An Easter Lunch in London

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Easter entertaining inspiration

I really can’t wait to see more tablescape designs from Remodelista. This Easter table, a collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow, introduced the series.

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Photography by Simon Bevan for Remodelista

pretty color palettes #7

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

photography by Colin Cooke and styling by Paul Lowe via Sweet Paul

be still my heart…mr. boddington’s studio on paperless post

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Oh, how I do love Mr. Boddington’s Studio. I’m just over the moon seeing Mr. Boddington’s young nephew on Paperless Post.

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all invitations designed by mr. boddington’s studio for paperless post

we’re having a baby!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Baby shower inspiration

If you’ve noticed that things have been slower around here than usual, posts are late or they don’t come at all, that’s because we’re having a baby! Managing the first three months and getting ready for wedding season….it’s felt like a marathon. Things will stay strictly weddings & entertaining over here. I have no intention of blogging baby, but baby showers? Have you seen the new issue of Martha? And the Mother Goose baby shower? I’m not a themey kind of gal, but it’s super cute. Above, invitations with clip art you can download at MSL by Anna Bond of Rifle Design introduce the theme of the party. Below, “goldilox” tea sandwiches, Humpty Dumpty custard cups and Baker’s Man brownies continue the Mother Goose theme.

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To see more baby shower inspiration, visit my collection here on Pinterest!

escort cards that do double duty

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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photos:1- Cookie escort cards featured in Nonpareil Magazine & designed by Maddy Hague; 2 – Escort card buttons designed by May+Bell Calligraphy at Kathryn’s wedding photographed by Elizabeth Messina; 3 & 4 – Match box favor/escort cards and Mint Lemonade escort cards via Martha Stewart

pretty color palettes #6

Friday, April 15th, 2011

photography by Cooper Carras for Matchbook Magazine, featured in the current issue on pages 80 and 81

Menu card inspiration

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

There are as many ways to present menu cards as there are ways to design receptions. Below are a few ways from classic to modern, casual to formal.

Traditionally, the bride and groom’s name or duogram and the date of the wedding appear at the top of the card, then the menu follows with wine either noted alongside courses or at the bottom of the card. The menu card usually matches the place card, both in the stock of the paper it’s printed on and possibly with the repetition of a motif or monogram (see Kathryn’s invitation below — she used the wreath motif throughout her wedding on printed materials).

Although menus can be shared, they usually go on each place setting, and can double as place cards. In that instance, the guest’s name would be hand calligraphed or printed at the top of the menu (see Kathyrn’s menu for an example).

When outdoors, it’s best to have the menu tucked into a folded napkin or secured in another way so it’s not picked up by the wind.

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A classic menu that uses a mix of calligraphy and type, for a rehearsal dinner featured on Snippet and Ink and photographed by Kristen Loken.

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A modern calligraphed menu, photographed by Karen Mordechai, by Betsy Dunlap for Sunday Suppers.

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Kathryn’s classic wedding menu, photographed by Elizabeth Messina, used the wreath motif that appeared on many printed goods at her wedding. Her menu cards also doubled as place cards — guests’ names were calligraphed by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls at the top of each card.

casual wedding menu

A casual wedding menu photographed by Suzanne Christine Photography and featured on Martha Stewart Weddings. The bride and groom used a repetitive stamp motif on their day-of paper goods.

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This menu, photographed by Timothy K. Lee and originally featured on MSW, doubled as a napkin band — a great solution for an outdoor event!

farmers’ market inspired floral crates

Friday, April 8th, 2011

We can’t wait for the farmers’ market to reopen. Fresh vegetables, yummy baked goods, beautiful, locally grown flowers…does it get any better? I love these farmers’ market inspired crates of flowers. Beautiful for a summertime wedding.

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photos: We Like It Wild on Design Sponge; Carrie Patterson photography & Flower Hardware via The Brides Cafe; Carrie Patterson photography via Ruffled

monogram etiquette

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

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Monograms are a staple in the south. You’ll see them on cars (yes, cars), pillow cases, embroidered cocktail napkins, and, of course, at weddings. But, did you know that it is a breech of etiquette to use a “duo-gram” (a monogram that uses the bride and groom’s first name initials and the initial of his last name) on any printed materials prior to your marriage? A duo-gram should be reserved for printed materials following the ceremony (cocktail napkins at the reception, like above, or thank you notes). If you’d like to use a monogram on your invitation or programs, it is most appropriate to use the initials of the bride and groom’s first names (see the wooden stirrer above for an example).

photo by Melissa Musgrove via Martha Stewart Weddings

clever ceremony send-offs

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Love these sweet ideas for ceremony recessionals (and wouldn’t some of them be lovely for grand getaways at the end of the evening too?).

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photos: flags by jordan ferney at oh happy day!; calder clark designs and leigh weber photography; ritzy bee event design and kate headley photography; confetti exit via martha stewart weddings; ritzy bee event design, paper moss and kate headley photography as featured in martha stewart weddings