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{Featured Product} Vintage Typewriter Holder & Card

In classic vintage style these miniature typewriters are a charming addition to wedding decor.  Spell out your message of love for all your guests to see! Create a display with the small typewriters.  Add names and table numbers to the top of each card with double sided tape. Design a sign that asks guest to take the small favor item to their table and write a few words of advice for the Bride and Groom on the back of the card. Add a container such as a vase to your centerpieces.  Attach a note that instructs guests to leave their wishes in the vase and to take the small typewriter home as a token of appreciation.

{Featured Product} Novelty Popcorn Cartons

Make it a movie night!  Create a popcorn station for your guests to enjoy.  These old-fashioned looking popcorn boxes are designed with little rows of hearts to send out that love vibe.  Add personalized stickers for an engagement party, stags/stagette or your wedding.

{Featured Product} Retro Diner Salt + Pepper Shakers...With a Twist

This classic shaped glass candy jar/salt and pepper shaker set comes complete with the holes in a heart shape.  It can be used in a multitude of ways for any party or event.  It just takes a little creativity: Fill with your favorite candy for your guests to enjoy Fill each individual shaker with herbs and spices.  {The jar shown here is filled with fennel seeds} For the cappuccino and latte enthusiast, fill with cocoa or cinnamon than can be used to garnish the top of the delicious foam. You can find this cute glass treat Here

{Featured Product} Snowflake Bottle Stopper

Whether it's a pre or post Christmas winter wedding, infuse a festive feel with cool wedding accessories.  Winter blues and whites can be combined with a pinch of color such as Berry for a little extra drama.   Top off your wine with this fabulous Snowflake Bottle Stopper .  Beautiful gift packaging finishes the stopper in style.

August 30th is National Marshmallow Toasting Day

No one really knows who proclaimed it but today (August 30th) is National Marshmallow toasting day.  It's just another day to add to our calendars but it's a great day to celebrate with the kids, or even host your own Marshmallow toasting party - just because!  I used to love smores as a kid and it's been years since I've had one.  I discovered this inexpensive decadent treat at 6th grade overnight camp.  There is nothing like the taste of a gooey marshmallow roasted over an open flame.  Check out this great recipe for a twist on smores!  Smores Recipe Ingredients 1 cup butter, melted 1/3 cup white sugar 3 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 3 cups miniature marshmallows Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until well coated. Press half of crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the chocolate chip

Quick Guide to Wedding Ceremony Songs

All About Songs Choosing your wedding music is a very important but often overlooked part of the wedding planning process.   Music creates the mood and sets the ambiance for the event.   Just like a movie with a great soundtrack tells you how to feel, your wedding music can stir up your guest’s emotions.   Not many brides know what different types of music is needed nor have an idea as to what type is appropriate.   Here is a quick guide on the different types you may need. Prelude Songs Prelude music is played prior to the ceremony as guests are being seated. These songs will set the tone for your ceremony, therefore classical or jazz music is commonly played.   Depending on your timeline, you will typically choose 5-6 songs to be played at this time. Processional Songs The Processional begins as the immediate family members are ready to be seated. Depending on your ceremony dynamics, you will choose a new song as your bridal party walks down the aisle. Bride Entrance Songs Th

Win a $25 Visa Gift Card

Are you following us on Facebook?  If not, here is one reason you should.  We are giving away a $25 Visa Gift Card to one lucky fan once we hit the 500 fan mark.  The sooner we reach 500 fans, the sooner we will have are giveaway and can post another, so tell all of your friends to like on Facebook.

A Signature Drink Deserves A Signature Favor!

Creating your very own signature cocktail is an excellent way to personalize the reception and save money on the bar tab versus having a fully stocked bar. Guests will appreciate the creativity and the opportunity to enjoy a different beverage chosen or created by the bride and groom. But, don’t let your designing ways stop at the bar. Add a signature favor to the mix! Created by you, these do-it-yourself favors will be the perfect complement to your one-of-a-kind celebration. Whether you decide to keep the recipes the same or add your special touch, here are a few favor-and-cocktail combos that we think work well together.  Find the ingredients for your cocktail favors at What You Need 1 oz. citrus vodka 1 oz. pineapple juice 1/2 oz. Chambord Lime wedge, for garnish How to Make It Shake vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord well with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime wedge. Blog by Kate Aspen .

Overwhelmed - Doesn't even describe it

Yesterday we were the feature for KGB Deals.  It's a daily deal site that offers 50% or more discounts from area companies.  Overwhelmed cannot even describe how I am feeling right now.  We were flooded with phone calls and emails with inquiries.  I had to hire more help!  I do have some mixed feeling about these daily deals sites.  I will definetly have to do a lessons learned for anyone who considers featuring there business - standby. Apologies to anyone who has tried to contact me.  I went thru most of the emails and some of the voice messages yesterday.  Right now, the best way to contact me is thru the Chat link located on the homepage.  I'm still working at putting through all of the orders and I know that there will be a lot more to come! Anyone interested in purchasing the deal, it is still active for the next 6 days, can do so here: on KGB Deals  or you can directly visit our website at

Design and Win With Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body W orks is running a promotion to design your own pocket bacteria label.  Create a winning label and receive a $500 shopping spree and your design will appear in stores.  You choose the scent, flavor, colors, label, graphics, etc.  Start designing today! Janice

Did You Wear Green?

I picked out my outfit for today, last night.  A cute little DKNY brown colored Winter dress.  When I woke up this morning at 4:25 a.m. I turned on Fox 5 News as I always do.  That's when I was reminded that it was Saint Patrick's Day.  Then came the decision, should I change my outfit to add a touch of green or should I wear the dress that will be too hot to wear tomorrow because temperatures will hit 70 degrees?  I figured I would join in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day even though I am nowhere close to being Irish.  I broke out the hot iron and began pressing my green sweater. After getting dressed and while preparing to walk out of the door, I realized that none of the news anchors were wearing green.  Of all people, they represent the community!  Not even a green button - I guess they all forgot.  I figured I would continue on with the spirit and walked out with my touch of green.  Upon arriving at work it was immediately clear that I was the only one wearing green.

Towers of Flowers Show with Macy's

Spring is in bloom!  Macy's is holding their first annual Tower of Flowers annual flower show in 6 cities including Washinton, DC from March 27 - April 6.  In honor of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Macy's will kick off tin-store events beginning with Japanese music and treats on March 27th.  Each day they offer something new thru April 10th.  To find a city near you visit Macy's Flower Show . Check out our Spring and Garden favors at .

Daylight Saving 2011, Yippee!!!

Did you remember to turn your clocks back?  I've been counting down daylight saving for the last 10 years.  I love this time of year.  It's as if we come out from hibernation.  Having that extra daylight hours even make me more productive.  I even spent some extra time in the kitchen today and made a fruit salad. Anyway, while browsing the internet I cam across a great cake for St. Patrick's Day.  Check out the blog at  I Am Baker .  It is sure to please that sweet tooth that I definitely have.  Planning a St. Patrick's day party?  Check out our Party Favors at .

Wedding Traditions & Customs Part 2 - Wedding Veils

In Roman times brides were thought to be vulnerable to evil spirits veils were used to protect brides.  In Europe brides were bargained for and sold.  A veil would hide the brides face until the deal was complete so that the husband could not change his mind in case he was not satisfied. Veils have been in many colors often signify the subordination of the woman.  The lifting of the veil by the husband at the end of the ceremony symbolized male dominance.  The veil made its way to the United States and into the traditional wedding ceremony. Content brought to you from

Wedding Traditions & Customs Part 1 - Wedding Gown Color

Ever wonder why the traiditonal wedding gown is white?  Many couples incorporate customs into their weddings but do not know the origin of these traditions.  The original wedding gown was red.  In some cultures, red signifies luck.  In Biblical times, blue was a traditional color because it signifies purity.  Today, the color blue is represented as the "something blue" for the bride on her wedding day. Supposedly, the first all white wedding dress was worn sometime around the late 1400s.  The white gown is a tradition of Japan and Greece.  White was worn to represent innocence and purity.  Today, white and ivory are the most popular gowns for many brides.  The most daring brides will wear whatever color suits them, even black. Source:  Content taken from Brides & Wedding of Northern Virginia, by Janice Mayo, Owner -

It's Not Easy Being Green - Green Weddings

Eco-friendly Bamboo Coasters      Having an eco-friendly wedding is a hot topic with couples planning their big day.  More and more choices are available when it comes to vendors and supplies.  Going green does not only meaning using eco-friendly products, it means incorporating recycling and reusing supplies.  It's not all about going organic, but also about using products that are locally grown.  Below are some eco-friendly bridal tips: Bridal Attire:  Choose natural fibers such as silk, cotton or hemp or consider wearing a second-hand gown. Catering:  Choose a caterer who uses locally grown fruits and vegetables and meats that have been organically raised.  Choose alcohol from local wineries and breweries, consider having a vegan menu. Photographers:  Using digital reduces waste and the use of chemicals.  Be sure to ask for digital images. Invitations:  Use invitations made from recycled papers or natural fiber paper that has flower seeds which can be planted. Decor

Homemade Wedding Favors – Pre-Wedding De-Stressing!

Homemade wedding favors are a uniquely personal way to say thank you to your guests for sharing in your special day.  This mechanised age has made us long for more personal products, leading to a great choice of wedding favor crafts for the couple who want to use homemade wedding favors to add a more intimate touch to their day.  In the hectic build up to the most important day of your life, homemade wedding favors can afford the ideal opportunity to relax, create, and have some fun. Homemade wedding favors might get crossed all too easily from the busy couple’s wedding plans.  With full time jobs and hectic social lives, who wants to add more work to their lot by producing homemade wedding favors? This might be a valid point for those brides and grooms who aren’t naturally creative, but homemade wedding favors can provide a unique opportunity to slow down and enjoy working on creating your special day. Homemade wedding favors allow you to get hands on, and regardless of your abi

Candle Wedding Favors – The Romantic Favor

Candle wedding favors are a wonderful gift to share with your guests in commemoration of your special event. Evoking all that is romantic about marriage, candle wedding favors are the perfect way to rekindle all the feelings of joy and togetherness that was celebrated on your special day. Perhaps your candle wedding favors may even be responsible for creating a new romantic moment for your guests! Candles have long been an important part of the wedding ceremony, and wedding favor candles are a special way to extend the togetherness they represent to your guests. Many ceremonies include the lighting of one candle by two, symbolizing the union between the newlywed couple. Candle wedding favors will remind your guests of this special moment long after the day itself has passed. As wedding favors candles are the most romantic choice. Whether your guests are happily married or on the look out for love, what better way to invite the sense of romance that you and your spouse share into th

Wedding Planners

We will have a vendor's table at the Association of Bridal Consultants Virginia State meeting this Saturday, February 5, 2011 in Reston, VA.  Anyone interested in becoming a certified Wedding Planner, Bridal Consultant of just want to learn about the biz, can contact me for more info!  Of course, visit our site for your valentine favors at !

Wedding Budget Tip

Double your wedding favors as place card holders.  Check out our unique place card holders/favors at:

Kate Aspen's 2011 Wedding Favor Collection and Bridesmaid Gifts

Have you been wondering what type of products we offer or what you can do with them?  Take a look at out Youtbe video for a small taste of our collection.

Wedding Dress Shopping: Buyers Beware

We want to make sure that brides are getting the wedding dress of their dreams, not a cheap imitation. To avoid nuptial nightmares and make the most of your gown-shopping experience, we suggest brushing up on some buying basics. Do: Bargain Hunt Keep an eye out for sample sales. Browse websites for listings and ask salons in your area about getting on their mailing list. Already found the dress of your dreams? Don't rely on a deal on eBay to save you from paying the full price. You must be a wise and flexible shopper to find what you want for a price you like. Changing gown fabrics is a better way to save and the difference can be significant (sometimes $1,000 or more). Don't: Rule Out Online Shopping Online retailers like J.Crew and Ann Taylor make dress shopping a cinch. Gowns fit true to size, you can make quick returns or exchanges, and you can even have dresses delivered in under a week (though we still suggest getting the gown at least three months in adva

My Find of the Day!

Ladies, I found what may be the new revolution in nail polish.  Incoco claims to be the answer to the spills & smears of messy nail polish bottles.  These self-stick 100% nail polish strips are applied directly to the nails with ease and no mess.  It's a base coat, a color coat and a top coat nail polish all in one.  The company claims that the polish will last 14 days. So anyone who knows me, knows that I am thrifty and all about do-it-yourself and saving money - just check out the size of my coupon wallet.  So I decided to test the product out.  The lady at the kiosk grabbed my attention and this time I was swayed because I have heard of the product before but never seen it. She showed me how to apply the product and I was a little skeptical because I'm not very good with D-I-Y.  You would know if you've seen me wearing my self-applied eyelashes. lol.  All you do is find the "sticker" that fits your nail size, remove the film cover and the backing, and

Happy New Year - From  would like to wish all of our clients a Happy New Year!  We hope your had a great 2010.  2011 starts a fresh new year, let's work together to make this a fun, stylish, party-filled year EVER!  Start your year off by ordering your themed event party favors at . Janice Mayo Founder and CEO