride-to-be crazy at some point so take a peek at Jaime's advice below for an honest look at the first steps in the process.


Q : How should a bride plan out a budget for her wedding? What are the most important things to consider?
A : Every couple needs to consider their priorities. Some people want to take away great photos, some are more concerned with the entertainment and memories and other want to make a killer first impression with their invitation. As a planner, I send each potential client an initial consultation form to get a better idea of where they want to spend their money and what is important to them. We pride ourselves on the ability to work with clients within their budget to make their day magical.  I definitely think that it is important for brides that are on a tight budget to really look at what the venue includes, what they require and hire a planner ASAP to go over any hidden costs associated!  
Q : Is there one question you ask every bride?
A : I always ask my clients about what they like and dislike regarding weddings they have attended. This gives me an idea of what is really important to them…. deep down. Everyone remembers bad food, or a band that biffed it! But the good memories people take away from weddings always seem to resonate.
Take a look at these gorgeous photos from this private seaside wedding where the bride and groom took an intimate approach to celebrating with their loved ones. More photos from this wedding featured on Wild Heart Events website and are courtesy of Cara Robbins Studio.


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February 5, 2016

Sips & Spirits: Punch Drunk Love

Celebrate Valentine's Day in a sweet and surprising way with this champagne cocktail. Indulge in this sweet treat for a romantic touch to your night. This aperitif has a simple ingredient list and can be created in a few short steps.



The sweet flavor from the raspberry sorbet mixes with the dry flavor of the sparkling wine for unique taste. Your sweetheart will love the unexpected yet delicious taste of this bubbly love potion.  

    


Ingredients:

1 container of raspberry sorbet ice
1 bottle of Champagne
Fresh raspberry for garnish

Instructions: 

1. Place small scoops of the sorbet in the bottom of your champagne flutes.
2. Pour the champagne over the sorbet and garnish with fresh raspberries for a romantic touch.


Add a unique touch by using our Kate Spade drink tags for a chic touch, you can find them here.

February 1, 2016

Sincerely: A Converstation with Wild Heart Events, Part I

Welcome to our new weekly feature where we bring you important answers to the toughest wedding planning questions. The knowledge we present is courtesy of Jaime Kostechko, the owner and creative director of the whimsical and unique wedding planning company, Wild Heart Events. Based in California, this design and planning firm offers many options to help your big day go off without a hitch. With 10 years of wedding and hospitality experience, Jaime has seen it all. For our first round of questions, we sat down with her to pick her brain about how she started in this business and what makes this job so special.


Q : What piqued your interest in Wedding Planning?
A : I got my start managing restaurants and coordinating events within the hospitality industry. I loved this aspect of the job and always put my heart into people’s special occasions. I also found that I had a knack for design (which I accredit to my late mother who was an interior designer). After having kids and taking a break from a 60+ hour a week job outside of home, I decided to brand myself and take a leap of faith to start my own business doing what I love while still being able to be around my children.
Q : Where to you draw inspiration from for the weddings you work on?
A : I am known for being pretty outside the box in the wedding world. Where many planners draw from neutral, chic elegance, I like bold colors and pattern. I love visual merchandising, unique textiles and earthy elements such as concrete, leather and wood. I like to infuse the personalities of each of my couples into their event, and draw inspiration from their personal style!
Q : What your favorite wedding you worked on? 
A : It is SO hard to pick a favorite so I might have to cite a few. I had a bride come to me with dreams of a wedding including dinosaurs, geometric shapes, a ferris wheel and a custom laser-cut ‘Heck Yeah’ sign.  We brought in 5 food trucks, a custom geometric structure and some amazing florals and the guests had a blast!  I also had a bride and groom with dreams of a black tie wedding on an organic farm with an OLD greenhouse….we ended up building a wood deck on a bluff overlooking the ocean for the ceremony and building out the interior of the greenhouse with custom bars, sequins, velvet and tons of lighting to reflect off of all the glass.  It was truly magical.  
Below, take a look at some of the top shots from the greenhouse wedding mentioned above. The photography from Mi Belle Photographers is perfect wedding inspiration for an outdoor wedding at a unique venue with tons of bold florals.

For a look at the full wedding gallery on the Wild Heart Events site, here.  Check back next week for tips on How to Get Started Planning your wedding. 

January 29, 2016

Celebrate Galentine's Day with Festive Gifts

This Valentine's Day, make your friends feel special with awesome gifts. Whether or not you have a special someone in your life, it's always great to spoil those that are there with you through thick and thin. Giving a thoughtful gift from the heart always speaks the loudest. The time and effort given to the gift shows those special people just how much they mean to you. A personalized present is always a delightful treat for any time of year and shows the recipient they are truly one-of-a-kind. Spread the love this Valentine's Day and throughout the year with fabulous gifts for the extraordinary people in your life. Take a look at our curated gift guide for inspiration and then follow the links below to shop!






Still looking for inspiration? Check out our Galentine's Day Pinterest Board here for party planning secrets to impress even the pickiest of Cupids.