Monthly Archives: December 2012

I have a little early Christmas present for you! The talented Julie from Flourish & Whim created some beautiful calligraphy table numbers and escort cards just for Snippet & Ink readers. She kept them super simple, so you can embellish them to fit your wedding style…

Keeping it simple.

 Holly for the holidays.

Fancy frame.

As an added bonus, Julie also created this darling Mr. & Mrs. coaster!

How would you embellish these table numbers? Or would you keep them super simple and let the calligraphy stand on its own? Share your ideas in the comments!


Download the free printable table numbers here.

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Every year, the talented Mindy Rice hosts a festive wreath-making party to get into the holiday spirit. This time, Elizabeth Messina captured it on film for Santa Barbara Magazine, and for us! Minday also shared some details about the event: I live in a valley that is full of beautiful, creative friends and an overdose of nature. It’s so easy to let time to fly by, especially during the holidays, so about three years ago, I invited my local girlfriends to an early winter wreath party. I hold the party at my dear friend Michelle deWerd’s home as she has a beautiful barn as a back up in case of rain.

Each of my guests was asked to scour their properties for beautiful foliage and organic elements that would last the season. I think many were surprised by how much was available right out side their doors. People brought olive branches, oak, walnuts, pine, bay leaf, dried hydrangea, grapevine, fresh succulents – you name it! I often display all the foliage in front of the barn – buckets and baskets brimming with goodies cause a stir as everyone arrives!

My dear cow friend, Ferdie, came to the party this year sporting her own necklace of fresh pine.

I supplied each guest with an apron, clippers and hand-calligraphed name tags (that everyone tied on their wreaths at the end).

I provided wreath forms, clippers, base foliage, fresh oranges, vintage millinery leaves and oodles of ribbons that I collected throughout the year.

The party is scheduled for the late morning into the lunch hour as I like to offer sandwiches that everyone can enjoy during their crafting time! Every year I serve the same thing: chicken curry sandwiches on a French roll, classic egg salad served on Mom’s whole wheat, and grilled winter vegetables on ciabatta. The sandwiches are wrapped in brown butcher paper and slipped into a burlap bag with a calligraphed label.

For beverages I always offer L.A. Burdick hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream, and for dessert, mini pecan butter tarts.

Isn’t this a brilliant way to celebrate the season?! And everyone takes home a beautiful wreath to decorate their door. (I also love the red aprons with the Provençal print.) Thank you Mindy and Elizabeth for sharing this fun party with us!


See lots more pics from this creative holiday wreath party right here.

Photographer: Elizabeth Messina / Concept, Design: Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design / Custom Paper Tags: Lazaro Press / Hot Chocolate: L.A. Burdick
  • Holiday Wreath-Making Party with Mindy Rice

    11 December 2012
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    These photos by Meredith Heuer make me wonder: how will the bride and groom ever decide which ones to frame and hang on the wall? There are just so many frame-worthy shots from Anna and Andrew’s wedding – full of beauty, emotion, memory. All the things you would want most from your wedding photos. Let me step back and let the images speak for themselves…

    On incorporating traditions: “We kept closely to the Jewish traditions. Our parents, grandparents and generations of other Jewish couples have gone through those rituals and we wanted that same experience. And we did them all: Andrew checked to make sure it was me before putting the veil over my face, I circled him seven times, he stomped on the glass and our friends and family offered seven blessings to us. And we had a killer hora.”

    Anna designed the paper airplanes that were given to guests to throw at the couple once they were announced husband and wife after the ceremony (what a playful alternative to tossing rice!).


    Says Anna: “We’ve celebrated every major milestone in our relationship with a Miller High Life – classy, right? Two days before the wedding, we escaped the planning chaos and drove to a random liquor store to buy High Life ponies – 7 oz. bottles that we gave to all our guests and used for the toasts (I mean, it is the champagne of beers).”

    Animal masks made their way from the photo booth to the dinner table.

    See what I mean? Nearly every single image could stand on its own. And here, some details from Anna the lovely bride:

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Have you seen The Foundry? It’s just plain rad.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both feel awkward being the center of attention and so we wanted something that felt unpolished and rough around the edges – messy scribbles that guests drew on the tables, a tent frame without the tent, industrial lighting, Miller High Life, flowers that had opened just a little bit too far, and as little pageantry as possible. People basically went cross-eyed when I described that we wanted the look of an old shipyard – rusty metal, washed out wood, and as many neutral “non-colors” as possible, like grey and cream. Fortunately The Foundry is the perfect spot for that and everyone we worked with – our planner, florist, photographer, caterer, lighting designers – totally got it.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It’s just a tablecloth. Meaning, ultimately, every detail won’t be executed as you’d imagined it and it doesn’t really matter (and isn’t worth arguing with your mom about). Get the big stuff right – like the groom – and trust the people you’re working with. The rest will fall into place.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  My best advice is to remember that your wedding is just one day. Granted, it’s a loaded day, but I wanted to look back on everything that led up to that day without feeling sheepish or over-indulgent. It’s easy to use “it’s my day” as an excuse to be a bit indulgent (or snotty!), but it isn’t worth it.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  My dad died three years ago, and so there were a lot of nerves leading up to the wedding. We wanted to remember him, without letting the whole day be overshadowed. The subtle things – I wore a pin with a picture of him as a boy on it, we were wrapped in his tallit during the ceremony, and my brothers both cracked serious dad jokes in their toasts – were just the right touch.


    See more of Anna and Andrew’s chic New York wedding in the gallery.

    Photographer, Cinematographer: Meredith Heuer Photography / Venue: The Foundry in New York City / Wedding Planner: Roey Mizrahi Events / Band: Lucy Music “The Affections” / Lighting, Sound: Universal Light and Sound / Floral Designer: Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Officiants: Roly Matalon, Anson Laytner / Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra / Veil: Stone Fox Bride / Reception Dress: Wren, purchased at Stone Fox Bride / Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin / Earrings: Lisa Mackey / Groom’s Suit, Vest: Epaulet / Groom’s Tie: The Hill-Side / Groom’s Shoes: Heutchy / Caterer, Cakes: Betty the Caterer / Rentals: Broadway Party RentalsAce Party Rentals / Balloons: Balloon Bonanza / Photo Booth: We Love Photo Booths
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    Escape the winter blahs to Lumeria Maui, for a three-day floral master class with Ariella Chezar, floral designer extraordinaire. February 27, 28 and March 1, 2013. Download the flyer here.

    I had the opportunity to attend one of Ariella’s three-day workshops earlier this year, and it was incredible to see her in action and learn from her. I can only imagine how fun it will be to attend this workshop in Maui!

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