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How to Create a DIY Coffee Bar at your Wedding Reception
Click for 14 Ways to Create a DIY Coffee Bar at your Wedding Reception | Bring Warm Comfort to your Fall and Winter Weddings with a Coffee Bar and Keurig®
Please note: This is a sponsored post for Keurig Green Mountain®

The chillier wedding months are approaching so it’s time to bring some warm comfort to your fall and winter weddings.

One of the most unique and clever ways to do this is to set-up a DIY Coffee Bar at your wedding with a Keurig® brewing system taking the center stage for warm beverages without the wait.

How about Green Mountain Coffee® Pumpkin Spice Coffee K-Cup® pods for fall weddings and maybe a Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Coffee K-Cup® pods for winter weddings?

Do you know the best part when it comes to creating your very own coffee bar at your wedding reception? You get to bring the Keurig® brewer into your new home after the big day to start each day with a fresh brewed cup of coffee. {if coffee isn’t your thing - you can also use the Keurig® to make fresh batches of hot chocolate, cider, and even tea}

Here are 14 creative ideas to bring your very own indoor DIY Coffee Bar at your Wedding Reception to life {even a perfect idea for a bridal shower} . . .

1. Don’t forget about the Keurig® K575 brewer for as the star of the DIY Coffee Bar

2. A printable “Love is Brewing” sign {download your 5x7 print here}

3. Decorative chalkboards are perfect for names of the K-Cup® pods or type of roast

4. Pretty bowls to hold the coffee K-Cup pods in

5. A large collection of coffee mugs - can be all white, a mix of color, vintage, or even an eclectic mix {the choice is yours}

6. Use crates, cake stands, etc to vary the height of the items at the coffee bar for added interest

7. Don’t forget about some sweets for pairing with the coffee {cookies, mini muffins, pastries, donuts, it’s all good}

8. Cake stands, plates and bowls to present the display of yummy treats

9. Mini plates for guests to place their sweets on or cake stands for the sweets

10. Napkins {simple or decorative} - you can even rubber stamp something cute in the corner of them

11. Drink stirrers if you choose {can even hot glue on a fancy pom pom to a wooden stirrer}

12. Consider votive candles to bring a cozy feel to the coffee bar set-up

13. Tablecloth or pretty linen to present everything on

14. A large bowl to collect all the used coffee K-cup® pods in {you certainly don’t want a trash can next to the pretty coffee bar}

This list could go on and on…from bridal showers to wedding receptions, a DIY coffee bar featuring your Keurig® brewer is a must-have this fall!

Top 6 Glamorous Bridal Accessories to Sparkle on Your Wedding Day
When it comes to your wedding day, I’m pretty certain you will want to sparkle. So, when you're looking to find the perfect glamorous bridal accessory to make the sparkle happen, it’s easy at With This Bling. You can choose one item or a special item from each of these 6 bridal accessories to add that “wow” sparkle into your day.

Which one will be your favorite{s}? Will it be Jewelry, Headpieces, Bridal Purses, Bridal Veils, Bouquet Jewelry, and/or Bridal Sashes?

1. Bridal Veils

Depending on your type of wedding - indoor, outdoor, formal or casual - you can find the perfect veil style. There’s the vintage birdcage wedding veil, classic shoulder and elbow length wedding veils, and even fingertip length veils.

2. Bridal Jewelry

The perfect amount of sparkle will complete any wedding day - and bridal jewelry is the perfect place for that sparkle. Depending on the amount of bling you want - you can go with a full tiara and jewelry set or maybe you simply select a few pieces of bridal jewelry. Consider adding just a necklace or fancy earrings if you prefer to go a bit more simple on your wedding day. You can even have your wedding day jewelry be the something new - maybe it’s Swarovski earrings, a rhinestone bracelet or a pearl necklace? {and don’t forget about the ladies in your bridal party - they might like a little “something new” gift for the big day as well}

3. Bridal Purses and Bags

Since there's bound to be a few things you will need nearby as you dance the night away at the reception, you will want something special to carry the essentials in. {your bridesmaids will too} A bridal evening bag is the perfect accessory choice to keep your belongings safe and to keep your “something old” secure.

4. Bridal Headpieces

If you prefer to top your wedding hairdo with something fancy - you will want to consider a bridal headpiece. If you’re planning a traditional wedding, you might choose both the tiara and veil or just a formal wedding tiara. If you’re a modern bride, you may opt for a simple headpiece or wedding hair flowers for that sparkle. Hair adornments include: Barrettes, Crowns, Hair Clips & Combs, Hair Pins, Hats, Headbands, Tiaras, and Twist Ins.

5. Bridal Sashes

Not only are bridal sashes gorgeous and full of sparkle - they can flatter your waistline even more dramatically than your wedding dress does. They’re a popular trend for both vintage and traditional brides - and you can find sashes and belts embellished with rhinestone beading, pearls or Swarovski crystals.

6. Bouquet Jewelry

One way to add the sparkle factor on your wedding day is to add sparkling crystals right in your wedding flowers with bouquet jewelry. You can choose from bouquet buckles and pins to attached to your wrapped bouquet. Or, you can add crystal floral jewelry directly into the centers of your bridal blooms.
5 Steps to Planning the Perfect Wedding Day with Zazzle
When it comes to finding everything you need for a truly customized wedding, it doesn’t have to be stressful. And, Zazzle has made it easy to guide you through the process with their amazing wedding stationery and gifts page. You will find everything from wedding accessories including invitations and table cards to gifts for your wedding party. And, there’s even items to craft favor boxes or bags to surprise your guests with a fun treat. Here’s 5 easy steps to creating your dream wedding day with Zazzle . . .

1. Save the Dates

Once you have your wedding date, you will want to pick the perfect Save the Date announcement so you can share your big news. Selecting one in a style that perfectly matches you as a couple is easy with all the choices at Zazzle. You can choose from postcards, invitations, envelopes, postage, labels, magnets, and mad libs to create the perfect Save the Date ensemble.
Create the Perfect Save the Date Ensemble that Perfectly Matches you as a Couple at Zazzle

2. The Day of Details

When it comes to your wedding celebration, you want to create one that is as unique as your relationship. You can add a pop of personalization to any aspect of your day with customized wedding details - including stickers, table cards, posters, paper napkins, paper straws, mason jars, and seating charts.
Add a Pop of Personalization to your Wedding Day with Customized Wedding Details from Zazzle

3. Invitations

When it comes to the most important part of the wedding suite - the wedding invitations, you will want to find the perfect combination of custom sendables to set the scene.
Create your Wedding Invitation Suite at Zazzle for the Perfect Combination of Custom Sendables

4. Celebrations

Don’t forget about the wedding celebrations that take place before the ceremony. At Zazzle, it’s easy to throw the perfect personalized party for the lucky bride and groom-to-be. Select from engagement party invitations, will you be my bridesmaid cards, bridal shower invitations, advice cards, bridal shower bingo, cake pops, bridal shower banners, wine charms, favor boxes, chewing gum, favor bags, gift tags, and bachelorette + bachelor party goodies.
Throw the Perfect Personalized Pre-Wedding Celebration for the Happy Couple with Zazzle

5. The Wedding Party

You will certainly want to show the special people in your life how much you their love and support means to you. You will want to consider personalized gifts for your maid of honor, bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom, father of the bride/groom, flower girl, best man, groomsmen, and ring bearer. I'm personally LOVING this "For Your Girls" Bridesmaid Personalized Gift Box from Sweet Whistle
Personalized Gifts for your Wedding Party from Zazzle

How will you create your dream wedding day? Will you go rustic, simple, vintage, country or maybe even a pretty typographical treatment?

This post was sponsored by Zazzle but all opinions and creation was provided by me.

Celebrate Spring Weddings with Sterling Silver {and Umbrellas}

When it comes to Spring, Blue Nile knows there’s something very fresh and clean about silver – just like a spring rain shower.

You can see it shine in hoop earrings, bangles, and more. Today, I’m sharing some great sterling silver designs you might like to wear on your own wedding day or gift to your bridesmaids. And, of course, since we can never predict the weather - spring weddings also require a few fancy umbrellas on hand for those occasional rain showers that may pop up during photo time. Not only are they practical - but they come in some pretty amazing styles for stunning photos.

Click Below + Shop the Showcased Sterling Silver Jewelry

PS: Did you see the giveaway yesterday for the Infinity Love Knot Pendant giveaway that launched yesterday? Click Here to enter to win

And, since we've been talking about spring weddings and rain - aren't these Custom Painted Bride and Groom Umbrellas perfect to accompany your Sterling Silver Jewelry?

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Smile Bright on Your Wedding Day + Everyday
Are you a lucky couple that became engaged over the holiday season? Did you know that anywhere from November thru February is peak engagement season? If it hasn’t happened yet, it just might happen over this holiday weekend :) If you have said yes, you will likely want to be sure your smile is bright {like my hubby and I did before we said “I Do”}. So, before you finalize your wedding checklist - you will want to add one more item . . . Get a Philips Zoom whitening treatment {it’s the #1 patient-requested professional whitening brand in the U.S}. PS: I have a special freebie at the end of this post that you won’t want to miss.
In preparing for the wedding day, brides often go to great lengths to get the perfect bridal look and in the process, there will be countless checklists compiled to prepare for the big day. With a Philips Zoom whitening treatment on the to-do list, you can be sure you have the brightest smile for the day you’ve always dreamed of {and even for those fun engagement sessions}.

One of the key reasons to love Philips Zoom is because each of the whitening options are professional . . . which means you can be assured you’re brightening your smile using only the most safe and effective treatments. There’s a treatment for everyone . . . including:

1. Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed treatment is one 45-minute appointment at a local dentist and it can whiten teeth up to eight shades!

2. Philips Zoom Customized Take-Home trays from the dentist for at-home application.

3. Philips Zoom QuickPro treatment which can whiten teeth up to four shades in just a few minutes - simply add it onto a regular check-up.

4. There’s even Philips Zoom Whitening Pens which are great for touch-ups and can deliver optimal results in just 15 days.

With Philips Zoom, not only will your teeth be whiter, but since it’s trusted by professionals, it makes it the perfect choice to help you smile with confidence on your wedding day {an even engagement photos}. If you’re interested in Philips Zoom, you can use the Philips Zoom’s Find a Dentist tool to locate a dentist in your area and get started right away on a bright and happy smile.
Free Printable Card - You Make My World Brighter / click to download

Free Printable Card - You Make My World Brighter / click to download

PS: In keeping with the “bright” theme today, I’ve created a fun printable card for you to use this upcoming Valentine’s Day or any day to let someone special know “You Make My World Brighter”.

Click to Download Your Free Printable Card Here

Simply print your download onto 8.5x11 cardstock and trim in half vertically and then fold in half horizontally. You will end up with 2 cards to brighten a loved one's day. Fits in an A2 envelope.