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Iced Tea Or High Tea, Your Table Is Set…

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…Using Popular Whites!

 Today, I came across this gorgeous table, set for a birthday celebration over high tea.  Lovely, isn’t it?  I find it totally inspiring how nicely food can be displayed by using simple white dishes.  Go from casual to fancy in a matter of minutes, by adding a just a few colorful accents!

Keeping it simple never looked so good…

pink yellow and white tablescape via wedding style guide blog

(Photo credit: Wedding Style Australia)

Above, the birthday girl used white dishes along with left over wallpaper as a table runnercolored napkins and a vase of flowers to add color… and wa-la!  Her table was ready to go in minutes!  Hey, it’s important to keep entertaining easy, so that hosts can enjoy their party too. 

As your styles change throughout the years, your white dishes will remain classic and easy to pair with anything!  If you’re considering white, take a look at this place setting idea I created using the new Set Your Table tool from

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Here, I kept the majority of dishes white, but dressed them up by selecting a brightly colored charger and cup.  With this setting, you’ll be ready to serve in style whether it’s over iced tea or high tea!  To see or register for the pieces shown above, click HERE.

Feeling like getting creative yourself?  Design your own place setting ideas with the Set Your Table tool.  Once you’re done, print them out or register for them at Bloomingdale’s.  Enjoy!


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It’s Time To Party…

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…How Hosting A Partylite Party Can Get You Free Centerpieces & Decor For Your Wedding!

I’m notPartylite consultant.  Nor am I trying to sell you anything.  I’m simply a huge fan of Partylite because of the fact that thanks to them, the majority of my wedding decor was free!  Want to know a secret?  Some of my bridesmaids’ gifts were free too.  Sshhh…nobody has to know, right? 


So how did I do it?  By doing something I love to do anyway…I threw a party!  What if you did the same thing?  It’s the perfect excuse to get your girlfriends together to have a little fun, maybe drink some wine and do what we all love…shop!  All from the comfort of your own home.

Plan to have the party during the evening, so the candles that your consultant brings can really show off their glow.  Perhaps you could start the it around 7pm, after everyone has already had dinner.  That way, you can keep it affordable with yummy wine, cheese, coffee or desserts.


Put on some music, drink some wine and relax!  Play some games to include candles as prizes, talk about your favorite candle scents as you smell new ones, giggle over stories about how your fiance might think you have enough candles to have a seance…you know, just have fun!

There is never any pressure on your guests to buy, but your consultant will be there with catalogs in case they do want to buy something nice for their homes.  I mean really – who doesn’t love candles, right?


Based on the total sales from your party, you can easily earn yourself free or half-priced products of your choice, for your wedding!  So how does one host a really great show to get their free candles?  It’s not difficult, my dearies…to see how, visit my guest blog post over at the Wishpot Wedding Blog by clicking HERE.


So…when are you having your party?  To learn how to host a show, visit the Partylite website.  Chicago brides, contact my favorite Partylite consultant in the area, Janet Garreau, by clicking HERE.

After you get your free product and the wedding is over, take the pieces home to decorate your newlywed pad or give them away to guests.  Cheers!

Brides & Bloomies…

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Help You Set Your Table!

Need help putting together some table setting ideas for your registry or wedding?  Whether you’re attempting at becoming a domestic diva, already are or are just trying to plan your tables for your wedding or event, can help!  Together, and Bloomingdales (Or, “Bloomies” as they call it here in Chicago) have put together a special tool, just for you!

brides-tablescape-ideas has just recently launched the “Set Your Table” online tool – a fun, interactive mix and match table top feature!  The interactive tool allows couples to combine different styles and patterns from a variety of designers’ dinnerware, drinkware and flatware collections to create and view their own uniquely styled table top setting, then immediately register for their table top selections on

In addition, has launched a suite of free online planning tools to make your wedding preparation even easier!  New tools include the “I Do” To-Do Task Checklist, a Wedding Budget Tracker, Interactive Seating Charts and a Guest List Manager, which handles invitations, events and RSVPs.  There’s more as well, to check out all the goodies, click HERE.  Enjoy!

Written by Jaime

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Mimosa Bridal Shower Soiree!

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It Started With A Kiss, So Let Us Toast To This…

The date is nearing for my little sister’s upcoming bridal shower.  My other sister and I are planning the event and we have changed our minds from a vintage cherry theme to this, since we decided it’s a little more “her”…


(Photo credits – top left via: The Deco Detective, top right via: Southern Weddings Magazine, bottom left via: my sister who shared it with me (if it’s yours, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.) and bottom right via The Wedding Caberet.)

Luscious pinks and vibrant oranges will set the tone for the day, since she loves bright, bold colors.  Decor will consist of gerbera daisies, candles and a few other surprises.  Instead of a champagne toast, we’ll be toasting with yummy mimosas

The creative juices are flowing, I just can’t wait!  Be sure to stay tuned for pictures…cheers!

Written by Jaime

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A Summer Soiree…

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…Created By Colin Cowie!

Who doesn’t love a wedding that compliments both a masculine and a feminine feel?  If you and your fiance are struggling with what colors and decor to use for your wedding, why not get inspired by this summer soiree created by Colin Cowie


I love how modern meets romantic here…chocolate brown and green striped tablescapes intertwined with flowers and candlelight…yummy yum yum!  To find more Colin Cowie drool-worthy inspiration (isn’t all of his work drool-worthy?!) for your event, visit his site by clicking here.  Happy planning!

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Affordable, Stylish Place Settings? No Problem!

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…Add A Little Satin Ribbon & You’re Good To Go!

My sister is currently in the works of planning her upcoming May wedding.  I’ve been trying to help her come up with ideas to keep it not only stylish, but affordable too.  When I saw this today on, I knew I had to share it with her and all of you!

Instead of standing up your folded napkins, lay them flat and just add a little ribbon!


The majority of reception venues will offer white napkins, so by adding ribbon it’s the perfect way to create that pop of color for your table without going overboard and without going broke.  To see instructions on how to make it and more pictures, click HERE.  Now breathe easy, your wedding is going to be gorgeous…and so are you!

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Coffee Talk Yumspirations…

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…The Coffee Is Brewing & So Are The Ideas!

Do you ever get overwhelmed with yummy inspiration?  Find it hard to share everything you want?  Me too.  The files I’ve saved to favorites are overflowing, so it’s time for me to empty out that big bucket of inspiration and share with you some of my favorite finds this week…from wedding to holiday talk, all in one spot.  So grab a cup of coffee and join me for some cawfee tawk, won’t you?

Yes, coffee is my friend, isn’t it yours?  Grab this print for your home or office from Etsy seller Monicalee!


The Yummies!

* Looking for some unique and helpful tools for planning your wedding or other event?  Event Manager Blog  has covered several for you to geek out on & enjoy.

* Shartreuse has been covering 25 Days of Christmas over at her blog, have you joined her Flickr group yet to add your own pictures?

* Letterpress lovers!  If you’re searching for some stylish monogrammed letterpress stationery, go on over to Bellis Studios, her monogrammed notecards are on sale! 

* Hostess With The Mostess has brought us loads of inspiration for your holiday party or winter wedding through her “Inspire Me” Holiday Entertaining Contest.  Get on over there and vote for your favorite tablescapes and decor.   Find even more ideas in her Flickr group!

* Anne from Perfect Bound has officially started sharing her wedding day pictures taken by photographer Belathee.  Stop over and take a look, the pictures are stunning, as is she.  Congratulations, Anne!

* Chicago’s own loved makeup artist  Sonia Roselli introduces us to not only her brand new shop, Sonia Roselli Esthetique, but also to the perfect store for the vintage-style bride.

* Feeling zesty?  Globetrotting Bride shares with us “Scenes From A Spanish Wedding” – the pictures are spicey hot and sooo gorgeous!  Ole! 

* Are you a Parisian bride?  Find out what it takes to accomplish true Parisian Style over at the very inspiring iCiNG blog!  While you’re there, don’t forget to send her birthday wishes, as her blog just turned 2.  Watch this VIDEO to meet the lovely Gala!


Written by Jaime

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