A kitchen tea for a francophile bride-to-be

A French themed bridal shower styled by catherine & grace
held at a private residence in Sydney’s eastern suburbs

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{the inspiration}

The bride-to-be’s love of France and the French culture was the easy inspiration for a Kitchen Tea celebrated with family and close friends.  Not only does the guest of honour speak fluent French {so well, I’ve been told, that French people don’t realise she is not French!} she also lived in France during her university years.

{the stationery}

We used a combination of kraft paper and thick textured cream cardstock {in 300gsm for you stationery addicts!} to create the stationery suite, which included a save the date card, invite, invitee envelope RSVP card & RSVP envelope.

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{the venue}

A private residence in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

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{the styling}

Inspired by a gorgeous little paper garland I saw on Pinterest I created a paper heart garland out of book pages and carried this paper heart styling throughout the event.   In addition to the garlands, paper hearts were sewed onto the tea bags tags and used to style the gift bags {filled with macaroons} that guests took home at the end of the party.
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Guests were asked to write down their best marriage or relationship advice, or some best wishes, for the bride to be which catherine & grace will make into a keepsake book with a photo of each guest next to their advice.

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catherine & grace took two large canvas prints of scenes from Paris and, using some black electrical tape and some white linen, created “windows” so guests good enjoy a Parisian view!

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We hung hessian bunting {made by catherine & grace} outside, however due to the inclement weather guests stayed inside throughout the event.  An art station inside a little teepee was set up to occupy the smaller guests.

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{the florals & the food}

Floreat Floral created a beautiful centrepiece for the main table which held cupcakes, macarons, mini tarts & finger sandwiches.  catherine & grace complemented the main flowers with posies of peonies,  hydrangea & roses scattered throughout the house and on the front porch to welcome guests.

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{the guest of honour}

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{the details}

* Photography – catherine & grace

* Stationery {invite suite and signage used throughout the event} – catherine & grace

* Paper heart garlands, tea bags & favour bags – catherine & grace

* Hessian bunting – catherine & grace

* “Windows” to Paris – catherine & grace

* Art station includes Playon Crayons from Papier D’Amour

* Floral centrepiece – Floreat Floral

xx Catherine JPEG

Currently inspired by…

…these gorgeous flower arrangements seen at The Boathouse, Palm Beach at my friends’ wedding!

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xx catherine and grace

Style tips for your wedding…a common thread

Using the one coloured ribbon across various facets of your styling can bring the theme together and ensure the day is cohesive from the first moment the guests spy the bridesmaids, until the final farewell.  We used a silk grosgrain ribbon in various widths on the Order of Service booklets, menu cards/place cards, favours, lolly bar, buckets of flat footwear, cake and the cake knife.  The bride wore a custom belt made with a thick style of the ribbon and one of her bridesmaids used a slightly thinner version for a relaxed bow style tie above her pregnant belly.  The florist also used the ribbon to secure the bouquets, corsages and buttonholes.  We even tied a beautiful bow on the bride’s parents’ gorgeous lab, Elli!
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Using a muted tone for the central theme ribbon enabled it to be used all over the wedding without overwhelming the guests with a saturation of colour.   If you want to start the theme even earlier, you could use the same ribbon on your save the date cards, invites and any other pre-wedding stationery the guests will receive (instructions, maps, registry information).
xx catherine and grace
The details:
* Order of Service covers, menu cards, dance floor sign (as well as invites, envelopes & RSVP cards) – Papier D’Amour
* Order of Service inserts, seating plan,  lolly bar  &photo table signage, and the favour tags – catherine and grace
* All ribbon – silk grosgrain – Papier D’Amour
* Favours (for girls only) – small stones handbag holders, Wedding Bling
* Acrylic frames (for table numbers and various signage) – Wedding Bling
* Lolly jars – various.  Similar styles available from Domayne
* Flowers & all vases – Floreat Floral
* Round mirrors & tealights on tables – provided by The Deckhouse
* Cake – Faye Cahill
* Thongs (flip-flops) – Target
* Plastic thong buckets – Howards Storage World
* Purple feather bolero – Lisa Ho

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