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Non-Floral Boutonnieres

I love non-floral boutonnieres for the groom and his wedding party. For me, a non-floral boutonniere is a reflection of the groom’s personality – it adds a unique touch that a flower just can’t do. (oh did I say that?)

After a bit of Googling and a review of Pinterest, I found some great ideas below to share.

Love the focus on an inspiring word here

For the nautical wedding, the tiny sailboats are fun…

Sailboats here

Love the vintage feel to the bout below…

Locket boutonniere found here

And for the musician… here

For the Star Wars lover…

Lego Yoda found here

Love the simplicity of a single hand-stitched initial. A small labor of love…

Found here

And for the hunter…I love this!

Found here

Paper quilling…

Paper quilling. Find here

Sweet bout with tiny hearts and blue bird.

Found here

For the avid fly fisherman…

Found here

And last but not least an oragami crane…

Found here

 Comments always welcome.

Save The Date DIY

In an idea world, the wedding experts say we should send the save-the-date card to our guests approximately six months in advance. Well, we tried…haha, but we are at the five month mark and I’m okay with that. Most of our guests are from the Boulder area so we have been actively spreading the word. But now it’s official…and let’s take a look.

I gave Annie a few save-the-date format options and she ultimately chose a ‘story’ format which relies on different fonts to highlight little snippets from her love story with Kevin and to announce the wedding date.

Ta-Da!! Lots of blood, sweat and tears were expended on this simple project but we produced a save-the-date that we are proud of – complete with a card created from my Photoshop Elements, lined envelope with Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 116 chosen by Annie (which of course I needed to Google and  translate) and beautifully hand-addressed envelopes my sister Megan (the MOB) skillfully penned with gold calligraphy ink.


Save-The-Date created with gold foil

When I tilt the photo you can see the gold shine of the text.


Sparkle of the gold foil

Here’s a quick run-down of the card making supplies…

  • antique gold 5×7 card stock (A7) for background. I wanted a double-matted look.  Paper Source here
  • slate envelope (A7) also from the Paper Source here
  • white card stock 110lb on which text is printed. Staples
  • paper for envelope liner from Michael’s. I chose a paper with a bit of shimmer since we have a metallic color palette. I used this how-to guide from to create the liner. here
  • free fonts from to create my text.  here
  • double-sided tape to adhere white printed card to gold background card. Must be ‘permanent’ and not ‘removable’. Can find tape at an office supply store such as Staples.
  • gold calligraphy ink for addressing envelope from Laura Hooper Calligraphy on-line shop here
  • calligraphy pen – Megan already owned a pen but you can find them in art supply aisles of craft stores or Laura Hooper’s on-line shop
  • gold laminating foil here.  roll size 8″ x 100′
  • laminator. here

The biggest stumbling block was the need to have the text be a metallic gold. Talk about stress! I priced out having the cards professionally printed with gold metallic ink. Ouch! Approx $400 to print 85 white cards – and that does not include the gold border stock, liner and envelopes.

So I looked to Google for answers and I found a scrapbook artist Jennifer McGuire of – who I think walks on water now :)  As she explains, two things are critical for transfering gold foil…

#1 – your black and white artwork must be printed from a laser printer not inkjet. If you don’t have one, then print your original artwork from an inkjet printer and take that artwork to a copy center that uses laser printers – very simple solution. I went to the local Staples and they made copies of my original.

#2 – you need a laminator. I purchased an inexpensive model from Staples for $27 here.  I love it. It is small, easy to use and can be tucked away easily between uses. Now I’m ready for this year’s badge-making for student council election :)

I’m attaching Jennifer’s how-to video here because it is very thorough. She demonstrates 5 ways to add metallic gold  to your projects. Jump to minute 11:28 and you can view the step-by-step process I used.  It’s easy and works!

Our costs for the paper products:                   Cost for mechanics:

  • Envelope –              .43                              Laminator   $ 27
  • Gold Stock –           .21                              Gold Foil     $ 19 (used 1/2 roll)
  • Wh. Card Stock –   .01                              Gold Ink      $ 22
  • Liner –                     .05

TOTAL                  .70/ per card                         TOTAL           $ 68

.70 x 85 cards = $60 + $68 (mechanics) = $128 GRAND TOTAL

Now that’s a savings!!

I must confess though…I am a member of AmazonPrime which allows for two-day free shipping. I pay $100 per year for this service. But, now I don’t hesitate to order what I need from Amazon instead of driving around Cape Cod looking for the product. Makes my life much easier and I have shipped far more than $100 worth in just two short months of being a member.

Our next challenge is the invitation :)

Comments welcome.

Drink Flags!

I love little details at a party and drink flags are just one of those details that make me smile. So easy to make or simply go on to and you will find every shape and kind available to order.  The possibilities are endless.  Not only does Annie plan on having a signature drink but a cute little flag will definitely be tagging along :)

Some people use flags for a colorful accent… Ahoy!

DIY instructions here

Oh! this champagne toast looks very welcoming…

found on Minted  here

 Pink and purple variations…without even seeing the drink I bet this was a festive party!

found on e.Claire Creations here

Loving these glittery pom pom ball flags!

found on Martha Stewart

And some people use flags that say something…

found on the Glitter Guide here

Etsy shop here

found on buzzfeed here

Etsy shop here

Etsy shop here

And I guess these map drink flags are to help the guests get home…

Etsy shop here

When all is said and done, the tiny drink flags add a whimsical touch to the simplest beverage.

There is no wrong or right here except to have fun creating them.

Comments always welcome…

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