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!
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…
“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.
The invitations were simple & elegant – and we asked all the ladies to dress in black or whites, Upper East Side Chic, and accessorize.
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.
The color palette was very Chanel – black & white, with accents of aubergine & pink.
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.
The tablescape was accessorized with various heights of pillar candles & glass holders, votives adorned with ribbon, and crystal like standing chandeliers.
Long tables were draped in a ivory white and set with with aubergine ruffle placemats & rhinestone-bedecked charger base plates.
For the bride’s chair, we chose a bustled ivory chair cover resembling a wedding dress.”
Stay tuned for Part 2… coming tomorrow! (Friday, Jan 22)
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