Mexico-inspired Bridal Shower

It was a fun night of margaritas, salsa dancing and Sherwood Park.

Back in November, I created a dessert table for the bridal shower of a friend.The lovely couple was getting married on the sunny and beautiful Mayan Riviera, so the event theme was Mexico. I wanted to create a table that not only works with the Mexican theme, but also captures the bride's personality and style. She is lively, joyful and energetic. Inspired by the vibrant colours of the Mexican architecture, the joy of the sun and the calming beauty of water, I came up with the blue and yellow combination. I really think that the lace added some glamour and pizazz to the overall look. We served: lemon bars, mini tiramisu, chocolate cupcakes, and truffles.

The bridesmaids putted together the appetizers table which had a traditional Mexican look. I just love the idea of using sombreros as party plates for the tortilla chips.
The bride, who is by the way, a super talented photographer, captured the night in all its beauty. She keeps on amazing me with her work. Check out Joyful Emotion to view her portfolio.

Photobooth FUN

Aaaaah... the photo booth photos - constantly reminding us of being young and fun, capturing candid moments of silliness and affection. They are so popular these days that now you can see them not only in malls, but bars, night clubs and even at weddings. Photo booths create excitement, they allow guests to connect and have fun, and most importantly, leave a lasting impression.

Check out some of these simple and cute ideas. I hope they will inspire you to craft your own photo booth for your big day!

A backdrop can add a lot of fun and personality to your wedding and; therefore,  it's an important decision. Select a backdrop that works with your color scheme or theme and reflect the look and feel of your wedding. 

1. The Fabric Backdrop
I think using fabric as a background is a great idea for an outdoor photo booth.  I love the simplicity and the organic feel of the photo booth below. Fabric in bold colours and with interesting textures can also look great.
{ photos by Walter Pieringer, found via Green Wedding Shoes }
{ photos by Jose Villa via Green Wedding Shoes }

2. Freestanding Photo Booth Wall

The vintage photo booth wall takes more time to plan and construct, but it is definitely worth it - it is such a creative and unique idea. The Ruffled Blog posted a tutorial, so check it our if you are interested.
{Images via Wedding Bee & Swanky Tables}

3. The Chalkboard Frames

Of course, I saved the best for last. Instead of props, you could use framed  chalkboard and have your guests write a short message! I love, love, love this idea. It actually inspired me to do this blog post. This is so much better than a guest book. The pictures below are from Becky and Jeff's wedding in Edmonton. Becky's Dad created the erasable signs.  Each photo was printed at the event with a bottom boarder design that matched their stationery and decor and had the wedding date on itPlus the last picture of the bride and the groom could be used for their thank you cards. Fabulous idea. The guy behind the lenses was Michael Warf.

(Photo credits: Michael Warf Photography)


Happy New Year!

No matter how good 2010 has been to you, 2011 will be even better! Happy New Year to all my blogging friends, visitors and followers around the world. I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2011! You inspire me in so many different ways and I am so grateful for your support. I am back in the saddle after one week of joy and relaxation with friends and family. I had so many plans and so much time to make it happen - reorganize closets, renovate and redecorate the kids rooms, do some writing, etc and unfortunately, I did absolutely nothing from my " to do" list. I guess that is why we have the new year resolutions. My new blog resolution is to try to post at least twice a week. With two little kids on the go and a full time job, it's been a bit hard, but I am committed to make it happen in 2011. I am looking forward to another exciting and productive year! Thanks for taking this ride with me.

With lots of love,

Your Canadian Hostess - Vania