We're unashamed to admit we have a serious obsession with the '90s, especially when it comes to all the things that make us nostalgic about being a girl back in the decade of jellies, neon, and Lisa Frank. If you and your friends are anything like us, you'd die over a '90s-themed party. So with wedding season underway, we've come up with creative ideas for throwing the most bomb.com bachelorette party or bridal shower we could dream up, complete with the girlie trinkets, rad fashion, and phat pop culture icons of the 1990s. And a lot of these ideas would work for a birthday bash as well! Now get ready to party like it's 1999!
If you're responsible for bringing the dessert to a bridal shower, look no further than this decadent, special occasion treat which feeds a large group of people. Petit fours are miniature layered cakes that take a long time to prepare, but as all will attest, they are so worth it. These are taller than your average petit four, but that's because there are four layers of sour cream-cheese pound cake with sweet cherry preserves filling. The bride and the rest of her party are sure to love the towering tiers of sweetness. To see how it's done, in photos, keep reading.
Wedding season brings the ultimate girl-bonding events: bridal showers and bachelorette parties. And depending on if you're the bride-to-be, a bridesmaid, the sister of the bride, or just the party planner in your group of girlfriends, you may be brainstorming bridal party theme ideas this season. Well, we're here to help! We've scoured our favorite big-day blogs for 50 of the most fun, creative, and pretty party themes, perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Check them out now!
We were saddened yesterday with the news that Annette Funicello had passed away. The famous Mouseketeer grew up to be the teen queen of the beach party movies of the '60s like Beach Party, Bikini Beach, and Beach Blanket Bingo. The series of films were inspired by the 1959 film Gidget about a young surfer girl, which had several sequels and was adapted into the '60s TV show starring Sally Field.
These swingin' '60s films and shows featured lots of bikinis, beach locales, musical numbers, and girlie retro style — so we couldn't think of a better bridal shower theme than one inspired by the beach party trend of the era. Think Tiki bars, pool lounging, and Mad Men-esque attire. Check out retro beach inspiration for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or just Summer soiree now!
I'll pick a slice of cherry pie over a cupcake any day, with one exception: these lemon-curd-filled cupcakes. Pleasantly dense cream cheese pound cake flecked with lemon zest would make for a killer cake without further adornment, but velvety lemon curd is the real star here.
Thankfully (or dangerously), they're not too tricky to make, so I can whip them up with regularity. Just remember not to fill them with lemon curd more than four hours before serving as the lemon curd will start to leach into the cake, marring their otherwise lovely appearance.
School's back in session for some pencil pushers this week, and we're feeling nostalgic for the scent of library books and the days of reading textbooks in coffee shops. We're not ashamed to admit we have a nerdy side, and we think book- and library-inspired details would make any engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding that much more of a page-turner. So if you're a bookworm like us, dive into these ideas for adding literary charm to your big-day celebrations.
The Hunger Games movie is out this Friday, and for those of you who can't get enough of the Suzanne Collins book trilogy, we've got a treat for you as we wait for the first film's release. Whether you're a bride-to-be, a maid of honor, or just a party planner, we've come up with some creative and fun ways to incorporate The Hunger Games in your wedding celebrations. The book series may be dark, but it is filled with romance. And for hardcore fans of the series, there's always a way to add just a touch of the series and its themes in your big day and especially the parties leading up to it. Be inspired by Katniss, Peeta, mockingjays, and more with these wedding and bridal party ideas. Check out the big day inspiration now, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
At the San Francisco Wedding Fair this year, attendees (including myself) were wowed by a room filled with pop-star-inspired tables designed by wedding and event planning company Floramor. The glitzy table setups each drew inspiration from the musical style and personality of a different female singer, including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. So if you want your big day to pop, get some ideas from these glamorous tablescapes!
At a viewing party for The Bachelorette last night, I was surprised to learn that many of the ladies in attendance don't like to open champagne. "It's scary," a friend said. "I'm afraid I'm going to hit someone in the eye!" another chimed in. Since I've opened more bottles of sparkling wine than I can count, I'm living proof that it's a safe act to perform on a regular basis. In fact, it's a task that everyone should master with confidence! To encourage you to open that bottle of bubbly, I've got five reasons you shouldn't fear the cage, or the cork. Find out what they are — and chime in with your thoughts in the comments — when you read on.