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Uncorked: Keri's Holiday Gift Picks

Last week, you met Marley and got a look at her favorite gifts for him, her, and a few other people on her list. This week, we're introducing you to Keri, another fabulous coordinator on the Cork Factory Hotel wedding team. Take a look at her six must-have picks:

  1. For the bride: "I love the wedding planning mug. This might have something to do with my coffee addiction, but the floral design is so sweet."
  2. For the stocking: "Who doesn't want candy in their stocking? The Champagne Bears are my favorite!"
  3. For her coworker: "I love the embossed notebook. These notebooks are great to have at your desk for writing down notes or to use as a personal journal."
  4. For her mom: "Our perfect pouch bundles come in so many fun colors. If I had to choose one, I'd pick the Good As Good bundle."
  5. For herself: "I've been eyeing up the rosebud enamel locket since we opened Cork Collection!"
  6. For her dad: "The credit card multi tool is so tiny and compact, yet so handy. It's makes a great stocking stuffer or gift for any guy."
Looking for more gift ideas and inspiration? 
Be sure to check out our curated gift guides and holiday collections:


Keri spends her weekends helping couples put on fabulous weddings and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles. During the week, you’ll likely find Keri at home cooking, enjoying her favorite bottle of vino, and spoiling her Jack Russell Terrier, Chase.


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Raise the Bar: Bar Cart Inspiration

It seems like bar carts are everywhere right now—and we love it. As you know, we are all about a good party, and a beautiful bar cart is one of our favorite ways to take any celebration to the next level.

Every bar cart has its own purpose and style. From weddings to housewarming parties (and every day in between), dressing a bar cart for the occasion is truly an art. To help inspire your own, take a look at some of our favorite Cork Collection bar carts below:

Anything can be a bar on wheels—even a welder's cart. You may recognize this bar cart from Dylan's leather and lace wedding. To create this industrial look, we incorporated salvaged cinder blocks and wheels. This added dimension and additional surface area to display things like the lightbox and glass bowls filled with sweet treats. To soften the look, we filled in open spaces with loose greens and antique brass candlesticks topped with flowers and candles.

 This bar cart was the center of attention at Ann's classic and coastal bridal shower. We topped this vintage brass beauty with linen coated trays, which were used to serve cocktails to guests. To add color (and to play up the classic and coastal theme), we filled clear glass vessels with lemons. Adding fresh produce or greens is a simple way to make a big statement on any bar cart! 

When you think of a bar cart, cardboard is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But these mini cocktail trollies are the life of the party! (If you don't believe us, take a look at Clara's whimsy and wonder bachelorette party.) This small, pop-up bar cart is perfect for tabletops or small spaces, and for displaying little libations, like shots and shooters. You can also use this trolly to display garnishes, cocktail napkins, and other bar essentials.

From recipe books to decanter tags to drink stirrers, add some holiday "cheers" to your own bar cart.
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Uncorked: Marley's Holiday Gift Picks

If you've hosted or attended a wedding at Cork Factory Hotel, there's a good chance you've met Marley. She's one of our on-site wedding coordinators and might just be one of the most stylish people we know. When it comes to fashion and trends, Marley never misses a beat. See what she had to say about her gift picks for this holiday season:

  1. For her significant other: "I love this engraved tie clip to spruce up his ties."
  2. For the stocking: "All of these nail polishes make great stocking stuffers, but 'Scout' is my favorite."
  3. For her mom: "I got one of these perfect pouches for my mom. She is always looking for a new clutch and these are perfect. There are so many colors and quotes to choose from."
  4. For the bride: "The blush sparkling clutch is my go-to gift for the bride. It's perfect for holding small day-of essentials and is a keepsake she can use for special occasions in the years to come."
  5. For the flower girl: "A papillion necklace is my personal favorite flower girl gift. It's so dainty and little girls love that they get to wear something sparkly for the big day and every day after."
  6. And a little something for herself: "If I'm going to get something for myself, it's definitely going to be these druzy stud earrings."

Looking for more gift ideas and inspiration?
Be sure to check out our curated gift guides and holiday collections:


Marley is a wedding coordinator by day and a lasagna aficionado by night. Her favorite moment of a wedding day is seeing the look on the groom's face as the bride walks down the aisle. When she's not perfecting the details of the big day, you can find Marley at the park with her fur baby, Pablo.

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A Gingerbread Decorating Bridal Shower

You've already been introduced to Sarah, our most recent Cork Collection bride. The inspiration for Sarah came from our own desire to make time for the simple things in life. And with the holiday hustle in full force, what better time to slow down, refocus, and embrace simplicity. That's why we're recapping one of our favorite moments from Sarah's simplicity and grace wedding this week on the blog: the bridal shower!

At the shower, Sarah and her closest friends and family gather around a wooden table set with railroad striped placemats, paper lace doilies, and ready-for-decorating gingerbread chapels from The Baker's Table. Before they begin, Sarah is a given an oatmeal full sash apron to wear for the day (and a gift to take home).

Frosting-filled pastry bags and glass jars full of sprinkles and candies fill the center of the table. In between decorating, the gals sip tea from oversized endearment mugs and snack on freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Of course, it wouldn't be a bridal shower without gifts! Unwrapped gifts are set on antique barrels for Sarah to take home later. (Click on any of the images below to shop these gifts.)

Sarah's bridal shower is all about time well spent with those closest to her. Take a look at some of our other favorite details from the day:

To see more inspiration or to shop this bridal shower, check out Sarah's simplicity and grace lookbook.

Photography: Lauren Fisher Photography | Flowers: Petals With Style | Gingerbread chapels: The Baker's Table

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How to Create a Pretty Paper Tabletop

You've all seen the gorgeous, styled tabletops—you know, the ones with the beautiful place settings and perfectly placed accents and decor. Before you think I could never pull that off, think again. Creating a tabletop that looks like a million bucks without breaking the bank is easy. You just need the right pieces.

We love working with paper party collections that look and feel high end. A beautiful table doesn't require fine china and cascading centerpieces. It's all about the details: how each element—whether paper or porcelain—works together to create the perfect presentation.

With a little help from our beloved baroque party collection, we've put together three simple tips for setting a stylish table:

Add a layer, then another layer, and then layer some more.

A table is the one place you want some drama in your life. If your place settings look a little bare, that's probably because there are not enough layers. We often start with a charger and build up from there using different sized plates. Then, of course, there's the napkin. There are dozens of different napkin folds, but we err on the side of simple when dealing with those of the paper persuasion. To get the look below, simply unfold a square napkin and refold it in half along the now-longer side. Then, place it under the center of the top one or two plates (depending on how many you have stacked) so the napkin sticks out on either side.

Don't be afraid to mix patterns and collections.

Your table setting will be comprised of plates, cups, napkins, flatware, and more. Don't feel like you need to buy everything from the same collection. Mix and match patterns and colors to add visual interest to your table. Take it one step further by mixing paper with antique flatware or stemware. Embrace texture!

Now, fill in the extra space!

You can create the illusion of a full table with just a few pieces. Rather than ordering full table arrangements (unless you want to, of course), scatter a few antique candlesticks or narrow vases down the table and top each one with a single flower. (Don't shy away from mixing styles and textures here, too.) Simple votives with tea light candles are also ideal for filling in those empty spaces. Still have some room? Add a cake plate or two for height and additional surface area, perfect for displaying desserts or drinks.

Tag @corkcollection on Instagram to share your own tabletop settings with us!
And get this look for your own table:

(Images courtesy of Talking Tables)

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Tulle Skirt Styling 101

As we get ready for our Tulle Takeover event on November 9, we're thinking about all the fun reasons and ways to wear a tulle skirt. From weddings to holiday parties to happy hours to a Saturday morning trip to the market, tulle is the perfect go-between for those daytime-to-evening looks (and is quickly becoming a closet staple among the Cork Collection team). We sat down with Lancaster-based personal stylist Jessica Timblin to get her tips and tricks for styling these playful skirts!


Play with texture

Fall is the perfect time to be fearless with your fashion choices. Try pairing your skirt with a cozy cashmere sweater for a dreamy, luxe look or a fur shrug for an instant dose of glam and sophistication. If an edgy look is more your style, add your favorite leather or cargo jacket. 

Get this look:

Go casual

Think tulle skirts are just for formal occasions? Think again! Up your weekend wear game by pairing your skirt with a chambray button down and slip-on sneakers for serious laid back vibes. 

Get this look:

Let the skirt shine

Keep the rest of your look simple by going monochromatic from head to toe. A smart turtle neck, sling back heels, and personal jewelry let the skirt be the star.

Get this look:


Create your own tulle skirt look at our Tulle Takeover event on November 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. 
Learn more or RSVP!


About Jessica Timblin
Before becoming a personal stylist, Jessica styled for bebe and owned her own vintage clothing shop, Farview & 42nd Vintage. She currently runs a fashion and lifestyle blog for new mamas called Learn more about Jessica:

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Trick-or-Treat (Yourself): Halloween Picks

You don't have to sacrifice sophistication to celebrate the spookiest day of the year. Whether you're throwing a bash or just passing out candy to your littlest neighbors, celebrate Halloween in style with our favorite festive picks:

(Click on any of the images below to get inspiration and shop.)

"Write" As A Ghost

Chalk is fun to work with and it's the perfect tool for creating ghostly-inspired sketches. These picks are ideal for creating trick-or-treat signs, personalized gift tags, and more!

A Spooktacular Tabletop

Hosting a party? Setting a table for two? Create a Halloween tablescape that is both gothic and graceful with these black and basic tabletop essentials.

Skip-the-Trick Treats

Step up your Halloween candy game with individually boxed Sugarfina candies. Or, break them apart and use a heart sticker to seal up these stylish treat bags.

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#PARTYWITHCORK: Vendor Party Recap

Last month, we kicked off our grand opening celebration with a cocktail party that featured live music from 3WEST Productions, food and bubbly from Cork Factory Hotel, and live sketches from fashion illustrator Elaine Biss. The night was one for the books, and Lauren Fisher was there to capture the whole thing. (She is also the photographer behind many of our Cork Collection brides.) Take a look at just a few of the highlights from the night below: 


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Plan Like the Pros: 3 Wedding Planning Tips

Cork Factory Hotel—home to Cork Collection—is a destination for hundreds of weddings and events each year. 

With more than ten years of wedding planning experience, Cork Factory Hotel's wedding sales manager Jenny Mercandetti knows a thing or two about how to plan the perfect day. That's why we asked her to share her top three tips for the months and weeks leading up to your wedding:

I. Don't sweat the small stuff.

Whether it's a Monday or the most important day of your life—like, say, a wedding—sometimes things just don't go as planned. More often than not, these things are completely out of your control. It's important to recognize that while you may have done everything you can to make sure your t's are crossed and i's are dotted, unexpected things do happen and it's best to just roll with it. (We know, easier said than done.) The team of vendors you have in place for your wedding day will do everything in their power to minimize the damage that any unexpected occurrences may cause. (And they may even have the ability to fix the problem so you don't even notice something's wrong in the first place.) Trust your team of vendors and just focus on enjoying your day!

II. Don't put off what you can do today.

Don't wait until the last minute to create place cards, pick out and gift wrap favors, choose song lists for your DJ, and finalize other details that are crucial to your big day. Cross as many things off of your wedding "to do" list as quickly as possible so that you can spend the last few weeks working on anything that may change unexpectedly (and hopefully relax knowing that you have completed your checklist).

III. Trust your gut instincts.

One of the first decisions you will make during the wedding planning process is deciding which vendors to use. When selecting any vendor, make sure you feel comfortable with him or her. It's important to choose vendors not just by what they say, but by whether or not you feel that you can wholeheartedly trust them with your day. Beyond that, when it comes to the details of your day (e.g., flowers, centerpieces, etc.), don't settle for what's on trend or what people tell you to choose. Choose details that you like. Details that represent who you are. Making decisions that you are most comfortable with will set you up for an experience that will be stress-free, unforgettable, and fun!

What other wedding planning related tips would you like to know or have you found helpful? We'd love to hear from you!

(The Ballroom at Cork Factory Hotel)

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Our Favorite Picks for Fall

August, you've been good to us but our favorite time of year is almost here. September means Fall is just around the corner and we are more than ready! This season, we're loving all things leather, neutral, and plaid. (It's not really Fall if there's not a little bit of plaid, right?) 

Check out our favorite picks for Fall below. Click on any image to get more inspiration and shop the look!

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