We love when there’s a breakfast or brunch the morning after a wedding – it’s such a great chance to spend more time with friends and family you might not get to see very often, and to chat about the night before. But if you’re the newlyweds, the idea of hosting yet another party might seem daunting. We’ve called on Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched to share some budget friendly ideas for an easy-peasy day-after brunch:

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My inspiration for this shoot came from a pretty consistent reaction I’ve experienced as a planner when I’m meeting with couples and I bring up the question of a “day after” gathering. Usually the immediate response involves some dread – and I totally get it. The idea of having to plan a whole other party or formal brunch after spending so much time, energy (and money!) on the rehearsal dinner and wedding itself can definitely sound overwhelming. But I am here to shout from the rooftops that it doesn’t have to be that way! The “day after” gathering can be as simple as offering donuts and coffee in your backyard (or the backyard of a rental house). It gives you and your guests the chance to catch up, relax, and swap stories about favorite moments from the night before. Just like you, your guests don’t necessarily want to get dressed up again and go back into formal party mode the next day. An open house-style get together is not only low maintenance, it’s incredibly affordable – think $200 – $300. And with a few little fun DIY extras, all of which can be prepped in advance, it’s the perfect stress-free way to cap off an amazing, unforgettable weekend.

 

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A “croquembouche” made entirely of donut holes is a super fun way to serve these little breakfast sweets. GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE DONUT TOWER HERE.

 

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Several of our projects involve cut-out letters, including these custom coffee cup sleeves. From Rebecca: I’d seen an Instagram post from Bri Emery of Design Love Fest about a new printer she was playing around with that precision-cut her handwriting into a paper cut-out. Being the design nerd I am, I thought, “Maybe I could use something like that for these projects?” Two days later (thank you, Amazon Prime!), the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine arrived at my door. This machine is AMAZING. I used it to cut a fun all-caps font on plain white sticker paper for the coffee cup sleeves, cake toppers, and award ribbons. If you don’t feel like investing in the Cricut, there’s practically a block-long aisle in every Michael’s filled with scrapbooking sticker letters. I just had way too much fun using this printer to go the manual route! GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE COFFEE CUP SLEEVES HERE.

 

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Being a wedding guest many, many times myself, there’s always fun conversation the next day about the wedding highlights: who surprised everyone with their amazing dance moves, which speech made everyone cry the hardest, etc. So I thought, why not formally acknowledge these Great Wedding Moments with some awards given out by the couple?! GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE AWARD RIBBONS HERE.

 

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Guests love to swap stories the day after a wedding almost as much as they love to swap photos. Yes, you can create a custom hashtag for Instagram and check out a bunch of wedding photos the next morning on your phone, but I believe there’s nothing more fun than seeing wedding photos printed in person. The kraft paper photo board is inspired by the many couples I work with who hire a photo booth for the wedding. Some of these companies can very easily print more that one photo strip every time the booth is used by guests. With a small request made in advance to the photo booth company to print an extra copy of each photo strip that’s taken, you’ll have a collection of physical photos at the end of the night to take home. Putting the photos up on display at the day-after gathering creates a visual way for guests to reminisce about how amazing the wedding night was, and it also gives the couple a chance to see everything they might have missed. GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE PHOTO BOOTH POSTER HERE.

 

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Thanks to Rebecca from Be Hitched for these fun and easy day-after brunch ideas! Whether the bride and groom are hosting, or a friend of the family, these are great ideas for anyone.

Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design, Styling: Be Hitched / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company / Venue: Pizzaiolo / Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine

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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for a donut hole “croquembouche” tower. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!

 

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DIY DONUT HOLE TOWER “CROQUEMBOUCHE”

 

Supply list

1. foam cones (we purchased ours from Michael’s)
2. toothpicks
3. donut holes

 

Directions

As simple as the donut towers were to make, it took a bit of trial and error to figure out the best and most efficient ways to put them together. At first, we tried doing a few toothpicks at a time at the base of the tower, adding donuts along the way to work our way up. But we found that once your hands get sticky with glaze, it’s much harder to press new toothpicks into the foam. So…

- Start by covering the entire Styrofoam cone with toothpicks. Start at the base and work your way up, pressing the donut holes into the toothpicks (each donut hole will be held in place by more than one toothpick). 

 

Tips

- Be sure to buy more toothpicks than you think you need. For the large foam tower (about 24” high) we used 800 toothpicks! For the medium tower (18” high) we used about 600 toothpicks.

- We found that smaller, evenly round cake donut holes work a bit better than the larger traditional glazed donut holes, which often come in varying sizes and shapes. But it does mean you’ll need more donut holes since they’re slightly smaller.

- If you need to transport the donut towers after you add the donut holes, wait to add the last bunch of toothpicks and donut holes on the top until after the tower has been put in its final place of display. You’ll want to be able to grip the top to stabilize the tower when you move it, and being able to hold on to the foam at the top makes this a lot easier than trying to maneuver around the donut holes.

 

Design ideas

- You can opt for simple plain glazed donut holes, or chocolate, powdered sugar, or a variety. You can make a spiral pattern, random assortment, or you can even add sprinkles!

- I’m a sucker for all things polka dot, so at first we thought we’d use chocolate donut holes for “dots” but they were so dark that the donut tower started to look a bit ominous – great for Halloween treats, but not the look I was going for! I decided I wanted some real pops of color instead, and couldn’t find donut holes with sprinkles anywhere, I decided to make my own. (This is a pretty simple trick, but it definitely adds to the work time for this project.) Using plain glazed donut holes, I dipped them in an extra layer of homemade glaze (powdered sugar mixed with warm water) so they were good and sticky, rolled them in sprinkles, and set them aside to dry. We paired some of the colorful, sprinkled doughnut holes with some powdered sugar ones, and it turned out to be just the kind of polka dot design I was hoping for – fun and festive without being over the top!

- A simple cake topper is an easy way to add an extra touch of whimsy to your donut tower. 

Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for the custom coffee cup sleeves with cut-out letters. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!

 

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DIY COFFEE CUP SLEEVES

 

Supply list

1. paper coffee cup sleeves
2. Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine
3. Cricut sticker sheets OR scrapbook letter stickers

 

Directions

- I measured the basic dimensions of the coffee cup sleeve when it’s laid flat, and created a super simple text design to fit on the sleeve. I was able to fit about 9 coffee sleeve designs on each 8.5” x 11” sticker sheet, which made for a pretty streamlined printing process. I peeled away the back of the sticker, pressed the design over the sleeve, and peeled the paper away so that only the design stuck to the sleeve.

- As I say in the main post, I loved using the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, but if you don’t feel like investing in it, Michael’s has an entire aisle filled with scrapbooking sticker letters that you could use.

 

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Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for the Great Wedding Moments award ribbons with cut-out letters. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!

 

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DIY WEDDING AWARD RIBBONS

 

Supply list

1. award ribbons from RibbonsGalore.com
2. Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine
3. Cricut sticker sheets OR scrapbook letter stickers

 

Directions

- After a lot of online searching, I found a great company called Ribbons Galore that allowed me to customize the color, cut, and design of each ribbon. Originally I thought I would hand calligraphy the award name on each ribbon, but after plenty of trial and error, every kind of ink and paint I used bled into the ribbon. My whole goal after all was to make these DIY projects easy, and it was just getting way too complicated. So…

- I used the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine. I fit a piece of plain white sticker paper over each ribbon to determine what size I needed, chose a fun, all-caps font for the design, and watched as the printer precision cut my design into each sticker. All I had to do was peel away the sticker, and the precision cut words were left on the award ribbon.

- As I say in the main post, I loved using the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, but if you don’t feel like investing in it, Michael’s has an entire aisle filled with scrapbooking sticker letters that you could use. 

Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched  / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the super easy How To for the photo booth poster. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!

 

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PHOTO BOOTH POSTER

 

Supply list

1. roll of kraft paper
2. washi tape (available from Michael’s, Amazon, or Cute Tape)
3. chalk
4. photo booth strips (ours are from Magnolia Photo Booth Company)

 

Directions

- This DIY project could not be easier. All it takes is a piece of kraft paper, some washi tape, and chalk. I took a Frank Sinatra quote I love and drew it out by hand with chalk on kraft paper. I modeled my design after a couple of fonts I’m really into right now (Ondise for the script and the tried and true Brandon Grotesque for the sans serif). Then I used stuck on the photo strips with pieces of washi tape. Easy! 

Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company
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