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Monthly Mood Board for March – Featuring Greenery, the Pantone Color of the Year!

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Its official…the Pantone Color of the Year is having quite the moment. Now, if you’re not familiar with Pantone – they are a world renowned provider of color systems. They forecast color trends and inspire a multitude of industries world wide including, fashion, interior design, and special events. Many designers and planners, myself included, use Pantone colors as inspiration for their weddings and events. Every year, Pantone shares a “Color of the Year”- representing a color snapshot of what is expected to be used globally for the upcoming year. For 2017, Pantone announced – Greenery.

Greenery has been highly talked about, because of its bold “trans-seasonal” color while also having a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade”.  Honestly, I was a bit unsure whether I liked the color when it was first announced; however, it is definitely growing on me.  We’ve had a lot of rain in So Cal this winter and Pantone’s Greenery is literally popping up everywhere!  On grassy hillsides, on sprouting leaves, even in moss that grows between the pavers in my backyard!  I have come to really appreciate this shade of green which symbolizes growth and a fresh start and I think it is so perfect for spring!  What I love most, is how Pantone described the shade as the pursuit of passions and vitality. Because a wedding is so personal, it can be quite easy to include this Greenery shade into your special day, combining the passions of both the bride and groom.

Although Greenery is named the color of the year, I recommend using it somewhat cautiously – I prefer it as an accent color. Whether you plan to use it in stationery, tableware, or florals, knowing how to carefully include the color is key. Greenery was my inspiration for March’s Monthly Mood Board. I hope you enjoy seeing how versatile this color, and all shades of green can be!

Credits

Greenery down the steps via Damaris Mia Photography | Upper right bouquet via Deer Pearl Flowers | Bottom middle bouquet via 100 Layer Cake | Vibiana Bar Set up via Krista Mason Photography | Bottom Menu and Table Scape via Krista Mason Photography Published on Strictly Weddings  | Green Gown with Bouquet via Star Hansen Events | Green Goblets via Krista Mason Photography

Need an Immunity Boost?! Homemade Elderberry Syrup to the Rescue!

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Photo courtesy of The Kitchen McCabe

I woke up this morning feeling a little under the weather… not sick, just a little off.  My throat was scratchy and I felt a little more tired than usual.  I know its cold and flu season but I wanted to nip whatever might be coming on as quickly as possible!  My kids and I take elderberry syrup almost daily this time of year but I ran out a few days ago.  Waking up with this feeling, I knew I had to make up a new batch right away – not only to help me fight this sickness off but also to hopefully protect my kids from getting anything.  Elderberry syrup is an excellent immunity booster and it tastes great (which is a plus when you are trying to get your kids to take it!).  In addition to boosting your immunity, it is also said to shorten the duration of colds and the flu.  I do lots of natural remedies to keep my family as healthy as possible – especially this time of year – and I do think that elderberry syrup really helps!  We typically take a teaspoon each on a daily basis and we up it to a teaspoon two or three times a day if someone in the house is sick.  Upping the amount helps the person who is sick to recover more quickly and helps those who aren’t sick to stay healthy.

I’ve had many people ask me for my elderberry syrup recipe so I figured I’d share it here.  I use Mommypotamus‘ recipe which is listed on her website.  Check it out her site for more detailed information about the benefits of elderberries as well as lots of other wonderful natural remedies.  I typically double the recipe because between the three of us, we go through it pretty quickly and it keeps well in the fridge for a few months.  It really does taste great – my kids would drink a whole glassful if I’d let them!  I encourage you to give it a try.  It really is super easy and is a great thing to have on had when you feel something coming on!

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried elderberries (find them here) or 1 cup fresh elderberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey (I recommend using local honey)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)

Instructions

1. Add water, elderberries and cinnamon sticks (if using them) to a pot and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. This should take around 45 minutes.

3. Strain to remove berries. Allow liquid to cool to room temperature, then stir in honey.  Makes about 2 cups.  Store in the refrigerator – keeps for a few months.  NOTE: Because this recipe contains honey, it should not be used in children under the age of one.

I am obviously not a photographer but here are a few pics I took of the ingredients and the finished product   – Star

Gorgeous Wedding Chair Decor Ideas

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Photo courtesy of Maui’s Angels Weddings

There are so many gorgeous chair options for weddings and special events.  From cozy upholstered armchairs, to ghost chairs, to wooden vineyard chairs, to classic chivari chairs – there is something for every style and budget.  Lately, I have been so inspired by chair embellishments.  Chairs are a necessity at weddings, so why not spruce them up a bit?!  Chair decor is a trend that has been going strong for quite some time, and its easy to see why.  This unexpected design element can truly transform a simple chair into something magnificent.  Not every chair in the venue needs to be decorated, depending on your style and budget, you may prefer to embellish only the Bride and Groom’s chairs.  Whether you choose to embellish a few key chairs or all guest chairs, you can’t go wrong with a bit of chair swag!  The possibilities for chair decor are endless, below are a few of my favorites!

Adding signage is a playful way to make the couple’s chairs stand out at a wedding.

Left side: Top image from Glamour & Grace, middle image from Nouba, bottom image from Etsy shop Letters to You.
Right side: Top image from Swooned Magazine, bottom image from Ruffled.

I love the whimsical feel that is added when a chair is adorned with beautiful blooms!

Left image from Style Me Pretty.  Middle image from Ruffled.  Right image from Style Me Pretty.

Fabric draped chairs ooze glamour and romance!

Left image from Style Me Pretty.  Middle image from Mod Wedding.  Right image from Wedding Chicks.

And when you want to add a little bling, one of these chair embellishments might be just the thing!

Left image from Story Board Wedding.  Middle image from Style Me Pretty.  Right image from Wedding Chicks.