This Anthropologie-like bridal shower I styled last week was so much fun! There is tons of great inspiration out there for vintage flowers and decor. I was really pleased with how it turned out!
In order to designate who the Bride was (as if anyone would NOT know!) I found these gorgeous, pre-made pennant letters from the Ruffled blog. Seriously, bookmark this link for your next party, it's so easy! Print out the pre-made bunting letter to spell the word you want, and cut it out!
Next up flowers, real and faux! Faux as in tissue paper, not silk...don't worry :) Real flowers first:
I wanted do an eclectic mix of vases and flowers, so here was my collection:
Colored glasses - World Market
Green birdies - Old Time Pottery
Blue Glass pedestals - Old Time Pottery
Mini Off White Urns - Old Time Pottery
Clear glass with dots - Ikea
(I have to tell you, my vase collection is out of control. I need a storage unit for my glassware....for serious.)
For flowers, I used a mix of pink/white carnations, white "football mums," yellow Billy Balls and gorgeous pink peonies. I clustered arrangements in the center of the tables for a pretty centerpiece!
For the "faux" flowers, I went mini-pom crazy! Poms are tissue paper flowers first made famous by Martha Stewart ... I think, at least that's where I first saw it! I put a different colored pom on each place setting:
I created garland with a vintage vibe by using string and scrapbook paper. One of the best buys for a DIY event is a book of pretty scrapbook paper. It's $14 bucks or so, and you get so much use out of it! My friend Hillary came over one day and we drank one and created garland. It was a good time - thanks Hill!
I did 6 different strands. 3 between 2 columns in the entrance to the dining room, and three on the mirror on the back of the wall. I was definitely up on a ladder to get those suckers to stay on, and it turns out - I'm afraid of being on a ladder! Who knew. Another thing I learned? Very hard to take pictures of garland!
Let's take a view of the whole table now...there were actually 2 tables, so here they are!
A champagne toast to the bride. Again, I used scrapbook paper to make pretty tags for the flutes!
I loved the favors! They were small white boxes that had each guest's name on them and doubled as place cards. Inside the boxes? Chocolates, but personalized to the couple! An I heart NYC chocolate to pay homage to the couple's home, a ladybug chocolate because ladybugs are a childhood nickname of the Bride, and chocolate kisses with crowns and Queen City stickers on them. (Charlotte (the bride's hometown) is known as the Queen City.)
There's that scrapbook paper again - that's 3 uses in one party if you're counting :)
A close up of the personalized chocolates:
And finally, the all important topic of food. For a bridal luncheon, it needs to be light and girly ... to put it plainly. I used Dean and Deluca catering, who always does a beautiful job. On the menu?
Chicken Cobb Salad (set up as a station so people could make their own)
Currant Tomato and Gruyere Cheese Tartlets (amazing)
Green Goddess Sushi Roll (Basically fresh veggie sushi)
Can you get more girly than that - the word tartlet just screams girly!
Now I am off to catch up on all my favorite blogs... I haven't had time to look at any this week! I'll be in cyberspace visiting my "friends" if you need me :)