Today I am thrilled to share my style inspirations for four different types of bride, on Haute Apple Pie's Wedding Month! No matter what kind of wedding you're planning, your bridal ensemble is undeniably one of the most monumental parts of expressing your style. With all eyes on you, you want to feel like you're not only capturing the perfect vibe of this special event you've worked so hard on, but also representing your authentic everyday self. There are countless ways to express yourself on your wedding day. Check out the full article on Haute Apple Pie for a few ideas from which to draw inspiration this wedding season.
Some girls were just made to party. If that's you, do you really need a reason? You can always create cause for celebration: your birthday, your Chihuahua's birthday, a new job or promotion, a recent break up with a boyfriend, the purchase of a fabulous new condo. Whatever you want to celebrate, you can. A Fire girl is the life of the party, so why limit your guest list? Use this shindig as a chance to meet more people in your area. I suggest throwing a party of this nature at a restaurant, bar, or outdoor location, so you do not need to be concerned about space. Many bars will offer you a private room just for guaranteeing a number of patrons for the night.
The Décor: The mood in the room should feel fun and flirty. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use a dual-purpose centerpiece like a mad hatter cake. It makes a great conversation piece and can be served to all of your guests later in the evening. Bright pink and teal contrasted with black accents, such as a black lace runner, will set the stage for a fun evening. Adding diamond shaped ice cubes to your display and using ostrich feathers to identify your appetizers are just a few fun ways to bring your personality into your party.
The Playlist: Speaking of dancing, suggest a playlist to the DJ that includes artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jay-Z or old school classics like Bon Jovi, Salt 'n Peppa (who doesn’t like to Shoop?) and AC/DC.
The Outfit: Ditch the every day jeans and throw on a bright colored dress with some lace tights to be the belle of this ball. It's not about how your feet will feel in the morning - strap on a pair of high-heeled peep toe boots to dance the night away. Coordinate your look with some playful jewelry and feather handbag and glam up your makeup to let everyone know that this is your night to celebrate!
The Menu: More dancing, less eating. This type of party should not be heavy on the food. Some great finger foods and colorful candy buffet will keep your guests fueled and excited all night long. My menu would include:
- Shrimp Cocktail in Pink Martini Glasses
- Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
- A cheese, cracker, and fruit display
- Spinach and Goat Cheese Quesadillas
- A candy buffet filled with pink, silver, and blue candies such as bubblegum, Hershey’s Kisses, Jelly Beans, Sweetarts and M&Ms.
The Signature Drink: Rest assured this will not be the only drink served at your party, but a signature shot to honor the lady of the night is a welcomed addition to any party. Name the shot after the reason for your celebration. Perhaps, “The Birthday Girl Shot” or “Single and Fabulous.” Be creative.
“Pick a Reason” Shot One part X-Rated Fusion Liquor One part Chambord Pink sugar to coat rim
Mix X-Rated Fusion Liquor and Chambord with ice in a martini shaker. Pour into shot glass. Enjoy!
Most of all, you want to relax and have fun. Take care of the details before this event and let the party run itself. You will not be disappointed.
A Note from The Life Styled
We hope you enjoyed this week of marathon partying with the girls of Haute Apple Pie! If you didn't get a chance to see my HAP guest entries on each of the girls' essences and elemental home décor, check them out via the links below.
Elemental Home Décor With Catherine Sheppard - an interview with moi!
Who needs a fancy dinner when the great outdoors are calling? Nothing is more appealing to an active Wood than a party that involves "doing" so turn your outdoor activities into a special occasion with a little extra planning. I'd plan a picnic shore lunch for a sunny summer day spent floating down a river casting for fish with my husband or a handful of adventurous friends. Don't have a canoe or fishing rods? Just check the Internet for canoe rental vendors (usually for a specific river) or an outdoor goods store, such as REI, where you can rent gear for the day. You can also always just go for a hike in local nature preserve if your party is more impromptu than planned.
The Decor: You'll need to be able to easily trek along with items in tow or consolidate space in your canoe so that you have room to snag a few fish. A collapsible picnic basket and fold up "furniture" make it easy to pack in and pack out. Eco-friendly water bottles and plates let you eat lunch with ease and style. Don't forget to bring a compass or map in case you take a wrong turn!
The Outfit: Wear a preppy but comfortable combo of tank top and button down shirt plus a change of shoes to ensure that you're ready for whatever weather the day holds. Opt for a stylish and funky head scarf, like this now-iconic Alexander McQueen, instead of a hat and trade your purse for a fold up tote to stash away those spare clothes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must!
The Menu: With no refrigerator and no serving trays, you'll have to be simple and sensible about food. Since you don't want to carry around extra garbage when you're done, food that requires minimum wrapping is ideal. Your picnic lunch might include:
- Thai Peanut Chicken wraps
- Crunchy Asian slaw
- Sliced apples and watermelon
- Home made trail mix
- S'more bars
The Signature Drink: Besides packing plenty of water, you'll want a refreshing bev for lunch and maybe for the canoe too (I mean, this is a party afterall). A fusion of mojito-meets-marg-meets-G&T fits the bill:
Place mint, sugar and water in the bottom of a glass and muddle well. Squeeze excess liquid from mint leaves and discard. Add gin. Puree watermelon in a food processor or blender and add puree to the glass. Squeeze in the lime juice and add a splash of seltzer. Add ice if you're at home.
NOTE: Recipe is for one but you can multiply it for a group and taste test. You'll want to prepare this ahead of time and put it in a Thermos without ice. If you have a cooler with ice, it should chill itself but if not, try partially freezing it the night before you leave to keep it cold and slushy. You could also freeze the watermelon before you puree them to create "ice" that won't water down your drink.