The Wishing Tree
In lieu of asking your friends to sign a guest book, have them jot down their wishes on hanging tags and sling them on a "tree" made from manzanita branches. For the container, Cowie hot-glued bright pink fabric to a terra-cotta pot, made a square of white fabric tape, and tucked carnation heads into the base. The table runner is accessorized with ribbon attached with fabric glue.
Pink gift tags, $3.50 for 10, Jam Paper & Envelope; white lacquer tumbler (used for pencils), $18, and box for tags, $34; both, Jonathan Adler; linen runner in flax, $49, Pottery Barn; grosgrain ribbon, Midori Ribbon.