The one work I can think of to describe this unique and stylish
celebration uniting dear friends Michelle and Jim. Michelle's
vision was for a wedding full of Old Hollywood Glamour with a
modern twist and she totally brought it to life with the amazing
attention to detail. Let's take a look:
Ceremony took place on the main stage at the Porter Center for the
Performing Arts at Brevard College. The venue was stunning and
Michelle embraced the space by keeping the ceremony decorations
simple, classic and oh so elegant. The stage was set by the music
of a single violinist who's stark and nearly haunting melodies
filled the theater. The stage was softly lit with enough stage
lighting to give everything on stage and ethereal glow and enhance
the warm ambiance of the candlelit stage front. An arbor decorated
with calla lilies and shear ribbon was the centerpiece, but as you
see in the photos, the bride and groom were definitely the focal
point. It was a breathtaking scene, as though there was no one else
in the world except the two of them.
the reception and the ceremony, guests were ushered into the Black
Box Theater, a more modern space, for a cocktail hour. The cocktail
hour made a play on the 'Hollywood' theme by offering movie treats,
such as hot fresh popcorn in old time-y boxes, and featured a
"Hollywood" sign for guests to pose photos in front of. The theme
carried over into Michelle's Play Bill style program.
reception tablescapes were amazing! Each table was unique and
themed after a classic Hollywood love story. Every table featured
movie props that looked amazing and doubled as fun party props for
the guest once the party got started on the dance floor. The table
theme was further illustrated by 'photo cubes' made by the bride
that featured both movie stills and related photos of the bride and
groom on the sides and a black and white rendering of the original
movie poster on the top of the cube-talk about attention to detail!
Center pieces were constructed of wine bottles filled with peacock
feathers and willow swirls, all dripping beads and crystals. The
overall look was that of a glamorous 1920's supper club.
treated to a candy buffet at the reception. Each place setting was
dressed with an organza "to-go" bag tied with a tag asking guest to
help themselves to some take home treats. Note the language on the
favor tags also picks up on the theme.
Center for Performing Arts and Brevard College
Michelle Holland Persek (the bride!) with Eliza
an amazing event! Congratulations to Michelle and Jim on their
marriage and the design of a positively stunning wedding ceremony
One thing that I love about planning evens and parties are all
the little details. Here are a few items that I created for Jim
& Michelle's wedding this past weekend.
Favor Bag Tags:
Michelle had an adorable candy bar set up at the reception and
it was a hit with guests. Her favors were pretty organza bags
affixed with these little tags inviting guests to help themselves
to some candy to take home. The text on the tag went with the 'Old
Hollywood" feel of the event by taking a line from
'Casablanca'-rather than simply saying thank you, they read "Here's
lookin' at you, kid."
I created the text and graphics for the tags in Microsoft
Publisher and cut them out with my Cricut. It took a little doing
to create a template that I could align with the Cricut settings,
but once I had the template created, making the tags took very
little time and the result looked quite professional.
Table Number Luminaries:
These were quite easy to make and were quite dramatic on the
tables. Again, I created a template in Microsoft Publisher, trimmed
the square sides with a paper cutter, cut the numbers out with my
Cricut, and assembled the cubes with craft glue.
Placed over a candle, these luminaries gave the tables a pretty
glow and made it easy for guests to spot their seats. I was
inspired by a tutorial I found on
Intimate Weddings, but the Cricut made trimming the numbers
quite simple. I really had no idea that a few sheets of card stock
and a glue stick could make such an impact and was thrilled with
the finished product.
I'll have photos of each of these elements in the tablescapes to
The events leading up to a wedding are always fun and this one
was a new one on me. I had never helped plan a joint
bachelor/bachelorette party before and I really had a great time
planning and participating. The bride and groom wanted to go for a
night out with all of their friends, rather than have the more
traditional separate celebrations, but they wanted it to be more
unique than an average Saturday night. The plan the bride and I
came up with was to organize a bar crawl downtown, but with a
twist. The party had an angels and demons theme where party goers
were encouraged to dress as their choice of angel or devil.
Also, rather than having the more typical
bachelor/bachelorette party gags and 'entertainment' we opted for a
game that the whole group could play. A classic dusted off from
college days, we played 'Anything for Money.'
Here is the graphic I created for the email invite. I think it
helped set the mood.
Through the joys of Photoshop, I was to use my crude graphic
design skills to whip up this comical graphic of the groom and
bride-to-be in angel and devil gear.
My next Photoshop project was to create a stack of
Monopoly-style funny money for each partygoer to wager.
The bills featured the same good/evil images of the bride and
groom from the email invitation graphic and the money wrapper reads
"Wouldn't it be cool if all this money was real?"--- because
someone just has to say it anytime Monopoly money is involved, I
thought I'd get it out of the way early.
After printing the funny money out on different colored paper, I
trimmed it and wrapped it in stacks of $600. For the 'Anything for
Money' game, each partygoer received a stack of money at the
beginning of the night. The person with the most money at the end
of the night won a prize. Other than that, there really are no
rules. Playing "Anything for Money" is like the ultimate game of
truth or dare, but everything has its price. It was a really fun
game to play though out the night and was entertaining to say the
least. It definitely helped break the ice in a group of people
where not everyone knew each other well. Also, there was an element
of 'riskiness' to the game, appropriate for a Bachelor/Bachelorette
Party, but no one was really pressured to get too far out of their
comfort zone. I think it would work well in many situations where
there is a large group at a party and will lend itself to being as
tame or wild as the partygoers themselves. Keep it in mind for your
next bachelorette party, girls night, or birthday party out on the
I also used the DIY devil
horns from the previous post. There was a great group of guest
for this party who really got into the theme and dressed as angels
or devils. But, for the party people who forgot to dress for the
theme, the devil horns were on hand to give everyone a chance to
This weekend I hosted a
Breakfast at Tiffany's themed lingerie shower for my good friend
Michelle, a fashion designer and model. She is having an October
wedding, to be held in a lovely theater, and her theme for the big
day is Old Hollywood Glamor. I felt that a shower inspired by one
of the most iconic movies of all time, would be more than
appropriate and I had a wonderful time working on all the little
details that made it special.
Let's start with the favors. I totally scored at the Dollar Tree with these Tiffany blue ring boxes
that came complete with a white satin ribbon tied in a bow. To fill
them, I used Martha Dahling's,
recipe and tutorial to make
candy gems. What
could be more decedent than dining on diamonds? I can't think of a
single thing. I used blue food coloring and crème de menth candy
flavoring to add some pizazz and the multifaceted candy mold
yielded rock candy in many different gem cuts: princess, emerald,
round, cushion -cut, pear. They turned out quite lovely and tasty
For the door prizes, I used my cricut to create mini martini note
cards with lined envelopes, all packaged in Tiffany blue sleeves
tied with a satin ribbon. Cheers!
For added fun I hit the Hobby Lobby website for tiny tiaras, giant
blingy plastic diamond rings, and strands of 'pearls' (iridescent
white Mardi Gras beads). I filled long stemmed Tiffany blue martini
glasses that I already had on had with the 'jewels' to decorate the
buffet and gift tables, and party-goers used them to decorate
For the beverage bar, I purchased tall glass bottles of European
style soda and removed the labels. I made tags for the sodas and
also for my apothecary style drink dispenser, and I filled the
drink dispenser with a blue champagne cocktail I called "Wedded
Bliss." I used champagne, pineapple juice and blue Curacao to
create the concoction, and it was a hit. I beaded black cocktail
stirrers with iridescent plastic beads and set out small clear
plastic cups so that party-goers could easily help themselves to
the cocktail of their choosing. The concept for the beverage bar
was inspired by
Also note how cute those
little ring box favors look all stacked on a cake plate!
With the help of Rachel Evans from Lovely.Crafty.Home and the mother-of-the-bride,
Elizabeth Holland, I served: stuffed mushrooms, bre and fig mini
pastry cups, mini chicken and walnut salad sandwiches, hummus with
vegetables and pita points, crackers with vegetable cream cheese
tapinad, star fruit skewers.
We had gourmet cheese
straws and edible gems for snacks:
And for dessert, what Breakfast at Tiffany's themed party would be
complete without a Tiffany & Co. Box cake.
For the cake, I used
Barbara Streisand's Never
Fail Chocolate Cake recipe from the Beautiful Wives
substituted dark chocolate for milk chocolate in the recipe and
filled the triple layer cake with dark chocolate ganash. I then
iced the cake in chocolate butter cream icing to provide a base for
the marshmallow fondant. I have never worked with fondant and
friend and fellow cake baker
Lacey Graham recommended trying the marshmallow
variety. It was fun to make and very fun to work with. And, I am
not usually a fan of the flavor of fondant icing, but let me tell
you, this stuff is yummy. I was so pleased with the way the cake
turned out, especially for my first attempt in a new baking medium.
I served the cake on an 8x8 square cake-board (no serving plate)
and placed it atop another Tiffany blue box with a white satin
ribbon in the middle of the buffet table. It made for a very pretty
and unusual display. And golly was it ever delicious!
That's the cake in the middle of the buffet table!
Some other fun party details included the "congratulations dahling"
banner made with my cricut. Each banner tag was suspended from an
iridescent plastic bead, for added bling. Also,
bubbles with movie
lines were a hit at the party, and after party.
For added ambiance, I lit lots of candles and had the movie showing
on the television in the living room for background. I killed the
audio on the movie and instead played a collection of jazzy
standards and sambas to fit with the period of the film.
The party was so fun and fabulous. Even though we used plastic cups
and paper plates and napkins, the style of the event gave it an air
of class. As the hostess, I was really able to relax and enjoy
myself because all of the food and beverage was self-serve. For a
shower game, party-goers split into teams, elected a model and
fashioned a wedding gown (complete with accessories) out of one
roll of toilet paper. Then, in honor of the bride-to-be, the
'dress' models worked a 'runway' through the center of the room,
showing off their team's fashion creations. It was hysterical.
Michelle judged the dresses and modeling skills of the contestants
to select one winning team---and let me tell you, it was not an
easy job - these girls knew how to WORK. All-in-all the night was a
smashing success and the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" theme made a
great platform on which to plan an unique and very fun
I am hosting a 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
themed shower for my good friend Michelle a few weekends from now
at my home. I am so happy with how the invitations, enclosure
cards, envelopes and address lables turned out. I had some fun with
the wording as well:
are cordially invited to
'Breakfast at Tiffany's themed swinging soiree
Don't you just love
the X of X
I can't wait to share more of my party
ideas. I have so many things in the works. More to