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Crafty Ideas For The Bride On A Budget
Here’s to love, happiness, and just plain fun. Add to the gaiety of any proclamation with these toast-worthy flutes. Make a bride and groom set, or provide one for each guest to have and to hold, and to take home.

Designer: Joan K. Morris

I’d Like to Propose a Toast

Today virtually all areas of the world have a celebratory drinking toast, which is declared before imbibing. The act of raising one’s glass and toasting may have originated as early as 12th-century Europe, where drinkers placed spiced toast in a cup of wine or ale to add flavor and absorb the sediment. As this tradition waned, revelers commenced drinking to a specific woman’s name, presumably in hopes that the female’s name would “spice” the drink’s flavor in place of the bread.

According to one fable, the first wedding toast began in France, where scorched bread was placed at the bottom of the newlyweds’ wine glasses, challenging the duo to a race. The spouse who drank the wine and ate the bread first would be the ruler of the couple’s household.

Another tale says Rowena, the daughter of a Saxon leader, made the very first toast at a feast in Saxony. As legend has it, Rowena toasted the British king, saying, “Lord King, be of health.” King Vortigern, being overwhelmed by her gesture, married her that very night.

Whatever the derivation, toasting a bride and groom has become a conventional blessing, filled with sentimental discourse or good-natured jesting.

Traditionally, the best man is expected to toast the pair with a short speech or poem. Allowing more of the wedding party to give individual toasts is growing in popularity, which sometimes includes the parents toasting the couple and the two toasting each other.

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  • Step 1

    Clean the flutes. Place masking tape around the inside rim of the flute, and the area at the top of the stem to protect them from the spray. Wrap a piece of paper covering the whole stem, and tape in place. Wrap a piece of paper inside the flute, and tape in place.

  • Step 2

    Evenly space the round stickers all the way around the cup portion of the flute. Be sure and rub the stickers down to prevent the spray from getting underneath them.

  • Step 3

    Spray the flutes with food-safe frosted glass spray, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply the spray in light, even coats. The more coats you apply, the more opaque the glass will become. Let dry.

  • Step 4

    Remove the tape, the paper, and the stickers. They should peel off easily. If they don’t, use a craft knife to peel up the edges and pull them off. If there is an area with over-spray, lightly scrape it off with a craft knife.

  • Step 5

    Cut a 36-inch-long piece of wire for each flute. Start placing the beads onto the wire, alternating the size, shape, and color, until you have 10 inches of beads. Center the beads on the wire.

  • Step 6

    Hold both ends of the beading so the beads don’t slip off, and start wrapping the bead string around the stem of the flute. When you have all the beads wrapped around the stem, wrap the end of the wire around the bottom of the stem a few times and then back up under the beads to hide it. Do the same thing with the wire end at the top.

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