July 23rd, 2009 |

Parasol Wedding

Parasol Wedding (small)

Use bright, colorful accents to decorate your big day!  There are so many fun details in this inspiration board – they could be used for a wedding, a bridal shower or a fabulous summer birthday party!  The paper umbrella placecards, the napkin accented with a pink orchid, the colorful parasols to shade your guests from the sun…..I hope you find a way to use one of these ideas at your next party!

Images: event tables (projectwedding.com), bridal party with parasols (amorologyweddings.com), couple with parasol (blog.emilieinc.com), bouquet (brides.com), napkin (brides.com), stripe wedding cake (partyspot.com)

July 8th, 2009 |

White Wedding

 

I always dreamed of having a white wedding….there is just something so elegant and romantic about it!  I was married in October, so the white color palette just wasn’t going to work for me….but for all of you brides out there, I encourage you to explore the possibilities of a white, white wedding!

I think of white as a very “classic” color.  You can give it a modern edge by using some un-traditional items in your centerpieces and decorations.  I love the look of the white twigs in the centerpieces pictured above…..a touch of natural beauty, but placed with large, white blooms it creates a perfect balance of elegant and traditional, with a touch of modern appeal.  Decorations don’t have to be complicated or elaborate!  Have a room full of plain doors?!  Hang a wreath of white flowers on each door….not only with the repetition be stunning, but it’s a simple way to elevate the space.

Images: bridal party (theknot.com), bouquet and wreath (projectwedding.com), table setting, white urn, party favor (brides.com), wedding cake (thecakegirls.com)

June 29th, 2009 |

Bridal Shower: Party of Poppies

Poppy Shower (shower)

Although put together to be a bridal shower, this happy party could be darling for a birthday party too!

Have a bride that has a beautiful style, but doesn’t love a lot of frills?!  This bridal shower is perfect for her!  With a color palette grounded in grey, and popped with green, yellow, orange and pink – this outdoor party has a few unique details that make it an event full of clean lines and happy details!

Invite your guests with this lovely invitation from Wedding Paper Divas – I love the colors and simplistic design.  A couple of ideas for decorations….set up round tables outdoors and cover with pewter grey linens.  To give the party a modern look, use rectangular, white plates.  To create these festive centerpieces, use boxes of grass (real or artificial).  Use large bloom flowers such as  poppies or gerber daisies to stick into the grass.  If you are using real flowers, just stick a piece of floral wire up the center of the stem to manipulate the shape.  It’s happy, festive and full of style….sure to thrill any bride!

Images: invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), cake (southernaccents.com), party favor box (theknot.com), table setting (inthenowweddings.com)

June 23rd, 2009 |

Wedding Inspiration: Shades of Green

Green Wedding (small)

I don’t know what it is about the color green – I’m constantly drawn to it!  Most people would probably say that it’s my Irish background, or the ting of red in my hair…..but in reality, I love that no matter what shade of green you choose, it is a rich color that compliments almost any palette.

When planning any event, it is important to choose a couple of elements or details to repeat throughout for continuity.  For this particular inspiration board, it’s all about the green!  Rich emerald green, accented with a lighter grass green, and popped with white – throw in a few pink flowers, and you have a striking combination.   I love using ribbons as details – notice here that ribbon is used as an accent in the programs, and the favors, and is even tied around the cookies.  The silhouettes of the bride and groom is a repeated element that gives the event a classic feel.

Images: wedding feet (katebesonphotography.com), cake (projectwedding.com), centerpiece (partyspot.com), bouquet (patricialyonphotography.com),  silhouette programs, favors and cookies (theknot.com), chandelier (toddevents.com)

June 18th, 2009 |

Decorate with Lemons

Decorate with Lemons (small)

Give your party a fresh look this summer by using lemons in your decorations and centerpieces.  Bright, colorful, affordable, and easy to find – lemons are the perfect addition to any party.  Beautiful when paired with flowers, festive when combined with other citrus fruits, or boldly stunning when used by themselves – see what you can create!

Images: lemon and orchid arrangement, lemon placecard (theknot.com), candlesticks (themomsbuzz.com), chandelier, table settings (stylemepretty.com), lemon archway (tapestry.com), bowl of lemons (inmagine.com)

June 12th, 2009 |

Dockside Wedding

 

The summer months have me dreaming of soft, romantic, outdoor weddings.  I fell in love with these images because they combine so many of my favorite things.  What could be better than a wedding full of seaside charm and peonies?!

There are a couple of details that I want to draw attention to:

  • I love the use of baskets for the ceremony!  Classic and fresh looking, they added charm to the aisle.
  • I talk a lot about defining space with overhead decorations for parties – lanterns, twinkle lights, streamers – anything that sets your space apart from the rest of the area.  These star lanterns take that concept to a whole new level!  Beautiful during the day,but can you picture them glowing at night?!  Breathtaking!  (By the way, don’t let this idea just apply to weddings!  Try re-creating this look over your patio table for your next outdoor party.)
  • Instead of spending a fortune on a traditional centerpiece, create a floral runner down the center of your table.  Loosely arrange blooms and mix in a ton of votive candles – the look is stunning!

Images: table setting (cynthiamartyn.typepad.com), dockside images (via Millie Holloman Photography)

May 29th, 2009 |

10 Money-Saving Tips for Flowers

Brides.com has a great article this week – celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie, offers up his top 10 tips to save money on flowers for any event.  For all of you out there planning a wedding, a charity event, or looking for creative centerpiece ideas for your next bridal or baby shower, birthday party, or dinner party….I hope these come in handy!

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1. Rather than using expensive cut flowers, use candles and intersperse a few fully blown blooms in between.

2. Consider incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into your arrangements.

3. Use smaller tables to seat your guests. I like to have 8-10 guests at a 54″ round, and 10-12 guests at a 60″ round. Avoid tables larger than 60″ rounds; it’s difficult to make conversation and you’ll spend a fortune on your centerpieces just to fill the empty space in the middle of your table.

4. Serve dinner family style so food becomes the centerpiece. A platter of grilled chicken, a plate of crispy potatoes and small bowls of fresh green beans placed on the center of your table will look visually appealing and inviting.

5. Select inexpensive materials and use them en mass. Bunches of carnations, Baby’s Breath, Gerber Daisies or even Spider Mums will look rich and lush. The key is to keep them on their own and not mix them with other materials. No filler and no greens.

6. For a country look, instead of buying vases or renting them from your florist, use coffee pot creamers and sugar holders found at your local flea market. When stuffed with herbs and a few blooms, you’ll achieve a stunning country look without spending a fortune.

7. Use pots of planted flowers and herbs instead of costly arranged flowers.

8. Stay away from vases with large openings. Instead, select small vases that can be packed tightly with a few blossoms. Have a few on each table interspersed with candles to provide a rich look without the cost.

9. Instead of renting containers from your florist, use fabric remnants to cover inexpensive cardboard boxes.

10. Use floating candles in vases that have been filled with colored water. Select vases of different heights and size to achieve a dramatic look.

Images: orange and pink table (brides.com), green vases (coutureweddingdecor.com)

May 20th, 2009 |

A Wedding Celebration at a Country Retreat

Country Wedding (small)

Today’s wedding inspiration has a little bit of country and a whole lot of charm.  A color palette of red, orange and yellow look bright and sunny, this casual, outdoor event is sure to bring pure joy to the happy couple!

Images: flower girls (brides.com), red barn (emilieinc.com), couple (gertrudeandmable.com), bouquet (weddingchannel.com)

May 15th, 2009 |

Domestic Diva Bridal Shower

Hosting a bridal shower for a bride-to-be that considers herself the next “Martha Stewart”!?  Host a Domestic Diva shower!

Invite your guests to an afternoon of culinary activities!  Send a festive invitation, like this one from Wedding Paper Divas, and include a recipe card and instructions for every guest to bring their favorite recipe to share with the bride.

Focus your decorations around kitchen untensils – I absolutely love this silverware chandelier, and how easy to add some spoons, spatulas and whisks into your flower arrangements?!

Instead of your typical bridal shower games, challenge your guests to a cookie bake off.  Have sugar cookies already baked (you could do basic circles, but it would be really cute if you did bride and grooms!), and have bowls of colored royal icing and tons of sprinkles ready before your guests arrive.  Have your guest of honor judge the final submissions – and don’t forget to provide some celephane bags for your guests to bring the cookies home with them.

I have the perfect party favor for this shower!  This adorable set of four measuring cups has clever and romantic phrases (A heap of love, A spoonful of affection, A dash of tenderness, A pinch of joy) are engraved on the handle of each measuring spoon. The traditional measurements (1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon) are engraved on the back side of the handle.  Perfect for the happy couple and for guests to remember their special day!

 

Images: centerpiece, baking supplies (inmagine.com), invitations (weddingpaperdivas.com), measuring cup favor (beau-coup.com), blueberry tarts (hostessblog.com)

May 8th, 2009 |

Wedding Inspiration for a Georgia Peach

Today I am answering an e-mail from one of my readers….

I am in the beginning stages of planning my wedding and desperately need some help!  I am a southern belle and want to have an outdoor wedding in my home state of Georgia.  I’m looking for a color palette that incorporates the color peach – but I don’t want anything too traditional.  I want it to look fun and special!  Can you help me?

An outdoor wedding for a Georgia Peach….here you go!

 

Start with your color palette – peach, with accents of lime green, yellow and white.  It’s fresh and will look fun and modern in your outdoor setting.

Since your wedding will be outside – provide your guests with a colorful fan that doubles as your ceremony program.

In order to keep your space light and airy, keep everything white – the tent (which would be stunning draped with white lanterns!), white chairs, and white pillows on the lounging furniture.  Use your pop colors – peach, lime green, and yellow – in your accents.  A green and white stripe table cloth gives a garden feel, and orange cocktails passed by waiters, and a cake adorned with colorful sweet pea flowers complete the vision.

Since your wedding is outdoors, make sure to keep the attire in line with the dressiness of the event.  Instead of having your groom wear a tuxedo, try a tan suit with a tie that incorporates all of your pop colors.  Have the bridesmaids wear your signature color of peach – tea-length or short would be most appropriate (and the girls will be so thankful they don’t have to wear a long dress on a hot, summer day!).  Have the bridesmaids carry bouquets of crisp, white flowers – but for – you should stand out with a bouquet of peach roses!

Images: tie, bridesmaids, table setting, bouquet, and programs (theknot.com), tent lounge area (swsmag.com), sweet pea cake (brides.com)

 

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