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Saturday, June 1, 2013

{Event} High Tea Bridal Shower

Happy Saturday, 2 Hearts readers!

Today we are excited to show you a bridal shower invitation for a very dear friend of mine, Tami.
Tami and I have been friends since college days at Fresno State University. I received the great honor and joy to be her matron of honor and stand beside on her wedding day, and beforehand throw her one heck of a shower!

Tami and her husband, Matt, got married in the vivacious city of Las Vegas at the Luxor Chapel.
Tami has been a lover of tea and antique tea cups for as long as I have known her.
So it only seemed fitting that I create a high tea style bridal shower.

The Four Seasons Hotel seemed to be the perfect venue of class and posh for my girl.

It was a marvelous afternoon, filled with friends, laughter, and delicious treats!

Here's a look at the invitation and some pictures from the afternoon...

As with any invitation, the style sets the tone for the event.
We decided to go with a color palette of grays and yellows for an elegant and modern feel and keeping it cohesive to the wedding event following.

The invite had three parts to it:

~The invitation (matted in a shimmer gray card stock)~
~A spa day rsvp card (matted in scalloped yellow card stock)~
~A "tea bag" (small glassine envelope) displaying the bride's registry information on a small card and an actual tea bag tucked behind it~

We embellished each piece with three dimensional yellow roses for an effect that was fresh and sweet.

How sweet is this "tea bag"? To make the tea bag string, we used a piece of yellow striped twine, then adhered a paper daisy punch out, and finished it with a yellow rose.

Tami is also a huge fan of Vera Bradley. So, to wrap up the invitation, we found these random adorable coordinating fabric pieces, and tied the whole bundle of cards up, securing them with a small knot to give it that Vera Bradley-inspired touch!

The whole bundle was tucked into yellow and gray coordinating boxes...

Then wrapped with a sash of coordinating paper, sealed with custom handwritten labels, and sent in the mail!

These invitations provide a perfect example of how you can easily and stylishly mix prints and patterns that aren't exactly matching, but coordinate beautifully because of the shared color palette.
Who wouldn't be excited to receive this invitation?

Now it's time for tea!

The Four Seasons pulled out all the stops when it came to serving high tea.
Here's a selection of the yummy treats served:

2 Hearts B 1 Designs also provided several of the table decor elements, such as this cupcake server, which I decorated in coordinating yellow and gray embellishments.

The ladies deciding what to have next! :) Decisions... Decisions....

The scones, sandwiches, and pastries were delectable!

For the favor on each place setting, each lady received a little muslin goodie bag (adorned with the couple's monogram) of tea and handsoap. The goodie bag is tied to a hand towel, then topped off with an adorable tin teapot-shaped name tag. Each name was written in calligraphy, then attached with yellow silk ribbon.

I was so excited when I found these beautiful initial mugs!
We bought five mugs to spell out "bride," then filled them with yellow roses and babies' breath.
The bride got to take them home with her after the shower! They made great centerpieces on our long stretched out table.

The bride blissfully happy, opening her gifts.

All of the guests dressed in high tea fashion, even the queen herself would be proud!

Thank you dear friend for the honor and privilege of hosting your bridal shower!
It's an honor to stand beside you through it all!

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