Love is Sweet!!!

This past week­end, I had the extreme plea­sure of help­ing throw a very spe­cial bridal shower for one of my very best friends, whom I have known since I moved from Brazil when I was merely 11 years old!

Friend­ship through­out the years…

This party was a com­plete col­lab­o­ra­tion between myself and the other brides­maids in the wed­ding party: Melissa, Chrissy, Julie, Becca and Robin. The bride-to-be, Jes­sica, works in an art gallery in San Fran­cisco and the col­ors for her upcom­ing wed­ding are navy blue and green. We decided to fea­ture these aspects to per­son­al­ize the cel­e­bra­tion. The bride’s sister-in-law, Julie, gra­ciously offered her beau­ti­ful home for the fes­tiv­i­ties. To cap­ture the over­all feel of artists and gal­leries, we incor­po­rated frames, easels and paint cans, along with flo­ral motifs in the navy and green color palette, for a sim­ple and ele­gant design. Here are the details:

After con­vey­ing our gen­eral ideas to the fab­u­lously tal­ented Jes­sica of Party Box Design, she designed the beau­ti­ful invi­ta­tion that set the tone for the party with its mul­ti­ple pat­terns in navy and green and the say­ing “Love is Sweet”. Jes­sica also designed some fab­u­lous print­a­bles to match the invi­ta­tion that were uti­lized through­out the party, includ­ing favor tags, food name cards, etc.
“Love is Sweet” invitation
Dessert Table
I wanted the dessert table to be sim­ple and clean, uti­liz­ing the over­all ele­ments to carry out our theme. I made vanilla cup­cakes with a vanilla but­ter­cream frost­ing for the tower, adorned with fon­dant top­pers with designs rang­ing from painter’s palettes, aprons, flow­ers and the “Love is Sweet” say­ing. I added two small wooden artist man­nequins to the top of the tower hold­ing hands and each hold­ing a tag that read “love” and rep­re­sented the bride and groom (with a tuxedo and wed­ding dress graphic respectively).
Art-themed Dessert Table
Cup­cake Tower
Bride and Groom Art Man­nequin Toppers
“Love is Sweet” fon­dant toppers
Art-themed fon­dant toppers
Since Jes­sica loves peanut but­ter, I fol­lowed a very sim­ple recipe from the Martha Stew­art web­site to make peanut but­ter cups, but used col­ored melt­ing choco­lates to make them look like paint on palette-shaped plates. Another brides­maid, Melissa, made some deli­cious brown­ies and driz­zled them with white choco­late (a la Jack­son Pol­lock!), which we dis­played on white frames. I included addi­tional paint cans through­out the table – to hold sil­ver­ware and minis to hold green gum­balls. All the desserts were labeled with small green frames and mini easels. We used a clean white table­cloth and a navy run­ner a brides­maid, Chrissy, sewed her­self (and also sewed all the fab­ric nap­kins in alter­nat­ing navy and green)!
Peanut But­ter Cup Palette and Jack­son Pol­lock Brown­ies

I con­tin­ued to feed my obses­sion with dip­ping marsh­mal­lows in choco­late as Melissa and I made lit­tle paint-dipped paint brushes and dis­play­ing them in clear paint cans found at any craft stores. 
Marsh­mal­low Paint Brushes

Food and Beverage

All the other brides­maids did a FABULOUS job prepar­ing some amaz­ing food and bev­er­ages, includ­ing deli­cious antipas­tos, home­made gourmet piz­zas and the Eng­lish drink Pimm’s Cup as a nod to the bride’s stud­ies at the Sotheby’s Insti­tute of Art in Lon­don! Absolutely delicious!
Pancetta Rad­di­chio and Fontina Pizza
Photo by Jen­nifer French
Moz­zarella Tomato and Basil Pizza
Photo by Jen­nifer French
The ladies did a fan­tas­tic job of car­ry­ing out the theme through­out the décor. The flow­ers con­tin­ued the color scheme with a mix­ture of white and green flo­rals in sim­ple, yet ele­gant glass vases and tied with striped navy and white ribbon.
Flo­ral Centerpieces
The party guests were able to peruse the “gallery”, which included a col­lage of the bride’s child­hood pic­tures, along with pho­tos of the cou­ple dis­played in white frames and easels.
Pic­ture Gallery
The gift area was des­ig­nated by a green-patterned frame with the “thank you” print­a­bles from Party Box Design.
Gift Table
The same frame and another “thank you” tag was dis­played on an easel inside a wooden artist’s paint box and included the favors: mini flo­ral and pat­terned note­books with pens for guests to be inspired to cre­ate their own art, as well as paint chips (col­ored M&M’s) in mini tins.
Favor Art Box
Favors close-up
“Thank You” tags

I was so for­tu­nate to have been able to col­lab­o­rate with such fab­u­lous ladies to put this shower together and the bride-to-be had a won­der­ful time with her fam­ily and friends!!!

The beau­ti­ful bride-to-be!
The Party Gals

So excited for more wed­ding fes­tiv­i­ties to come and espe­cially the bach­e­lorette trip: Vegas Baby!!! Oh wait, I live in Vegas… 😉

Merci Beau­coup!

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  1. ohhh lady I LOOOOVE IT ALL!!!! YOU all did such an amaz­ing job!!!!!

  2. baby shower invi­ta­tions WOW Now am get­ting water in my mouth look­ing at those stuff..

  3. Merci beau­coup, ladies!!!

    And thanks so much for all your help and your sweet com­pli­ments, Jess!!!

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