Photo Shoot : a vintage circus themed bridal shower

A special treat for you this weekend - I'm starting the kick-off of the April Wedding Vendor Challenge on a Saturday and each day from now thru Friday you will see some wonderful inspiration for spring bridal showers {+ the ideas can easily be implemented for weddings or parties of any kind too}. This months color palette was bubblegum pink, mint green and robin's egg blue. I asked vendors to create a bridal shower tablescape with a dessert display and just like the other challenges, there will be at least one DIY provided.

Today I begin with a vintage circus themed bridal shower - which I just think this is the cutest idea. This shoot features the talent of Maria from StudioSister Photography, Samantha of Papermints, Krissy from Make Believe'N, Stephanie of La Coco Rouge and Amanda of Artisan Maskers.

Maria created the theme based on the color palette and those colors were the inspiration for this carnival of candy and circus of sweets, with a soft feminine touch. The fun and flirty bouquet from Krissy of Make Believe'N resembles a big round stick of cotton candy - perfectly fitting the carnival/circus theme. The incredible handcrafted flowers made an ideal centerpiece for such a playful table. PS: This Japan Cherry Blossom bouquet is part of the Etsy Wedding Team charity drive where etsy shop artists are dedicating sales for relief efforts in Japan. Each flower is made of silky satin and complimenting patterned paper to represent the petals of a cherry blossom. You can purchase the bouquet here.

Maria writes . . . the table displayed an array of desserts and candies, including jelly beans, salt water taffy, rock candy, cotton candy and cupcakes, all in coordinating colors to follow the established palette. The cupcakes were made with a strawberry cake recipe and buttercream frosting, then topped with either blue sugar crystals or pink glitter gel. Cupcake toppers (and all paper goods) were created by Papermints.

EASY DIY: The pink and white cupcake stand above was created out of a candlestick and a plate, some epoxy glue and pink paint.

EASY DIY: the cupcake carousel was created out of an easter egg holder (from Target) accented by candy sticks with attached carousel animals.

Mint green material was used for the tablecloth, as well as the chair cover. The chair was also accented with a plaid-patterned bow, which complemented the plaid/gingham print plates, cupcake wrappers and masquerade mask. All of the fabric was purchased from Jo-Ann Fabric in the clearance section.

Maria says no bridal shower is complete without delicious drinks. A pink lemonade cocktail was also displayed on the table, in a large glass pitcher, as well as a wine glass at the Bride-to-be's table setting. Fresh-cut lemons really make this drink look delectable. Set to the side is a bin full of ice cold glass bottle sodas {shown above}. Now doesn't that bring back great childhood memories?

DIY DOWNLOADABLE GOODIE: Samantha of Papermints has offered the Vintage Circus printable cucpake toppers as a download which can then be used as either toppers or tags. Simply print out the Vintage Circus Toppers and/or Tags from Scribd, trim and you're good to go. {the download link at Scribd is directly underneath the item's title in the right column}

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer and Designer: Maria Healey of StudioSister Photography
Invitation and Paper Goods Designer: Samantha of Papermints
Floral Artist: Krissy of Make Believe'N
Cream Mini Top Hat: Stephanie of La Coco Rouge
Papier-mache Masquerade Mask: Amanda of Artisan Maskers