Julia is one of our day-of coordinators, and her enthusiasm for parties and handmade details brought her to Anticipation Events. Her friend Katie loves ice cream, so an ice cream social was the perfect theme for her bridal shower.
She prettied up her backyard with roses and mint in vases hung from tree branches, and made huge crepe paper flowers to decorate the chairs (inspired by A Blissful Nest’s tutorial.)
She made five different kinds of homemade ice cream, with edible chocolate bowls and a chalkboard menu. (Beautiful Hello Blog has a great shortcut for chalkboard lettering!)
The toppings and cupcakes were a hit, but…
Not as big a hit as the ice cream! The bride-to-be showed off her ice cream expertise with this pretty sundae.
Julia used her collection of vintage pressed glass to serve sparkling pink lemonade and mint iced tea. A handful of paper straws and a vintage silver ice bucket finished the beverage bar.
The flowers were grocery store blooms with some stems and herbs from Julia’s garden. Mint and sage make great, sweet-smelling fillers!
The hanging vases were empty glass baby food jars, wire-wrapped and hung from low-hanging crabapple limbs with ribbon.
The guests took home cake cones filled with Coldstone Creamery flavors from Jelly Belly, each topped with a huge peppermint meringue.
Almost too pretty to eat!
Best wishes to Katie, thank you for sharing your party with us!
Look at me go, blogging away these days. I thought you might like to see these invitations I made for Megan’s bridal shower. She is an artist at heart and we played off of that for her party. I also got to whip out the watercolors for this one, which hasn’t happened since at least 1998, so that was fun. And yes, I did borrow some paint swatches from Home Depot, but I bet someone going to this party will be inspired to paint their powder room blush. I found a little quote that I used at the bottom, “art and love are the same thing: it’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” So true. xo
So I promised you Whitney’s bridal shower and bachelorette party invitations. To make things easier for the guests who are coming in from out of town for the weekend the shower will be held Saturday morning and the bachelorette party will be that same night. It’s a great idea if you have bridal party members and friends spread across the country.
There are two things Whitney loves almost as much as she loved John. Brunch, and more specifically, six or so cups of coffee at brunch. She makes the coffee guys eyebrows raise with her eternal request for a refill at Nookies. And that is no small feat considering the amount of coffee that guy pours. If you accidentally sleep through brunch and don’t catch up with Whitney until dinner, rest assured there will be a glass of Riesling in her hand and she’ll lead you to a wine bar after dinner. So that was all the inspiration we needed to go to town on the invitations.
Everyone received a kraft paper-wrapped box in the mail and when they opened the box, this is what they saw:
Each invitation was two coasters tied up in a pink satin bow and nestled on a bed of coffee beans.
They likely all brewed a pot of coffee while they untied the ribbon to find two coasters. The first coaster was an invite to the shower with a coffee mug ring and this quote by Josephine Baker: “He was my cream, and I was his coffee- and when you poured us together, man it was something.” LOVE. The second coaster was the invitation to the bachelorette party with a wine glass ring and this quote from Vinny of Jersey Shore fame: “Sometimes when you meet the right girl who deserves to be wined and dined and you know, wifed up.” DOUBLE LOVE. Definitely setting the tone for each separate party.
When you flip the coasters over you have all of the party information. I gocco’ed both sides of these and actually dipped mugs and wine glasses in coffee and wine to make the rings. Realism at it’s finest.
Oh happy day! We’re so happy that John decided to “wife up” Whitney. He really is the cream to her coffee and I am loving getting to be a part of their big day!What do you think?