Paper Straws

Blackbird Events is LOVING these delightful and environmentally conscious alternative to the plastic straw.  These lined up in glasses for your signature drink would be adorable, or you could even consider a Milkshake Bar as an alternative to a late night snack.  Paper straws have that vintage and endearing charm that would entice your wedding guests to treat themselves.

Most paper straws are biodegradable and even compostable so for green couples looking for sweet details for their big day, these are a great idea.

Here is a link to a Canadian company offering a variety of colours and styles.

http://www.greenmunch.ca/paper-straws/

There are lots of uses for crafting and DIY items too!  What have you uses paper straws for?

We are in love with this cute idea from BAKERELLA for mini milkshake cupcakes.  Check it out! http://www.bakerella.com/paper-straws/

Seriously cute pinwheels: http://www.thepaperplace.ca/wp/tag/paper-straws/

Heart shaped garland: http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/01/valentine-garland-craft/

Cheers from Melanie! Wedding Coordinator, Blackbird Events, Calgary, Alberta

Feeding the Troops

I’ve noticed over the past few years that packing unbelievably cute lunches or snacks for your wedding party has become a very popular thing to do… And it is a GREAT idea!

Members of your wedding party have dedicated their day to give you a hand and support, so ensuring that they have a few niceties throughout the day is a lovely gesture.  Because you are likely to be very busy, it’s great to plan ahead to have some snacks available as you travel between ceremony, photography and reception locations.

Depending on your schedule, you might want to pack full lunches, or perhaps just some nibblies.  And include some bottles of water so everyone can stay refreshed.

There are many creative ways to accomplish this and you could definitely incorporate your wedding theme and colours, or individualize based on your wedding party personalities.  Think about:

– Brown paper bags with your monogram

– Superhero lunch boxes

– Old fashioned lunch pails

– Lunches packed and tied in a charming handkerchief or scarf

– Cute boxes lined with parchment

– Fabric sacs

There are lots of options!  Make sure to include some healthy choices like veggie sticks or whole wheat crackers along with a treat or two like chocolate or gummy snacks.  It would be a nice idea to pack some breath mints as well for after the snack!

Here is an idea and some instructions for up-cycling some kitchen tins or cans:

I used baby formula tins, but you could use coffee cans, nut tins or even food-safe, unused paint cans would be fun!

 

Next, I measured the length and circumference of the tin and cut a piece of craft paper to fit.  It is secured with double sided tape.  I also used a craft circle cutter to cut pieces for the lids.

 

Then, using some hot glue, I tied ribbons around the tins.  All the ribbons matched or were complementary, but I had some fun playing around with this.

 

Next, I made some labels to attach using circle cutters and my printer!  These could be any shape or size, use a monogram or stamps, have wedding party names on them…  the sky’s the limit!

 Attach to the tin with some hot glue and voila!  A super cute snack box!