After I designed the Eliza Invitation Suite, I immediately went to Shanna at Ruffles and Rouge Events to have her style a reception scene to coordinate. Here’s what she had to say about the shoot and her fabulous tips of the trade:
“When Erin told me about her new invitation designs, I was very excited to be a part of showcasing this lovely paper in whatever way I could. So what we decided to bring to you are some quick and easy ways to pull together high-impact, low-maintenance event decor inspired by your invitation. First up is the “Eliza”. This look is fresh and bright with stark contrasts of black, white and touches of pink.
When designing an event, i like to start with the table scape. It sets the tone for the party and all other decor can branch out from there. So in this case, instead of mixing a lot of pattern and color, I decided to keep it simple with black and white stripes. I got a single piece of fabric from the local Joann’s and created a double runner. I cut one piece to lay horizontal and one piece to lay vertical. This created a touch of drama on the table. Next, the center flower arrangement. I borrowed the milk glass vase and some other little pieces from my grandmother and went to town. I chose pink carnations because they are inexpensive and when used in large quantities look very lush. I got a half dome flower form from AC Moore and cut the fresh flowers and arranged them in the dome. To tie in the stripe, I got some ribbon from Walmart ($2.99 what a steal!) and made bows, then glued to toothpicks and stuck them in with the carnations. Voila-fresh flower centerpiece!
Next I collected some black and white plates (also from Walmart) along with some pink depression glass that I had on-hand *note: if you don’t have random glassware try eBay to score your color. Then I folded the napkins into bow shapes and put some cute broaches on the plates. Threw in some vases and a few candles and the table is complete. For the most part, these were all items that i had lying around my house. Granted I am a junker, BUT if you have a vision of the look you want to achieve, it takes no time to start a collection of your own. Check thrift stores, your mom’s attic… you catch my drift.
Ok next up is the dessert station. This is made from a garden stand that I gave a fresh coat of black spray paint. Added in some color appropriate goodies and then used the left over striped bows as cupcake toppers. A little bit of pink toile and there you have it. I literally had that garden stand under my deck at home-just waiting for a chance to dig it out. This is an example of taking a look at what you already have and re-purposing it into something fabulous. The same goes for the mismatched white chairs and the little white dresser. USE WHAT YOU’VE ALREADY GOT.
To round out the details, I also made a little “yummy” flag out of some scrap muslin and stenciled letters and just dressed it up with rick-rack and extra ribbon. No-sew tape is your best friend when making pennants and little steamers on the fly. All of this combined with the Be True custom enamel tray completed the refreshments.
I hope these tips are helpful when you are putting together your next dinner party, birthday celebration, etc. Remember the following: 1.borrow and repurpose 2.keep it simple 3. don’t stray from your theme or color palette & 4. it doesn’t have to be expensive to be pretty! Keep these things in mind and you will be surprised how effortlessly beautiful throwing a party can be!”
Thanks Shanna for sharing your beautiful work!
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