Cozy Thanksgiving Day Fete

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While we delight in designing wedding tablescapes for our clients, we couldn't resist throwing an early Thanksgiving dinner with our closest friends here in Maui. We are so incredibly grateful for the growth and change that this year brought our way and we wanted to celebrate with our first friendsgiving! We called upon some of our favorite wedding creatives to help dress the poolside patio.

The inspiration for the evening was autumnal, effortless Wine Country meets sunny Hawaii Thanksgiving – a bit lush with loose, rich florals and traditional dining elements. We often work with the ladies over at Bella Bloom and we were happy to bring them on to design the gorgeous centerpieces. They harvested local greens to make a garland runner that spanned the length of the ivory farm tables by Signature Events.

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One of our favorite details from our Thanksgiving table were the tiny painted pumpkins that we sat at each guest plate. We tend to bring in a little glitter and shine whenever possible so we opted for a matte gold metallic shade to paint the baby pumpkins. Miss B. Calligraphy hand-lettered each name card upon kraft paper for our guests. Beginning with a natural linen runner to ground the table, we mixed tall, ornate wooden and rustic silver pillar candle holders into the scene. And for the place settings, we opted for Set's mirrored gold flatware and traditional wine glasses for the most important aspect of the evening - the wine!

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We will leave you with one of our favorite Thanksgiving Day dessert recipe's by Food & Wine: pear and cranberry hand pies. These flaky little pies are the perfect guest favor or sweet treat at the end of the meal!

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  1. In a medium bowl, toss the diced pears with 1/3 cup of the sugar, 1 tablespoon of the flour and the cranberries, ground cloves, cinnamon and salt.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the puff pastry to a 14 1/2-inch square, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into 8 squares. Spoon the pear filling onto a corner of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold the pastry over the filling to make a triangle and firmly press the edges to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork. Prick the top of each triangle once with the fork to allow steam to escape during baking. Transfer the hand pies to a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until chilled.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Brush the chilled hand pies with the beaten egg and sprinkle them with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake the pies for about 30 minutes, until they are golden brown. Let the hand pies cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Happy Holidays from the Belle girls!

Foodies Unite

Edible Wedding Favors

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Ok, so I admit, I am a bit obsessed with food.  I love it, and really share the sentiment that everybody loves food, am I right?  So to follow my previous post in regards to favors, I came upon a great little tid bit on Etsy today.  As with food (of which I obsess), you will also hear me talk about Etsy waaayyy tooo much.  What can I say?  It is a vintage wedding designer's dream come true and an amazing resource for bride's everywhere.

The Diverse Delectables of Etsy features an array of fabulous homemade confections crafted with love and affection. All wonderful options for gifts, favors, and dessert offerings at your wedding table.

This is where I will be doing the bulk of my Christmas shopping as well. I heart Etsy!

xoxo - Jane

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Wedding Favor Tips To Follow

Many of our clients often struggle with what type of favors to provide to their guests.  Remember.. wedding

  • Rule #1:  Don't stress too much about the favors.  Yes, they are a small important item, but honestly, your guests are there with you to celebrate your love, not to get away with the goods.
  • Rule #2:  Make the item personal.  Stay away from the "wedding favor" sites and stick to items that you and your hubby love and in turn, want to share with those that you love.  Your guests will appreciate learning a little bit more about who you are as a couple.
  • Rule #3:  Make it palatable, meaning:  Choose an item that your guests will enjoy.  For instance, if your fav snack is peanut butter honey pickles, let think about this for a moment.  Yes, you consider them the best thing since sliced bread, and yes, they are a yummy and delicious, albeit, weird snack, but will your guests love them as much as you will???  The answer s likely... not so much.
  • Rule #4:  Make it pretty.  You spend so much time, energy, and money making your wedding beautiful.  Don't interrupt your gorgeous table-scape with an item that does not match or compliment your theme.  If you do end up choosing an item that may be outside your decor schematic, place the favors on a separate table for guests to serve themselves.

Here are a few favor and packaging ideas that we adore. courtesy of our favorite homemade treasures: Etsy (www.etsy.com)

These muslin bags are perfect for your favorite confections, shawls, or any other uses.

Tree seeds in bottle with stopper - share your love for the environment by asking guests to plant a tree in your honor and as their tree grows, so will your love for each other.

Polaroid coasters - For the photography enthusiast.

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Stamped Paper bags - find a design you love, or stamp them yourselves and stuff these full of kettle corn or garlic roasted peanuts that you get at your local farmers market.

Salted caramels wedding favors

Fleur De Sel Caramels - If you have not tried salted caramels, you are missing out my friend.  These little delicous morsels can be bought in bulk and placed in your own packaging, or can be packaged by the seller.

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Surprise Brownie Bliss Cookies from Sweet Bliss Bakery (http://www.etsy.com/listing/61002147/surprise-brownie-bliss-cookies).  Food is always a good idea, especially when they are baked with love by you yourself, or if time is an issue, simply enlist the help of your favorite neighborhood bakery.