Thursday, August 27, 2009

French Classy!

Party planning is a major hobby of mine. I sit at work and daydream about the themes I can come up with, the cute decorations I can make or buy, and the invitations I can create!

Well while strolling through Market Street a couple of months back, I saw a bottle of Lorina French Lemonade and it inspired me to create a party with a "French Classy" theme. (I say theme but I'm not big on overdone themes, but I like unique and original ideas for parties.)

I had ideas swirling in my head about a black, white, and sunshine yellow color scheme. I started thinking about what looked French Classy to me and came up with Damask accents and Eiffel Towers, fruit, cheese, wine, pastries, and of course bottles of French Lemonade!

Arrêter s'il vous plaît ! I'm getting ahead of myself! I didn't even have anyone to throw this French Classy party for.... or so I thought. The party gods were looking down on me, because about two weeks later my mom told me that she volunteered to throw a bridal shower for one of her good friend's daughter. My mom asked me to help her throw it because, #1 she know's I LOVE doing it, and #2 she know's I'll be annally obsessive about every little detail. (Sad but true.)

So to kick this thing into gear I started planning the invitations! I thought something simple but with class. (hence the "French Classy"!)  I couldn't really find anything in our budget until I ran to Michael's and found blank, print-your-own, all purpose invites. They were plain white with a simple black boarder. Of course I had a 40% off coupon, so they ended up being only $11.99 for 40 invites. But, they were a little too PLAIN for me, so I decided to embellish with cute, perfect shade of sunshine yellow, paper flowers that I also found at Michael's.

These hunnies were labeled as confetti, but I don't like labels, so I gave them a new job description.
I thought they would look oh-so-pretty attached to the top or bottom of these invites:
I think top worked best: (excuse the poor lighting in these pics!)
So I started printing these babies on my own printer. Which ended up being so easy when I finally figured it out.

Then I thought they needed more pizzazz, so I added a sweet little ribbon with a swirl design in black and white. I attached the ribbon with a stapler and crazy glued the yellow flower on top of the staple.
Voilà! Here's the finished product, which I think turned out pretty dang cute!
Again excuse the poor lighting and faulty shots. I was using my iphone camera because it was the only one I had with me at the time.
I have more to come on the "French Classy" bridal shower. We haven't even touched on the decorations, table cloths, milk glass vases, food, and French Lemonade! Mon dieu!

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