Hostess with the Mostess: Very Pretty Bridal Shower Centerpiece Ideas

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess While browsing the new website for Everyday with Rachael Ray, rachaelraymag.com, I came across these fabulous, fun centerpieces. I thought these were perfect for a bridal shower, so I just had to share! 1.Bag It- A budget bride's dream! Made from cut-up plastic grocery & shopping bags. 2.Spool Days- How adorable is this one!? 3.Tiny Baubles- designed by Project Runway finalist Daniel Vosovic. 4.In Living Color- created by design guru Christiane...

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Beautiful Florals for your Timeless Wedding by Petite Fleur

by Azure

Special Floral Feature from Carra Otten ofLa Petite Fleur You know you’ve got a satisfied bride when, upon seeing the finished florals on her wedding day, her response is…“Oh, oh, oh! I need to have another something soon so you can do the flowers for it. I know… you can do my funeral!” Enjoy these gorgeous, timeless bouquets and centerpieces from La Petite Fleur. Perfect pink, green, and ivory inspiration for your big day!

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Hostess with the Mostess: Red Rose Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

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About Hostess with the Mostess And... They’re off! With the Kentucky Derby this weekend, there is one particular flower on everyone’s mind. Red roses play a huge part in the Kentucky Derby, which has been fittingly christened the “Run for the Roses” due to the gorgeous garland of more than 400 red roses and bouquet of 60 long-stemmed red roses presented to the winning horse/jockey duo. Here are a few quick, easy, & budget-friendly centerpiece ideas to get you started… ...

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Hostess with the Mostess: More fabulous event design inspiration from The Special Event

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess Two weeks ago for my Savvy Scoop guest post, I featured amazing photos from the Wedding Lunch to get your “black & white wedding” juices flowin’! After this stimulating and inspirational lunch, we walked through The Special Event’s Exhibit Gallery. The first room we walked through in the Exhibit Gallery featured a contemporary silver & white design (perfect for wedding inspiration!), and judging from the oohs and aahs echoing throughout the...

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Always a Blogsmaid: Carnation Sensation- Part Deux!

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About Always a Blogsmaid We received such positive feedback on the Getting Creative with Carnations Savvy Scoop post by Hostess with the Mostess, that we thought you could use a Part Deux- Carnation Sensation! It's been so exciting to see more florists using carnations. Fleurs did a post on the "C" word a few weeks ago and tons of magazines have been featuring them, but brides still haven't warmed up to these cheaper cousins. And, it's somewhat true, they face the stigma of...

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Hostess with the Mostess: Spring & Summer Decorating Inspiration

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess Since spring has finally sprung, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the imminent arrival of warmer weather with some spring-and-summer-appropriate decorating inspiration from one of my favorite entertaining books: The Perfect Wedding Details by Maria McBride. Whether you are planning an outdoor wedding or just looking for cute ideas for your bridal shower, this book is a great resource to draw creative inspiration! This adorable strawberry &...

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Always A Blogsmaid: Owning Vs. Renting!

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About Always A Blogsmaid Even if you are looking to trim your budget, you may not want to to scrimp on style. Lately, I've been advising my clients to consider working with your florist or decorator to supply some of your own materials. Sometimes buying your own votives, pillars, candelabras or even vases may enable you to get the look you want for less. It's not uncommon that you'll have to pay your florist a small handling fee for the items, but it's often a small price to pay to...

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Bubbly Bride: Crystallized Weddings

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When you want to add some “bling” to your wedding, Swarovski Crystals are a stunning way to create a luxurious feel to your big day. Drip your centerpieces in crystals and jazz up your details with some added sparkle that will scream delicate romance. In the first photo, from Allegro Photography,leading entertainment expert David Tutera designed this gorgeous blinged-out centerpiece! When these crystals are incorporated into your details, your guests will be...

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Hostess with the Mostess: Fabulous Event Inspiration from Artfool Events

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About Hostess with the Mostess If you’ve got a wedding to plan and love looking at gorgeous design to pull inspiration for your big day, professional event design portfolios are a great place to start! To gather ideas for floral design and color palettes, check out artfool events’ online portfolio! Artfool Events brings style and grace to each of its planning endeavors- for a website full of amazing inspiration Click Here! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here...

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Take Your Centerpieces for a Swim

by Azure

You know, I love flowers as much as the next girl, but I have to say, a lot of centerpieces are pretty boring. I mean, they’re pretty, but they’re also boring! And, as a Short-American, I hearby request that florists start to impose a floral height limit! It’s very hard to flirt across the table if you can’t actually see across the table. That’s why I love these submerged floral arrangements. Pretty … but definitely not boring. If you're in the Pittsburgh area, you're in...

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