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I kept all the flowers in the same color families of whites and soft greens. I wanted it to look as if you went out to the garden and picked them — nothing too formal.
Keeping the overall color scheme simple lends itself to a more formal feel, but all the little homey, rustic touches makes it more inviting and casual. A few paper poms hung over the tables would be an inexpensive and fun way to add to the décor.
A rustic burlap runner I made grounds the center of the table. White plates show off the food beautifully. (If you don't have white dishes, you can rent them.) You could also use a mix of vintage dishes and flatware for a more eclectic grouping.
I layered the napkin with a vintage crocheted doily and the menu, held in a pocket made from vintage sheet music, then tied everything together with a beautiful satin ribbon.
For favors, I used mirrors in a vintage sheet music pocket made with a great pressing tool from American Button Machines. I placed them in bags stamped with the couple's initial, tied them with twine and added a hand-stamped tag with a letter stamp from Stampin Up.
Other sweet favor ideas: homemade jam with hand-stamped tags; a CD with the bride's favorite songs.
To mark the bride's chair, I created a little bunting. I hand-stitched a B on a rustic burlap heart, sewed it to a scrap of painter's drop cloth and then tied the whole piece around the chair with some tulle.
Make the shower personal by asking the bride what her style is, and maybe even incorporate items from the bride's and groom's mothers and grandmothers to make the shower more personal.
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