Our dear friends, Bailee and Andy, are getting married this summer. Two of Bailee’s bridesmaids, Erin and Rachel, planned a coed cocktail shower for the wedding party and families of the couple. Erin asked me to plan the decorations and I could not have been more thrilled.
After seeing the beautiful Kate Spade Paperless Post invitation the girls sent out, I was inspired by black and white stripes with gold accents. I bought this striped fabric from IKEA and hemmed it with iron-on binding to make a super easy table cloth. We placed it on the food table with gold and black serving pieces for guests to put their food they brought.
Ross helped to organize the drink menu: Champagne with St. Germain (recipe to come!), Manhattans, and Ginger Daiquiris. We set the drink station with gold tinsel swizzle sticks and black and white striped paper straws. Mandy and I made the tinsel sticks ahead of time. To make your own, follow the instructions here. The table was topped with black and white polka dot wrapping paper cut to size.
I wanted to keep the rest of the decorations simple. So, I focused on carrying out the color scheme in a classy way. With a few helping hands, we made a hanging decor piece for the drinks table by tying together a bunch of tissue poms, paper lanterns and honeycomb balls with fishing line. I wove gold tinsel through the whole thing and hung it with a command hook so that it would be easy to remove. We used a few balloons to string in the archway of the dining room and to put by the gifts table. I was pleasantly surprised to find almost all the supplies I needed at Party City. The trick was finding the basics they had in stock and staying away from anything over the top or cheesy. It was all finished off with a few light pink ranunculus flowers and garden roses from Trader Joe’s. Thanks to our friends Andy and Andrew for hosting and three cheers for the bride and groom to be!
We were recently asked to decorate an evening wedding shower. We kept it simple, incorporating crisp black and white stripes, dots, and hints of gold. Here’s a glimpse of how we set the tone. Check back later to see how the event came together!
pom grouping, paper straws, striped fabric, ranunculus, gold swizzle sticks, polka dot balloons, pants, blouse
In anticipation for Easter this weekend, we’ve seen some incredible and cute ways to decorate your Easter eggs this year; we’ve seriously been blown away by all the creativity. Here’s a brief round-up of some of our favorites, and stop by our Pinterest board for more ideas.
Graphic Pattered Eggs, Sprinkled Egg, French Fruit Eggs, Gold Leaf Eggs
Baker’s Twine Eggs, Handwritten Eggs, White Patterned Eggs, Terrarium Eggs
I’m in love with mint this season and it pairs so well with neutrals and neons. This color combo feels like a fresh take on a Spring palette: carefree with a bit of sophistication. I’m suddenly in the mood to eat colorful treats and break out my acrylic paints.
macarons, gift wrap, painted sticks, shoes, laptop case, painting
When party planning, it definitely helps that Mandy and I are able to combine forces and funds for all of our parties. We normally try to split the cost evenly. Or if she hosts and pays one time, I will do the next one. If you can find someone who is willing to co-host a party with you, this is the way to go. Plus, its way less stressful when you have a planning partner and someone to bounce ideas off of!
We’ve found it’s helpful to decide ahead of time what the focus of the party will be. Food? Decorations? Flowers? We try to pick one category on which we can splurge and keep the rest simple. Lately, I’ve set a budget ahead of time and tried my best to stick with that. This helps to make your priorities clear for party purchases.
We’ll use items that we already own and prepare food with fairly inexpensive ingredients, or things we already have and are looking to use up. You’ll notice if you browse through our parties, a lot of the same serving pieces, napkins and vases will show up multiple times. Since we can’t afford to buy new decorations for every party, we try to pair them with new things and mix what we own in new ways. Consider highlighting some of your favorite decorative items by using them as a focal point of your celebration.
Depending on the tone of your celebration, consider asking guests to bring something. Even if you’d rather not ask, chances are they will offer. It seems that quite often, people ask what they can bring and enjoy contributing to the feast. If you plan ahead for this, you can help avoid too many overlapping dishes.
Wow, this is a thoroughly excellent run-down of our money-saving tricks! Like Jess said, any opportunities you have to pool resources or ask friends to borrow something of theirs is a no-brainer for us. This will definitely prevent you from overspending on last-minute splurges, and will bring a refreshing sense of variety to your decor round-up. Along the same lines, recruit friends to help with party prep! If you want to create a super amazing wall backdrop or lots and lots of tissue tassels, the more helping hands, the better.
This cocktail comes from our talented friend, Michael Walcher. Michael just moved to D.C., but before he left Minneapolis, Ross and I had the pleasure of having Michael serve us a couple amazing drinks and a charcuterie plate at Eat Street Social. This one was my favorite by far, and the light floral notes are perfect for spring…if it ever comes. If you don’t want to invest in a bottle of Crème de Violette, I’m sure another liqueur would do the trick, but why mess with a good thing?
2 oz Broker’s London Dry Gin
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (homemade is great!)
1/4 oz Crème de Violette
1 egg white
Equipment: cocktail shaker, jigger
Measure ingredients with a jigger, combine into the shaker. Shake with vigor. Add ice and shake again. Strain into your cocktail glass.
Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a fantastic week for Plate & Paper, we are so grateful for all your kind words and support. It means a lot to us that you enjoy what we do here on our blog.
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and if you’re planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve added more recipes to our “Irish Indeed” Pinterest board (and don’t forget to check out the menu we created last year). Until next week…
Today, our mid-winter brunch is featured on the Sweetest Occasion! We invited our friends, Andy and Bailee to Mandy and Luke’s apartment for an elegant weekend brunch to fight the winter blues. Using elements of crisp white, classic navy and gold and silver touches, we aimed to keep things clean and classic. We served biscuits with vegetarian gravy, an asparagus egg strata, a braided cinnamon wreath, and yogurt fruit parfaits. We chatted while sipping on coffee and mimosas.
We are so thrilled to have this party that we styled and hosted on such an incredible blog. See the full post here.
WARNING: this may be our cheesiest post ever. With Easter approaching, we’re feeling extra inspired by our cotton tailed friends, especially Jess’ mischievous rabbit, Guy. He’s the best. Be sure to browse through our pinterest board for even more bunny inspiration.
photos of guy by ryan greaves, golden bunny egg, sweater, cake domes, pillow, place card holders, stamp
We’re both totally ready for winter to be over, and while we’re pining away for warmer temperatures, we are at least offered an excuse to have some friends over for a fancy brunch. Because fancy brunches brighten any winter morning. Before I get ahead of myself too much, I’d like to share a little mood inspiration prior to introducing the full post (such a tease, I know).
We were drawn to golds, silvers, navy and other crisp, classic touches.
polka dot sweater, collar necklace, gray napkins, cobalt blue minnie pants, bacon and egg puff pastries, candelabra, cap-toe flats, mimosa, mini pancakes