Monday, December 27, 2010

Holly & Ivy Christmas Wedding

Well, I suppose I've kept you all waiting long enough! I do seem to let my blog fall by the wayside during busy times of the year. I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday as I have. Mine has been filled with shopping, traveling, snow, and of course, a relaxing time with family! But before I continue on with my fairy-tale wedding theme, I wanted to add in some seasonal inspiration. This one is a fun twist on a Christmas wedding, leaning towards a traditional English holiday with elements like hot wassail, tartan fabric, a three-tiered bundt wedding cake, snow-covered village, and of course, lots of holly and ivy!

Holly & Ivy

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Project!

So, as promised, I'm excited to share my new project with you! I've been working on a series of wedding inspiration boards that translate classic Disney fairy-tales into real-life possibilities. The first of which is a seaside wedding inspired by "The Little Mermaid".

The Little Mermaid

I wanted this wedding to feel nautical while still romantic - pearls, shells, soft blue, and sea green set the scene, while little touches of the merworld surface in a turquoise halter bridesmaid dress, and form-fitting mermaid wedding gown that flows into a ruffly train. A rocky coast or a sun-washed beach would be ideal for this fairy-tale wedding, but the right touches in any venue would bring this story to life!

Keep checking back, I have lots more!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pink Christmas

Remember how I love a pink twist on just about any holiday? I think this soft and romantic hue works especially well for Christmas. Against a stark white or silver backdrop, it can be strikingly elegant and sophisticated. (Not to mention girly!)

I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

Sources: gifts via Country Living, topiary cupcakes via Bakerella, poinsettia tree via Southern Living, sparkly Christmas village via Twig & Thistle, silver tree and pink mantle via BHG, sweets table via Kate Landers Events, snowflake buffet table and pink Christmas tree via Martha Stewart, pink feather wreath via The Lennox

And speaking of a Pink Christmas, you must see just a glimpse of this to-die-for Nutcracker Suite Ballet Party by Kate Landers Events! Much of the design of this party, including the ruffled, layered-pink tablecloth, was inspired by the sumptuous costumes from the classic production of the Nutcracker.

What lucky girls to be invited to such a sweet Christmas wonderland!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Glitter and Snow Table

I'm back! I think someone here has taken this Thanksgiving holiday a little too far! *Points finger at self* I admit, I have neglected this blog somewhat of late with being out of town, busy to no end with other responsibilities, you've all been there. But now we're into December - the biggest party time of the year! I wanted to welcome in this wonderful month with this gorgeous Glitter and Snow Table from Bird of Bird's Party Blog, which features lots of printable partyware and supplies. Because of its simple and elegant color scheme, this party could very easily be adapted for any celebration during the holidays, especially a New Year's Eve Party.

Just fabulous!

She has even created a new and adorably festive Christmas Candyland Party Collection. You must check it out! P.S. I've been a little naught, not nice, about posting inspiration boards (which were the start of this blog anyway). I've got a few in the works coming to you soon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Tablescape

If you're looking for some Thanksgiving decor inspiration, look no further than this gorgeous tablescape by Shindig Parties! The rustic-elegant design is both fabulous and dramatic for the most important meal of the year.

What's even better than Thanksgiving next week? This gorgeous printable party to spice up your holiday table is on SALE! Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

{Real Party} Pucker Up Lemon Party

Here's a little sunshine to brighten your cold, November day! I love the fresh details and lemony colors (and flavors) of this Pucker Up Lemon Party from The Rowdy Stroudy's. This girls' get-together used lots of secondhand items for decor like yellow floral sheets for the tablecloth and re-purposed pillow cases for napkins!

See more photos on Carrie's blog here.

Doesn't this just make you long for summer again?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Perfect Pumpkin

There is such an abundance of pumpkin goodness in fall cuisine that I have to share some of my favorites, both classic and original.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day of the Dead Inspiration

Today marks the last day of the Mexican festival known as Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos. Contrary to popular belief, this holiday is not associated with Halloween, but is a gathering of loved ones to party and honor deceased family members. With that in mind, here is some great inspiration that features the fun and celebration that accompanies this unique cultural holiday.
Source: The Finer Things

This "Bohemian Fiesta" wedding courtesy of Amorology plays on the theme of Dia de los Muertos and Mexican style in a really fun way.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

{Real Party} Scrumptious Halloween

One final bit of eye candy for you to close out the holiday weekend is this beautiful Halloween dessert table created by Shauna Younge Dessert Tables and featured on Ultimately Plush. What makes this stylish feature even more amazing is that all the supplies and decor were purchased from Target! I love the clean color palette of black and white with just a splash of orange and the woodsy setting.

This would be one party sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! To see the original post, go here. Happpy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Wedding

Sorry for being somewhat MIA lately. I have been running around like crazy pulling together our own Halloween party that I haven't been able to devote the time here that I would like. It's not much of an excuse, though, as Halloween is just days away and there's still plenty of inspiration to be had!

I love Halloween, and I love weddings, but have you ever noticed how a lot of Halloween-themed weddings can get really zombie-horror-over-the-top? If that's your thing, I totally get that, but I love that you can also use a lot of Halloween elements like pumpkins, a full moon, elegant black, etc. in a sophisticated, (and dare I say romantic?) way.

A lighted pumpkin path creates a magical effect.

Source: Grandin Road

Love these fun details in classic black and orange.

Or, skip the orange for old-fashioned black and white checkered pattern.

Source: The Perfect Palette

The effect of the tree silhouette over the dance floor spotlight is simply amazing! Holiday-appropriate yet still elegant!

I also really enjoyed this fan-created inspiration board with all the trimmings from The Style Circle.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

{Real Party} Monster Bash

I just love the design of this Monster Bash printable party featured on Kara's Party Ideas! It's a fun Halloween theme while still keeping it stylish.

Aren't those gnarly black trees great?

There's still time to pull together a great Halloween get-together! Find the printable party and other great party themes here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Ambiance...and a Giveaway!

When it comes to decorating for Halloween, the first thing I think of after pumpkins is the light effects. Atmosphere is everything when celebrating this spooky holiday! From pumpkins and wall murals to lights and fog, here are some great ideas for setting the mood.

Leaf-carved Pumpkins

Nothing can compare to the eerie effect of a fog machine!

I, for one, am planning a really cool effect for our Halloween Party - a glowing backdrop for our dessert table! I'm combining a clear plastic wall decal (found on sale at the grocery store in the holiday decor section) with the printing of a haunted house and gnarly tree and an orange, plastic tablecloth behind it, lit from the back with a light. I'm not sure how it will turn out, but I think it will be really cool!

To really set the mood with a Halloween aroma, you should head over to Tip Junkie before October 22 for an awesome giveaway for a Halloween warmer and 3 wax bars of your choice! If you're not familiar with Scentsy, check out their website here. But be careful, you might just fall in love!
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