Modern Take on the 1800s Royal Wedding

Bloom was given a wonderful opportunity to be a part of an inaugural event here in Austin. Austin Wedding Day’s 1st Diamond Domain Bridal Soiree was this past weekend at the Westin Resort in The Domain. 8 of Austin's top wedding planners were invited to create an 11' x 13' space within their chosen theme. Valerie of Beyond The Big Day invited Bloom to be the stationer for her room at this event. The theme Valerie chose was an 1800's Royal Wedding in reds and golds.

I really think it turned out amazing. The pieces we created for this mock wedding were:

A Save The Date was created as a flat card adorned with a single gem and paired with a matching envelope addressed with return address and recipient's address.

A 5x7 invitation sent in a black invitation box wrapped with a red velvet ribbon, white label and sealed with a crown-wax-seal. Upon opening the box the recipient finds a red envelopment tied closed with a gold cord and tassel. Inside the envelopment is a white textured invitation adorned with an embossed red paper, fine gold-chain-like-ribbon, and ruby red gems. The RSVP is a folded response card hanging over the envelopment pocket and paired with a gold stardream envelope, printed with both return address and address.

The escort cards doubled as a dance card, which was common in the 1800s at any formal affair where dancing was involved. These small folded cards hang from decorative tacks, within an ornate blac
k frame backed with red velvet. Each card is adorned with a gold cord and ruby red gems. The bride and groom each were given a dance card as well. The bride's card is adorned with a long ribbon, matching the invitations, that can hang on her wrist throughout the evening. The groom's card is adorned with a gold tassel and cord to be worn in his coat pocket.

Each place setting has a menu adorned with ruby red gems and a place card adorned with gems on top of a petit four. Each table has a place card also adorned with gems. Extra signage was designed for the gift card box as well as an instructional sign for the escort card board. Favor tags were created to tie the design into small chocolate boxes.

Here are some images after set up on Saturday and a few quick phone shots from Sunday. I hope to have some more images of the complete event soon.

This stationery package is fit for a king and queen! Thank You to Valerie again for the opportunity!

1st Birthday

It's incredible how time flies! My daughter turned one a few weeks ago, and we of course threw her a birthday party. A party of all parties. I had been scoping out ideas for months. We decided on a duck themed
party since that was her first word and she was mildly obsessed with ducks for months. With that theme I began to think of color schemes and after finding an image on another blog using olive green, persimmon, orange and yellow, I decided to use that scheme but change out the olive green for a bright pink. I ran with it!

I created invitations, favor tags, cake topper circles with a special one for hers, a banner, and a first birthday hat. For activities we had decorate your own ducks (found at orientaltrading.com), and a duck matching game floating her little baby pool (also found at orientaltrading.com). For favors I found little window boxes at the container store and filled them with a birthday rubber duck (orientaltrading.com), a bag of snack bunnies in varying flavors, and duck beak noise makers (hobby lobby).

The cake my husband and I made the night before. He had found a rainbow layered cake on tastespotting.com a while back and decided thats what he wanted to do for her party. It was a fun project, especially for an art major. We used 5 colors of professional bakers gel dye (available at craft stores or baking stores) and mixed them indifferent concentrations to get the colors. Of course we only had 6 baking pans so it took 3 batches in the oven, refrigerating the others in the meantime. The next day I iced it with store bought vanilla icing and placed it on a cake board that I wrapped with decorative paper matching the banner and birthday hat, then covered the whole thing in saran wrap.

Take a look, and let me know what you think. All of these pieces are available for your next kids party!