Holiday Party Favors!

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Stone Gardens can host any sort of holiday event, be it a Christmas wedding, a friendsgiving or a company holiday party. The space allows for any group of any size to come and have a great time.

No matter what kind of event you are hosting, Stone Gardens will accommodate you and make it a fantastic event.

Here is a wonderful (and incredibly easy ) craft for you and your guests!

Ornament decorating:

What you will need:

-Ornaments

-Pens (Sharpies)

-Any other decorative items (glitter, stickers, etc)

These ornaments could be a great time filler for a corporate party, a wonderful project for any kids attending your “friendsgiving” but I think the best use of this project would be as your wedding guest book. Rather than have everyone sign a book that you will stash away, they could all sign ornaments that you will then use every year and remember your beautiful wedding!

Again, this is a simple project that could create memories that will last a lifetime!

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Girl’s Day Out!

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Sometimes ladies just need some time with their girls! Whether it be a girls-only bridal shower, a ladies only birthday celebration or a daytime bachelorette party, it is always nice to get some time away and hang with your closest gal pals. Stone Gardens provides the ideal outdoor setting for a beautiful and relaxing Sunday Bachelorette Brunch or a great evening cocktail hour after a day at the spas of Temecula Wine Country.

While Stone Gardens has more than enough space for a very large event, it can also be set up to accommodate your party of 10 or less. There are intimate spots throughout the grounds that would be perfect for you and your closest friends to chill out, kick your feet up, relax and catch-up. Plus having this kind of event at a separate location saves the hostess from all the prep work – everyone can show up and have a great time without having to worry about cleaning, set-up and the dreaded clean-up!

Here is a great DIY idea that you and your guests can do at a bridal shower or you can do beforehand as a gift for each of your attendees. These crowns are ethereal and beautiful and would really add such a beautiful touch to your daytime event – be it tea with your girlfriends, a bridal shower brunch or just midday cocktails with a touch of elegance.

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Supplies:

– Floral Tape
– Floral Wire
– Wire cutters
– Pliers
– An assortment of your favorite flowers (they used Mums, Asters, Purple Iris, Yellow Salidago and some greenery)

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Instructions: 

Step one: Create a circle that fits comfortably around your head, that is accessible to remove and put back on whenever you would like. You can double up on the wire to make for a more sturdy base crown, or use just one; Either works.

Step two: Cut your first bloom and place it on your crown, in the desired location and direction you would like the flowers going. You can switch up the direction of flowers at any point, if you feel. Using roughly 3 inches of floral wire, use to wrap the bloom tightly around the wire crown to keep in place. You can use your hands or pliers to wrap the wire tight.

Step three: Take your floral tape, and wrap it around the bloom to cover the wire.

Step Four: Continue this same process with more blooms, layering around the wire crown until you form a solid crown of gorgeous flowers.

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You can completely fill your crown with flowers, or leave 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 open! This is your flower crown, do what you like! Be creative, have fun!

These crowns would be such a wonderful accent to your event here at Stone Gardens. The lush and verdant landscaping provides the perfect background for these wonderful accessories. The pictures of your event would be utterly breathtaking.

Stone Gardens: More Than Just a Wedding Venue!

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Did you know Stone Gardens can cater to any event – corporate retreats, birthday parties, bridal showers and more. Our team here at Stone Gardens will accommodate any group, large or small, and make your event the best it can be. We have a very large space and can provide ample room for large groups but also provide the smaller, more intimate events the space to give their guests an ideal  experience. Perfectly situated near Temecula Wine Country and just a short drive from San Diego, Stone Gardens provides the ideal getaway for you and your guests without ever having to leave the county! The lush grounds, large seating area and entertaining accents such as a putting green create the perfect multi-use venue for any event. Our team of event professionals will cater to you and your guests every need and request. We here at Stone Gardens pride ourselves on our stellar vendor relations with local businesses as well as our amazing customer service for all your needs in planning and executing your event.

So why not skip the typical hotel board room, meeting hall or restaurant and call Stone Gardens today and book your next event with us!

Call 760.451.8574 or email contact@stonegardenevents.com today!

Baby Shower:

Stone Gardens provides the ideal outdoor setting for your baby shower. The location is quaint enough to feel like a backyard event but large enough to host your large party of friends and family.

Here is a list of some eco and baby friendly food you can serve at your shower! And to incorporate more of a green them into your celebration – use stones (which can be purchased at Stone Gardens) as the labels for food rather than paper!

Green Eats:

* It may not be realistic to pull off a shower with all organic foods, so do your best — baking a cake with free-range eggs or serving organic chicken and produce is a great start.
* Spend a little more time and make a soup from scratch, using locally grown vegetables if possible. Serve with fresh-baked scones.
* Prepare your cake with dye-free, homemade icing. Then add a beautiful green color by topping it with crushed pistachios.
* Leftover fruit salad won’t keep, so put together a platter of fruit that you don’t need to cut. Grapes, mini pears, clementines, or other petite fruits won’t turn brown while sitting on the buffet.
* Choose fish that’s safe for pregnant women: wild salmon, halibut, and trout are all good bets.
* Use almond, soy, or rice milk to whip up a pitcher of yummy fruit smoothies.

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http://www.parents.com/baby/shower/themes/earth-mama-have-a-green-baby-shower/#page=7

 

Special: Newly Released Date, July 25, 2014

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Stone Gardens has had a cancellation of wedding plans for July 25, 2014.

If you are looking for a summer date for your wedding next year, check to see if that time will fit for the incredible venue price of $4950.00.

Email: lisa@stonegardenevents.com or call 760-451-8574 for more information!

DIY Stone Message Favors

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Every couple hopes that people leave their wedding with full bellies, happy hearts and maybe a hiccup or two. But here is a great DIY project that leaves your guests with little notes of gratitude or advice – a great send off! Even better – most of the materials for this project can be purchased at Southwest Boulder and Stone!

Simply place inside a burlap bag with a few words that explain what they are all about, and voila – you have a unique, handmade and inexpensive DIY wedding favor. Here’s our message:

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Tutorial for Hand-painted Message Rocks

You will need:

Choose your stone.

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Here is a great quote describing these great tokens of love:

“Their little love messages have been left all over the place now, from the sidewalks in Montreal, Quebec to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and so many spots in between … I continue to leave these rocks all over in order to spread a little more love in my world.”

Seasonal Wedding Tips: Pumpkins!

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We have now reached the Fall wedding season and while we are sad to say good-bye to those lazy summer days it is also so very exciting to start thinking of cozy and warm ways to decorate your seasonal wedding.

When one starts to think of October, I am sure many things come to mind: changing leaves, crisp and cooler mornings, hot chocolate, Halloween candy and PUMPKINS! Pumpkins are on everyone’s brain – pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin patches, decorating pumpkins and the list goes on. So why not include these adorable gourds into your wedding ceremony?

There are so many fun and creative ways to include pumpkins into your wedding décor – you can paint them various colors and use them throughout the area, carve any sort of design into them (this would be a very fun craft night!), you can drill holes into them and make trhem centerpiece candles, you can carve larfger holes into them and make them vases for your flowers or you can keep them au natural and the provide a very cool, rustic and autmn-y look to your ceremony and reception.

Please see below for various DIY ways you can use the amber-hued gourd:

Color Blocking pumpkins

Easy how-to: Use a hardware-store paint chip as your palette, and for contrast pick colours a few shades apart. Experiment with texture, too: A matte finish has a contemporary feel, while glossy is more showy.

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http://www.chatelaine.com/home-decor/pumpkin-decorating-great-for-thanksgiving-centrepieces-and-halloween/?gallery_page=3#gallery_top

Pumpkin Patch

This would be such a great idea as space filler (plus – Stone Gardens has loads os available space that can be created for something like this!)This is just such an adorable (and simple) pumpkin patch (any kids attending this wedding will love this and think of the great photos!)

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http://bridalmusings.com/2011/12/chic-unique-vintage-diy-wedding-pumpkin-patch-natalie-franke-photography/

Pumpkin Accented Ceremony

What a cool and spooky way to highlight the seasonal gourd! This is again using pumpkins in their natural state but I think they look so great and accent the green grass (which Stone Gardens as loads of!) so well! These accents would leave your guests talking about your ceremony for weeks! Plus, this could give them ideas for any Fall or Harvest parties they might be planning!

http://bridalmusings.com/2012/11/diy-glittery-pumpkin-filled-fall-wedding-in-the-woods/

Pumpkin Flower Vase Centerpiece

These DIY pumpkin flower vases are so chic, seasonal and easy! You can decide to paint the pumpkin (or not!), hollow it out, find a vase that will fit in the hole and then fill with flowers and water. These would be such a great addition to any tablescape.

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http://www.marthastewart.com/270343/pumpkin-vase-with-flowers

The ideas highlighted here barely scratch the surface of the many ways you can use pumpkins in your wedding. All you have to do is think a little outside the box to have a wonderfully seasonal and beautiful ceremony!

DIY Bridesmaids Cards

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Once your man pops the question and you have celebrated and toasted to your future together, the bride gets to planning! Most brides have an idea of who they will have in their wedding (it may change based on the week) but a bride knows which of her closest friends she wants standing up there with her on her special day. Here is a great DIY project that allows you to formally ask your friends to be in your wedding while adding a bit of fun and creativity to the process.

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I love the idea of formally asking those whom you would like to be in your bridal party. I sent out cards for my own wedding so that inspired me to come up with a cute project to do the same. I adore the paper chain people that we all learned to make in grade school and this project uses that simple concept to introduce your bridesmaids to everyone. Cut out the shape of the dress you plan on using in the color you desire and personalize each person with some paper hair. To complete the set I created a little card asking “Will you be my bridesmaid?” and included the wedding details as well as how and where to order the dresses.

Enjoy!

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First, be sure that your chain will fit in the envelope you chose. I decided to make my chain about 6 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide to fit in an A7 envelope. Draw tick marks every 3.5 inches (or whatever width you chose) on the top and bottom of the paper for how many people you want to cut out (I chose 6).

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Cut out your rectangle and score the paper vertically between each set of tick marks. This will make folding easier and more accurate. Then, fold the paper accordion style.

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On the top of the stack draw the shape of your person. Be sure to draw the arms and legs to the edge of the paper so that they will be attached into a chain after you cut it out.

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To complete the set I wrapped a band of paper around the chain and information card and wrote the name of the person I was to be sending it to.

I just think this is such a great and personal way of kicking off your wedding planning and organizing. The fact that you have taken the time to individualize these notes shows that you truly care about the girls in your wedding and appreciate their time and devotion to you and your marriage (this will also serve as a reminder to your gals of the nice person you are while you are in the midst of pre-wedding bridezilla mode)Plus, this is so much better than a quick “hey, wanna be in my wedding?” text or call.

Source: http://www.oncewed.com/diy-wedding-blog/diy-bridesmaids-cards/

DIY: Farmer’s Market Bouquet

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Every new bride knows just how hectic your wedding day can be! From the moment you open your eyes there are hair appointment, make-up sessions, photoshoots, greeting family and friends – and most of this is all crammed into a space of just a few hours. This does not leave much time to snack, so why not create a bouquet that you can pick from on your big day? OK – I am not suggesting eating this DIY Farmers Market bouquet but maybe some of the leftovers!

This is such a great way to highlight fresh and seasonal fruits as well as supporting your local farmers market vendors.

Fruits and flowers can create some of the most beautiful color schemes while also highlighting the natural light and colors of the nature surrounding you at your ceremony.

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Here is what I used:

  • Three potted echiverias
  • These items I didn’t quite use a whole package: radishes, raspberries, blackberries
  • Two tomatillos
  • Three habanero peppers
  • Bunch of mustard greens
  • One red cabbage – just a few of the large outer leaves
  • One bunch of red tulips
  • One bunch red leaf lettuce

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Step Two: Prep everything — Use wire to stick into the bottom of the fruits or veggies to create a stem. Clean off extra bits from anything that has a ‘stem’. Prepare the succulents by removing them from the soil, cleaning the stem, and adding a looped wire attached with floral tape.

sg4Step Three: It’s much easier if you gather the larger elements first, then add in smaller pieces that are on wire by simply sticking them down into the top.

sg5Step Four: Trim the stems with gardening shears and wires with wire cutters to the desired length. Because you will have wire showing, you will want to cut the wires shorter than the stems if you would like the stems to show.

sg6Step Five: To cover the mechanics of your design, use some large leafy pieces to cover the outsides of the bouquet. While holding the bouquet in one hand, wrap ribbon around the bouquet ‘stems’ until the wires are covered. Your bouquet is now done! Super pretty, right?!

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Even if this farmers market bouquet is not your dream arrangement – it could also make for a great accent at your food table or funky centerpieces for your reception.

Source: http://greenweddingshoes.com/diy-farmers-market-bouquet-2/

DIY: Avocado Dyed Tassels

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Stone Gardens is located in the avocado capital of the world – Fallbrook, CA! These DIY Avocado dyed tassels would be the perfect way to pay homage to your wedding locale.

These tassels will add a very personal and homemade touch to your affair. You can hang them from some of the many trees surrounding Stone Gardens or line the pathway your guests will walk to your reception.
Wherever you choose to hang them they will be the talk of the wedding and once you tell your guests how they were made they will not only be great decorations but envied by all native Fallbrookians around!

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Materials:
Avocado Pits (Tip: Ask friends or a local Mexican restaurant to save avocado pits for you.)
Wool/Natural Fiber Yarn
Stainless Steel Pot
Knife & Cutting board
Scissors
Dowel
Thread
Trinkets & Trimmings (optional)

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Step One: Make the dye
The weight of dye material should always equal the weight of fiber material when you are making natural dyes, so you will need enough avocado pits to equal the weight of your yarn. I used five avocado pits for one ball of yarn and had more than enough dye left over for future projects.
Thoroughly wash the avocado pits and roughly chop them. Watch how quickly the color changes from light beige to orange-red as oxygen hits it. Fill a stainless steel pot with enough water to cover all of the yarn (rainwater is ideal, but you can use distilled or tap in a pinch). Add the yarn and chopped avocado pits (wrap them in cheesecloth for easier cleanup). Bring the water to a gentle boil for 20 minutes. Reduce to a simmer and cover for at least 40 minutes. Continue to simmer until the yarn reaches the desired saturation then turn off the heat and allow everything to sit overnight. Tip: test the dye color by carefully squeezing part of the yarn between your fingers and seeing what color remains in the yarn.
Remove the yarn and lay out to air dry. Gently rinse with PH neutral soap and allow to air dry again.
A few notes on safety when working with natural dyes: Always work in a well ventilated area, wear gloves, and do not use pots or utensils that you cook with – keep a set exclusively for creating dye.

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Step Two: Create the tassels
Wrap yarn around a piece of cardboard or similar object until it is approximately an inch wide. Cut from the skein and tie the top with a small piece of yarn or thread. Cut the side opposite the tie to remove the yarn from the cardboard. Hold the tie and pull all of the yarn pieces down together to shape the tassel. Wrap yarn or thread around the top of the tassel and tie to secure. Repeat for as many tassels as you desire, adding pieces of non-dyed yarn for variety.
Step Three: String the tassels
String the tassels from the dowel using thread and add some beads, trinkets or other trimmings if it tickles your fancy!

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Again, these tassels do not have to be the main décor at your wedding but they would be such a great way to keep a part of Fallbrook and Stone Gardens in your life long after your big day! Plus, they are wonderfully eco-friendly and such a great way to utilize a great local product – AVOCADO!

Source: http://greenweddingshoes.com/diy-avocado-dyed-tassels/