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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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FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

I’m excited to share a brand new set of free printables with you today! This paper collection is from our recent Pet-Friendly TAILgate Party with Petco®, which you can check out in full detail here.

All of the printables are set up on 8.5×11 sheets for easy printing at home. You can download all of the high resolution PDFs below, and click here for inspiration on how to incorporate them into your party, including food + drink, centerpiece, and decor ideas. Enjoy! :)

FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

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Chic Parisian Le Jardin Inspired Tablescape

We may have a case of “who wore it better” on our hands… and I’m referring to the backdrop vs. centerpieces of gorgeous flowers of course! Michelle Garibay Events teamed up with Growing Grace Floral Design for a playful “Kate Spade bride” style tablescape that works for the wedding or the bridal shower. Their Chic Parisian “Le Jardin” Inspired Tablescape is glowing… and not just from the candles! ;) From the bold black & white linen to the ultra creative (and mood setting) floral backdrop, catch all the glamorous details and a fun Q&A session with Michelle below.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Modern black and white stripe table linen + fuschia satin napkins
– Vibrant florals studded in a fresh garden wall backdrop
– White plates, pink circular menus  + lush peony and rose floral arrangements
– Matte gold flatware, candelabras, and votive candles

Chic Parisian Le Jardin Inspired Tablescape

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Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I’m excited to share this oh-so-SWEET and charming Mother’s Day Garden Party by Bethany Gist of Auntie Bea’s Bakery! And as much as I can appreciate all of the sweet nods to motherhood that she included here, there are also LOTS of great ideas that could work well for a garden or flower-inspired celebration of any kind… I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’m game for decorating cookie pops, eating “flower pot” cupcakes, and donning a floral crown at any time of year! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Floral crowns for each guest + beautifully wrapped, personalized bracelets for the moms
– Jelly Belly Flower Cookie Pop decorating activity (see the full tutorial here)
– Gorgeous giant paper flowers + vintage floral print drink straws
– Pretty drink station adorned with flowers, butterflies, & a burlap-and-floral BLOOM banner
– Flower pot cupcakes + white chocolate covered Oreos topped with Jelly Belly “daisies”
– Lovely (and free!) Mother’s Day printables, courtesy of Modern Moments Designs

Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

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Sonny and I were brainstorming creative food ideas for our our Kentucky Derby® inspired party theme for 14 Hands Winery, and the famous “Run for the Roses” nickname of the Derby kept coming up. We started racking our brains on what kind of food we could make to look like roses (aside from the ever-popular […]

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Hello from LOUISVILLE! It’s so fun to be amidst all the excitement surrounding the Kentucky Derby® already… I arrived here last night to work on some pre-event media with 14 Hands Wine, (proud sponsor of the Kentucky Derby® for the 3rd year in a row), and can already say that there really IS something to be […]

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