These easy DIY escort cards were an inexpensive way to really tie in the theme for our New Year’s Eve wedding. Not only do they help guests easily find their table, but noisemaker escort cards are fun and festive and look super cute with the decor. Plus it meant that everyone had their own party horn for when the clock struck midnight.
Just for extra fun, I used scratch-n-reveal stickers for guests to scratch to find their table numbers. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, I created a little rhyming sign which I hung on the mirror above: Take a penny, grab your label, scratch your card to find your table!
Make sure to have coins on hand in a dish or scattered around so guests can scratch and reveal their table numbers.
Our venue had a wooden drawer unit that we were able to use to set up the escort cards, but lined up on a table or hung up would look great, too. One thing to be cautious of is not to line them up too closely or too many rows deep, because you don’t want them getting all knocked over as guests go in to find theirs. I organized mine alphabetically, and if you have a huge guest list, you might want to have signs (A-D, E-G, etc.) to make it easy on your guests.
Hi! It has been a while, but now I’m back to get caught up on sharing some of those wedding details and DIY projects. For anyone planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, it’s probably starting to feel like you’re approaching crunch time. I know this is when I really felt the pressure turn on last year after taking some time off from wedding planning during the summer. But don’t worry, you still have a few months left to plan your special day.
Last year when I was doing my own wedding planning, I shared some of my favourite New Year’s Eve table number inspiration. You really can’t go wrong with glitter and metallic when it comes to a New Year’s Eve wedding. I was leaning towards DIY-ing some sequin wood block numbers (glitter seemed way too messy), but thanks to Pinterest, I came across the idea of including a resolution on each table number sign. As with my fortune cookie favours, I was all about incorporating the NYE theme wherever possible.
Printable DIY projects are the easiest way to add personal touches to your wedding day. No glitter or glue required.
I found these sparkly frames at the Dollar Store for $2 each and after the wedding I sold the frames for 50% off, so the whole project only cost me a few bucks.
I loved that it was a way to have my glitter without the mess. No one wants loose glitter in their food. I simply printed out my table numbers on card stock and trimmed to fit.
Our New Year’s resolutions were:
Approach the New Year with resolve
to find the opportunities hidden in
each new day.
Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Think continually about the things you want, not about the things you fear.
Don’t stress the could haves.
If it should have, it would have.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you.
Be somebody that makes everybody feel like a somebody.
Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.
Learn from yesterday, live for today,
hope for tomorrow.
I shared some progress shots of our bedroom redecorating project earlier this summer, and today I’m excited to reveal the final results!
Before I share the details, let’s take a look back at the bedroom BEFORE. So ugly. So brown.
We went from THAT^^^ to this:
Way better, don’t you think?
Now that the room is redecorated, it feels like a totally different, way prettier space. It didn’t come out anything at all like I’d initially planned, but piece-by-piece it took on a look of it’s own and the space is now so bright and comfortable.
I absolutely love this room. And because we did some major KonMari-ing, it’s always tidy! Since sharing the progress shots, we’ve hung curtains, mirrors and artwork, added gorgeous drawer pulls, repainted the radiator and found a rug and accessories.
I found a perfect spot for our beautiful Ketubah where we see it all the time at the entrance to our room.
Now that the transformation is complete, I feel like I get to sleep in a chic boutique hotel every night. Although we kicked Josie’s cat tree out of the room, she still enjoys hanging out in there. She hops on the windowsill every evening and she likes chilling under the bed now that the bed skirt gives her a little fort.
How well does that art work in this space?! I love it! I’d struggled with what to put up there and had settled on the idea of a large black and white photograph, but then I came across this piece at HomeSense and loved that it incorporated the colours that we already had going on in the bedroom. I wasn’t sure how the square shape would look, but I think it’s perfect.
I found some great knobs that we were initially planning to use on the TV stand in the living room. On that piece, they looked way too big and didn’t work at all. But in the bedroom, these oversized knobs add character to our otherwise boring IKEA MALM dresser nightstands.
I was nervous about drilling into the dresser drawers since I was worried they’d get ruined, but it was a really easy project (especially since Mike did all the drilling)! It would have worked even better to drill the holes into the fronts before the drawers were assembled, but I wasn’t about to disassemble all of those drawers!
To avoid splitting, it’s suggested that you clamp the piece to another piece of wood as you drill into the front. Since we weren’t able to do that, the backs did not look great. To hide that mess, I found jumbo washers at the hardware store, and now no one would ever know. Not that many people see the inside of my drawers anyway 😉
The rug was also a HomeSense find. Large rugs can be so expensive, so I’d read a great tip somewhere online that suggested placing a medium-sized rug horizontally under the bed. Since the bed covers up so much of the rug, rotating it this way gives you more visible rug while still giving you something warm and soft to step onto as you roll out of bed.
The only thing that I might like to do is replace the light fixture. It’s just one of those typical rental apartment fixtures, so I wouldn’t mind giving it an upgrade. Not sure what would work in this space though. Thoughts?
I’m also interested in adding an essential oil diffuser/humidifier. Our bedroom gets so dry, especially during the winter so the extra moisture from a humidifier is definitely needed. No need for large and ugly plastic units nowadays — I love all the super stylish oil diffusers on the market.
But for now, I am really happy to have checked this project off my list. The kitchen and living room are nearly complete, so I hope we can get those ticked off the list soon, too.
When it comes to wedding favors, I think most couples have gotten the message by now that most people probably don’t want that personalized (to the couple) tree ornament or picture frame. All the weddings I’ve been to in the last several years have had edible favors, a donation in-lieu, or foregone the tradition altogether. Candy or dessert bars with take-home baggies are another really popular option. I’m all for these options because they’re not overly costly, and you’re not sticking your guests with dove salt and pepper shakers that they will accidently-on-purpose leave behind.
I liked the idea of favors just because I knew I could come up with something fun that tied in with the New Year’s theme.
Chocolate-dipped fortune cookie wedding favors seemed like a great fit for a New Year’s Eve wedding! I ordered my custom fortune cookies from KCFortuneCookieFactory.com. I was really happy with the whole process and customer service was super responsive when I had questions. The chocolate-dipped fortune cookies stay fresh for up to 6 weeks, so we ordered ours to arrive 2 weeks early, and they came right on schedule. The cookies were well packaged and not a single cookie arrived broken.
But the most important thing was that these were some decadent fortune cookies. These weren’t your usual, stale Chinese take-out fortune cookies. Nope. These cookies were thicker and sweeter than the typical fortune cookie, and they were coated with a nice layer of thick chocolate.
Bonus? Including shipping to Canada, each fortune cookie favor came out to only $0.77 each. Even individual truffles can’t beat that deal!
But what made these fortune cookies really unique was that we were able to create our own fortunes with a personalized message on the back. We printed Thank You tags on cardstock and stapled them to the packages.
The back of each fortune read: Best wishes from the new Mr. & Mrs. Love, Mike and Jill
We included our wedding date as the ‘lucky numbers’.
And the fortunes we came up with were:
You’re going to have the best year yet. Happy New Year!
A thrilling time is in your immediate future! Cheers!
2016 or bust! Happy New Year!
Great things await you in 2016! You are wonderful! POP! FIZZ! CLINK!
Great things await you in 2016! Your future is sweet as a cookie. POP! FIZZ! CLINK!
2016 is your year! You have the attitude of a winner. Happy New Year!
Just be yourself. You are wonderful! Cheers!
Something wonderful is about to happen. Happy New Year!
Fortune in love favours the brave. POP! FIZZ! CLINK!
Do it now! Today will be yesterday tomorrow. Cheers to 2016!
Stop waiting! Buy that ticket. Take that special trip! Happy New Year!
Your ingenuity will bring fine results. Cheers!
You are the life of any party! Eat, drink & hit the dance floor. Cheers to 2016!
You give power to what you give attention to. POP! FIZZ! CLINK!