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Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties When the first “Real-Life Parties” post went up a few weeks ago, HWTM reader Karen wrote in with a tip about an awesome bridal shower she just saw that “could be your next “Real-Life” party!” Well, Karen – you were right! I knew it the second I laid eyes on the amazing pictures from photographer Jennifer Skog ‘s gorgeous bridal shower . First I had to make sure I was actually looking at pictures of a bridal shower and not a wedding reception – but lo and behold it was a shower – and it looks like Jennifer just has some VERY talented loved ones! Want some proof? Just check out these pics!

Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties The theme of Jennifer’s September wedding will be “Old World Ballroom meets Modern Bling” (how great is that theme?! ) – with a color palette of classic black and white. Throw in that Jen’s favorite color is green – and it’s suddenly clear where the inspiration for this vintage-modern / black, white & lime green shower theme came from :)

Tables were covered in green and then adorned with a beautiful damask-patterned fabric runner and vases of white hydrangeas. Fantastic black chivari chairs really take this table setting the top! Custom menus with a matching vintage-mod pattern sat atop square black plates, and black napkins were rolled and tied with sheer green ribbon. Photos of Jen and her fiance were displayed in pretty frames along a side table. In the corner of the room was a little blueberry mojito bar complete with a full-service bartender (a.k.a. “the MOH’s husband!”). Hand-made drink umbrellas created from matching patterened paper and wooden skewers made the mojitos extra sweet!

Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties A spread of decadent finger foods included these mini-cups of watermelon soup (above). According to Jen this cold soup was “amazing”…and the presentation looks pretty amazing too! Black & green custom cookies pulled double-duty as cute decór and take-home shower favors for guests.

How cute is the black & white apron and rubber glove set that Jen’s decked out in below? Way too cute to actually do any cleaning in, right?! And talk about paying attention to detail – the girls even decorated the binding on the activity notepads to match the shower theme!

Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties Last but not least, the guests even came dressed for the theme – making these group shots extra-lovely! Sounds like a great time was had by all – kudos to the hostesses and congrats to the bride-to-be!

As a side note, this theme would also be fantastic for a rehearsal dinner!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

56 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Vintage-Mod Bridal Shower”

  1. yvonne says:

    this shower is GORGEOUS!! I’m so impressed!!

  2. ashlynn says:

    LOVE IT!!!!

  3. greengelato says:

    seriously very amazing.

    by the way jenn, i have you think for totally pumping up my readership. i think i get at least 20 viewers a day coming from your site!

  4. Kelly Mahoney says:

    Wow! Amazing execution of a sophisticated theme.

  5. laurie says:

    Love the look of the black and white damask with the bright green! Nice punch of color.

  6. Biddy says:

    this is so much like the shower i’m throwing in a couple of weeks! where oh where is the runner from!?

  7. Janea says:

    Wow! This is stunning,soooooo goregous .She has great girls in her life. I also check out her website ,and boy is she talented photographer, the photos are phenomenal I could totally feel their emotions,your amazing girl! I wish I found you when I got married six years ago:)
    Btw Jenn I been emailing all my girls your website this is one my my favorite blogs!!!!!


  8. People St.Clair says:

    i have been in love with this color scheme for a minute and this shower is simply wonderful. Thanks for the real-life parties they are inspiring.

  9. Missy says:

    Glorious! I will definately be checking back here to get ideas for my next party!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow amazing! Do you know where she got the tablecloth and damask runner from?

  11. hiphostess says:

    Hi Biddy – I emailed Jen about the runner and it was hand-made! How are your sewing skills? ;)

    Janea – thanks so much for your comment and for helping to spread the word! much appreciated :)

    • Sandra says:

      I’m searching for these damask runners high and low, where can I buy the fabric, can’t find them any where………please help.


  12. Anonymous says:

    Where is that to die for b&w apron from that she’s wearing?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Here’s some links for the material.

    Depending on the size of the fabric, you can just cut the fabric along the long length to make some table runners.

  14. hiphostess says:

    Hi Everyone – here’s a little more info on where some of the items in these images are from:

    Table linens – Stuart Rentals in Milpitas
    Table Runners – Hand Made by BM’s mom
    Cookies – Cookies by Design in Clayton
    BW Gloves – Sur la Table

    **I’m trying to see where the apron is from – will keep you posted when I have the info!

  15. Delaney Gates says:

    Oh my goodness, how AMAZING!!!! Thank you soooo much for posting those!!! Such inspiration there!

  16. Vigilante says:

    amazing! Soo want to do this for my shower…

  17. Huckleberry Karen says:

    Yeah!! I’m so happy to see you posted Jen’s Shower! The table cloth fabric is by designer Michael Miller. You can find his fabrics online, most quilt/fabric stores and on ebay. The pattern is called “Candy Damask” and come in all sorts of color combos. I’m planning to make some for my home!

    Okay – my goal is take throw a party so fabulous that you’ll post them ob your blog :)

  18. Gypsy Purple says:

    This is absolutely stunning…love your blog!!!!!

  19. Jen says:

    Everything about this shower and these photos are stunning! Thanks for all of your finds! I love your blog!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thanks hiphostess and Huckleberry Karen for letting me know where I can find those linens!

  21. Shelly says:

    I love the colors. The guests all dressed in black and white is a great idea for a color themed party although I would have loved to see some of the girls sporting that delicious spring green on a barrette, or a scarf, or a bracelet….or even on some high heels.

  22. Anonymous says:

    This looks like SUCH a gorgeous shower! Fantastic colours, theme, etc. :)


  23. Anonymous says:

    Where did they purchase the paper for the custom menu?


  24. hiphostess says:

    Hi anon –

    I’m not sure, I’ll keep you posted if I can get the info!

  25. Jennifer Skog says:

    Hello everyone! I’ve had a gazillion inquiries about the suppliers of this event, so here’s all the info:

    Rentals (linens, chairs, dishware)
    Stuart Rentals, Milpitas

    Damask Table Runners
    Hand-made by my MOH’s mom

    Polka Dot Rubber Gloves
    Sir La Table

    Damask Apron (I actually got 2 different ones)

    Paper for Umbrellas
    Various Scrapbooking Stores in East Bay

    Cookie Favors
    Cookies by Design in Clayton

    Amazing Photography :)
    Jennifer ‘Skog as in Vogue’

    Sexy Bartender
    Sorry Ladies… He’s taken :)

  26. Anonymous says:

    I’m getting married next November. What do you ladies think about something similar for a reception?

  27. hiphostess says:

    I think this would be a fantastic theme for a reception! In fact, a very close friend of mine did something similar for her reception this past June. I did a guest post on the wedding on the Blue Orchid Designs blog last month. Here’s a link if you want to check it out :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much! The photos of Jen’s wedding look amazing and give me much more confidence in my decision.

  29. Jennifer Skog says:

    Hi Ladies! I have had MANY requests about the damask print and I’m not sure where they ended up getting it from, however I do know that it was specially ordered through an interior design company. I would think it should be easy for any interiors company to get as I have an apron and photo bag with the same exact print. I hope that helps!

    Jennifer Skog


  30. retha says:

    Your shower is absolutely beautiful.I just love the presence of a bold contrast. I am using a Dk.Brown and White Zebra print over a pinkish purple backgroud.

  31. Tiffany says:

    i absolutely love it! everything looks awesome

  32. Crissy says:

    Here’s a link to an invitation I made using a damask motif/pattern:

    The possibilities using damask patterns are endless!


  33. Lynne Hanks says:

    Gorgeous!!! It’s perfect for a formal bridal shower. I love the green twist:)

  34. Mallory says:

    First of all, I just stumbled across this blog, and it’s definitely my new favorite!!! I have been looking FOREVER for square black plates JUST like the ones used but haven’t had any luck. Any chance you can tell me where they’re from? Thank you, and I can’t wait to explore more of this amazing blog :)

  35. jenn s. says:

    Hi Mallory –
    Thanks so much for the sweet comment!

    Re: dishes – the plates were actually rented…so unfortunately I don’t have any purchasing info for you. You’d think that contemporary square black plates would be relatively easy to find…but my google search didn’t result in anything spectacular either…sigh. If I stumble on some in the near future I’ll be sure to let you know!


  36. Jessee says:

    Great colors and ideas, very nice!

  37. Yesenia says:

    I have been looking for vintage prints like this for my wedding reception. I cannot find linens anywhere like this. Can you fill me in :)???

  38. jennifer says:

    HI, can you tell me where i might find that fabric runner! This is perfect for my sisters shower, she will love it. It is a perfect theme

  39. jenn s. says:

    Yesenia & Jennifer –
    The damask table runners were custom-made, but here’s some info on the fabric that’s copy/pasted from an earlier comment:
    “…The table cloth fabric is by designer Michael Miller. You can find his fabrics online, most quilt/fabric stores and on ebay. The pattern is called “Candy Damask” and come in all sorts of color combos.”

    And here’s a link to where you can find more damask fabrics on ebay:

    Hope that helps!


  40. […] October 22, 2008 by tealengthtulle …okay. That’s insanely cheesy. But if you knew how mad i was for a white-and-black-damask theme with vivid green accents, you would totally understand. Seriously, we almost didn’t find our dream venue because i was SO stuck on having damask + green as my wedding colors. I was obsessed, people. And this is the picture that started it all (courtesy Hostess with the Mostess): […]

  41. juliett says:

    I love the colors!!! everything looks so nice.. Did you have any fun ideas for games, my sister is getting married and I love your ideas and was wondering if you could help me with some game ideas.

  42. Christen says:

    I love the green, black and white! It is so classy! I will probably use this in my wedding…eventually…I still have a few years! Nicely done!

  43. I am getting ready to throw a bridal shower for my sister in law…thanks for the tips. We will see how it turns out. This is beautiful.

  44. Jenica says:

    Would you be interested in selling the Damask table runners?

  45. susanne says:

    This is beautiful! Where can I find the recipe for the watermelon soup?

  46. […] seen on it. It’s not just for weddings either, but all types of parties. Especially this damask/vintage inspired bridal shower. It is no surprise to me that it was a photographer’s […]

  47. Kristin says:

    Hi, This is a great idea for a shower? What did the invites look like and what was the wording?

  48. Dee says:

    Love this theme so much! But going crazy trying to find the fabric for the table runners. Also, what was the exact color of the green table cloth? I need 6 table runners before Sept., anyone have them made and ready for sale?

  49. Dee says:

    Love, love, love this theme. I am having a hard time finding the fabric for the runners. If anyone has 6 for sale before Sept. please respond. Also, what is the exact color of the green table cloths?

  50. Audrey H. says:

    I just loved the details of this shower. I host an annual girlfriends dinner party and this inspired me to do a “Little Black Dress Party” this year. It turned out wonderfully.

    I found a similar damask print fabric at Joanne’s for the runner, as well as a green fabric for the table cloth (my aunt makes linen/chair covers, etc). She even made my dress out of a matching damask print. I covered lamp shades w/ damask print paper from Michaels. There are a few pics on HWTM FB page or at my FB page

  51. gina says:

    I am not sure if anyone asked already, but that basket of notepads is to die for! i absolutely love stationery and i was wondering where they came from! thanks :)

  52. jenn s. says:

    Gina –
    The hostesses actually made those notepads themselves – just using scrapbook paper that matched the theme to cover the top part of the pads :)

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  54. Rachel says:

    any advise on how to word an invitation asking guests to dress in the theme colors? i’m throwing a black & white shower and would love for the guests to “match” the theme as they did in this shower but i would hate to sound rude or demanding lol. thanks :)

  55. Liz Farron says: