Happy Weekend!

27 February 2009

Tomorrow is my birthday! I’m going out for Indian and cheesecake with friends {yummmm, even though those don’t necessarily go together}. I would also be very happy if someone made me that cake with long, skinny, aqua blue taper candles…

Have a lovely weekend, all! See you back here on Monday for a special inspiration board and an introduction to my newest venture.

Until then…

{Image c/o Karl Juengel via Oh Happy Day}

A Shower By Any Other Name…

27 February 2009

We have some more reader mail! Today’s question comes from Marget, J’s sister. She’s a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding this summer, and is helping to plan a couples shower at a park in June. She writes:

“Actually, invitations have proved tricky – the groom is against any use of the word ‘shower’ because he finds it emasculating. I’ve found some very cute shower invitations, but you don’t have the option of editing all of the text. Short of getting formal custom invitations, we’d still like to have personal invitations printed.”

I spent some time browsing through my favorite invitation designers, and have come up with a few options. All prices include envelopes, they are all flat-printed, and all text is completely customizable (and most of the colors are, as well). Here they are, from least expensive to most.

Wedding Paper Divas
is an unbelievable site for inexpensive, high style invites.

Solid Monogram Signature (25 cards and 35 envelopes for $33.50)

Budding Branches (25 cards and 35 envelopes for $34.75)

Rich Floral (25 cards and 35 envelopes for $33.50)

Modern Dots (25 cards and 35 envelopes for $33.50)

Up next: Minted! Another one of my favorite invitation options, this site aggregates some of the most talented boutique designers and presents them in one easy-to-navigate spot, Minted.com.

Opera invitation by Cococello (25 cards and 25 envelopes for $67)

La Fete invitation by Oscar + Emma (25 cards and 25 envelopes for $65)

Finally, we have Hello! Lucky. I’ve always admired their stunning letterpress invites, so was incredibly excited to see them debut a line of digitally-printed pieces. Note: These are all wedding invitations, but because the text is fully customizable, they can easily become shower invitations.

New York City Skyline invite (25 cards and 35 envelopes for $93)

Visit New York invite (25 cards and 35 envelopes for $93)

Oak invite (25 cards and 35 envelopes for $93)

Home Sweet Home invite (25 cards and 35 envelopes for $93)

And this is just a small sampling from each of these sites! There are so many more designs to choose from, and, because most of the designs here are available in at least four different color combinations, the possibilities really are endless.

Lastly, after just a little bit of searching, I came up with a few non-traditional options for invitation wording.

“The pleasure of your company is requested at an event in honor of ___ and ____”

“Please join us in showering ___ and ____ with love and best wishes at a party in their honor”

“We would be delighted if you would join us at a party in honor of ____ and ____”

“The bridesmaids of _____ and _____ invite you to a party in honor of their marriage” (Careful, the “their” could get a bit confusing here!)

I hope this helps!

Handle & Spout

24 February 2009

Loving these fluffy, ruffly confections.

{via Oh Happy Day and Once Wed}

They remind me of these pins from J. Crew.

P.S. I also love Handle & Spout’s headbands. Purchase hair pins here and headbands here.

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My new favorite…

24 February 2009

…pitcher. This one is from Crate and Barrel, stainless steel, 96 ounces, $30. Check it out here. I would use it for serving drinks, of course, but also for holding flowers. I think the juxtaposition of industrial stainless steel and ruffly peonies would be quite nice, don’t you? I also like this one and this one at C&B, but glass and stoneware seem easier to find at thrift stores and flea markets.

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Board No. 18: Classic Summer Navy

23 February 2009

This board is for Kristin, a friend of a friend. I may have some of the details she’s decided on wrong {because I heard them secondhand} but I believe she’s planning a July wedding in upstate New York with a palette of navy, white, and gray. To that, I added cream and a silvery blue. I believe the reception is in a sort of glass conservatory, which led me to imagine a classically elegant, fabulously stylish celebration. Add a towering, snowy white cake to the mix, and you’ve got a seriously chic celebration on hand. Tweak a few details and this palette could work for winter, as well.

The Details:
First row, left to right:
The photo that started it all, via perfect bound. This fantastic image is a great reminder to pencil in enough time for portraits. A grand, open space begs for large scale arrangements, and a black-tie event wants for something chicer than balloons. Bare manzanita branches and sterling lanterns fit the bill {photo by Our Labor of Love}. Sleek navy dresses can be mixed and matched and still maintain a formal feel {dress from Priscilla of Boston’s Vineyard Collection via Style Me Pretty}

Second row:
I can’t think of anything more chic at the end of the night than slipping away in a cream vintage car {from J. Crew via simplesong}. Simple calligraphed boxes serve dual duty as both favors and place cards {Martha Stewart Weddings}. They don’t have to sport a big name to be hugely chic, but you can’t go wrong with Manolo Blahnik sandals {photo by Our Labor of Love}.

Third row:
This photo by Tim Evan Cook largely inspired this board’s color palette: its shades of navy, cream, white, blush, and silvery blue seemed irrestistably stylish yet understated to me. Luxurious engraving, delicate flourishes, and rich navy ink set the tone for an elegant evening in this invite by Ceci New York. Traditional calligraphed table numbers bring the elegance into the reception {from carmelscribe’s photostream; calligraphy by Jane Farr}. Serve white-peach sangria either before the ceremony or during cocktail hour. Blackberries are a tasty garnish {Martha Stewart Weddings via Snippet & Ink}.

Fourth row:
Skip the more common exit photo op and light the sparklers during dessert. White-tie waiters hoisting small cakes overhead add considerable excitement at the end of the night {Fete}. Neatly painted river rocks add a natural element to an otherwise opulent table setting {Martha Stewart Weddings}.