Monday, June 6, 2011

A D.I.Y Bridal Brunch by Echo Roehm Morris

My super crafty friend, Echo Morris hosted a simply beautiful bridal brunch for our very good friend Antonette. I just loved her design touches. I took some photos of the event and couldn't help but peek around her adorable thrifty home. I have invited her in for an interview to share her designs and inspirations with us:





Rania: So, your bridal brunch was totally adorable. Tell me about the simple touches.
Echo: First of all, thank you so much for interviewing me for your blog. I absolutely adore it! As for the shower, I truly believe simple and surprising touches make a party. My favorite simple touches were the labels on the apple butter jars, and the tablecloth. The tablecloth was given to me by my grandmother, on her wedding day over 50 years ago. I think sentimental touches are so romantic. Another simple touch was the doily banners. They were so simple to make but added that extra touch.






Rania: Where did you get the party favors? How did you make the labels for the Apple Butter?
Echo: I purchased the apple butter at a local factory store {McCutcheon's}  that sells their apple butter, as well as other jams and jellies, all over the US. At first I wasn't sure on the size, I had envisioned smaller jars, but they worked out perfectly. I found the labels at Michael's, they are Martha Stewart. I hand stamped all of the words on the labels to add that special touch. 



Rania:  How did you put the quotes on the party favor bags? 

Echo: I hand stamped each quote on the bags. My favorite quote was the Mahatma Gandhi quote because I knew the bride would really enjoy that.


Rania: How did you make the Mrs Vasseur glass?

Echo: The glasses that I made, one saying Nette, and the other Mrs. Vassuer, were so easy but just a great touch because of the personalization. I purchased the wine glasses at Target. First, you have to prep the glass by wiping it down with an alcohol pad, which is also helpful for correcting mistakes. Then use acrylic paint pens, which can be purchased at Michael's, to make your design. Next, you all the glasses to sit for 24 hours. After that, they are ready to be baked. I baked those at 275 for over an hour. The longer you can leave them in the better. It's also suggested to put the glasses in before you preheat because this gives the glass time to get used to the temperature. Also, don't take the glasses out of the oven until the oven is cooled for the same reason.
  

Rania: Where do you get your vintage chairs?
Echo:  I love my vintage chairs, so thanks for noticing! Most of the chairs were purchased at my favorite local antique store: Past & Present Antiques in Brunswick, MD. I have a set of two pale yellow chairs, that I simply adore. My favorite and newest addition though, is a small pale pink chair that has a very interesting cut to it. The oldest though is a chair that still has it's original stain. The rest were given to me from a friend who had an abundance of random dining room chairs. Those I just shabby chic'ed them myself. 


Rania: Why Peonies? These were so beautiful. 

Echo: I chose peonies from the very begining because I think they are the most romantic flower. I think roses have nothing on the big beautiful petals of the peony. Let alone the gorgeous pink and white is breath taking! Plus, I'm from Indiana and the peony is the state flower.

Rania: How did you make the clear dry erase wall piece? {See pic at top}
Echo: The dry erase board is one of the things people ask about the most when they come over. It was so simple! A friend of ours gave us this gorgeous entertainment piece from Pottery Barn. It was well loved, just the way I like it, and only had one glass door. I took the door off and hung it on the wall. Simple as that! Sometimes the most simple things are the things that make a big impact in your home.





Rania: The SPRING banner - so cute. Tell me about it.

Echo: I am a huge fan of banners. I think that they just make your home into a celebration. I needed something that made me remember warmer days were to come in early spring and I think this does it! It was very simple to make, just scrapbook paper, some chip board images, glue and ribbon. It will soon be replaced by a summer banner.




Rania: Let's talk food. I don't know a single brunch recipe except the alcoholic kind. The food was A. MAZING. 
Echo: The food was divine wasn't it? I asked all the guests to bring a brunch item to share. They were also supposed to bring the recipe to share with the bride. I didn't think to copy them down as well, but I can share with you my baked French toast recipe that I made.


1 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut diagonally in 1 inch slices

6 eggs

2 half and half cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup


1. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in the bottom. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over bread slices, cover, and refrigerate overnight. 
2. The next morning, bring out the dish. Allow it to sit on the counter while you preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup; heat until bubbling. Pour over bread and egg mixture. 
3. Bake in preheated oven, covered, for 20 minutes. Then cover it for 20 more minutes. 




We love you Nette! 


Love
Rania and Echo




1 comment :

  1. AHHHH! I love this! I loved my brunch and Im super jazzed about the wedding :) Thank you ladies <3

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