Thrifty Thursdays

Happy THRIFTY THURSDAY!

In the BHW world, we dedicate each & every Thursday asThrifty Thursday,” where we feature creative & inexpensive inspirations through DIY, budget saving tips & tricks, vendor promos, and more!

Be sure to check out our new sister page on Facebook that is dedicated solely to THRIFTY THURSDAY INSPIRATIONS

Thrifty Thursdays by Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc.”  

www.facebook.com/thriftythursday

Today we’re featuring how to make a DIY pinecone banner for UNDER $10 AND a HUGE PROMO by a local wedding photographer.

& Happy Holidays from The Better Half Girls!

Be sure to stop by our fan pages for MORE Thrifty Thursday tips & tricks!!!

www.facebook.com/thriftythursday
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XOXO

Reinventing the Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

Happy Wednesday! You’re officially half way through the work week!

Spicing up those creative minds this morning with this super cute & thrifty idea {we know we’re a day early for Thrifty Thursday, but this just couldn’t wait!} – perfect for your kids’ table{s} at your Thanksgiving feast {Which, PS – can you believe it’s already next week?!}

This kid-friendly table covering is creative & practical yet trendy & chic! 

http://www.countryliving.com/cooking/entertaining/thanksgiving-party-planning-1109#slide-2

What you need:

1. A dining table to be designated as the “kid’s table”

2. Kraft Paper {You can find kraft paper via amazon.com for $8.21 per 65-foot roll}.

3. Crayons or Washable Markers {display in a cute bucket or have a mini box at each place-setting}.

4. DIY Name Card Displays. BHW idea we love: Create a cute name card to attach to each individual box of crayons or markers & leave that on top of each plate to mark each child’s seat. They’ll feel special with their own box of crayons & even more special that their name marks their seat! {If you like the stamp name settings as seen in the photo, you can visit stampinup.com to purchase card stock {$11.06} & alphabet stamps {$22.17}.

Cheers to making your Thanksgiving kid’s table{s} practical yet trendy, cute AND inexpensive, and thank you to Country Living for the wonderful inspiration today! ❤

Remember, this idea can be used for many events other than Thanksgiving. Great for weddings that aim to be kid-friendly too! Especially if your theme is country, rustic, vintage, etc.! Or create for your next family get together, BBQ, birthday party, & more! ❤

XO,
The Better Half Girls {in full holiday mode!}

Craft Gawking

OH. MY. GOSH. This site is GENIUS. Ready for this, girls?! There’s a new Pinterest in town, and it’s dedicated to you DIY beauties. 

If you haven’t “met” Craft Gawker yet, consider yourself officially introduced!

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http://craftgawker.com/post/category/weddings/

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly pin anymore, this site is full of ideas & inspiration galore. The link above will take you straight to the wedding craft section, but Craft Gawker has 35 categories dedicated straight to DIY & crafting. We stumbled upon this just in time for the holidays, too! Happy Monday & Happy Craft Gawking!!!XO,
BHW ♥

PS – Please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/betterhalfweddings         for more frequent updates & posts full of ideas to inspire, uplift, and enjoy! XO

Photo Credit: via Craft Gawker via http://www.weddingomania.com/cool-diy-wooden-box-for-a-ring-bearer/
 
 

SNEAK PEEK OF OUR OH DEER STYLED SHOOT!!!!

SNEAK PEEK OF OUR OH DEER STYLED SHOOT!!!!

We have a REALLY hard time holding back posting photos galore of events we’re a part of, but this is the only sneak peak we can leak of our OH DEER styled shoot that took place this past Sunday.

Held at The Cooper Estate in Redland, our rustic, wintry woodsy vision came to life.

We couldn’t have made it possible without the support & participation from a handful of AMAZING South Florida wedding professionals, especially Julia Rohde Designs for her co-brainstorming & co-event design.

Michelle March Photography was the angel of the day, snapping away what are sure to be incredible photos. How amazing is it that she shoots FILM?! YA, SERIOUSLY!

So for the next two weeks it will feel like Christmas Eve around here, while we wait for her photos to come back from a lab in California…

Until then, sweet dreams of wintry woodsy goodness, my dear 🙂

XO

FEATURED VENDORS: Thanks to Vivid Diamonds, Salon Utopia, unearthed vintage, Julia Rohde Designs, Michael Burgos Films, Michelle March Photography, Cloud 9 Bakery & Cafe, Sasha’s Bridal Boutique, The Cooper Estate, Llorente Design, A Fox Wedding, Sarah Hopper & Kyle Cameron for making our day everything we imagined it to be and MORE! ♥

Superhero Wedding Inspiration

In honor of Halloween-eve & costumes on the brain, we’re kicking off this beautiful, fall Florida morning with a mix of superhero/comic wedding inspirations.

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Weddings should reflect you as a couple, what makes you laugh, what makes you smile, and what makes you YOU.

Some of the pictures are from a quirky-comic-detail-filled wedding that was featured on Green Wedding Shoes, where the couple gave this advice:

“Having a wedding planner is definitely worth it! And also, make it YOU! It’s one of the biggest days in your life, pretend like it’s your birthday party and you get to choose exactly how it will be and who to invite.

It’s so cool when you’ve found the person you want to spend your life with, and it’s so cool to get to plan a big party together and to have the love and comfort to say “I’d really love to bust through a brick wall like superheros for our grand entrance, what do you think?” or “I’d really like to wear bright pink converse for our wedding, are you down with that?” We kicked the rules out the door and because of that had the wedding of our dreams. Our ceremony was so beautiful, it was full of happy tears and celebration, and our reception was a ball! Be happy!”

♥ BE YOU! BE HAPPY! ♥

For the full blog post, visithttp://greenweddingshoes.com/a-superhero-wedding-alex-james/

Photos via Pinterest via Green Wedding Shoes & Hoffer Photography [bottom picture of bridal party].

Sky Lanterns – Choose Eco Friendly!

Sky Lanters have become quite the rage this past year (especially after they featured them in Hangover II), but do you know their history? Lantern launching originally began as a means of communicating military signals during war. They’ve also been traditionally … Continue reading

Spooktacular Treats & Eats

Cook up some fun, festive spooky treats & eats this fall season!

We’ve collected our favorite spooky & creative recipes to get you ready for your next Halloween party. These treats are sure to be a show stopper, and are certainly monster approved! What’s more fun than food that looks like goblins & ghouls?!

Featured in the photo above, you’re seeing what we’ve named

Monster Meat 
Creature Dentures 
Spooky Eyeballs 
Pigs-in-a-Tomb 
Mummy Pizza 

Let’s start with the MONSTER MEAT..guess what it is?! Red Velvet Rice Crispy Treats! Originally featured on Lovin’ From the Oven, these are to perfect for your Halloween bash! How to create your perfect Monster Meat:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10.5 oz) bag of mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup red velvet cake mix
  • 6 cups rice crispies cereal
  • You could top with gummy worms or something spooky!

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter and mini marshmallows over low heat. When the marshmallows are completely melted, mix in the vanilla and red velvet cake mix.
  2. Remove from heat and carefully stir in the rice crispies until evenly coated.
  3. Pour the batter into a lined or greased 13″x9″ pan and press down.
  4. Wait until cooled & cut to serve.

{http://www.lovintheoven.com/2012/02/red-velvet-rice-crispy-treats.html}

MONSTER DENTURES! Who doesn’t love apples, peanut butter, and marshmallows?! YUM! We found this cute picture on Pinterest & named this treat Monster Dentures! What you’ll need & how to create {recipe thanks to Allergy Free Test Kitchen}:

Ingredients:

  • Red apples
  • Sunflower seed butter or peanut butter
  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions:

  1. Cut apple slices into flat wedges.
  2. Dip in lemon juice if making ahead of time.
  3. Spread the butter of your choice on the bottom wedge.
  4. Stand mini marshmallows upright on bottom wedge.
  5. Spread the butter of your choice on the bottom side of top wedge.
  6. Place top wedge on top of the marshmallows.

{http://allergyfreetestkitchen.com/2012/09/apple-teeth-snack/}

For picture #3, SPOOKY EYEBALLS, you’re sure to make eyes pop with these cute & spooky eyeballs. We found a cookie recipe on Forkable, but can’t help but think how much time & effort you’d save by turning these into cake pops! And they’d look so cute on little sticks {try black & white striped straws – eek! How cute would that be?!} You can make these in various ways, but we found this “How to make the BEST cake pops” recipe via Divas Can Cook we just couldn’t wait to share…

Ingredients:
  • Chocolate Cake, prepared (I used 1/2 of a 9×13 devils food box cake)
  • Chocolate Frosting (amount depends on moistness of cake. I used two big spoonfuls. See video)
  • 2 boxes Premium white chocolate ( I used Baker’s brand)
  • cake pop sticks
  • sprinkles
Instructions:
  1. Add cake to a large bowl.
  2. Crumble until it resembles fine crumbs
  3. Add in frosting a little bit at a time until cake is moist and can hold a ball shape, yet still slightly crumbly.
  4. Use your hands to incorporate the frosting into the cake crumbs.
  5. Use a mini ice cream scoop and scoop out two balls of cake mixture.
  6. Roll the mixture into a tight ball and place on a plate.
  7. Repeat until all the cake mixture has been rolled into balls.
  8. Melt 2-4 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave.
  9. Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the white chocolate and insert into the cake balls about half-way.
  10. Freeze for about 20 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile prepare all of your decorating supplies.
  12. Melt the remaining chocolate in a large cup. Make sure you have enough chocolate to completely submerge the cake ball.
  13. Remove cake balls from freezer.
  14. Dip cake balls carefully into the chocolate until covered.
  15. Let the excess chocolate drip off. Swirl and tap gently if needed.
  16. Add the sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. It will harden quickly.
  17. Stick the decorated cake pop into a styrofoam block to finish setting.
  18. Place into the freezer to speed up setting time.
  19. Cover with a clear treat bag & ribbon for gift giving, if desired.
  20. Store in a single layer, in an airtight container.
  21. Enjoy!
{http://divascancook.com/2012/04/how-to-make-cake-pops-easy-best.html OR http://forkableblog.com/?p=96}

Straying out of the dessert category, we’re now onto the irresistible PIGS-IN-A-TOMB, as we’ve named them. How cute is this play on pigs-in-a-blanket?! Quick, inexpensive, and totally kid friendly yet mummy approved! Thanks to Sweeties Views & Reviews, we have this great recipe to share:

Ingredients:

  • 4 Rhodes® Frozen Dinner Rolls (from a 3-pound package), thawed but still cold
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Cut dinner roll dough in half. Roll each half into a 22- to 24-inch rope. Wrap one rope around hot dog from bottom up, 4-1/2 inches (see photo).
3. Cut a 1-1/2-inch piece off the second rope and set small piece aside. Wrap the second rope around the hot dog from the bottom up, 4-1/2 inches, going the opposite way. Then wrap the 1-1/2-inch piece around the top of the hot dog. Repeat with the remaining hot dogs and dinner roll dough.
4. Place hot dogs on the baking sheet and bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven, cool slightly and add mustard eyes.

{http://sweetiesreviews.com/simple-halloween-party-and-spooky-treat-recipes/}

And last but not least, we’re featuring MUMMY PIZZAS! This treat is perfect for kids and adults – who doesn’t love pizza, or even better, making your own?! Our favorite, kid-friendly recipe for these was found via Disney’s Family Fun. Here’s the how to:

Ingredients:

  • English Muffins
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Black Olives
  • Scallions
  • Red or Green Bell Pepper
  • Cheese Sticks or Slices

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350º F. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin (toast it first, if you like).
  2. Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils.
  3. Lay strips of cheese (we used a pulled-apart cheese stick) across the muffin for the mummy?s wrappings.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasty.

{http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/pizza-mummies-688188/}

Creative spooky treats & eats are fun for all! We hope you enjoyed this collection of SPOOKTACULAR treats & eats, with recipes alongside, to make your next Halloween bash a home run! Surprise guests with these fun & funky dishes!

BOO!
Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc.

We’re backkkkk!

As most of you probably know, the summers in Florida are a time where the snow birds fly home, hurricanes come to play, and all living things {besides bugs!} try to hide because it’s so hot & humid.  All that and more means from late May until early September, wedding season goes into hibernation around here. We take advantage of that, filling our summers with traveling, visiting family around the nation, and studying up on trending wedding themes.

Love. Live. Eat. Travel. 

However, with October here & peak season approaching, the Better Half Girls are BACK & jumping into the full swing of things, up & ready for wedding season!

With that, we are thrilled to be back, welcoming our readers & fall {our favorite season!} with open arms.

XO,

Shelley & Sarah
The Better Half Girls

Is There such Thing as too Much Pinning?!

Most of us have likely been accused of spending too much time on Pinterest, & have heard our better halves say, “You waist too much time pinning!” To come back with the line, “For research & networking, of course 😉 !”

So, is there such thing as too much pinning?! NOPE! 😉

We were honored to be interviewed by the Sun Sentinel this afternoon on how small, local businesses use Pinterest to showcase their products or services, & how companies like Better Half Weddings & Events, Inc. use the inspiring site overall. 

Pinterest is a wonderful tool for wedding professionals {as well as other small businesses} to showcase their products & services, collaborate and connect with clients, share/gather fresh ideas, network with others, & GET INSPIRED while having FUN!

You never know who will be following your pins, & who will reach out to you because they like your style! Thanks so much for the opportunity, Sun Sentinel! 

Take THAT, hubbies! 😉 

We’d love for you to pin with us! Follow us on Pinterest @http://pinterest.com/betterweddings/

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{Photo Credit: Cayetano Legacy’s Blog, 2012}

 

HAPPY MONDAY, PRETTIES! 

XO ♥,
The BHW Girls