26 Jun

REAL PARTIES: Vintage-Mod Bridal Shower

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!
{photos by Jennifer Skog Photography }

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yvonne SAYS:

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

June 26, 2007 at 9:04 am

ashlynn SAYS:


June 26, 2007 at 10:53 am

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!

June 26, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Kelly Mahoney SAYS:

Wow! Amazing execution of a sophisticated theme.

June 26, 2007 at 3:22 pm

laurie SAYS:

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

June 26, 2007 at 5:41 pm

Biddy SAYS:

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

June 26, 2007 at 8:25 pm

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!!!!!


June 27, 2007 at 12:33 am

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.

June 27, 2007 at 7:15 am

Missy SAYS:

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

June 27, 2007 at 10:25 am

Anonymous SAYS:

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

June 27, 2007 at 10:51 am

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 :)

June 27, 2007 at 10:51 am

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.


August 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Anonymous SAYS:

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

June 27, 2007 at 10:53 am

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.


June 27, 2007 at 11:45 am

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!

June 27, 2007 at 2:04 pm

Delaney Gates SAYS:

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

June 27, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Vigilante SAYS:

amazing! Soo want to do this for my shower…

June 27, 2007 at 6:50 pm

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 :)

June 27, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Gypsy Purple SAYS:

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

June 27, 2007 at 8:55 pm


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

June 28, 2007 at 12:20 am

Anonymous SAYS:

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

June 28, 2007 at 7:45 am
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