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the art of marriage.

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

Megan Bridal Shower 1

Megan Bridal Shower 2

Megan Bridal Shower 3


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And then we danced around the apartment jumping up and down for a good 15 minutes, only quitting to enjoy some champagne cocktails to celebrate.

sugar + spice 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!

coffee + wine for whitney: the event.

So you’ve already seen the invites and read about the inspiration for the coffee and wine themed shower and bachelorette party.  Here’s how it all came together.

 I decorated using the brown and pink scheme from the invites and made deceptively simple but pretty stinking awesome coffee filter poofs.  Whitney’s sweet mom kept calling them peony’s which just made my crafty heart sing.  (When in doubt always bring a mom to the party—they are the best at gushing over the details!)  I hung clusters of them over the kitchen table and island where most of the food action was happening.


We served lots of delicious brunch fare: french toast casserole, egg bakes, croissants with apple butter, honey and jam, coffee cake muffins and fresh fruit skewers!

Lots of mimosas to wash it all down and an artsy shot of the glasses by one of the bridesmaids, Megan.


We (of course) put together a hard-core coffee bar that included hot and iced coffee, vanilla and caramel syrup, soy milk, skim milk, half and half and some homemade vanilla whipped cream.


Each guest picked up their own personal coffee cup for the morning which doubled as their favor.  Each coffee mug had a picture of the guest with Whitney and Whitney got a special little one with a picture of her and John!  I used a special paper to transfer the images to the cups and baked them on so they’d be permanent. (I also made her three extra so she would have a set of four: one of the two of them, one of Whitney, one of John and one of their dog Duke. Awesome.)


We set them up on the kitchen table with bowls of chocolate-covered espresso beans to munch on and extra coasters for people to use during the party.

Whitney hates to be the center of attention so we just played a few games that wouldn’t embarrass her.  The ever-popular guessing game, this time using coffee beans and a coffee filter for holding guesses.


And then while she opened her presents guests participated in a homemade BING-O game dubbed “WHIT-O” that really took a lot of the attention off of staring at Whitney opening gifts.  Plus, Whitney’s future sister-in-law won and could not have been more ecstatic. Both of the game winners won coffee mugs filled with flavored coffee samples and iced coffee blends.

I’m just getting over my caffeine buzz now.  Less than a month to go until their big day.  We can’t wait to celebrate your love again in June!

coffee + wine for whitney.

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.

The shower invite:

The bachelorette invite:

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?