A FEW WORDS ON BRIDESMAID DRESSES

If you’ve been to or in a wedding (or seen the movie 27 Dresses), you know there are a lot of different directions the bridal party’s attire can go. Let’s talk bridesmaid dresses and 2014 trends.

Selecting a color and designer while allowing your maids to pick a dress style is a good way to please your people. Neutrals are big as are navy, jewel tones, pink, bright hues and mixing a color tone for an ombre effect.

Cohesion is nice, but whether that translates to dresses that match the theme, color pallet, venue or time of year is up to you. Mix and match colors, patterns, styles, textures or don’t. Above all else, aim to pick dresses you’re excited about and your bridal party is comfortable wearing.

Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses + Varying StylesLace Bridesmaid Dress // Adam Barnes Photography Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses Polka Dot Bridesmaid Dress // Heather Hester Photography Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses // Jose Villa Photography Bridesmaid Dresses with Special Accessories // Photo by Christina Szczupak P.S. More bridal party inspiration here.

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SPRING PARTY DIYS

Whether you’re hosting Easter brunch this weekend, a baby shower for your bestie next month, or a DIY’d spring wedding, you should seriously consider adding these handmade details to your party planning to do list.

Spring Party DIYs

1. Champagne Bottles Tied with Ribbons and Fresh Flowers // 2. Citrus hued balloons // 3. Painted Wooden Easter Eggs // 4. Boxwood table numbers (or letters!) // 5. Painted vases // 6. Coffee filter garland  

 

HAYLEE + JASON

Jen Dillender Photography

Oh what a night. Haylee and Jason are the funnest, most adorable couple. Full disclosure: Haylee is my cousin so I’m a little biased. Their wedding took place last September in Haylee’s hometown of Stillwater, Okla. (which is also the college town where they met). Guests partied the night away amidst pink and gold sparkly details a lot of which were DIY’d by the bride and her mama. See below for a list of the great people who helped put together this beautiful wedding.

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Event Design + Production: Emily Hill Events // Photographer: Jen Dillender Photography // Wedding Gown: Matthew Christopher // Flowers: Beth Evans // Officiant: Kyle Anderson // Ceremony Location: First United Methodist Church Stillwater // Reception Venue: Stillwater Country Club // Band: Groove Merchants // Photo Booth: Howe to Party // Invitations + Programs: Erin Brett

 

HERE + THERE

Loving this so much.

Pinning pretty veils and repining a lot of these dudes.

Being inspired by these party gems (especially that piñata, or these).

Feeling a lot of feelings about the HIMYM finale.

Needing to host a soiree worthy of this giant beach ball DIY this summer.

Wishing there was a real Grand Budapest Hotel.

Throwing a baby shower next month and loving these tips and party details.

Wanting all the Meri Meri things.

AROUND THE BAR CART

Today we’re talking bar carts and the essentials for making yours functional and pretty. Decanters for your liquor and your most favorite glasses will get things started. Corral mismatched bar tools in a mint julep cup and keep fun napkins and straws on hand to serve your guests (and yourself) in style.
Around the Bar Cart

Add Around Your Table: 1. Decanter // 2. Cocktail Shaker // 3. Champagne Coups // 4. Oh Joy! Scalloped Napkins // 5. Skull Tongs // 6. Rose Gold Bar Spoon // 7. Muddler // 8. Jigger  // 9. Rose Gold Strainer // 10. Cheers Bottle Opener // 11. Stainless Steel Straws // 12. Acrylic Straws // 13. Julep Vase

A FEW WORDS ON CAKE TOPPERS

It’s easy to get caught up in the Pinterest rabbit hole and think you need a perfectly styled cake topper in order for your wedding to exist. I get it, you want cute things for your big day.

Here are some of my favorite options from around the web and some tips for finding your match made in cake heaven.

A few words on cake toppers.

1. Polaroids (SIMILAR DIY VERSION) // 2. Cookie Cutters // 3. Heart Pom Pom  // 4. Flamingos // 5. Flowers + Fruit // 6. CroWN

Don’t blow the budget. Let’s be honest, this isn’t the best place to spend your money (unless cake toppers are your thing, in which case, get down with your bad self and buy those flamingos). There are lots of adorable and inexpensive options.

Do it yourself or let someone else DIY it for you. You know that crafty friend that keeps asking how she/he can help with the wedding? Ask if they’d be up to the cake topper task. Buy the supplies and send them a thank you treat.

Make it personal. This is great place to showcase your personalities, your theme for the day, your shared history, your sense of humor or your overall awesomeness.

Repurpose and reuse. How great is a cake topper that can be used in life post wedding? I guarantee cookies made with your wedding topper cutters will taste more delicious.

And now I’m hungry for cake.

AROUND THE GREEN TABLE

St. Patrick’s Day is a week away! Time to get the beer and ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’ buttons ready. In that spirit, here are some of my favorite green things for entertaining.

Around the Table

Add around your table: 1. Boxwood Placemat // 2. Striped Napkin // 3. Lime Napkin // 4. Hobnail Tumbler // 5. Gurgle Pot // 6. Dipped Salad Servers // 7. Milk Glass Mixing Bowls // 8. Flatware // 9. Marble Coasters

 

HERE + THERE

Getting very excited about this party product line.

Loving the mismatched bridesmaid dresses from this beautiful wedding.

Absorbing all the good advice from last week’s After the Jump podcast.

Wanting to make everything Megan makes after trying my hand at her french silk pie.

Dreaming about spring clothes.

Thinking this is great brunch hosting inspiration.

Needing to jazz up some envelopes (yes, needing).

Listening to this playlist on repeat.