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No, this post is not about a super fab 80’s rock song by Toto. (Even though I  kind of wish it was.)

It’s about china! And tabletop decor! And tumblers!

Hooray!

But really cool china, and tabletop decor, and tumblers.

Generally, I’m a stick to the registry kind of gal. I mean, they go shoot at the shelves fora  reason ladies, it’s usually best to order up what they ask for. HOWEVER, sometimes I do like to stray, but only if the person I’m buying for is someone I love and know inside and out. My mother always says don’t buy art for people you don’t know. I think the same is true of china. I mean, odds are your best friend from high school that oyu haven’t talked to in ten years will probably be able to find a place for a bright yellow bowl, but don’t bet on it.

So if you DO happen to know the bride your buying for better than the average girl on the street and she likes things like Alice and Wonderland and bright colored, whimsical tabletop decor. Shop on… with Rosanna, featured on One Kings Lane today!

These are a few of my favorite things…

Let's Play House Gift Box $49

A child-like tea set perfect for grown-ups.

Artist Loft Two-Tiered Tray $19

Mmmm… cake.

Set of 4 "La Mer" Tumblers $49

Seaside tumbling…

Red Dot Tea Pot $19

Mad Hatteresque and happy about it…

Set of 4 Italiana Pasta bowls $22

That’s amore…

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Pink Diva Chair

So most of you know about my slightly unhealthy obsession with all things MacKenzie-Childs. Check out the Barn Sale post if you missed what is my certifiable insanity for courtly check.  Anyway… this October at MacKenzie Childs, Buy Pink to Defeat Breast Cancer! Any MacKenzie- Childs product you buy that has “Pink” in its name, MacKenzie-Childs will donate 10% of the retail price to the Continuum Breast Cancer Reconstruction Fund.

From Pink Fish Rugs to Pink Honeymoon Dinnerware to the seriously ridiculously amazing Pink Diva Chair – it counts. Check out all of the MacKenzie- Childs pink-named products.

More about  The Continuum Breast Cancer Reconstruction Fund

The Continuum Breast Cancer Reconstruction Fund was created to improve access to care and patient education and to support research in breast reconstruction. The Fund’s mission is to ensure that all women faced with breast cancer have the opportunity to restore a sense of self-esteem and overall well-being.

Ok so get shopping girls. Shopping for a cause is the best kind to do.

Oh. my god.

I’ve died.

Seriously.

I cannot explain how much I adore Merrilee Liddiard’s whole entire world.

I love this so much that my whole entire WED Favorites post today, is all about her.

My friend Shauna who works with me in my “real life day-time job” sent me this magical link, of Merilee, who moonlights as a pretty amazing illustrator.

I clicked on the link, where I subsequently died.

Immediately.

Look. Not many people these days can pull off amazingly crafty and cool well. Ok so I don’t even know where to start. First, her illustrations are amazing. Her line drawings of couples are my absolute fave, WHICH, she has parlayed into super fab wedding gifts. Seriously how awesome is that? Best wedding gift ever. She even has an ETSY STORE! Hooray! I love Etsy.

Josh & Lauren

Gemma & James

This photo was just after she gave her best friend Angie’s husband Jonathon a sneak peak at their wedding gift- a customized portrait. The actual portrait is below.

Merilee Portraits

Angie & Jonathon

Also, and I don’t know if miss Merilee would do this, but it’s probably worth asking if Save the Date’s are possible as well with these super fab couple drawings.

Ok moving on. So little to see, with so much time. Strike that. Reverse it.

Fabulous hostess she is. Check out this Moody Mod Tea time party she threw, with all the amazing details.

Moody Mod Tea Time

Ready… the tablecloth is Ikea fabric, and the fabric banner is all vintage fabric she sewed together herself. Love.

But the absolute best part… is these crazy invitations. DIY- Easy peezy.

Bananas.

Moody Mod Tea Time Invitations

Cut out a little fabric tape, and sewing a stitch across the invite. Plus it doesn’t hurt it your everyday handwriting is this amazing…

DIY Invites...

Easy Peezy Invites...

Ok so clearly I think Merilee’s work is insanely amazing. She’s also super fabulous, and her husband and two boys are totally charming and vintage. I love it. Check out all of her amazing work at her blog here, and her illustrators work here.

Hi all- Here’s your WED Favorites post for today! Some really fun things to show you!

Custom Made Bride & Groom Dolls by Green Man Shop $85 on Etsy

Custom Made Bride & Groom Dolls by Green Man Shop $85 on Etsy

I love these cute little dolls. These were custom made by Green Man Shop on Etsy, for a couple who used them as props in their photo booth! How cute! These are all custom made to match you and your every detail on your wedding day. How great is that!?

Just Married Wedding Print/Poster $75 from Ello There Invitations on Etsy

Just Married Wedding Print/Poster $75 from Ello There Invitations on Etsy

This vintage inspired wedding poster is ADORABLE, and what a beautiful and unique gift for the couple! This is more great work from Ello There Invitations, an Etsy vendor featuring super adorable, yet simple prints, invitations and more! Customize this with the couple’s name, date and choose font color

Jake & Nicole- our tropical destination couple we featured a few days ago has one of these lovely signs hanging on the wall of their new home. They’re super cute and you can work with Etsy seller Java Jane Designs, to create something perfect and uniquely you-0 or the couple you’re giving it to.

Last Name Letter Sign

Fill in:
1. Name or Word to be designed
2. Optional text or message (font sampler will be provided)

High-quality professional matte prints using archival pigment ink that will last for 100+ years. Prints are water and UV resistant and are carefully shipped in protective sleeves in bendproof mailers.

My Alphabet Letter Photo Art™ is created from photographs of architecture ‘alphabet letters’ that spell out any name or word to design your own distinctive one-of-kind custom piece of artwork.

Selections...

Also… since I occasionally kill the plants on my patio…I sort of love this.

Herb Keeper from Crate & Barrel $19.95

Herb Keeper from Crate & Barrel $19.95

Fits right in your refidgerator door and keeps fresh herbs fresh instead of dead and gross after 2 days. Amazing.

If your couple is super environmentally in the mood, these are the super posh Benz of Composting bins.

Compost Pails $39.95 to $54.95

Compost Pails $39.95 to $54.95

These 1 or 1.5 gallon pails sit on your counter and ABSORB ODOR for 6 months. amazing. Then all you have to do is replace the filter an toss these babies in the dishwasher.  Because you can.

Pottery Barn

So Pottery Barn has this super fun new online tool the “party planner,” that helps you plan “6 casual parties at home with style and ease”. Sweet. I’m a big fan of hosting at home parties and you can bend and shape these babies into engagement parties, bridal luncheons, showers and more.

There’s a Movie Night Party, Wine and Cheese Party, Dinner Party, Tequila party, Cocktail Party, Bridal Shower. Since we’re pretty bridal related here at Wedding Belles, I’ll showcase that one for you all. Check out the rest though. There are downloadable invitations, playlists from itunes and more!

Pottery Barn’s Party Planner shows you how to throw a Bridal Shower.

The Pottery Barn Bridal shower playlist includes:
You and Me (Lifehouse)
The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)
If I Ain’t Got You (Alicia Keys)
Better Together (Jack Johnson)
Lucky (Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat)
Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)
Kiss a Girl (Keith Urban)
At Last (Beyonce)
Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)
The Way You Look Tonight (Michael Buble)

There’s also a Timeline, 8 favor ideas, games and themes. Check it out.

(Keep in mind it’s Pottery Barn, so it fares closer to the MS line of the world. Traditional, classic bridal shower ideas.)

There are some great wedding gift ideas from Kate Spade up at discounted prices on One Kings Lane right now. Sale ends 7/12 so hurry up! Check it out!

Some of our favorites…

Pickney Street Peony Bowl $75

Pickney Street Peony Bowl $75

Marlboro Street Rose Bowl $89

Marlboro Street Rose Bowl $89

June Lane Double Invitation Frame $69

June Lane Double Invitation Frame $69

MacKenzie-Childs Tabletop Decor

Ok. If you’ve never heard of this fabulously whimsical tabletop decor, sit yourself down and prepared to be schooled. Since 1983, ( a very good year) MacKenzie- Childs has been spreading whimsy to the world through their super fab tabletop ceramics and home furnishings. Everything you can imagine. Serving dishes, plates, cake stands, planters, birdhouses, rugs, tables, dressers, chairs, mirrors, glassware, enamelware,  place mats, knobs, sinks… you get my point.

Anyway, every year they have a barn sale in Aurora, NY where the artists create this fantabulous work. So this year, I grabbed some Starbucks with some of my favorite people and braved the crowds and the cars to get some serious deals (We’re talking 60-80% off kids) on beautiful gifts (yes I did buy some things for OTHER people- and this stuff is GREAT shower gift material) and gifts for myself!

The Grounds at MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, NY

The Grounds at MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, NY

Barn Sale Entrance

Barn Sale Entrance

There are two areas. One barn was filled with enamelware (Courtly Check mostly) Glassware, and miscellaneous seasonal and decorative items. They have paper bags available for free for you to hoard your finds, or reusable bags for $5 were on sale. Though, you’re better off just bringing your own reusable canvas bags. I even saw some women with carts. Seriously.

Inside the Barn

Inside the Barn

The tent area this year was filled with the bigger stuff. Rugs, Lighting, Mirrors, Sinks, tiles, Outdoor and all of the ceramics (dishes, bowls, cake stands, trivets you name it) They’ll hold the bigger items for you for about an hour before they put it out for the scavengers.

Ladies finding some steals...

Some of our finds...

Some of our finds...

It was a lot of fun. We got there the second day (It runs for 3) a little after 8am, the crowds were pretty tame and the parking lots (muddy fields- come on we’re upstate here) were not nearly full. We were out of there by 10:30, and let me tell you, by the time we left…Wooo!

Get there before 10am. That’s all I can say. One woman who was working there told us someone had come through and spent $20,000 on product…no furniture. Madness. But it was a blast and we got a lot of great deals. Be prepared to throw an elbow or two if need be, but you’ll get great deals and stock up on wedding and shower gifts for the whole YEAR.

For a better reality check of what this sale actually entails… click here.

It’s that time again… Salute your inner prepster. It’s summer. Why not? If you bestie frequently sports a string of pearls, a popped collar, madras flip flops and anything with a whale… this post is for you lady. Listen up.

A shower should be a reflection of all that the bride is, so if your bride-to-be is a seriously put together, pink and green model of preppy perfection make your life easy and follow suit for her bridal shower.

Here’s everything you need to know to plan a perfectly preppy bridal shower.

THE INVITATIONS
This is your first clue to guests that this shower is going to be pretty-in-prep. So shop around and set the tone here.

Preppy Stripe Invitation from MyGatsby.com

Preppy Stripe Invitation from MyGatsby.com

Andalucia Green Invitation by Bliss from Paper Buzz

Andalucia Green Invitation by Bliss from Paper Buzz

Preppy Gingham, Plaid and Polka Dot Invitation by Polka Dot Paper Shop

Preppy Gingham, Plaid and Polka Dot Invitation by Polka Dot Paper Shop

THE DRESSES
I’m a pretty firm believer that bridal shower attire should always still remain a little bit on the dressy side. Not over the top evening wear obviously, as they used to say, your Sunday best. But if you’re a pretty little preppy I shouldn’t have to tell you that. You wear your pearls to sleep don’t you? What?   I do.

These fun new “Summer in the Vineyard” dresses from Kiel James Patrick are PERFECT for a preppy shower, whether it’s the bride, her maids or her lovely ladies in waiting, these sweet summer frocks are perfect for a preppy shower.

Lindy Mayfair Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Lindy Mayfair Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Chartner Meadow Melon Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Chartner Meadow Melon Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

April Darling Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

April Darling Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

OR

go traditionally preppy and sport something in Lilly, and J.Crew or Vineyard Vines with looks like these…

Bowen Dress Solid Lace by Lilly- $248

Bowen Dress Solid Lace by Lilly- $248

Embossed Green Lorelei Dress $118

Embossed Green Lorelei Dress $118

Vines Skylark Dress by Vineyard Vines $295

Vines Skylark Dress by Vineyard Vines $295

THE CENTERPIECES
If you were lucky enough to hit up the MacKenzie Childs Barn Sale last weekend (which was amazing) you can make use of the seriously discounted and seriously adorable planters they have to decorate tables. If not, you just have to dig a little deeper in your pocket. Plant adorably simple herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley and thyme and DIY your own adorable plant sticks with materials from your local craft store.

Courtly Check Planter $25 from MacKenzie- Childs

Courtly Check Planter $25 from MacKenzie- Childs

Pink & Yellow Stripe Planter $25 from MacKenzie-Childs

Pink & Yellow Stripe Planter $25 from MacKenzie-Childs

THE DECORATIONS
Keep it simple and in the same color scheme as your invites. Using varying shades of fewer colors is a good way to keep things interesting without going overboard. I love this faux rose kissing ball from Special Occasions Designs. Perfect for decorating outside the venue on iron stakes or on the doors.

Floral Kissing Balls  $20 from Special Occasions Designs (Etsy)

Floral Kissing Balls $20 from Special Occasions Designs (Etsy)

Hang personalized tags on chairs as place cards instead of using table cards.

Personalized Hang Tags- $5.95 for set of 12 from paper Eclectiques (Etsy)

Personalized Hang Tags- $5.95 for set of 12 from paper Eclectiques (Etsy)

Buy up sets of fun and flirty party poms to hang from the ceiling from Etsy seller Party Poms or DIY with this easy tutorial from Martha over on In The Details Blog!

Girl Fun set of 5 from Party Poms on Etsy $25

Girl Fun set of 5 from Party Poms on Etsy $25

Pom Pom Decor from Martha Stewart

Pom Pom Decor from Martha Stewart

THE FAVORS
Fill tiny monogrammed boxes with flower seeds for guest to take home and plant.  If you’re more of a traditionalist fill with small candies, nuts or dried fruits for guests to take on the way out, or place at each place setting.

Personalized Gift Boxes $2.50 each from Special Occasion Designs (Etsy)

Personalized Gift Boxes $2.50 each from Special Occasion Designs (Etsy)

Monogrammed Compact Mirror from The Preppy Polka Dot

Monogrammed Compact Mirror from The Preppy Polka Dot

GIFT GIVING
Distribute these adorably preppy recipe cards from Dabney Lee at Home with the invitations and have guests bring their favorite recipe for the bride to the shower.

Dabney Lee Recipe Box

Dabney Lee Recipe Box

Kate Spade Posy Vases are perfect to brighten up a room…

Kate Spade Posy vases $49 on Sale!

Kate Spade Posy vases $49 on Sale!

Monogrammed Candlepot from Pottery Barn

Monogrammed Candlepot from Pottery Barn

Don’t forget to say THANK YOU…
Mind your manners and get your thank you notes out pronto on some super preppy paper.

Preppy Polka Dot Thank You from Dainty Invites

Preppy Polka Dot Thank You from Dainty Invites

Kate Spade Thank You Notes $25

Kate Spade Thank You Notes $25

Hi lovelies!

It’s June. How did it become June? I don’t understand. This year is FLYING by already! Madness. Anyway… here are some of my favorite Etsy finds this week. Happy Hump Day! 

 

Lavish Head Froof from LaurelandMagnolia on Etsy.

Something Lavish Headband- Laurel and Magnolia's- Etsy $39

Something Lavish Headband- Laurel and Magnolia's- Etsy $39

 

Something Lavish Headband-Laurel and Magnolia-Etsy $39

Something Lavish Headband-Laurel and Magnolia-Etsy $39

 

Neck Froof from Twigs and Honey by Myra Callan

Rise and Shine Necklace - from Twigs & Honey -Etsy $70

Rise and Shine Necklace - from Twigs & Honey -Etsy $70

 

Custom “Eat, Drink and be Married” Rubber stamps from Crafts by Candice

Customized Stamps by Crafts by Candice - Etsy $19

Customized Stamps by Crafts by Candice - Etsy $19

 

Engagement Party or Backyard Reception fun with this vintage bowling set from Domestikate

Vintage Bowling Set from Domestikate- Etsy $46

Vintage Bowling Set from Domestikate- Etsy $46

 

Pretty paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn on Etsy.

Pretty Paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn- Etsy $134

Pretty Paper Lanterns from Hannah Nunn- Etsy $134

 

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