Wed, White & Booze: Joint Bachelor(ette) Weekend Favors

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I’m going to age myself a little bit here, but my husband and I are coming up on our 12th wedding anniversary this Fall. Back when we got married (before Pinterest, gasp!) it was common to have a bachelorette night out on the town. Some brides and grooms might even have taken a quick weekend trip to Las Vegas to celebrate their last single days. In more recent years though, it seems like it’s more commonplace to have a full-on vacation with your best friends before the big day. Destination bachelorette “parties” are definitely a fun trend and I’m a little bummed I missed out on it.

This favor project was put together for a bride and groom that are planning a joint destination bachelor + bachelorette party in Austin, Texas. Members of the bridal party are traveling from both coasts, so they decided to meet up in the middle to celebrate the impending nuptials. They rented an amazing house that’s big enough for everyone to stay in together. The house is perfect for entertaining and even has a gorgeous pool that will inevitably be used for a wild pool day for the entire crew.

When the maid of honor asked me to create a logo for this unique bachelor + bachelorette celebration we talked about a western theme to honor the destination for the trip. Because this was all taking place right around the Fourth of July, the color palette naturally leaned towards patriotic with red, white, and blue. We settled on the theme “Wed, White & Booze” for a fun spin on those colors that is totally appropriate for this event. For the favors we wanted to create something memorable that would also be useful during the trip. Each favor tote bag includes a magazine for reading poolside, bottled water, themed cups for cocktails, snacks, and a Wed, White & Booze Survival Kit.

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I used wedding favor boxes with a heart cutout from Oriental Trading to package the survival kits. I taped a coordinating printable to show through the little heart window, but that’s completely optional. If you want to create something similar, here are some ideas for items to include in your bachelor or bachelorette weekend Survival Kits:

  • mints or gum
  • hair ties
  • pain reliever
  • natural hangover remedy
  • drink mix: iced coffee or electrolyte sports drink
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm
  • candy or other small treat

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After I put the survival kits together, I popped them into individual tote bags with the other gift items. I think the cowboy boot mugs and wine glasses are hilariously awesome and I hope the guests think so too. To finish things up, each tote bag got a printable tag with the event logo tied to the handle. The contents of this fun favor bag should make the bachelor + bachelorette party guests a little more comfortable during their stay in Austin, TX. I hope they all have a blast celebrating the last fling before the rings!

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Styling, Printables, and Photography: Party a la Mo  | Favor packaging, Cowboy Boot Cups, etc. : Oriental Trading Company | Survival Kit contents: Target

Tea & Toast to Motherhood

mothersday17_036The inspiration for this shoot was my grandmother’s breakfast. No, really… she’s been having tea and toast for breakfast for as far back as I can remember. When Jayme of Mint Studio asked me to style a Mother’s Day tea for an upcoming paper flower workshop, Tea & Toast was what came to mind. As I thought about working with this theme I was inspired to play off of the double meaning of toast. We served some beautiful crostini that was definitely not my grandmother’s toast. I loved this modern spin on the most basic of foods though. We also toasted motherhood with a delicious tea-based cocktail. We kept the color palette ultra feminine with shades ranging from pretty pink to a deep plum.

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Loren from Four Things Paper created the most beautiful stationery inviting our guests to parTEA. She covered all the details from the coordinating envelope liner to the gorgeous calligraphy addresses and matching vintage stamps. As with the invitation, there was also lots of pink watercolor texture in the other pieces she created for the event too. The recipe card signage for the Hibiscus Tea Margarita we served was one of my favorite pieces. It was the perfect nod to the moms and grandmas that keep a box of their treasured, hand-written, family recipes.

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Andrea of Not My Dish raided her collection of vintage teacups, saucers, and serving stands for pieces that were pink, purple, and floral. I love how the mismatched sets came together to build a beautiful tablescape. The pink and purple glassware she brought was perfect for our cocktails too. Each place setting also featured a hand-painted place card along with a tiny succulent.

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While talking about blooms and motherhood with Jenna of Craft Blooms she told me that she felt inspired to use succulents in her creations. Her thought was that succulents are enduring just like the strength and resiliency required for motherhood. We agreed that we’ve both been so fortunate to have shining examples of this from the amazing women role models in our lives.

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Tania is known for her giant paper flowers and for good reason! She can build such beautiful floral creations out of paper. We incorporated some of her smaller paper blooms into our balloon garland backdrop and I loved the results of this pairing.

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Pascal Lorange put together some of the most beautiful toast I’ve ever seen. The crostini that he prepared was wonderfully colorful and of course very tasty too. For desserts, we tried to go the more traditional tea service route. We had Pastel Bakery bake some of their old-school bakeshop goodies. The simple cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream was a beautiful, and the cookies and fruit tarts were absolutely delicious.

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We took the opportunity to take generational portraits of our guests that they will hopefully value as precious family mementos. Even when we don’t necessarily feel like being photographed, I think it’s so important to document our families as we grow and age together.

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Cheers to all of the amazing moms out there!

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Concept and styling: a la Mo | Photography: Rachael Smith Photography | Event Location: Mint Studio | Paper Flowers: Tania Fischer Design | Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Four Things Paper | Event Rentals (Pink & Gold Chair + accessories): CC Vintage Rentals | Tablescape Rentals: Not My Dish | Cake and Sweets: Pastel Bakery | Flowers: Craft Blooms | Crostini: CRUDO by Pasal Lorange | Model: The Jessica Journey