April 8th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower: Blue & White

I’m a sucker for blue & white.  Pretty much all of the women in my family are – however,  pair it with raspberry pink and it just makes me smile!  I recently had a woman come to me to create a custom  inspiration board and invitation for a bridal shower/luncheon.  She wanted it to be a combination of her classic taste (and home decor) and the bride’s preppy modern look.  I came up with this honeycomb stationery suite that includes a darling invitation, thank you note, placecards and cupcake toppers (that the host is using in mini fruit tarts!), and gift tags for the party favors.  I love the crisp look of this – and I love how the inspiration board turned out!

I suggested using the color raspberry pink as the pop color up against the blue & white patterns.  For the table setting: a crisp white tablecloth, raspberry napkins, the host’s blue & white china, and cobalt blue wine goblets.  For the centerpiece, a combination of white filigree jars, and vases with raspberry pink peonies.  To add a touch of the bride’s preppy modern style, we ordered the Preppy Plates’ lucite tray in the navy arbor pattern with pink monogram, and a set of plates in the same pattern to use for dessert (with the couple’s new monogram – the tray and plates make a lovely gift to the bride and groom).

Keeping the lunch light and Spring-y, I am coordinating a dessert buffet for the guests to enjoy while the bride opens her gifts.  Sweet treats in navy, white and pink including: macarroons, mini fruit tarts, sugar cookies with the honeycomb pattern on them, apothecary jars full of pink candy, shot glasses with a scoop of raspberry sorbet, and a lovely cake.  Sounds yummy and pretty, right?!  I suggest serving all of these lovely treats on white dishes and cake plates.  A navy tablecloth will really make these white dishes pop!

I just love how this party turned out – and I am so grateful to the host for allowing me to share these ideas with all of you!

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Images: honeycomb invitation (whhostess.com), table setting (horchow.com), flower party favor box (estiloweddings.com), mini blueberry tarts (stylemepretty.com), drinks (amberkarsonevents.com), desserts (vanillabakeshop.com)


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March 4th, 2010 |

Unique Shower Centerpiece

I literally gasped in excitement when I saw this centerpiece on The Knot.  It’s a beautiful, unique spin on a traditional “shower” theme, and I think it would be perfect for either a baby or bridal shower.  Using a small umbrella, hang crystals from clear fishing wire from each point to look like rain drops.  You could insert the embellished umbrella into just about any sort of floral centerpiece.  And think how creative you could get with the umbrellas!  Polka dots, stripes, floral patterns….so many options to take this concept and give it your own look!

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March 2nd, 2010 |

Spring Engagement Party


I have decided that I have seen ENOUGH snow for one season.  It’s time to move on to Spring!  Bright colors, cocktails on the patio, gathering friends to celebrate a special occasion.  I get requests all of the time for engagement party ideas…..but this inspiration could also be used for a birthday party, bridal shower, or just a good reason to throw a cocktail party!

The missoni-style invitation from WH Hostess provides a great color scheme for the party.  Decorate using pops of orange, green and blue.  These fluted vases from Crate & Barrel mirror the zig zag pattern of the invitation, and are perfect to place on the table as a centerpiece or on side tables for an added decoration.  If you are throwing this party outside, fill your space with lanterns (different sizes add interest) to add some mood lighting!

A party this colorful deserves some delicious appetizers!  I would serve something like brochettes of melon, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella, or peppered tuna skewers with wasabi mayonnaise.  Pretty, sophisticated….and easy to eat!  Towards the end of the party, put out platters of sugar cookies embellished with the words “thank you!” and cellophane bags – people can bring them home as party favors.

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), vases (crateandbarrel.com), table setting (theknot.com), appetizers (socialdesign.com), patio (cocomale.com), thank you cookie (inmagine.com)


February 19th, 2010 |

Elegant Bold Stripes


When I started putting together this inspiration board, it was with a formal wedding in mind.  However, after pulling these ideas together, I really think you could use this for any type of formal entertaining!  I absolutely adore the use of bold, black and white stripes – from the tablecloth, to the ribbon used to hang placecards from, to the crisp white edge of the party favor box.  It’s crisp.  It’s modern (although black and white stripes are very traditional!).  And it’s the perfect accent to almost any color combination!

I would love to see this concept re-created for a formal birthday party, a charity event, or even a bridal shower!

Images: table setting, couple, party favors (brides.com), placecards (partyspot.com), bouquet (goodhousekeeping.com), champagne bar (toddevents.com), yellow wedding cake (thecakegirls.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com)


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February 9th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower with a LOVE Theme

What better party to start out with than this bridal shower that I planned with a LOVE theme. It’s perfect for the week of Valentine’s Day in case you need any last minute ideas: mini cupcakes and mini desserts, roses, and heart shaped chocolate suckers.  I look forward to bringing you more inspiring posts in the upcoming weeks!


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January 15th, 2010 |

Turquoise: Bridal Shower Inspiration


Pantone named turquoise the 2010 color of the year.  A versatile color for both fashion and interiors, turquoise can take on different looks when paired with coordinating colors.  Dressy and elegant, or casual and fun….turquoise can be the basis for a festive party!  Pair it with lime green, orange, chocolate brown.  Or my current favorite….white, white, white!

Images: lilly pulitzer dress (bloomingdales.com), table topics game for a bridal shower (beau-coup.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), cake and placecards (theknot.com), paper lanterns (diynetwork.com), place setting (projectwedding.com)

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January 5th, 2010 |

White Bridal Shower for Spring


Once the holidays are over and the Christmas decorations come down, I absolutely crave Spring!  A clean, fresh-looking space, vases of Spring flowers throughout my house, and I immediately start thinking about any Spring parties I may be hosting.  With summer weddings so popular, Spring is a busy time of year for bridal showers.  I love the idea of a party completely done in crisp white, with a few accents in green.  It’s fresh, clean and oh, so sophisticated!  Perfect for the style-conscious bride in your life.

Although we are keeping the color palette clean by focusing on the color white, I absolutely L-O-V-E this green chandelier invitation from Minted.  I think the combination of the color green and the sophisticated chandelier are totally unexpected….and I love it!

Layer your table setting with different elements in white.  Crisp, white linens, basic white dishes, and white vases or pitchers full of white peonies, hydrangeas, or tulips.  To add a pop of color to your table setting, place one of these darling topiary tree placecard holders from Beau-Coup at each place.  You can also add a simple detail to your napkins, such as inserting a small, green leaf into the napkin ring.  Simple, natural touches like these all add to make a beautiful table.

As a fun surprise for a tea-drinking bride, order these personalized tea tins as party favors.  You can customize the label for your specific occasion – they make a darling reminder of a special day!

Images: white centerpiece (brides.com), la via 18 dress (saksfifthavenue.com), invitation (minted.com), napkins (inmagine.com), topiary placecard holders (beau-coup.com), table setting (theknot.com), tea party favors (beau-coup.com), pastries (cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com)


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December 4th, 2009 |

Holiday Bridal Shower

I’m on a bit of a feather-kick this week….first the “feather-her-nest” baby shower, then our holiday open house decorated with white feathers….and today, today I have a great inspiration board for you!  Just because it’s the holiday season, doesn’t mean bridal showers halt for the season!  If you are throwing a shower during the Christmas season, or around Valentine’s Day, try incorporating traditional holiday decor into your theme, but do it using an un-traditional color palette.  Icy blue, pale yellow, or in this case, petal pink.

I absolutely love this pink feather wreath – it’s the perfect decoration to hang above a buffet table.  You could fill vases or apothecary jars full of pink and silver ornaments, use branches of pink berries as your floral decor.  Infuse the color into your drinks and food – such as a sparkling rose to drink (use a rimming sugar for added sparkle), or a raspberry whoopie pie for dessert.

Images: invitation (minted.com), dress (jcrew.com), table setting (thelennoxx.zymichost.com), champagne glasses (theknot.com), raspberry whoopie pies (bhg.com), ornament centerpiece and napkin (inmagine.com)


November 20th, 2009 |

An Engagement Party with Holiday Cheer

There is something about the Holidays that brings forth a lot of engagements!  If a loved one gets engaged over the Holidays, host an engagement party that is full of Holiday cheer!

This invitation from Tiny Prints is perfect for the occasion…..I love that you could go two different ways with it.  1) A partridge in a pear tree…..very Christmas!  2) The perfect pear (pair)….the perfect theme for an engagement party.  The invitation sets a beautiful color palette of chartreuse green and brown, which just happens to be one of my favorite Holiday combinations.

Keep your table simple and sophisticated with white dishes and brown napkins (dressed up with a little chartreuse ribbon).  For a centerpiece idea, I love the idea of a low white vase full of green moss.  Scatter in a few bud vases of white orchids, some brown and white stripe placecards, and some beautiful stemware….and you have yourself a gorgeous table!

Since it is the Holidays…and this is an engagement party celebrating love….mistletoe is an absolute must!  Instead of hanging a traditional ball, try dressing up your display by tying some mistletoe to a beautiful ornament and hanging it from some ribbon.

Images: pear invitation (tinyprints.com), table setting (bhg.com), wine (potterybarn.com), centerpiece (theknot.com), mistletoe ball (parents.com)

November 11th, 2009 |

Wedding Inspiration: Shades of Grey

Baby Breath (small)

I am just getting back in town from a lovely weekend away with my husband….in trying to get my ducks in a row, I realized that I didn’t schedule a post for today!  Sorry!  So, here is a bit of wedding inspiration to get us thru today.  I have been loving the use of grey lately – it’s the perfect compliment to so many colors, and so sophisticated when paired with white for a wedding!

Has anyone seen any great grey combination parties or table settings lately?

Images: wreath (stylemepretty.com), cake (thecakegirls.com), table setting (aperfectevent.com), bridesmaids (loveandsplendor.com), cheese display (toddevents.com)

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