Chinese New Year Decorations

Chinese New Year is one of my favorite holidays! When I lived in Hong Kong, I loved going to the huge New Year flower markets, visiting family, and eating all the delicious food my mom and aunties made!

Since I don't have family in SF, I decorate my home festively to get my in the CNY spirit!

Here are some decoration ideas with a modern twist. Full disclaimer these are NOT traditional, but it is how I've adapted them for my home!

Photo credit: Kitchentalk.com
Created by Kelly Oshiro from Santa Barbara Wedding Chic and photographed by Halberg Photographers. Ruffled Blog

These photos inspired me to hang red packets, gold coins, mini red lanterns and yellow mums from pussy willow branches in a large glass vase. You could also use manzanita branches. So elegant!

Photo credit: Billy Ball Centerpieces shot by James Carson on Ruffled

Yellow or gold is a traditional Chinese New Year color so I have big vases of yellow flowers all over my home. My favorite flowers to use are billy balls, tulips, mums and ranunculus.



I always have a big bowl of clementines or satsumas on my coffee table for guests to enjoy during Chinese New Year. "Gum" symbolize prosperity!

Happy Chinese New Year!
- H x

Wedding Table Decoration Ideas - The Lab Event

Hi honeys! We've missed you! It's been a while since we've posted but we're back from the wonderful Holidays and ready to rumble into 2013.

We couldn't be more excited to be planning for many beautiful couples this year! To get inspired, we attended The Lab in Sonoma this past weekend. What a wonderful event! If you are a bride-to-be (or soon bride-to-be!) you should definitely plan to check it out next year.

Here are some wonderful wedding table decorations to feast your eyes on!






Happy Honey & Twine Tuesday!
- Hannah

Simple Centerpiece Tutorial

Hellloooo and Happy Tuesday! 

We recently added Diana & Jon's wedding photos to our website gallery, and wanted to share with you how their centerpieces were made. We had such a great time working with them and coming up with ideas to fit their needs and style! 

The centerpieces needed to be low and small enough so that they could be placed on lazy-susans without getting in the way of the delicious banquet. We took cues from Diana's pinterest to create these simple gray flower boxes filled with white hydrangea.




Since the couple didn't have a budget for florals, we created their bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces with silk flowers. To save on labor costs, Diana enlisted the help of her wonderful family, so we made a very simple tutorial for them of how to assemble the flower boxes:



Once the box was assembled, we added a yellow ribbon for the finishing touch. The table numbers, concepted by Honey & Twine and designed by the wonderful Karyssa Magann, were named after SF locations that held special meaning to the couple.

Here's the cost breakdown for their simple and elegant centerpiece:
Hydrangea from Michaels: $21.54 for 6 (we got them on sale – yay for Michaels' 40% off sales!)
Dusty Miller from Michaels: $5.99 per bunch. Each box uses 1/3 of a bunch, so add $2 per box
Wooden Boxes Rented from Honey & Twine: $6
Approximate Total Cost Per Centerpiece: $29.54

Depending on your priorities, there are always creative ways to be cost effective. We can't wait to share more ideas with you in the posts to come!

Stay Sweet,
Tria 
xoxo

Hanging Flower Decorations

Fall is upon us, and as leaves start to flutter down, one can't help but think of romance. There's something magical about beauty above us, so when thinking about your wedding centerpieces, think above the table as well as (or instead of) on the table. Here are a few examples of beautiful hanging floral centerpieces:












We know that letting your imagination soar is always fun, but not everyone has the budget to do large hanging centerpieces throughout the venue. If you'd like a scaled down version, consider using a hanging centerpiece to draw attention to one specific area, like the sweetheart table or cake table. 

Happy Planning!

*Photos courtesy of Ruffled, Style Me Pretty, Doltone House, Sullivan Owen, and Belle the Magazine