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A Retro Bridal Shower…

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…So Fitting For The Soon-To-Be Wife!

Sure, times have changed.  Much of what used to be tradition had gone out the window.  Poof, gone!  Just like that.  However, nothing says we can’t bring a little bit of it back, right?  I mean, they do it all the time when it comes to fashion, so why not bring it home too?

This week over at the OneWed Savvy Scoop Blog, I guest blogged about a theme to bring out the pinup housewife in all of you…so of course I had to share!  If you’re planning a bridal shower, get ready to get girly…

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(Photo credits ~ Top L: LB Event Couture, Bottom L:  CookingLight.com, Bottom M:  Head Of The Table, Right:  Anne Taintor)

Consider serving cherry pie instead of cake and grab some Coca Cola inspiration from my friend Kim over at Head Of The Table.  Or, customize your own bottles with Jones Soda!  To personalize, use similar sayings like shown on the gift bags above or even upload vintage themed photos to your bottle labels.

Thank your guests or pamper the bride with pretty little pinup style bath products from one of my favorite stores, Margarita Bloom!

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(Photo credits ~ Left:  Beauty goodies from Margarita Bloom, Right: Vanity Girl of Vanity Fair)

When it comes time to decorate your shower space, mix your retro theme up with this unique turquoise and red Modern Kitchen Theme by Hostess With The Mostess!

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(Photo credits: Flowers, tablescape via Hostess With The Mostess, Cherry apron via The Merry Martini)

I especially adore how serving utensils were used for the centerpieces – what a great idea!  After the shower, let the bride take them home so she can work on becoming her own domestic diva self.  Don’t forget the apron!

Craving more retro?  Click HERE or visit a few of my favorite vintage loving peeps at GlamourvilleThe Glam Guide, Vintage Glam Weddings, Rock ‘n Roll Bride, GaGaVida and Pin Me Up Photography.  Happy planning, beauty girls!

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thUTCp31UTC05bUTCTue, 26 May 2009 19:09:19 +0000 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Girly Gorgeousness…

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…Inspired By Agent Provocateur!

Oooohhh…hoo, hoo pretty!  My breath was taken away after viewing pictures from the Fantasy Shower in New York hosted by Always A Blogsmaid!  Just take a look at this sexy little event and enjoy…

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I adore every little detail created, all the way down to how the slices of cake coordinate with the black and white boxes – does it get any more fabulous?  

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(Photo credits:  photography by Karen Mordechai via Always A Blogsmaid)

Get inspired to create your own fantasy shower by clicking HERE!  Or, just host a fun girls night in.  Being girly is always something to celebrate…so grab your girls and get planning!

Thanks for Moments By Morgan for originally turning me on to this event!

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A New, Stylish & Affordable Chicagoland Venue For Your Event…

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…Pina’s Culinary Experience, Where We Hosted My Sister’s Bridal Shower!

 For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing with you all of the little details from the bridal shower my sister and I recently hosted for our little sister.  Now I’ve saved the last post on the shower to share the venue details, Pina’s Culinary Experience in Roselle, IL.!   If you’re looking for a place to host your intimate wedding, shower or event, Pina’s is wonderful – I highly recommend them!

From the minute we found this place, we knew it would be perfect.  This charming little spot has only been open for about 2 years but has become quite popular…and I can see why!  The service is top-notch, the menu is affordable and the chefs there are so great to work with.  No, I really mean it – if you host your event there, you’ll end up wanting to hug them (I actually did)! 

Pina’s Culinary Experience in Roselle, IL.

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The venue offers tasty and delightful cooking classes and also can be used to host private events.  There are two rooms, the Mediterranean style room in the front (shown on their website) and the larger room on the side, which is the room we hosted the bridal shower in.

The larger room is newly remodeled with a lovely contemporary feel!  Supporting local artists by hanging their gorgeous artwork on the walls, Pina’s is not only attractive inside but very into helping the community as well.  They’re just really good people!

I still can’t believe how affordable it was to have the shower at Pina’s.  Can you believe it was even less expensive than hosting it at an “affordable” restaurant?!  I researched so many places before we found Pina’s and I’m so thrilled with our decision to have the shower there.  Not to mention the fact that we had our own private room and our own personal gourmet chef

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Chef Edward was extremely accommodating  with helping us plan for the shower and allowing us to decorate however we wanted.  He even helped us decorate…hanging the tissue flower poms we made, the banner I created and more.  He came to the rescue with a few things I had forgotten about too…like the candy for my “P-A-R-T-Y” dishes and the music for the shower.  What a guy!

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He also let us come in and set up a couple of days early, so that it would be easier on us the morning of the shower.  By the time the guests arrived, everything was set in place and ready to go.  My, did it look beautiful!!! 

Everything was perfect – the atmosphere, the service, the food.  Oh, that food…so yummy!  Dessert was fabulous too…he created for us fresh individual cherry cheesecakes, chocolate-covered strawberries and one very tasty cake

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(Photo credits:  Several of the pictures above thanks to Denise of Bellis Studios)  

So darlings…if you’re on the hunt for that perfect Chicagoland venue for your intimate event, you must give Pina’s Culinary Experience a try.  Let gourmet chefs Edward and Pina help you plan a menu that will rock your tastebuds and fit your budget.  Tell them I sent you.  You won’t be disappointed!

Not planning a party but want to learn how to cook?  Let Pina’s welcome you into their kitchen where you’ll learn to cook delicious meals from a gourmet chef, maybe have some cocktails, listen to music and just have a good ol’ time

For more information, visit their website or give them a call – #630-529-1898.  Cheers!

Cotton Candy Cocktails & Drink Garnishes Galore!

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More From My Sister’s Bridal Shower…

Looking for ideas to quench any bridal thirst?  For the bridal shower we recently hosted for my sister, we decided to have a little fun with the cocktails and beverages by dressing them up a bit! 

Take a look…

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(Majority of photos thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

Previously, I showed you the fabulous customized Jones Soda bottles we served.  Well, as if they weren’t adorable enough, we also decorated straws with white paper confetti flowers for guests to drink with!  I cannot take all of the credit for that idea, however – as the crafty ladies over at Prim & Pixie originally inspired me to create with images of their butterfly straws.  It seemed like an easy enough DIY project, so you know I had to do it!

Beverages also included a pink grapefruit champagne punch and a bowl of mimosasFlutes were rimmed with pink sugar and filled with cotton candy, which dissolved as guests poured their punch ~ for a little added sweetness!  We also created pink and orange beaded wine charms for each flute glass, with a heart-shaped charm in the middle that said, “LOVE”.

Keep checking back, as I’ll be posting more pictures and details from the bridal shower!  If you’ve missed the previous posts, you can find them HERE and HERE.  Cheers!

Customized Jones Soda Bottles…

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…Added Personalization & Pops Of Color To My Sister’s Bridal Shower!

Like the song by Counting Crows goes,Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones…believe in me, help me believe in anything, I want to be someone…who believes…yeah…”, Mr. Jones did help me believe – in drinking really good soda

Yes, Mr. Jones helped me believe in everything pink, orange, yummy and fabulous!  With customized Jones Soda bottles in Fufu Berry, Orange & Cream and Cream Soda for the guests, it was indeed a sweet, refreshing treat!

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

I love that Jones Soda allows you the option to customize your bottles.  It’s pretty simple – you just upload a photo, type in what you’d like the front of the label to say, then you type in what you’d like the back to say. 

For my sister’s bridal shower, we put, How sweet it is to be loved by you!” on the front, then the back of the label said, “It started with a kiss, so let us toast to this ~ sweet dreams and best wishes to the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs!  Brock & Lindsay 2009”.

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

Everyone was so excited to receive their own personalized bottle of Jones Soda, they had never seen anything like it!  I have to admit, they were pretty darn cool.  The pretty packaging definitely sold me at first, but the delicious taste is quite impressive too.  Everyone loved it!

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 (Pictures from shower thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios)

I’m not normally a big “pop” drinker, but after the shower was over and the soda was gone, I ran to my local Super Target to pick up some more.  I had to stock some of that yummy stuff in my own fridge!  Of course, I also kept one of the customized bottles from the shower as a little keepsake after I drank it, so it’s now proudly displayed in our kitchen!  I know, I’m a sentimental pack rat.

Now my sister wants to get customized Jones Soda for her wedding!   Since the soda comes in a variety of different colors and flavors, I definitely plan on using it for future events too.  Yay! 

If you love Jones Soda as much as I do or perhaps have never even tried it, you’re in for a treat, my friends!  Just visit www.jonessoda.com to find store locations or to customize your own bottles for your shower, wedding or other event.  They even offer a Jones Soda Weddings page filled with inspiration!  Cheers and enjoy…I know you will!

More pictures and details from the bridal shower to come…stay tuned!

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thUTCp30UTC04bUTCSun, 05 Apr 2009 06:54:45 +0000 11, 2008 at 6:54 am

DIY Toasting Flutes…

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…Made Stylishly Simple!

Last week, on the OneWed.com Savvy Scoop Blog, I featured the toasting flutes I created for my sister’s upcoming wedding!  They were so easy to make, I just had to share them with you here too!  Take a looksie…

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What do you think?  I gave them to her as a gift at her bridal shower and she seemed really excited about them, as I created them in her wedding colors.  It was nice to give her a gift that was some what handmade, from the heart.  Not to mention affordable

To see how I created these along other ideas for your own DIY toasting flutes, head on over to my guest blog post on OneWed.com by clicking HERE.  Cheers!

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thUTCp30UTC04bUTCSat, 04 Apr 2009 12:32:03 +0000 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Bathing Beauties, Get Frosted!

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…With Cupcake Bath Bomb Favors By Bubbles & Beauties!

This past weekend, my sister and I hosted a bridal shower for our little sister.  Now that it’s over, I can’t wait to start sharing all of the details with you! 

To begin my happy little week of show and tell, allow me to first share with you the super sweet shower favors…each guest received a  Cupcake Bath Bomb from Bubbles & Beauties!

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(Photo from the shower, thanks to Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios) 

Nikol Johnson, creator and founder of Bubbles & Beauties, is seriously just as sweet as her cupcakes!  She actually customized each one for us, in the bridal shower colors and also in my sister’s favorite Pink Sugar scent.  She really made them so special, I can’t thank her enough!

When we received our shipment of cupcake bath bombs, they smelled soooo good, but since they looked like actual real cupcakes, I wanted to eat one!  Fear not my fine feathered friends, I refrained from eating the favors.  I was so happy with the great quality though, not to mention the ingredients ~ including mango butter, almond oil, French clay and natural salts.  Yes, it sounded quite heavenly!

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(Photo credits from the shower:  Left ~ Denise Johnson of Bellis Studios.  Right ~ by yours truly!) 

I knew I had a couple “regrets” as rsvp’s, so I was sneaky (ssshh) and took one of the favors into the tub with me, tried it and experienced my own soothing bath – which after all the planning, was definitely in order!  Aaahh yes…life was good.  Hey, a girl’s gotta pamper herself once in a while, right? 

These cupcake bath bombs were a huge hit at the shower.  Everyone loved them!  I’m very pleased we decided to give them out.  If you’re looking for bridal shower favors sure to impress, these definitely did the job.  Actually, I think these would also make luscious little bridesmaids gifts as well- or a great gift for any occasion, for that matter!

They come hand-made in several different colors and scents, all ready to spoil you!  A few of my personal favorites aside from the Pink Sugar include Fresh Lavender, Lime Cooler, Apple Mango, Chocolate Indulgence, Honey Almond, Strawberries & Champagne, Lemongrass & Sage and Coconut & Cream.  But they’re all so tempting!

To get frosted, click HERE or on banner above.  Also, be sure to head on over to their sister sites ~ Fresh Beauty Studio, A Pretty Event and Fresh Beauty & The Baby.

Keep checking back, I’ll be posting more pictures and details from the bridal shower this week…yay!