Little Details

One little detail that I just had to incorporate into our wedding day was customized cocktail napkins! Over the months, I had seen so many cute images of how couples had made their day even more personal by including custom napkins, that I knew I wanted to do so as well!


Cocktail Napkins by Reflections by Lola *via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Cocktail recipes on cocktail napkins! Napkins designed by Lion in the Sun, Image *via Oh So Beautiful Paper
*photo by Joe Elario Photography via Oh So Beautiful Paper
*photo by Chelsea Davis Photography; design by Melissa and Amy from Atheneum Creative; via Oh So Beautiful Paper

I wasn’t sure what exactly was going to be printed on the Beanstalk napkins or what color (teal or orange), but being the total DIY bride that I am, I did know that I was going to be the one creating them! Like so many other bees before me (Mrs, Cupcake, Mrs. Cloud, & Mrs. Cream Puff to name a few), I decided to Gocco my napkins. I had the Gocco (remember I bought it to print our paper goods?!) and tons of extra supplies, so I knew it could be done! As it usually goes with the Gocco, it was going to be a fairly easy, yet time consuming project (you must first create your screen, print it, make a carbon copy, burn the screen, ink the screen and then print your little heart out).

I put off creating the napkins for awhile (I had other projects to tackle first…like the invitations)! In that time that I was doing other wedding related things, I discovered some amazing cocktail napkins at BHLDN! They had fun patterns and came in different colors (teal being one)! I thought that they were so cute and fit with our wedding theme, so I bought several packages of each pattern in the teal.

The napkins I bought….gingham and polka-dots! Aren’t they cute? * via BHLDN

Even though I bought printed cocktail napkins, I still wanted to create my own. Now that I had teal napkins, I decided to DIY orange ones (that was an easy decision)! I bought a package of 150 napkins from Amazon and got to work on my design. I decided to keep it simple and went with a cute little quote that we used throughout the paper goods. I then added our names and wedding date and I was done!

The simple design I created for our napkins.

After making my printout and running to Staples to make a carbon copy, I was ready to print my napkins! Once I started printing, the process didn’t take too long, it just was very repetitive and left my home looking like this:

This is pretty much what my entire kitchen and living room looked like. Image *via Mrs, Cupcake

I was beyond happy with the result and thought that they turned out great! I did create another design, which included pumpkins, but when I stamped the napkin, the pumpkin just didn’t look like one, so I decided to keep it simple with my simple text only design! The next two images are a bit grainy because they were taken with my iPhone.

Yes, I actually Photoshoped all of the napkins to remove our names!

Another way to achieve this same fun DIY cocktail napkin look is with a rubber stamp! Find a cute stamp you like or that represents your love or wedding theme/look, buy some napkins and stamp your heart out! The great thing is, you can really get creative with napkin color/stamp pad color combos! And if you love custom napkins but don’t have time, The Knot offers a HUGE selection of semi-customized cocktail napkin that you can buy! Sister Beanstalk told me about this option, after I had already bought the orange napkins, otherwise I might have snagged some up because they really do offer a great selection of designs and colors!

Anyone else go crazy over cocktail napkins? Did you buy or DIY them?


Mrs. Beanstalk

Boston/Delray Beach
Wedding Date:
October 2012
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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 1:46 pm

    Dang: nice photoshopping job–it really looks like they say Mr. & Mrs. Beanstalk! They look awesome; can’t wait to see how they came together for the big day!

  2. scepter Bee
    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 1:57 pm

    I love the phrase you put on them, and the napkins from BHLDN are super cute!

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    Merelymere 476 posts, Helper bee @ 2:13 pm

    My MOH did stamped napkins for my tea– she just bought cute napkins online and stamped a “B” (my married initial) on the corner. Bonus- I have all of the extras! I love them.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:46 pm

    These are so cute! I wanted personalized napkins with quotes, but just never got around to it!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:10 pm

    God I love this. I think I’m slow. You made a carbon copy and then ran them through a gocco?

  6. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 4:25 pm

    We ordered custom cocktail napkins from for our wedding and they turned out great.

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    Workerbee, Guest @ 4:31 pm

    Wow you’re so creative!! They came out great!

  8. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:17 pm

    I like how they turned out, and the colors is great.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:48 pm

    I too am a sucker for personalized napkins!!! I love the way yours came out!!!!

    I bought at least 400 cocktail napkins at Ikea (cheappppp!) and a rubber stamp with a cute “Happily ever after” banner and stamped away, it was one of the easiest DIY projects I did for our wedding. I love all of the small details, they make a wedding so personal!

    Oh and PS: I adore those BhLDN napkins. I hope you have a few leftover for fancy dinners with the hubs or for your next dinner party 🙂

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