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When you're a bridesmaid in a wedding, your job is to help the bride. Anything she needs, you're on it. One of my fondest memories at my wedding was when my bridesmaid Gionna asked me if I liked my hair. She saw my face, knew I hated it, and also knew that I wasn't the kind of person who would ask for it to be redone. So instead, she went into the room where the stylist was, then came back momentarily to where I was and told me the stylist would fix it.

That's your role. Whatever the bride needs you to do, you do. The bride is looking out for everyone, the guests are looking out for themselves, and you're looking out for the bride.

When you're planning the bridal shower, though, you change from supporting the bride to supporting the maid-of-honor and the bride's mom. If they ask you to help make invitations or to pick up napkins, that's what you do.

But what about when you get to the bridal shower? That's when it's a little awkward because a lot of bridesmaids just don't know how they help.

I got you. Here's a quick list of how the bridesmaids can help at the bridal shower. Knowing this, you'll have an idea of how to make yourself helpful -- without constantly asking the maid-of-honor if there's anything you can do.


How The Bridesmaids Can Help At The Bridal Shower
1. Set up.
Ask the bride's mom or maid-of-honor what time you are able to get into the venue. The staff will usually allow you to arrive early in order to set up for the party.

Whatever that time is, get there.

When you're there, ask how you can help. Maybe you'll be putting out games at each seat. Or maybe you'll be setting up the centerpieces. Or the gift table.

Whatever you're needed to do, do it. It will be such a big help. So many people will see the time on the invitation and arrive then, leaving so much work for the bride's mom and maid-of-honor. They will really appreciate your help.

2. Greet the guests.
If you're a really good friend or relative of the bride, you might know everyone who is coming to the shower. You'll also know who they know.

So, what's really helpful is if you see someone walk in, greet them. Say hello, point out the closest drink, and point out where their friends are. "Oh hi Edna. Your sister Daisy is already here and sitting in the back left corner," goes a long way to make everyone comfortable.

And, if you see a carpool walk in together, you can point out a completely empty table so they can all sit together.

This will make every guest feel welcome, and it will give you something to do while the bridal shower is getting started.

If you aren't completely familiar with everyone, you can ask another bridesmaid to help you with this. Together, you should be able to figure out all the guests.


3. Explain the games.
If you're having bridal shower games, they might be sitting out on everyone's seat. (You might be the reason they are there if you helped out via Number 1 on this list.) People might be unfamiliar with the bridal bingo sheet in front of them, so that's where you swoop in.

You can sit next to Daisy (since she got there before her sister Edna) and tell her how to fill out her bingo sheet. You can then ask her to explain the game to the other women at her table when they arrive.

This is actually a really great way to engage anyone who is sitting alone. Better for them to talk to a live human being than sit on their phone scrolling Facebook.

4. Help out with the presents.
A huge part of a bridal shower is when the bride opens her gifts. Everyone sits and watches, which is why bridal bingo is so popular. It gives guests a reason to watch and pay attention.

When the bride-to-be is opening her gifts she needs help. A lot of help. If not, this task will take forever. And no amount of bridal bingo prizes will keep anyone interested.

So the bride-to-be needs five people to help her when she is opening her gifts. Yes, five. Count them. One: Someone to pick a gift off the table. Two: Someone to open the card from that gift. Three: Someone to start unwrapping the gift, then to hand it with the open card to the bride. Four: Someone to take the gift when it is opened. This needs to be the loudest helper because she needs to yell out what the gift is so everyone playing bridal bingo can mark their cards. Five: Someone to track a list of every gift. She can either use a journal or write on the back of the cards.

For @ChiStyleWed, my bow hat from my shower (& my bridesmaid who assembled it helping me) #BridalBabble pic.twitter.com/DrCmc9aRGl
— Lisa (@abrideabudget) January 15, 2014
5. Make the hat.
When the bride is opening her gifts, someone needs to collect all the bows, ribbons, and paraphernalia, and make her a hat. It's not the best part of the shower for the bride, but it's so funny.

My bridal shower was the weekend before Christmas, and people put Christmas ornaments on my bridal shower gifts ... just so they would hang off my hat. It was so funny.

I actually hang those ornaments on our tree now, and it's such a fun reminder of my bridal shower. So if you know how, be the person who volunteers to make the hat.

6. Take photos.
Honestly, I have very few photos from my bridal shower. I didn't take a single one myself. Luckily, one of my friends took a bunch of them and put them on a CD for me.

If you have nothing else to do, take photos. Take photos of everything: the presents, the cake, the guests, table shots, the bar set up, everything. You have no idea what the bride-to-be may have missed, and you want to have the photos to show her.


7. Clean up.
You're a guest at the party, so you are able to sit and eat and have a good time. But when all the other guests are leaving, stay behind.

If it's at a restaurant, the waitstaff will probably be bussing the tables and taking care of dirty glasses. If it's in a party room, though, it's most helpful to them if you pick up after the party, like the garbage.

The bride-to-be will also need to bring all her gifts into the car, and that can be a daunting task. So offer to help with that or with cleaning up.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What other ways can you think of for how the bridesmaids can help at the bridal shower?
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This time four years ago, I was really trying to figure out just how to indulge my sweet tooth and not put on any more weight. It was two weeks out from our wedding and I had just put my dress on for the first time in a year. It was in the process of getting altered -- which meant hemming the bottom. Nothing was coming in from the sides and nothing was getting let out. Which means I had to be very particular about what I was eating. And which also means I wish I had made these wedding diet friendly Blackberry Popsicles then.

Except I couldn't because I didn't create a recipe for them.

I mean, if you can call it a recipe. It's seriously just two things put into a popsicle mold.

And it tastes like magic.

If magic tastes like a delicious ice pop that is magically healthy for you.


Wedding-Diet Friendly Blackberry Yogurt Popsicles
This recipe is to make four popsicles. You may have to adjust the recipe based on the size of your popsicle molds and how many you are making.

I used this popsicle mold, so my recipe is based off that.

Also, you can use fresh fruit for this, but I used frozen because fresh berries are so expensive this time of year.



What You'll Need:

  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries

What You'll Do:


Chop up the blackberries very fine. Honestly,  the smaller you can chop these, the better.


Put the yogurt and blackberries into a bowl and stir them until combined.

Visually, you want the blackberries to bleed enough to tint the Greek yogurt. It's a lot prettier to eat a pink popsicle than a white one.


Fill the popsicle mold with the mixture.


Put the tops on and freeze the blackberry yogurt popsicles overnight.


You can't just pull these out of the freezer and eat them. Instead, you actually have to put the entire mold in lukewarm water for about 20 seconds until the popsicle slides out of the mold.

You can refreeze the rest.


These easy yogurt popsicles can be changed up easily by changing the fruit and/or yogurt flavor. That way, you can enjoy these all through wedding planning without getting tired of them.

I always make these as vanilla yogurt popsicles, with vanilla Greek yogurt. You can use other flavors if you want. You can also use regular yogurt, not Greek, but Greek yogurt has a thicker consistency, so your popsicles might hold together a little bit better with Greek yogurt.
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It's impossible for me to do this post justice and yet, I feel compelled to try. Because Kate Spade is so intertwined with my wedding ideas, and because Kate Spade committed suicide yesterday.

Social media was filled with celebrities and normal people posting memories of their first Kate Spade bag. From Chelsea Clinton to Viola Davis to women who posted on the Kate Spade New York Facebook page, everyone had a story about a Kate Spade bag.

I don't.

I don't own a Kate Spade bag. Kate Spade eventually sold to Coach, and I have a few Coach bags from the outlet, so that's as close as I've gotten to a Kate Spade bag.

I've gotten closer to suicide, to mental illness, to depression. Things that Kate Spade had in her final moments.

She had fame, money, success, a daughter.

She also had her demons.

Because no amount of love, no amount of designer handbags, no amount of adoration from fans or women who remember their first Kate Spade bag can fight your demons. Sometimes, you can't fight them.

When I think about Kate Spade, I think about gold chevron, not handbags. I think about delicate gold earrings that are perfect for wedding day and black-and-white striped monogrammed tumblers that are perfect for bridesmaid's gifts.

Wedding planning, sometimes it sucks. Sometimes it's stressful. And at some point you just want to throw in the towel and elope instead.

Because your childhood best friend will hold on to her RSVP just a little too long and it will drive you crazy. Your great-aunt will respond with a plus one that wasn't actually invited. Your venue will have "just one teeny tiny change" that will seem catastrophic.

But those are bad moments. They can cause bad days, but they don't cause a bad life.

If you're feeling overwhelmed -- be it with wedding planning or with life -- there are resources out there that can help you. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-273-8255.

Let this be my advice to you: Even if you're not feeling suicidal, if you're just feeling like you need someone to reach out to and to listen to you without judgement, you can call the hotline. It's not just available for your in your final moments. If you feel alone, with nowhere else to turn, you can call and talk to someone.

And the help you might be calling for might be help for someone else. You may have a friend who is in a dark place and you don't know what to do. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available for you to call, to talk to someone about your loved one, and get ideas and strategies on things you can do to help your friend or family member who is in need.

You can help prevent suicide.

No. Scratch that.

You can help try to prevent suicide.

Ultimately, the decision lies within the person, like it did with Kate Space. She had a 13-year-old daughter who I hope knows there was nothing she could have done differently to change her mom's situation. She has famous relatives -- very funny famous relatives David Spade and Rachel Brosnahan -- but that's sometimes not enough.

And as I sit here, trying to figure out how to end this, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw an obituary for a former coworker who died from an apparent suicide yesterday. So this can hit the famous and the not, on the same day, at the same time.

Please, hug your friends, hug your fiance, hug your parents. Call a friend in need or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you're in need.

And if you're in need of someone to help you with wedding decisions because they are too much, email me. Or if you just need an unbiased friend, email me. I'm here for you, for anything you need. Never feel alone, insignificant, or that you don't matter.

You matter. If to no one else, you matter to me because you made it here to A Bride On A Budget, you made it to the end of this post, you made it to today.
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Update: This Glittered Wine Bottles Centerpiece tutorial post in 2012, after our engagement party. So the story is old. We're not getting remarried or re-engaged.

If you remember, I completely flipped out over engagemment party centerpieces. I couldn't think of an idea and spent countless hours on Pinterest, pinning things in hopes one would catch my eye.

My mom kept suggesting balloons and I kept shrugging them off. I didn't want a birthday party feel. I wanted something classy, something unique, something that needed more than heart-shaped balloons floating in the air.

All I really knew was I wanted something red. Our favors were heart-shaped chocolates and personalized peppermint patties that my mom sewed into red card stock.

The centerpieces had to be red as well.

We found a great idea of glittered wine bottles online, so, on Thanksgiving Eve, the biggest party night of the year, I was home crafting so I could make table centerpieces using wine bottles that I glittered.


The centerpieces came out absolutely perfectly and were just what I wanted. A bit of class, a bit of homemade that didn't seem homemade, and under $20 for ten.

That's because my friend was able to pick up the wine bottles from a local restaurant. If you drink wine, you'll be able to just save your old wine bottles. If you don't drink, you can call your local restaurants or bars and see if you're able to pick some up from them.


Glittered Wine Bottles Centerpieces
What You'll Need:
What You'll Do:

To start, you need wine bottles. I used a combination of green and white bottles because that's what we were able to get.

There will be only one centerpiece per table, so no one will really be comparing them all. They won't realize if the bottles are different sizes or shapes, so you can be very flexible.


Take the labels off the wine bottles. 

To do so, run them under hot water and scrub with steel wool. It won't ruin the wine bottles, just rub off the label.

If any sticky residue is left behind, a bit of olive oil on a paper towel will do the trick. I heard that Goo Gone will also do this, but I haven't actually ever used that ... mostly because I always have olive oil handy.


Take masking tape and wrap it around the top of the bottle. Try to be as straight as possible, but if you're not, it's okay. A little bit of character will do the bottle good.

If you want to cover the entire bottle in glitter, you can skip this step. I've seen them both ways, and they're both great. I left room up top, though, because I wanted the color of the bottle to come through.


You're going to need some Mod Podge for the next step. 


Cover the entire wine bottle, up to the tape, in Mod Podge. 

I used long thin streaks, but it really doesn't matter. The Mod Podge will dry clear, so even if it is uneven or blotchy, it will be fine when it dries. Trust me. I was using the "blot on as much as possible" method when I started and the next day, I couldn't tell the difference in techniques.

The only thing you should be concerned about is if you get bubbles in it. Those will remain after it dries, so try to avoid it bubbling.


Hold the wine bottle over a plate and pour the glitter on it. This is the best technique I found. 

I tried rolling it, I tried being stingy with the glitter. Nothing worked as well as getting messy and generous with the glitter. I bought a 4oz. glitter bottle and it was enough for nine bottles. The 10th was in red, not white, so that worked out for me.


When you're done, peel off the masking tape. I'd advise you do this over the plate since some excess glitter will fall -- and it's a pain in the rear to clean it up.


Ta-da!

You can use some wire cutters or a knife to cut the label off the top of the bottle, but at this point, you probably don't care and will just leave it.

Leave them to dry overnight.


Once they're completely dry, paint another layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it. Let that dry overnight as well.

My mom made a little bit of curled ribbon to come out the top to act like an overflowing bottle of champagne. We placed them on a clear, hard tray in the middle of the table and surrounded them with the actual favors that my mom sewed.

These DIY glitter  bottles fit my criteria (cheap, disposable, and color coordinated to my theme) and everyone loved them. Success.

Since you left that space, you can brainstorm how to paint wine bottles for weddings. You might want to write the table numbers up top, your names, your wedding date, whatever fits. Just be sure to use a glass paint or it won't stay.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What do you think of these Glittered Wine Bottles centerpieces?

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There are a few wedding traditions that I really stand by. One is having wedding favors. A lot of experts will tell you to cut those first if you are worried about your budget, but I absolutely disagree. Your guests are (often) traveling to your wedding, (perhaps) staying overnight, and (always) giving you a generous gift. The least you can do is give them a small treat or trinket at the end of the night. You can even make them, like these Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites Wedding Favors.

I made these recently for a night out, and they were a big hit. They're super simple, something you can make in an assembly line ahead of time, and they're budget-friendly. They hit the spot, too, when you want one more bite of something sweet -- which is the exact feeling I have as I leave every wedding.

It's not that I don't get enough to eat at weddings. I usually do. But I'm a big fan of that last parting bite.

I blame it on a wedding I went to with a Venetian hour. You walked in (at about 11:30 at night!) and were handed a Styrofoam to go box. You were able to fill it with freshly baked cookies, chocolate dipped bananas, candy, and funnel cakes. It was the most amazing thing I have ever experienced at a wedding. After that, I swore I was going to have a dessert-only wedding.

I didn't.

And you won't either.

But you can pass out these tasty chocolate dipped banana bites wedding favors on the way out, and your guests will leave happy, surprised, and satisfied.


Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites Wedding Favors
You can make about 8 bites per banana. And you want to give at least two per guest, so you're looking at about one banana per four guests. Keep that math in mind when you're sorting out the number you need to make.

Also keep in mind that you might taste test a few of these as you're making them. That's my only problem with DIY edible wedding favors. Too many of them get taste tested while I'm making them.


What You'll Need:



What You'll Do:


Slice the bananas into eight or so pieces. Try really hard to make your cuts are straight. That may mean you have to turn the banana. Too many angles will mean they won't stand up straight and will look homemade.

And that's okay, honestly. A lot of the wedding favor ideas I suggest are homemade. But you don't want them to look homemade. That's the trick.


So, cut your bananas and then put them in a freezer-safe container.

Freeze them for at least an hour. Longer makes them a little easier to handle, shorter is just as fine.


While you're waiting for them to freeze, finely chop your sliced almonds. Put them in a small container. Put the nonpareils into a separate small container.

When they're frozen ...


Melt your chocolate chips, then set up an assembly line of chocolate, toppings, toothpicks, and frozen banana bites. Also, set out a cookie sheet that's topped with a silicone baking mat. You're not going to bake these, but the baking mat makes for super easy clean up.


Stab the banana with a toothpick, dip the banana into the chocolate, then into either the sprinkles or the almonds.


Put them, topping side down, onto the baking mat.

When you're done, put the entire tray into the freezer.


Take them out about 20 minutes before your wedding ends and you want to serve them. They need to thaw out a little before you eat them, although not too long or they get a little mushy.

When you serve them, flip them so the topping is now on top. They look a lot cuter that way.

If you're making these, you could also consider dipping the entire banana bite into the chocolate instead of just dipping them like I did. I really like the dipped look. Plus, it eliminates the confusion someone might have when they're expecting a marshmallow and end up with a banana.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make these Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites Wedding Favors?

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A Bride On A Budget by Lisa Sokolowski - 3w ago
There are a few wedding traditions that I really stand by. One is having wedding favors. A lot of experts will tell you to cut those first if you are worried about your budget, but I absolutely disagree. Your guests are (often) traveling to your wedding, (perhaps) staying overnight, and (always) giving you a generous gift. The least you can do is give them a small treat or trinket at the end of the night. You can even make them, like these Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites Wedding Favors.

I made these recently for a night out, and they were a big hit. They're super simple, something you can make in an assembly line ahead of time, and they're budget-friendly. They hit the spot, too, when you want one more bite of something sweet -- which is the exact feeling I have as I leave every wedding.

It's not that I don't get enough to eat at weddings. I usually do. But I'm a big fan of that last parting bite.

I blame it on a wedding I went to with a Venetian hour. You walked in (at about 11:30 at night!) and were handed a Styrofoam to go box. You were able to fill it with freshly baked cookies, chocolate dipped bananas, candy, and funnel cakes. It was the most amazing thing I have ever experienced at a wedding. After that, I swore I was going to have a dessert-only wedding.

I didn't.

And you won't either.

But you can pass out these tasty chocolate dipped banana bites wedding favors on the way out, and your guests will leave happy, surprised, and satisfied.


Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites Wedding Favors
You can make about 8 bites per banana. And you want to give at least two per guest, so you're looking at about one banana per four guests. Keep that math in mind when you're sorting out the number you need to make.

Also keep in mind that you might taste test a few of these as you're making them. That's my only problem with DIY edible wedding favors. Too many of them get taste tested while I'm making them.


What You'll Need:



What You'll Do:


Slice the bananas into eight or so pieces. Try really hard to make your cuts are straight. That may mean you have to turn the banana. Too many angles will mean they won't stand up straight and will look homemade.

And that's okay, honestly. A lot of the wedding favor ideas I suggest are homemade. But you don't want them to look homemade. That's the trick.


So, cut your bananas and then put them in a freezer-safe container.

Freeze them for at least an hour. Longer makes them a little easier to handle, shorter is just as fine.


While you're waiting for them to freeze, finely chop your sliced almonds. Put them in a small container. Put the nonpareils into a separate small container.

When they're frozen ...


Melt your chocolate chips, then set up an assembly line of chocolate, toppings, toothpicks, and frozen banana bites. Also, set out a cookie sheet that's topped with a silicone baking mat. You're not going to bake these, but the baking mat makes for super easy clean up.


Stab the banana with a toothpick, dip the banana into the chocolate, then into either the sprinkles or the almonds.


Put them, topping side down, onto the baking mat.

When you're done, put the entire tray into the freezer.


Take them out about 20 minutes before your wedding ends and you want to serve them. They need to thaw out a little before you eat them, although not too long or they get a little mushy.

When you serve them, flip them so the topping is now on top. They look a lot cuter that way.

If you're making these, you could also consider dipping the entire banana bite into the chocolate instead of just dipping them like I did. I really like the dipped look. Plus, it eliminates the confusion someone might have when they're expecting a marshmallow and end up with a banana.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make these Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites Wedding Favors?

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I've been to bridal showers at restaurants and others at someone's home. Both are great. But, I'll be honest: If you throw a bridal shower at your house, it's a lot more work. We host themed parties all the time (New Year's, Super Bowl, etc.), and the biggest tip I can give you is make as much as you can ahead of time. Like my Chocolate Cracker Bark (known in some circles as saltine toffee bark).

My mom got this recipe from one of her former coworkers. It's a lot easier than some of the recipes for this. And easier is better when you have to cook, decorate, and create games for a bridal shower.

Some recipes for saltine toffee bark ask you to melt butter and sugar to create a caramel. I've done that before to make homemade toffee, and, while it's delicious, it's sticky and a lot of cleanup. My Chocolate Cracker Bark is a lot simpler.

Plus, you can make this saltine cracker candy recipe ahead of time. You can make it the weekend before the shower, if you have extra time and cross it off your list. That way, you have one thing less to do during bridal shower week.

Chocolate Cracker Bark

I used traditional, salted crackers for this recipe. My mom prefers to use whole wheat saltines. Either works, but, to be honest, I laugh at the thought of using whole wheat in these -- because she does it since she says they're healthier.

If I'm covering this treat in melted butter and chocolate, I'm pretty sure healthy is not the key word in the recipe.

But if whole wheat makes you feel better about a stick (or two) of butter, they're fine too.



What You'll Need:

  • 36 salted saltine crackers
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


What You'll Do:

I'm a big fan of simplifying everything for this recipe ... even the clean up. You're going to have a lot of cleaning to do between getting your home ready for the bridal shower and then cleaning up after the party. So simplify the cleaning you do from cooking with an silicone baking mat.

It's actually a good thing to use when you're baking cookies. It helps to transfer the heat in your pan so that you cookies bake evenly (hence the name). An additional perk is that you can just pull it out of your cookie sheet when you're done baking and you don't have to scrub the cookie sheet. You also don't have to use something disposable like foil or parchment paper, so you're saving the Earth as well.

Pre-heat the oven to 350.


Then, line a 16x11 cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat.

Top it with one layer of salted saltine crackers (36 crackers should fill your entire sheet).


Melt one stick of butter. Evenly pour the butter over the crackers. (Small aside: If you want this to me more brittle, you can melt two sticks of butter. To me, though, that's a lot of butter and not really worth the taste difference.)


Bake for 15 minutes, until the crackers start to brown and the butter starts to bubble.

Top with the chocolate chips and stick it back in the oven for two minutes.

While that's in the oven, finely chop your chopped walnuts. I always chop mine smaller than they come in the package.


When the chocolate is melty, take the crackers out of the oven and spread the chocolate with a knife.

Quickly top with walnuts. My tip: Use a clean knife to push the walnuts down into the chocolate. If you don't, they will all fall off.

Cool it on a counter for about 30 minutes. Then, put it in the fridge for a couple hours (or a couple days; like I said, you can make this ahead of time).


When you're ready, pull the cookie sheet out of the fridge. You can then snap the chocolate cracker bark apart into large pieces. Put them back in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

You could probably make Club cracker toffee by using Club crackers instead of saltines. But, if I'm throwing the shower, I'm gonna use Club crackers to make our Bacon-Wrapped Crackers with brown sugar instead.

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A Bride On A Budget by Lisa Sokolowski - 1M ago
When I go to a bridal shower, I always want to give something extra. Of course, I pick a gift off the couple's wedding registry because I want to give them something they want and need. But I try to add something to it that's special, extra, and something they didn't realize they needed. I also try to make sure that it goes with what I'm getting them. So if I was already getting the pots and pans off someone's registry, I would make this DIY Monogrammed Trivet for them.

It would be great if you were giving a skillet as a gift. Or a tea pot. Anything that will require a trivet to set it down. We have a cast iron trivet that we use every single day. It's one of those things that you need, but you don't really think about until you need it.

So for a new couple, this is perfect. No one moves out of their parents' house thinking, "I better take my mom's trivet too." And no one adds one to the registry because those little things never make the list.


DIY Monogrammed Trivet
Let me be honest for a minute. I have an obsession with 2 Ingredient Dough. I use it to make bagels, pita chips, bread bowls, on and on. So I end up buying a lot of non-fat Greek yogurt and having a lot of containers.

If you do the same, save the top of the yogurt container and recycle the bottom. You'll need the top for this craft. You only need one even if you intend to create more than one of these. It pops right out of the yogurt container lid when it's dry, so you can use one lid to make multiple trivets.


What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:

Wash and dry your yogurt container top. This is off of one from a 32oz container of yogurt.

Wash and dry your glass beads. You want to make sure there isn't any dirt on them that can get into your glue.


Drizzle a lot of glue on to the inside of the yogurt container. Like, a lot a lot of glue. I tried this originally with a normal amount of glue (and that's what you see in this photo) and it was all sucked up when it dried. Glue shrinks when it dries. Who knew.

So pretty much flood the yogurt top with glue. More than you think you need. Go wild. It's fine.

I actually thought my flooding of it was too much glue and I thought I would be turning my project into a big mess. The first beads I put down looked like they were swimming in the glue, so I got nervous.

But nerves were for nothing because the glue dried and there is actually no excess glue.


With the large glass vase beads, create your monogram. I went with an L because of Lisa and because Pete's last name starts with an L. Try to align the monogram in the center of the yogurt top.


Fill in the rest of the yogurt top with the small vase beads. They're very forgiving. So stat putting them around, push them into gaps, move them, etc. Just try to be very careful with them because you don't want to cover them in glue. Because you flooded the top with glue, there is a lot of excess.

When you have completely finished, leave your DIY trivet outside to dry for 72 hours. I would suggest leaving it on a screened in porch or somewhere similar. You don't want to leave it out somewhere where wind might blow dirt and dust into the glue.

And don't touch it. Don't test it. Don't try to pull it off early. Just leave it alone.


Once three days have passed, you can peel it away from the yogurt top. It's kind of like magic in a way. Okay, not really, but you did pour a lot of glue onto a surface and it didn't stick. I think that's cool. I also think I have to get out more.
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A Bride On A Budget by Lisa Sokolowski - 1M ago
I love cooking. I really enjoy coming up with delicious ideas and creating them in the kitchen. It's something that I've grown to really enjoy and want to share with people. Not too long ago, though, I was terrible at it. I could make popcorn and cereal (because I don't put milk in cereal) and guacamole, and I was good at anything that came out of a box. So when Pete would tell people his favorite thing I cook is popcorn, I would laugh. We should have had a DIY Wedding Popcorn Bar because he loves it so much, but we didn't.

Even though I can actually cook now (and cook well, thank goodness), Pete will still tell you that my popcorn is the best. In fact, he invited my parents over for movie night recently and said "And Lisa is making her world's famous popcorn."

I make it in the pressure cooker, on the stove, with some salt and butter. Sometimes I turn it into bacon caramel popcorn (for blog posts only). If the latter appeals to you more, you'll love the idea of a Wedding Popcorn Bar at your wedding.

We put together this post with the help of Gifts.com (they provided us the photos, popcorn recipes, and inspiration).


DIY Wedding Popcorn BarYou won't need too many popcorn bar supplies for this. Your venue may actually have a bunch of things that you can borrow for it. That's always my suggestion. See what you can use that your venue already has, then purchase the rest.


What You'll Need:

Popcorn *See recipes below
Containers (for holding the popcorn)
Plastic scoops (for serving)
Popcorn containers
Toppings
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What You'll Do:

Make the popcorn. You'll want to pop it fresh (because that's so much better than microwaveable popcorn or purchasing bulk popcorn, and makes it world's famous if your significant other really loves you).

Then, turn that popcorn into something special with a variety of popcorn flavors.
Easy Popcorn Recipes:
For every recipe, we suggest popping one cup of popcorn kernels in two tablespoons of oil to make 20 cups. Coat with four tablespoons of melted butter and two pinches of salt. Then, toss with the recipes below.

Rosemary & Parmesan Popcorn Recipe: 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary, 1 to 2 tablespoons grated parmesan, and a pinch of garlic powder.

White Chocolate & Sprinkles Popcorn Recipe: 1/2 cup white chocolate chips melted with 1/2 teaspoon of shortening and 2 tablespoons sprinkles.

Cinnamon & Sugar Popcorn Recipe: 1/2 cup white sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Coconut & Curry Popcorn Recipe: 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon toasted coconut flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon curry powder.

Wasabi & Cayenne Pepper Popcorn Recipe: 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon wasabi powder, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Matcha & Chocolate Popcorn Recipe: 1 melted chocolate bar, 2 tablespoons matcha powder, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil.

Popcorn Bar Setup: 
Figure out where in the venue this will fit. We had a lounge area across from our ballroom and that's where we had our candy bar set up.

When you figure out where you are setting up, start with a long table. Put each of your different popcorn combinations in a huge glass bowl. Stick with glass because they are food safe. I love the look of galvanized buckets (we used them for our wedding candy buffet), but you can only put wrapped food in those.


Create labels to mark each of the different combinations. Chalkboard labels with clothespins are perfect for this.


You'll also want to pick up glass salt shaker bottles and label them with your popcorn bar seasonings: chocolate powder, salt, sprinkles, cinnamon, etc.

Then, at the start of your table, set up your popcorn bar containers.


You can even leave a permanent ink market at the start of the table in case your guests want to write their name or decorate their containers.


Finally, put your popcorn bar banner behind the set up.

Set this up at the end of the night so that your guests can grab a container of popcorn on the way out of your wedding. Everyone loves a late night snack. It's just a lot of fun. And who isn't hungry after dancing all night long?

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One of the most popular wedding photos is of the bride and groom cutting their cake. There's something so sweet and romantic about it. A lot of couples will just use whatever cake cutter set the venue provides. But not us. I actually picked out a set that I loved. You don't have to spend a ton of money on a personalized wedding cake serving set though. In fact, you can make this DIY Glitter Bridal Cake Server Set.

It took a little bit of time and a handful of materials. Actually, I had everything at home already. I picked up the clear plastic cake servers from Dollar Tree. The two utensils came in the same pack, which was great. If you just go and buy those, the entire project will only cost you $1. That can definitely fit into your wedding budget.


DIY Glitter Bridal Cake Server Set 
This is a pretty simple project, but it is something that will span over three days if you want to be completely sure it will dry completely. So don't leave it for the night before your wedding.


What You'll Need:


What You'll Do:


Use a piece of tape to mark off where you want the glitter to go.

Personally, I glittered the entire handle of the cake server and cake knife. The glitter will be covered with non-toxic Mod Podge, so it will be safe to cut your cake. If you use something else, make sure it is non-toxic. If not, make sure the glitter ends higher so you don't have to worry about it getting on your cake.


Using the foam brush, paint a layer of Mod Podge along the handle.


Carefully pour glitter over the Mod Podge. I put a sheet of paper under the cake server and cake knife to catch the excess glitter. You can then roll the paper and put the glitter back into the package or tube it came from.

Let the Mod Podge dry completely. It's best to leave it overnight, if you have the time.


Paint a layer of Mod Podge over the glitter.

This is why you want to let it dry overnight. If you don't, you run the risk of the top coat of Mod Podge wetting the bottom coat and then removing the glitter.

This top layer is completely necessary. It traps the glitter and means that when you grab it, you won't get glitter on your hands. That means you also won't get glitter on your cake either.

Leave it to dry overnight.


The next day, peel off the tape and you will see a beautiful straight line.

I made the cake server and cake knife different shades of pink, making them perfect if you have pink as a wedding color or if you're hosting a bridal shower.

You could actually do something similar to make matching toasting flutes as well. Just follow our tutorial on how to make glitter wedding glasses.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make this DIY Glitter Bridal Cake Server Set?

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