Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE 51 STAGES OF WEDDING INVITES // B&B WEDDING SERIES

When it comes to wedding planning, I feel like people don't talk about invites much. Maybe it's just because I'm a huge paper goods nerd, but this is something about the process I was SO excited about! It turns out if you're indecisive (like I am), it takes a liiiitttle more time than you'd think. In the end, we found wedding invites we absolutely loooooove, but I definitely thought I would get this task done in like 30 minutes. Sigh. So naive.
Here are the 51 thoughts while creating wedding invites:
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1. Oooh! We get to send out invites! Yes!
2. I can't fricking wait. Everyone is going to want to hang our invite on their fridge.
3. We have to do letterpress. Anyone who's anyone does letterpress!
4. Whoa. Letterpress is really expensive.
5. Wait this is like down-payment-on-a-house expensive.
6. Ok so maybe not letterpress. I'll Pinterest this up in another way somehow.
7. Hm...is gold foil still in? 
8. Never mind that's too expensive too. 
9. Okay let's just Google "cheap wedding invites".
10. Oh! We can afford this site!
11. Mmmkay let's see- 186 design available. 
12. Sort "low $ to high $$$". 
13. Welp these look more like 40 year high school graduation-y than wedding-y.
14. WHY ARE THESE ALL SO UGLY.
15. Screw this I'm designing my own. That's not hard right?
16. Should we have a picture of us or not?
17. Are pictures of us only allowed on Save the Dates?
18. Okay no picture of us. Artsy picture of leaves instead.
19. Wait...maybe sparklers?
20. Nope sparklers are too "4th of Julyish"
21. Ok these leaves rock, let me ask for opinions from people.
22. Soooo no one likes the leaves. Shit.
23. Time to Google "free stock photos of leaves"
24. "fall leaves"
25. "red leaves"
26. Whoa "leaves" looks weird after typing it 30 times.
27. Okay. Got the photo. Time to add text.
28. WHY IS NONE OF THIS TEXT LINING UP LIKE I WANT IT TO.
29. F*&( IT I DON'T CARE I'M JUST SCRIBBLING "COME TO THE WEDDING" ON A POST IT.
30. Ok. Calmed down. Maybe I should keep trying..to..make this...work...just..line..up..
31. (5 hours later) SCREW THIS I'M USING A PRE-MADE DESIGN
32. Ok...nothing pink..or orange..yellow is hard to read...purple looks bleh...hm...
33. Oooh! This one is nice! Okay design chosen I AM A GENIUS THIS IS AMAZING.
34. Names CHECK. Location CHECK. Time...
35. Wait.. 7pm? or 7 PM? or 7'oclock? 7 in the evening? Hm...
36. Blurb about marriage abroad, CHECK. Accommodations CHECK!
37. Do we put the registry on the back of the invite? *checks 50 wedding sites* 
38. Now the great part where we tell people they can't bring their kids...this should be fun.
39. Googles "how to tell people to not bring kids to a wedding" 20 times.
40. Whew. Add the wedding website and we are GOLDEN!! YAAAS.
41. Wait. Shit. Do we do RSVPs online? Or a card?
42. Is online RSVP cool and forward thinking or cheap and annoying to old people?
43. Will people forget to RSVP online? I like online RSVPs but do other people!?!?
44. Screw it we're getting RSVP cards, real mail is the absolute best.
45. *runs finished product past a bunch of people*
46. Okay. Time to order. Feeling great about this. *hits PURCHASE*
47. &%*$& DID I SPELL "accommodation" wrong?!!?!?
48. Nope we're  good. Whew. 
49. WAIT I BET I SPELLED OUR NAMES WRONG.
50.Okay nope those are good too. Time to stop staring at this goddamn screen.
51. Shuts computer. Gets glass of wine. 

THE END.


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Where did you get your invitations from? Minted? Shutterfly? Etsy? Vistaprint? Kinkos?
Let me know how it worked out for you!

xo, lp 

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(and if you're wondering, the front of the invite ended up looking like this.. with location/address removed of course!)

Monday, July 4, 2016

VOTE ON A DRESS! (B&B WEDDING SERIES)

For someone who loves tradition A LOT, I'm having a pretty non-traditional wedding. 
No walking down an aisle, no bridesmaids, no bouquet toss. Just about the only traditional things that will happen will be that we will say vows to each other, and that I plan on wearing a long white dress. The first one is the only really important thing, right?!

Anyway- weirdly I love the newer tradition of the bride wearing a white-ish shorter dress to pre-wedding events, like bridal showers/bachelorette parties/etc. I don't know who started it (cough social media cough)- but because there is NEVER another occasion to really wear a short white dress, this seems like the perfect excuse to buy one.

Because I am the most indecisive human ever, I'm employing you to help me pick the type of dress to wear. This will end up being used for a small family/friend party, a dinner before our return-home from getting married reception, and any other events that may pop up! Throw in your input below (bonus points if you have an "other" option you love!)
bridal shower dresses- which is your favorite?

Okay team, tell me what to wear- vote in the poll below! 

xo, lp



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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

4TH OF JULY CANDY BARK

I had to get in one post before the weekend of 4th of July celebrating! 
Be sure to follow the ridiculousness on Instagram --> @lpodlich  or on Snapchat: lpod216

Get ready to make this and have everyone think you are SUPER cool (pin it so ya don't forget it):
4th of July Bark! Looks so cool- have to make this!

Candy Bark of all forms is every where. I mean, I make peppermint bark every year and thought THAT was fancy, but now people are making a million iterations (how cool is this Pocky bark?!). I see Halloween Bark and Christmas Bark and ALL THE BARK in my future. Slash YOUR future.
But today, we're just going to start with 4th of July bark. It's fun. It's festive. It's easy as heck.

-----4th of July Dessert

What you need to make it happen:
1 cup White chips
1 cup Wilton Blue Candy Melts (get them at Michael's, Joanns, Amazon)
1 cup Wilton Red Candy Melts 
Pan lined with Parchment Paper
Something to swirl with (I used a wooden kabob skewer)
Red/White/Blue M&Ms, sprinkles, or other candy
Crisco (optional)
Parchment lined baking sheet

How to make it happen:
Step 1: Separate your candy melts into 3 bowls and melt on medium-high heat in the microwave for 25 seconds at a time, until melted. If you choose to use Crisco to make melts thinner, use 1/2 Tbsp per color.
Step 2: Plop down (official term) your melted candy color by color, so they are all over the pan, touching but not overlapping. (Pro Tip: If you are using white chips instead of white candy melts, do the white last. It kind of got overpowered by the other colors!)

Step 3: Using a skewer (or another pointed object) start to slowly swirl your colors together, with long sweeping swirls. If you over-swirl (another official term) you'll end up with a pan of purple.

Step 4: While the candy is still melted, scatter M&Ms and sprinkles over it, and put in the refrigerator to cool/harden.

Step 5: Once fully hard, break into pieces and enjoy!
4th of July Dessert
4th of July Dessert

Pro Swirlz:
4th of July Dessert

4th of July Dessert

4th of July Dessert

So easy!
What (besides this) will you be making this 4th?
xo, lp





Still need more 4th Of July ideas? Try the coolest Tie Dye Cake or these Mixed Berry Mojitos!

Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram --> @lpodlich  or on Snapchat: lpod216

4th of July Bark! Looks so cool- have to make this!




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