Beat the Heat: 5 Unique Tips for Staying Cool at your Summer Wedding

It’s summertime, one of the most popular seasons for weddings. Unfortunately, it’s also the hottest season of the year. The biggest concern this summer is keeping your guests safe from the heat. We’ve pulled together five unique ways to keep your family and friends cool during your outdoor summer wedding.

 

1. POOL PARTY RECEPTION

We found this great summer wedding idea from popsugar.com. Invite all of your friends and family to a poolside reception after the ceremony. Tell all of your guests to bring bathing suits and pool inflatables, and grill up some hotdogs and hamburgers as a budget friendly reception.

Photo by: Anals + Dax via Style Me Pretty

Popsugar.com is an online resource that features all the latest celebrity news. Created by in-house staff writers for a predominantly female audience, popsugar.com brings the lastest trends in fashion, beauty, fitness, and more. For more information about popsugar, visit: popsugar.com.

 

 

2. ICE CREAM SUNDAE BAR

Who doesn’t love ice cream? We found this perfect summer wedding treat off of popsugar.com. Pair your favorite ice creams with a variety of fruits, nuts, chocolates, and more. Add some cute mason jars and vintage spoons as the perfect compliment to your rustic-themed wedding. Have your guests treat themselves before and after the ceremony to stay cool in the summer sun.

Photos by: Jose Villa Photography via Style Me Pretty

Popsugar.com is an online resource that features all of the latest celebrity news. Created by in-house staff writers for a predominantly female audience, popsugar.com brings the lastest trends in fashion, beauty, fitness, and more. For more information, visit: popsugar.com.

 

3. MISTERS

This idea from tahoeunveiled.com, is a bit unique and takes a bit of planning to pull off elegantly. Put up misters to keep your guests cool during your ceremony and reception. You could set up a couple of misters near the reception area or in trees, but be careful. Putting your misters too close to your guests might leave you all soaked and unhappy.

Photo by: Tahoe Unveiled

Tahoe Unveiled was created for brides planning a wedding in Lake Tahoe and features florists, wedding planners, and caterers. For more information about Tahoe Unveiled or Lake Tahoe, visit: tahoeunveiled.com.

4. HYDRATION STATION

This idea may not be the most unique, but it’s definitely a great idea, especially during the hottest parts of July and August. This idea is from offbeatbride.com. Use traditional lemonade or iced tea or spice it up with some fun fruit drinks. Try mixing water with different fruits and even herbs for a unique pop of taste. The Yummy Life has some unique ideas for naturally flavored water. Get them here. You might want to add a little sugar for a bit more flavor.

Photo by: Off Beat Bride

Offbeat Bride began as a promotional website for author Ariel Meadow Stalling. The website grew into a wedding blog with approximately a million viewers every month. For more information about offbeatbride, visit: offbeatbride.com.

5. UMBRELLAS/PARASOLS

This idea from estateweddingsandevents.com is a unique way to get your guests involved. Order parasols or umbrellas in bulk quantity. Choose just one color or a variety to keep your guests cool and safe from the harsh summer sun. Umbrellas and parasols are also great photo props. Whether staged or candid, you can be sure that all of your wedding photos will be unique and memorable.

Photo by: Green Wedding Shoes

Estate Weddings and Events provides rentals for weddings and other events. The Estate Weddings and Events website hosts a variety of venue information. For more information about Estate Weddings and Events, visit: estateweddingsandevents.com.

Planning a First Holy Communion – Tips and Tricks

The season of Holy Communion celebrations is quickly approaching, and if you’re planning a party for a child celebrating their First Communion, you may be wondering where to start. We’ve got you covered. From the wording of invitations and food ideas to party favors and the perfect punch recipe, we’ve got some tips and tricks to make planning the special day that much easier.

Designed by: Diana Gray

Diana Gray is a digital artist from  Northern California. She and her husband, Barry, create and sell invitations on Zazzle. They have been creating invitations for many different events since 2007 and are willing to create personalized designs. For more information, visit www.dlgray.biz.

 

Have you ever wondered which is the right way to word your Communion invitations? Every invitation creation website has a different version, but if you decide to make your own invitations, the possibilities are endless. Invitations, Etc. has First Communion wording for invitations, announcements, thank you notes, and more.

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Invitations, Etc. is a website that has information on social invitations. They provide all the
information you might need, such as: wording, addressing, etiquette for brides, hosts, and guests, and even how to print your invitations.

 

Food for a First Holy Communion can range from hamburgers and hotdogs in your backyard to a catered meal in a fancy hotel or reception hall. It’s really up to you to decide how formal you want to make the event. If you decide to go the more simple route, Tasty at Home has some great food ideas for an outdoor backyard reception.

Photo by: David’s Soundview Catering

Located in Stamford, Connecticut, David’s Soundview Catering provides business and social catering services. They have menus for everything from hearty breakfasts to formal sit-down dinners. For more information, visit www.davidscatering.com

 

Continuing with the simpler outdoor theme, we found a white punch recipe on Food.com that is perfect for your Communion reception.

Photo by: Pamela

 

Food.com was founded by Troy Hakala and Gay Gilmore in 1999. It is based in Seattle and offers several tools for its visitors from categorized recipes to the “My Grocery List” app. Food.com currently houses over 475,000 recipes. For more information, visit Food.com.

White Holiday Punch

Total Time: 40 mins
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon almond extract
6 (2 liter) bottles carbonated lemon-lime beverage
*2 (1/2 gallon) cartons vanilla ice cream

Directions:
1). Mix sugar and water in saucepan
2). Stir constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
3). Remove from heat, add evaporated milk and almond extract and let cool.
4). Chill until serving time.
5). Combine milk and mixture and lemon-lime drink in punch bowl just before serving.
6). Add and stir ice cream to break ice cream up into small pieces

*For a thinner punch, use less ice cream.

 

Photo by: Nature Favors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at Nature Favors, we have the perfect party favor for your First Communion party guests. Our eco-friendly seeded cross favors add a great finishing touch to the day. The seeded crosses come in several different colors and the soil and pot are included.

An Outdoor Easter Party for Kids

Easter is just around the corner, and we’re here to help you plan the perfect child’s party. We’ve searched Pinterest and party stores to bring you some of the best snacks, decorations, crafts, and even party favors.

First things first, we need food. For our outdoor party, we’re sticking to bright colors that are perfect for both boys and girls. We also chose chocolate-free or peanut butter-free recipes, in case you’re trying to plan around allergies.

Land O’ Lakes Inc. has a fun and simple sugar cookie recipe. These Mint Blossoms call for mint meltaways. We found some chocolate-free mini meltaway mints via Hickory Farms at Wal-Mart.

Mint Blossoms

                     Mint Blossoms                         Photo by: Land O’ Lakes Inc.

Land O’ Lakes Inc. is a member-owned cooperative based in Saint Paul, MN. Member-owned and operated since 1921, Land O’ Lakes Inc. is the second largest national corporation with more than 9,000 employees. For more information, visit landolakesinc.com

 

 

Kellogg’s Robin Nest Egg Treats are another fun Easter snack for kids. You’ll need Rice Krispies, marshmallows, coconut, food coloring, and either jelly beans or WHOPPER’s chocolate robin eggs.

Robin Nest Egg Treats

          Kellogg’s Robin Nest Egg Treats         Photo by: Kellogg’s

Kellogg’s was  founded by W.K. Kellogg more than 100 years ago. Based in Battle Creek, MI, Kellogg’s produces cereal and other convenience foods. For more information about Kellogg’s, visit kelloggcompany.com.

We also found these fun multicolored Jell-O cups by Eighty MPH Mom. Simply make different flavors of Jell-O – we recommend Lemon, Lime, Orange, Strawberry, and Blueberry – and spoon portions into these 2 oz. plastic portion cups. (Wal-Mart sells a 50 ct. for less than $5.00).

Jell-O Cups

                            Jell-O Cups                               Photo by: Eighty MPH Mom

Eighty MPH Mom was created by Jennifer, a native of the San Francisco Bay area.  Jennifer is the mother of two children and four cats and has been blogging for three years. For more information about Eighty MPH Mom, visit eightymphmom.com.

Now, if you’re a little concerned by the amount of sugar at our party, we’ve got you covered. Parents.com has a quick and easy fruit snack to combat those sugar rushes.

Petal Pushers

           Petal Pushers             Photo by: Frances Janisch

 

Parents.com is a monthly magazine published by the Meredith Corporation. It was first published in 1926, and its main focus is on helping parents raise their children. For more from Parents, visit parents.com.

 

Another fun treat for the kids are these Easter Carrots. You could use them for a cute Easter Bunny-themed centerpiece or give them as a treat for the kids to take home. You’ll need disposable icing bags, goldfish crackers, and some ribbon to tie the ends.

Easter Carrots

             Easter Carrots             Photo by: The Moody Fashionista

The Moody Fashionista is run by Brandy, a mother from California. She has been blogging since 2009 and loves planning parties with bright colors. For more information, visit themoodyfashionista.blogspot.com.

 

We found a fun blue lemonade that is simple to make. We also found some inexpensive water bottle labels if you decide to serve water for your little party-goers.

This Turquoise Lemonade is quick and easy to make. Just combine Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid with Country Time Lemonade and sugar.

Turquoise Lemonade

           Turquoise Lemonade            Photo by: hello-naomi

 

Hello Naomi is run by Naomi a Robot Programming Computer Engineer turned ‘cake girl’ from Newcastle, Australia. She began blogging in 2006, and is the proud owner of a small cake shop that services the Sydney, the Central coast, and Hunter Valley areas. For more information about Hello Naomi, visit hello-naomi.blogspot.com

 

Pair the lemonade with white straws and these adorable bunny Peeps and you’ve got a cool drink the kids are sure to love. To make the Bunny Peep straws, simply stick the straw right through the middle of the Peep.

Bunny Peep Straws

           DIY Bunny Peep Straws              Photo by: uncommondesignsonline

Uncommon Designs is run by sisters-in-law, Trish and Bonnie. They began blogging in 2010 and enjoy recreating crafts they find online. For more information, visit their blog at uncommondesignsonline.com.

 

You may also want to have water, especially if you have an Easter Egg Hunt. We found these adorable water bottle labels on etsy.com that you can use to make normal water bottles tons of fun. For $5, you can print as many as you need.

Water Bottle Labels

Printable Water Bottle Labels
Photo by: Jessica Weible/JW Illustrations

Jessica Weible, owner of JW Illustrations, has a degree in Graphic Design from Woodwood College. She has been digitally illustrating since 2006. Jessica, her husband, and their four children currently live in Virginia Beach, VA. For more from JW Illustrations, visit jessicaweible.com.

 

We found three fun decorations for our outdoor party, sock bunnies, an egg garland, and even a DIY yarn wreath.

These sock bunnies would be perfect for a table centerpiece. They fit in perfectly with our outdoor theme, and they can be made in any color. If you decide to have an egg hunt, you could use them as prizes for kids that find “special” eggs.

Sock Bunny

             Sock Bunny               Photo by: a Pumpkin & a Princess

 

Crystal Owens, creator of a Pumpkin & a Princess, is a mom, wife, and blogger from California. She enjoys sharing DIY projects, inexpensive crafts, and home decor. For information about a Pumpkin & a Princess, visit apumpkinandaprincess.com.

 

 

Do you have leftover plastic eggs from last year? We found this great idea from Family Chic. Simply open the the plastic eggs and close them over yarn or ribbon for a fun egg garland.

Plastic Egg Garland

Plastic Egg Garland
Photo by: Camilla Fabri

 

Camilla Fabri, stay-at-home mother of two, is the creator and author of Family Chic, a blog about creating a fun and creative familial atmosphere using things you already have, or can buy cheaply. Camilla began Family Chic in 2009 and has been interviewed on Design Mom, Mom Filter, and Country Woman Magazine. For more information about Camilla or Family Chic, visit cfabbridesigns.com.

 

This Spring Wreath from Love & Sugar Kisses would be a fun addition to our outdoor party. You could hang it on your front door to get your guests in a creative mood before they even come in, or use it as a table decoration. What you’ll need: a wreath, burlap or fabric to cover, yarn, felt, and buttons.

DIY Spring Wreath

DIY Spring Wreath
Photo by: Maria

Maria, the creator of Love & Sugar Kisses, is a wife and mother of two who loves to bake, decorate cakes, and craft. Her goal is to make things special without breaking the bank. For more information, visit loveandsugarkisses.com.  

 

We actually found two different Easter party invitations we wanted to show you. One is a younger child, while the other would be fine for an upper-elementary student.

The first, an invitation for young children, is from Tiny Prints and is a flat, non-folding card that features an adorable bunny and chick.

Easter Party Invitations

Easter Party Invitation
Photo by: Tiny Prints

Nancy Kubo, designer for Tiny Prints, is a stationery designer from California. She is inspired by magazines, design blogs, and current fashion trends. She has designed thank you cards, party invitations, and holiday cards. For more information, visit tinyprints.com.

 

The second invitation option is from Etsy and features a bunny and several fun colors.

Easter Party Invitations

Easter Invitation
Photo by: Just a little Sparkle

 

Just a little Sparkle joined Etsy.com in 2011 and is based in California. Just a little Sparkle designs signs, invitations, and other paper products. For more information, visit justalittlesparkle.com.

 

 

We found these adorable bunny whiskers that would be a fun addition to our outdoor, Easter Bunny themed party. All you’ll need is white pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and pink pom poms. This is a super easy craft for kids to do while you hide Easter eggs.

Bunny Whiskers

 Bunny Whiskers                  Photo by: Kailo Chic

 

 

Kailo Chic, creator of  Ramblings of  a Handbag Designer, began blogging in 2010. She is a handbag and accessory designer from Austin, TX and mother to a baby girl. For more information, visit kailochic.com.

 

 

 

Nature Favors has the perfect favors for our outdoor Easter party. Favors are sold by the dozen and come with peat-filled pots, seeded rabbits, blank tags with planting instructions on the back. Flower seeds inside the earth friendly bunnies will begin sprouting within a few days.

Seeded Bunny Favors

Seeded Bunny Favors
Photo by: Nature Favors

Nature Favors, formally known as Blessed Wings, was founded in 2002 by Shari Gray. Nature Favors is operated near Reilly Springs, TX and specializes in creating handmade, nature-inspired favors for eco friendly weddings and green events. For more information, visit naturefavors.com.