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Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won’t you please, please help me!

(Written by the Beatles for all the Brides and MOB’s working together to make wedding decisions.)


Seriously, we are having such a difficult time making decisions. Not just the petty little ones but even the BIG ones like-WHEN TO GET MARRIED?

I mentioned in my last post that Kiersten and Eric decided to put off their wedding until the Fall semester of school was completed. So that means I have until December or January to pull it all together. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 But even with more time for decision making I still fear that the ideas we’ve come up with may end up looking “tacky”. So let me share some of these ideas with you…

Here are some “THEMES”  that have been considered with most being quickly rejected!

We are certain that there will be no wedding themes for Kiersten and Eric involving PIRATES-even though he says “AARRRRGH” quite a bit. 


 And STAR WARS is out as well- even though Kiersten’s hair would look great in the Princess Leah ear buns. There’s too much costuming involved.


And now that the October date has changed this CEMETARY theme won’t work. (Combined with Halloween decor, this could have been stunning!)


And our wedding ATTIRE and DECOR considerations: 

  Kiersten will not be wearing a fur muff “veil” or long stockings…but the “something blue” shoes might work.


And since I hate the current HAT trend there’s no way I’m letting Kiersten wear this-even if it’s using things found in her Grandmother’s craft closet. (Something Old?)


 However-we are still in negotiations about the  “large clevage and larger crown”  look but only if  Keighley is willing to dress in peach and wear a hat.


 And even though Eric loves India as much as (if not more than) Kiersten he will NOT get to wear this special outfit he brought home from his mission.


But now that the wedding’s in December/January we thought this FUR look might work-but the hat is out since he’d be close to 7 feet tall with it on! The cane is still in.


And even with some of the groomsmen having to give up their hunting trips to be at the wedding-we will not allow them to wear their “camo” tuxes. They aren’t Kiersten’s colors.


Unbeknownst  to Kiersten, Cammie  and Keighley “secretly” tried  on these TuTu’s and fell in love with the fact that they made their legs look FAB. I vetoed them before Kiersten found out and had another meltdown.


One day, in a moment of fiscal responsibility, we considered fore-going the usual flowers for balloons with hearts tied on the end of the string. 

We even thought about keeping the strings a little longer so our guests could POP them throughout the evening thus eliminating the need for a DJ as well. 


I have to give it to Kiersten- She came up with the paper cup candle holders for our table decors but I already had my heart set on…


The Ostrich feather and blue neon napkins look! But since they wouldn’t work together we decided to eliminate both ideas.


Now for the fabulous CAKE ideas!

We thought that this was such a clever idea: Every Hostess treat known to man made into a wedding cake. If we get them at the “day old store” we can cut our wedding costs even more. Anyone know where the Hostess discount store is?


Although at first glance I thought this  princess carriage idea would be too expensive I soon realized that it could serve a dual purpose-the wedding cake station as well as the limo that takes Eric and Kiersten away. Kiersten loved the idea. Eric vetoed  getting into something so “feminine”. 


The wedding cake that lasts forever-No need to worry about how it would hold up for their 1st anniversary. But I don’t know how to croquet and Kiersten doesn’t have time. Oh well…


 Now this idea might work-a wedding cake that looks exactly like…



Does anyone out there know a good wedding cake company specializing in life sized bride cakes?


And finally…THE BOUQUET

“NO” to the candle bouquet even tho it’s great for a Christmas wedding and kid safe since the candle is battery operated.


And “NO” to butterflies and feathers (in a GINORMOUS bouquet) since they are out of season in December (sorry Kiersten).


But this may be a “YES” -if Kiersten will consider the idea of using Christmas ornaments for her bouquet. And if she weds after the holidays all Christmas items go to 1/2 price-what a great way to save.


And this idea for a bouquet is certainly “new”-the twisted metal and crystals look. It lasts a lifetime (like the croqueted wedding cake). But it had already SOLD on Etsy. DARN!

Finally-I can say with great confidence that some decisions are for certain:

  1. Kiersten loves Eric.
  2. Eric loves Kiersten.
  3. They are getting married-SOMEDAY
  4. I’m so glad that’s been decided!

Until next time-when I seriously show you some of our ideas.

Happy Decision Making!


  • August 19, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    Marta Strzinek - Deb,

    I think all the accusations of drug distribution by the hypochondriac,lack of sleep, flipping through too many magazines and overwork trying to figure out “how to plan a better wedding than those I have already orchestrated for my other daughters” is absolutely melting your brain!
    Pop a Xanax, honey, have a diet coke and put your feet up… You have a few months respite!!!

    Happy planning :)


  • August 19, 2009 - 11:03 pm

    Lori - Oh my goodness! i cant believe some of the themes you have put up there, people are actually that insane to go ahead and do wild things like that on their wedding day, a day they will remember for the rest of their lives and they go and mess it up with the star wars theme… that should be saved for another celebration like a 30th birthday or something?

    It sounds like it must be PreTTy stresseful for everyone with the planning of the wedding but i think when it comes to themes it should be a simple and classical as possible and i mean no cakes looking like the bride… a little OTT if you ask me?

    Good luck i can tell you’re going to have a lot of fun with the organising!

    Take care!


    Lady Sunflower

  • August 19, 2009 - 11:14 pm

    debbie - Thanks for the suggestions! I’m leaving town as well. Nothing like a little R&R to get some perspective…Deb

  • August 20, 2009 - 10:28 am

    camberley - Lori-

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. It simple…yet so chic. How long have you been blogging?


  • August 20, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Jamie - Trey will be brutally disappointed to know the Star War wedding them is out. He was so ready to be a part of them. Those were hilarious.

  • August 21, 2009 - 11:57 am

    debbie - Kiersten doesn’t mind if Trey comes dressed as a Jedi warrior as long as it fits in with our color scheme. Debs


I have a couple of healthy watermelon popsicle recipes to share today.  Both of these recipes are simple and refreshing.  If you don’t have a popsicle mold, I recommend you buy one on Amazon or stop by your local Super Target/Walmart.



Watermelon Popsicles (with Orange Juice)

Courtesy of Healthy Kids Snacks
  • 1  Cup cubed watermelon (seeds removed)
  • 1  Cup orange juice
  • 1 Cup water
  • Popsicle molds OR 3 ounce cups and craft sticks

 Put melon in a blender or food processor and blend well.  Strain watermelon juice through a mesh strainer into a bowel.  Add orange juice and water to the bowl.  Stir well. 

 Pour into Popsicle molds (or 3 ounce cups with craft sticks).  Freeze well and serve.

 (makes approximately 6-8 Popsicles)


Watermelon-Strawberry Popsicles

Courtest of One Amazing Co-worker _______


  • 3 Cups cubed watermelon (seeds removed)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups on strawberries (washed and de-stemmed)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar (optional)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons lime juice (or to taste)
  • Popsicle molds OR 3 ounce cups and craft sticks 

Put melon in a blender or food processor and blend well.  Strain watermelon juice through a mesh strainer into a bowel.  

Now place strawberries in blender.  Blend well.  Pour strawberry mixture into bowl with watermelon.  Now add, sugar and lime juice.  Stir well.

Pour into popsicle molds (or 3 ounce cups with craft sticks).  Freeze well and serve.

 (makes approximately 6-8 popsicles)


Stay Cool,


Finding the perfect  furniture for your foyer is a BIG DEAL since it generally becomes the focal point. It’s important to take into consideration the size and layout of your foyer since it will determine the size and placement of any furniture.

Will you only be able to add a side table or cabinet since your area is small?

Or is it possible to have a larger table in the middle of the foyer?


Here’s some furniture ideas for your foyer:














Make sure that the furniture you place in your foyer is positioned so that it becomes the focal point-especially as you walk into your house. Allow enough room for the door clearance as well as for a people to enter comfortably.

Happy Decorating!