Monday, November 30, 2009

Make your Centerpieces...Masterpieces

Hello readers. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family...and lots of food! While I was sitting at Thanksgiving dinner, staring at my mom's vase filled with beautiful fall leaves from the yard, I began to think about alternative centerpiece ideas. As you probably know, one of the most expensive decor elements of any wedding or party is the centerpieces. In today's economy, we need to come up with creative ways to not only save money, but still have unique and dramatic decor! There are hundreds of ideas out there for alternative centerpiece ideas...and here are a few of my favorites-


Tin cans! all have them but I bet you never thought to put flowers in them? Well, check out these colorful cans used for a Mexican inspired Rehearsal dinner (source).

And for all those tea your tins to create a gorgeous display of flowers like this one from Martha Stewart.

And I absolutely LOVE this sweet and simple centerpiece that requires almost NO EFFORT! Simple peel the labels off, tie some ribbon or string around them, and they're ready for flowers!

I'm not sure what you call this...Moss Garden Butterfly centerpiece? But I love it!!!! This is such a unique idea, and will give your guests a great conversation piece. Learn how to make your own here.

Here is another trend that I am pleasantly surprised to find a lot of...Wheat! You can simply tie a bunch of wheat stalks together with a nice ribbon, and viola...instant centerpiece.

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So next time your throwing a party...think outside the vase. There are so many Do-it-Yourself projects that are easy, fun, affordable and to quote the Guinness commercial - BRILLIANT!!!!!
Till next time...

Monday, November 16, 2009

An Earth-Friendly way to Travel - All Aboard....

How about taking your honeymoon or next vacation by train? With so much beauty right here in North America...why deal with congested airports, crammed seating, sick people and airport delays, when you can just hop on a train and be on your way.

Traveling by train is one of the best ways to be green, reduce our carbon emissions, and save resources. It pollutes less than the airplane, and it is better for the environment than driving alone. And not to mention, it's kind of romantic if you ask me!

Throughout the US and Canada, there are so many gorgeous train routes that allow you to slow down and take it all in. Why not watch the leaves change colors right out your window in the northeast...

Or watch the rolling hills of vineyards pass you by in the Napa Valley...

Or breath in the mountain air as you pass by rushing rivers in the Sierras...

And for a real treat, take a train across Canada and witness some of our earth's most majestic scenery.

And with a little help from our friends at Planet Green, here are 3 scenic North American train routes that you should know:

1. The California Zephyr - This route links the Land of Lincoln with the Golden State. It zips through the Rockies, the Sierra Nevada's and across the lonely American plains.

2. The Canadian - This trip, hailed as the ultimate Canadian train experience, will take you from Toronto to Vancouver. See the Canadian prairie, scenic lake-lands and witness the Rocky Mountains. If you've seen the American Rockies and were impressed, you can be impressed by them again in a whole different country!

3. The Copper Canyon Route - Reader's Digest called this route "the most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere." Start in El Paso and end at Pacific port of Topolobampo. Gaze in awe at the Copper Canyon, a canyon larger and more coppery than the Grand One. Cross the treacherous Sierra Madre, a mountain range so dubious that building a train route through it was considered impossible. They did, however, decide at some point that it wasn't impossible.

And for comprehensive look at train vacations in your area, we like Vacations by Rail.

So for your next vacation...GET ON THE GREEN TRAIN!!!