A Vintage/Lingerie Bridal Shower + Surprise Announcement!

Hi bloggers! Happy August! I can’t believe the summer has just flown by. I’m so happy to be back on the blogging status. If you saw my last post which was quite a while ago, my dog had given birth to puppies and my blogging time just came to a halt. Now with one puppy gone to his new home and another that will be leaving us this weekend, I’m going to have my blogging time back. I will say it’s definitely bittersweet. I’m going to miss my “coffee” breath puppy kisses everyday, but I’m also super excited to get back to blogging.

I’m also super excited to announce that I will be opening my very own ETSY store in September!! Ahhhh! Nervous but thrilled to be adventuring out into the entrepreneur world. I will have items like handmade banners, wedding accessories and decorations, party stuff, cupcake toppers & wrappers plus much more. I look forward to all your feedback and if anyone has any etsy life advice for me…please share! 🙂

While I was off from blogging, I helped host a bridal shower, bachelorette party & a baby sprinkle, so I have much to share with you all. Today’s topic is showcasing my beautiful friend Joanna’s Vintage/Lingerie Bridal Shower which we held in June at the Son Cubanos Restaurant in West New York, New Jersey. It was a gorgeous day and everything came out awesome.


This was our room. It was already beautiful as is so we didn’t have much we needed to add to it.


My favorite part of our decorations was this chalkboard welcome sign that we made. I’ll be doing a separate post next week to show you how we turned this simple $25 ikea mirror into a chalkboard.


As guests arrived we invited them to share some advice for our lovely couple.

We opted out the traditional cake and created a sweets bar including some adorable and yummy cupcakes! How cute are our hand designed lingerie cookies?


Centerpieces were simple: small fish bowl vases you can get these at the dollar store with some dry baby’s breath and added some feathers to go with our vintage theme.



I personally loved creating these banners with doilies. These will be up on the etsy store (made to order)

Our games included the popular toilet paper game along with a he/said game by using these handmade lips & mustaches (also will be on etsy). I’ll also be doing a separate post on how to play this fun unique game at your shower; stay tuned.

Last but not least we thanked our guests with a box of nail polish and file for joining us and wishing our bride much love.

A lot of planning and creativity goes into throwing a bridal shower. I could not have been more excited working with our party of girls. Everyone had their own splash if creativity thrown into the mix. It was just amazing and fun!

Mike & Joanna’s wedding is only a week away!!!

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to leave me some comments and etsy advice.
Xoxo

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Wedding Budget Websites!

Happy Friday bloggers! Budget websites like Groupon, Livingsocial and fashion sites like Asos and Hutelook are growing more and more popular these days. You can get discounts and discounts worth of goods and services for half the prices as regular stores.

Most recently, I received an email from Groupon indicating they now have a wedding section. If you follow our fan page on Facebook we shared this information a while ago, but today I’m going to give you a more intimate look. On groupon you can find tons of deals for photo booths, photographers, invitations, favors and more. Here is a screen shot of some of today’s deals…

The other day my best friend told me that ASOS also now has a wedding section. I think it’s pretty cool because we all know that bridesmaids dresses can cost a pretty penning and more likely than none you’ll never where them again. They also have reasonable wedding guest dresses and accessories for brides.

Since I’ll be going to quite a few weddings this year, I picked my favorite wedding guest dresses from The site:


I love that this dress is a midi and is not short. It bothers me when I see wedding guests dressed like they’re going clubbing.


This dress is perfect for a summer outside wedding, preferably a beach or destination wedding where you can show off your tan in this gorgeous color.


Florals are in! I love everything about this dress from the print to the cut and length.

What are your thoughts on these wedding budget sites?

Xoxo

Photo credit: groupon, Asos

Vendor Feature: Ily Grantham Photography!

Hello my friends! Today, I am sharing with you a very talented portrait and wedding photographer, Ily Grantham, from the beautiful sunsets of Phoenix, Arizona. Ily randomly emailed me with some very kind words about the blog. I’m so happy that she did because I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her through her words and gorgeous photos!

Ily has been shooting professionally in Phoenix for the last 3 years and has been doing weddings for the past 2 years. As a self-taught photographer, Ily, has dedicated hours of practice and sleepless nights of researching.


Ily describes herself as passionate. “I’m a passionate person and I love what I do, what I see, what I photograph… The words you would hear more often from me are I love this, I love that… I’m a “I love” person.”

Also described as a “Nikon girl” Ily’s photographic style is romantic, modern, artistic and fun. Her inspirations come from her clients, brides, her children and families. Ily indicates that she loves getting to know her clients as much as possible which helps her really show their personalities within her photos.



One of my favorite things about weddings are the themes. Destination weddings will always be my number one which is why I was excited to see Ily’s dream wedding destination spot: “I would love to shoot a wedding in Ireland! But to be honest any part of Europe will be a dream, but Ireland is my #1.”

Ily’s favorite part about being a wedding photographer is after the ceremony. She explains “when is just me, the bride and the groom, I always say to my brides… we did it… now you can relax and enjoy! I like to let them know that I’m there for them.”

I’ve always admired wedding photographers and the tough job they have before them. You most definitely need the talent and patience to excel in this business. Ily tells me that being a wedding photographer is very changing. It makes her think faster forcing her to learn and know her camera. During a wedding, Ily has to work fast to capture moments, “I have to run from point A to point B in just seconds, I have to capture ceremony details and portraits all within a tight timeframe and with limited control. Wedding photography is making me a better photographer for sure.”

Lastly, I’ve asked Ily to give some advice for my bride and groom readers: “Hire the perfect photographer for you! Take the time to get to know her/him, there are so many photographers out there but not all of them are the perfect fit for you, so take your time and get someone you will click with, the one you will trust, your photographer will be the person you spend the most time with on your wedding day.”

Ily is currently setting goals for more weddings! She is looking to travel more and keep growing as a photographer. Her other goal is to shoot more weddings outside of Arizona so if you are interested in Ily Grantham Photography visit her at:


http://www.ilygrantham.com
http://www.facebook.com/ilygranthamphotography

We want to thank Ily for having her work on our blog today and we wish you a very successful and bright future!
Xoxo

Photo credit: Ily Grantham Photography

Unicorn & Rainbow Theme Birthday Party!

This past weekend was a special little 4 year old’s birthday; Miss Carlie. I had the honor of creating her cupcakes exactly how she wanted them: “Rainbows!” Carlie’s creativity is growing so much and I enjoyed watching her family put together the cutest decorations.

Her unicorn and rainbow theme was so well put together, especially the fun trinkets for the goody-bag “unicorn cups!”



To recreate these cupcakes all you need is yellow cake cupcakes, blue icing, xtreme airheads for the rainbows and mini marshmallows!

We hope Carlie had a wonderful birthday!


Xoxo

What’s your favorite kid’s theme party? Let us know in the comments!

Photo credit: Okskinny

Non-Traditional Brunch Bridal Showers!

As some of you know, I’m currently involved in planning a bridal shower for my bestie Joanna. While we are planning a traditional shower, I wanted to share with you a more non-traditional shower idea: Brunch!

When I say brunch I don’t mean a brunch theme shower, I mean an actual brunch meal in a restaurant. When my friends have birthday parties, most of the time we gather together and go out to dinner. This is the same thing only scratch out the private room, shower games and heafty deposit and opt for a regular brunch meal with minimal decorations. Since brunch has become more popular over the years, this idea is perfect for your low key bride, older bride or even the bride with a small amount of friends and family.

If you are weary about it becoming too generic, there are ways to make your table more personal. You can put together 2 or 3 inexpensive vases with flowers depending on how long your table will be. Make sure it looks even. Even add some confetti to bring out the linens.

Make or buy a card box (this one is from Etsy: PineNSign, but you can definitely make your own) and grab some decorative plastic bags to put gifts in.

If you want to have at least one game to make your time more fun- grab a quick “How well do you know the bride” questionnaire. Have the guests fill it out and the bride can read off her answers during dessert time. This one is from Omaplapen on Etsy. Instant download $4.

For favors: Make little bags of candy, candles with tags or even cute chocolate covered pretzels. I blogged on how to make your own DIY chocolate covered pretzel favors- read it here: https://okskinnyjk.com/2013/10/16/diy-chocolate-covered-pretzel-favors/

I think this non-traditional idea is super cute! What do you all think? Yay! Or Nay!?

You can also follow me on Pinterest for more instant shower planning ideas. Just click the P symbol at the top right corner!

Xoxo

Photo credit: Pinterest, PineNSign, Omaplapen

DIY ‘I’m One’ Banner

Hello my friends! Today, I’m sharing with you a DIY banner that I made for my photographer friend, Jamilie, at ‘Jamilie Costa Photography!’ Jamilie recently did a cake smash session for her beautiful goddaughter and I was happily honored to recreate an adorable banner for her and bring her vision to life!

Most of you who follow my blog know that I’ve done a few so far. This one was one of my favorites, because of course, it had a cupcake in the middle. 🙂

If you would like to recreate this banner here is what you will need:
Tan color card stock paper (Acmoore 33cents each) I bought 3.
White, Yellow, Black and Pink card stock paper. I used left over paper that I had, but you’ll only need one of each
Sprinkles
Glue Gun & Glue
Scissors
Hole puncher
Pencil
Brown string or ribbon (I bought string for about $2 at Acmoore)

I made a 4.5 x 2.5 square on my computer, traced it on the tan card stock paper and cut out six squares. I then cut an imperfect triangle out the bottom on each square. To create my letters: I drew them free hand on the white card stock paper. You can use your computer for this too; however, I tried that, but I couldn’t get the letters big enough the way I wanted them. You can also buy the sticker letters if you prefer.

To create the cupcake: I traced a picture of a cupcake onto the pink card stock paper to get the shape I wanted and just added black paper to the bottom for the cupcake liner. I then glued all my letters and cupcake on. I placed a small amount of glue between the pink and black paper and tapped some sprinkles on for a 3D look. I sprayed some hairspray onto the sprinkles to keep them from falling off and I let everything dry overnight.

To add the string: hole punch all the corners and place string in and out the holes. Remember to tie the ends a few times so it doesn’t come apart.

Jamilie was nice enough to let me share with you some photos from her cake smash photo shoot! You can check out more of Jamilie’s work over at http://www.jamillecostaphotography.com.



Xoxo

Photo Credit: Jamilie Costa Photography, Okskinny

Spring Wedding Inspirations via Pinterest!

Now that the weather on the east coast is emerging into spring “AMEN,” I cruised on over to Pinterest for some Spring Wedding Inspirations. I’ve gathered my favorite ones from simple table settings to a smart wedding favor for those chilly nights. As my favorite season of all time, especially wedding season, I am always blown away with how unique and original people are. When you’ve taken the time to really create something your guests will love, people will appreciate the meaning behind every detail. That’s what I’ve come to learn and love about weddings.

Table Settings & Centerpieces:
I’ve always been attracted to simple flowers or even something you can create yourself like a DIY centerpiece.



Bridesmaids dresses & wedding colors:
Every bride has their own vision of what their day will look like. You want to make sure your color scheme flows nicely! Short dresses are more in this time of year.



Wedding favors:
Thank your guests by giving them something they will make them remember your day. Stick with something useful that your guest won’t consider throwing out later on.


Bridesmaid gifts:
Always thank your bridal party by something that reflects thoughtfulness for having them share in your special day!


Cakes, Cupcakes & Desserts:
Most venues will provide this for you, but if you have the money to create something that reflects your wedding season-have fun with it.



Flowers:
Flowers are so beautiful! How about those sunflowers?! 🙂



Hope these spring inspirations brighten your day! Which photo is your favorite?
Xoxo

Photo credit: Pinterest