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custom inspiration board: monograms & mimosas

4.24.2010

My friend Jessie from New Orleans, creator of the hot new interior design blog The Gimlet Eye (one of my regular daily reads!) asked me to do a follow up on her sister's recent Monograms & Mimosas bridal shower, and offer a few tips on how to throw one for your own special occasion. Here is the inspiration board I created for her, along with my suggestions on how to bring this theme to life...

1. Coordinate with color: For the purposes of this board I went with a yellow & orange citrus palette to play off the mimosas. Honestly, any color combo will work with the theme, but these colors happen to make decorating simple. Accent basic white tablecloths with centerpieces of fresh fruit and highlight with bright seasonal flowers or fruit trees.

2. Create a consistent monogram and add it everywhere you can think of... from the invites to the napkins. Oh, and the menus... and stir sticks... and coasters... the list is basically as endless as your budget. A site like
Before your Party allows you to create your own custom monogram and apply it to all the elements of your choosing.

3. This theme obviously lends itself to a brunch, so plan for a traditional mix of sweets and savories, and consider one signature dish... like
this recipe for baked orange pecan french toast.

4. A mimosa bar feels like a must, doesn't it? In addition to champagne and OJ, offer a few surprising additions like fresh orange slices, strawberries, mint leaves, or peach nectar.

5. Send your guests home with a sweet favor as a thank you for attending... like these monogrammed cookies from the
Gumdrop Cookie Shop packaged in ribbon-tied cello bags.

Photo Credits
Row 1: invite via minted; paper decorations via silly bees chickadees; lemon centerpiece & mimosas via martha stewart
Row 2: cookie via gumdrop cookie shop; mimosa display via eddie ross
Row 3: citrus table setting n/a; centerpiece via the knot; champagne bar via todd events; coasters via wedding bee pro
Row 4: napkins via wedding bee pro; french toast via florida’s natural; orange table via hwtm

Shawna (April 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM)  

Gorgeous color combo!!!!!
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Alexis (April 24, 2010 at 1:56 PM)  

two of my favorite things, beautiful inspirations!

dinnersanddreams (April 24, 2010 at 6:34 PM)  

What beautiful photos! I like what I see.

Christina@pluffmuddstudio (April 24, 2010 at 8:03 PM)  

Love the bright yellow colors!
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