by: Lauren

My birthday was yesterday, so in the spirit of celebration, I thought I’d share some party themes with you!

I adore Hostess With the Mostess– they have the greatest party ideas, and best of all, they provide great pictures and tips to go along with them! I’m very much a fan of themed parties, and here are a few that I think are just great! These would be great ideas for bridal showers or bachelorette parties! Or even a party just for fun!

The “Under the Tuscan Sun” bridal shower theme was based on the bride’s love of yellow and Italian food. What a great idea to meld her two loves! This is just perfect for a brunch or an afternoon lunch!

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

The “Retro Chic” theme for this bridal shower has the best colors! I just love blue and brown together! This shower is a very classy way to do a lingerie shower for the bride.

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

This “Parisian” themed bridal shower can really be used for just about any chic and fun theme. The colors are just perfect for a party!

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Bridal Shower Fun! via TheELD.com

Do you have an inspiring idea for a bridal shower or party theme? Or have you attended a unique party like one of these? Leave me some comment love and share with me!


by: Lauren

For this week’s inspiration board, I was feeling very drawn to the color combination of eggplant purple with accents of green.
The intensity of the green could vary depending on the style of the wedding. A modern, semi-formal wedding would be great using a bright lime green, or we could see a pale sage green for a classy formal wedding. Plum and green is a great color palette for the fall or winter, however, just making the purple a tad bit lighter could work exquisitely for a spring event!

Inspiration Board: Eggplant Purple via TheELD.com

Row 1: Square centerpiece; Bridesmaid Dress; Wedding Dress; Boutonniere; Cake
Row 2: Bouquet; Tablescape; Invitation
Row 3: Bouquet; Shoes; Candles; Bridesmaids

Has anyone used or considered using a dark color like eggplant in their wedding? What kind of effect do you think it gives a wedding? Leave a comment and let me know!


by: Lauren
I’m trying to plan a weekend getaway for a weekend in August, since my birthday is next week and my husband’s is the week after. I’m a strong believer that sometimes you just have to get out of town to relax. We’re lucky enough to live 45 minutes to an hour away from the gorgeous West coast beaches of Florida, so it’s really just a matter of finding a place that isn’t booked and will let us bring our dog!

Friday's Finds: Beach Getaway via TheELD.com

Well, all of my searching for beach cottages has put me in the traveling mood. I’ve come across some different items that reminded me of traveling, and just so happen to be gorgeous as well. And they also cause me to dream about living the life of a chic jet-setter.

Friday's Finds: Beach Getaway via TheELD.com
Jane Marvel
Is it awful that I want to buy this today to have it in time for our getaway?

Friday's Finds: Beach Getaway via TheELD.com
Wow. Really cute “On Holiday” bags from the Brandy J Collection.
And the outfits are just smashing as well.

When traveling, I like to be comfortable, and I dress according to where I’m going. A sundress usually works for me if I’m going somewhere tropical in the summer. If I’m going on a plane, I try to wear shoes that are easy to take on and off. It was cute how nearly everyone on the plane to Punta Cana (where we went for our honeymoon) was wearing a sundress or a maxi dress.

At the beach, I like light and airy outfits that are of course comfortable. Linen and cotton are perfect for beach outfits. I try to bring outfits that could easily be worn during the day and then at night by only changing the accessories. Maxi dresses are nice, but they’re always so expensive, so the ones on this post are on sale for a good price!

Friday's Finds: Beach Getaway via TheELD.com Friday's Finds: Beach Getaway via TheELD.com

*Outfit from Ann Taylor Loft ; Outfit from JCrew

*Shorts and top Gianni Bini @ Dillards; Top and pants Gianni Bini @ Dillards

Friday's Finds: Beach Getaway via TheELD.comFriday's Finds: Beach Getaway via TheELD.com

*Dress by JCrew ; dress by Victoria’s Secret


I know a lot of the items are from Dillards….I just love that store, and they have such great designers and sales!



by: Lauren

I haven’t posted anything paper design related recently, so I figured today I would do just that.

Here are some goodies that are just pure paper beauty!

For the Love of Paper Designs via TheELD.com
Invitation suite from Momental Designs
Individually hand painted-creations. Amazing.

For the Love of Paper Designs via TheELD.com
Fabulous invitation suite from Gourmet Invitations.
Note the embossed pocket folder that matches the invitation’s design.

For the Love of Paper Designs via TheELD.com
Letterpressed Save The Date Coasters! What an amazing idea!
Via Oh So Beautiful Paper, made by Sesame Letterpress

For the Love of Paper Designs via TheELD.com
Invitation in a hand-stitched fabric pouch. By Bird and Banner
A good twist for a DIY vintage wedding!

For the Love of Paper Designs via TheELD.com

I hope you were inspired by these pieces of innovative design!