DIY: Ombre Paper Table runner

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Looking for a fun + festive table runner for your holiday dinner? I’m loving this easy to create ombre paper table runner from Smitten on Paper. It could really work for any event or party – it all depends on the colors you pick, so be creative!

For our table runner, we measured out how many 3 in circles we would need for the length of our table. Since everyone has preferred taste and different sized tables, the circles can be any size as long as you have enough to fit the length of your table. For our table , we needed (25) 3 inch circles. We wanted the ombre affect to be bright, modern and bold, so we picked cranberry, tangelo, kraft, and cement colored circles.

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Supplies:
• (25) 3 inch card-stock paper circles (either hand-cut or bought here)
• glue gun

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Steps:
1. Take the first circle and apply a dot of glue at the edge using your glue gun.
2. Adhere another circle to the previous circle and apply a dot of glue to that one as well.
3. Taking the third circle, stick it to the previous circle and apply glue.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 with all the colored circles until you’ve reached the desired length of your table.
5. Now that you have all your circle strips, you may begin gluing them together.
6. The key to the ombre effect is to have the lightest color at the top and the darkest at the bottom.
7. Begin layering your mid tones.
8. Lightest at the top and voila!

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The bold bright colors really make any holiday table setting pop!

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And remember, we love seeing our readers take on our DIY projects, so be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

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Boho-Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

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The holidays are just around the corner, so we thought it would be fun to share some unique inspiration for throwing a boho-glam holiday party! I love how the talented east coast-based artists behind this gorgeous shoot infused the setting with lots festive, holiday details, while also retaining an heir of cultivated sophistication. By using an eclectic mix of free-spirited elements and edgy, radiant details they were able to perfectly transform what we traditionally think of as boho-glam, and craft a soiree that is sure to inspire all you party-throwers looking for a few fresh ideas! Here’s a bit more from Rebekah Pillmore, the lovely lady behind these pretty images:

The bold color palette of poppy red, deep teal and plenty of gold creates the perfect blend of elegance and welcoming holiday warmth. Add in rich visual textures, delicious cocktails, and the laughter of good friends and you have the perfect recipe for an unforgettable evening.

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Event designer, Lindsay Rae, prop styled the shoot + created the beautiful floral arrangements. The untamed feel to the florals and gilded leaves added the perfect dose of color + texture and just the right amount of holiday cheer.

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Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate
2 cups whole milk
1 cinnamon stick, plus more for garnish
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ounces sweet Mexican chocolate, chopped (Taza brand recommended)
2 ounces Patrón XO Café
Heat milk, cinnamon stick, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan, whisking until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the cinnamon stick to infuse the milk for 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.

Rewarm the milk and when steaming, whisk in the chopped chocolate until melted. Add Patrón XO Café. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick garnish. Add a pinch of ancho chile powder, if desired.

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And we love these cocktail glasses which you can find in The GWS Shop! Perfect for the Hibiscus Royale.

Hibiscus Royale
Hibiscus Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 hibiscus-raspberry teabags
Champagne or sparkling wine

Dissolve sugar in water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, add tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and chill.

Add a few tablespoons of hibiscus simple syrup to champagne. Garnish with raspberries or a lemon twist.

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One of the team’s main goals was to take traditional holiday elements and re-work them to create unique + inspired styling ideas. I absolutely adore the “Christmas teepee”, fashioned from vintage lace curtains, which acts as an updated version of a Christmas tree! And the kraft-wrapped presents decorated with gold paint is another sweet touch!

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Frieda & Nellie’s unique jewelry is hand crafted to seamlessly blend old + new. Vintage jewels from the 1920’s-1970’s are added to bold and colorful friendship bracelets to create the ultimate statement piece. Majorly love them!!

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Thanks so much to the talented group of creatives below for sharing this lovely holiday party inspiration with us today! Are any of you throwing a holiday bash this year? And if so, will you be incorporating any ideas from this shoot? Do tell!

photography: Pill Photography {Rebekah Pillmore} // personal stylist: Being Elliott // makeup: Book Your Look // culinary: Clare Langan // jewelry: Frieda & Nellie // event designer: Lindsay Rae Design // event planner: Lindsey Brunk // other location: Patina Vintage Rentals // calligrapher: Rectrix Writers // veils + headpieces: Sasha Samuel

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Cultural Three-Day Wedding Celebration: Sarah + Ruch

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Sarah’s dad is Thai, her mom is American, and Ruch’s parents are Indian. So, when they started planning for their wedding, they knew they had a lot of cultures + traditions to honor, and they decided to throw the celebration of a lifetime…which lasted three incredible days + was filled with enlightening customs and inspirational details. It was important to the couple to have lots of time to spend with family + friends and to honor much of what makes them who they are together. I’d say they did all that + more! Here’s a bit more about the day from the bride:

Thursday was the Thai ceremony at a Thai temple that my Dad has been involved in for over 30 years. Friday was a Hindu ceremony that honored all the main traditions, including a Hindu priest and white horse. Saturday was an “American” ceremony that was officiated by our dear friends. The main theme was that each ceremony was personal and honored the rich diversity of our parents backgrounds. Beyond that, we wanted the three days to be a carefree vacation for and with the people we love most in the world. And it was! The energy and love was overwhelming, and everyone laughed and partied the whole time, regardless of age and culture.

Thanks so much to Paige Jones for sharing Sarah + Ruch’s gorgeous day with us + big congrats to the happy couple! :)

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Totally adore Sarah’s gorgeous henna!

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Their indian ceremony looks like it was filled with so much love + beautiful tradition…

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And I’m in major love with the floral + ribbon ceremony backdrop they created for their American celebration!

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Processional: VCR – The XX

Recessional: Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

First Dance: Dreamlover – Mariah Carey

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Sarah chose a super pretty Ivy and Aster gown + Ruch kept it dapper in a gray Hugo Boss suit…

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So many to count! There were 3 days worth. For Friday, the karaoke after-party was epic. Almost everyone got involved, and much spontaneous dancing occurred. For Saturday, hearing our best friends tell stories about life and marriage while they officiated our wedding is something we'll never forget. And then dancing that night to Indian, Thai, and American pop music brought everyone together. And I will always remember dancing to Frank Sinatra with my Dad.

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We really, really, really, want to give a special shout out to Paige, our photographer. She and her husband Keith added so much warmth and joy to our wedding, and they were always going above and beyond their call of duty to get the best pictures and mesh with our family and friends. We absolutely love our pictures, and the level of fun and professionalism they brought to our weekend cannot be overstated.

Umm, be organized. :) Send lots of email updates to family and friends. Let them get excited for you if you're freaking out about money!

photography: Paige Jones // venue: Dawn Ranch Lodge Guerneville, California // event planner: Elizabeth Clayton at Lowe House Creative // florals: Natalie Marvin at Belle Flower // wedding dress: Ivy and Aster // groom’s suit: Hugo Boss // hair + makeup: Marisa Perel

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