You + ME*: Philanthropic favors

We don’t know about you, but for us, the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has re-sparked our philanthropic drive. Hearing about the amazing acts of humanity, empathy, and incredible selflessness that are happening there every day reminds us that even small actions, when pooled with the actions of others, can have huge positive impacts on the world around us. This month, we’re making one of those small actions a little easier for you. You might consider a philanthropic donation to one of the organizations that provide relief worldwide in lieu of favors for your wedding. To announce to your guests that you are forgoing favors, you can print out a simple card that explains your donation and either set one at each place, or set a bunch on a table with a pretty floral arrangement for guests to pick up on their way out. We’ve put together a card for donations to the American Red cross, but there are tons of non-profits doing amazing work out there. Some organizations to consider are The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Shelterbox, UNICEF, CARE and Save the Children. Or, if you and your fiance have a cause about which you are passionate, consider donating to a charity that works with your cause. Happy giving! – Miya + Elisabeth

[images from You + ME* Lifestylists]

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You + Me* DIY: Furoshiki wrapping

Everyone we know loves vintage scarves, and they can often be had at thrift stores for between $.50 and $2. Consider adding some color to your table by wrapping your favors Japanese-style (the proper word is furoshiki) in vintage scarves. Look for scarves that are square (or have a tailor or seamstress sew the rectangular ones you find into squares). To wrap them, just place your favor in the middle of the square. Fold one corner over the box and tuck it under. Fold the opposite corner over the box and tuck it under. You’ll have a long rectangle of scarf at this point with your favor in the center. The ultimate goal is to tie the two ends together, but to make it look neat, you’ll need to do a little bit of prep work. Right next to the edge of your box, pinch the fabric in just a touch so that the extra fabric will be tucked inside your package. Do the same on the other side, and then tie the ends together. Pat yourself on the back for making something look way harder than it is, and bask in the oohs and aahs. – Miya & Elisabeth

[images from Angela Gaspar]

Angela Gaspar and You + Me* Lifestylists are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride

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You + Me*: Keepin’ it neutral party inspiration

So often wedding events are geared toward women; it’s easy to forget that the opposite sex will likely be in attendance at all but the girliest of occasions. Our inspiration stemmed from the idea that a soiree can be gender neutral, but still feel chic, beautiful, and of course, festive. With a bright, happy color palette, unexpected floral arrangements, custom paper goods featuring graphic elements, beautifully wrapped favors, and modern table décor, this tapas party is a fete that both genders will love.

Stay tuned for DIY instructions on how to wrap favors using fabric. The final product is gorgeous, but here’s the best part: instead of tossing packaging, your guests end up with a pretty handkerchief that will remind them of you. - Miya & Elisabeth

Vendors:

Photography- Angela Gaspar
Floral Design- Kat Flower
Styling- YOU + ME*
Blockprinted napkins and tapas- Mary Ellen Amato

Angela Gaspar and You + Me* Lifestylists are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride.

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You + Me*: DIY Valentines

For this DIY project, we wanted to share an easy way to make pretty valentines (or seating cards or even invitations–the possibilities are endless) using watercolors. Watercolors are a great medium because they produce gorgeous variations in shade and tone (perfect for all of the reds, raspberries, peaches, and pinks that go with Valentine’s day!). We’ll be walking you through two projects; both have the potential to look sweet and romantic or clean and modern. Have fun & experiment! – Miya & Elisabeth

You will need:
Watercolors in colors that suit your fancy
A brush or 2
A glass of water
A white crayon
Paper doilies
Spray adhesive (you can experiment with other adhesives, but the spray adhesive worked best for us)
Cutting instruments (scissors or an X-acto knife)
Cardstock or watercolor paper, cut to the desired size of your card (this should be the size of a folded card, meaning twice the length as the size you want the front of your card to be)

For the doily valentine:
Start by creating a wash over your card with color. Be sure to use enough water that the color goes on smoothly without any gaps. Also experiment with mixing colors and/or using more or less water to create gradations in color on your card. When you’re happy, let it dry.
Move a paper doily (or 2 or 3) over your finished card to see what pattern you like on top. Don’t be afraid to cut apart the doilies! When you’re happy, spray the doily with adhesive, following the directions, and adhere to your card. Cut away the excess doily.
Fill the inside of the card with loving sentiments, sappy memories, and/or hopes for the future.

For the crayon valentine:
Start by using your white crayon to make a pattern or write a sentiment on your card. You’re writing where you don’t want the paint to take to the paper, so keep that in mind if you’re drawing something.
When you’re happy with your design, paint over it with your watercolors. We found that we really liked a single swash of color, but we also tried painting the whole card, and that was nice, too.
Declare your undying love for the recipient, and sit back and relax, reveling in your job well done.

And are you loving those envelopes? The DIY is here! We used tracing paper, and even though the doilies in the tutorial are square, we used round ones that were slightly smaller than my finished size, and we loved the way they looked.

Have fun, everyone! We’d love to see your cards if you do this project, so please do email us at hello{at}youplusmestyling{dot}com to show off what you’ve made!

[image from Sean Dagen]

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