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A Perfect DIY Lemonade Recipe for Your Backyard Wedding

May 19, 2015

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If you’re looking for a perfect drink for a rustic, summer, backyard or farm wedding then lemonade is a perfect way to celebrate.  It is a cheap DIY recipe that can easily serve hundreds of guests for virtually pennies a glass – can easily be made hard for adults with a splash of alcohol (served on the side) and is also perfect for those attendees who are under the age to drink.  Perfect in classic yellow or in pretty pink, lemonade is a refreshing drink for your summer time wedding.  Here’s a great recipe for DIY wedding lemonade:

You may think you know exactly how to make lemonade – just squeeze some lemons into sugared water and you’ve got a refreshing drink to quench your thirst. By using this method, you’ll get your lemonade…but not the best!

Most experts will agree that the trick to making the best lemonade involves making sugar syrup. If you notice, dumping sugar into water won’t disperse – all the sugar will sink to the bottom, and you’ll get a workout stirring it to make it all dissolve. Instead, dissolve the sugar in hot water to ensure that the sugar is evenly distributed.

One cup of sugar mixed with one cup of water will create the sweetest concoction. (Of course, you can reduce the sugar if you wish it too be less sweet.) Combine the contents into a saucepan over low heat on your stove to dissolve the sugar evenly. This is how you make your sugar syrup.

Six lemons should create enough lemon juice – squeeze them out as much as you can, or use a juicer if you have one handy. You may want to use a strainer to get those pesty seeds out afterward.

Combine your sugar syrup, lemon juice and 3-4 cups of water (depending on your taste) to a pitcher and mix. Refrigerate the lemonade or add ice and there you have it – the perfect homemade lemonade.

You can always garnish your lemonade with a few more slices of fresh lemons, or even other fruits such as strawberries, raspberries (this not only adds a bit of extra flavor, but is a natural way of making pink lemonade) or even blueberries. A couple of mint sprigs also add a lovely touch.

wedding lemonade in mason jars

We understand that when planning involves a lot of time and effort, and you may not have the time to make your delicious lemonade for all your guests! That’s why we offer these handy lemonade mix favors that are already packaged in single servings so your guests can enjoy a glass of the refreshing beverage when they get home.  But if offering packets of lemonade mix isn’t for you, you could also use these adorable mason jars with flower lids (shown above) for an additional DIY touch.

Glitter, Glamor and Gold – The “It” Wedding Color

Nov 8, 2013

gold, blush and ivory wedding palette

Most weddings are glamorous, even the “simple” rustic inspired ones which have been so popular lately.  But no matter what your theme, by infusing a little bit of gold into your wedding decor you can make your wedding simply fabulous.  Just check out these classic color combinations for weddings but when you add accents of gold to them they simply will wow you.

Black, White & Gold Wedding Palette

black and gold wedding

Sophisticated and stunning, the look of black and white combined with gold gives a regal touch.

Blush, Ivory & Gold Wedding Palette


Soft and romantic, this sparkly combination is lovely for winter and early spring weddings.

Red, Ivory & Gold Wedding Palette


Wonderful for Holiday and Valentine’s weddings, gold adds richness to red.

Mint & Gold Wedding Palette


Mint has been popular in 2013 and will continue in 2014. It pairs pretty with gold hues for spring & summer.

Emerald Green & Gold Wedding Palette


Emerald was Pantone’s color of the year in 2013, and it shines with gold accents for weddings. Perfect for fall, winter, holiday and St. Patrick’s Day or Irish weddings.

Silver & Gold Wedding Palette


If you’re looking for a stunning color combination for winter weddings, silver and gold simply wows. This is a great wedding color combination for December weddings and New Year’s weddings.

What’s your favorite combination of colors with gold? What colors will you be using for your wedding?

Valentine’s Day!

Feb 12, 2013

A survey done by American Express says that approximately 4 million people will get engaged on Valentine’s Day.  What is it about that day?  How is it on February 14th you can have a warm feeling come over you despite it being the middle of winter? Regardless of what many people think it is not a holiday created by Hallmark. It’s romantic history is linked back to the middle ages and the time of Geoffrey Chaucer. A time of courtship and chivalry.

So why do so many people choose Valentine’s Day to get engaged?  I was discussing this with someone who said she doesn’t understand it?  Is it really romantic?  When two people are looking to start their lives together any day is a good day to start.   There is no question that when done right a date with your loved one can be a magical night and if it happens to be on Valentine’s Day, even better.  When you plan the evening out, men and woman want everything to be just right.  From your attire to the food to evening’s activity, the goal is to give your partner a night they will never forget.  Well think about, if you are truly going to plan such an evening wouldn’t the best topper be ask them to marry you? You were thinking about doing it anyway!  Put the cherry on top of that sundae! Add that exclamation point at the end of the sentence that was your evening! The site of joy and surprise is evidence that you made the right decision.  Next week we will explore this Valentine’s Day phenomenon a little more!

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Jan 9, 2013

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Pre-Christmas Sale

Dec 18, 2012

The holidays are upon us!  The pressure is on.  Can you find those last gifts for people.  Is waiting online at the mall what you really want to do? Probably not.  One other question is what to get someone?  What about something you have never thought about?  How about getting candles and candle holders for your mom or sister? What about getting the man in your life personalized glassware? Welcome to the Little Things Favors Pre-Christmas Sale!   We have items ranging from personalized glassware to candles to drinks and candies!
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12 Days of Christmas Deals – Day 1

Dec 3, 2012

On the first day of Christmas your true love may send you a partridge in a pear tree but the staff here at Little Things Favors would like to extend you an offer of 15% OFF our Holiday Party Favors.  Get all your holiday party needs right here!!

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Dear Bridezilla: Reponse to the Viral Crazy Email

Oct 5, 2012

If you’re somebody who’s up to date on social media (or just opened up Yahoo! today and saw the latest news like we did here) you may have seen this:  Bridezilla’s Crazy Email to Bridesmaids Goes Viral.

The email was sent anonymously to Gawker (you can find their article and the letter in its entirety here) and is a legitimate note sent from a bride to her 10 potential bridesmaids. In the lengthy email she lets the girls know what she will be expecting of them if they agree to be in her wedding party, and if not…”see ya!”

All of us here at Little Things read the actual letter from the bride, as well as Gawker’s post and commentary on it (which is absolutely hilarious, by the way) and then began to discuss the audacity of the bride. Not only do we work in the bridal industry, but Kristi will be getting married next fall and all of us have been asked to be in a wedding at some point. So, we started wondering, did this bride have the grounds to send such a ballsy email?

My personal answer is no. When asked to be in a wedding – especially as a bridesmaid rather than a groomsmen – the first thing anyone should be aware of are the expenses. In true tradition, a bridesmaid is required to pay for her dress and alterations, shoes, accessories and hair/makeup, and chip in for the bridal shower and bachelorette party. Oh, and don’t forget about gifts and like in this case, any hotel stays and flights if you have to travel. So it was quite rude of her to shove it in the girls’ faces first thing:  “Also if money is tight and you can’t afford to contribute to say the bachelorette party or won’t be able to afford a dress etc, then [we] don’t have time to deal with that, I’m sorry.”

This bride went a little too far. If she’s close enough with these women to ask them to be in her wedding, does she really have to be so harsh about her demands and expectations? I understand that a wedding is usually a once in a lifetime thing, you’re never able to do it twice, blah blah blah, but come on! I’m no interventionist, but bridezillas need to come to the realization that the world and other people’s lives will not stop for the wedding. She must have some sort of stable relationship with the bridesmaids-to-be, so shouldn’t she trust them enough to evaluate their personal lives and financial situations, therefore making the “right” decision of being in her wedding or not? Or even feel somewhat assured that anyone who does agree to be in the party is doing so because they value their friendship and will do all that they can to be a “perfect” bridesmaid? With that being said, shouldn’t one of these girls have turned around and literally and/or figuratively slapped this bride in the face after they received that email? Because I certainly would have. On the other hand, at least the bride was blunt about the whole thing and pretty much gave the girls fair warning. If that’s how she’s acting almost a year before her wedding, imagine what she’ll be like a month before.

All in all, if you’re a bride-to-be, be considerate of your bridesmaids. Even though it’s your special day, keep in mind that they’re not only dedicating their time and money to help make it completely special, but maintaining their patience and trying to keep their sanity.  That’s what the point of bridesmaids gifts are, to thank them for all that they’ve done!

Have a great weekend!

- Kelsey

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Cheap Date Ideas

May 10, 2012

One of the reasons why I love summer is because the warmer weather and sunshine offer more opportunities to get out of the house – and spend less money.  So grab your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance, husband or wife for a date that costs little or no cash.

Check out my recent article on free date ideas for some great suggestions for…well, free dates.  I picked my 10 favorite ideas – including Weird NJ and “locking your love,” which Erica suggested after visiting the Bridge of Love upon her last trip to Helsinki, Finland.  Couples engrave or customize their own padlock, attach it to the bridge and throw away the key, symbolizing their everlasting love.  Unfortunately, there aren’t too many bridges or structures in the US that condone this (I guess it’s a European thing), but how cute would it be to do that with your partner at one of your favorite locations?

I was surprised that I found it somewhat difficult to find date ideas that are absolutely free.  It’s quite easy for small spending to go unnoticed (like my beach/boardwalk suggestion where you may have to pay admission, or even the amount of gas it may take to get to your destination).  But I did find a ton of unique and romantic date ideas that are not only great alternatives to the typical “dinner and a movie,” but cheap too!

Board Game Night (Good for double or group dating!)
Comedy Club
Drinks, Appetizers & Dessert
Haunted Houses
Horseback Riding
Laser Tag
Local Play
Local Sports Game
Movie in the Park
Movies (Minus the Snacks from the Theatre)
Open Mic Night
Play Pool
Restaurant Tour
Shooting Range
Take a Class Together
Test Drive a Luxury Car
Walk on the Beach or in the Park
Wine Tasting

Now, all you need is a date, or even a friend to do all this awesome stuff with!  Have any other ideas?  Share them!

The weekend is almost here – hang in there! <3 Kelsey

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Wedding Shoe Alternatives: Casual & Comfy

May 7, 2012

Like typical girls, we here at Little Things love a good pair of shoes.  Erica is the high heel fashionista, Kristi & Jessica have flats in every color, Nikita is the boot fanatic and my closet is full of sneakers and slip-on’s.  Though we have such differing footwear preferences, we can all usually agree on a gorgeous pair of fancy bridal shoes (like some of the ones in the picture).  Then I started wondering about non-traditional bridal footwear:  what about the bride who doesn’t want to be taller than her soon to be husband?  Or the bride with bad feet?  Or the brides who just hate stilettos and heels?  So I organized this list of shoe alternatives for weddings.

TOMS® – If you’re not familiar with TOMS®, check out their website here. They’re for a great cause:  every time you buy a pair, another pair will be donated to a child in need.  A recent discovery for me, and I’m obsessed.  I want a pair to match every outfit because they’re so freakin’ comfy.  They even have wedges if you’re looking for a comfortable heel to wear.

Flip Flops – For the beach wedding, of course!  And I don’t mean the cheap, rubber thong flip flops you can buy from a dollar store.  Our Personalized Flip Flops or Personalized Flower Flip Flops ensure a safe and comfortable walk down the aisle.  Plus you can give a pair to the girls in your wedding party as the bridesmaid gifts.

Converse – You can’t go wrong with a pair of All-Stars.  They’re available in literally every single color, and you can have so much fun with them.  I was browsing pictures on the web, and I’ve seen the cutest photos of stuff couples did – like writing their vows on the sides of a classic pair of black Chuck high tops.

Vans Shoes® – I’m not exaggerating when I say I live in my Vans.  Like Converses, you can pretty much find them in every color.  Again, I stumbled upon some pretty cool pictures of slip-on’s worn in weddings, including complete artwork drawn in black marker on a white pair.  So cool.

I would definitely consider any of these as wedding shoe alternatives.  Though I probably wouldn’t mind a fancy pair of Louboutins (as long as my rich fiance can afford them).

Any other ideas?  We have three engaged women in the office who are dying to know!

- Kelsey

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Breaking Dawn Wedding Favors

Nov 1, 2011

If you’re a Twilight fan (like me!) you’re anxiously anticipating the release of Breaking Dawn Part 1 next month.

If you’ve read the books as well, you know that Edward and Bella get married (sorry if I spoiled it, guys!).  And as you’ve seen from past blogs, obviously we’re all wondering what wedding favors vampires would give at their affair.

Perhaps personalized bottles of blood?  Well…we don’t have that, but the Cullens are vampires who try to blend in with the rest of humans in society.  So maybe they’ll opt for something a little more classy and “normal.”

My suggestions would be black and white or Damask themed favors – or even chess inspired favors, like our unique place card holders or candles, since the cover of Breaking Dawn features chess pieces.  Or maybe something with a chandelier on it?

The photos are my suggestions.  What do you think the Cullens will give as their wedding favors?

- Kelsey

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