How to quickly create escort cards for your wedding | DIY


Sometimes making interesting escort and place cards is as easy as a trip to your local craft store. I came across an entire section of these great little laser cut wood pieces. With a little calligraphy and some glue, they were transformed into pretty escort cards.

Laser cut Escort Cards | A Fabulous Fete
Simple Calligraphy Escort Card Ideas | A Fabulous Fete

Small pieces of hand torn paper were glued onto the top. You could create a flat lay with some flowers, or hang them in a more dramatic display.

Wedding Escort Card DIY | A Fabulous Fete
Neutral wedding decor | A Fabulous Fete

Then what do we do with all of these wood pieces after? I thought they would be cute as coasters, a small piece of wall art or tiny trivets for plants.

Wood Escort Cards | A Fabulous Fete

If you're planning on doing something similar, you can still work with your calligrapher to create the names and table numbers for you and DIY after. It's also a great way to get a head start even if you don't have your seating arrangements yet since you can assemble them closer to the big day! Or change them up… because no seating arrangement is ever really final;)

Happy friday everyone, enjoy the long weekend!

All images by Jessica M Wood Photography.

FIND MORE ESCORT + PLACE CARDS HERE!

A Month In Review | August


Summer just flew by didn't it? Definitely not ready for it to be over. I don't feel like I got enough pool days and margaritas in... but we have a few vacations coming up that I can squeeze that into... so bring on fall! While I am ok with the warm temps staying around, one thing i've already been transitioning, both in work and our home, has been to a darker color palette. Things are getting a little more moody, a little less bright. Now if only I could wear a sweater. Here's quick recap of what happened in August according to instagram.

Wedding season is officially dying down and it's been great being able to focus more energy on my blog, personal projects and brainstorming new ideas before the next season hits! But my goal right now is to fit in lots of inspiration and travel since I feel like i've been locked up in my house/office all summer. We have a few trips on the agenda so I will be sharing what we're doing and suggestions if you plan on taking the same trip anytime soon. Until then, I'll just be filling up my online shopping carts in preparation;)

See all of my past recaps here.

Sunday Funday || Guides for Learning Calligraphy 001


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I love all of the quick, inspiring hand lettering I am seeing around the web. And by quick, I mean, short, one or two word phrases that motivate you, inspire you, or are just pretty to look at. So we're starting something new here on the blog today. Every weekend i'll be sharing a word or phrase that I am loving at the moment. And for those aspiring hand letterers out there, I will also be including a guide that shows you how to recreate the word on your own! I usually create these guides for my classes to help show students how each letter is formed. All you have to do is follow the arrows with a brush and some watercolor. Pretty easy right? It's a short and simple exercise perfect for lazy sunday mornings with coffee. 

"Bonjour" has been on my mind a lot lately. I'm dreaming of a getaway, really anywhere but wouldn't Paris be dreamy? Baguettes and cafe's and the eiffel tower and wine... okay, it really just sounds like I want to go and eat, but I would totally find some other stuff to do;)

Watercolor Calligraphy Guides

How'd you do? If you want to share (and see others trying it out too) post a pic of your trials and tag #afabulousfetecalligraphy. And I'd love to hear what other words you guys might want to see, so leave your suggestions in the comments!

Would you rather just enjoy a mini print than take a shot at your own? Stop by the shop and download your copy today.

ALL LETTERING ON THIS SITE IS FOR PERSONAL USE AND ENJOYMENT ONLY. IT IS NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE, RESALE OR DISTRIBUTION. DO NOT DUPLICATE OR ALTER. COPYRIGHT OF A FABULOUS FETE 2015. PLEASE BE NICE, DON'T STEAL. AND IF YOU WANT TO SHARE, PLEASE LINK BACK TO THIS POST.

4 Steps to a Mouth Watering Avocado Dip || Fit Fete


Healthy 4 Ingredient Avocado Dip | A Fabulous Fete

I feel like we are just starting new series over here left and right. Well, you know what they say, necessity is the mother of invention... and with finally having a small team (of two;) around here, 'Summer Fridays' were the necessity. But so was being able to fit into our pants... new necessity, healthy happy hour snacks and drinks. What does that mean? We'll be showing you how to host a Fit Fete, or maybe just give you weekend snack ideas that won't throw you completely off track. First up, a five ingredient avocado dip that's easier than guacamole and dare I say, more flavorful.

Summer Avocado Dip | A Fabulous Fete
Simple Weekend Appetizers | A Fabulous Fete

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 1/2 of a ripe avocado
  • Large handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup of canned black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • Drizzle of olive oil 
  • Your fave spices, I used garlic powder, cumin, pepper and a pinch of salt

Steps:

  1. Chop your avocado into 1/2" chunks and quarter your tomatoes
  2. Toss in a bowl with the beans and squeeze your lime over the top
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, spices and gently mix with a fork
  4. Find your favorite dipping snack (I used black bean corn chips, kale chips are awesome, cucumber, or it even tastes good by itself) and put it in your mouth. Voila.
Avocado Snack Ideas | A Fabulous Fete

No mashing, baking or crazy ingredients. The leftovers aren't bad on salads, eggs, or whatever you've got in your fridge. It is the chameleon of dips;)

Can't wait to experiment and bring you more healthy alternatives! And don't be scared, this does not mean we are banning sugar, chocolate and other delicious things from the blog. Just thought we would balance it out a bit. Enjoy and happy friday! Tag #afabulousfete if you give it a try this weekend!

Free Watercolor Lettering Desktop Download || 001


Free Watercolor Calligraphy Download

I can't recall ever creating a desktop download for you guys, but when I started sending out my newsletter with free printables (sign up here!) I had some requests to make them computer friendly too. Why not right? So each month I will be bringing you a download that will inspire and motivate you. Nothing too mushy, I'm not that kind of girl... but simply put words that mean something. We all need a little kick in the butt once in a while, and there is really no better place than to display that kick in the butt, than right in front of your eyeballs where you probably spend most of your day. Here's numero uno! I love this because you know those projects you just want to be OVER WITH?! Well, I have a lot of those during wedding season, and sometimes I need the reminder to take my time and do what is right, not what is easy.

Free Calligraphy Download

I hope you love this and the new series.. and as always suggestions are welcome! Just leave your love notes, questions, or quotes you want to see next month in the comments. Click the link below to download, right click and save to your desktop.