Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Summer Inspiration: the South of France

I love to get event design inspiration from places I've been to and have photos of to refer to, like the South of France. I've been there a few times and the colors are incredibly stunning and have inspired many an event. The atmosphere is stunning and the people of Nice in particular are so amazing! The snapshot below is of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France.

Here is a fun and summery inspiration board for a summer party or wedding reception -focusing on the hints of true ocean blue and a touch of a sunshine yellow. Focus on incorporating Southern France and Provençal items like specialty linens, soaps, olive oils, or gift wrap for your wedding favors. Accent these lovely gifts with Midori gift wrap and ribbon, as seen on my board.
I found these wedding party jewelry accents from Banana Republic at a super affordable price, and the skirts from J. Crew - all items are under $100 so they make the perfect gift. Think unique when naming your tables - go with exotic locales you've traveled to or your favorite restaurants or wines; things that aren't always seen at weddings...

Orchids are a tropical detail that will tie it all together. From delicate white dendrobium orchids scattered down your aisle to thick, lush clusters perched above the guest tables, this selection would be stunning with hints of Mediterranean blue and a splash of cheerful yellow in the place cards or bright roses. Think Cotes du Rhone or Chateauneuf du Pape wines and a rich, yet light and delicious menu featuring shellfish and pastas. Top the night off with gourmet desserts or tea cakes and cookies, like sweet Madeleines, my favorite.

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