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Retro Glam Bridesmaid Luncheon & Gift Ideas {+ Free Printables}

What’s black and white and RETRO all over? These playful Bridesmaid Luncheon & Gift Ideas!

I’ve been working with Coke this summer to help get the word out about the fabulous new personalized Coke bottles that you can now order online (woo hoo!), and thought this would be a great opportunity to dream up some creative ideas featuring these #ShareaCoke bottles personalized with the names of a bridal party.

And because the bottles instantly stir up feelings of nostalgia and FUN whenever I see them, I decided to give this set of ideas a bit of a retro-glam twist. I mean… Coca-Cola, red hearts, classic black & white polka dots, and a hint of sparkle – can’t go wrong with that combo, right?! ;)

Retro Glam Bridesmaid Luncheon & Gift Ideas {+ Free Printables}

1. Retro Bridal Party Centerpiece
The first idea is for a retro-glam centerpiece (pictured at top) that “puts the wedding party up on a pedestal” for a change! For this design, I used a black & white round box to display a set of “bridesmaid” Coke bottles, where each girl is represented by a bottle with her name. The bottles are embellished with a little “retro scarves” made from small strips of fabric that I folded into thirds then tied around the neck:

Retro Glam Bridesmaid Luncheon & Gift Ideas {+ Free Printables}

I also designed a free printable heart shaped sign that reads “I love my awesome bridesmaids” (and fits in the red heart frames from Ikea). The sign sits in the middle of the bottles and is propped up it up a sparkly DIY stand, which is actually a small glass cylinder vase wrapped in diamond ribbon.

Speaking of printables, here’s another one for you… retro-inspired bridesmaid and maid of honor Party Flags. I figured that once you put this centerpiece to use, you’ll need cute straws handy to sip with, too!

Retro Glam Bridesmaid Luncheon & Gift Ideas {+ Free Printables}

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Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

I think I’m in LOVE with Spin Spin Sugar‘s oh-so-SWEET Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar! Christina Vizcarra designed a charming outdoor display with an awesome assortment of desserts, whimsical details, and a vintage twist that is undeniably romantic. From the playful ruffled linen and craft paper candy labels to the creative whirly pop and cupcake tower displays, there is so much eye candy to share here, and I can’t wait to get started…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage luggage & candlestick holders uses as risers for the cupcake display
– Styled vintage tea cart with typewriter, old shutters and blue mason jar flower vase
– Candy-filled apothecary jars with handcrafted labels + music sheet popcorn cones
– White ruffle linen, “Love is Sweet” burlap banner and “BLISS” Scrabble letters
– Incredibly detailed “bride and groom” cake pops by Moochie pops

Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

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Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station + WIN A TRIP for 2!

Hello, friends! I’m SO excited to share today’s post with you for a couple very specific reasons…

1. #ShareaCokeContest with a BIG prize
First of all, it comes with a fun contest and perhaps one of the greatest contest prizes ever… someone is going to WIN (2) United Airlines Tickets to visit friends & family (and #ShareaCoke with them in person!) + a $500 Visa Gift Card. The approximate retail value of this prize is $1700. See full details & contest rules at the bottom of this post.

2. SIPS AHOY
And secondly, it’s full of playful DIY ideas for a Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station, complete with scoop-your-own Coke Floats and the new personalized Coke bottles, which you can now order online. These custom bottles are such a fun way to make someone feel extra special! Case in point: even though this is a styled inspirational shoot, I used the name of my close friend that’s actually getting married this year, and she teared up when she saw the bottles, which were customized with her name and “The Bride”. ;)

P.S. You can also download all the printables that I designed for this drink station for free! The download links are directly below the last image. Here we go…

Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station + WIN A TRIP for 2!

I wanted this drink station to feel equal parts playful and glam. Gold sequins and metallic accents added the perfect touch of glam, while fun elements like nautical rope, oversize plastic rings, and casual script fonts kept things light and fun.

The personalized Coke bottles were front-and-center on the table, and were further customized for the theme with little “sailor knots” tied around the neck of each bottle to symbolize “tying the knot”. The ribbon used for the knots was gold and white, so there’s a hint of glam in them as well. ;)

Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station + WIN A TRIP for 2!

I displayed the bottles in a vintage wood basket decked out with nautical rope, check fabric, and DIY flowers, which I made by pulling individual petals off faux hydrangeas & hot gluing rhinestones and beads in the center. (You can make TONS of smaller flowers out of one faux hydrangea stem this way!)

To add symmetry to the table and include a variety of drinks to sip on, I placed beverage dispensers on both sides. Each dispenser was decked out with various trims, an oversize faux flower, and a script paper word. The paper words came in black, so I spray painted them red and blue to match the table.

Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station + WIN A TRIP for 2!

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Darling {Vintage Modern} Americana Bridal Shower

Marie of Sweets Indeed is a brilliant party stylist and incredible person all around, so I was thrilled when she recently asked to use our Confetti Bridal Shower Collection for her sister’s shower, except customized to match a palette of red, white, and blue! Her sister (Julie) is marrying a marine, so sticking to the theme of the wedding, she designed a darling Americana Bridal Shower that has a great vintage-modern vibe and also feels subtly nautical… or is that just me and my love for all things nautical? ;) Marie also included a BRILLIANT fabric backdrop, creative non-floral (but equally beautiful and way more affordable!) centerpieces, and more fun ideas that deserve three cheers and a salute!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Here’s To Love” CandyfettiTM favors + “Cheers To Love” drink flags
– Patriotic  brigadeiros from Simply Brigaderio
– DIY ripped-and-dyed fabric backdrop + “SIPS” and “SWEETS” banners
– Personalized centerpiece featuring framed pictures & signs, honeycomb balls, & wooden crates
– “MR & MRS” banner + “He Said She Said” bridal shower game
– Vanilla panna cotta with blueberry brulee + layered s’mores in mini glass jars

Darling {Vintage Modern} Americana Bridal Shower

Darling {Vintage Modern} Americana Bridal Shower

Darling {Vintage Modern} Americana Bridal Shower

Darling {Vintage Modern} Americana Bridal Shower

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We’re in for a TREAT today! Cristina Hallock of LVL Weddings & Events helped bride-to-be Erin celebrate her future Mrs. status with this Bright & Colorful Sundae Brunch Bridal Shower. Casey of Papernote Photo captured all the playful party details, including floral arrangements displayed in ice cream cones, colorful paper chain garlands, and a gorgeous tissue fringe backdrop that feels like […]

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Treat yo self… and yo BFF! That’s exactly what Rachel Scott did for her best friend {and RV Parties business partner!} when it came time for her bridal shower. Victoria’s Confetti, Gold & BOLD Stripe Bridal Shower is bursting with color, cute hashtags and SPARKLE! The reality is, I can’t stop scrolling down and back up […]

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