The Essentials For A Backyard Wedding

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Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. Some like them huge and glamorous, others like them small and intimate. If you are someone who enjoys small get-togethers with close friends and family, then read on! Here are a few things you might need or want to create for your backyard wedding.

Having a multitude of lights throughout the ceremony and reception will make your wedding appear ethereal and whimsical. In essence, lights are a great wedding decoration. Mini lamp posts can form a beautiful aisle if you are having an evening ceremony. Strands of lights hanging from the tent or beams are an easy way to illuminate the space for your guests. Globe, lantern, LED, shapes, and grapevine are some other types of light strands that would be great for wedding decor.

Another great thing about backyard weddings is that you can keep it simple with food. Of course you can still have salmon or steak if you’d like, however, the beauty of having a backyard wedding is that you can get away with any food you want! Barbecue? Go for it. Finger foods? Absolutely. If you want to pay a friend of yours to man a crepes station, then try it. A wedding is the type of event where calories don’t count!

A dance floor is a must for any type of wedding! A wood stage will be the easiest and quickest to install for the night if you don’t have a large enough patio to accommodate your guests. Photo booths are expensive to rent so try making your own! All you need is a white or black sheet, a camera with a tripod, and some costumes/accessories. Your guests will love goofing off and taking silly pictures!

Can’t afford a bartender? Not a problem, pay your friends to do one hour shifts throughout the night. This gives them the opportunity to mingle with friends and family while making a few extra bucks. If you don’t feel like having a bunch of hard liquor at your reception, then opt for wine and beer. Set aside a couple glasses of wine and a couple beers per person and you should be set!

If you’ve had a backyard wedding, please share with us and others your great ideas!

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The Only DIYs You Need In Your Life

We’ve done the research, and based on top blogger lists these are the 5 DIYs you have got to try this summer! From practical to decorative, these fun projects are guaranteed to help make your home just a little bit happier.

Table Top Terrarium
This little guy will add decor to any table or bookshelf, as well as any room! Fill with your choice of succulents or other indoor-friendly plants, and enjoy.

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Painted Frame DIY
These frames will add life to any boring old wall. Pick colors that compliment the rest of your room and find some fabulous pictures to fill them with!

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The Fake Watercolor Wallpaper
Wallpaper can be a drag to cut, glue, and paste. So forget it and roll out your brushes! Paint brushes that is. This is the perfect way to spice up rooms that might need a little love.

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Metal Grate for Your Memos
Organization is key to serenity at home, so create a memo board that is both beautiful and functional with this DIY tutorial! Stay on top of your tasks and hang fun mementos to enjoy throughout the week.

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Leather and Gold Pinwheel Pillow
If there’s only one addition you make to your living room this summer, it has to be this one. It’s modern, easy to make, and stylish!

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Everything You Need To Know About Decorating With Pineapples

Aside from being delicious and nutritious, pineapples are also a symbol of hospitality in the South as well as throughout the Eastern Seaboard. The pineapple was originally used for display at lavish dinners and festive nights in Europe, because off the high cost of directly importing them from exotic islands. The lucky few who could afford pineapples typically wouldn’t eat them, but would instead use them as a decoration and then as a gift for their most important guests to eat and enjoy. The chic fruit finally became a symbol of hospitality and welcome when it was put at the top of food displays that were kept secret until the main event started. The brightness of the pineapple symbolized the night full of cheer and high spirits that was about to unfold.

Throughout the years, pineapples have become a summer fruit that makes you feel like you’re on an exotic beach at first bite. However, it can be difficult to keep a real pineapple constantly displayed in your home, so we’ve put together a list of decor ideas featuring this glamorous fruit to make others feel welcomed each time they walk through your front door.

Throw Pillows
You can find throw pillows anywhere and everywhere. The difficulty is finding one that you like and that will brighten up your decor. Many have patterns like the examples below, or you can find some that are more mellow, such as a dusted pineapple on a white throw pillow. If you have a toned down living room decor, maybe a crazy colored or patterned pillow is just what you need!

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Pineapple Canvas

Canvases are easy to print and easy to paint. If you find a beautiful pineapple image and you just know you won’t be able to replicate it, then have it printed on a canvas and hang that baby proudly! For the more artistically inclined you will naturally gravitate towards painting your own. Peruse Pinterest to find the pineapple inspiration you need. Another option to consider is using materials other than canvas such as the DIY art below by the blogger Liz Marie.

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Summer Dish Set

It can seem a little excessive to have a set of dishes for each season, so instead just use a separate set specifically for warm weather or dining outside! You might have to do some recon work to find the perfect set of dishes for your ladies brunch or afternoon tea party, but we promise you: it will be worth it.

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Wallpaper Galore

Yes, we’re talking about that old-fashioned paper that goes on your wall that requires extreme patience and a lot of love. Wallpaper can add just the right amount of decoration without adding any objects to the room. There are plenty of patterned pineapple wallpaper options out there, so take some time to find the right print for you. You don’t have to get too flashy! This decor idea is especially great if you have a “blah” room that needs a jolt of inspiration, without having to overcrowd the area.  Everything You Need To Know About Decorating With Pineapples

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Share with us the marvelous decor ideas you’re using to brighten your space this summer!

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Using Your Summer Months To Effectively Organize

Summers are meant for two things: relaxing and getting your life back together after a hectic work or school year. We are sure you’ve got the relaxation part covered so we have put together these awesome ideas for organization! Organizing your home allows you to feel more productive and stress-free. Enjoy the remainder of your summer even more by trying out these DIY projects for a clutter-free house!

Wooden Bungee Organizer

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Office Drawer Organizer

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Workspace Organization

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IKEA Hack Organizer

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Tea Shelf Organizer

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Share with us your favorite organizing ideas!

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Brilliant New Ways For Displaying Plants

Whether it’s succulents, flowers, or vines that make you smile, plants can bring new life into your home. However, you might be tired of the typical ceramic pot-plant decor so switch it up with these new exciting display ideas!

Bird Cage

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Hanging Upside Down

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Important Notes:
No matter what kind of plant you buy, make sure you follow the instructions for proper planting and watering. You can also ask your local gardener for advice on which plants are best used in these kinds of planting situations or which ones will do better inside versus outside.

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4th Of July Food And Snack Ideas

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These recipe and snack ideas will be a hit with your family and friends! Try one or all of them for a fun, patriotic, and delicious 4th of July event.

Easy Snacks:
-Marshmallow, brownie, blueberry and strawberry kebabs
-Star shaped watermelon with blueberries
-Cheesecake stuffed strawberries, topped with blueberries
-Puppy chow with red and blue M&Ms
-Oreo pops dipped in frosting with red and blue sprinkles

Firecracker Dogs (from
1 can refrigerated bread stick dough
2 packages – 16 hot dogs
16 skewers
16 thick slices of Colby cheese

– Place a skewer through each hot dog, leaving about an inch and a half exposed.
– Take a piece of bread stick dough and wrap it around the hot dog until you get to the top. Place each hot dog on a pan and bake for 20 mins at 350 degrees.
– While the hot dogs are cooking, use a small star cookie cutter to cut out stars from the cheese.
– Let the hot dogs cool then stick the star through the skewer at the top.

Jalapeno Poppers (from
25 fresh jalapeno peppers
1 large tub cream cheese
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, sliced
2 packs bacon
2 cup BBQ sauce (whichever you prefer)

– Cut each pepper in half and clean out the seeds then place them side-by-side on a pan.
– Combine cream cheese, green onion, and shredded cheddar cheese then stuff the peppers with the mixture.
– Cut bacon strips in half then wrap the slices around poppers and secure with toothpicks.
– Brush BBQ sauce over each piece.
– Cook for 1 hour at 300 degrees or until bacon is sizzling.

BBQ Chicken Wings (from
1 bottle Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue sauce
1 stick of butter
2 packets Italian seasoning
Dash of basil
14 chicken drumsticks

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
– In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat then whisk in the Italian seasoning, basil, and bottle of BBQ sauce. Bring to a boil.
– Dip drumsticks into sauce mixture and place on a pan.
– Bake for 30 mins and preheat grill on medium halfway through the baking process.
– Remove drumsticks from oven and give them another dunk in the sauce then place on the grill for 15-20 mins.

Hot 7 Layer Dip (from
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2 lb ground beef
1 large garlic clove
1/2 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 cumin
2 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
1/2 cup canned black beans
1/2 cup canned corn
1 tomato, seeded and diced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese mix
Chipotle chili pepper powder

– Heat up a over-safe skillet over medium heat and add vegetable oil.
– Add diced onion and saute until transparent. Then add the ground beef and cook.
– Add the grated garlic, salt, paprika, cumin, and Chipotle chili powder. Mix well and cook until done.
– Stir in sour cream and tomato paste then spread evenly throughout the skillet. Take off the heat.
– Turn off stove-top and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Layer jalapeno peppers, then beans, corn, and finally the diced tomato. Sprinkle some salt and cumin over the veggies and add cilantro on top.
– Spread cheese evenly then sprinkle Chipotle chili pepper powder over cheese.
– Place the skillet in the oven for 20 mins then serve with chips.

What will you be making for you 4th of July weekend? Share with us in the comments!

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Your Guide To 4th Of July Decorations

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Use this guide to decorate for your 4th of July party this weekend. Whether you’re having a few friends over or throwing a big weekend bash, these decorations will create a fun and patriotic atmosphere!

Star Painted Lawn
What’s more fun than having 4th of July stars everywhere? 4th of July stars painted directly on your lawn of course! Simply cut out a star from a large piece of cardboard and use it as a stencil for your lawn. Make sure to use red, white, and blue paint!

American Flag Mason Jars
Grab three mason jars and the American flag colors in paint. Paint the first mason jar blue. Once it’s dry, paint white stars around the jar. Next, paint the other two mason jars with red and white stripes. Make sure you have the stripes at equal heights so it doesn’t look disproportionate when they’re standing next to each other. Lastly, place some beautiful, short stemmed flowers in each jar.

4th Of July Door Decor
Instead of having the typical summer wreathe hanging from your front door, switch it out for a DIY 4th of July one! Buy some wide patriotic ribbon, a giant cardboard “4”, the letters for “July” (ones that will fit inside the stem of the 4), and lastly some red, white, and blue paint. Paint the “4” red and the letters for “July” alternating blue and white. Once everything is dry, hot glue gun the letters to the stem of the 4 then glue gun the ribbon to the 4 as well to use for hanging purposes. Form a pretty bow at the top for a final touch!

Duct Tape Banner
All you’ll need is some sturdy string, red, silver, and blue duct tape, and scissors. Using alternating colors, fold large pieces of duct tape onto the string then cut a triangle out of the bottom of each piece. You can then use the silver or white duct tape to write something on the banner.

Fireworks Canvas
For this piece of art you will need two forks, red and blue paint, and a canvas. Use one fork for the blue paint and the other for the red paint. To design the fireworks, simply dip the fork into the blue paint and drag it in a circular motion along the canvas. Then do the same with the red paint, drawing in a circular form with alternating colors. By the end of it, you’ll have beautiful red and blue fireworks on your canvas!

Share with us how you’ll be decorating for your 4h of July party!

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Canvas Prints for Your Wedding Photos

Wedding season is in full bloom and we can definitely feel the love in the air. Whether you are tying the knot this summer or are in the process of planning a wedding, there are many decisions that need to be made. One, of the many, important aspects of planning a wedding is choosing a photographer. The right photographer will capture your special moments and showcase the unique details that you planned out. And don’t forget all the specific sessions you may have from an engagement shoot, bridal portraits, or even the new trend “trash the dress.”

A common question after you have your wedding photos in hand, is “what do we do with the images?” We’ve seen options from printing them off to store in an album, turning them into a photo book, adding them to an online album or creating cards; but, one of our personal favorites is to turn them into art for your home. With high-quality professional images from your photographer, it’s easy to enlarge them to make canvas prints you can display and cherish for years to come. We’ve seen displays that showcase many photos by creating a wall gallery or just showcasing your favorite shot with a simplistic single canvas. Canvas prints are a great way to reminisce and relive your special day.

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either license same-sex marriages or to recognize those marriages if they’re performed elsewhere. With such a historic announcement, we will be celebrating love and offering a special promotion so you can order a canvas for your wedding photos. Using the promo code CELEBRATELOVE, you will receive a free 8×10 canvas, you’ll just need to pay shipping. You can shop directly for your canvas on

With wedding celebrations across the nation, we wish you all a lifetime of happiness together. If you are planning a wedding, comment below to let us know how you intend to use your wedding images.

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Home Decor Ideas From Creative Bloggers

You will have serious home decor envy after seeing these beautiful rooms put together by bloggers. The rooms are elegant, eclectic, and include some adorable DIY decorations! Now sit back, scroll down, and enjoy.

Tiny Space Decor
Sarah has some fantastic ideas on her blog for decorating small spaces if you live in a studio or small apartment.

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European Design
This woman might live in London but she loves Scandinavian design, which you will see after scrolling through her blog!

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Bright and Colorful Interiors
Erin adores turquoise which means she tries to incorporate it as much as she can in her decor. Use her as inspiration to plaster your favorite color all over your home!

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House of Turquoise

Eclectic Spaces
Justina knows how to put together an eclectic room! She mixes decorations you wouldn’t typically put in the same space in her blog and makes them look incredible next to each other.

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The Jungalow

Just The Right Amount Of Classiness
You might think that these women have no idea what they’re doing because they have two rugs stacked on top of each other, but you have to agree that it works! Check out their other quirky decor tricks in their blog!

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Classy Clutter

French Home
This French woman can transform a small, boring apartment into a beautifully decorated, sophisticated space without making it feel cramped. See for yourself!

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The Top 5 DIY Books

Are you tired of scouring the Internet or Pinterest every time you’ve decided you’re going to take on the DIY world, looking for cool crafts to make for your home? We thought so. Forget the blogs and pins, buy one or all of these DIY books so that you no longer have to do the research!

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Sherry and John have quite the collection of DIY projects for you to try. They’ve fixed up 3 homes and have had 2 children along the way. This book has a good range of DIY renovations that range in price and difficulty.

51aPrF aCEL The Top 5 DIY BooksDanny Seo is a regular on The Today Show and can help you transform your mundane and forgotten items into reused, upcycled ones!

Dare to repair, replace, and renovate

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The Nesting Place
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DIY Furniture
DIY furniture book The Top 5 DIY BooksChristopher explains step-by-step in his book how to create designer furniture. It will challenge you and sometimes make you wonder what you’re making. However, in the end, you’ll have a marvelous piece of furniture that no one else will have.

Share with us your thoughts on DIY books and your favorite projects you’ve made from them!

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