The pretty just keeps on coming this week with today’s dazzling bridal shower inspiration from Washington DC-based stationery designer, Ribbons & Bluebirds. Spring has officially arrived and with the season comes bright, punchy color palettes! So, if you are on the hook to plan a bridal shower, you are sure to find more than enough inspiration here to get you started! Jenn, owner of Ribbons & Bluebirds, used an aqua and magenta color combination that is fresh, fun and perfect for a spring or summer fête. Along with flowers from Karin’s Florist, Jenn shares bridal shower ideas for a confetti-inspired celebration with plenty of color and even includes a few recipes that I can’t wait to try. Take it away, Jenn…
From Jenn: I wanted to create a party tablescape to bring us out of the chilly weather we’ve been having with pops of warm vibrant colors! I started with the tall aqua vase, and built my ideas for the setting around incorporating more aquas, hot pinks with some sparkle, and gold tones for accents.
To tie the décor together, I focused on flowers easily available from my local florist that fit the color scheme, with curly willow accents for some height and a little something special. The tall aqua vase only needed a few blossoms for a big impact, but the bowl arrangement had a little help from a flower frog! If you’re interested in arranging your own flowers, this tool is a must have— they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the overall gist is that it is a flat-bottomed tool that sits inside your vessel and hold the flowers in place to make a perfect arrangement.
To give everything a playful vibe, I incorporated confetti into the invitations as well as onto the table itself, in multiple colors and sizes. I’ve always wanted to try creating a large backdrop, so I hung a wooden dowel from the ceiling and draped it with crepe paper streamers, with golden swirls for accent.
The recipes I used to make the cupcakes and snacks were simple and easy to make but gave a lot of visual impact (and tasted awesome!). For the cupcakes, I went with a favorite Food Network chef’s recipe for vanilla cupcakes, and used the regular batter to fill half of my baking tray. Then, for more variety and not a lot more effort, I swirled in some melted dark chocolate to the second half of the batter for delicious dark chocolate marbled cupcakes. I have to say, they were completely delicious!
For the white chocolate pretzels, I used this recipe recently featured on Joy the Baker. The combination of sweet chocolate and salty pretzel was amazing—I may have needed to make a few more when I got carried away eating them, and had none left to photograph!
Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup finely ground almonds or almond flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 oz dark chocolate, optional.
- Frosting of choice
Special equipment: one 12-cup muffin pan and 12 paper cupcake liners
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until combined. Add the eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups (about 1/4 cup batter in each cup).
To make half vanilla and half chocolate marble cakes, fill 6 of the twelve cups with regular batter. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate using 10 second bursts. The number will vary based on your microwave strength, but my microwave took only 3 before the chocolate was beautifully melted. Swirl the dark chocolate into the remaining half of your batter, and fill the other 6 cups with your chocolate vanilla swirl mixture. Bake until puffed and the cake springs back when touched, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Who is ready to throw a bridal shower?? Thank you so much, Jenn!! We are excited for the sweet treats and thank you for the bridal shower ideas! If you are looking for a wedding stationery designer in the Washington DC area, be sure to check out Ribbons & Bluebirds.
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Photos courtesy of Ribbons & Bluebirds