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Love In Blossom Japanese-Inspired Wedding

Japanese Inspired Wedding Theme - Love in Blossom

I’ve always had a soft spot for Asian-inspired themes, and this gorgeous, Japanese-inspired “Love in Blossom” theme from Jenni of A Well Crafted Party is another gorgeous reason to love this style!

While there are tons of beautiful elements in this shoot, the “cherry blossom branches” have got to be my favorite detail. Look closely and you’ll see they’re actually made from found branches and tissue paperhow CLEVER! And so budget-friendly too! You’ll also find mini versions of the branches accenting the bride’s white carnation bouquet… which is another wonderfully budget-friendly element to this shoot.

Japanese Inspired Wedding Theme - Love in Blossom

Read on for more gorgeous images + creative details… (and P.S. Stay tuned for some DIY tutorials from this shoot coming later today!) (more…)

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{Clever & Modern} “MILKaholic” Sip & See

Milk Bottles and Dessert Table

Got Milk? Now all you need to do is add the baby! We are totally addicted to this ultra creative MILKaholic” Sip & See Baby Shower by Carrie Sellman of Half Baked. Using an array of patterns like swiss dots and cow print, plus a basic black and white palette accented with pops of bright turquoise, this non-traditional and oh-so-modern baby shower came to life!

What do babies love the most? Milk, of course. So making milk the main focus – well… aside from the new baby! – was so obvious, but at the same time absolutely brilliant.

Milk Shooters and Cake

Every detail was perfect… from the clean, modern style to the amazing cake (created by the hostess herself!), the super cute Starbucks-style milk bottles, the cute assortment of cookies, all of the incredible paper details… and let’s not forget about the incredible hand painted canvas to match. This has got to be one of my favorite babies showers yet!

Milk and Cookies

Read on for more addictive “milkaholic” photos + party details. . . . (more…)

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Celebrate Summer with a Picnic Parade!

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Happy first day of SUMMER! What better way to celebrate than with this ridiculously cute “Picnic Parade” party by Renee of The Creative Orchard, which is full of fabulous, sunny inspiration for everything from just-for-fun get togethers to summer baby showers & birthday parties. Renee did such a great job describing all the clever details of this pretty little party, so we’re just going to let her take it away…

Summer Picnic Parade Party

I have been very ANTSY about sharing my Picnic Parade in the Shade! Crawling with colorful prints and adorable ANTS that you’ll actually want to invite to your next party!

Surrounded by summer picnic inspired decor, you will enjoy yards and yards of FUN, YUMMY food, COOL drinks and chilling WATERMELON fans at this get-together. Both adults and kids can relax, chit-chat, fill their bellies and entertain themselves with outdoor activities. March one by one to this backyard, where you will find an old red barn which was the perfect casual setting! (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Foxy Originals

Foxy Originals Jewelry Giveaway

As a self-proclaimed jewelry fanatic myself, I’m super excited to share this brand new Surprise Giveaway with you today – (and already a little envious of the lucky person that wins it!) – because it features a generous $150 Shopping Spree towards fabulous jewelry by Foxy Originals. There are so many great designs to choose from, including necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets & hair accessories!

Founded by Jen Kluger and Suzie Orol, Ontario-based Foxy Originals is all about “unique and playful jewelry pieces that help young women everywhere find their own way to sparkle and shinewithout breaking the bank.” Foxy Originals also manufactures all their jewelry locally in Canada…click here to check out a video Jen & Suzie put together that offers a behind the scenes peek into how their jewelry is made!

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Hello Yellow! A Summer Birthday Party

Hello, cuteness…and hello, SUMMER!! This adorable “Hello YELLOW” birthday party hosted by Kirsten Gentry of Kojo Designs is sure to arouse feelings of summer fun in the sun. There are just so many cute details to gush over starting with the fact that this party was created in honor of SIX different children with birthdays within six weeks of each other!! What a great idea to combine them into one GIANT birthday party using a theme fitting for any child…or adult for that matter.

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I just love the idea of hosting a party inspired primarily on a single color selection. The creative options are essentially endless and it certainly makes finding coordinating party decor and selecting sweet treats, candies and food items a cinch!  Some of my favorite design elements in this party include the hand-tied swag created using strips of fabric, the assortment of hanging jars, the lemonade station as well as the simple cupcake toppers created with a swatch of fabric tied to a toothpick.

And since there were SIX birthday honorees, all six moms of the children jumped in to create some fabulous diy elements that truly made this celebration personalized. (homemade matching dresses for the girls, matching bowties for the boys and homemade favor bags).  More gorgeous images follow so be sure to keep reading for more information on all of the incredibly cute party elements as told by Kirsten. I’m certain you’ll be inspired to center your next party theme around your favorite color.

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A Vintage Tractor-Inspired Birthday Party

Tractor Themed Birthday Party

Not only is this “Tractorcade” Birthday Party – which Audrey of Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats created for her adorable son – super cute & creative for any time of year… it also features a fabulous red, white, & blue color palette that’s perfectly timed for 4th of July party inspiration at this particular time of year too!

I’m loving all the vintage Americana” style details – like the homemade burlap & fabric pennant banners and the stylish Anders Ruff designed invitations, which were printed on watercolor paper for a “worn” look. And then of course there are the fabulous tractor-inspired details… like the birthday “dirt” cake, real-life tractors (courtesy of Grandpa Mickey), and of course… the tractor ride for the kids!

Tractor Themed Birthday Party

Read on for lots more fabulous party images + all the oh-so-creative party details… (more…)

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DIY: “Under the Sea” Kids Party Invitation

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

Cindy of LOL Letterpress is back with an absolutely ADORABLE 3-dimensional kids party invite tutorial with an “Under the Sea” theme. (This would also work great for a beach party theme!)

From the graphic design to the towel wraps to the adorable bath toy embellishment, this party already looks like a good time… and it would be hard not to smile from the moment you open it when you’re greeted with a happy little creature like this, right?! You can also buy really inexpensive hand towels for the wraps in bulk at Target & Walmart. If you’ve got the time go the extra mile on an invitation, this is a great way to make a big impact on your guests right from the start!

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

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Vintage Sweet Shoppe Baby Shower + Free Printables!

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Update: 6/17: I posted these images yesterday, but am back today with the full details and free printables! This “Vintage Sweet Shoppe” baby shower theme was really fun to put together and is full of fun & easy DIY… gotta love that! (The ice cream inspired elements would work well for kids birthday parties too.)

This color palette was designed with baby boy AND mom-to-be in mind, but you could easily recreate this look in any color palette to tailor the theme to baby girls and gender neutral showers too. I’m thinking that pale pink, warm gray and white with accents of bright pink would be particularly cute for a girl version! {UPDATE: 8/3 – The GIRL Version is now available! Click here to view/download them.}  =)

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

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Slam Dunk Basketball First Birthday Party

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“He shoots, He SCORES!!” and we are going wild about this Basketball Themed Slam Dunk first birthday party by Andrea of Coquette Events. Following her clients lead, Andrea incorporated the family’s love for basketball and modern sense of style, while still keeping the party fresh and youthful.

From the basketball cake pops and fondant cupcake toppers, to the concession stand food which included fried chicken wings and hot dogs with all the trimmings and much more, the “first season highlights” photo bookshelf, to the amazing Mini Air Jordan Cookies, this party was a slam dunk! We’re also loving the super fun mini basketball and popcorn party favors and athletic storage bins which displayed them.

Cake Smash and Dessert Table

Basketball Cakepops and Mini Cupcakes

Read on for more adorable & creative “First Season Highlights” and “Slam Dunk” pictures. . . (more…)

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Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

Easy 4th of July Party Ideas - drink Stirrers

Why does it already feel like the summer is flying by?! 4th of July will be here before we know it, and if you’re extra-pressed for time this year, but still want to add some fun & creativity to your get-together, here are 3 super quick/easy/affordable ideas that will help bring the Independence Day spirit to life at your party without sacrificing even more of your sleep schedule! *wink*

Fireworks are always one of the first things I always think of when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, so that’s where my inspiration came from for these 3 simple projects:

Easy 4th of July Party Ideas - drink Stirrers

IDEA #1: Sparkly Patriotic Drink Stirrers
First up… the drinks! One of the easiest ways to dress up drinks is to add some creative stirrers. To make these “fireworks” stirrers, all you need are: wooden bamboo skewers (available at any grocery store) + sparkly metallic pipe cleaners (also called “chenille stems”) + hot glue. (more…)

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Adorable Cooking-Inspired Birthday Party

Baking Themed Birthday Party Ideas

To say that we’re SWEET on this adorable “Kendall’s Kitchen” Cooking-Inspired Birthday Party designed by Kelly of Eventology Weddings would pretty much be an understatement!

From the chef’s hats and cooking themed activitiesincluding pizza dough making and egg & spoon relays – to the candy coated popcorn cones, oven-mitt invitations, and of course the too-cute, pint-sized bakers themselves, this party just looks like an absolute blast for the little ones…

Baking Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Baking Themed Birthday Party Ideas

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Cupcakes & Tea for the Mama to Be

Cupcakes and Tea Baby Shower

Stacy from Scrumptious Swirls created this lovely and oh-so-feminine “Cupcakes & Tea for Mama to Be” baby shower for her sister… and you can definitely feel the sisterly love in all these elegant details!

One of my favorite elements has got to be the DIY ribbon chandelier (pictured cirectly below). I’ve seen these chandeliers before, but the butterfly embellishments Stacy added definitely kick it up a notch! Also loving the tea cup flower arrangements, apothecary jars terraniums, and edible pearl accents on the cupcakes… not to mention the the stunning petal cake!

Cupcakes and Tea Baby Shower

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Americana Style 4th of July Block Party

4th of July Patriotic Block Party

Pie eating contests, potato sack races, corn-on-the-cob, and a bevy of red white and blue…this “down home”, Americana Style Block Party looks like an absolute blast… and absolutely everything that an Independence Day celebration should be!

Dreamed up and styled by Abigail of Paper & Cake, you’ll find so many wonderfully festive details in the images below… from patriotic pinwheels and striped red velvet cake push pops to grosgrain napkin rings and bottle labels reading “This Land is Your Land“. And what Americana celebration would be complete without PIE? This one is serving up everything from Pecan to Peaches & Cream!

4th of July Patriotic Block Party

4th of July Patriotic Block Party

Want to follow Abigail’s lead for your own 4th of July celebration? This entire printable party collection (plus the red bandanas, napkin rings, & more) is available right here at Social Couture – and HWTM readers get 10% off their entire order at SC with the discount code HWTM.

Read on for LOTS more inspiring images (as captured by Missy Marie Photography) plus all the creative party details… (more…)

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Floral DIY: Wine Bottle Arrangements

Do you need another good excuse to drink that bottle of wine? Well good news, we’ve got just the thing! *wink*  Seriously, though… these lovely Wine Bottle Floral Frrangements from Amber Lay – starring emptied and embellished bottles of wine + the flowers of your choice – make such lovely decor for all sorts of occasions… from milestone celebrations like engagment parties and anniversaries to more casual celebrations like summer dinners and wine-and-cheese parties. (more…)

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Golf Themed 30th Birthday “Par-tee”

Golf themed birthday party

With a golf lover in my own house, I know just how fun it can be to throw a party around your husband’s favorite hobby! This GOLF themed 30th Birthday “Par-tee” by Rebecca Martinez is full of clever and witty treats, details, and decorations…from  gator cookies, and rice krispie “sand traps” to golf ball cake pops!

Not only did guests enjoy an array of sweets, but they got to participate in a golf costume contest and chipping contest too! Incorporating creative activities for all ages is a great way to keep the party fun & exciting all night. This hostess definitely hit a hole-in-one with this fabulous golf-inspired birthday party!

Golf themed birthday party

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CAUTION: Sharks! & Scuba Birthday Party

Du-na, Du-na, Du-na... que the dramatic Jaws music for this amazing Shark/Scuba Birthday Party by Abigail of Paper & Cake. Abigail took inspiration from her son’s new obsession – sharks – and created this ultra-creative & colorful birthday party!

A few of my favorite details include the homemade scuba tanks, the huge cardboard shark cutout in the front lawn, and the adorable felt shark fins that all the party-goers wore. I also LOVE the addition of the Scuba symbolgenius! The sand-and-sea-shell centerpiece and beach towel table runner were the perfect details to complete this party.

shark and scuba birthday party

Scuba Straws and Shark Tea

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Gorgeous “Sweet Blessings” Baby Shower

Sweet Blessings Baby Shower

This oh-so-pretty baby shower – created by the lovely & talented Andrea of Dolce Drive for her longtime friend – is not only stunning and beautiful to look at, but there’s also a heartfelt story of loss and new life that goes along with it (heads up that you might need some tissues when you read it), which makes this particular event an extra special one for mom-to-be and her friends & family.

I’ll let Andrea share the full details of that story below, but first I’m excited to share lots of visual eye candy with your from this gorgeous & sweet celebration of a new baby girl…

Sweet Blessings Baby Shower

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Rustic Owl-Inspired Baby Shower {Part 2}

Rustic Owl Themed Baby Shower - Cupcakes

In continuing with Part 1 of the charming RUSTIC OWLS baby shower by A Savvy Event, here we go with Part 2: featuring the darling desserts and beautifully presented build your own-sandwich station

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Rustic Owl-Inspired Baby Shower {Part 1}

Rustic Owl Themed Baby Shower

SO very excited to share this downright fabulous RUSTIC OWLS Baby Shower with you today for a few different reasons: 1.) Let’s start with the obvious… it’s just so darn cute! (without being overly cutesie) 2.) It’s a co-ed celebration, which we still don’t see a whole lot of, so it’s always exciting when these come in… especially when they’re this well-done! And 3.) The lead designer – Kelly of A Savvy Event – is a friend from my childhood hometown and it’s always fun to showcase the talents of a friend!

So without further adieu, here’s Part 1 of this stylish & DIY-filled soirée… which covers the tables, decorations & drinks station. The food & sweets station will be covered in Part 2 later today.

Rustic Owl Themed Baby Shower

Rustic Owl Themed Baby Shower

Read on for LOTS more gorgeous images {as beautifully captured by Tinywater Photography}, followed by all the creative details… (more…)

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Gorgeous “British Invasion” Bridal Brunch

British Themed Bridal Tea Party Brunch

Now THIS is our kind of royal wedding celebration! We’re truly smitten with all the lovely details in this contemporary British Invasion Bridal Brunch styled by Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes and Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone.

From a gorgeous tablescape featuring stunning floral arrangements displayed in tea tins and vibrant “red poof” napkin rings – to a darling dessert table display filled with charming treats like Union Jack inspired cookies & fudge pops and a 3-tier cake donning a seriously fabulous flower topper – every detail of this theme was so well thought out and resulted in pure party eye candy!

British Themed Bridal Tea Party Brunch

British Themed Bridal Tea Party Brunch

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Modern Pink Tea Party Baby Shower

Sip” back and enjoy this absolutely lovely Modern Pink Tea Party Baby Shower hosted by Abby Capalbo of TRUE Event. The mix of contrasting pinks and brilliant white is not only stunning, but also manages to convey both the sweetness and the excitement of a new baby girl on the way!

Modern Pink Tea Party Baby Shower

The mirrors hung as a backdrop behind the interactive tea bar are genius! Not only are they gorgeous, they also serve to separate the beautiful dessert table located in the background. Absolutely LOVE that idea! The Harney and Sons tea tins used to display flower arrangements – along with splashes of milk glass and paper garlands from Luna Bazaar – give this baby shower the perfect combination of sugar and spice and everything nice…just what modern little girls are made of! *wink*

Modern Pink Tea Party Baby Shower

Read on for the rest of the shower details…I guarantee your inspiration teacup will be overflowing as you pour over the remaining beautiful imagery.

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DIY Tutorial: Bridesmaids Jewelry Gift Set

DIY Bridesmaids Gift Set

Talented letterpress designer Cindy Taylor of San Diego-based LOL Letterpress is here today with a step-by-step DIY Tutorial for a creative bridesmaids gift set featuring a handmade jewelry pouch that’s perfect for holding a heartfelt note + earrings or necklaces. You can customize these  pouches with your own favorite fabric to coordinate perfectly with your wedding or special occasion.

Read on for the full DIY, which includes pictures of every single step… gotta love that! And once you’re done, be sure to check out the custom letterpress work on Cindy’s website – it’s AMAZING. I’m particularly smitten with the circus-inspired Curtain Call wedding invitation! (more…)

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Winnie The Pooh Inspired Sweets Table

Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party

Who doesn’t love the famously cute Pooh-bear… especially alonside his friends Tiger and Piglet? This first birthday party sweets table – inspired by Winnie The Pooh and designed by Dooby Design Group – has so many darling touches! I especially love the wood bark candy stands, the stylish & modern paper details, and all the sunny yellow accents – from the lemon slices to the yellow-and-white check table cover. So head on into the Hundred Acre Wood for a whimsical & sweet 1st birthday party celebration!

Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party

Read on for creative details and lots of sweet-as-honey party pictures… (more…)

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Vintage-Style “Red Scooter” Birthday Party

Darling Dessert Table

I’m seriously OBSESSED with this adorable, vintage-style Scooter Birthday Party that Laurie of Gallamore West created for her son’s fourth birthday. Every single detail just makes my heart skip a beat!

The details of this party were perfectly designed, from the mini fabric buntings used throughout, to the distressed “Jake” letters adorning the mantel and the simply stylish berry baskets, to the incredibly creative “Sugar Cookie Speed Bumps” and the Scooter Decorating Station. I just can’t get enough of this charming little party. One of my favorite details is the “Build your own Scooter,” that the kids created from cookies and pretzels, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Jake name sign

Scooter Berries, Cookies, & Cake

Read on for lots more COLORFUL and AMAZING photos & all the creative details. . . (more…)

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“Happy Trails” Spring Baby Shower Soirée

Happy Trails Spring Baby Shower

I seriously think ruffle cakes might be my new favorite thing! There’s something so lovely and feminine about them… making them a perfect addition to sweet occasions like bridal & baby showers.

And speaking of ruffle cakes, check out the beauties starring in this fun & whimsical HAPPY TRAILS Baby Shower created by Katie of Saving Dates. She did such a great job arranging tons of different treats (including cupcake push pops and adorable candy-filled mason jars!) and mixing in decorative elements like hanging pomanders and flowers for a decidedly “springtime” feel. This theme & color palette would work well for summer showers too!

Happy Trails Spring Baby Shower

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Macy’s {Colorful} Birthday Parade – Part 3

Colorful & Modern First Birthday Parade

Here we go with PART 3 of my daughter Macy’s “First Birthday Parade”… I realize this last part of the recap is quite spread out from PART 1 and PART 2, but with the way things have been this year, at this point I’m actually just happy to get this up before she turns TWO! Especially since she will have a brand new little sibling to attend the party by the time the next birthday arrives. =)

This theme was chosen as a play on the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade… we just swapped out “Thanksgiving” for “Birthday”! You’ll find a recap of the indoor sweets table (pictured above), rainbow smash cake, food/drinks, activities, and a few more indoor decorationsHere goes:

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Floral DIY with Sea Grass & Soup Cans

I’m so excited to share this super-creative FLORAL DIY with you today because it’s from our newest HWTM team member – Amber Lay! Floral design is one of Amber’s specialities, and we love VISUALS here at HWTM, so we shot lots of step-by-step photos to walk you through the entire process. (There are 19 images in the gallery above, so make sure to click through to page 2 of the thumbnails for images 11-19).

You can use different types of flowers & colors to tailor this project to your own party or home decor, and Amber gives great, detailed instructions below. She also includes a list of Material Resources and some wonderful “Helpful Hints” that apply not only to this project, but to floral design in general. (Good stuff!) (more…)

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Modern Beer Tasting Birthday Party

beer tasting 30th birthday party

You had me at “Beer Here“…and I’m just loving everything about this BEER TASTING birthday party by Ashley. The concept is so simple, but super fun! What a great way to celebrate a milestone birthday and sample a bunch of unique beers all at the same time!

From the cool signage and pub food, to the amazing bottle cap cake – (great minds think alike, I had a similar cake made for my hubby’s 29th birthday!) – to the fully stocked drink stations, Ashley incorporated every guy’s favorite things: BEER and FOOD. She obviously knows the way to a man’s heart!

beer tasting 30th birthday party

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{For the Guys!} A Pub-Inspired Brew Bash

brew bash birthday party ideas

Guys, this one is for YOU! Jennifer of Passion for Parties threw a festive BREW BASH birthday party for her husband that will have all your guys asking for a beer party! Decorations included beer cap “baubles”, chalk board menus, and decorative beer signs. So when you are on the hunt for a party idea for your man, turn your house into a pub-worthy brew bash!

What I love most about this Brew Bash party is the tasty pub appetizers that Jennifer included – such as sliders, baked potato soup, honey glazed chicken wings, chocolate cake shots, and of course – LOTS of beer for tasting!

brew bash birthday party ideas

Read on for all the Brew Bash details including the DIY “Beer Cap Baubles” and more… (more…)

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A Romantic Yellow & Gray Dessert Table

Yellow and Gray Dessert Table - Wedding or Engagement Party

This lovely, VINTAGE-STYLE DESSERT TABLE by Katie and Alice from KaLice Events was originally created for a wedding, but would be beautiful for an engagement party or vintage-inspired bridal shower as well!

50 handmade paper rosettes made for a stunning backdrop (great DIY idea for any theme!), and pretty accents like shimmery butterflies, lace doilies, love birds, and hanging crystals looked stylish & romantic in a palette of yellow, white and warm gray.

Yellow and Gray Dessert Table - Wedding or Engagement Party

Yellow and Gray Dessert Table - Wedding or Engagement Party

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