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Personalizing a DIY Wedding Invitation

December 6, 2009

My sister’s wedding weekend is officially over. We managed to pull it together in less than three months and for less than $5,000. Although, the savings were huge, we did not skimp on the chic details.

Let’s start with the invitations. We went back and forth. We thought about designing our own, we searched etsy and found some beautiful designs, and we even thought about using a local printer. In the end, we went with a classic diy kit from Joann’s. Not only was it classic, and elegant, but we also had a coupon for 40% off. Luckily for us, this wedding was small. (But print out a few coupons, make a few trips, and you could save big!)

Note: The invitations we used were slightly different. It’s always important to go to the stores. They always have more options than you will see online.

Now for my brides that scoff the idea of having such a generic invitation for such a grand event as your wedding, let me give you my best tip on dressing up a basic invitation. Nothing says personal like your a wedding monogram. It sets the tone for the event, and it’s a simple way to add consistency. We went with a digital monogram from Etsy. She created the digital logo for only 6.00! We used this logo on the programs for the Engagement dinner, the wedding programs, menu cards and other touches that helped create a cohesive link to this wedding. You could also purchase a Monogram Stamp from your local print shop or

Ten tips to make your invitations set the town, for a fabulous wedding.

1. Take your time. If your rush it will show.
2. Make sure your hands are clean. Sounds simple enough, right.
3. Use glue dots. I know its tempting to bust out your kid’s Elmer’s School Glue, but trust me…You will see the difference.
4. If you don’t have beautiful penmanship, save yourself and your guests by using mailing labels.
5. Make sure you include postage on your RSVPs.
6. Make sure your postage is pretty. The post office has pretty postage. Also check out
7. Make sure you include your return address!
8. Make sure you have enough postage on your invitations.
9. If you are having a small wedding, don’t feel bad about emphasizing the importance of RSVPs and adhering to the number of guests invited.
10. Check out this post about wedding invitation etiquette and basics.

Next wedding post, I’ll talk about the details…and when to splurge.


Chick Recipe: Engagement Chicken

November 15, 2009

So, this is not an original post. An engaged friend sent me this article from Glamour. If you try it and it works, let me this chick know!

First comes chicken, then comes marriage? Be skeptical if you must, but this recipe may be charmed. It all began 26 years ago, when then-Glamour fashion editor Kim Bonnell gave the recipe to her assistant, Kathy Suder, who made the chicken for her boyfriend, who, a month later, asked her to marry him. “It’s a meal your wife would make. It got me thinking,” says Jon Suder, who now has three children with Kathy. Details of the simple dish passed from assistant to assistant like a culinary chain letter. When Bonnell heard that her recipe had inspired three weddings, she dubbed it Engagement Chicken. Try the recipe, give it to a friend–oh, and let us know when it works!

Engagement chicken
Serves 2 to 3

1 whole chicken (approx. 3 lb.)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Kosher or sea salt
Ground black pepper
2 lemons, plus 1 for garnish
Fresh herbs for garnish

Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 400°F. Remove giblets, wash chicken inside and out with cold water, then let it drain, cavity down, in a colander until it reaches room temperature (about 15 minutes). Pat dry with paper towels. Pour lemon juice all over the chicken (inside and outside). Season with salt and pepper. Prick two whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity. (Tip: If lemons are hard, roll on countertop with your palm to get juices flowing.) Place bird breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350°F and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn it breast-side up (use wooden spoons!); return it to oven for 35 minutes more. Test for doneness–a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh should read 180°F, or juices should run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork. Continue baking if necessary. Let chicken cool for a few minutes before carving. Serve with juices. Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon.


Chick Links 11/04/09

November 4, 2009

Ten Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

Real Wedding, Fall Themed

An American Idol Wedding

DIY Centerpieces

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

November 3, 2009

My friend Shawanda is a personal finance blogger. Her blog is You Have More Than You Think. She has been ragging me about not updating my blog. I have a million posts in my head, but oops I forget to put them on paper. So I’m thanking her in advance for inspiring this post. Follow her on twitter (@theycallmecheap) or read her column on Savvy Saving Sister on

So here is a recap of a few things that I’ve been up to last month. Hopefully they will materialize into more substantial posts sooner rather than later.

1. Trip to DC – Lots of Pictures to share. I loved visiting DC. Everyone has their own sense of style. My favorite part of this trip was a toss up between visiting Eastern Market and the Lincoln Memorial. Eastern Market is like a chic farmers market, full of fresh food, and local artisans with some really eclectic items. We bought beautifully knitted , jewelry, and yummy calorie-free donuts.

2. My sister is getting married!- Which means she has been putting me to work. I look forward to sharing a blog post on how everything turns out. The colors are chocolate and rust. I worked with Gerri-Ann with Ardesign to design her bouquet. It should be in the mail this week.

3.I am the room mom for my kid’s class. On friday, we had a “Where the Wild Things Are” Party. I got some inspiration from all over the web. One of the things we made were monster puppets.

So the The Hostess Chick has been busy, making the world a prettier place. If you want to share you party pics or crafts or something nifty on the web send me an email at or find me on twitter @thehostesschick.

Back to School

August 23, 2009

Tomorrow, my baby is going to Kindergarten. When I tell folks this, the first thing they say is aww. Do you think you are going to cry? Of course, I’m going to cry.

But this morning, I got excited and said maybe we’ll have a PARTY!!! The last few months have been shaky. Things are finally starting to calm down and what better way to celebrate a storm passing than with a party. I am still unpacking, but I have moved into a new place and the layout is to die for.

My initial thought was to have a housewarming party, now I’m thinking two parties, one for me and one for the boy. I’m still brainstorming a theme for my party, but for Todd, a Back to School theme is perfect.


  • Everything is on sale. Always use that to your advantage when planning a themed party. (If you want to have a Christmas in July party buy your decorations in January.)
  • It will keep him and his friends excited about school.
  • New party theme, can you say YAY!

I’ll let you know what I come up with, but here are some ideas I found all over the web!

merry B events

A Southern Accent

Party Wishes

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Just like Mama Used To Make

August 16, 2009

I have a girlfriend, who comes from a long line of cheerleaders. Her precious daughter has now picked up the family pom poms, and we have been googling the net for the coolest competition out fit that you could find…on a budget.

One of her ideas is for the girls to wear the ultra cool Arm Warmers. My sister was a dancer so i remember her and all of the other Flash dancers of the 80s rocking them. Well they have made a come back in the most fashionable way.

In my head I’m the craftiest chic on the block. In my reality, I’m a blogger. Check out these arm warmers that are available for purchase.

Jillian’s Drawers
Baby Legs
The Chick Shop
Sock Dreams

If you are feeling adventurious, check out this site and try to make your own. Send me a picture of your finished product at

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Real Parties 08/10/09

August 11, 2009

Two Cutie Patootie parties, I stumbled across on the web.

Fairyland Birthday Party

Mad Hatter Party