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Sponsored Giveaway: $150 to Williams-Sonoma!

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When I receive a Williams-Sonoma catalog in the mail, I always squeal with excitement. I am, therefore, pleased to announce today’s giveaway! Williams-Sonoma is giving one lucky Inspired Bride reader the chance to win a $150 gift card to spend as you see fit!

From large appliances to kitchen gadgets, Williams-Sonoma truly is the most amazing source for all things culinary. Your registry is the perfect opportunity to invest in kitchen essentials – and maybe a few “great to haves” for special occasions (I’m looking at you, ice cream maker)! Williams-Sonoma‘s large assortment not only helps you provide a variety of price points for your guests to shop within (a great courtesy to provide your guests with!) but it also lets you develop a registry that fits who you are as a couple. Are you a kitchen novice? Shop their registry essentials for high quality tools and cookware that will start you on the path to culinary success! If you’re a little more adventurous in the kitchen, check out their specialty tools appliances, including electric woks, breadmakers, waffle pans, and more. Are you both foodies on busy schedules? I highly recommend their Wine Club (I’ve given them as gifts myself!), which would be complimented by one of their steak or seafood selections.

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Now for the good part: how you can enter to win. Register at Williams-Sonoma if you haven’t already. Leave a comment letting us know that you’ve registered, and tell us all about your favorite item you’ve added to your list.

If you’re already registered with Williams-Sonoma, great! Add another item to your registry to enter, and let us know about what you added and why in the comments.

Want another chance to win? Leave a second comment with a link to your public registry so we can view all the great products you’re hoping to apply the gift card to!

I’ll be choosing a winner at random on March 7th at 5pm Central Time. Get in before then to be eligible, and good luck!

Images from Williams-Sonoma.

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Inspiration Board: Organic Elegance

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I love the idea of creating an atmosphere that allows your guests to feel relaxed and at ease. This board manages to do while still maintaining a sense of casual elegance. With natural textures and neutral colors creating an organic feel, and letterpressed invitations lending an old-world touch of formality, it’s refined rustic at its best.

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Inspiration Board Credits:
Bridesmaids, Glen Allshop Photography via Once Wed
Table Decor, Glen Allshop Photography via Once Wed
Invitation, Jesse Leake Photography via Style Me Pretty
Seating Assignments, Elizabeth Messina via the Wedding Chicks
Cake, Jessamyn Harris Photography via Style Me Pretty
Dress, Braedon Photography

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Jessica Edwards Malish is a brand manager at a boutique branding and design agency. She and her husband live and work in New York City. As a recent bride, she fell in love with wedding styling and design and is thrilled to continue the love affair in her guest posts for Inspired Bride.

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Do It Yourself Project: Ribbon Cake Bunting

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Today we get to have a DIY break! Everyone knows that bunting is everywhere in events, and now it’s making its way into dessert presentations. My good friend Shauna (of Shauna Younge Dessert Tables) and I thought it was high time we put out a cake bunting do it yourself project, so with the help of her impeccable dessert styling skills, this incredibly simple to replicate project was whipped up! Enjoy!

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What You’ll Need:
Scissors
Double Stick Tape
Ribbon in Various Colors, 1” and 2” wide
White Cotton String
Bamboo Barbeque Skewers (Available at Target or your local grocery store)

Wrap a piece of double stick tape around one of your bamboo skewers, about an inch or two from the top (the exact positioning is ultimately your preference). Leaving an extra 1.5” loose, begin to wrap your string around the skewer until it has covered all of the tape neatly. Do NOT cut the string from its ball or spool. Tie the excess 1.5” with the string portion attached to the ball or spool into a double knot to hold the string in place.

Set the skewer on a table, and angle it as you wish for it to be displayed on your cake. Set out a second skewer, also tilted at a mirrored version of the same angle, as far away as you plan for them to be on the cake. Roll out string so that it bridges the two skewers with some slack and forms a soft curve. Repeat the attachment process from step one on the second skewer.

Cut 2” lengths of each color of your ribbon. Set aside in ordered piles so you can work quickly. To attach each flag, line each piece of ribbon with double stick tape. Center the ribbon length vertically along the ribbon, then fold it over on itself. Press down to secure, ensuring the cotton string is flush with the fold. Cut a shallow “V” shape into the ribbon for a banner look. If you prefer the squared off look, this step can be optional. Continue to attach flags across the length of string. Keep each flag as evenly spaced as possible. Attach additional flag strings as desired.

Insert the bunting into the cake. Do not pull out and reposition – it will make the skewer’s hole too big in some cakes and the skewers may begin to slouch, warping the presentation.

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