How to Have Your Dream Wedding on a Small Budget

Weddings are a frequent event in Utah. And with Utah’s amazing scenery and the fact that we have all four seasons, each bride can easily have her dream wedding. But when it comes to planning the big day, your budget can get in the way of your dream becoming a reality.

So we have put together some great ideas that can help you save some money without sacrificing the wedding of your dreams.


When it comes to flowers it is important remember that you are not limited to what the flower shop offers. Faux flowers can be added to centerpieces to help fill space and save money. Make sure to choose flowers that blend well with your real flowers. We have a great selection of faux flowers and we can help you pick out some flowers to add to your arrangement and no one will ever know!

Can you tell which flowers are real and which are faux in this centerpiece?
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Try spray painting a faux flower ball to match your colors, then hang it from a tree, gazebo or or archway!
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Add some curly willow to an arrangement for new look. You can even spray paint the twigs to match your wedding colors.
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Every detail matters when decorating a wedding – down to the smallest details in the table settings. A great way to enhance your table setting without breaking the bank is using chasers. They don’t cost a lot and you can always spray paint them to match your colors.


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We know how expensive weddings can get. That is why we want you to come into any one of our 7 locations and talk with a sales associate to see what we can do to help. Don’t give up on your dream wedding because of the cost.

Come to Tai Pan first or visit to find great deals and ideas.

You can also follow us on Pinterest for some other great ideas!

Photography by: Tiffany Burke

Best (And Easy) Summer Lemonade Recipe

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It’s summer, which means it’s officially BBQ season – the time of the year we uncover the grill, gather your marshmallow roasting sticks, and invite your friends and family over for some fun in the sun. But with all that time in the heat, you want to be sure you have a tasty drink to cool you down and quench your thirst. We have an easy lemonade recipe that’s perfect for your next summer BBQ. But don’t forget, presentation is everything! Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles of Trader Joes limeade (or your favorite limeade brand)
  • 3 cans of pineapple juice
  • 2 limes juiced
  • Fresh strawberries, pineapple, and limes
  • Some fresh mint to taste

Summer_Lemonade_Recipe Best tasting tip: Make it a few hours before your party and keep it in the refrigerator.

Tlemonade_set_upo get the look: We used one of our canisters for the lemonade and displayed it on a white tin serving tray (available in three sizes), put the fresh fruit in our small ceramic bowls, and included an orange and white striped towel to complete the summer look.

Don’t forget to head over to TPT Deals to get some great deals on other summer essentials.

Giveaway! Farmers Market Survival Kit!

I love the Farmers Market, nothing says summer to me like farm fresh produce and local vendors displaying their wares outdoors.  I keep a bag on a hook by my front door with all the things I need to shop on a Saturday morning, it keeps me from scrambling around when I’m in a rush to take advantage of the good parking and cool morning hours.  This week I’d like you to have an opportunity to get a free and fashionable set-up to use when shopping your local markets…and yes, TPT counts as a small business and local market!Farmers Market Bag

What YOU Could Win!

  • Burlap Bag with Black/White Chevron Lining and an interior pocket.
  • 2-Color Straw Fidora with a Blue accent Ribbon.
  • 2 Pairs of Sunglasses.

All Shipped for free to your home!

If you follow our blog just leave a comment naming your favorite thing about the Farmers Market and/or your information in the Contact menu and we will enter you in the Giveaway! Winner will be selected at random on Friday, July 24th.

My favorite farmers markets are naturally in close proximity to my stomping grounds. The SoCo Farmers Market is a little piece of heaven in the heart of Orange County.  It runs from 9am-2pm on Saturdays right outside our TPT Home store in Costa Mesa, CA.  Here are a few pictures from their SoCo Farmers Market tumbler, there are lots of helpful bits of information there to help you navigate the market.

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My other favorite is the Downtown SLC Farmers Market.  This market is huge: there are musicians, crafts, special events, local fare, and even a Bike Valet!Bike V

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5 Easy Table Settings to Brighten up Your Table

Blog post previously written by blogger, Brittany Maddux

The dining room table is one of our favorite pieces of furniture because when it comes to decorating it, the possibilities are endless! From center pieces to chair ties and place settings, you can find the perfect look for your home or event.

Blogger Brittany Maddux recently wrote a blog with 5 great ideas for table settings. We supplied the dishes and décor for the settings, she put them together and then gave her thought to each one. See a preview of each setting below then head on over to her blog to read more!

After you have been inspired, head over to TPT Deals to get started!

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Classic Pink
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Easy Naan Pizza and Savory Mojito Watermelon

By Maren Anderson

It’s the eve of the 4th of July! Many of my friends have family plans tomorrow, a pizza party on the 3rd seemed like the perfect way to start the festivities.  I decided on a Americana Pizza Parlor theme…keeping in mind the cheese is French and the crusts will be Indian.

I’ve been wanting to use the last of the leftover scraps of Stone Wrap that I had from making Bunting.  This wrap is truly amazing, I cut it into strips and tied it in knots onto a braided jute, then attached it to my chandelier.  I swagged it across the distance from the light to the cabinet tops and windows.  It creates an intimate space, quite charming I think.


As much as I love good food, I’m not a baker and I hate to heat up the oven in the Summer.  I do however love the broiler.  In lieu of all the hassle of pizza dough I decided to use naan as a pizza crust, Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan in particular.

Tai Pan Trading had these adorable pizza knives, sometimes the details really set off a theme.  There were many white ceramic serving pieces in the 50% off whiteware section; I ended up with a 3-section condiment dish, 2 round serving trays, and a rectangular dish for the naan to thaw before it was embellished and cooked. The kitchen area of the store was full of ideas, these linen placemats will be perfect for the 4th of July, Christmas, Valentines, and my pizza party.  It worked out brilliantly.

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It was a build-your-own-pizza kind of affair, a little chaotic but everyone had their name in chalk on their chalkboard mason jars from Tai Pan Trading and TPT Home, giving some order to everything.


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Caprese Naan Pizza

  • Garlic Naan or Plain Naan Thawed
  • Premium Mozzarella Cheese Log
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Bruschetta (Trader Joe’s) 3-4 Tbsp
  • Fresh Basil
  • Oil  and Balsamic Vinegar (sparingly)
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper

This combination is simple and easy.  I had a few other things on hand to add though: olives, marinated mushrooms, prosciutto & artichoke hearts.

Put the pizza combination on a pizza stone, cookie sheet, or oven safe ceramic plate or tray.  Broil in the middle of the oven for up to 5 minutes.  Keep an eye on it, broilers can cook things faster than we anticipate.

And Serve!  We used the cute pizza knives to cut our Naan pizzas, so everyone could try the various combinations.  The Pear, Brie, & Prosciutto pizzas were a fast favorite.

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Pear, Brie & Prosciutto Naan Pizza

This pizza combination took a little more prep work but it was a huge hit.

  • Garlic Naan Thawed
  • Sliced Pears, Caramelized in Brown Sugar
  • Bruschetta, 2 Tbsp
  • Prosciutto, torn into Small Pieces.
  • Sliced Brie Wedge, I used a lower fat version from Trader Joe’s.
  • Fresh Basil or Thyme, use sparingly.
  • Fresh Ground Pepper


For a light and refreshing summer dessert, savory & sweet Mojito Watermelon is ideal.  It only takes a few minutes to cut the watermelon and toss the ingredients together.


Mojito Watermelon

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Lime Zest and 2 Tbsp of Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 Small Watermelon, Rind discarded
  • 1/3 cup Torn Mint Leaves

Whisk oil, lime juice, and sugar together.  Season the mix with salt and pepper.  Pour over the watermelon and sprinkle in the mint, lime zest, add some sea salt to taste.