Monthly Archives: June 2011

DIY sugar and spiced themed destination bridal shower

Last weekend I headed out on the road again to put together a bridal shower for one of my dear friends, Melissa.  We hosted it at Amy’s house and ran with a sugar and spice theme.  Melissa’s wedding colors are red and pink so we used those along with some teal to create a lot of sweetness.  I made the invites and it’s sort of where the theme began. I drew three kitchen canisters labeled sugar, spice and nice so when you opened the envelope, this is what you saw:

A red envelope lined with pink and white striped vintage wallpaper (which I bought at a thrift store at least a year ago and just KNEW it would come in handy some day. I was right. Also, Melissa hates thrift stores and I love them so HA my friend.)

I printed the details in “empty” canisters on a separate sheet of paper and cut it down to size.  I sewed a blank sheet to the canisters and stuck the info. in the pocket.  So you see this….
 

…and you pull the lids off the canisters…

 

 

…and viola!  All the necessary info. is tucked inside the canisters for safe keeping.

 


I even rigged up my sewing machine using a popsicle stick so I would get straight lines, genius!  My OCD would not have handled that well otherwise.

 


I was pretty proud that I got all the lines to line up perfectly — small victories my friends.

At the shower we served sweet and spicy foods and I made signage with our little logo on it with teal card stock and more wallpaper.


It was a brunch shower and I just could not resist the cereal bar pun.  I cut them into heart shapes and dipped them in white chocolate with pink sprinkles.  Why the heck not, I say.  I used light pink, dark pink and red ribbon to make a super simple table runner down the middle of the table…

 

 

…and I found some great floral print napkins at Crate and Barrel in her colors (and gives a little hint to some of her wedding day decor I’ve been privy to!)  We mixed in some red and white polka dot napkins 1) because Amy and I were both paranoid about running out of anything and 2) I can’t resist bold patterns all mixed together–like, oh no you didn’t!!!  Oh yes, I certainly did.

 
Inspiration comes from my clients all the time!  I had recently done a wedding where we hung up paper lanterns in the tent and it inspired me to create a red and teal and pink filly lantern for this shower.  Cheap paper lanterns, tissue paper, a circle punch and my trusty glue gun was all it took!
 
Every shower needs a fabulous cocktail so for brunch drinks I made a “Bride to be-llini” which was a pomegranate bellini garnished with fresh blueberries and watermelon cubes and a “Mis-mosa” (her nickname is Missy and you wouldn’t have been able to resist that either.)
 

 

 
I haven’t done a candy bar in a long time and realize they are sometimes overdone, but when you have a sweet and spicy theme, it just works.  I gocco’ed these little bags for guests to fill up on their way out…  
 
 
…and hung signs above it.  The one on the left reads: “You were so sweet to come! Fill up a bag of sweet and spicy candy to go!”
 


I stuck to teal, red and pink candy and included blue raspberry jelly beans, Twizzlers, Hot Tamales, Starburst, Swedish Fish, Sour Patch watermelons and cookies and cream Hershey Kisses.  Teal candy isn’t so easy to come by in case you were wondering.  I also really wanted to use the mustache mold that did not arrive in time for Tony’s baby shower so I melted down cinnamon candies and made some spicy ‘staches.

 


The bride got some candy to go for herself and the Mr.!

 


Amy made an awesome game of the “spice” variety and Melissa even got a few gifts to boot!

 
Three weeks until the big day and all they have to do is move into a new house in the meantime!
 
 

vintage wedding at architectural artifacts

Working with Eli and David was great.  Both were so involved in making their wedding day special and uniquely them. From the mason jar wine glasses for each person, the vegan meal served for dinner and the homemade jam jars for favors (Eli is a natural foods chef!) to the carbon offsets, ‘no cut flowers’ mantra and a first dance set to salsa music, the day was completely theirs.  
 

 After looking at many venues to find one that suited them, we landed at Architectural Artifacts a fantastically eclectic venue.  One of the best things about Architectural Artifacts is that they let you use all of their inventory at your wedding.  I designed Eli and David’s centerpieces using globes, springs, milk jugs, books and boxes.  We brought in orchids and other flowering plants and I covered them in burlap so that we still had gorgeous pops of color but no flowers were harmed and everything could be replanted.  Guests loved taking them home at the end of the night.  Eli’s brother grew microgreens for some of the tables and we even found a couple of bicycles we used in the centerpieces (David’s other true love!) from fair trade company Ten Thousand Villages.  Eli and David sourced soy candles, their friend made pickles and Eli even whipped up truffles the week of the wedding to complete the tablescape.

 
We used an old metal locker to hang table cards using twine and clothespins that were made from leftover paper they used to create their invitations.  Chalkboards were consistent throughout on the mason jars, table numbers, glass pick-up station and other various signage throughout the day.  Every detail was well thought out and Eli and David’s wedding came together in an amazing way.  A million moving parts converged into a day full of love and laughter that left no trace– other than thousands of memories, some pretty fabulous pictures and a beautiful beginning for Eli and David.  Prepare yourselves for the fantastic-ness that follows!
 
 
Eli & David’s Vendors
Photography: Lark Photography
Planning and Styling: Anticipation Events
Videography: I Do Films
Catering: Karyn’s
Service Staff: Service Is Us