friday favorites – best event ideas of the week

I’ve decided to start a new feature on the blog called Friday Favorites. I often run into great ideas that I want to save for later or find something inspiring that doesn’t necessitate its own entire blog post. I thought I might start compiling my top five ideas of the week that I’ve found from other sources.

#5 – Toile chair ties

toile chair ties

First of all, I love toile. LOVE IT. I basically think it is the best motif of all time, and if my husband would let me, I would use it all over our house. But while I was drawn to this chair tie because it’s toile, you can really do this with any fabric. If there is a fabric or a print (or a solid color!) that can be brought into the décor, this is a less formal way to do it than using it as a linen or a chair cover. This idea comes from Burnett’s Boards (it was a vintage French wedding inspired shoot). In this context it definitely makes sense as chair ties over a linen since the china were patterned as well. I also love that they don’t make bows, just ties.

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wedding escort card inspiration

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Here’s some wedding wednesday trivia: what’s the difference between escort cards and place cards?

An escort card escorts you to your seat.

A placecard places you there.

As in, a placecard is placed at a place setting telling the guest exactly where to sit. These may be used for any event where the hostess wants to make sure that not only are Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith are at the same table, but that they are seated next to each other. They can be seen at formal affairs (I want to make sure Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith have a chance to discuss the stock market) to informal dinners (I want to make sure Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith have a chance to connect over their mutual love of the Yankees).

Most weddings have escort cards which guests pick up to find out which table to sit at. You can go basic – a mini tentcard (placecard style) with the guests name and table number (or table name or theme!), or you can be uber creative. Here are some of my favorite ideas from around the interwebs:

These escort cards with vintage-y keys would be perfect for a vintage or romantic theme wedding. Bonus points if you can make the key into something usable – such as a bottle opener. We all know I prefer consumable favors! Photo via The Style Room.

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Love love love these for a casual beach wedding! So cute! I’d also use these for a beach theme shower or birthday party! Or just a day at the beach – too much? Photo via The Style Room.

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What is more cheerful for a summer wedding (indoors or out) than an escort card attached to a sunflower? There is no happier flower (except maybe daisies, which Meg Ryan makes the case for as the friendliest flower in You’ve Got Mail). Photo via Southern Weddings.

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Love these monopoly token escort cards – I could also see this working for a children’s party with a board game theme. Photo via The Knot.

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I like these shipping tag escort cards with bunches of lavender – would be lovely for a garden wedding. Photo via Engaged & Inspired.

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I have jumped on the cork bandwagon – I love cork crafts and working corks into wedding decor is fun. Take it a step further and you have champagne corks – a little unexpected. This photo isn’t from my wedding, but this is exactly what I did with our escort cards as we had a slight champagne motif. Photo via Wedding Bee.

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What are your suggestions for fun escort cards?

Top photo via United With Love

planning a gala

I have a guest blog post at The Event Crashers today on planning the America’s Future Foundation Gala. Check it out for some ideas on how to get the most out of a modest budget, how to incorporate a signature color, and much more!

While you’re there, check out some of the great photos and inspiring ideas that they feature!