20 Mar

Spring & Summer Party Inspiration

spring summer wedding centerpiece

Well, today is officially the first day of Spring! I thought it would be fun to celebrate the imminent arrival of warmer weather with some spring-and-summer-appropriate decorating inspiration from one of my favorite entertaining books: The Perfect Wedding Details by Maria McBride.

Regardless of whether or not you actually have a wedding to plan – wedding books are always great places to draw creative inspiration for all sorts of occasions! For example, don’t you think the birdcage garden centerpiece pictured above would be gorgeous for an Easter table or Mother’s Day brunch?!

And this adorable strawberry & wheatgrass topiary below would be lovely for a bridal shower or strawberry shortcake themed baby shower…

spring summer wedding centerpiece

Cocktails are great for any time of year, of course… but there’s something about warm weather and a sunny outdoor party that really makes me want to punch up the color! The Perfect Wedding Details has some great ideas for fun garnishes too…

colorful cocktails

Want to put a unique spin on your bridal bouquet? Go green with a funky, chic arrangement of button mums & tropical leaves…

spring summer wedding centerpiece

A few more of my favorite crafty ideas from this book include: fun ideas for dressing up simple glass cylinders

spring summer wedding centerpiece

…and brightly colored, duo-tone chair bows (for those of you with sewing skills and the proper amount of motiviation/patience!).

spring summer wedding centerpiece

Check out The Perfect Wedding Details for a step-by-step breakdown of all of these ideas and many, many more!  Author Maria McBride also penned another one of my favorite “crafy entertaining” books called Party Ideas for New Nesters. Click here for more details on this fabulous read!

spring summer wedding centerpiece

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Natalee SAYS:

Jen! you have no idea… I was just looking through the site yesterday trying to find a spring/summer party idea! I was just going to go with the coffee and dessert theme with a martha stewart twist. but this is ideal! thanks!

March 20, 2009 at 9:14 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Natalee – Love it when timing works out like that! Happy planning! :)

March 20, 2009 at 9:33 am

Katrina SAYS:

I <3 your ideas, no matter where they come from you have impeccable taste! :)

March 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Alicia SAYS:

I LOVE THE STRAWBERRY TOPIARY! It’s perfect for my summer wedding on the beach! My fave color is red and I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate it into a seaside theme that screams to use seaglass blue. Thank you so much for this post!

March 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm

lyndsay SAYS:

so many wonderful bright and summery ideas… lovely!

March 21, 2009 at 9:14 am

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor SAYS:

The Strawberry Topiary is awesome! So simple and so elegant!

March 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm


Nice website, I found you while looking for some blog related search and want to give you a compliment while I was here.

March 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Amber SAYS:

Thank you so much for selecting me for the Garnish give away! The more I look at the ideas the offer the more I want to throw a party every week. It is simple things turned into great ideas and I love it. I just received their email. Again, I am excited and this is truly appreciated.
Also, as always I love this post. Way too cute.

March 21, 2009 at 8:45 pm

maimoona SAYS:

Really great ideas. Surely will make spring and summer more beautiful.

March 21, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Sugar and Spice Event Design SAYS:

I have this book and it has some great ideas that are easy to do but add ellegances and class to any event. I like the full color pictures and detailed descriptions.

March 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Sandra @ Ribbons and Favors SAYS:

How right you are the birdcage garden center piece could be used in a lot of places. Very nice.

March 23, 2009 at 7:26 am

Chic Runner SAYS:

LOVE the strawberry topiary and also the great bows! Thanks for the ideas.

March 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

shelby Nowlin SAYS:

yes, i was wondering where you got those pink, green, orange bows! They are to die for and thier are exactly my wedding colors. i love them. Thanks

June 9, 2011 at 7:13 am
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