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Easy DIY jam jar wedding favors

As wedding season is upon us, we know you all are rolling up your sleeves and busting out the twine to attempt the hottest and newest DIY Pinterest craft. Providing favors for guests can be some of the most daunting of wedding details as the RSVPs trickle in. Fear no more! Our friends at Paperlust Australia have mapped out perhaps the most adorable of favors that will leave your guests feeling both charmed and craving biscuits. This favor is our jam ;) - T&H

Everyone loves a good handmade wedding favour, but when you’re the bride it can be overwhelming to try to think of something to give your guests. It needs to be simple enough to make some for all your guests without it taking too long or being too fiddly, affordable enough to fit into your budget, and easy enough to fit your crafting skill level (easier for some of us than others!).

Labelled jam jars are a perfect solution, making for cute souvenirs of the day without being overly difficult to put together.

The Labels

You can create your own labels using anything from Photoshop or Illustrator to a free online tool like Canva. You can then print and cut them yourself. If you’re going to do this, there are two options:

  • Print on a high quality card stock (please don’t print on regular printer paper!) to create tied-on labels
  • Print on sticker paper to create stuck-on labels

Another option is to organise to have the labels provided for you. If you are ordering online wedding invites, ask what they would charge to add labels or stickers to your order. Not only does this remove a whole step of DIY to make things easy, it ensures a great quality product and allows you to match the design perfectly to the rest of your wedding stationery. You could also get extra embellishments like foil stamping, raised foil or letterpress if you’re feeling fancy.

The Jars

Purchase small jars online or in a local shop. Don’t get too ambitious and buy jars that are too big. It’s easy to underestimate how much jam that will require you to make!

You absolutely MUST sterilise your jars right before filling them, to prevent bacteria growing in the jam and making all your guests sick. This is pretty easy with nothing more than an oven. Wash your jars in the dishwasher or in hot, soapy water before you do this. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and then line the shelves with a few layers of newspaper. Place your jars and lids in there, leaving a little space between each one, and bake for about half an hour. Alternatively, you can boil the jars and lids in a pot for 15 minutes.

Be very careful not to touch the inside of the jars or the lids after they have been sterilized! Keep those germs out.

The Jam

You can use any recipe you like for this, but here’s a classic we recommend!

Ingredients:

  • 1kg (2lb) fruit - we recommend strawberries or apricots
  • 1 kg (2lb) white sugar
  • Juice of one lemon

Choose a mix of ripe and almost ripe fruit to ensure your jam sets with a good consistency. Unripe fruit has higher levels of pectin which is a necessary ingredient! Alternatively, you can buy pectin from the supermarket and add it to your mix as per the instructions.

Method:

  1. Mash together the fruit and sugar and let stand for 2 hours (the sugar will react with the juice to make the fruit soft and sweet). If you do this in the saucepan you plan to use, you can save on dishes.
  2. Add lemon juice to fruit and sugar mix and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring continuously.
  3. Allow to boil for 30-45 minutes, stirring as needed to prevent the jam sticking to the bottom of the pan. Foam will form on top of the mixture. Scoop this off and discard. You will need to do this a few times.
  4. When the jam is thicker and a deeper colour, it’s ready. It will still be quite a bit thinner than you expect jam to be: it needs time to set after cooking. To check if it’s ready, use a teaspoon that has been in the freezer to scoop out a little of the mix. Give it a few moments to cool, and check the consistency is the way you like it.
  5. Pour the jam into your jars. The jars should be freshly sterilized and still hot. Do not pour the jam into cold jars unless you want shattered glass ruining the batch!
  6. Screw the lids onto your jars tightly and flip them upside down. Let stand like this for ten minutes to seal, then pop the jars (right side up) into the fridge. Allow to cool.

Depending on the size of your jars, this will fill about ten (remember, smaller is best for this!). Jam is best made in small batches (something about the consistency and the even cooking!) so repeat as necessary to make the amount you require.

This jam will keep for about a month in the fridge (it must be kept refrigerated!) but you can store it in the freezer to buy yourself some time. Keep in mind that your guests will need time to store it and eat it too!

Putting It All Together

Once your jam is cooled and ready it’s time to put everything together. Punch a hole in your labels and use twine, string or ribbon to tie them to the jars, or stick them to the jars if you have opted for stickers. Voila! The perfect wedding favour, cute and handmade with love.


This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea.

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Vintage Engagement Rings March 28


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Cape Town is an incredible and authentic Victorian era (circa 1900) 14k rose gold solitaire ring. This wonderfully unique ring centers an outstanding 3.38cts GIA certified Old Mine Brilliant Cut diamond graded M color and SI2 clarity. This show-stopping center diamond is nestled within an eight-prong setting and is embellished by a 14k rose gold split shank adorned with a twisted rope motif. Cape Town is slightly oxidized which adds a certain antique quality that can only come with true age. The ring is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.

Pershing Square is an impressive and sparkling set of rings that originally started out life as an 18k white gold bracelet from the 1990's. Trumpet & Horn added each handmade 18k gold shank. The ring centers a four-prong set Asscher Cut diamond gauged at approximately 0.25-0.30ct. each graded G-H color and VS-SI clarity. The geometrically cut center stone is surrounded by a halo of sixteen Round Brilliant Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.05ct in weight. An additional two Round Brilliant Cut diamonds adorn each shoulder, totaling approximately 0.015ct. The ring is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit most ring sizes. Please contact our concierge with sizing questions.

Vero Photography Workshop Seat Giveaway!

WORKSHOP SEAT GIVEAWAY! Our dear friend Kelly Berry, creator of the Vero Photography Workshop is giving away a FREE seat to the next Vero Workshop in Nashville, May 1st-4th.

The Vero Workshop is centered around growth, education, and inspiration. The awesome lineup of speakers including world renowned film photographer Tec Petaja will not only talk to the attendees about the mastering their craft, but also take it onto the field to shoot with the infamous Emily Riggs. Attendees will be learning all about social media marketing and SEO from us, Trumpet & Horn, and Joy Wed will educate attendees on editorial submissions, keeping styling consistent, and how to curate a solid creative team. The workshop includes FOUR photo shoots styled by the talented Jessica Sloane, with florals by Lindsay Coletta. For more info, go to www.veroworkshop.com!

Sound like fun? Here's how to enter:

Visit @workshopvero on Instagram, and share the "giveaway" graphic on your own page (tell us a little about you!) & tag two photographer friends

Follow @workshopvero & @trumpetandhorn & @kannephoto on Instagram

A winner will be chosen by your host, Kelly Berry on Friday, March 24th. Good luck!

Vintage Engagement Rings March 21


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Lake Lane is a gorgeous and authentic 14k yellow gold and opal ring from the 1960's. The ring centers a stunning colorless Cabochon jelly opal gauged at approximately 12mm x 10.50mm displaying a hint of green and red play-of-color. Jelly opals are generally found in either Oregon or Mexico and wearing the stone is believed to improve communication skills and bring solutions to difficult problems. Lake Lane is finished with a 14k yellow gold setting, decorated with yellow gold motifs of leaves and bunches of grapes. The ring is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit most ring sizes. Please contact our concierge with sizing questions.

Jacksboro is a sparkling and authentically Retro (circa 1940) 14k white gold ring with a newly added 14k rose gold shank. The ring centers three clusters of nineteen Round Brilliant Cut diamonds that total approximately 0.90ct in combined weight with H-I color and SI clarity. Trumpet and Horn replaced the white gold shank with a handmade, 14k rose gold shank to give it a fabulous two-tone look. The ring is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit from a size 5 to a size 9.

St. Patrick's Day Inspired Rings

As St. Patrick’s Day draws near, I’m gearing up for the one day where my world is awash with green and I can wear the one obnoxiously green dress I own. In the Trumpet & Horn office, I immediately equate green with my favorite four-leaf clover-toned gemstone, the emerald. Emeralds are over 2.97 BILLION years old and were a favorite of Pharaoh Cleopatra, so these luscious stones are pretty close to the top of my list. With these St. Patrick’s Day inspired emerald rings we’ll make sure you never get pinched for not wearing green ;)

Palm Desert: $7,200

More like Get-On-My-Palm Desert. This stunning Victorian Zambian emerald dates back to 1905 and kind of makes my eyes roll back in my head out of sheer beauty. It has no clarity enhancement, meaning the vibrant color and clarity are all its own. I’m wearing it as I type and I can’t stop writing tpoys. I mean... typos. SEE?! Get in on this.

Evergreen: $8,800

This emerald makes me Evergreen with envy. I am a sucker for anything with a baguette diamond, and this Art Deco masterpiece has four...Lorde help me! (Lorde the singer, that is. I bet she’d love this ring as much as I do. We would totally be best friends. Le sigh.) This gorgeous .80ct emerald hails from Colombia and is begging to be worn at our local tiki bar at Clifton’s. The baguette diamonds flanking the emerald vary in F-G color and VS clarity. Need I say more?

Clearbrook: $9,500

If Evergreen had a sexy second cousin from Colombia, Clearbrook would be her. With her sleek .33ct trillions cuts and vivid 1.05ct emerald this Bad Girl Ring Ring is ready for a night on the town. This St. Patrick’s Day inspired ring is just what the leprechaun ordered. Clearbrook, full hearts, can’t lose.

Shamrock: $3,500

I couldn’t pick a more appropriately named St. Patrick’s Day inspired ring if I tried. This sassy platinum and white gold ring will Shamrock your socks off! It is a converted Art Deco earring mounted on the diagonal, making it the perfect match for a millennial wanting a pop of color. At its price of $3,500 Shamrock is easy on the eyes and the wallet. I’ll cheers with Guinness to that!

Madison Square: $18,500

Welcome to New York! There are so many good things happening here I can hardly deal. This Art Deco vixen would make Gatsby himself drool. She features a bezel set Emerald Cut .70ct F-G VS center stone, 16 natural green emeralds and 24 OEC .70ct diamonds. She is the mother of all St. Patrick’s Day inspired rings and her legacy will live on for generations to come. There seems to be a pot of platinum at the end of my rainbow and I’m okay with that.


Liz is our Sales Manager, in-house stylist and token southern belle from New Orleans, LA. She specializes in personal shopping, gifting and making all things adorable. Click on her pic for styling advice!

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Vintage Engagement Rings March 14


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Seaview is a uniquely beautiful and authentic Art Nouveau (circa 1910) 14k yellow gold ring featuring a beautiful sapphire and diamond combination. The ring centers an Oval Cut natural sapphire accompanied by a Guild Laboratories certificate stating the sapphire is gauged at 1.35cts with Ceylon origin and signs of heat treatment. Seaview is flanked on either side by a pair of Oval Cut sapphires totaling approximately 0.80ct in weight and finished with four Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.15ct on the top and bottom of the ring. The ring is completed by a 14k yellow gold shank accented with scrolling detailing along the shoulders. It is currently a size 7.75 and can be sized to fit.

Ballinger is an authentic Edwardian era (circa 1915) ring, exemplifying the master craftsmanship of the era. The handmade platinum ring centers a bezel set Transitional Brilliant Cut diamond gauged at approximately 1.60ct and accompanied by a UGS Appraisal stating the diamond is graded F-G color and VS2 clarity. Due to the nature of the mounting, the diamond could not be removed from the setting, so it was graded in the mounting at UGS. The center diamond is gracefully complimented by a double halo of forty-eight Old Mine and Single Cut diamonds with an additional six diamonds lining the shoulders, totaling approximately 0.45ct in weight, each graded G-H color and SI clarity. Ballinger is finished with decadent milgraining along the beautiful platinum edges. It is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit most ring sizes. Please contact our concierge with sizing questions.

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