06 Nov

Inspiration Board: Lovely Lilac & Gray

purple lavender gray inspiration board

Hi! I’m Rebecca Goering, author of Tastefully Entertaining, a blog providing ideas and inspiration for planning memorable events.  I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to guest post for HWTM today!

I’ve been extremely intrigued by the color gray lately.  It’s sophisticated, chic and compliments so many other colors – orange, green, white, blue, pink and lilac (just to name a few).  Today I’ve chosen a palette of gray and lilac for an elegant evening bridal shower.  Though bridal showers often occur in the afternoon why not host an nighttime gathering and take advantage of the glimmer of candlelight and the energy of evening.

Pictured above:
Lovely table setting and room décor featuring gray linens, a chocolate table runner, square white plates, white candles and a lilac floral centerpiece
This gray Adrianna Papell dress is perfect for the bride-to-be
Mini cupcakes covered with white icing and flavored sugars for a unique sweet ending
Lilac celery glasses are great for floral arrangements, candies or serving desserts

purple lavender gray inspiration board

Pictured above:
lavender satin heels by Glamour Original, accented with purple stone and pearl brooches. [via theknot.com – must be logged into their site to access the original page]
Try this grape spritzer for a color-coordinated cocktail
Letterpress invitation with a lilac antique lace design and grey text by Dauphine Press
Lilac, purple and grey favors adorned with an intricate ribbon in a contrasting shade [via Elizabeth Anne Designs]
Add some ambiance with votive candles in glass globes reminiscent of vintage candy canisters [via Elizabeth Anne Designs]


Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration, Rebecca! Be sure to check out Tastefully Entertaining for more great mood boards like this!

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laurie SAYS:

this is absolutely lovely!

Reply November 6, 2008 at 7:48 am

Bridal Horizons SAYS:

I absolutely love the Grey/Lilac combo!

We had the chance to be guest bloggers as well and we also blogged about this very chic color combo!

Please check it out for additional inspiration boards!


Reply November 6, 2008 at 9:07 am

caroline brant SAYS:

Dauphine Press has an incredible wedding invitation selection, and their paper and design quality are outstanding. They are one of the first books I show to brides who are looking for letterpress wedding invitations. http://www.leapfrogpaper.com

Reply November 6, 2008 at 9:34 am

Janet SAYS:

Both the table centerpiece and those mini cupcakes look absolutely DIVINE! Great post!

Reply November 6, 2008 at 10:39 am


Must. Have. Shoes.
Where can I get them?!

Reply November 6, 2008 at 11:58 am

Barbara SAYS:

Your link to the purple shoes doesn’t work. The link to the dress only went to the store’s main page, not the dress.

Reply November 6, 2008 at 12:06 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Thanks for the heads up, Barbara – I just modified the text for the shoes to reflect the info on theknot.com’s detail page… turns out you can’t actually see the page unless you’re logged into their site!

Liz – looks like the bride took a pair of satin heels and added the purple stone & pearl brooches herself!

Reply November 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm

amanda b. young SAYS:

That combination is fabulous! And I’m with Liz — those shoes are simply to die for lovely!

Reply November 6, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Sabina SAYS:

Just gorgeous!!

Reply November 7, 2008 at 9:46 am

Karen SAYS:

This color combo is so pretty! I’ve actually seen a lot of purple out for holiday this year – maybe I’ll do something like this for our New Year’s party since I don’t have any wedding parties coming up!

Reply November 7, 2008 at 10:39 am

Kati SAYS:

This board is great! Love the color combination – of course Rebecca always has some of the most lovely entertaining inspiration!

Reply November 7, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Madelyn @ Southern Weddings SAYS:

I adore this color palette! That cupcake looks so delicious!

Reply November 10, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Andrea SAYS:

i was so excited to see this palette, it’s actually the one i chose for my home office. i know it has nothing to do with a shower, but the elegance and serenity is exactly what i’m trying to bring to my chaotic room! lovely ideas!!!

…purple for christmas… i LOVE it!!!

Reply November 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

Hogblowly SAYS:

Hello. It is test.

Reply November 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Sandra @ Ribbons and Favors SAYS:

This is a very nice combination of colors I agree with Andrea, it is serene. Those mini cupcakes look great and the tablescape is simply serene.
Great job!

Reply January 15, 2009 at 7:38 pm

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