After my son’s 1st birthday party I put together a resource guide with information on where I purchased everything I used in the party. You know what?!? It’s one of my most popular posts so I want to do it again (of course)! Are you ready?
First of all, many thanks to Jennifer Bakos Photography for the beautiful images you see here (and in my first post about this event). Second, I have to give a shout out to my wonderfully talented mother who made the aprons that are displayed on the dress forms.
I purchased the dress forms from HomeGoods. They have a good selection of different sizes year-round. The necklace is a Ralph Lauren glass pearl necklace that I got from Macy’s, the pink flower clip is from Hobby Lobby, and the oversized milk bottle vases are from Target, though I don’t believe they are carrying them anymore.
The personalized 18×24 inch gallery wrap canvas welcome sign was made by yours truly and is available in my shop.
I searched and searched for coordinating wrapping paper that came on a roll and finally found some online. I have to be honest, I can’t remember where I got it. I searched and searched through my email and couldn’t find the confirmation. I found some similar paper on Zazzle and Sugar Paper – Los Angeles also has some black and white striped paper (it even has polka dots on the reverse side!).
I made the sign as an additional accent to the gift table and it’s available as a free download here along with a ‘Bride-To-Be’ sign. The document is set to print on 12×18 inch paper (or larger).
Dessert tables are always something I obsess over. For me, everything has to be symmetrical, balanced, and layered so the items on the table gradually get lower as you move from back to front. I LOVE these white cake stands from The TomKat Studio! They are sturdy and so simple. They really can be used for any kind of event and coordinate perfectly with all of the white dishware I already owned.
The banner was created by me and I’ve made it available for free download here. I strung it together with black and white twine from The TomKat Studio. They have some new bakers twine that is (at least) twice as thick as the bakers twine I was previously purchasing. It’s great!
The black table cloth is a 6-foot fitted table cloth that I purchased at Christmas Tree Shops. It’s amazing! It fits the table perfectly, hits the floors just right, and doesn’t have any excess fabric hanging anywhere. If you don’t have access to a Christmas Tree Shop I also found them on Amazon. All of the white plates are from Target (the bowls are discussed later in this post).
As previously mentioned, my mother made the aprons and the dress forms all came from HomeGoods. Notice how the cake is a larger version of the mini aprons and the black and white stripes are balanced on the table? That was VERY deliberate 😉
All of the desserts, with the exception of the cookies, are from Triolo’s Bakery. Aren’t they amazing?!? The black and white ruffles on the cake were made with modeling chocolate, not fondant as all of the guests suspected. The heart shaped cookies are from Happy Loris Baking on Etsy.
The mixing bowls I stacked on the dessert table are from Crate & Barrel. They come in a set of 5, but I chose to only use the 3 largest bowls. I used a circle of floral foam from Hobby Lobby between each bowl to give them the “stacked” look.
The flowers are ranunculus and were done by Lotus Floral Designs. They were incredible! My sister took home one of the arrangements and it lasted forever! The table centerpiece arrangements were arranged in black ceramic utensil crocks from Bed, Bath & Beyond. I’m hoping they were useful for the guests who got to take them home.
The guest tables were lined with white linens that were provided by the venue. I purchased the black chargers from Christmas Tree Shops for $1.50/each. I scoured the internet to find a better deal, but this was the best out there for the quantity of chargers I needed. I considered asking my mother to make black and white striped napkins, but was pleasantly surprised when I found some I could rent through Special Events of New England. Rented napkins for $0.75/each is a much better deal than buying a ton of fabric and sewing them!
We passed out wooden spoons as favors. I found a great deal on Amazon and the spoons ended up being about $1/each. I designed the favor tags to coordinate with the rest of the event decor and have them available as a free printable here. If you’d like me to print them for you they are also available in my shop. The aqua ribbon is from Jo-Ann Fabric.
I actually had a number of spoons left over and they’re available on my Instagram Yard Sale page if you’re interested!
I also created Bridal Shower BINGO Cards which I’m offering for free download here. If you’d like me to print them for you they are also available in my shop. I found the simple black pencils on Amazon.
The small white signs I used for the table assignment cards are from Ikea and only $0.99!
The personalized state canvas is available in my Paper + Gift shop and can be customized just for you!
Here’s another version of the canvas. This lovely photo is by Shay Cochrane Photography.
In addition to all of the freebies I posted, there are also coordinating invitations and RSVP cards available in the shop. Here’s a an image of the coordinating invitation.
vendor credits & resources
Party Styling + Printables | Paige Simple
Photography | Jennifer Bakos Photography
Flowers | Lotus Floral Designs
Venue | Manchester Country Club
Cake, Whoopie Pies, + Macarons | Triolo’s Bakery
Cookies | Happy Loris Baking
Cake Stands + Black Twine | The TomKat Studio