Rev up the excitement for your next bridal shower with this "Little Bride" Shower invitation. I made these adorable invitations for my youngest daughter's bridal shower, and they were a huge hit! You can print two to a page which makes these easy to print and inexpensive to make. For more fun, be sure to check out our matching "Little Bride" party favors and our great bridal match game to keep your guests entertained all shower long. You can download this free packet HERE at Parties and Patterns. Check out our BLOG for more fun ideas, patterns and recipes.
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Free Printable Gift Tags - "Summertime" These are great for birthday gifts, thank-you gifts or special occassion gifts. All you need to do is to download, print, cut and attach. You can also embellish the gift tags with real buttons, rick-rack, ribbon etc. You can download the free printable pdf gift tags HERE at Parties and Patterns. Also check out our blog for other ideas.
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Recently, my friends and I threw a bridal tea for a colleague of mine. We wanted the affair to be classic, a little fancy schmancy, but still fun.
The inspiration stemmed from these gorgeous bridal tea invitations, which were extra beautiful in person. Soft metallic ink on nubby paper... just lovely.
(Source - Wedding Paper Divas)
I found these cute vellum wrappers at Michael's, and they served as additional inspiration for the rest of the party. I loved how they complimented the intricate, almost doily like corners of the invite. I tucked different Tazo tea bags in the wrappers, laid them on a tray, and they served as the tea source for the party, as well as favors when guests left.
Because I have a standard to smallish size buffet, I used cake stands to stack the tea cups and saucers (we were expecting about 20 guests). I added more height by preparing 2 whimsical flowers arrangements (a tad Alice, if you must). We mixed and match silver and gold china to add to the charm of the party.
For the table, I used a hemp taupe runner from Williams Sonoma, vellum flowers scattered on the runner, and silver and gold toned serving trays. The flowers were beautiful, fluffy white hydrangeas. I made food menu cards, and added to the "vintage jewel" theme by adding scrap booking brads I found on sale at Target to the left corner of each menu card.
The food was lovely. We kept our menu simple and classic: tea sandwiches (chicken salad and pimento), crudites, assorted cheeses and crisps, assorted fruits, chocolate covered strawberries, miniature cherry topped cheesecakes, and show-stopping cupcakes from Gigi's.
Starched linen luncheon napkins, "mix and match" silver and gold china, and sterling silver salad forks added an additional polish to the event.
I kept the color scheme consistent throughout my house - creams, taupes, and touches of silver, gold, and black. In the living room (where the guests congregated to visit, eat, and watch the bride-to-be open her gifts), I used more hydrangea, doily-esque scrapbook paper on the coffee table, and I made a pennant to hang over the fireplace. I also made a matching pennant that hung over the doorway to the living room, but I don't have a picture of it.
In the back of the living room, we set up a small gift table for guests to drop their gifts as they arrived. I found the premade "Best Wishes" banner at Michaels (a Martha Stewart find), and hung that above the table. You can't tell from the pictures, but I took the backs off of a couple of the jewel scrapbooking brads and glued them to push pins. When I hung the banner on the wall, the jeweled pins finished off the look.
I had a field day with the flowers. Rachel's Flower Shop is a delightful florist in Memphis, and on Saturdays from 4-5, she has a "happy hour" where all the cut flowers are buy one, get one free. I much prefer using a florist as my source for flowers, because they always have a better selection, funkier finds, and there is just something so invigorating about being surrounded by all the beauty. Plus, while I was there, she made me a simple orchid corsage (at my last minute request) for the guest of honor to wear on her special day. Here are some photos of the arrangements. I was quite proud of my nonprofessional attempts at flower arranging. Obviously, trained florists could do much, much better, but I was going for the "straight from the garden" look, and I think I achieved it.
All in all, we had a lovely time, and the bride gushed over every detail. I think she felt special, which is truly the ultimate goal of any shower, bridal or baby. We are all so very happy for her, as she begins this new chapter in her life. I hope she will look back on this day as a happy memory, surrounded by friends and family who love her.
Friendship and filigree,
Posted by Artsy Fartsy Shopaholic on April 14, 2011 at 09:29 AM in Bridal Shower Gifts, Decoration, Floral Design, Food, Invitation Design, Table Top, Themes, Wedding Ideas | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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Share the love this Valentine’s season by giving a "My Love Is On The Line" Gift Bag to party guests, friends, neighbors and loved ones. This downloadable packet is full of goodies. Included are simple instructions for the gift bag along with printable candy bar wrappers, candy bag labels, gift tags and valentine’s card and envelope. The FREE download of this Valentine Gift Bag Packet is found HERE at Parties and Patterns.
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I hope your New Year started festive and bright!
I haven't talked much about what is going on in my current professional life on EventLucky, so forgive me if this a bit awkward. The board of the arts non profit that I run decided to close after nearly 20 years. I had a wonderful experience with this organization and am part of wrapping the organization up. Many of the teaching artist had taught with the organization for over 5 years, and the last time I saw many of them was when I made the announcement in June. It was hard on all of us.
So as I signed the final paperwork, I thought that we should have an opportunity to say good bye to the organization from a cheers rather than tears. So I found a restaurant that could host us in their cool space with a cocktail hour and a 3-course dinner. I chose Almond, in the flatiron district.
I invited current and recent staff and the board members. Since I wanted them to take RSVPs seriously, I sent out invitations via mail.
I found these great fill-in invitations at Kate's Paperie.
Can you see what it says here on the bottom?
I wanted to have a theme around the idea of this organization being the seed of many blooms-- whether that is kids we reached or the careers of these artists.
And of course, I closed the envelope with my washi tape.
Finally, it was time for the dinner! I put together little favors, using a blooming paper found on etsy in the organizations colors fromPulpArt. I tied them to a tulip, really working the theme. The restaurant took care of everything else.
Everyone had a really time--- and it was so nice to see my old team. Hopefully it won't be the last time!
Until Next Week!! xoxo EventLucky
Once we figured out the theme, we had a hard time connecting the wording for a milestone birthday party and camping. We struggled with it for awhile, while trying to decide when to get the invite out. Usually I recommend 6 weeks, but over a holiday weekend the more notice the better. I started asking for input from friends-- because the more heads the better! I love it when people have great suggestions!
One friend suggested the wording for the invite-- to connect the theme. Her suggestion made us laugh out loud-- so we used it! (see below-- my husband's name is Christian.) Thanks Kim!
Another friend suggested that we use pingg.com to manage the invites and RSVPs. Since I wanted to design the invites and personalize it more than e-vite will allow, I am trying out. I'll be sure to give you my full review after the party! Thanks Bri!
Early on I found some inspiration images on Etsy that I liked for the invitation.
I liked this.
And this-- especially the colors.
And this is super cute.
Obviously, I liked the hand drawn look.
In the end, my sweet husband drew and made the invitation for his own party. And he did an amazing job. Take a look.
I ended up sending the invite out via email this past weekend-- about 7 weeks before the event. So just a week earlier than typically scheduled. Keep your fingers crossed for a good response!
To see Entry #1 click here
To see Entry #2 click here
To see Entry # 3 click here
Until Next Week! xoxo EventLucky
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Perhaps you just need some inspiration for the next birthday party or shower you're hosting? Head over and check out her blog, it's chockful of great party planning ideas and tips! To help you get your party started right, Jessica is giving one of my lucky readers their choice of a PBD invitation in the form of an E-invitation!
Once you choose an invite and customize your text, you will receive a high quality JPEG file which you can
a. go green and email to your party guests
b. print out as many copies as you need from your own computer or favorite photo lab
And psst...you can purchase all kinds of other custom party goodies to go with that snazzy new invite....maybe some cupcake toppers, or stickers for treat bags. And don't fret dearies, your prize is good for ONE year, so you have plenty of time to plan.
Open up your computers’ processing software (I used Word for Mac, but most any will do) and type up your parties info in a text box using a stylistic font. I used Blackmore LET that comes with the Mac or you can get this cool free pirate font at Dafont.com I sized the text box to fit a little bigger than half page so it was a good size, but still fit in my regular envelopes. If I were making more of these, I would probably make them smaller so I can get 2 to a page. That is the beauty of using a text box; very little reformatting if you change your mind! Here is what my invitation said:
There be treasure to be found!
Come to 1224 Main St USA
Sunday Sept 19th
to find treasure beyond your wildest dreams!
We will set sail at 2 pm for the adventure of you life.
Any scallywags will walk the plank ARG!
To add the dashed line for the map part, select the “draw it yourself” tool, usually under the “insert” header. Then scribble to your hearts content till you have the best path that doesn’t distract from your words. Then all you have to do is format the line. I made mine a 6 pt line that is dashed and red. I did the same for the “x”.
Repeat steps 3-5 as many times as you need until you have enough invitations for your party
Hope this inspires you to create your own rad invites! I will see you guys next week for the next installment of my Pirate Party Tutorial!
Wishing you crafty success,