COASTER DIY!! by sonja rasula

Whether looking for a unique wedding favor or a personalized gift - coasters are the perfect cheap and easy DIY that everyone can use and even the most DIY-impaired can make!  You just need the right tools!  You can make them as complicated or as basic as you want.  Here we kept them very simple and opted for a geometric design using tape to make it even easier!  We used Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Paint and some cork coasters that you can get at any craft store, then you just need some tape - thin or thick depending on your design - and some scissors. 

1. First we planned out our design.

2. Using skinny tape we mapped out the design, diving the coasters into different geometrical sections, making sure to tape along the sides onto the back as well.

3. With our designs all ready to go we chose the color of paints we wanted to use and put them on a palette or plate.

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4. Start painting!! 

Make sure to paint onto the sides as well!  Keep in mind you can also use things like stamps or cut shapes out with an exact knife to take your design even further or include names or your wedding date to make it more personalized!

5. Let them dry.  Will vary depending on how much paint you use.

6.  Once dry, peel the tape off to reveal your design!

And VOILA you are done!!!  And left with some RAD coasters! 

If giving as a gift you can tie up the set with some leather string!  Now...I think you deserve a cocktail to go on this coaster!  CHEERS!

SUPERFINE! by sonja rasula

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One of our favorite bakers is Superfine Bakery, not just because we ADORE owner and Chef Andrea Boudewijn, especially when she drops of yummy treats at The Unique Space, but because her creations are not only absolutely GORGEOUS, but BEYOND DELICIOUS!!  Sometimes it is hard to find wedding cakes that are as aesthetically impressive as they taste!   Known for their food-centric approach, they source the purest ingredients available and use them to create personal cakes that taste as good as they look. Superfine delivers just the right amount of both simplicity and decadence from their addictive chocolate cookies with sea salt to their indulgent and luxurious Champagne-Raspberry Truffle and, my personal favorite, pretty Pink Velvet Cake! 

 

 

Superfine Bakery is an appointment-only cake boutique specializing in custom cakes and desserts made from scratch.  They are inspired by all facets of the baking tradition, but focus on the art of the edible celebration centerpiece.  Inspired by fashion, architecture, and nature, their designs aim to reinterpret and reframe traditional cake forms into modern, luxurious confections.
Superfine was honored to be one of Martha Stewart Weddings’ 63 Top Pastry Pros of 2014, winner of California Wedding Day Magazine's Best Cakes and Desserts 2014 - Los Angeles, featured as one of The Knot’s Best of Wedding Vendors, a member of Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book of Vendors, and featured in magazines such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Inside Weddings, Brides, and The Knot.
For more information and to schedule an appointment head to http://superfinebakery.com/.

 


Dinner Plate DIY !!! by sonja rasula

Whether a small DIY affair or a lavish over-the-top wedding, thoughtful, personal touches to make guests feel special are always a welcomed addition to any event! Here we have outlined one very simple idea that can be as cheap or expensive as you’d like to make it - depending on the dishware.  This is not only perfect for a wedding, but also for Holidays or intimate dinner parties with friends!  

Seeing their name on the actual plate versus the usual place card will automatically make guests feel special and extra taken care of and is a simple way to create a wow factor when everyone sits down to dinner.  It is much more exciting than a name tag and they will be impressed and touched that you went to all of that trouble, even if it was just as easy as writing it on a place card they don’t need to know that!   Plus - you can kill two birds with one stone as then you eliminate the need for a place card and if you want to add even more bang for your DIY buck the plate can also serve, pun intended!, as the favor to take home!  This obviously works best if you either choose to personalize a charger or larger plate that you don’t use, but if you don’t want to spend extra money for a dish you are not using, the dishes can just be washed after dinner and guests can pick them up as they leave!  

Even though this may appear to be more expensive than a traditional place card, hiring calligraphers and nice card stock can end up costing you a ton only to have a crumpled up place card that people end up throwing away or losing, but if you or a friend does the writing on the plate, you may end up saving money and people have a nice keepsake that they can put to good use after!  Even more importantly, you are limiting waste and paper as these you will need to use a plate no matter what at the wedding or event and will continue to be used after!  You can even up the personalization ante by putting nicknames or “Mother of the Bride” etc.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Plate of your choosing - can be any size, color, shape!  

  2. Sharpies  - again, any color of your choosing, we personally think the metallic gold and silver look best, especially for a wedding!  Just make sure the pens you are using are oil based works best as it helps the paint stay longer.

That’s it!

Step 1:

Make a plan of how you want to write the name and any decorations you want to add, we just did simple dots in our example. Figure out the overall “look,” aesthetic you want to create to set the tone for your table.  It’s good to practice on paper first!  

 

Step 2:

To create a straight line to write on put tape directly under where you would like the name to be.  Make sure to position the name as far to the outside of the plate as possible so that the paint from the pens doesn’t get into the food.  (Not sure you want to be eating this stuff guys)!

Step 3:

Write your name and design!  Don’t worry about it being perfect - that’s part of the fun and personality of it all!

Step 4:

Place your plates in the oven before turning it on.  Then turn the oven to 450 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. 

Step 5:

Let Cool and start plating!

Oh Yeah! by sonja rasula

Check out the various ways Yeah Rentals has given our space their modern brand of cool... From sleek lounge arrangements to hip rugs to supplying beautiful (and unique) dining chairs, they have it all! If you're looking for modern and fun, look no more.

Unique Wedding: Matt & Jen by sonja rasula

The beautiful bride and groom had a beautiful standing ceremony in the space, and surprised their 250+ guests with the tasty In 'n Out truck for dinner! One of the biggest/best parties of the year, their guests kept the dance floor bumpin all night - and into the morning! Congratulations to the fantastic couple, one of our fab "unique" pairs!

View the full gallery here.