How to set for a rustic Christmas :)

Things began to get festive here at Berry Acres. So naturally, in our barn wedding venue, a Berry Christmas would not be complete without a rustic table set for the upcoming cheer! Here are some pointers for how you can create your own rustic holiday :)

Start with your color scheme. Rustic holidays are not full of glittery gold and lime green. Think softer tones…cranberry red, baby’s breath white, rich burgundy, light cream, imperfect silvers, any range from tan to brown, forest green, light blacks, any shade of grey, etc. We decided to go with burlap and burgundy:

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Next think about your centerpieces. You want to always start with your base, something that screams “I’m rustic, duh.” Even if you put the world’s most expensive diamond on a wood circle, people would still think,  ”Look at that lovely rustic jewel.” So naturally we used some of our wood circles with a lovely antique wooden box.

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Then you have to decide what “pretties” to put into your centerpieces. There are so many options here, ranging from flowers to fruit (which includes a whole host of rustic container options), Christmas decor (like ornaments) to candles. We decided to go with candles. We have the dripless kind (aka no wax pooling down the side and all over your beautiful linen/table). Odd numbers ALWAYS! No matter what! And with rustic centerpieces, always make your arrangements perfectly imperfect, to give a more natural, easy feel.

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To finish your centerpieces off, you’ll need some “fluff.” This is the filler stuff, the ooo ahhh details. Ribbon, garland, fake snow (anything fluffy & white, Pinterest is full of ideas for this!), antlers, rustic bells, letters or words (made out of some other awesome materials like twine or wood), burlap, (again) ornaments….We decided to go with grapevine balls, pine cones, and moss.  One thing to keep in mind with rustic decor, if you can use something from nature, DO IT. Nature is the mother of rustic. Embrace the nature! So pine cones, grapevine balls, and moss it was :)

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Now that your centerpieces are all finished, you’re thinking you’re done. WRONG!  Biggest mistake of decorating is forgetting the place setting. The devil is in the details and this is no exception. You don’t have to have extravagant china or eighteen forks per plate set out to do what I’m talking about. Just need to pull your rustic theme to the individual guest. Think about your napkin fold, how your silverware is arranged, what your name cards look like (do you even need name cards in the first place?), what you can add to your drinking glasses (how about a little something around the stem/handle?), can you bring nature into the place setting too??

We really wanted to bring more of the Christmas spirit to the plate, so we decided on a snow man inspired place setting:

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And here is another Christmas I attended this year, complete with their own rustic centerpiece :)

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Have any examples of your own? Share them with us!



{Food} Bars of a Different Feather

Candy bars have definitely made their mark on weddings for 2014! But are there other kinds of food future weddings can throw into the mix? You bet! Here are just a couple awesome ideas we found, thanks to Pinterest!

First, for the desserts!

Pie bar :)

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Chocolate fountain bar :)

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Cheesecake shooters bar :)


Ice cream bar :)

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Cookie bar :)

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S’mores bar :) (we do this btw!!)

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Shortcake bar :)


Caramel/Candy apple bar :)

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Build-your-own cupcake bar :)


Now for the savory!

Chips + Salsa bar :)

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Seafood bar :)

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Sushi bar :)


Mashed potato bar :)

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Sliders bar :) (we do this too!)


Grilled cheese bar :)


Carnival food bar :)


Taco bar :)

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Chili bar :)


Pasta bar :)


Popcorn bar :)


Veggie + fruit bar :)

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Bread + toppings galore bar :)

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Onto the beverages!

Mimosa bar :)

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Bloody mary bar :)


Hot chocolate bar :)

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Biscuit bar :)


Waffles bar :)


Pancake bar :)

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Crepes bar :)

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Yogurt bar :)

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Donuts bar :)

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Just think how much fun your guests would have with one of these! I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry now!