|When we came up the stairs to enter the private|
dining room this sign read, "Shots $3.50"
My friend Barbara suggested that we
change the board. As she put it,
"Maybe $3.50 shots is NOT the first thing
the Baptist grandparents need to see."
|Cade lost his grandfather during his senior |
year of high school. He was a very important
part of Cade's life and a great influence on
the young man Cade is today. I wanted a way to
honor his grandad and make his memory part
of our celebration.
|My daughter had this Union Jack trunk in her room.|
It made a great addition to our table.
|I ordered the Titanic replica from Amazon.com because|
out of all of the decor I had, I didn't have an actual ship.
Cade has many in his collection but I wanted
to keep the theme a surprise. Oh well, now he has
a new addition.
|The doilies I've been collecting for some time now.|
(I'm gathering them for another project)
To be honest I had almost all of the items I used
for the decor on hand.
|Here's a little message for the memorial:|
In honor of those
who are watching
|I wanted to capture the elegance of travel by|
ship, so I incorporated some vintage suitcases
and travel labels into the decor...
|A party isn't a party without a party favor...|
|What's more appropriate for a Titanic theme than Lifesavers?|
I found rolls of Lifesavers at Sam's Club in boxes of 10.
|They still had my great aunt's actual luggage tag on them.|
I left that on there in her honor. She would have loved
the fact I was putting her old luggage to good use.
(Don't tell anyone but I had to pick the locks with a paperclip)
|I found images for old travel labels online and |
printed them onto sticker paper. It worked perfectly
because that paper isn't too sticky and the labels came
right off and the suitcases are now back in the attic
awaiting a future purpose.
|Here they are stacked up and ready for travel.|
Imagine you are boarding an old steamship
for somewhere exotic...
Perhaps the Palace Hotel in Milan?
|I used the smaller of the two suitcases to hold|
the party favors. Sadly the mirror was cracked,
but I hid that with another doily.
Isn't it just the cutest?
|I've included the travel labels as a|
FREE PRINTABLE for you.
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and print onto adhesive sticker paper.
| I tried to include as many from |
the White Star/Cunard line as possible.
That was the actual company that
owned the Titanic.
|And a few others from exotic locales...|
I wanted to give the illusion of
|I just love these old labels.|
|I considered going out and getting more |
vintage luggage just so I would have a place
to stick all of the interesting labels I found.
The artwork is gorgeous.
Don't you wish travel were still that elegant?
|I'd love to visit these places someday...|
|Alongside the party favors was:|
Sign the Wine.
|And of course a Titanic Menu.|
This was the actual meal served to
First Class passengers aboard the ship.
Our menu had a few less courses...
|This turned out to be a really fun idea.|
Of course the bridal party had the most fun
writing their inside jokes on the bottle.
It should be hilarious to read a year from now.
|The centerpieces were my favorite part of the whole evening.|
I felt like they most represented my vision
for an elegant and romantic visit back in time.
|Picture the pomp and circumstance of a traditional|
English tea service that one might enjoy on a luxury liner
like the Titanic.
|I used assorted silver trays, more doilies,|
|Then I used every silver sugar bowl,|
creamer or mini coffee or tea pot I could find...
|The greenery is simply ground cover I cut out of|
my flower beds. I felt it would be wasteful
to buy fresh flowers to use for two hours.
The greenery provided the natural look
I wanted anyway...
|I have no idea where or why I had all of these|
glass stars. Between my mom and I we had enough for
every centerpiece. I liked the pop of blue
it added to the table...
|The guests really enjoyed reading the different|
pieces of ephemera. There were memorial cards,
menus, postcards and old boarding passes.
|No two centerpieces were exactly alike.|
And I was okay with that. The pub had
an old wooden, mismatched theme.
None of the chairs or tables were alike.
The vignettes really complimented the eclectic
and vintage vibe of the room.
|Of course the Bride and Groom to be needed|
their own designated spot...
|I created these "life preservers"|
using foam wreath forms, strips of white canvas,
red ribbon and rope.
|Here's the happy couple to be listening to a toast|
from the Maid of Honor...
|Here they are checking out the decor.|
Aren't they a beautiful couple?
|Here's my sweet nephew with his |
groomsmen and ushers.
Some are childhood friends, most are fraternity brothers.
A great group of guys and lifelong friends.