Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Real Party: Pretty in Pink Bridal Shower

I thought I would do something a little different for today's edition of Wedding Wednesday and feature another aspect of the wedding process - the bridal shower!  Bridal showers are such a great way for the bride-to-be's closest friends and relatives to be able to spend time with the bride prior to her big day!  It's also a great way for the bride to be able to relieve some of the stresses from the planning of her big day, as this day she can sit back and enjoy the day that's being held just for her.

Today's feature comes from the super awesome wedding site Green Wedding Shoes.  The shower was thrown for Leila of Be Inspired PR by some of her bridesmaids, and it turned out gorgeous!

I'm loving all the little details that were thought of for this party.  The scent bar is so unique, definitely not a favor you see around most parties!  The dainty and girly dessert buffet went absolutely perfect to correlate with the rest of the event, as did the simplistic flowers and minimal decor - very chic.

Head over to Green Wedding Shoes to view more photos and read more details about this very awesome bridal shower.  Green Wedding Shoes has a ton of great wedding inspiration for any bride to be... or like myself, anyone looking to get their foot into the wedding and events industry - consider yourself to have great self control if you only spend a few minutes poking around... you could definitely make a day of it! :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Real Party: Pink Baby Shower

Sorry I have been so MIA lately, I've been working pretty hard on trying to get my content for the release of the web site written for my web designer.  I've also been working diligently on getting the printables for my nieces Baptism prepared in addition to assisting with the planning of my "sister in laws" (she's not really my sister in law, but the girlfriend of my boyfriends brother, it's just easier to call her a SIL) baby shower that's coming up in May!  We recently found out that they're having a boy - how exciting!!

When planning events I love to get inspiration from other parties... and while I'm planning a BOY's baby shower, I had to share this adorable GIRL baby shower... because it's just too cute not to!  Today's real baby shower comes from Michelle of the Crazy for Design blog and it's just beautiful!  The color scheme - light pink, white and silver - matched perfectly for the winter-themed shower.  The dessert table set up and the adorable printables really made this party!

How gorgeous is this set up?!  I'm loving this color palette!

The favor tree... what were the favors you ask?!  White chocolate on a stick!... mmmm!

The dessert table was made up of white chocolate/strawberry mousse, lemon sandwich cookies, handmade marshmallows, cheesecake pops, chocolate covered pretzels, brownie pops and cream puffs - all homemade by Michelle.... um, YUM!  In addition to these handmade items, there were donut holes, caramel popcorn, chocolate kisses and strawberry malt balls.  Michelle's sister-in-law also brought over her own homemade cupcakes and chocolate covered pretzels.  Talk about DEE-LISH-OUS desserts!

To read more about the details of this adorable winter baby shower, and see more photos, head over to the Crazy for Design blog.  Bonus: if you're interested in ordering some of these printables for your next shower, Michelle is offering them in her Etsy shop!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Real Wedding: Pink Romance

I love the color pink, but I must admit that sometimes pink lovers can go overboard on accessorizing an event with too much of it.  However, that's not the case for this gorgeous, romantic pink-themed wedding that was photographed by RAW Photo Design... and let me tell you - they did an AMAZING job photographing this wedding!

This ceremony and reception venues for this wedding a insanely gorgeous.  I'm loving the fact that although both venues were very traditional in design and decor, they broke the traditional mold for their photos, walking around Stamford, CT getting some modern, more urban-like shots - it definitely mixes the mood up a bit!

How gorgeous is this bride!

The brides shoes were made in Brazil out of fabric from the wedding dress - too cute!

Love the architecture in the background of this photo!

Seriously, how stunning is this church?!
... and this reception set up! See what I mean about rocking the pink color scheme the right way?

Looks like a fun party to me!

If you're interested in viewing more photos of this gorgeous wedding and check out the vendor credits, be sure to head over the RAW Photo Design blog... and be sure to stick around and check out their work for other weddings and events - you'll find some serious eye candy if you do!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Real Party: Pink Party for a Cure

I love a good party... anyone whose read my blog would know that.  But I love parties even more when they're for a good cause, like today's feature.  I came across this party on Catch My Party and knew I had to share it.  Catch My Party is one of my must-read party sites for inspiration because so may talented and creative ladies post their parties there!

As some followers may know, my grandma was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma last winter and it's my dream to be able to host an awesome fundraising party like this in her honor in the future (I actually wanted to do it this year, but life just got in the way - I hate when that happens!).  I adore fundraising events like these because it allows the opportunity for those people (including those who are diagnosed with the disease or illness) who aren't able to participate in another event other than a run/walk that many organizations tend to put on to support a disease .  Plus - who doesn't love a good get together with great friends, great food and desserts and of course drinks and socializing!?

So - on to the details of this party.  The hostesses, Jennifer and her friend Jenn, threw together this Pink Party as a way to raise funds to support their team in the breast cancer 3-day walk.  They had items from local businesses donated for raffle baskets as well as a silent auction.  Each guest was asked to donate money as part of their entry to the party - it was $10 per adult and $5 per child, which included 2 raffle tickets for adults and 1 for each child... additional raffle tickets were available for purchase at $5 a piece or 5 tickets for $20.  Their guest list for this party was approximately 30 people and they were able to raise more than $10,000 to support their team (although, I'm not sure that was all for this fundraiser).

Check out the party's awesome set up in the photos below:

Sign explaining entry cost
The duos story as to why they were joining in the 3-day Walk to Cure Breast Cancer
Some of the raffle baskets
A close up of some of the baskets
Some simple decor
The favor table
Cookie raffle basket (how cute are those cookies... seriously!)
Ribbon cookies for favors
pink candle favors
Pink chocolate cookie lolli's (those look awesome!)
Part of the dessert table set up

more desserts

I LOVE the idea of having a pink chocolate fountain - how fun is that... and such a great focal point!
Drink station.  I just loved the encouraging signs posted throughout the party
Live auction item (I'd love one of those mixers in pink... I especially wouldn't mind buying it know the money is going to a good cause!)

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at this awesome fundraiser party for breast cancer!  It's such great inspiration for future fundraisers I'd like to host.  It's also a very welcoming site seeing parties for a cause.  To view some more photos, head over to Catch My Party!