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Peacock Wedding Table Setting Ideas with Copper, Teal and Cobalt Blue

Today's gorgeous Global Chic Holiday Tablescape from Bri of Half Pint Party Design is such a gorgeous design for a peacock wedding table setting. It's full of rich colors that are just spectacular for a wedding design during the holidays and winter months.

The prettiest peacock wedding tablescape / cobalt and teal table setting with peacocks / gold pomegranates with edible gold paint for party favors / as seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog / design and styling by Bri of Halfpint Design

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The focal point of this peacock tablescape is the spectacular white porcelain Peacock Garden Dinnerware Set. Did you know Peacocks are a historic emblem of nobility? I love the cobalt and copper colors Bri brought into this table setting with the teal beaded peacock velvet table runner. This is one spectacular find from Pier 1 Imports.

Rich and Elegant Peacock Table Setting Ideas for a peacock wedding theme / peacock wedding centerpieces / peacock table setting decorations / as seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog / design and styling by Bri of Halfpint Design

Other design elements include the chargers - these started out as gold chargers from Dollar Tree, and then Bri spray painted them with Krylon's Copper Rose. The utensils are faux copper cutlery from The Fulfilled Shop. Aren't they the perfect touch? And, those deep cobalt wine glasses? Bri not only found them at Dollar Tree, but she added the copper rim with Martha Stewart Craft paint.

Copper, Teal and Cobalt Colored Peacock Table Setting for a peacock wedding theme (or holiday tablescape) / peacock dinnerware - the perfect choice for a wedding registry / diy gold rimmed wine glasses / as seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog / design and styling by Bri of Halfpint Design

One of my favorite finishing touches are the gold pomegranates that fill each bowl. Bri painted each one with a mix of Burnt Bronze and Glamorous Gold Edible Art Paint from The Baker’s Party Shop. A great decor tip from Bri . . . "Spray paint is amazing but when working with food, definitely use edible paints".

Gorgeous peacock inspired florals and gold painted pomegranates bring the elements of this copper, cobalt and teal tablescape together. Peacock Table Setting for Weddings and Holidays / as seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog / design and styling by Bri of Halfpint Design

PS: Bri has a Free Peacock and Copper Menu Download on her Half Pint Party Design site.

How to Set Up a Quick + Easy Popcorn Bar

If you’re looking to surprise your wedding guests with something fun and unexpected at the end of your party, a DIY popcorn bar can be fun and easy. Today, I have a creative popcorn bar set up with handmade artisan popcorn balls from The Curious Confectionery.

This post was created in collaboration with several handmade shops. Brenda's Wedding Blog has received payment, trade and/or products for this party styling. All opinions are my own.

Since you’ll want your guests to be able to take home their popcorn ball and enjoy later - I've even found personalized goodie bags and the sweetest bunting ribbon {can be used as decor and to tie off the bags with if desired}.

Popcorn Bar Shopping Supply List:

• popcorn balls from The Curious Confectionery {opening on August 15th}
mini bunting ribbon from Edee Nut
personalized goodie bags from Rooted Manor
• custom Festive Fetti confetti to match your party colors
• printable popcorn bar sign {see link below to download your printable sign}
• cake stands for displaying the popcorn balls
• clear bags or plastic wrap for popcorn balls before placing in bags

Oh, and Guess What? I have a FREE Printable Popcorn Bar Sign for you to download. Let your guests know to “snatch + savor the goodness”. Grab your 5x7 Printable Sign Below.

Now that you have all of your supplies to create this quick and easy popcorn bar - let's get it set up.

You will first want to display your popcorn balls on the cake stands. The flavors sent to me included hummingbird, smoked salted caramel, toasted coconut and happy hipster. These handcrafted artisan popcorn balls are made with all natural ingredients and taste amazing. There is no gluten ingredients in the popcorn balls {but they are made in a facility where gluten is prepared}. However, my oldest daughter who is super gluten sensitive, had no reactions at all. We had truly couldn't even pick a favorite popcorn ball - they were each very tasty and I'm looking forward to their fall collection launching too. Wait until you hear the flavors for the fall season :)

You can can display the printable popcorn bar sign in a 5x7 frame and drape the mini bunting ribbon across it for a fun decor accent.

I scattered some of my color matching Festive Fetti around the table linen and cake stands for a little extra festive fun.

Display your personalized goodie bags on the table so guests can choose their popcorn ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the goodie bag. The bags can be folded over, tied with twine, a twist tie or even some of the bunting ribbon.

Now, it's time to Snatch and Savor the Goodness with this DIY Popcorn Bar. Enjoy the sweetness :)

Hot Wedding Trend: 13 Cactus Wedding Ideas

One of the hot wedding trends I’m loving is all things cactus {or cacti}. Whether you’re planning a fiesta themed bridal shower, a tropical destination wedding or a wedding during the summer months . . . you’re going to love these Cactus Wedding Ideas.

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I’ve even joined the cactus wedding trend myself and created a cactus confetti collection that features 4 cactus gift tags included with hot pink and green Festive Fetti confetti. It’s the perfect way to present gifts to your bridesmaids - tuck their gift in a box, add a little confetti, wrap the surprise and add a fun cactus gift tag. Or, you can add the confetti to a cactus piñata from Lulu Flora.

When it comes to incorporating cactus ideas into your wedding, you might consider one or more of these wedding ideas. See the examples below . . .

Which ones are your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.

1. adding mini cactus piñatas to place settings or centerpieces to hold the table number
2. designing a cactus themed wedding invitation suite
3. top your wedding cake or cupcake with an edible fondant cactus topper
4. creating centerpieces with the cactus in cute clay pots
5. presenting cupcakes with edible cactus on top
6. prefer to not diy? Consider a complete desert cactus wedding invitation suite
7. display a fun cactus printable for the gifts and cards table
8. keep the cactus memories forever with a cactus ring dish to hold your wedding rings
9. how about a bridal bouquet with cactus included?
10. adding a cactus garland as the backdrop behind the dessert table
11. of course, if you’re planning a cactus themed wedding, cactus thank you cards would be a must-have
12. gift your bridesmaids a cactus clutch bag for their makeup

9 Creative Ideas for Bar Cart Styling at Weddings {or Drinks Trolley Styling}

When it comes to styling for special events, a bar cart is certainly a popular choice for displaying the drinks. It’s also perfect for creating a beautiful presentation of the desserts or snacks. For those outside the US they are often called the Drink Trolley. As Carol of Lily and Lavender Events says, it’s a sweet and sophisticated name for the cart.

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Today, I’m sharing with you 9 Creative Ideas for Styling Bar Carts at Weddings {or even bridal showers, engagement parties . . . gatherings of all kinds}. There's even ideas for the different seasons too.

#1 Boho Chic

This Boho Chic Farm Wedding Cart helped display the stunning drip wedding cake. The cake {that’s topped with a golden pear and figs} is displayed on a vintage cake server and a gold bar cart.
— created by Sarah Sofia Productions

Wedding Bar Cart Inspiration from a Boho Chic Farm Wedding - created by Sarah Sofia Productions - click to see all 9 Creative Ideas Bar Cart Styling on - the wedding planning guide for fresh ideas for creative weddings

#2 Summer Season

For a summer soiree, you will likely love this gold bar cart with the pineapple drinks and flamingo lights. It's a perfect choice for bridal showers or engagement parties in the backyard or even a bachelorette party.
— created by Sarah Sofia Productions

#3 Bar Cart turned Snack Station

This wooden bar cart that’s used for displaying snacks is super pretty with the pops of color and the paper doilies on the wall behind it. For the super pretty and economical wall decor, the variety pack of doilies from the Dollar Store was used to create the garland.
— created by Lori of Giggle Living

#4 Holiday Season

If your event is during the winter months - why not plan a gingerbread house decorating party and display the hot cocoa bar on a mirrored top bar cart?
— created by Sarah Sofia Productions

#5 Mimosa Station

This bridal shower brunch from the Creative DIY Wedding Ideas post features a Mimosa Station that’s served on a darling vintage serving cart.
— created by Carolina of Mint Event Designs

#6 Fall Season

Planning an event in the fall? Look at this gorgeous bar cart/drink station from which features a signature cocktail, Cinnamon Cider Cooler, in the carafe. You can also find the recipe on her site for the cocktail.
— created by Alyssa of Just a Little Sparkle

#7 Spring Season

You may remember this Shortcakes and Springtime bar cart from the Creative Wedding Ideas for Spring post which features sparkling lemonade and champagne. Sweet extras include the pretty fabric garland with a Lettered Banner and the swizzle sticks adorned with blueberries.
— created by Lori of Giggle Living

#8 Glamour Gold

Keep your styling light and airy with a Vintage Gold Drinks Trolley that includes the choice of sparkling water, Prosecco or a kiwi, pear and elderflower cocktail.
— created by Carol of Lily and Lavender Events

#9 Festive Fun

For a festive flair - you can place a large mirror behind the bar cart for added depth. Plus, it really makes the twinkling lights sparkle a bit more and provides a great place to drape a Bubbly Bar lettered banner.
— created by Lori of Giggle Living

When styling with bar carts, this is one investment that you will want to make as you can use it again and again at each party you host in the future. As Alyssa of Just a Little Sparkle says “They’re convenient, small and a great thing to style differently each time.” So, don’t forget, when creating your wedding registry, add a bar cart to your registry list and be ready for styling fun each time you entertain.

Shop Bar Carts Here . . .

How to Say Congratulations on Your Engagement with Confetti

We're in the middle of Engagement Season and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, you're likely looking for a fun and unique way to Say Congratulations on Your Engagement to the lucky couple.

Well, I can help you with that . . . I have created a super fun way to celebrate the upcoming "I Do's" and it's with my custom festive-fetti™ confetti.

These fun bags of custom colored confetti are meant to celebrate the newly engaged status of your family member or friend and say "congratulations on your engagement".

PS: Many wedding planners even purchase these confetti bags to congratulate their brides when they book their wedding with them.

Since some of the best surprises are the small, unexpected ones - wouldn't it be fun to surprise the newly engaged couple or even the bride on her bridal shower day with a cute bag of festive-fetti™? This package comes with a shiny silver or gold diamond and the confetti is in the colors you choose {up to 3 colors}.

You're probably curious what you can do with festive-fetti™, right? How about some of these ideas . . .
• surprise a bride-to-be on her bridal shower day with a confetti bag inserted into her card or present
• sprinkle the confetti around the bottom of the bride-to-be's dessert at her bridal shower {please note, festive-fetti™ is not edible - just a fun decoration}
• have the bride to be either toss the festive-fetti™ in the air or blow it from her hands at her bridal shower or engagement session for a priceless photo
• place the festive-fetti™ inside of a clear balloon before filling it with air
• use festive-fetti™ as the added packaging for the present
• use the confetti to embellish cards or gift tags

festive-fetti™ Bag Details: Comes in a clear bag ready for gifting to the lucky couple or bride-to-be — with the saying "Congratulations on your Engagement" on the paper insert.

For an additional $2 you can even add a custom saying to the paper insert to personalize the bag of confetti with the names of the couple. There is about 1 cup of confetti in each bag.

Shipping is within the USA. It's free and ships via first class mail within one week of ordering. Please allow up to 10 days to receive your order from shipment. All orders over $40 receive a free upgrade to USPS Priority Mail.