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Sponsor Highlight + Giveaways!

Sponsor Welcome

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Today we have lots of giveaways and announcements, so read on and be sure to enter all of them! These are long time supporters of Ruffled who help keep us running, and we can’t recommend them enough for their unique style + great service:

Marolsha is a collection of vintage style, nature-inspired bridal jewelry as well as modern + vintage style everyday wear jewelry. Each piece has been carefully handcrafted with love and care. Check out the collection to find something you like for a special occasion, for that someone special, a bridal wedding party, or something for everyday wear.

Giveaway: Marolsha is giving away 1 Vintage Style Collage Flower Hair Comb. For your chance to win, leave a comment below indicating where you would wear yours!

Blush Paperie is an online wedding invitation boutique offering over 40 standard invitation designs that are completely customizable – change the wording, font and color at no additional charge! From guest addressing, to coordinating belly bands and patterned envelope liners you’ll love the possibilities. We specialize in thermography (raised printing), a true stunner that will certainly wow your guests and the affordability will wow you. A professional designer will work with you every step of the way to turn your vision into the perfect announcement for your big day.

Giveaway: Blush Paperie is offering two $100 gift cards! For your chance to win, leave a comment below indicating your favorite Blush Paperie design.

One of the hottest trends for engaged couples is to use a honeymoon registry from Honeymoon Pixie. Their service offers a wonderful opportunity for couples to take the trip of a lifetime and allows their friends and family to help pay for it as a wedding gift! Best of all, with Honeymoon Pixie, you can receive 100% of your gift money without any fees or gimmicks. They’ve earned the Bride’s Choice Awards 2012 & 2013 for their excellence in quality and service, and consistently receive 5-Star ratings from newlyweds.

Free Download: Ruffled brides receive a free copy of their exclusive and comprehensive Honeymoon Planning Timetable

DiamondLove collections is a unique and exciting online boutique full of the most beautiful and original Designer wedding jewelry. All of their stunning designs are created in house by founder and renowned international jewelry designer Assuntina Oliva. Engagement rings, Wedding rings, Pendants, Earrings, Bangles, Bracelets and much, much more. A great ‘one stop shop’ experience.

PostScript Brooklyn is the New York City-inspired custom invitation line from award-winning Park Slope paperie, Lion in the Sun. The collection showcases the work of talented local invitation designers, along with popular designs that have been created for clients by the Lion in the Sun team. PostScript Brooklyn’s urban, sophisticated, and eco-friendly digital and letterpress creations are available online at and at Lion in the Sun’s Brooklyn and Long Island locations.

Plum Pretty Sugar is breezy happiness, cozy comfort and easy-living chic. For brides, bridesmaids and girls alike, Plum Pretty Sugar offers apparel, adornment and pretty gifting of the prettiest, prettiest kind.

Giveaway: Plum Pretty Sugar is giving 1 lucky reader his or her pick of any 1 item from the Lilli Tru Collection. Leave a comment below of your favorite item from the collection for your chance to win!


All winners will be announced next Friday in our Weekly Wrap Up. Please leave one comment per giveaway. Good luck!

Sparkling Peach Mint Julep

Design Inspiration

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We are leaving you for the weekend with a drink recipe that Alisa Lewis Event Design created, continuing with this morning’s tablescape. Bits of gold also carry through drinks, as seen here with a gold sugar rim that Urban Rose Photo captured for us!

Sparkling peach mint julep

Ingredients: (for one drink)

  • 1 oz Kentucky Bourbon
  • 2 oz sparkling water
  • 2 oz simple syrup or 2 tsp sugar
  • 5 shredded mint leaves
  • 1 scoop peach sorbet
  • agave or honey for rim
  • gold glitter cake sugar for rim

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Place a ring of Agave or honey on a plate in a circle shape about the size of your glass. Place sugar crystals on another plate.

Dip glass upside down in agave and then directly into sugar. Tip and turn in the sugar to coat the rim evenly.

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Pour simple syrup or sugar into glass being careful not to disturb the sugar on the rim.

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Pour whiskey over syrup. Add crushed or torn mint leaves. Place the scoop of peach sorbet into the liquid. Top with sparkling water and a few more mint leaves to garnish. We layered this drink but you could blend in a shaker.

Dip-Dye Watercolor Place Cards

DIY Projects

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Our next project today are for the placecards, but the same can be made for a seating chart or menu…and would look gorgeous on calligraphy invites! Alisa of Alisa Lewis Event Design is sharing with us the how-to below, with images from Urban Rose Photo. If you haven’t seen the tablescape where this project came from yet, it’s waiting to be pinned to pieces right here.

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Supplies: (for 8 place cards)

  • 2 large pieces of handmade thick watercolor paper
  • Your choice of watercolors (we used the tubes of watercolor so we could control the intensity & blend colors)
  • 2-3 bowls or dishes that will fit your size of cards
  • gold pen or calligraphy pen of your choice
  • newspaper or cardboard for drying<

Cut or tear your paper into desired shapes/sizes

Mix your watercolor pigments in your dish or container. We mixed two to create an ombre look but you could certainly do more colors and layers.
This is kind of a “trials & error” process. Mix the watercolor with small amounts of water and try out on a scrap piece of paper until you achieve the desired intensity or lightness of pigment.

Dip into the lightest watercolor first and let the paper sit for 30-60 seconds to soak up the color. Remove and let dry on cardboard or a drying rack as you dip the rest of your pieces.

Once the first layer has dried. Dip into the darker pigment but only about halfway up to achieve the ombre look. Leave in for 60-90 seconds or until desired shade is achieved.

Let this dry completely and then hand calligraphy the names of your guests or send to a professional calligrapher.

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We used vintage spools to hold these place cards but you could easily lay them on the napkin or charger or make custom place card holders that fit your wedding theme.