Photo Shoot : brick walls lead to a rustic and modern bridal shower

It's time for another wedding vendor challenge in aqua blue, red and butter yellow this morning. For today, Chris of Celebrations At Home came up with a spectacular bridal shower tablescape {although these ideas can easily be applied to a wedding}. Wait until you see the place card and menu combo. LOVE IT. The photographs are by Laura Gordon Photography.

Chris describes her ideas behind the design . . . "Once I found the event space and was given the "ok" to use it, I was inspired by the brick walls that felt rustic, but modern at the same time. With that in mind, I set out to design a bridal shower with the same feel. The colors were a bit challenging as I experimented with different combinations, finally deciding on the aqua and yellow as the main colors with red being a bold accent."

Chris continues . . . "The tabletop is sleek and simple with rattan chargers, layered fabric & ribbon runner, a floral centerpiece coverd by a rustic cloche, and vases from IKEA used as drink bottles. A favor for each guest is also placed at each setting. These are large match boxes wrapped with custom paper designed by Delovely Designs. The size is great for filling with a small trinket, candy, or a small baked good."

"The place card trio is a fun idea I like to use for showers & dinner parties as it combines a name card, a menu card, and a conversation starter or trivia card relating to the guest of honor."

Chris explains her ideas for a great dessert table . . . "For most of my dessert tables, I am a big fan of choosing 1 or 2 designer or specialty desserts, and filling in with candy or homemade treats. In this case, the cake pops from Candy Valley are the star of the table, as they are dipped in our main colors of aqua and yellow and topped with candy pearls. The brick wall is the main backdrop with the addition of a frame and rustic shutter draped with a fabric swag. The swag is an easy DIY project that you can use in so many areas to add a pop of color to the space. Also part of the table are note cards for each guest to write down words of advice for the bride."

DIY GOODIE: Fabric Swag

You will need:
Household string/twine

3 or 4 coordinating swatches of fabric, cut into thin strips about 41/2 inches long.

1. Tie a piece of twine between 2 points to make it easier to work with. 
2. Fold fabric strip in half and place in front of twine.
3. Bring the 2 tail ends up behind the twine and loop it through the fabric so they hang forward.
4. Repeat with more fabric strips until you have a length suitable for your project.

Use your creative imagination and drape a fabric swag any place that needs a pop of interest or color.

Vendors:
Styling - Chris Nease - Celebrations At Home
Paper Items - Delovely Designs
Event Space - Studio 418