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DIY Table Numbers and Drink Tags

I'm back from a great weekend in Dallas where I experienced my first taste of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and did some much needed shopping, snatching up some great new pieces for my fall wardrobe.  A good time was had by all, but now it's back to reality...which, for me, means back to creativity!  And boy have I found some things to share with you.

While skimming through one of my favorite wedding blogs, I stumbled upon some delightful finds.  

Yes, even though I've been married for almost 5 months now, I still stalk many a wedding blog, and I think you should too.   The truth is, I am greatly obsessed with weddings and all of the beauty and love shown at them.  But I also think they are a GREAT resource for ideas when it comes to entertaining.  Think about it.  Weddings and dinner parties are very similar:

They both have guests they wish to impress.
They both serve food and drinks.
They both have decorations.
They both are an expression on you.  

So why not make them BOTH great?

Okay, now that I have convinced you to start reading wedding blogs, let's talk about what I have found for you today.

100 Layer Cake is showcasing a beautiful DIY wedding that demonstrates some adorable, creative and most importantly inexpensive ways to personalize your wedding (or party).  

Created by punching out a number on a piece of paper that is then wrapped around a glass cylinder with a candle glowing inside, these charming table numbers are sure to light up any party. And what a unique way to let people know where to sit.  Although I've seen this idea done before with tin cans (also very cute), I love that these are even more simple to make and can be drastically different depending on the color and pattern of paper you use.  If you aren't having more than one table at your event, don't fret; you can still have this look by using your last initial or fun images in place of a table number.  
These drinks also caught my eye and not just because they look so delicious.  

**Side note - I highly suggest placing all of your beverages in one area to start with (as shown here) to create a larger impact.  Repetition is so often the name of the game when it comes to great design and drinks are no different.**  

The bottles shown above are cute, but what I really love are the striped straws (Can you think of a cheaper way to make such a bold statement?) and personalized name tags showing the guest's name and table number.  I don't care if you're 5 or 50; everyone loves to see their name on something.  So why not honor your guests with a personalized drink tag?  And if you're unsure of what everyone will be drinking, you can still create some personalization by sandwiching a straw between two printed labels (round or rectangle) with each guest's name for them to place in their own beverage.  Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they'll also help people keep track of their drinks!

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