Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DIYing Disney Themed Centerpieces

Recently, I attended a wedding shower for the lovely lady who is marrying one of Mr. G's brothers. I love the girl and it's awesome that Mr. G's family keeps growing and giving me more people to enjoy!

My MIL and SIL were one of the shower hosts, and when they mentioned they were in charge of centerpieces as well as some other things, I quickly volunteered to take over the centerpieces. It worked out great because 1) I live for craft projects and 2) it gave my SIL more time to concentrate and the oodles of delicious cupcakes she was baking for the shower.

There were no colors picked for the shower, but it was loosely Disney themed (because the two got engaged at Disney World), so I picked up that theme and ran with it.

I was up for anything, but my mail goal was something I could make/make pieces of before hand because I would need 10 of these to travel up to my in-laws with me, and then on to the shower from there.

I was inspired by this image from etsy. It's clearly for a birthday, but it gave me a good jumping off point. (All of the following are personal photos unless otherwise noted.)

Mickey Mouse Birthday Centerpieces / Created by TheGirlNXTDoor on etsy /

After that, I turned to Adobe Illustrator to create the pieces I knew I'd need. I knew I wanted a Mickey head with the happy couple's name cut out of it. I planned to cut it out using the SCAL software and my Cricut. Unfortunately, I have a smaller Cricut that can only cut up to the size 6"x12", but I remedied that by cutting the Mickey ears out separately from the rest of the head.

I then designed a bow as well, so I could have Mickey on one side and Minnie on the other. I cut solid color paper to go behind the cut outs so it could be double sided.

After cutting it out, I embossed the head and bow pieced in my Cuttlebug to give them some texture.

I stopped by Target to pick up a backet from the $1 spot and some flowers so I could send a photo of my mock up to my MIL and SIL.

The mockup photo I sent

My MIL & SIL love it, so I went back to my basement and got everything cut out and assembled in about a week. The Mickey heads are connected to wooden $.99 barbecue skewers.

The weekend of the shower, I went to my in-law's house a day early. My MIL went to a local nursery and brought little plants (instead of loose flowers link in the mock up). It made things much easier.

We stuffed a bunch of $1 buckets with tissue paper, and then put a plant (in a red Solo cup so it wouldn't leak), in each bucket. Then I stuck the Mickey skewer in after that, letting my little-SIL pick what color should go together.

All lined up on the deck, just waiting for a shower to decorate

When we got to the restaurant the next day, we set each centerpiece down on a white doily. I also sprinkled Disney themed confetti around that I had made with my Cricut & SCAL as well.

The other guests loved the centerpieces, but what really mattered was my BIL's and future SIL's opinion. Luckily, they loved them too and I was so happy I got to help out!

Has anyone else been making wedding/wedding shower decorations lately? How's it been going?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Come What May: Down the Aisle

When the party bus pulled up to the church, it was still drizzling a bit so the driver escorted me inside. Fancy!

(All photos by rock stars Ryan & Sarah of Miller + Miller Photography unless otherwise noted.)

Then the girls and I waited in back room of the church while the boys were getter ready. Our videographer ever pinned the boutonnieres onto all the guys because they didn't know how!
(Personal Photo)

Our photos also got some good detail shots! Remember our invitations? Well, I created our programs to match (and direction cards to the reception which was a last minute piece). I even painted our aisle runner to match! Well, I used paint markers - much easier!
Oh invitations, I could never forget you! / Personal Image

Gotta love when everything matches!

Then the boys were getting ready in the front of the church and the girls were lining up at the beginning of the aisle!

The girls walked down first, and then Daddy G and I followed.

Mr. G was waiting for me, and I'll never forget the look on his face! It was perfect!

 Then it was time to get this whole 'getting married' show on the road!

Up next? There are vows to be said!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Come What May: Boys, Tuxes, and Blue Sambas

While we were getting ready and eating lunch, Mr. G and his groomsmen were getting dressed at a nearby hotel. Our husband & wife photog team really saved the day here, as Sarah was with us ladies, and Ryan was able to be with the menfolk.

(All photos by rockstars Ryan & Sarah of Miller + Miller Photography unless otherwise noted.)

Mr. G started to get ready, and we made sure to have a special photo of his tattoo.

What was so special about the outfits for the boys? Well, if you remember our engagement photos, you'll remember that Mr. G only wears Adidas Sambas.

Well, the gift we gave our groomsmen was a pair of blue Adidas Sambas and matching soccer socks. Yes, I was over the moon to find a pair of Sambas in the perfect shade of blue. And, funny enough, I got a team discount for ordering so many pairs of socks! Ha!

Gift for GM M / Personal Photo

 GM Washington trying on his gift at the Rehearsal Dinner / Personal Photo

The boys got all fancy!

Also, GM Mitch forgot his pants. Really. He took his tux out to show his mom and forgot to put the pants back in. Mr. G's parents were running around looking for pants. His pants & GM I's pants were purchased that morning. Seriously.

Ryan got some great shots of the boys outside the hotel and outside the church.

Oh man, that smile?! Be still, my heart.

 Note the pants in this photo. My in-laws purchased three pairs, just in case.

 Mr. G's bout!

I look back at the photos, and am kind of blow away over what a sexy hubby I have. And then the pictures make me all mushy inside. Wedding photos will do that, I guess!