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If you're trying to steer clear of being too traditional in your wedding ways, and want something different and modern, try adding an alternative idea to the "cake" part of the night!  

After your delicious meal has been served and consumed by your hungry guests, everyone expects a cake to be served as dessert. Why not surprise your guests with something a little different?

 Here are a few ideas to keep your originality flowing!

Cupcakes are turning into more of the popular idea to choose for dessert options, and can give your guests more of an option for flavour. Giving your guests selection always makes everyone happier and keeps the traditional wedding feel at bay.  From mini to large size, the possibilities are endless! 

   

 
Cake pops are also another great idea to serve your guests to keep them interested and everything looking bright and fun!

 

 
Try cake trifles in glass jars for a beautiful modern take on your wedding cake. This elegant glass look helps keep the classy feel of a cake table with a contemporary twist!

 

Maybe try stepping out of the box even more with these awesome ideas!  

Why not go a little "French" with some Macarons or Merengues - "mais oui?"

 

Or how about a little gourmet on the menu?

  

Like I said.. the possibilities are endless!!!

Keep Up The Happy Planning,
Charlotte

XO

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Now if you are like me and love to entertain guests... here is a setup that might just make you want to get out that party planner!  

Such a lovely colour combination that lends perfectly to a Sunday Brunch or a Bridal Shower!  Add a splash of fresh florals and you can complete your "party plan"!

Share with us your "hostess with the mostess" adventures - we would love to see your creativity :)

 

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Theme Thursdays ~ A Party for the Bride+Groom!

Everybody knows what a bridal shower is and since it takes two to get married why not invite the groom and his pals to have a couples shower?  They are becoming more popular as a pre-celebration for the bride and groom to have fun and party with their loved ones together.  Steer clear of too much feminine touches and go for a theme of shared interests or hobbies.  Food is always a good focal point to keep the gentlemen’s stomach satisfied combined with some gorgeous cupcakes, you get the best of both worlds.  Throw in some games and there you have it, a perfect recipe to party co-ed style.  Finally add gifts and well wishes for the soon to be newlyweds and your Jack and Jill party is complete!

 

Here are some ideas....

How about a little country or retro charm?

 

Now for the games....

Most traditional wedding shower games won't interest the men at all.... too girly!  The way to go would be to have a "Couples Quiz".  See how well the intended couple really know each other with some fun questions!  Another twist would be to have the male version of the toilet paper wedding dress game.  How about the toilet paper tuxedo game!  What about Karoake?  That could be a very entertaining part of the evening!

 

 

Here is a summary of what should be taken into consideration....

1.  Bride + Groom's input before planning begins

2.  Date + Time that is conveniant for the couple

3.  Consider a location other than your own home if the number of guests is large

4.  Choose a theme.  Remember to create an atmosphere where the men will feel comfortable as well.

5.  Decide on dress code.... formal, casual???  A lot of people like to enjoy being dressed down so keep this in mind.  It all depends on the theme of your coed shower.

6.  Plan a menu - food is always important!  A party that is catered or even just wine + appetizers would be great!

7.  Consider whether or not you want a "gift opening" portion of the event.  To be honest... the men might get bored....  You could provide an alternative such as an outdoor activity or a sports event on TV.

8.  Depending on the guests and couple, decide on whether or not to have games.  If so, try to come up with games that involve the men without seeming too cheesy or corny!

9.  Try to limit the shower to a couple of hours. To avoid people lingering far beyond your expectations, include both a starting and ending time on the invitation.

 

Above all else - have FUN planning!

 

 

Article written by Keenda Sisousphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination



Theme Thursdays ~ Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas!

Now just the mention of bachelorette parties get the mind spinning!  Don't worry!  We will be keeping everything G-rated today!  

It’s time for the maid of honour to gather the bride’s girlfriends and celebrate her last night of freedom. Let her do her thing before she puts on the ring!  Main Objective - Cater to her needs and distract her from all the wedding stress with some fun or relaxation or both!

Night out on the Town

Typically, a drunken night bar crawling dressed in sashes and tiaras, a male entertainment and getting in trouble with the police fits the bill for a wild bachelorette party. If thats what the bride wants then go for it!  What isn’t fun about getting dolled up and hitting the town with your girls drinking, dancing and even singing!

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Spa pampering

Whether you splurge out on a resort or host a DIY beauty party, it’s time to get pampered!

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Wine tasting

You can go on a wine tour or host one at home.  Have some fun and let the girls guess which is which and whoever gets the most wins a prize.

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Going away

Being the winter season, we thought we would share this bundled up bachelorette idea from Green Wedding Shoes. A cozy sleepover with delicious hot chocolate, a scrumptious candy apple station, tailor made bingo and good times! 

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Hope you enjoyed the fun inspiration today!  When the girls get together.... that's all the is bound to happen right???? Loads and loads of laughs!

Make it memorable!

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination


Theme Thursdays – Bridal Showers!

It’s time to treat the bride to a stress free day and celebrate ‘her’ before she becomes a missus!  Bridal showers are typically for friends and family of all ages to unite and have (innocent) fun; saving all the mischievous antics for her bachelorette away from grandma’s and the in-laws eyes!

As a guideline, these gatherings should be about four hours with enough time to eat, enjoy some activities and of course, open the presents!  Here are some ideas to entertain the taste of all brides:

For the foodie bride, have a brunch, dinner or tea party with a tasting element or interactive activity such as baking or making your own cocktails. 

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Revive the wedding entourage with a spa and beauty shower.  There are some great treatments to do at home, however for a more comfy and cozy touch, you can hire a masseuse and manicurist to the hostess’ home.  Another idea would be to have the guests bring "Spa-themed" gifts.  The bride I'm sure will love that!  As a thank you, the guests can leave the celebration with Spa treats of their own.  

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Here are a few images from a couple of Bridal showers that we just love!  For more visual inspiration, click the links!

Enjoy planning and have lots of fun!

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For more lovely photos, click here!  Who wouldn't love a Coco Chanel Bridal Shower??  Love the photographer Elizabeth in Love!

 

Now for a Glamourous Backyard Bridal Shower courtesy of Wedding Chicks!

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For more inspiration, go to http://www.weddingchicks.com/2012/08/02/glamorous-surprise-backyard-bridal-shower/  

Happy Planning ladies! 

 

Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination