Theme for the weekend – Winter Weddings

In the first of our (hopefully) weekly blog posts providing inspiration for weddings and parties based on different themes, it felt only appropriate whilst keeping warm and dry out of the snow to make this weeks “winter wedding inspiration”.

If your planning a winter themed wedding or supply other products or ideas for winter weddings do please feel free to share ideas in the comments below

winter wedding ideas from www.andallthingsnice.net

winter wedding ideas from http://www.andallthingsnice.net

Product links:

White Tissue paper pom poms

Blue paper straws

Saucer Crackers

Snowflake Confetti

Snowflake bauble place card holders

Silver Just Married rock sweets

Silver snowflake glass place cards

Have a lovely weekend snowman making / drinking hot chocolate and hopefully keeping warm

Andrea
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Festive proposals!

As we head into the festive period it’s one of the most popular times of year for wedding proposals.  Both Christmas and New Year are such happy exciting times what better time to make someone’s Christmas even more special.  I must confess to being a Christmas film romantic too, my favourite being “Love Actually” which I watch every year without fail and still get a tear in my eye.  There tends to be that predictable yet still heart warming proposal in most of the Christmas rom com movies from Harry met Sally to Miracle on 34th street.   We’ve found some great ways of proposing to a loved one this Christmas / New Year and hope they provide you with some inspiration:

Personalised proposal poems.

Amy from I Want a Poem has written several poems for us in the past one for a best man speech and the other as a wedding gift for our lovely friends Alex and Lisa who are travelling round the world and needed transportable presents! (you can read this on their blog half way down this page-ish http://2people1life.com/blog/the-whole-journey/?c=tsw_dids2011&pid=287)   Both were a huge hit and we were amazed at how fast Amy turned around such lovely personalised poems.  A personalised poem either in your Christmas card or wrapped up would make a fantastic proposal gift that would be treasured forever

Marry Me Vintage Card Set

I must confess to being a little obsessed with all things vintage and vintage inspired and fell in love with these gorgeous cards by Primrose & Plum

'Marry Me' Vintage Card Set

Each of the cards comes with its own envelope and is blank inside so how you work this would be up to you – perhaps a treasure hunt with you at the end with a ring?! Or perhaps post one a day?

Message In A Bottle Necklace

Made be Wue another beautiful proposal gift idea.  I’m very in love with this website (even if your not thinking of proposals this website is full of beautiful things – as they describe themselves as purveyors of lovely goods and I would definitely agree!).

{marry me} message in a bottle

A super cute mini glass bottle hand filled with sand and a simple message “marry me” typed with a special vintage typewriter called olivetti dora on a silver plated necklace.  While the necklace is being unwrapped and read, move into the key one knee position – a beautiful fairytale proposal!
Rather apt for this blog post the lovely Tiffany (Wu) herself was proposed to on Christmas Eve so is all in support of the festive romantic magic!

A Marry Me Cappuccino!

I love the idea of catching your loved one by surprise and seeing how long it take to notice the chocolate dust on the cappuccino spells out Marry Me! These coffee duster stencils from Mi-Things are perfect for achieving this effect

Simply hold over a mug / cup and sprinkle over chocolate / cocoa powder, serve and await their suprise and hopefully a yes and much happiness.

If your proposing this festive holiday good luck!

Please feel free to share other product ideas and stories from your proposals below

Andrea

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Christmas table looks – Christmas Cheer

So now Christmas town lights are being switched on and the Coca Cola advert is on the television it’s starting to feel Christmassy and so starts me blogging about it! We’ve noticed orders starting to come in faster now for our Christmas table ranges and one of these is the Christmas Cheer Range.  A fun range which appeals to adults and children alike with a fun vintage inspired feel it covers all bases and certainly adds some talking points to the Christmas table.

The range consists of everything from santa hat glass decorations and table confetti to paper plates, perfect for the family Christmas dinner or for gatherings over the Christmas period.  I love that it even includes paper party platters, even less washing up certainly fills me with Christmas Cheer!

No Christmas party table would be complete without a scattering of coordinating table confetti which also comes in handy for annoying recipients of your Christmas cards (in our family this is our overly tidy brother who now opens all cards from us over the bin, the spoil sport!).

The Christmas tree shaped cake stand in the range is a real centrepiece and would look lovely with mince pies on but we’re loving these Christmas Tree cupcakes!  Not everyone likes Christmas cake and these make a great alternative.  Here’s a quick recipe and tips on making them:


Basic cupcake recipe (makes 12 cupcakes)

  • 150 g  softened butter
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 150 g self-raising flour (sifted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan/ gas 4.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light, fluffy and pale.

3. Slowly mix in the beaten egg alternating with the flour to prevent it from curdling.  Stir in the vanilla extract and milk.

4. Place cupcake cases into a muffin tin and divide the mixture between the 12 of them.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and fully cool on a wire rack before starting to frost them.

Frosting  (for 12 cupcakes)

  • 200 g butter (room temperature)
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • green food colouring

1. In a mixing bowl beat the butter until smooth

2. Sift in the icing sugar, stirring while doing so

3. Add the vanilla extract and milk which should then result in the frosting having a light and creamy texture

4. Mix your green food colouring into the icing (very slowly (use a cocktail stick to drip this in gradually if your unsure) until you achieve your desired green colour.

5. Ensuring the cupcakes are completely cool, put the mixture into a piping bag and pipe the icing onto them starting from the outside of the cake and working into the centre to create tall Christmas trees.

6. Decorate with coloured balls or stars

Paper straws have made a huge come back this year and this range has added something a little extra with the cheerful Christmas flag on each one, good fun for children’s drinks or in your Christmas cocktails!  Make sure your guests know where they’re sitting to avoid great auntie sitting on the dressing table stool / garden chair or other type of chair dragged from elsewhere in your house to accommodate everyone for lunch!  The place cards in the Christmas Cheer range have four different sayings to add a bit of humour to the table too.  A Christmas table essential has to be the napkins firstly to help the table look Christmassy and secondly for helping avoid getting gravy on their Christmas best!  The Christmas Cheer napkins come folded like Santa’s shirt so make a lovely display on the table and are proving to be one of the most popular items in the range.

Every Christmas gathering needs cake, and what better way of Christmasifying (a word I use all the time although not entirely certain it has a place in the English dictionary) your cake than with the Christmas Cheer Cake Decorating Kit.   Simply push the decorations into the cake and add the cake band and ta dah an amazing centrepiece! Here’s the picture of one we prepared earlier for a Christmas Fair (cake kindly baked by M&S!) and it literally took 5 Minutes to do, the kind of cake decorating we like! This was a small 6″ cake so the decorations would look more spaced out on a larger cake.

Last but not least bunting! There’s always room for more bunting and this range has a large version – perfect for hanging down staircases, across ceiling beams, along walls etc… and a mini bunting which is perfect across a mantle piece or the front of a Christmas party buffet table!

We’re giving you the opportunity to save 10% on all orders containing items from the Christmas Cheer Range – simply ensure your basket has one or more Christmas Cheer range items in and enter the discount code Christmas Cheer when prompted at checkout before midnight on Sunday (25th November) and you will save 10% on your full order.

If you’re attending any lights switch ons or Christmas Fairs this weekend have a lovely festive time

Andrea

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New Activity Book For Children at Weddings

If you’re having children at your wedding it’s a lovely idea to provide an activity book for them (as well as helping their parents to keep them quiet during your speeches!).

We’ve just got in a lovely compact flip style activity book for children.  There are lots of activities as well as some blank pages for photos / pictures etc…  The opening page of the book has a This book belongs to….Age…..Wedding Of……Date…. section for them to complete which combined with the hard back makes this a book that will also become a keepsake reminder of your special day.

Activities mostly with a wedding theme include:

  • Pictures to draw
  • Jokes
  • Dot-To-Dot
  • Spot The Difference
  • Matching Games
  • Maze Game
  • Colouring in
  • Hang Man
  • Wordsearch
  • Code Breaker
  • Squares
  • Jumbled Words
  • Picture Suduko

We love that as well as the games there are also several pages at the back for noting their favourite elements of the day.

Answers to the puzzles are also provided at the end of the book

For £5.50 this tastefully designed compact book is amazing value just add a few crayons and it’s sure to keep children interested for a while!

 

Real Life Wedding : Laura & Carl

We worked with Laura & Carl to provide some decorations for their wedding and are delighted Laura has shared her photographs and information about their special day with us.

How we met

Carl and I originally met when they both attended secondary school together and then bumped into each other on a night out in Bridlington a few years later.  We got engaged when Carl proposed on my 30th Birthday, New Years Eve 2010 in Edinburgh.

The Dress

I had my dress made by Ella D Bridal, I knew from the start that I didn’t want a standard white dress, I loved being involved in every part of the dress from the initial ideas right to the final touches and I could change any part of the dress within reason at any stage! It suited me to the ground and I loved been so involved. My mum also made a great suggestion that the bottom part of the dress should be removable to allow me to be able to dance later on.

The Groom

Carl wore a Ben Sherman suit, electric blue, pale blue tie (in the same material as my dress, made by my dress-maker) and brown hush puppy shoes. The button holes and our bouquets were by Sarah at the Floral Lounge in Hull who was fantastic

The Bridesmaids

I had two bridesmaids who wore white tea length off the shelf wedding dresses from House of Fraser to contrast with my pale blue dress although we had to keep this tightly under wraps pretending they were pink until the wedding day to keep my pale blue dress a surprise!

The Wedding & Reception

We had the ceremony at Skipsea All Saints Church as this is where I grew up and my parents still live and then held the reception at Skipsea Village hall where we also had a marquee from Village Farm Marquees.

When guests arrived they were greeted with Pimms and an ice cream from a Mr Moo’s ice cream van.

We had long tables set up in the marquee where we served a hog roast followed by cupcakes made by my friend Katherine who I’ve known since primary school.

We bought flowers for the tables and friends and family helped arrange them in vintage china we’ve been collecting from charity shops etc…. My mum also spent months making bunting to deck out the hall and marquee.

We then had some mixed pastel balloons inside the hall including an old-fashioned style prom balloon drop net above the dance floor and then the letters LOVE in gold foil balloons at the end of the marquee which we also used in the photographs,an idea I’d seen on Pinterest all provided by …and all things nice.

The favours and place cards were personalised cookies from a local bakery (we were going to make them ourselves but ran out of time!) and we had a sweet bar room.  Carl (the groom) even contributed to the DIY details by making the table plan.

Evening Entertainment

We had a brilliant band, Helter Skelter, who made the night with a full dance floor all evening!  Our first dance was to Breath by Pearl Jam.  We decided to have a hot dog & burger van arrive for the night food which after a few drinks seemed to be exactly what the guests wanted judging by the queue!

The Honeymoon

We’ve not been on honeymoon yet as we asked guests for contributions to one as a present and we plan on visiting the Caribbean towards the end of the year, something nice to look forward to after all the fun and chaos of planning the wedding.

If you’d like to share your real wedding or party with us please e-mail us some brief details and we’ll request further information: sales@andallthingsnice.net with Real Life Features in the subject line

New Photo Booth Frame and Props Set

We’re loving this new Snap Happy Wedding Photo Booth Set.  A great way to entertain guests at your wedding, the set contains a fold out ornate card frame (60 x 40cm) and 20 card props for only £9.99

Card props include:

  • Bow Tie (x 2 in different colours)
  • Tankard
  • Bouquet
  • Bling Ring
  • Tiara & Veil
  • Masquerade Mask
  • Big Smile
  • Top Hat
  • Glasses
  • moustache
  • Cigar
  • Feathered Hat
  • Boater Hat
  • Holding Sign: Mr & Mrs
  • Holding Sign: Best dancer
  • Holding Sign:  Smile
  • Holding Sign:  Kiss Me
  • Holding Sign: I’m next
  • Holding Sign: Gorgeous

Simply add a few disposable cameras or put someone in charge of taking pictures with a digital or Polaroid camera and they’ll make a great fun album of informal pictures as well as laughs for your friends and family

 

 

 

Creating an Olympic party!

At last as we head towards the Olympic opening ceremony we have some lovely sunny weather and on the back of a fantastic British win in the Tour de France we’re finally in a celebratory mood!

Having an Olympic themed party is the perfect excuse to invite over friends and enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weather whilst reusing left over bunting and decorations from the Royal Wedding & Diamond Jubilee.

No Olympic party would be complete without some competitive events so here are some ideas to ensure plenty of fun and laughter

Games

Sack race – So we’ve not done it since school be we reckon it’s a cheap and cheerful way to involve children and adults in the game

Egg & Spoon race – it’s a classic and so easy to do just don’t forget to boil the eggs first!

Hula Hoop – see who can do it for the longest! You can even buy them in Olympic ring colour bundles

Decorations

Olympic paper chains

If you have children at home and are looking for activities to do (or your an adult with an inner child like us!) why not make some paper chains in the colours of the olympic rings simply cutting short (approx 15cm) strips of paper in blue, black, red, yellow and green and then looping them together securing with glue or a stapler (adult supervision required when cutting & stapling)

Olympic Torch

Another easy DIY party decoration simply roll a large sheet of card into a cone shape and stick in either tissue, crepe paper or ideally cello in yellow and orange coming out in flame shapes then attach to a garden cane or old sweeping brush handle for your own Olympic torch

We also have some great decorations for your party including union jack bunting, union jack cupcake flags and party bowls for snacks in blue , red & white – great ways to support team GB at your Olympic party!

Food Ideas

BBC Good Food Website has a full section dedicated to Olympic Party recipes http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/collections/olympic_party_recipes

Our favourites are the Gold Medal Millionaire Shortbreads and the Velodrome cake!

Fish & Chips is also an easy theme for the food and chips look even more British in our Fish & Chip Cones

A basic cupcake recipe and then frosted or iced can easily be transformed into an olympic theme with metallic edible spray available in almost every colour and perfect in bronze,silver & gold!  These are available at most cake decorating stores and even on Amazon

For drinks we found some great ideas for Olympic themed cocktails on pinterest:

We’ve created an Olympic Party ideas board on Pinterest so pop over to see more ideas for your party

Feel free to comment below with what your doing to celebrate the Olympics and any party ideas you have

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Fun Fair Party Theme

We’re loving these new products that have recently arrived to create the perfect fun fair themed party that adults and children will both love.

The range consists of a high quality coated card three tier cake stand designed as a helter skelter this also comes with stickers to enable you to personalise the cake stand to the occasion these include Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Sweet Treats & Roll Up Roll Up:

For the buns that you place on the cake stand the cake cases and toppers match perfectly

These cute cocktail napkins and chip cones are the perfect way to serve your party snacks

Finally a fair themed party wouldn’t be complete without some fair games – the range has three and at only £5.99 each they’re value entertainment for all ages:

(1) Village Idiot Wet Sponge Throwing Game – A reversible card cut-out with a different design on each side, plus 3 sponges

(2) Tin Can Alley Game – 6 sturdy card tins to pile up and 6 paper balls to take turns knocking them down

(3) Treasure Map Game – 1 treasure map, 1 grid sheet, 1 sticker sheet and a winner’s card and envelope. Select a square to hide your treasure, whoever chooses the square is the winner

To make sure everyone knows where to find all the food / entertainment / toilets there is a pack of co-ordinating hanging signs directing them with two blank ones for you to complete as you choose.

We’ve put together some great ideas to go with the range below too:

  • Juggling competition
  • Apple bobbing  – get as many apples out of the bowl of water as fast as you can using your mouth (hands tied behind your back)
  • Bunting and bunches of balloons for decorations
  • Candy Table – perhaps add a small chocolate fountain or candy floss maker, we had a quick look online and new they can be purchased for about £25 or perhaps try picking one up second hand on Ebay or similar.
  • Add some paper straws to cups of lemonade for your drinks

If you have anymore please feel free to add your comments at the bottom of the blog!

Using Pinterest to plan your Wedding or Party

We’ve become absolutely hooked on Pinterest since we decided to have a look what all the hype was about.  We’d avoided it for this long because lets face it between Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus we wondered how we could (a) have time for another social media platform and (b) a worry that it would be more of the same old photo posting and updates already found on Facebook.  How wrong we were!

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The purpose of Pinterest                

It really is a miracle this hasn’t been thought of or become popular before recently.  Lots of us have spent years cutting recipes from magazines, ideas for the soon to be decorated bathroom and of course ideas for our weddings, from printed media. however with the explosion of online magazines, blogs, social media and online shopping it only follows that we should be able to create albums to post great ideas we see on them for future reference.  It’s like having a recipe file, wedding planner, home decorating scrap book all in one place.

For the purpose of this blog post we’ll discuss how to use if for wedding planning (easily applied to party planning) but as mentioned above you can have a board for almost everything.

Wedding Planning On Pinterest

When wedding planning there are so many online resources and ideas it’s so easy to spend ages in the future trewling the internet looking for that perfect detail you saw “somewhere” months ago but now so badly need to locate.  With Pinterest all you need to do when you spot something is to create a pin by either pasting the wesite url into Pinterest or downloading the Pinterest toolbar icon so you can simply click on it and then attach it to your relevant board.  Here are some great ideas for boards you can create for your wedding

  • Wedding details I love
  • Bouquet ideas
  • Examples of wedding photography I love
  • Wedding dress ideas
  • Invitation ideas
  • Wedding cakes I like
  • Purple (or any other colour) ideas
  • DIY wedding how to

The list is endless but hopefully this gives the general idea.  As your wedding planning evolves you can change your boards deleting and adding pins as you need to. 

The other huge plus to Pinterest are the wide variety of how to guides also found on there so for couples wanting to make some details for the wedding day there are simple instructions for many ideas a few of our favourites are below:

How to make tissue pom poms

http://pinterest.com/pin/143833781818640520/

Making a DIY Photobooth

http://pinterest.com/pin/70650287873882450/

Pinterest Tips

Many companies and bloggers now use pinterest too so if you are already using them or like a particular bloggers style it’s a good idea to follow them on Pinterest to keep up to date with new products and ideas.  Our Pinterest account should you want to follow our board is:

http://pinterest.com/allthingsnice/

Do remember though Pinterest isn’t essential in wedding planning it’s designed for enjoyment and to help, so if you find yourself having a meltdown at all the ideas on there do try to remember this and that exhausting yourself making DIY touches and over styling are not the desired effect.  We recommend like we did adding a board called Funny Things so amidst the wedding planning you get to update a board with things that make you smile here’s ours so far:

http://pinterest.com/allthingsnice/funny-things/

Also try to avoid pinning ideas you either won’t have time to make or can’t afford as revisting these on your perfect wedding details board will spoil the wedding planning process instead looking at all the acheivable things will make you feel more positive and give you an accurate idea of how your wedding is going to look.

Lastly sadly there is always a downside to social media platforms and Pinterests is copyright – there has been a lot of discussion on this but the main thing to really try and remember is to make sure you pin from the owners website or blog and Pinterest should then always link back to this and show it on the pin.  If you save an image to your computer and then upload it without mentioning where the item / idea is from this could potentially cause problems.  Most suppliers will be greatful of the coverage hence many of us being on pinterest ourselves however it’s also worth thinking about how suggesting handmade items could be made yourself or cheaper in the comments could cause offence to the image owner.  So have fun and as with everything think about others when pinning 🙂

If you try Pinterest do let us know how you get on and what you find useful and if you already use it any advice you would offer is also welcome by commenting below 

 

 

 

New coloured laser cut butterfly glass place cards

Congratulations to all newly engaged couples and to those who in a couple of days time can say I’m getting married this year!  We think this is going to be a year of a record number of new products to get excited about so below is the first exciting launch!

We’re delighted to have received stock of the very popular laser cut butterfly glass place cards previously only available in white in four new colours: ivory, black, gold and silver with baby pink to follow early 2012.  We think the black will look particually stunning with guests names in white ink.

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Look out for lots of new products coming in January and February and have a very Happy New Year!