Free Summer Party Printables! | Spectacular Summer Blog Hop #1

It looks like summer may finally have arrived here in Quebec (we’ve had a few little teasers, but today is looking glorious and sunny!). I am inspired to really get going on my summer blog projects, and I’m excited to be teaming up with some of my blogging friends to bring you inspiration all summer long as part of the Spectacular Summer Blog Hop. 

Throughout June, July, and August, I’ll be one of 12 bloggers participating in a weekly blog hop, all about summery party ideas, recipes, crafts, and decor. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll take turns sharing our summer projects, so be sure to check back twice a week for teasers to each participant’s post. 

Spectacular Summer Blog Hop | Check in twice weekly for all of June, July, and August 2017 for awesome summery inspiration from 12 great bloggers

This is all organized by Leslie from Playdates to Parties, and she is kicking off the hop with some charming and FREE summer party printables. I don’t know about you, but I’m planning to snag some of these sweet printable banners, labels, and cards to use for some of the parties we have planned for this summer. (For those of you who I’m meeting for the first time today, July is very much like Christmas in our family: there’s a birthday or anniversary at least twice a week!) 

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DIY Silk Floral Hair Comb | DIY Hair Accessories

DIY Silk Floral Accessory Ensemble | Silk Thistle Boutonniere | Silk Gardenia Corsage and Hair Comb | DIY Silk Floral Hair Comb | DIY Hair Accessories | DIY Wedding Comb

They say that the first step towards progress is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, I’m Sarah and I LOVE flowers. Flowers of all kinds! The more, the brighter, the ruffly-er, the better! But I definitely don’t have any plans to ditch this particular addiction; so, when I heard about Afloral‘s gorgeous silk blooms I saw an opportunity to expand my knowledge of flowers past fresh-cut. At first I was unsure of what the outcome would be… when you say “silk flowers”, what often springs to mind are dusty, faded, hotel lobby arrangements.  I am so happy to report that Afloral’s flowers are NOTHING like that! Let me show you how I used them to create romantic, garden-style DIY hair accessories and wedding details. 

The silk flowers used in this post were generously provided by Afloral. All opinions remain my own. For more information on sponsored posts, please see my policies. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Flourish & Knot possible!

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Doing Your Own Wedding Flowers (Without Tears!)

Doing Your Own Wedding Flowers | DIY Wedding Flowers | How to do your own wedding or event flowers without tears

“I want to do my own wedding flowers.” *A hush falls over the crowd. The trepidation and doubt are palpable. Will she prevail or will she fold like a garage sale card table?*

YES YOU CAN! (And without tears or tantrums!)

Doing your own wedding flowers IS possible and can even be enjoyable. (An enjoyable wedding DIY? Say whaaat?) No really, I promise that with a bit of preparation and planning, you can get a beautiful floral look for your wedding or special event on a more reasonable budget. 

I want to take a moment and say that DIYing floral arrangements and bouquets is not necessarily for everyone – and that’s ok! There’s no shame in seeking a professional’s services if you’re completely overwhelmed by the thought of arranging your own flowers. I am in no way diminishing the job that a professional florist does! 🙂 I’m just here to share some tips and to provide you with a most cost-effective alternative. (And working with flowers can be SUPER therapeutic during event planning craziness.) But if you are considering (even just maybe) doing your own floral arrangements, read on!

So here we go. My top 5 tips for doing your own wedding flowers (or special event flowers) without losing your mind, having a meltdown, or calling off your event.

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