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Iced with the bride's and groom's initials, these colorful confections appeal to the eye, appetite, and spirit. Based on the concept of friendship necklaces, two heart halves are cut from one cookie cutter. To master the piped-on initials, first trace computer fonts on printed paper and practice before lettering the cookies.
For an extra sweet favor, treat your guests to a slew of candy on their way out. To make your own candy bar, simply choose candies in your theme. Look online for special colored candies. Then place them in large vases and hurricanes. Remember to go all out with the candy -- you don't want to have a wimpy-looking candy bar!
Small bakery boxes deliver a romantic treat: cookies and infused tea. Each holder is glued onto a scalloped oval card with a pink sugar rose. The tea box holds enough for one or two.
Consider color and texture as you design table settings and favors for your wedding. Here, a formal wedding in blue features silk wine bags tied with satin ribbons (see close-up next slide). For a more casual wedding you might go with a gingham bag and grosgrain ribbon in colors to match your scheme.
A wine caddy can be dressed up or down depending on your painted design. Your sophisticated silk rendition can include hot-glued or sewn seams, pinking-sheared edges, and stamped initials and crest. Acrylic paint is brushed onto a rubber stamp, then gently applied to the fabric. A silk-ribbon tie and coordinating flower hug any bottle with warmth and affection.
Tip: Look for wine labels that have special meaning. Custom designed labels are available through novelty suppliers.
Let guests take a bit of the party home! Wrap up something sweet -- such as a truffle or a trinket -- inside pretty party favor boxes.
The gift stand is made from a pair of Styrofoam bases topped with Styrofoam rounds (available through craft or bakery supply stores). Sequin pins are the no-glue secret to attaching decorative paper to both round forms. Ribbon, accented with double-knotted bows, was hot-glued to the edge of the rounds but could also be attached with corsage pins.
These small cardboard boxes (1 1/2 to 3 inches square) are blissful not only for the joy they deliver but also for how easy they are to embellish. Filled with a single sinful truffle, colorful confetti, or relaxing bath salts, they're wonderfully versatile for wedding wishes. Wrap them in different decorative papers, tie with ribbons, add strawflowers and stickers, and then stack for a series of happy surprises.
Precious paper butterflies that were scored, folded, and glued to a corsage pin (with a pearl head), flutter around realistic pear candles. For stability, encase the pin between two paper butterflies. Beads of glitter glue around the edges add sparkle. Purchase custom-printed ribbons or try hand-stamping your message onto the ribbon.
To complement the candles, store-bought matchboxes (that can be used to light the candles) were covered with decorative paper and stickers that say "One of a Kind."
Mix and match china patterns combine into a romantic look for an at-home shower or wedding reception. On the plate, a heart-shape plastic container holds one perfect truffle nestled in pink package shred.
Set individual cellophane-wrapped cookies at each place setting, or display all of the bags together in a basket for guests to pick up as they exit the reception. Attach a card thanking each guest for sharing your special day.
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