Emerald: Color of the Year 2013

Pantone has named Emerald the color of the year. I'm going to show you the hottest ways to showcase this great color in your wedding! Green represents natural elements such as grass and greenery. It represents money and success as well. These are all great reasons why emerald green is a great wedding color!

Emerald is a bold color, but paired with black and white patterns, it is truly elegant. Damask, stripes, and chevron work well with this color. I feel emerald shows it's classy form when expressed with silk, such as for bridesmaids dresses or table linens. Don't get me wrong. Emerald doesn't always have to be paired with black. It works well with other natural textures such as wood, tons of candles, and whimsical white flowers.

Not to mention, emerald cut of ring is gorgeous!

The Reception Space:

The Bridal Party:

The Cake:

The Stationary:

Chalk It Up!

DPL Event Design has a 2' x 3' wood framed chalkboard for rent. Look at all the great ways you can use this affordable statement piece, which rents for $18/day and includes chalk.
Use our large chalkboard for:
The Dinner Menu
Add a Fun Phrase such as "Eat, Drink, and Be Married!"
To Display the Bride and Groom's Love Story!
A Seating Chart
Also, incorporate hanging "Mr." and "Mrs." chalkboard signs at the sweetheart table on the chairs of the bride and groom. They come with choice of ribbon!
Other great ideas:
Mr. Right and Mrs. Always Right
Mr. Smith and Mrs. Smith
Soft & Sweet, Strong & Steady
Glass of Wine, Shot of Whiskey
Honeysuckle, Honey Bee (Thank you Blake Shelton!)
and many more cute labels!
Call to reserve them for your big day! (817) 897-3035

Letter from Santa

Earlier this evening my daughter wrote her first letter to Santa. We walked out to the mailbox together as she slipped it inside to be picked up and delivered tomorrow. It's her first hand-written letter to Santa as she is in kindergarten and learning how to spell, read, and write. We also started "Elf on the Shelf". More to come on that in another post.

I want to set a consistent communication for the kids, so they'll be less likely to disprove the theory of Santa and to keep the spirit alive. That's why I created this letterhead. I secretly snuck out to the mailbox and retrieved her letter. I wrote today's date on it and stuck it in a memory box I will give her when she's older. I think I'll mail and have the official letter postmarked by the USPS. If you are curious, the information from USPS can be found at the following link: USPS Letters from Santa postmark program - must mail by Dec. 10th! Feel free to copy the Santa Claus letterhead below for your use. If you re-post, please be sure to give credit to or Thanks so much!

Sample letter:

December 6, 2012
Dear Little Boy or Girl,
You are special to me. I have seen and heard that you have been trying your best! Keep up the good work in school and listen to your mommy and daddy. I have something special in mind for you on Christmas!


Merry Christmas!

Facebook Fan Giveaway!

We are 1 like away from 100 facebook fans!...and when that happens, somebody is going to win a complimentary candy buffet rental! How sweet is that? Pun intended! To enter, all you must do is be a fan of and 'like' the candy buffet photo in our 'Giveaways' album! Definiteley worth a minute of your time!
Just so you have something else to look forward to, 2 somebody's will win their very own custom made monogram file for exclusive use for their wedding when we get to 300 fans! Monograms are wonderful because they are a unifying element tying the overall color scheme and theme together in one tidy little package.
 100 fan giveaway: Must be local to Dallas-Fort Worth to win. Candy not included. Non-transferrable. 

Open Bar Dilemma Solved!

Here are some great tips for keeping your bar tab affordable on your big day from Bartender Mayur Subbarao via Martha Stewart Weddings.

Q: What's the cheapest way to have an open bar?
The secret is to avoid premium spirits (save the Johnny Walker Blue for the honeymoon), and pare down your selection. If you stick to the basics and offer just one or two midrange bottles of each type of liquor, you'll come in around $20 a head. Stock a red and a white wine and a couple of beers, plus Scotch, bourbon, gin, rum, and vodka. Then gather an array of mixers like sodas and tonic; bottled orange, grapefruit, and cranberry juices; and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juices.

Q: And what about specialty drinks?
I love them. To save time and money, make batches in advance. If the recipe calls for one or two liquors...leave them out until serving time. Then return unopened bottles.

For the Man who Swept you Off your Feet

What a fun expression by the groomsmen in these weddings, from the attire, the accessories, and the confections! Weddings aren't always the most exciting for the guys, so why not give them something they can really get into?
Dunt-dunt-dunt-dahh. They're here to save you!

The strong and silent types.
Action Photo! They've got skills.
A more subtle expression of your groom and his sidekick's strength and total awesomeness.
United brotherhood.

They had the same ones when they were little. ;) Sentimental, but unnoticed at the most elegant of affairs.

Epic groom's cake.
Do you have more superhero wedding ideas? Share them here!

You're Engaged?! Congratulations!...What Next?

So, he really liked it, and put a ring on it! What to do next?

Besides post a shining pic of the rock on your facebook and informing all your nearest and dearest, you can start by setting a date! Most well thought out weddings are planned 12 months or more in advance. Okay, so having a well rounded Pinterest board helps, but you also need to search out a venue and reserve your date. You'll need plenty of time to try on dresses, and taste cakes, and review all the details. Hiring a great wedding planner will help because they will be able to handle all of the daunting tasks. The point is, it can get overwhelming, so I'm offering you some baby steps and down-right truthful advice.

1. Set a Date and Location.

Consider the season, the weather, whether travel is involved, and potential conflicts. I included location because if you are like me and my husband, our families live across the US. We decided upon Las Vegas because it was mutual and we wanted both families to have the same opportunity to attend. We chose early January because most people have a holiday from work and school and would be more likely to attend. Some people want to marry on their anniversary, or others for the irony of the date, such as 7-7-7. You may have dreamed of being married on the beach, so you'll need to pick a time with warm weather. If you are set on having your favorite flower throughout, check to see if it's in season.

2. Set a Budget.

It's easy to ignore the budget and just wing it, but I promise you will want to do this from the jump. Maybe you'll find that you need more than 12 months to save up. Most venues and vendors require a deposit up front, so there will be expenses early on as well. Whether you revise your budget down the road or not is another story. Regardless, it will be a great tool to use in allocating expenses and to negotiate prices. So, be reasonable and honest, and use all the information available to set it. It will help you select your venue, your cake, your entertainment, your favors, your decor, and so much more. When you get to this step it's a great time to contact a wedding coordinator, such as DPL Event Design. Why? Because we offer a free consultation where you will sit down one on one with a coordinator to discuss your dream wedding. Your coordinator will put together a comprehensive package incorporating all feasible ideas within your budget for you to review. You can make changes to this package up to 3 weeks prior to your event. Your event planner will offer money saving options to you and take a huge load off of you by setting up your appointments and doing your research for you.

3. Announce your engagement.

Some people choose to skip the formal engagement party, but I find it a great way to round up the troops. I once attended one for a couple who rented out a dance hall and asked that each person bring a bottle of liquor as admission to be used at their BYOB wedding venue. You may have access to a pool, a beautiful backyard, a private room, etc. Make it personal to you and your fiance and within your budget. Again, a great wedding planner will deliver a bang for your buck and work to get as many of your "wants" incorporated within your budget.

4. Schedule Engagement Photos.

These are great to send out with your save the dates and invitations. These are also great to frame for showers and your wedding day. If you are local to DFW I would recommend the following: Fountain Designs, Teshorn Jackson Photography, Cinnamon Dreams Photography, Keith Evans Photography. These are vendors I know whom are professional and deliver good quality.

5. Select your Bridal Party.

These will be your go-to people. You want to pick those which are dependable and just as excited about your wedding as you are. Don't think just because your fiance has a huge family or has a ton of college frat brothers and will have 7 on their side, that you have to have as many. It's about quality, not quantity, in my opinion. Weddings are stressful enough. Planning is a journey, and the wedding day is when it comes to fruition. Make that experience a pleasant one by building a team of people who will be there for you.

6. Pick your Colors and Theme.

There are a ton of great ideas out there. Pick one that you and your fiance agree upon. Find a theme that you can do fun things with. One that reflects your personality. One where you can incorporate your best memories together. You can pick any theme out there, as long as you stick with it throughout. Again, a wedding designer has a trained eye and will help you as you plan. You may be tempted to incorporate feathers, diamonds, pearls, rustic, etc., but always revert back to your theme. Afterall, a theme is unifying idea, per

7. Start Planning.

What? You thought we already had? Well, kind of. You have a map now. Now that we've discussed the basics, it's time to understand the process of a wedding and all the details that go along with it: the etiquette and the tradition. If you're reading this, it's probably because you've never planned a wedding before, and that's okay. I will warn you, others may try to influence you. They will try to relive their day through you. They will be pushy at times or misinterpret your vision, but that's why a wedding coordinator is a wonderful idea. Have you heard of a scape goat? The Knot, Pinterest, and those other resources are wonderful, so use them accordingly. Too bad they can't plan it for you, and do it for free! That's exactly why you need a passionate event planner who will work for you.

So, that's it! I truly hope this gets you off to the right start! Don't hesitate to email me at  or call (817) 897-3035 to schedule your free consultation to get started. Trust me, my husband is used to me responding to emails in the grocery store, in bed, at all times. It's part of my job description. I am dedicated to my clients. I am even dedicated to helping you if you are out of town. How is this possible? Well I can send you an idea board for your theme, which I will put together just for you. I can coordinate your vendors, develop a timeline, develop a monogram, etc. and still build a package just right for you. I'm fortunate that event planning comes naturally and doesn't seem like work. It's quite enjoyable actually.

Best of luck in your planning endevour, and congratulations again!

Share the Warmth

Now, more then ever, it's important to offer help when you are able. The East Coast has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy, displacing families, people are uneasy about the upcoming election, and flu season is upon us. The Texas-Oklahoma Plains Chapter of Girl Scouts has teamed up with Sleep Experts retailers in Texas, for the 9th year, to "share the warmth".

There are 40 Sleep Experts locations in DFW and 7 in the Austin area, which are accepting new and lightly used blankets, sheets, and towels to be donated to charities aimed at helping homeless families in Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin County, as well as in Austin.

Donations will be accepted through December at participating Sleep Experts locations found at

And if your little girl is interested in registering for girl scouts, she will receive a "Share the Warmth" patch (pictured below) when your family makes a donation, while supplies last.

Please keep in mind that Sleep Experts donates used mattresses to families in need year round and offer a one year mattress guarantee to their customers. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

What to do with all that candy!

Several dental offices participate in this great progam where you can drop off your unwanted candy, and they will send it to troops overseas. If you are local to Burleson, Alsbury Dental participates. I will also be collecting candy if anyone would like to meet up. Candy must be mailed before December 1st. Providing items like toothbrushes, flosh, and other dentals supplies is recommended.
Full details here:
For more fun ways to "upcycle" your candy, I've included a few ways below that would make great treats for your guests on Thanksgiving.

  • Prep Time: 10 min.
  • Decoration Time: 15 min.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Yield: Makes 10 apples.



  • 6 small apples, washed and patted dry
  • 1 bag (14-oz ) soft caramels
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M’S® Chocolate Candies Harvest Blend
Special Equipment:
  • 10 craft sticks
  • 4-cup microwave-safe measuring cup
  • Wax paper


  • 1. Press the craft sticks into the tops of the apples and set aside.
  • 2. Melt caramels with water in measuring cup for 1 to 2 minutes in microwave. Stir occasionally until smooth.
  • 3. Dip apples into caramel, rolling to cover. Roll apple bottoms in M&M’S® Chocolate Candies and chill for 20 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 15 min.
  • Bake Time: 12-14 min.
  • Decoration Time: 20 min.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Yield: Makes 12 cookies




  • ¼ cup M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • 1 package (18-oz) prepared sugar cookie dough
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Food coloring
  • 1 tube decorative white icing
  • 12 (6-inch) lollipop sticks
  • 1 (3-inch) round cookie cutter
  • 12 pieces STARBURST® Fruit Chews, optional
  • 1 container white frosting, optional


  • 1. Roll the cookie dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  • 2. Press out 3-inch cookies with the cookie cutter and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • 3. Carefully lift the bottom of the cookies and slip 1-1/2 inches of the lollipop stick underneath the dough. Gently press the dough around the stick.
  • 4. Bake the cookies in a preheated 350°F oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool the cookies completely before decorating.
  • 5. If you want to frost the cookies, mix a cup of frosting with a few drops of food coloring. Frost the cookies and then place the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies on the cookies.
  • 6. If you do not want to frost the cookies, just dab a bit of white icing on the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies and place them on the cookies in a happy face pattern.
  • 7. Get creative (optional): Cut STARBURST® Fruit Chews into circles, triangles or other shapes to create eyes, ears, noses or hair. To give as gifts, wrap each cookie in a square of cellophane tied with a ribbon
  • Tip: Here’s a shortcut. Make Happy Face Cookies using your favorite store-bought cookies instead of the first 4 ingredients, and then simply complete steps 6-8 above.

5-6 Medium Sized Apples
1 Bag of Mini Snickers Candy Bars
1 8 oz. Container of Cool Whip

Preparation Instructions:
Chop up the apples and put them into a bowl. Freeze the bag of Snickers. Unwrap each candy bar and put them into a Ziploc Bag. Smash the frozen Snickers with a hammer or with any heavy object. Pour pieces of Snickers into the bowl with apples. Add the cool whip and stir together. Enjoy!

  • 1 box of instant chocolate pudding (or homemade of course)
  • 1 box of French vanilla pudding (or regular vanilla)
  • Cocoa Puffs
  • whipped cream
  • candy corn
  • yellow gel color
  • orange gel color
  • Halloween sprinkles
  1. Get all of the components ready. Make the chocolate and vanilla pudding. Divide the vanilla in half. If you are using French vanilla, it is already yellow, but if you are using plain vanilla, add a few drops of yellow to it. With the other half, use the orange food coloring to make it orange.
  2. Layer the ingredients however you like. This is the order that I layered mine:
  3. Cocoa Puffs
  4. yellow pudding
  5. whipped cream
  6. candy corn and Cocoa Puffs
  7. chocolate pudding
  8. orange pudding
  9. candy corn and Cocoa Puffs
  10. whipped cream, sprinkles, and a few candy corn for garnish
  11. Chill for about 30 minutes to an hour or until the puddings are set.
Do you have a good candy recipe of your own? Please share it in the comments!