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Pinterest vs Real Life- Bridal Shower Edition

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Given the amount of weddings we’ve been to (17 including ours), I haven’t been to many bridal showers (3 including my own). I recently had one of my best friend’s bridal showers and wanted to show how Pinterest can translate to real life, and how a few little things can make a big impact.

1. Choose a theme and or color story

The biggest thing that helps me when planning a party are parameters to stay within, because there are almost too many ideas out there now!

We decided the theme would be BBQ chic, so I bought kraft paper plates and wooden utensils. We also stuck to the colors from the invitations which were grey and yellow. Napkins, tablecloths and striped straws are an easy way to infuse color to any table.

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top image: pinterest, bottom image: real life

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 Minted invitation

 Favors

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Tins, stickers, bbq rub

2. Use items you already have

Last year when my florist created my trial center piece, she had to use some fake flowers, which looked really nice. I kept them and bought some tulle to recreate this wedding door ornament.

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3. Little things can go a long way

I was probably most excited to try to recreate this rice krispy cake idea as one of the desserts for our BBQ themed shower. Thanks to Smitten Kitchen, I already knew I had a great recipe and I had previously purchased a set of 3 nesting pans from Crate and Barrel. I found a shop on Etsy called Better Off Wed which had gorgeous cake toppers. I decided to go with ‘love’ in grey so I can reuse it in the future, and it’s much too pretty not to!

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 Our other dessert, mini apple pies

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mini apple pie prep the day before the shower

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I was really happy with how great these drink tags looked when they arrived, but adding each person’s name made them even more cute. I bought disposable wine glasses for the sangria, which made it easy for everyone to put their drinks down without worrying if they were stealing someone else’s glass.

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beverage and dessert table

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Storm King

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During our anniversary weekend upstate we visisted Storm King. It’s a 500 acre gorgeous sculpture park located in New Windsor. We saw some great things and we luckily arrived just in time for the last tram tour, which began just before it started raining and were able to see the majority of the park under dry conditions!

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Saturday

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 This Saturday New York felt like it came alive. The weather was too beautiful not to walk to the park with a cute blanket and my Kindle (currently reading The Goldfinch).

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Bensimon Sneakers

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Ralph Lauren Tote

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Daisy- Marc Jacobs

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I usually buy a new fragrance once a year. Right before our wedding I bought Daisy by Marc Jacobs. Almost a year later, I still love it and I’m not quite ready to wear something else everyday. Luckily, there are also other options within the Daisy family to choose from. I love these shots our wedding photographer captured while I was getting ready with the bottle!

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Persnickety Prints- Instagram Poster

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I saw the above image on Pinterest and thought the clean collage format in an all white frame looked really chic. Another bonus is that it instantly showcases a lot of pictures, which is perfect for New York apartments that don’t have much wall space.

I made my own for a friend and can definitely see myself using this site again. The poster was glossy and the printing quality was great.  Although the frames are square-shaped like Instagram, I used some non-Instagrammed photos as well. After receiving the poster I bought a frame and wrapped it.

You can visit the Persnickety Print shop here to make your own.

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Hiking in Upstate NY

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We spent Saturday hiking in Upstate NY. Obviously, we love it up there. We got engaged and had our wedding in the Hudson River Valley. My friend used to live in Tarrytown and we’ve spent many weekends apple picking and wine tasting. The Hudson River Valley is only 1-3 hours from New York City, depending on which town you’re going to and it’s the perfect weekend or day escape.

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January 2014

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<clementine season is the best!>

I was sick most of January so I’m a little relieved the month is over. I restarted my resolutions on February 1st since barely making it to work was an accomplishment for a while. I’m starting to feel like myself again and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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<The Doughnut Plant. Seriously amazing. Try the Carrot Cake, I promise! Now they have a location in Chelsea>

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<Made spiced pancakes from this book with this pan>

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<love this cozy scarf from gap, similar here>

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<walking home at night, love you nyc>