Monday, August 3, 2009

An Asian (Bridal Shower) Affair

Over the past 2 months, I had the pleasure of assisting with the planning of an Asian-themed bridal shower for the very dear friend of Carine’s of Carine’s Bridal Atelier. Carine’s vision was to host an elegant, Asian inspired luncheon at the home of the Bride’s brother.
Beginning with the invitations, all of the elements for this event incorporated an Asian feel. The colors that we chose to use throughout the event were white, orange and natural wood with purple and yellow accent flowers. Since we would be designing the event in someone’s home, we worked with a handful of vendors to get the necessary items.

The dark, rustic, wood tables and benches were rented from none other than DC’s Capitol D├ęcor. With the help of Nick of Multiflor Florist, we were able to create stunning bamboo centerpieces to decorate the tables, living room and buffet. Purple and orange orchids decorated each of the bamboo sticks which were in tall glass vases with 5 Asian lanterns hanging in between. The glass vases on the tables were placed in a “pond” structure that included black river stones, water and real goldfish to create a pond-like feel. Check out the live goldfish below!

Each guest was given a note pad and 2 glass viles to write their well wishes for the couple that could then send off to float in the pond. All of the food was set up, buffet-style, in the kitchen and decorated with votives and loose orchids to compliment the flower arrangements through-out the rooms.

Check out the fortune cookie "garnish" on the glasses! The napkins under the plates and the open paper fans add just the right punch of color to the tables.

What would a bridal shower be without a cake? Lara of Fluffy Thoughts designed a super unique cake specifically for the bride herself…a Manolo Blahnik shoebox with 2 fondant shoes to go with it. The favors that were given out were mini bamboo steamers wrapped in ribbon and stuffed with delicious Korean cookies. With 18 guests, the party was unique, intimate and memorable for all that attended.

Thank you to everyone that was involved in the planning and setup!

Congratulations to the bride and groom, Colleen and Mike!