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“Gossip Girl” Inspired Bridal Shower {Part 1}

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Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Today’s Real Party feature is a gorgeous “Gossip Girl Inspired” Bridal Shower created by event planner Carolyn Chen of The Special Day.

The details of this party are absolutely fabulous… from the fluffy pink peony arrangements and aubergine ruffle placemats (swoon!) to the lovely guests who were all decked out in black & white “Upper East Side Chic” to match the party’s color palette & style!

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

This look would also translate beautifully for a wedding or other extra-special occasion or dinner party! Because there are so many pretty pictures & details to share, I’m going to split the feature into 2 parts… we’ll cover the Tabletop & Decor in here Part 1, and the Menu & Activities in Part 2 (posting tomorrow).

Read on for tons of gorgeous eye candy and more party details, as told by Carolyn


Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

“Inspired by the Gossip Girl show (since this is one of the bride’s ultimate favorite TV shows), and also because the bride is originally from New York, we created her bridal shower with an Upper East Side flair, fit for a shower that Blaire Waldorf would host.

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

The invitations were simple & elegant – and we asked all the ladies to dress in black or whites, Upper East Side Chic, and accessorize.

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

For those that were not as familiar with the Gossip Girl show or “Upper East Side Chic” we showed fashion inspiration boards of what Blaire Waldorf would wear including accessories – especially head bands, handbags, shoes. (Click here to view the inspiration boards.)

When the ladies arrived, they were asked to pick a head band, which also doubled as their party favor. The head bands were of various styles with gems, feathers, embroidery, etc.

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

The color palette was very Chanel – black & white, with accents of aubergine & pink.

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

We were deciding between using Casablanca Lilies for the main florals since the Bride’s name is Lily, and also in the show “Lily Bass” loves Casablanca Lillies, or to have Blaire Waldorf’s favorite flowers – peonies.

We ended up going with fluffy pink peonies with containers dressed in a velvety purple wrap & ribbon made to look like a flower.

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

The tablescape was accessorized with various heights of pillar candles & glass holders, votives adorned with ribbon, and crystal like standing chandeliers.

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Long tables were draped in a ivory white and set with with aubergine ruffle placemats & rhinestone-bedecked charger base plates.

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

For the bride’s chair, we chose a bustled ivory chair cover resembling a wedding dress.”

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Gossip Girl bridal shower ideas

Stay tuned for Part 2… coming tomorrow! (Friday, Jan 22)


Thanks again to Carolyn – and to Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR – for sharing this gorgeous party inspiration with us!

Credits & Resources:
Event Design & Planning: The Special Day, Carolyn Chen
Photography: Jan Garcia Photography
Catering & Desserts: The Dotted Apron
Florals: Mille Fiori
Linens: Wildflower Linen
Submitted by: Be Inspired PR

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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.

75 responses to ““Gossip Girl” Inspired Bridal Shower {Part 1}”

  1. The placemats. I die.

  2. wow! the peonies are just amazing! everything is just lovely

  3. This is marvelous. As a HUGE Gossip Girl fan, I approve!

  4. Lisa Cabanes says:

    Ce Parti est Tres Chic!!

  5. Ellen says:

    Fabulous. You did Blair Waldorf proud :)

  6. Bird says:

    XOXO Blair Waldorf would be proud!

  7. Heidi says:

    Love the ruffled place mats. Very pretty and chic shower.

  8. Erin says:

    What a great shower! So many wonderful details. I LOVE the placemats!

  9. Monique says:

    OMG! My favorite show. I loooove this. Someone pick me off the floor.

  10. Valerie Allen says:

    I love EVERYTHING about this one! Tres Chic and definitely something Blair would do.

  11. Bridget says:

    Amazing!! Elegant and chic!

  12. [email protected] At Home says:

    I also watch Gossip Girl (guilty pleasure) and love the idea of the headband favors!!

  13. yay. i love the peonies. and carolyn knows how much we share a love for anything “gossip girl” so of course this is one of my favorite events she has helped create

  14. Kristy R. says:

    Stunning and I love those peonies!

  15. Betsy says:

    WOW! Hats off to Carolyn!

  16. This is gorgeous!!!! Black and white glam with those accents colors! Great job!!!!

  17. Jen says:

    So, so beautiful! I love everything!

  18. WOW, SO GORG !!! I have been wanting to use those place mats !! Dreaming about it ! Such a beautiful shower ! Very inspiring !

    Kathy Jo

  19. Tisha says:

    The Peonies are beautiful!!!

  20. Emily F says:

    AMAZING. Love the peonies.