Have Oprah’s People Called Yet?

August 12th, 2010

Many years ago, in the year 2000 to be exact, I received a call from InStyle magazine because they were interested in our favors for an upcoming bridal issue.  I sent them samples and lo and behold they chose something I designed, our “Perfect Pair” candle.

Of course, nowadays everyone has this theme in every configuration, but at that time, the concept was brand new.  Needless to say, I was thrilled when I was told we were going to be featured in their magazine.  This favor put us on the map.  We even had to move into a larger facility and hire more employees to keep up with the demand.  Shortly thereafter InStyle took the candle to the Today Show, and I’m sure you  can you imagine how exciting that was.  The following year InStyle featured us again with our Plantable Daisy Pods.

As exciting as all of this was, and it was VERY exciting, what I wanted most was to be called by Oprah’s people.  Not because of the financial gain we would get from that kind of exposure, but because it would just have been the most thrilling experience.  I thought they would love my story of how I started the business.  Every morning I would come in to the office and ask “Have Oprah’s  people called yet”?  The girls came to expect it when I arrived.  Well, years went by, and eventually I no longer worked in the office, but work from home,  so no one gets to hear that question anymore but it still lingers in my mind evey time I watch her.  Then….last week we got an order through a blog called Everything Oprah and there we were, featured in an article on Baby Showers using our baby shower favors titled “Planning A Baby Shower Like The Celebrities”.  Well, it’s not Oprah’s people calling….but to have Oprah’s name, even in a blog, connected with our favors, was a wonderful unexpected surprise.

Now that she’s going off the air, my dream of having her people call will have to vanish, but at least I will always have the memory of being featured on a blog all about Oprah…I can live with that :) .

Fresh Ideas for Your Fall Wedding

August 1st, 2010

We’re sure you agree: everybody loves gorgeous, colorful Autumn. That’s why many of your friends – and perhaps you and your groom-to-be – are planning a Fall wedding.

Given this, just how do you stand out from the crowd? Over the years, our readership has shown itself to be one creative bunch…so here’s to Fall brides and what they can do with their own creativity and a few great ideas. Here are a few we absolutely adore (and, psst—that are some of the most popular wedding favor ideas this season).

Favors That Double as Decorations

LOVE this idea. Pictured below is an example of an elegant, trendy Fall wedding favor that doubles as part of the reception place settings. It’s the “Turning Leaves” bookmark and it’s oh so elegant for Autumn…and for your special day.

Stylist: Sasha Souza; Photo By Damion Hamilton

Stylist: Sasha Souza; Photo By Damion Hamilton

Have the Turning Leaves Bookmark  hold the menu if you’re having a more formal affair, or attach it to your wedding programs. Or put one at the upper left of each place setting at the reception.

Other great ideas for favors that add Autumn atmosphere are candles in colorful holders, leaf-shaped place card holders or indulgent treats like spiced cider or gourmet cookie mixes. Yum!

Unique Centerpieces

Flowers are traditional, but why not add elegance (and a little bit of “you”) to your reception by choosing unique centerpieces? With a Fall wedding, you’re in luck; choose from Autumn’s bounty for a natural and very on-trend look to your reception tables.

Group Autumn fruits, such as apples, with a little Fall greenery. (See the example below, which is a real treat. Photo credit: Jennifer Wahlquist). Berries are Autumnal too, as are unshelled nuts tossed around the centerpiece for a natural yet very elegant feel.

Fall Centerpiece jenniferwahlquist

Candles work well here too. Tip: If you’ll be placing lighted candles as part of your centerpiece, make sure they’re set well away from your guests’ plates (and reaching hands and elbows), while making sure the area just around the candle is clear of any hanging flammable greenery or other decorations.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your own beautiful wedding creations. And don’t forget to let us know what you’re planning for Fall wedding favors. We’re always glad to hear from you!