Show friends and family theyâ€™re in your heart with this display "pierced" by escort-card arrows that point them to their tables. To create it, fold a big sheet of paper in two, draw half a heart against the crease, and cut it out. Trace it on a piece of lauan wood board, tap in nails, and then loop nylon cord around them any which way. Place arrows (made from card stock) alphabetically in rows for quick spotting. And remember: The bigger your guest list, the bigger your heart needs to be. This one holds 70 tags.
The ancient art of Japanese paper folding was used to make this romantic design, complete with a pocket for a place card. Making the 3 1/4-inch stand-up heart shape is surprisingly simple. Choose 6-inch square origami papers with a pretty pattern or different color on each side; both will be visible in the heart.
Guests will be enjoying these favors for days after your reception. Wrap bite-size Hershey's miniatures (keep on only the foil) in our clip art letters. Spell out your initials or just compose warm words to love by. Place in clear boxes for a perfect 10-bar fit, and tie with gold thread.
Make your guests happy by offering them something sweet: pates de fruits that have undergone whimsical heart transplants. These intensely flavored French fruit jellies wear their you-know-whats on their sleeves. Using heart-shaped aspic cutters -- one big, one small -- stamp out hearts from pates de fruits in varying colors. Then mix and match the hearts with the cut-out squares. The treats can be packaged as favors or served as dessert.
Give petite flowers a larger presence by arranging them in this romantic shape. In this centerpiece are enough blooms for every guest to take a cluster or two home. To ensure that the design stands out, use short, small vessels, such as eggcups. We combined a vibrant collection of ranunculus with all-white details. Candles placed inside the heart will showcase the flowers into the evening.
At the end of the night, send your guests home with a favor they'll want to sample right away. Simply place your favorite tea inside a glassine pouch. To get the classic tea-bag shape, fold the corners in, then fold the top of the pouch down. Use a needle and thread to stitch closed, and add a tag.
Replace the boring crouton cubes in your salads with savory heart-shaped versions. These crisps consist of three layers of phyllo dough filled with Asiago cheese and ground pine nuts. The layers are seasoned with thyme, shaped with a cookie cutter, and then baked. They go well with any mixed green salad or even soups.
Tie invitations together with these fasteners. Simply cut out hearts from colored card stock using a specialty hole punch (available at crafts stores). Poke two holes into each heart with a needle, then sew the hearts onto dual-capacity envelopes using the needle and silk beading cord. Secure stitches with a double knot on the backside of the flaps. After inserting the invitation, close the envelope by winding a 5-inch length of the cord in a figure-eight motion around the hearts.
What's better than digging into a slice of cheesecake? That's easy -- eating the whole thing! Give each guest a tiny version of the classic creamy, graham cracker-crusted treat. These cakes manage to trump the original, thanks to whimsical hearts made from raspberry puree.
Everyone knows you and your groom are cut out for each other; these monogrammed shortbread sandwich cookies just drive home the point. Let store-bought cookie cutters do the heavy lifting; we used a round ruffly one to get the shape and mini alphabet cutters for the monogram. Between the layers? Sweet-tart rhubarb jam -- another perfect match.