POW! Tissue Paper Flowers

If you want maximum bang for your buck than I highly recommend tissue paper flowers. You may recall my friend Carrie from the Bridal Shower Tea Party, she’s getting married next week, woot! For most of her guests this is a destination wedding so she and her fiance are hosting a welcome party. They’re renting a cool loft space in San Francisco’s Mission District, but it’s pretty stark. Enter the tissue paper flowers to soften and liven it up!

Tissue Paper Flowers

Carrie purchased six packs or so of assorted tissue paper and we made them in various sizes using this tutorial from Two Twenty One.  Don’t feel like the measurements have to be exact… in nature flowers are never the same size… this is what I tell myself as I assemble. 🙂

I’ll follow-up with a post after we decorate the event space. There are three garbage bags full of these bright beauties.

Tissue Paper Bouquet

Oh and this was our craft fuel! Carrie says there’s only a half cup of sugar and that the muffins were healthy, but really I’ve never been one to turn down baked goods either way.

Craft Fuel

Carrie’s Tea Party Bridal Shower

My friend, Carrie, is getting married next month and like many of us she moved to San Francisco for work. Since her family and friends are scattered across the country she wasn’t going to have a bridal shower, which simply wouldn’t do!

The exceptionally talented Kelly Gleeson and I decided a  tea party would be the perfect way to make sure Carrie experienced all the frilly girly-ness that weddings entail.

Our theme: Naughty and Nice. The invite’s Kelly designed captured the mood perfectly. A fabulous tea party where we get a little naughty with lingerie gifts.

Carrie's Shower Invite

Carrie’s wedding colors include a dark red “oxblood” and gold accents so Kelly kept those colors, but made it a little sexier with a black background and romantic font.

Carrie's Shower Bride

Here’s the bride! (Sorry we didn’t take enough photos!)

Carrie's Shower Group

The venue is an adorable tea shop called Crown and Crumpet in SF’s Japan Town. We had a large enough party to use their private room, but the shop is also open for lunch and smaller parties in the main restaurant area. The menu included four different teas, crumpets (of course), tea sandwiches, scones, quiches, and dessert bites.

Carrie's Shower Thank you tags Carrie's Shower Setting - Copy

Kelly designed the “Thank You” tags and the “He Said, She Said” game cards. You can’t tell in the picture, but the Thank You tags are a fabulous gold emboss. Kelly was oh so excited to use her new embossing gun. I told you she’s talented!

Carrie's Shower Lingerie Wall

We hung the lingerie on a clothesline as Carrie opened it. She had to rank it from naughtiest to nicest.  The guest who brought the naughtiest won a prize. The winner was a pink furry number much like the fembot outfits from the Austin Powers movies.

I wish we could take credit for the amazing paper flowers, but they were already on the wall. So fun!

Carrie's Shower Gift Bag DIY Carrie's Shower ApronsCarrie's Shower Gift Bags - Copy

I re-purposed old shopping bags into gift bags for the game prizes. The gifts were homemade aprons from men’s dress shirts. Here’s the tutorial from Love Grows Wild. The clearance section at Anthropologie helped round out the prize bags with a cute tea cup, decorative plate, and headbands.

Carrie's Shower Silly

I had a wonderful time at Crown and Crumpet and can’t wait for Carrie’s big day! p.s. Carrie’s wedding has been a treasure trove of projects for me so stay tuned for a birdcage veil tutorial!