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Holiday Decor Idea with Gold and Copper Bottles

Every year I create the holiday table decor for our very large family holiday dinners. All of us chip in to help my mum in some way. I am not a good cook so my skills cannot be used in the kitchen…well I suppose they could but I don’t think anybody would eat my food. This year, the theme for the table was copper, gold, and glitter!!! I always make an effort to use supplies I have lying around or left over from other projects. As we are big into celebrating and that often…who am I kidding, always involves a few bottles of wine and champagne, I gathered all the empty bottles and removed the labels. In addition, I gathered some votive candles, spray paint cans, glue, and glitter. Although waiting for the paint to dry is a bit time consuming, everything else is pretty quick. The end result provides a really pretty and festive look.

Holiday Decor

Step 1 – Paint the bottles. Lay out the bottles in your driveway on a garbage bag or a rag. Be sure to keep a good 6 – 10″ distance from the spray paint can and the bottle…if the spray paint gets too close to the bottle, you will have paint dripping down the can. I like to wave my can back and forth as I spray up and down…it creates even coverage. Let the bottles fully dry before you touch them. You may have to add a second coat of paint.


Step 2 – Adhere the glue to the bottle. I tried an expensive glue and a plain old cheapo stick of glue – the cheap glue stick worked the best. Apply it to the specific area.


Step 3 – Add the glitter. Shake the bottle of glitter heavily over the bottle. Don’t be afraid to add too much glitter – you can always pour the excess back into the jar. Let the bottles sit for an hour to dry.

Step 4 – Place the tapered candles into the bottles. You will probably have to shave off the base of the candle with a knife. Do this outdoors – candle wax can be a beast to clean up on the kitchen floor. Scrape just enough off so that you can screw the candle into each bottle.


Step 5 – Place your bottles. I scattered the tall and small bottles in threes to provide a nice dimension down the table. 7

Step 6 – Add additional decor. Add a garland, craft runner, whatever you fancy! Light the candles and enjoy your decor!Gold decor


Happy Holidays from all of us at One Fine Day Events!

The Idea Board | Ultimate Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

With the holidays racing towards us at record speed (is it really already December 20th?!), I thought I would share my go-to holiday party offering – the ultimate gingerbread cookie recipe! Nothing says the holidays like a little spice – read below for this awesome and spicy cookie from Ina Garten.

Image: Rustic White Photography 


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsps. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsps. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c. molasses
  • 1 extra-large egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped crystallized ginger
  • granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and salt and then combine the mixture with your hands. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar, oil, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes. Turn the mixer to low speed, add the egg, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the crystallized ginger and mix until combined.

Scoop the dough with 2 spoons or a small ice cream scoop. With your hands, roll each cookie into a 1 3/4-inch ball and then flatten them lightly with your fingers. Press both sides of each cookie in granulated sugar and place them on the sheet pans. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. The cookies will be crackled on the top and soft inside. Let the cookies cool on the sheets for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy!!

One Fine Day Events is a boutique wedding planning company based in Tahoe City, CA. We specialize in hand made weddings at private estates and lakefront properties in Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Wedding Advice | Bachelorette Party Tips

Now that your best friend, sister, college roommate is engaged – it’s time to start thinking about the bachelorette party!!! There are so many ideas but we have a few tips to get you started on the right track.

1. Pick the group that she feels comfortable “letting loose” around | Get the invite list from the bride and let her decide who she would like to have join – if she hasn’t spoken to someone in a while or doesn’t feel comfortable in Vegas with work colleagues, they don’t need to get an invite.

Image: Colleen Kern Photography

3.) Remember this is her night or weekend | Focus on what will make her have fun and enjoy a relaxing evening, not what everyone else wants to do.If sipping wine by a roaring fire while glamping, or partying all night in Vegas are things that will make your bride-to-be happy, then that is what your plan should entail.

Images: Pinterest

2.) Create a Budget | Once you have the guest list created, ask everyone what they are comfortable spending. If it’s relatively small, keep this in mind and maybe plan a one-night, local adventure. If everyone has a little more wiggle room, maybe consider turning this into a weekend relaxation trip or quick flight to somewhere fun.

4.) Elect one person for Planning  | It’s so easy for everyone to brainstorm and come up with a million locations, ideas, themes, etc. Let one person coordinate all of the details and then as a group finalize everything. That way no one is doing double work and everything will be more seamless.

Images: Pinterest

5.) Take care of Transportation | Do everyone a favor and rent either a limo, town car, or party bus. No one wants to be the “sober” one for this fun night out, so everyone should build in their budget an allotment for responsible transportation.

One Fine Day Events is a Lake Tahoe wedding planning company based in the heart of Tahoe City. We specialize in hand tailored Lake Tahoe weddings at private estates and lakefront properties.

The Idea Board | Cinnamon Toast Hot Toddy

Leaves are turning, the air is becoming chillier, and we’ve had the first flurries of snow – Fall is officially here! As the weather shifts to all things Autumn, I always turn to a cozy beverage to snuggle up with – Cinnamon Toast Hot Toddy. This would be the perfect accompaniment for a night on the couch, or by the fire, with a snuggly sweater.


  • 1 1/4 ounce(s) Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
  • 6 ounce(s) hot apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cinnamon

Add hot apple cider and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum to a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon. Sip slowly and enjoy!


One Fine Day Events is a Lake Tahoe wedding planning company based in the heart of Tahoe City. We specialize in hand tailored Lake Tahoe weddings at private estates and lakefront properties.

Bridal Braids | The Idea Board

Think of your hair as a lovely accessory full of capabilities! For your bridal coif, why not venture off the beaten path and create something super romantic yet a touch whimsical – a milkmaid braid? Although they look super complicated they are actually one of the easier braids to master and add a touch of bohemian romance. Top your bridal braid off with a  gorgeous flower and you will be the most lovely bride in sight!

First Row: Pinterest | KT Merry
Second Row: KT Merry

One Fine Day Events is a wedding planning company specializing in beautiful Lake Tahoe weddings!

Cake Couture | The Idea Board

As I was purusing the interweb I came across an abolsuletly stunning couture cake designer, Maggie Austin Cakes, and fell in love! So it is with this gorgeous as awe-inspiring discovery that I would like to remind you while your are planning and designing the style of your wedding, don’t over-look a very important part of the decor – the wedding cake. Wedding cakes are back in a big way and they are becoming more and more about the colors, flavors, and design than your traditional white 2-tiered cake. Think of incorporating your wedding’s color palatte, designing it with your decor in mind, or taking your guests on a culinary adventure with bold and unique flavor pairings.

All Images: Maggie Austin Cakes 

One Fine Day Events is a Lake Tahoe wedding planning company based in the heart of Tahoe City. We specialize in hand tailored Lake Tahoe weddings at private estates and lakefront properties.