“A Baby is Brewing” My Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower

I am so very excited to finally be sharing my very own baby shower with you, which was also recently featured on BabyLifestyles.com!

Of course when we found out we were having a girl, my best friends got together and planned the most amazing, girly-vintage, shabby chic celebration. The shower was held at Chocolate Angel tearoom, which was the perfect setting for the “A Baby is Brewing” theme. I am so thankful to my friends for putting together my dream shower. The day was so special….something I will never forget.

My dear friend Arden Jenkins of Arden Prucha Photography also worked her magic and photographed all of the lovely details. If you have not visited Arden’s blog, it’s a must see. Her creativity and eye for all things fresh and pretty is truly inspirational! Thank you so much Arden!

I hope you enjoy!

A Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower

Vintage frames and antique furniture filled the tea room. So gorgeous!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower

Vintage buttons and gorgeous florals in mercury glass and mason jars
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower

This banner was made up of vintage Ralph Lauren dresses and was absolutely one of my favorite details!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower- Pink roses

PURE beauty
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower

The food at Chocolate Angel was not only pretty, but delicous
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower

Guest book instructions in a antique white frame
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower- Chalkboard guest book

Chalkboard guest book. So cute!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower- fabric pendant banner

A vintage fabric pendant banner made by one of the hostesses!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower flowers

The pink and white flowers were breathtaking!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower

Antique silver plated serving pieces. LOVE!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower cupcakes

Cupcakes!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower gift table

The beautiful gift table
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower kraft brown boxed favors

Favors were packaged in kraft brown boxes and packaged up perfectly with ribbon and tags
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower- tea favors

Tea favors!
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A Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower table setting

The gorgeous table settings
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower

More divine details, including vintage books!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower baby wishes cards

Baby Wishes Cards that each guest filled out for baby Tara
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower- baby pearl necklace

Every little girl needs a set of pearls!
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Vintage Shabby Chic Tea Baby Shower Maternity Photos

Me, 7 months pregnant!
I found a very pretty lace detailed maternity dress to wear and then created a blush, floral and pearl sash to go with.
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Credits

Photography: Arden Prucha Photography

Venue/Catering/Cupcakes: Chocolate Angel Café and Tearoom

Invitation/paper goods: My friend/hostess, Heather Weaver

Flowers: My friend/hostess, Meghan Riney

Decor styling: Emily Hewett with A Well Dressed Home

Favor bags: Paper Moon by Kat

Sash with blush flower accessories: Jennifer Vaughn

 



Inspiration: Rustic Fall Weddings

As the Texas heat gets worse and I’m chained to my A/C unit, I’ve started pining for fall and the crisp, autumn air. Some of my favorite invitations to design are fall weddings and parties, especially with the kind of rustic elegance that is so popular right now. Here is a sampling of images from romantic, autumn weddings.

Enjoy the magic.

Vintage Typography thank you place card note by Memento Designs

One of our gorgeous typography focused, thank you notes for guests! Our bride placed these at each seat for guests at the reception. Just lovely!
If you have not seen Lauren and Brian’s lace wedding invitation yet, be sure to check it out!
Photo and Paper Goods by Memento Designs

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A truly serene outdoor setting. I love the lace table cloth and soft floral arrangements!
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A twinkling light-adorned chandelier and glowing sconces add to the ambiance at this barn wedding.
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Blush roses, fall pumpkins, wooden table numbers….what’s not to love?
Grey Likes Weddings

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Two simply hung white curtains set the tone and hint at what’s to come.
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Pumpkins and lanterns serve as a cost-effective way to make a serious design impact.
The Barn at Greens Hollow

 

Martha Stewart Weddings

Clean, modern lines allow apples to be the stars of the dessert buffet.
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Green Wedding Shoes

Two rickety ladders hold rows of delicate table numbers in this rustic, vintage-inspired setting.
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Strings of Christmas lights turn the ordinary to the magical.
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J Lauren Events

A paper banner adds a touch of whimsy.
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Abundant votives, red roses, burlap and other assorted materials create a romantic mix.
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Green Wedding Shoes

A homespun dessert buffet is a way for the bride and groom to share their “favorite things.”
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Blackberry jam with custom labels makes the perfect favor at a rustic, fall wedding.
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Beautiful Bridal Shoes

You have the perfect dress, a color scheme that suits your wedding style and a stunning bouquet, now it’s time to choose the perfect bridal shoe. Whether you are going for a vintage look with lace, a retro pump, a classic heel with a satin bow or a glittery, bejeweled sandal, today’s bridal shoes do not disappoint. Here’s a roundup of my favorite wedding shoes for fall. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, everyone! I hope this weekend brings you as much joy as this empty box brought my baby girl. Sometimes it’s all about the simple things in life, right?

If you’re in a Web-surfing mood, here’s a roundup of links I’m LOVING right now. Enjoy!

How about a little Moonshine with your buttercream?

A party’s not a party without eight mini-Cinderellas.

I drink eat 5 servings of veggies/day

Do these come in my size?

DIY obsession: gold stars on the ceiling

beer + ice cream= yes.

‘Cause who doesn’t like puppies?

MAJOR brownie points for dads

Aggie pride with style. I couldn’t resist.

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Fantasy Baby Shower: Pink, Yellow and Gray

We’ve got something new and fun brewing here at Memento Designs … Our new “Fantasy Shower” series!

It will go something like this: I’ll show you an invitation I’ve recently designed, and then I’ll show you all of the uh-ma-zing things you can build around that invitation (flowers, cakes, favors, other general yumminess) and then incorporate at your next event!

To kick it off, I’d like to share this precious baby (girl) shower invitation with you. I designed this delicate and whimsical baby shower invitation in a palette of soft pink, buttercream yellow and gray. Adding touches of gray to the traditional pink/yellow color lineup helped modernize it. The rounded corners soften the look even more.

To order: email me at jennifer@memento-designs.com

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Monogramed Elephant Baby Shower Invitation by Memento Designs

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Pair our elephant paper goods with romantic pink and yellow blooms, arranged in vintage milk glass.
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1. Pink striped straws look cheerful in fresh-squeezed mimosas; for the yellow straws, try pink lemonade.
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2. Vanilla cupcakes adorned with perfect meringue blossoms
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A paper garland of hearts … pure sweetness
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Chic bottles of pink lemonade (in keeping with the color palette) and Asti make a nice display.
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Customized, hand-decorated cookies make the perfect party favors.
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A make-a-headband station serves multiple purposes. It makes a gorgeous display, is a fun activity and blesses the sweet baby with a bevy of unique accessories.
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Every Little Girl's Dream

As I’m sure you’re well aware at this point, a prince was born this week … a future king. It’s the stuff that makes up fairytales, and it makes the little girl in me squeal with delight! There is a chance that somewhere right now in England there is a little baby girl who will one day be a princess! For those of us who will always believe in the magic of a first kiss, one true love and happily ever after, I’ve compiled some princess-inspired eye candy.

Enjoy, my princess brides!

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This Romona Keveza gown from the Spring 2014 collection is simply sumptuous!
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Fiona Cairns’ out-of-this-world confection for the 2011 royal wedding
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 A modern-day Cinderella slipper by Oscar de la Renta
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If you’re going to wear a tiara, it doesn’t hurt if you look like this …
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A box of rings for me? Oh, you shouldn’t have!
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American princess Ivanka Trump’s beautiful table décor
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Romantic bouquets of English roses … Swoon!
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Ahoy, Baby!

I recently had the pleasure of throwing a nautical-themed baby (boy) shower for my best friend and college roommate, Meghan. Knowing Meghan the way I do, I knew the paper goods and other decor would need to be traditional, preppy and happy … and they were!

The whole shower was a refreshing take on the traditional nautical look … a crisp palette of blue and yellow was set off by touches of twine and playful life-preservers. Everything was perfect! I hope this inspires you!

What is the most unique baby shower theme you’ve seen?

To order this nautical invitation and it’s coordinating items, please contact us! We would love to design for you.

Nautical Baby Shower Invitation with tag and pocket envelope by Memento Designs

The invitation set the tone. A monogrammed tag popped next to a decorative, scalloped tag, which mimicked the scalloped-edge pocket envelope. The final touch — a perfect bow in twine. This was so fun to design for Meghan!

The guests sipped bright yellow mimosas with blue-and-white-striped cocktail napkins. The house was covered in soft, blue hydrangeas and yellow roses.


Carrying the life-preserver imagery through to the buffet, the table cards featured a delicate anchor on a yellow-and-white-striped background.


Local cookie designer Anna Dean handcrafted these beauties with artist-like precision. How precious are these?


Rainbow fruit kabobs and anchor petit fours from Dallas’ best-kept secret, Casa Linda Bakery, made the perfect sugary pair.


A clothesline of nautical-themed jammies and onesies greeted our mommy-to-be as she entered the great room.


And, of course, the water bottles had to match!

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Mommy-to-be, Meghan, trying to wrap her head around all the diapering she’ll be doing. Ha!
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Old. New. Coral. Blue.

This long, hot summer has brought with it the crisp palette of coral and turquoise. It’s been popping up everywhere, and now even brides are getting in on the fun. Check out these bright and beautiful cakes!

What is your favorite color palette this summer?

A cascade of luscious coral roses … yes, please.

A cascade of luscious coral roses? … yes, please.
OneWed

So chic and structured; this is a cake for the divine-savvy bride.

So chic and structured; this is a cake for the design-savvy bride.
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Ombre steals my heart again. Topped with roses makes it even sweeter.

Ombre steals my heart again. A rose topping makes it even sweeter.
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Who knew turquoise could be so romantic?

Who knew turquoise could be so romantic?
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One huge bloom brings welcomed drama to this beauty.

One huge bloom brings welcomed drama to this beauty.
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Dainty with personality

Dainty with personality
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Baby's breath and barely-there color make this cake perfect for a casual beach wedding.

Baby’s breath and barely-there color make this cake perfect for a casual beach wedding.
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Featured! Emma+Joe Real Wedding on Style Me Pretty

Yay! Another one my brides weddings has been featured on Style Me Pretty! And once you view these photos, you will completely understand why their event was chosen!

The wedding took place in California on the family ranch property…the exact spot where the grooms parents were also married almost 30 years ago.  It was a truly picturesque setting for their whimsical, rustic wedding.

The couples invitation design featured a custom horseshoe monogram, a handmade lace band, and a brushed bronze horseshoe pendant with twine wrap. The invitations were the perfect prelude to the wedding, which also featured rustic and romantic lace, burlap and horseshoe details throughout.

Additional paper goods designed for Emma and Joey include ceremony programs, personal note place setting cards, framed table number cards, rehearsal dinner invitations, and “Day Of” wedding itineraries. Everything came together just beautifully and I am so very proud to be a part of this wedding!

Katie Shuler Photography did an awesome job of capturing all of the dreamy details, which just go on and on…..be sure to check out the FULL image gallery by visiting Style Me Pretty!

Lace Wedding

  Lace and Blush Wedding gown

Mason Jar Aisle Florals for Wedding

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Vintage rustic outdoor wedding

Rustic Lace and Twine Wedding Invitation Suite with kraft brown envelopes

Vintage Rustic wedding invitation with lace and twine

Rustic vintage rehearsal dinner invitation by Memento Designs

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Lace and burlap rustic vintage wedding tablescape

Rustic Vintage wedding Itinerary Card

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Vintage rustic wedding programs with twine by Memento Designs

Vintage lace and twine wedding invitation by Memento Designs

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Viva Las Vegas! New Bachelorette Party Invitation

How fun is this new design? Full of bright neon shades and packaged up pretty with a glitter ribbon and tag, this invite is sure to get the gals excited about their trip to Vegas! The design also incorporates a hot pink chevron pattern around the tag and on the back of the invitation.

What’s your next special event? We would love to design for you!

Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Invitation with glitter ribbon by Memento Designs

 

Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Invitation with glitter ribbon by Memento Designs

Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Invitation with glitter ribbon by Memento Designs



Sneak Peek: Brand New Invitation Designs in the Making

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I have been hard at work on some lovely designs lately. In addition to a digital proof, I always send clients photographs of their invitation when it entails extras such as lace, ribbon, a tag, and other embellishments. This gives the client a visual of what the invitation looks like assembled and how it will appear when guests open the pretty little package!

Below is a sneak peek of a few new designs in the works. Interested in more details? Simply send an email with your event information. I would love to hear from you!

Be sure to stay tuned for the finished, complete looks of these designs + more!

Kraft brown and Lace Wedding Invitation with Pearl and Rhinestone closure

 A beautiful ivory and kraft brown lace wedding invitation suite.
The pearl and rhinestone buckle adds just a hint of glam!

Pink Lace Birdcage Invitation by Memento Designs

Pink die cut birdcage invitation tied with lace. Simply divine.

Baby Boy Shower Invitation- Fun typography and tag

A modified version of the very popular pocket envelope baby shower invitation. So precious!

Blush and Grey lace Wedding Invitation

A super romantic and gosh darn pretty blush and grey wedding invitation suite!

Kraft brown Calligraphy Save the Date Invitation

Totally drooling over the how this Save the Date invitation turned out. I can’t wait to share the finished look.

Mongramed Elephant Baby Shower Invitation

Adorable baby girl shower invitation with rounded corners and a paisley pattern on the back.

 



HOT off the Press: Die Cut Kitchen Shower-Tea Party Invitations

Hello everyone! A brand new design viewed first by none other than YOU! Perfect for a kitchen shower or tea party, this invitation features a chevron pattern in a few of Pantone’s top color choices for this year. In addition to the emerald green and nectarine, a blush and gold design are also seen in the photos (two shades of pretty I just can’t live without!)

When designing this invitation, I had a few different types in mind:  the be-spoke bride hoping to stock the kitchen at her next shower, the modern mommy hosting a tea party for the gals….the invitation is perfect for any stylish soiree.

Additional patterns and colors also available.

Interesting in ordering? Please send an email with your event details!

Memento Designs Die Cut Teapot Invitation

Memento Designs Die Cut Teapot Invitation Blush Pink

Memento Designs Die Cut Teapot Invitation Emerald Green

Memento Designs Die Cut Teapot Kitchen Shower Invitation

Memento Designs Die cut Teapot Invitation Blush Pink

Memento Designs Die Cut Teapot Invitations



New York Inspired Save the Date Invitation

I loved designing this save the date invitation for sweet Carolyn and Dan. The inspiration? New York of course! A mix of fun typography and graphics in bright blue and green make up the front and back of the design.

Their wedding style? Carolyn spoke the words “country club chic- a little preppy with an elements of whimsical fun” and I knew just what do to. What great inspiration!

I cannot wait to share their wedding invitation suite as well. Stay tuned!

New York Save the Date by Memento Designs

New York Save the Date Invitation by Memento Designs

New York Save the Date Invitation by Memento Designs



Happy Easter!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter. May your weekend be filled with friends, family, fellowship…and lots of candy!

XO,

Jennifer Claire

Happy Easter



About to Pop! Grey and Gold Baby Shower Invitation

A fun new baby shower design with bit of a modern twist!

This square shaped invitation features a grey and gold color palette printed on super thick 110lb. cover stock. The design is actually great for a girl, boy or gender neutral shower. Additional color options available as well! Please email for more information and customization options.

About to Pop! Baby Shower Invitation by Memento Designs

 

About to Pop Baby Shower Invitation by Memento Designs



Featured! French-country baby shower on Style Me Pretty

Yipeeeee! Another feature on Style Me Pretty! What an honor to be part of this incredible baby shower photographed by Anne Roberts and styled by Dawn of Something Vintage Rentals.

And when I say “french-country inspired picnic” well…need I say more? Totally in love with the vintage decor and dreamy setting of this shower.  And the tablescape of delectable treats. WOW! The delightful details just go on and on.

The invitation designed for this event features french scripts and graphics, along with a kraft brown sleeve and super wide antique lace. It was a joy to create.

To view the entire image gallery, head over to Style Me Pretty and check it out!

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