April 5th, 2011 |

{Sponsored Post} Tiny Prints Mother’s Day Cards

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March 30th, 2011 |

Bridal Shower in the Vineyards

 

How in love with these images are you?!  I sure am!  I’ve been swooning over this centerpiece idea for a while now….and I now have the perfect place to use it!  In my free time {which doesn’t really seem to exist anymore!}, I have been planning my younger sister’s bridal shower…in Napa Valley!  Say goodbye to these freezing, grey days here in Chicago – I’m grabbing the bride and her bridesmaids and we are taking off for a sunny weekend in the vineyards.  Sounds pretty fabulous, right?!  I sure hope the bride thinks so!

In addition to a few days of wine tasting, vineyard tours, shopping in the quaint villages, and eating at some pretty fabulous restaurants, I plan to end the weekend with an extra-special “bridal shower” at a sparkling wine estate.  Champagne tasting, brunch, and a gorgeous setting….what more do you need to plan, right?!  Come on…this is me….I have to throw in a few personal touches, right?!

Throwing an out-of-town shower poses a few logistical problems, and I’m wondering if any of you have ever done this before.  Did you use local vendors for everything?  Did you ship everything in prior to the event?  I would love to hear what you all think!

The images above are a few images I pulled together to coordinate with the invitation I designed for her…..I love the way it turned out!  I think you may just see it show up as a new collection in the shop soon!

Images: centerpiece (hatchcreativestudios.com), invitation (whhostess.com), cocktails (theknot.com), small centerpiece (josevillablog.com), placesetting (saltharbordesigns.com), mini champagne bottles (brides.com), overhead champagne shot (karljuengel.com)

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February 25th, 2011 |

Fresh Spring Tablesetting

You all know I’m a sucker for grass plant centerpieces, so it’s no surprise that I was taken with this stunning table setting from Hatch Creative Studios.  I love how crisp it is, and of course the use of green grass and moss as accents.  Stunning!

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February 15th, 2011 |

Love in Bloom: Ideas for a Sophisticated, Spring Wedding

I am SO in the mood for Spring.  Every time I close my eyes, I have visions of soft, pastel colors, and picture beautiful flowers in bloom (especially peonies!).  Seeing as though I live in Chicago and we are still digging ourselves out from the most recent blizzard….this inspiration board is going to have to tide me over for now.  A girl can dream….

Images: bride (kellyoshireevents.com), champagne, white cake and peony bouquet (theknot.com), centerpiece (michellerago.com), table setting (stylemepretty.com), taupe wedding cake (thecakegirls.com), party favors (brides.com)

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January 11th, 2011 |

Stunning Ombre Flowers

I have been totally swooning over this table setting for a while now…figured it was time to share it with all of you!  I’ve been stashing away images that include orange flowers for inspiration for my sister’s upcoming wedding, and when I found this one….ah, amazing!  So unique.  I love the linear look it gives to the table, but especially the ombre (a graduated color change) effect.  It’s such a sophisticated way to pull in colors ranging from orange, to pink, to deep berry.  This could be a fabulous idea for a special birthday party or bridal shower!

Done as a photo shoot for Green Wedding Shoes, this floral arrangement was done by one of my favorite inspirations, La Partie Events.

September 16th, 2010 |

Lavender & Grey Bridal Shower

Lavender is one of those colors that can take on so many different looks when paired with different accent colors.  This fall, I am loving it paired with grey!  The combination becomes sophisticated, sweet and I love the touch of shimmer!  Perfect inspiration for a bridal shower, birthday party or even a wedding!

Images: lavender and grey mod pattern invitation (whhostess.com), purple macaroon tower and purple candy (shaunayounge.com), lavender water and table setting (sunday-suppers.blogspot.com), purple hydrangea centerpiece (bhg.com), purple candy sticks (amyatlas.com), and party favors (karljuengel.com)

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August 20th, 2010 |

Heavenly Blooms Tablesetting

After writing this blog for over a year and a half, it is safe to say that I have seen a million beautiful table settings.  Because I am surrounded by such beauty, it takes a lot to REALLY wow me.  This fabulous, stunning, crazy-inventive table setting and hanging decor (which you know is my latest obsession!) literally took my breath away.

A combination of talents pulled together this stunning photo shoot – the inspiration was a modern Coco Chanel/Parisian influenced  bridal shower. With a color palette was a soft, blush pink with accents of crisp white and black. Chandra of Oh Lovely Day and Jaclyne of Heavenly Blooms dreamed up this shoot with the help of  Jasmine Star and Amanda with In the Now Weddings.

Head over to Jacylne’s post on Heavenly Blooms for more amazing eye candy – trust me, there are a million more details yet to be discovered.  And P.S. – I would LOVE to be invited to this bridal shower – and can’t wait to try my hand at these hanging carnation garlands!

May 26th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower: Lavender Luxe

Wedding season is in full bloom and so is our giveaway from Minted!  Make sure to head over to our facebook page and tell us what is your favorite invitation.  Lavender is on trend this season, and I love it paired with grey, lime green, or even pink!  It makes a lovely, sophisticated palette for a bridal shower, birthday luncheon, or summer wedding.

Images: invitation (minted.com), cupcakes (flickr.com), table (styleathome.com), macaroon favors (goodhousekeeping.com), centerpiece (bhg.com), drinks (gemmacomas.com)

 

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May 3rd, 2010 |

Wedding Inspiration: Parisian Chic

It’s getting to be wedding season!  Spring is such a fabulous time to get married….the beautiful blooms, the soft, pastel colors, and everyone’s love for anything looking fresh!  Here’s a little bit of Spring inspiration for your Monday morning!

Images: bride (kellyoshireevents.com), table setting (stylemepretty.com), party favor bags (brides.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), champagne (theknot.com), floral centerpiece (hanafloraldesign.com)

 

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April 19th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower: Pretty Peach & Crisp Celery Green

I have been a busy bee this weekend working on some custom inspiration boards for clients.  Everyone is having showers!  Baby showers, couples baby showers and a few bridal showers thrown in for good measure.  The board above was done as inspiration for my husband’s aunt – so I figured I could share it with all of you!

She is hosting a bridal shower at a restaurant in Ohio – the restaurant has a strong palette of peach and celery green.  So I decided it was best to work with the color palette, instead of fighting it!  The custom invitation from WH Hostess (not listed on the website yet, but if you are interested, e-mail me!) sets the tone for a fresh, summer afternoon.

Keeping the table setting fresh and light, I suggested centerpieces of peach peonies and greenery done in white footed bowls.  A placecard embellished with ribbon is placed on each guest’s placesetting, and pear bellinis are to be served during lunch!  A bridal shower is the perfect opportunity for a dessert table.  Not only does it add a sophisticated “decoration” to the event, but it’s a great activity for the guests to partake in while the bride is opening her gifts.  This dessert table from Amy Atlas is the perfect inspiration for our peach and green color palette.  Fill candy jars, apothecary jars and footed bowls full of green, white and peach candy.  Mini cupcakes, cake pops, sugar cookies, macaroons can be served on white serving platters, plates and cake plates.  Create a “tree” using greenery and some flowering branches to use as the centerpiece for this table.  Have guests write a note to the bride offering advice for her marriage.  The notes can be hung on the tree – it will become a “wishing tree” for the bride and groom.  Make sure to have cellophane bags (with a coordinating sticker on them) and people can fill them up with candy to bring home.

The ideas for this party could be used for just about any type of event – a special birthday party, a baby shower or a bridal shower.  What I love about it is that they are simple, and can be used at either a restaurant or in a home.  Good luck, Aunt Jane….hope it’s a beautiful party!

Images: lattice invitation (whhostess.com), centerpiece (stylemepretty.com), pear bellinis (realsimple.com), candy party favor (brides.com), placecard (marthastewart.com), dessert table (amyatlas.com)

 

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