MY DIY Engagement Party Centerpieces

Pinterest has become the ultimate destination for inspiration and creativity – especially for brides. Let’s face it, there are two kinds of people in this world. Those who will pay a premium to have someone else create a one of kind piece and those who think to themselves “I’m creative, artistic and fully capable, why don’t I just do it myself?”

Which brings me to my own engagement party, which somehow ended up turned into a mini-wedding. Just 90 of our closest friends, family and colleagues. Did I mention we served a four course meal? How could I forgot the violinist, Italian cookie trays (thank you Nonna & Zias), 3 tiered cake, candy bar and the Nutella sfoglia cake?

Once the big picture details were finalized, my uber-artistic sister and I sat down and thought about how we can infuse a bit of life and personality into each table. After some crafty detective work on Pinterest and hours spent on the Ikea website, we came up with a contemporary, simple yet elegant centerpiece design.

Here are the links to all of the pieces we purchased to bring the design to life:

VÅRVIND – Set of 2 clear glass cases (we filled the vases with either freesia or white roses)

UPPEHÅLL – Set of 4 votive candle holders in clear glass

HEMSJÖ – Unscented white block candles

BORRBY – Lantern for block candle, black indoor/outdoor black

FENOMEN – Unscented block candle, natural



My Digital Valentine

With Valentine’s Day comes endless comparisons and storytelling of how we all spend the holiday with our loved ones. While sitting with some of my baby boomer and gen X friends discussing the topic, I was shocked to hear that many of their partners had memento boxes filled with things like concert tickets (Blondie), hotel soaps (not stolen, I am told) and movie tickets (Titanic anyone?). I couldn’t help but feel a bit guilty, I am the ultimate minimalist. I throw away or donate everything! I do not find any sentimental value in crumpled up receipts or napkins with lipstick stains.

What I do truly cherish, is a hashtag I developed for my partner and I in the early stages of our relationship. Shortly after I started dating my fiancee, Ram, we shared our first heartfelt ‘I love you’, and the hashtag #AmandaLovesRam was born. Since this happened in February 2014, it has just stuck. Wherever we go, whatever we do, whatever we post, #AmandaLovesRam is tagged. Our friends and family actually follow the hashtag and look forward to our postings. The hashtag has followed us to London, Paris, New York City, Chicago, Hawaii, San Francisco and Napa Valley. Even through all our travels, at its core the hashtag is about our love and commitment to each other. That’s what makes it special.

In today’s digital age, are memory boxes as valuable as they once were? I can’t help but smile and be proud of what #AmandaLovesRam has become today. I love looking back on our adventures and cherished moments together. In a social sphere where hashtags like #Kardashians and #QOTD are king, I think it’s really great that we have our own slice of the pie. #AmandaLovesRam currently has 99 tags on Instagram, I invite you all to check out all of our adventures. I would also love to hear about how each of you document some of your most cherished moments with friends and loved ones, so please do share!