DIY and Inspiration Part Two

Here’s part two of the blog’s DIY and Inspiration Series. Awhile back I wrote about how to set up a dining table and with a black and gold colour palette. This time, I will feature a video on how to set up a cake table with the same design and colour palette in mind. This serves as a guide for the basics as the colour choice is ultimately yours.

This video was done in collaboration with Design + Craft, Nadine’s Bakeshop – she bakes ridiculously delicious and detailed cakes, ZebraStar – a videographer and photographer duo, and Ink Scribbler – she is a calligraphy artist who makes amazing designs for a variety of occasions!

Be sure to check out the video here and I’m sure you’ll get to steal an idea or two!

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Inspiration and DIY Series Part Two

Picking up from my last DIY post, Inspiration and DIY Series Part One, here is the video we prepared for you! It features simple steps on how to set up your own tablescape or dining set. Earlier I wrote we were inspired with a black and gold colour palette. But the colour choice is secondary to the more important essentials I think you can pick up from our video clip here. Be sure to stay tuned for more DIY videos exclusively featured here in Purplelue Wedding!

Whether you are in the wedding industry or otherwise, table setting need not be pompous or overkill. Sometimes it is harder to practice restraint than doing so many things at the same time. For this set up, I can break down this post with the following essentials:

  1. Start with a center piece. We chose a tall singular glass vase with white roses, loosely spread out for a cool and modern feel.
  2. Add side arrangements. We used small black pots with light pink flowers and ruby red vase with sprigs of baby’s breath. The pink flowers help bridge the gold and black colour palette we were going for while baby’s breath adds more flower power without being too distracting.
  3. Inject character in the setting. We used a vintage mirror with gold metal design that was in line with our palette but at the same time adds some character to the setting.
  4. Incorporate DIY. The DIY elements found here were fun to do because we were 100% hands-on. The animal napkin holder could be a conversation starter among guests and it is very easy to do. To be practical, one can re-use them for another occasion. The menu card was also a DIY from the type of paper, colour, and font used.
  5. Add texture. We used a gold fabric with a textured feel to add a dimension into the entire table setting. It turned out great and to think we only used a fabric cloth for this! If you are planning to do this, make sure the width of the fabric fits the dimension of the table.
  6. Add ambience. This can be achieved through candles especially if you are planning to do this for your wedding. With so many instances for dim lighting, candles add a romantic and soft feel to the table setting. To make it more effective, add a couple more candles spread throughout your table.

To read the full post and see our inspiration shoot, be sure to click Inspiration and DIY Series Part One

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Inspiration + DIY Series: Part One

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A few days ago, I posted a teaser of a collaboration I had just completed and it’s finally here in the blog! This collaboration was made possible through suppliers that have graciously offered their time and talent. I am very proud to have worked with them – all of whom strive to produce original content and exhibit their style and creativity.

For this Holiday 2013 series, we were inspired by a black and gold colour palette. We also infused DIY ideas which you can tweak to make it your own. From our ideas we put together a styled shoot that can hopefully inspire you as you set out to make your own decisions in table setting and doing DIY.  I thank you readers for your support and for pushing me to work doubly harder each time.

The cake was designed by Nadine’s Bakeshop. She makes creative cakes for special occasions and this one here is absolutely gorgeous. The calligraphy was provided by Ink Scribbler; Alexis is talented and you can see why in our shoot. The white space location was made possible by The Hills at Silang and the design and rental were provided by styling team, Design + Craft. Here are the beautiful photos from Zebra with a Camera. Stay tuned for more of this Inspiration + DIY Series.

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I was inspired to do this shoot because I wanted to produce original content for the blog. I wanted to be part of a creative process that could hopefully inspire my readers and others. I thought that a collaboration with personalities who were keen on sharing the same vision would fit this project smoothly.

Whether you are in the wedding industry or otherwise, table setting need not be pompous or overkill. Sometimes it is harder to practice restraint than doing so many things at the same time. For this Holiday set up, I can break down this post with the following essentials:

  1. Start with a center piece. We chose a tall singular glass vase with white roses, loosely spread out for a cool and modern feel.
  2. Add side arrangements. We used small black pots with light pink flowers and ruby red vase with sprigs of baby’s breath. The pink flowers help bridge the gold and black colour palette we were going for while baby’s breath adds more flower power without being too distracting.
  3. Inject character in the setting. We used a vintage mirror with gold metal design that was in line with our palette but at the same time adds some character to the setting.
  4. Incorporate DIY. The DIY elements found here were fun to do because we were 100% hands-on. The animal napkin holder could be a conversation starter among guests and it is very easy to do. To be practical, one can re-use them for another occasion. The menu card was also a DIY from the type of paper, colour, and font used.
  5. Add texture. We used a gold fabric with a textured feel to add a dimension into the entire table setting. It turned out great and to think we only used a fabric cloth for this! If you are planning to do this, make sure the width of the fabric fits the dimension of the table.
  6. Add ambience. This can be achieved through candles especially if you are planning to do this for your wedding. With so many instances for dim lighting, candles add a romantic and soft feel to the table setting. To make it more effective, add a couple more candles spread throughout your table.

I hope this post was truly helpful and thank you for stopping by!

Photography: Zebra with A Camera | Design and Rental: Design + Craft | Cake: Nadine’s Bakeshop (+63920-9665949 nicola.nadines@gmail.com) | Calligraphy: Ink Scribbler | Location: The Hills at Silang | DIY Gold-painted animal napkin holder, click HERE | DIY Menu Card (font: Freebooter Script) click HERE | Flats for bridesmaids: Celebracion by Suelas | Gifts for groomsmen: black silk ties

More Washi Tape Ideas

In a few days it’s my parents’ anniversary and I haven’t had the luxury of time to go all out with wrapping. Having to finish my Masters paper and tiny things in between, I’ve decided to take a short cut just this time. It’s a simple gift and I wanted to incorporate washi tape to turn a plain white box into something colourful and cute. washi header

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DIY: A Heart-full of Seat Cards

Seat cards, or some call guest cards is a good way to show your DIY side! It’s also a cheaper way to add a personalized touch to any event decor. If you’ve been reading Purplelue, I’ve done a couple of DIY projects here for a future project collaboration.

Here is an idea you may use for seat cards, it’s really easy and budget friendly. You can hang them up against the wall or lay them loosely on a table without the string.

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Handmade Arts and Crafts

headerThis Treasure Trove from the North as a friend calls it features some of Manila’s most awesome and crafty entrepreneurs. Their passion for arts and crafts is seen in their work and when you take a closer look, you can’t help but notice the detail and patience they put in each piece! I love online shopping and what Ecommerce has done for us in terms of time and convenience. But it’s so much more personal when you see sellers get together and when buyers come to appreciate their work, face to face.

Here are just some of the finds we we were able to snap photos of. I just took photos from my iphone as my friend and I hopped from one seller to the next, in awe and anticipation.  Continue reading

DIY: Flower Bloom

This has got to be one of the coolest DIY ideas! The time and effort it takes to make 1 flower is worth mentioning. I’m especially loving this one, made by my cousin-in-law Leeanne which she aptly named bloom. She’s into DIY too, designs and creates jewellery as well! I hope she’ll allow me to share some of them in the future.

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Here’s a step by step guide I spotted online. Check it out in Folding Trees – Origami How To

DIY: Washi Tape

photo 1It’s no wonder there’s a craze out there for washi tape, they add color to anything making them look cute and instantly pretty. Even mundane objects such as glass jars and labels are turned fresh and anew because of washi tape. This photo above shows unused message cards from my wedding. I decided to use them for gift tags. I love how it looks now!

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Wedding DIY: Flower Pom Poms

It’s another lovely DIY Wednesday! Today’s feature is all about flowers in a bright palette of blue, yellow, and white. I’m sure you’ve seen so much of these flower pom poms or some call paper flowers most especially on Pinterest! So last weekend, I decided to try making one myself. Now I know what the fuss is all about. Since I’m a fan of easy and budget DIY — I’m hooked!

Below is my own step-by-step guide to help you in your amazingly cute version of flower pom poms.

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Inspiration: A Rustic Dinner Party

I just might be finding reasons to have a mini party but this video sure has good ideas for table set up and decor. So if you look forward to weekends as much as I do, don’t skip on checking out Rustic Dinner Party. It’s a collaboration between Style Me Pretty and Target department store.  I love the nature vibe. The wedding blog also came out with these DIY ideas that I love, love, love!

Now on to DIY series, first up are Herb Wreaths! 

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DIY: Watercolor Seat Cards

To drive your weekday blues away, how about another DIY post? I saw this artsy and quick do it yourself idea from Oncewed. I tried doing it to find out myself it it’s as easy as they say it is. They we’re right, it took me 15 minutes to paint 12 cards. I haven’t used watercolor paint since high school but for this project, you don’t need to be an artist to make these seat cards. You’ll just need watercolor, a paint brush, and card stock.

Time required: 60 minutes. 30 minutes of labor and 30 minutes to dry for 24 cards

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DIY: Fern Wreath Inspiration for backdrop

Summer months are officially here. The heat and sunshine come out more intensely than anytime of the year. What better way to welcome summer than by incorporating nature in your wedding? I’m thinking ferns as ornamental wreathes. You can hang them up in different heights and use it as photo booth backdrop or couple’s backdrop for the reception. It would suit a wedding that’s nature-inspired or organic in theme.

It’s super simple to do. I did 1 wreathe in less than 20 minutes. After making two you’ll get the hang of it and you can make more for more impact. Scroll down for more photos and guide on how to do it.
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DIY: seat cards using paper doily

Weddings call for a lot of “preliminaries”. These are engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, or family dinners. It is not a must to have all these social events. For most couples, at least one get-together with family or friends occurs. In planning one you can lend your personalized touch with this DIY feature. I promise this is easy to do and you can change it up a little bit in more ways than one! Just by looking at these pictures, you’ll know what I mean.

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