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February 2014 Wedding Contest

Feb 7, 2014

Weddings cost enough, who wouldn’t want to win something for their wedding?  If you’re an engaged NYC couple Little Things Favors has partnered with GigSalad along with Charlie Chalk, Lane Love Design and NYC Chic Farm Flowers to bring you an awesome wedding contest with a prize pack of $1000! (That includes $500 worth of wedding entertainment, decor and your wedding favors too!)  So check out Gig Salad’s Blog on how to enter and don’t forget to share this with your friends and relatives!


8 Radiant Orchid Inspired Wedding Cocktails

Jan 8, 2014

Radiant orchid is the hot color for weddings in 2014 and one way to bring that color into your wedding is by serving a signature cocktail.  You don’t need more than one signature cocktail or you can offer a “menu” of a few drinks all in your color scheme.   Radiant orchid is a tricky color for drinks though, as the color itself has both purple and pink undertones.  Go for drinks with pink and purple hues.


Source: Pinterest

One of the easiest ways to add this color is by offering edible orchids in one of your drinks.  For example this Radiant Orchid Hawaiian Martini from Bonefish Grill is not only delish (I’ve had it) but it also matches Pantone’s color scheme for this year.

Radiant Orchid Hawaiian Martini

1/2 oz pineapple juice

1/2 oz lime

2 pumps monin desert pear

1 pump monin coconut

1 oz coconut water

1 1/2 oz of cruzan guava rum

garnished with edible orchid



Source: The Heritage Cook

Black Orchid Martini

¾ oz Belvedere black raspberry vodka

¾ oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur

¾ oz white cranberry juice

¼ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

¼ oz simple syrup




White Cosmopolitan

1 pesticide-free, food-grade orchid

Filtered water

Ice cubes

2 ounces vodka

1 ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain

3/4 ounce white cranberry juice

1/2 ounce lime juice

Bartenders freeze a bright orchid into a perfect sphere of ice, which comes floating in your glass like a radiant orchid globe.



The Orchid from TAO Las Vegas at The Venetian

Ketel One Citroen

lemon juice

simple syrup

sparkling sake

crowned with a lovely blooming orchid


The Lavender Collins

Sprig of lavender for garnish

1.5 oz of Gin

3/4 oz of lemon juice

1/2 oz lavender simple syrup

3oz club soda

grapegroove - radiant -orchid-cocktail

Source: UVVodka

Grape Groove

1 part UV Grape

1 part Chambord

1 part pineapple juice

1 part lemon-lime soda



Source: Tasty Trials

Blueberry-Pineapple Champagne Sparklers

1 cup blueberries

1 cup pineapple juice

2 teaspoons chopped mint leaves

superfine sugar, as needed

1 bottle champagne

Puree blueberries, pineapple juice and mint in a blender. Taste for tartness. If needed, blend in sugar to taste. Strain.

Pour 2-3 tablespoons juice into flutes and slowly top with champagne.



True Love

1.5 ounces Harmonie

.75 ounces Gin

.5 ounces Simple Syrup

.5 ounces fresh squeezed lemon

Shake all ingredients vigorously (at least 18 to 20 shakes) and pour into champagne flute or rocks glass, top with champagne and orchid flower garnish

© 2014 Erica Tevis, Little Things Favors

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Radiant Orchid Wedding Color Inspiration

Jan 7, 2014

Pantone announced last month, that the 2014 color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  Since the announcement we’ve seen an explosion of photos of this awesome color.  Radiant is a perfect name for this shade of orchid!  Bright and lovely, it is perfect for spring and summer weddings.  Add a richer, deeper shade for fall and winter 2014 weddings.  It is said to compliment all skin tones and work well with a variety of accent colors: purples, lavenders, pinks, turquoise, red, yellows and all neutral shades.  We’ve put together for the bride searching for radiant orchid accessories a page of wedding favors and supplies which currently matches this awesome color, you can find all of our radiant orchid wedding items here which are all on sale at this moment for 20% off our regular prices.  (Sale ends, January 14, 2014).

Also, if you’re looking for radiant orchid wedding inspiration, be sure to follow our Radiant Orchid Pinterest Board which has over 100 ideas for you!

But for now, here are some of our favorite radiant orchid photos from across the web:


Source:  Chandelier | Shoes | Wedding Party | Bouquet | Favors | Cake


Source: Hall | Dress | Eyes | Cake Topper | Cuff Links


Source: Candles | Fans | Rose Petals | Mason Jars | Candy Bar

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Winter Wedding Color Palette Ideas for 2014

Nov 15, 2013

Looking for some magical color inspiration for your winter wedding?  Tired of seeing the same old ice blue themes?  We’ve got 3 winter wedding color palettes that will inspire you and delight your guests.


Rustic Farm Inspired Olive Green and Winter Berry Wedding


Rustic weddings aren’t just for spring, summer and fall events.  There’s nothing prettier than the open fields of a farm covered in snow.  Pull colors from nature and earth tones and infuse them with a pop of berry color.  The lovely steel blue grey is a modern edition of the ice blue wedding theme.


Silver and Gold Winter Wonderland Wedding


Silver and gold reminds me of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song of the same name.  The song was the inspiration for this winter wonderland inspiration board – don’t these mixed metals pair lovely for a holiday themed wedding?


Christmas Green and Cranberry Holiday Wedding Inspiration


Emerald may be Pantone’s color of the year, and a great compliment to this lovely color is Christmas green and cranberry infuse touches of sparkly gold for a bit of glittery holiday magic.

Decor, Accessory and Favor Ideas For Your Winter Wedding


From Top to Bottom, Left to right: personalized holiday candy jars | snowflake ring pillow | winter wonderland cake topper | tree wedding bells | snowflake bottle stopper | vintage style snowflake headband | our first christmas snowflake ornament | snowflake place cards and ornaments


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?

Are Wedding Toasts Out Of Date?

Nov 1, 2013

image credit: Charles Media Photography

Wedding toasts are a tradition you either love or hate.  Chances are you have been to one to many weddings where the speeches are long, boring or maybe a bit too over the top.   I got to thinking if wedding toasts were somehow out of date with the times after reading Offbeat Bride’s post that wedding speeches could die and no one would care.  Most guests probably wouldn’t notice – or even talk about it afterwards – that no one gave a speech.  It would give people more time to mingle, drink and dance.

And let’s face it, no one likes to give them.  Who wants to stand in front of a crowd and give a speech, knowing that the majority of the guests couldn’t care less about what you have to say.  Well, it isn’t about the guests.  It’s about the couple – the bride and groom who’ve asked you to say a few words, maybe a blessing for the future, or some advice.  You are important to them and hearing your words of wisdom is important too.  They’re not asking you to give a 20 minute power point presentation and research their lives (chances are you probably already know most of the juicy details anyway) but just a few short minutes (1 to 3 minutes to be exact) to let them know you care too.

Ehh… you’re still not sold on giving that speech huh?  I don’t blame you, I’m not a fan of them either.  I hate sitting through them and I get so nervous I could puke while giving them.  But my tone changed when I attended a friend’s wedding last month – her twin sister gave a speech that was so moving and funny that it changed my whole impression of wedding toasts.  So what did she do that was so different that it changed my mind?

  1. She spoke from the heart about her sister and husband
  2. She made a Top 5 list of things to keep Kristi happy – words of advice for her husband, Steve.  And anyone who knows Kristi, was laughing because it was hilarious.
  3. She congratulated them and toasted, it was short, sweet and sentimental.

The thing is, wedding speeches don’t have to be horrible or dreadful for you or the guests.  Just a few short sentences that express your love and well wishes is good enough.  I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to preform.  The fact is, just be yourself because that’s who the bride and groom love.  Because heartfelt sentiments never go out of date.

Do you think wedding toasts are out of style? Are you doing something other than a toast for gathering good wishes?  Share your thoughts on wedding toasting speeches below!

And if you’re preparing to give a wedding toasting speech, you may want to read our tips: Wedding Toasting: 15 Do’s and Don’ts for some helpful hints.

Nautical Wedding Ideas

May 9, 2013

From bold navy stripes, to pops of red and rope details, we love all things associated with the trend toward nautical! There are so many ways to incorporate nautical elements into your celebration whether you want to give a subtle nod to the sea or have a full blown sea-side soiree! Anchors are a popular icon and other favorite include: sailboats, lighthouses, compasses, ship steering wheels, sea shells, sea stars, and even lobsters! Here are our top 3 nautical favors:

1. “Anchor” Bottle Opener
2. “By the Sea” Lighthouse Tea Light Holder
3. “Shining Sails” Silver Place Card Holders

These favors can be incorporated in to the center of the table décor, placed on each plate, or organized on an impressive display for guests to take as they “sail away” for the evening.

Happy Planning!

- Nicole of Kate Aspen

DIY Wedding Ideas & Tips

May 7, 2013

Design Your Own Apothecary Jars

Design Your Own Apothecary Jars

Whether you’re a bride planning for your upcoming nuptials, or are just like one of us hopeful girls who is constantly adding to their dream wedding Pinterest board, you may have noticed a trend:  do it yourself wedding ideas. From wedding favors packaged in mason jars to DIY centerpieces made of easy to find materials, there are tons of ways to make your own decorations or favors and save a couple bucks when planning the big day.

Before you commit to a huge project, take a moment to assess your situation. Often, brides are eager to dive headfirst and bring out the craft glue, only to find out that the task is much more difficult than they thought. Lisa, a wedding expert who runs her blog A Bride on a Budget gave us some insight:

“I think DIY wedding favors are a great idea — as long as the bride and groom are crafty. A lot of what people see on Pinterest are actually items made from professionals but tagged as DIY. Not every pin is made by every bride. I think Pinterest gives brides a false hope about what they can and cannot DIY. So, with that being said, if the couple (or their family or bridal party) is crafty, by all means, make as much as you can.”

Keep that in mind when browsing wedding ideas on the web. If you’ve pinned a number of DIY wedding ideas on Pinterest, our best advice is to look further into the pins and see what’s actually required to make them, or if they’re even handmade products at all. Luckily, the great thing about many of the DIY wedding projects found online is that you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to create them. Trust me, I myself am not crafty and even I think I could handle some of the projects I’ve stumbled upon on Pinterest. You’ll be surprised that a little extra research, time, and elbow grease can go a long way.

Our office manager Kristi is living proof: she recently sent out her save the dates–DIY save the dates, may I add. She found a collection of old postcards her grandfather sent his wife while away in the war, and after designing the layout, her and her fiance printed up their save the dates on the back of the postcards. Not only were they gorgeous and vintage, but they had a personal touch. All they paid for was paper, ink, and stamps–and the time to design and assemble them. Kristi says that overall supply costs to make the save the dates was probably only $60, not to mention that the two had an enjoyable time creating them together.

Lisa also proves that cutting costs elsewhere and making some of your own wedding supplies will definitely save you money. “My mom made a wishing well for my cousin’s September bridal shower and everyone thereafter will use it,” she said. So not only will it be used again in the future, but she saved on a whopping $200 on a rental fee.

DIY Save the Dates

DIY Save the Dates

I think a great idea is to sit down and begin writing a list of all the little things and extras in your wedding that end up costing money. Exclude some of the big ticket items you can’t avoid buying, like your venue, obviously, possibly your menu/any food, or a DJ. Focus on the small stuff, like save the dates, and welcome bags for your guests, if you’re doing that sort of thing. Ask yourself some of these questions:

How much time do you have, or are you willing to dedicate to creating favors or decorations?
Do you have the skills and capability required to create the item(s)?
What is the difference (price and quality) between your DIY wedding idea and a store bought alternative?
Do the math: will the time spent crafting really be worth it? Consider supply costs, and how much an hour of your time costs too.

You’re not the only bride who’s looking for ways to cut down on some wedding expenses. Many of our Facebook brides mentioned that they would be making the following themselves:

DIY Wedding Decorations
DIY Wedding Invitations
DIY Wedding Centerpieces
DIY Wedding Favors

Do it yourself wedding favors are one of the most popular items that brides choose to make themselves, next to invitations and decorations, because even though they’re such important wedding essentials, they can really add up and break the bank. Need a little inspiration? Check out our articles for more DIY Wedding Favor Ideas and Tips for Your DIY Favors. You might also want to check out The Benefits of DIY Wedding Favors.

Best of luck!


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Cheap Wedding Favors – Ideas That Inspire

May 2, 2013


One of the bigger trends this wedding season is DIY and Cheap wedding favors – it seems everyone is on a budget these days and are looking to do it themselves with almost every aspect of wedding planning.  While DIY may sound fun, sometimes “duplicating it yourself” isn’t always the best way – it takes time, energy, helping hands and money (sometimes more than you think to buy all the ribbon, charms, twine, hot glue, etc…) and some brides aren’t crafty – or maybe they just don’t have the time.

Not to worry – I put together a great article for those brides who may or may not want to go the DIY route but are still looking to save money on their wedding favors: 10 Beautiful, Budget-Friendly Cheap Wedding Favors – which will give you some great ideas and a starting point to get ideas for your wedding. Alternatively, you may want to browse our cheap wedding favors section which gives you many of our favors (all under or just around $1).

If you’re still looking for inspiration, we also just published a video on our YouTube channel with 25 of our most popular cheaper favors

Cheap Wedding Favors

Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas

Apr 9, 2013

"Love Grows" Picket Fence with Seeded Paper Sun

"Love Grows" Picket Fence with Seeded Paper Sun

I find it unfortunate that green wedding favors aren’t as popular as they used to be. I remember years ago when I first started working here they were all the rage:  brides couldn’t get enough of our bamboo candles and personalized magic beans!

Still, Team Little Things still strives to remain eco-friendly by donating to Carbon Fund, and we always encourage our brides to go green when planning their wedding too, whether it’s by using recycled paper for your invitations or purchasing eco-friendly wedding favors.

When I asked our Facebook fans if any part of their wedding would be environmentally friendly, I was really surprised at all the people who planned on remaining practical when it came to centerpieces. Like I mentioned in our previous blog post regarding centerpiece ideas, not only can they get expensive, but those cut flowers are harmful to the earth!

Mary S. says, “we are buying our centerpiece items from Goodwill & Craigslist, using natural materials to decorate, and using artificial flowers that can be reused by another bride.” She isn’t the only one who has recycling in her sights. Sherry V., Lynn S. and Jamie M. all do too! Others, like Lynn S. and Andy H. plan on visiting second hand stores and thrift shops for decorations and materials. And Dana R. plans to go 100% organic! “Planning has only just begun, but I am going to purchase the flowers from local farmers and use organic treats in favors, as well as use organic products for the reception,” she says.

Janna L. is also reducing her use of flowers by only using them in her bouquet and small centerpieces. “I’m trying to make everything double as something else,” she adds. Sam C. is nixing flowers completely and instead is arranging monogrammed martini glasses on the tables. And Heather W. is sawing logs herself for displaying her mason jar centerpieces!

Some more eco-friendly wedding ideas included Freddy R.‘s re-usable napkins and Craig A.‘s seed wedding favors. Remember that using recycled or natural materials can still be pretty, especially if you’re planning on having a rustic wedding. Scrounge up some recycled burlap for your table and aisle runners, or gather a variety of mason and glass jars for distinctive centerpieces with a ton of contrast.

Still stuck for some inspiration? You can also check out our other article for 10 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding.

Congratulations to Janna Lee for winning this blog contest and sharing her eco-friendly ideas!

~ Kelsey

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