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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!

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

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

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

  3. Lisa Cabanes says:

    Ce Parti est Tres Chic!!

  4. Heidi says:

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

  5. Erin says:

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

  6. Monique says:

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

  7. Valerie Allen says:

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

  8. Bridget says:

    Amazing!! Elegant and chic!

  9. Chris@Celebrations At Home says:

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

  10. The placemats. I die.

  11. 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

  12. Kristy R. says:

    Stunning and I love those peonies!

  13. Ellen says:

    Fabulous. You did Blair Waldorf proud :)

  14. Bird says:

    XOXO Blair Waldorf would be proud!

  15. Jen says:

    So, so beautiful! I love everything!

  16. Betsy says:

    WOW! Hats off to Carolyn!

  17. Ebony Sparkes says:

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

  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.

  21. That is so gorgeous! I love it! The placemats are awesome and girly. The peonies are to die for!

  22. Teresa says:

    Oh so beautiful!!!

  23. This is hands down one of the most beautiful bridal showers EVER! I am so in love!

  24. Diana Rodriguez says:

    Event details keep getting elevated. Wow. The placemats and bride’s chair cover – are divine!

  25. Amanda says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL shower! Those placemats are awesome! And I LOVE the bride’s chair cover!!

  26. Courtney Fontenot (Alpha Prosperity Events) says:

    Very nice, super classy. I don’t know much about the show Gossip Girl but with a shower like this, the guest (and planner) is sure to be the talk of the town.

  27. Sara says:

    Ouuu boy!!! This is what I call inspiration!!! I’m totally forwarding this post to my MOH. Lily is a lucky bride-to-be!! That tablescape is unreal. I love it. I can’t wait to see what the wedding reception tables look like! If they are even close to this design, tre chic!

  28. Paula says:

    Fabulous, Carolyn!

  29. This is one of the most beautiful showers I’ve ever seen. It is all so elegant and fresh. I love all of the feminine details. Great job!

  30. Lisa says:

    Where do you find placemats like those?
    Just tooooo cute!!!

  31. cara says:

    Love. everything. The glam, the peonies, the ruffles, def those placemats, the glass, goodness this is spectacular! What fabulous inspiration :)!

  32. tina poulsen says:

    I wish I were friends with LIly!
    I absolutely love the chair cover & ruffled placemats!
    The peonies are fabulous, of course.
    Love it! Linked to it in my blog post tomorrow.

  33. Sabrina says:

    OMG!!!! I love the headbands inspired by Miss Blair and love love love the ruffled placemats.

    Too bad Chuck Bass wasn’t there. ;)

  34. Brittney says:

    Wowsa! Ok, I’ve got to learn to do inspiration boards.

  35. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Oh my goodness… so gorgeous! They did a fantastic job! Love all the details and the beautiful flowers!

  36. WOW! I don’t know what I love more…the placements, flowers, bustle chair cover or coordinating guests. AMAZING.

  37. MC says:

    Where do you get the placemats? Gorgeous!

  38. Thanks everyone for the complements! I see that everyone really likes the ruffled placemats, and the bustled chair cover. So gotta let you know that these are available from Wildflower Linens, and are available in other colors too!

    • stephanie says:

      I was wondering how the “How well do you know Lily” game works? I love how it looks like a booklet. How does the booklet play into the questions.

  39. Amy says:

    Where, oh where, did you find the bustled chair cover? LOVE!

  40. Amy says:

    Ignore my chair question. Just saw the credit at the end of the post. Thanks!!!!

  41. Ash says:

    That was a beautiful shower but holy cow! How were they able to afford that many peonies!!! I used to work for a florist, and we sold them for $13 per stem and that was considered cheap!

  42. Dana Matthews says:


  43. Rochelle says:

    Just Gorgeous!

  44. Kelly says:

    OMG I’ve been searching for crystal candle holders like these everywhere….where did you find them?

  45. wow! if that’s the bridal shower, I can’t wait to see the wedding!

  46. Mrs. R says:


  47. Jennie says:

    Where can i get those ruffle placemats? I am in love!

  48. Chrystal says:

    OMGOSH!! i love LOVE LOVE Gossip Girl!! This is so BEautiful!! I LOVE IT!! CANT WAIT TO HOST MY OWN!!

  49. Mrs.T says:

    Absolutely fabulous and such a glam look. I love it.

  50. Naomi says:

    I didn’t get a chance to see this in January but I saw this today and I love it!!!!!!

  51. Dr. E says:

    can anyone tell me where you can get those tall candle holders???

  52. Jennie says:

    You can find the candy jars and water dispensers here. i already got mine yesterday

  53. susan says:

    does anyone know where the venue is?

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  55. Christina says:

    Can someone PLEASEEE tell me where she got those placemats?!!!!

  56. LeAnn says:

    Did anyone find out where to get these placemats?

  57. Heidi Chance says:

    I loved the chandeliers – did you make or buy them?

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  59. Kristin Bolling says:

    Hello. I am throwing a bridal shower in march. I have 3 kids (2 being almost 2 year old twins). My time is very limited and valuable. I would love to get some details from you on this gorgeous wedding shower. Any chance you would be willing to contact me via email or phone? or 540.520.1853

  60. Jenn says:

    Love the chair for the bride! Where did you order it from?

  61. Fatima says:

    Can you please tell me where i can get those placemats!!!???

  62. Mindy Fitzgerald says:

    How do I purchase the ivory bustled chair cover?
    Thanks so much!

  63. Pascale says:

    Where can i buy these ruffle placemats?! i love! and would love to have them for my bridal shower!

  64. Sarah says:

    Where can I find those chairs?

  65. Sherry Bally says:

    Wondering where you found the chargers and the placemats? Love them

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  69. This is amazing! So beautiful.

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