Dec
22nd

How to Keep Your Guests Warm and Cosy at Your Wedding

Holding a winter wedding can be a wonderful experience for the bride and groom, but sometimes it can be really difficult for your guests. Especially if you’re having your ceremony or reception outdoors, you don’t want your guests turning into ice statues! Here are a few tips for you that will help keep your guests comfortable, cozy and warm. I know Frozen is all the craze at the moment but lets be honest, you don’t want your guests to be frozen on your wedding day. There’s nothing worse than your guests not enjoying themselves because it’s too cold! So we’ve rounded up some ideas on how you can keep your guests warm and cosy on your special day so all they need to worry about are their sore feet from all the dancing!

Warm Delicious Drinks

One of the easiest ways to warm up cold guests is with a nice hot drink during your cocktail hour or reception. You can make your own hot chocolate and set up coffee and tea stations along with yummy nibblies such as donuts with hot chocolate or grilled cheese bites and yummy soups. And if you’re planning a wedding during the holiday season, hot apple cider and mulled wine would be perfect too! Here are two delicious hot apple cider and mulled wine recipes you can try. There are also some great tips on how to create your own hot chocolate bar here.

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Photo by Pen n’ Paperflowers Design & Studio.

Hand Warmers

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Photo by Jamie Lauren PhotographyviaMonika Hibbs.

Even if your guests have their winter jackets, they will appreciate hand warmers to warm their cold hands. You can set out a basket of gloves, mittens or hand warmers ready at the entrance of your reception for your guests to take and they can even double as your wedding favours! Here is a clever DIY on how to make your own hand warmers.

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Photos by Swoon Studio.

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Photo by Live View Studios.

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Photo by Orange Girl Photographs.

Keep Warm with Cosy Blankets and Pashminas

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Photo by Amy and Stuart Photography via Style Me Pretty.

Pashmina’s and Cosy blankets are a great addition to your ceremony, especially if your guests need to be outside for an extended period of time. You can personalise them for your wedding and they are also fabulous practical wedding favours for your guests.

 

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Photos by Tikko Weddingsvia Style Me Pretty (left) and Harwell Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Photo by Rahel Menig Photography via Wedding Chicks.

We LOVE this idea of decorating the bride and groom’s chair with a cost winter knit. How lovely does that look, not to mention warm!

Warm Up with Bonfires

If you are having an outdoor reception, nothing keeps guests warmer than a campfire. Not only are they a great place for guests to mingle, I think they’re kind of romantic! If you are going for more of a camping outdoors theme you can create a pine cone fire starters to keep the fire going through the night or a s’mores bar. If you have time you can even put together your own individual s’mores kit.

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Photo by What a Lovely Photo.

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Photo by Green Wedding Shoes by Smitten on Paper.

Provide Umbrellas

It’s always good to prepare for rain or snow even if there’s a 50/50 chance that it would be fine. The beauty of preparing for wet weather in advance is to give you enough time to find umbrellas to match your colour theme. Take a look at this fun DIY on how to personalise your umbrellas here.

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Photo by Reece + Katrina Photographers.

So peachies, are you having a winter wedding? If so, how are you keeping your guests warm?

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Dec
19th

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Happy Friday peachies! I’m rounding things up all the way from sunny Koh Samui with the hubby and little peach so I’ll be keeping things brief today! The sun, sea and coconuts await me! Hope you all have some lovely plans this weekend and find warmth wherever you are! xx

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Photo by Connie Dai Photography via Style Me Pretty.

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Dec
18th

DIY Pine Needle Garland From Make and Tell

It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without a bit of DIY so we asked the lovely Steph of Make and Tell to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer to Simply Peachy – and as always, with this sweet and simple pine needle garland, Steph does not disappoint! It’s the perfect little DIY that brings the outside in and I love that it can also be done in a way that’s perfect for any occasion and not just the holiday season. Happy crafting peachies!

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This year is my first year having a living Christmas tree in the house and I love it. True, it’s not much taller than waist height and I may just kill it before Christmas is over (I have a terrible track record with plants), but looks lovely and I enjoy breathing in that pine needle scent every time I walk into the house.

So when Sandra asked me to come up with a Christmas project for Simply Peachy, the first thing that came to mind was a DIY using pine needles from my tree! The intention was to make a pretty garland that I could use to decorate my house this festive season, but really this one could be used all year round. Just substitute the pine with something a little less Christmassy (like rosemary) and you’ll have a green geometric garland for your next party or even your wedding!

Materials

  • Sprigs of pine or a similar plant like rosemary
  • Wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Gold spray paint
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Step 1

Bend your wire to form triangles. Don’t worry too much about being precise – it doesn’t matter if the sides are a little wonky as they’ll eventually be covered with sprigs of pine.

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Step 2

Twist the ends of the wire to close off the triangle, using a bit of wire at the end to form a loop. You’ll be using this loop a little later to attach your triangles onto your garland.

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Step 3

Spray the top of your pine sprigs with gold spray paint and leave to dry.

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Step 4

When the pine sprigs are dry, attach each one to the sides of your wire triangles, using thread to fasten them into place.

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Step 5

Once you’ve made all your triangles, cut a longer piece of thread and feed it through the wire loops you made earlier to form a garland.

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And that’s it – your garland is ready to hang!

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It’s hard to see in these photos, but I love how pretty the metallic gold paint looks against the deep green of the pine needles. And you can change this project up to suit pretty much any Christmas (or party!) colour scheme – why not try spray painting your pine in white or neon pink for a completely different look?

xx Steph