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8 Easy Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

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Hello + Happy 4th of July! So, you’re supposed to go to Aunt So-and-So’s BBQ this afternoon and “bring a dish to pass”, but you just now realized you’ve got zip? Fear not. In this post, we’ve rounded up eight festive, totally easy last-minute 4th of July desserts. So, grab a cup of coffee, wakey wakey, and get ready for an explosion of deliciousness just in time for the 4th. With each of these, it’s just a quick hop to the store + a quick whip-up in the kitchen. Of course, #1 looks the hardest of all, but it is dubbed ‘easy’ sparkler cake. So, it’s gotta be, right? Regardless, we’ll save your bbq. And you’ll save some face. Enjoy!

Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

1. Easy 4th of July Sparkler Cake

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22 Christmas Wedding Ideas: Red & Green

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We love to hear from you, especially when there’s a wedding planning question you need answered. Here’s a new question we received from bride-to-be, Kayleigh. She writes, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning a Christmas wedding but I’m worried it will look more like a Christmas party. Do you have any Christmas wedding ideas or pointers?” When planning your Christmas themed wedding, the goal is to achieve a festive look with emphasis on elegance. You can use red and green in your decor, but use the combination sparingly. For instance, a little red and green in your bouquet or your boutonnieres is great, but you don’t need to use the color combination on every hand-picked piece. To show you what we mean, we’ve rounded up twenty-two of our favorite Christmas wedding ideas in red and green. We’ve rounded up stunning wedding invitations, tasty treats, accessories, gift ideas, and more for the merrily wed couple. And, I promise these picks are perfectly elegant. Read on to find out more…

Christmas Wedding Ideas

Oh, and P.S. mistletoe is a must. Hang it above your photo booth for impromptu snapshots and use it in one of your wedding portraits.

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Wedding Party Bags for the Holidays

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Hi, loves! So… Thanksgiving is less than a week away, temps are dropping over the weekend (maybe even a dusting of snow?) and I’m getting more and more antsy to turn on Christmas music on full blast. All day. With this version of Santa Baby on repeat. Ah, the holiday season: the time for Christmas themed wedding ideas, sequined accessories, delicious desserts, hot cocoa, chic cocktails (+ mocktails), and glamorous gifts for loved ones. Speaking of… I was browsing Emma Gordon London recently and couldn’t help but ooh and aah over the chic + sparkly wedding party bags in her collection. These make excellent wedding party bags for the holiday especially, with gold sequin, sparkly cobalt blue, and glittery black bags available. If you’re planning a holiday wedding — or your bridesmaids are wearing little black bridesmaid dresses — consider these party bags for their wedding gift. After all, it’s a gift they can use for the wedding day… and beyond. PLUS, we’re in the gift-giving spirit ourselves, so read on to see how you can win a little something for your stocking! Enjoy!

7 Stylish Wedding Party Bags for the Holidays

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Newlywed Holiday Cards: “Be Merry + Married”

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Have a holly, jolly… wait, it’s too early for Christmas music. It’s only November 1st and I, for one, am still eating pumpkin seeds and Halloween candy. Today on Twitter, we sparked a little friendly debate on when is too early to listen to Christmas music (this is one of my favorite albums). I love the holidays like the next person, but Thanksgiving should be given its full glory before Santa rolls out his red carpet. My vote: Christmas music after Thanksgiving — or at least after November 25th. (On Twitter, many of you agreed — what do you think? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.) Anyways… Christmas music is one thing; the holiday card is another. If you want custom holiday cards printed, you’ll need to order them now to ensure delivery. Since we’re feeling in the early-Christmas mood, we’re helping you with a pretty giveaway by Smitten on Paper. Is there a cuter way to announce your first holiday season together as newlyweds?

Newlywed Holiday Cards:  Be Merry + Married

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4th Annual Holiday Giveaway Palooza! – Day 1

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Hello, loves! Merry Christmas Eve! Yesterday, all I could think about was how it was already Christmas Eve Eve (or, as my sister likes to call it, “the day before the day before Christmas” which has a nice ring to it). The holidays sure do sneak up quickly! Every Monday at Emmaline Bride, we kick off a brand new handmade giveaway; we thought today was an awesome opportunity to showcase the last official giveaway of 2012 and launch our 4th Annual Holiday Giveaway Palooza! This giveaway series is unique: each day, visit Emmaline Bride to view the day’s new prizes (by a few lovely Featured Artisans from The Marketplace) and enter for your chance to win. Each day is a new chance to win… and this year, the prizes are BIGGER + better than ever! So… grab a huge cup of morning coffee, snuggle into some slippers, and read on for YOUR chance to win handmade goodies for yourself or a friend! Enjoy!

NOTE: This giveaway is closed (ended 11:59pm EST Dec. 24th). The winners are Stacey G, Kelly Anne, and Monica! Please check your inbox on how to claim your prize.

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30 Fun (+ Stylish!) Halloween Wedding Ideas

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Hello, loves, and Happy Friday! Today we’re highlighting a unique yet memorable wedding theme: the Halloween wedding. If you’re a couple who dreams of a fall wedding, brisk temps, an orange-and-black color palette, and a little Halloween spirit, this is the wedding theme for you! Read on to see thirty of our favorite hand-picked finds for a fun – yet stylish – Halloween wedding theme. Enjoy!

Halloween Wedding Ideas

1. Mr. and Mrs. (Frankenstein + His Bride) Mugs

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Merry Christmas 2011

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Merry Christmas from the team at Emmaline Bride! We hope your holiday weekend is filled with joy, happiness, and peace. May the best gift you are given this year be time spent laughing with family and friends. We love you all!

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We’ll be taking a break this weekend to enjoy the holiday but we’ll be back next week with plenty of handmade inspiration to send your way! On Monday, we’re kicking off a HUGE holiday giveaway with tons of prizes to be awarded to our readers… so, stay tuned! To receive the giveaway information straight to your inbox, sign up for FREE updates.

And… speaking of giveaways, we’re pleased to kick off the holiday for one lucky reader as we announce the winner of last week’s earring giveaway sponsored by Andrea Bonelli Jewelry. And, the winner is… #37 – Melissa! Congratulations! Check your inbox for details on how to claim your prize.

Enjoy the weekend! See you Monday!

-THE EMMALINE BRIDE TEAM


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12 Brilliant Ways to Wrap with Kraft Paper

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Wrapping gifts – whether it be for the holidays, birthdays, or wedding favors and gifts – is more than just patterned paper and a roll of Scotch tape. The holidays are fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for wrapped paper and tape by the case. What if this year you pledged to take a more handmade approach? With just a few items like kraft paper, ribbon, and other embellishments (lace, doilies, burlap, fabric, and more) you can turn an ordinary gift into one that packs a delightfully charming punch. Today, we’re showcasing twelve of our favorite ways to wrap with kraft paper while playing with color and adding personalized, artistic touches. Whether you wrap with kraft paper for the holidays, for wedding favors, bridal party gifts, birthdays, or just because, you can be assured the gift recipient will take notice and appreciate you going that extra handmade mile.

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