Bridal Shower Details: Antique Plates and Place Cards

Bridal Shower Details – something old and something new

It’s all in the details for us at Live Pretty. And, it’s no different when we throw a bridal shower for our Bride-to-be.  We add our touches that can make your next event one to remember.  And this time around, with our antique plates and custom place cards, elegance was present.

Antique Plates – a bit of something old

I love my collection of antique luncheon plates and wanted to share them with our guests.  My mother had a lovely assortment of plates that I inherited.  They look great for a formal dinner with my white china.  But, today I was getting to share them with others.  This shower also gave me the opportunity to haunt the local antique stores for a few more.  I told our guests about the history of some of the plates, one purchased from a Delta stewardess just weeks before the shower.  She hand carries her plates back from England.

So, each guest ate off of the plate of her choice, but it was our Bride that got a special treat.  At the end of the party, I told her to choose the plate she liked the most and take it  as a gift from me to remember her shower.  She chose the newest English plate.  So nice.

Hand-made Place cards – a bit of something new

I have a girl-hood friend, Aunt  Dianna.  We live 1100 miles apart now, but friends are friends no matter where they live.  It is hard to believe that Aunt Di and I have been friends for 56 years.  We grew up together in a little town in southwest PA.  She was always called Dianna until she agreed to become Katherine’s godmother.  That day she became Aunt Dianna.  She has been gifting Katherine and I with her talent since that day.  She was given that special talent, that gift from God, and shares it with love over and over again.

About 10 days before the shower (waiting till the last minute, my bad!) I contacted Aunt Dianna asking if she would make a few place cards for our shower.  I saw her newest toy (a Cricut machine) in action last summer when invited to her home for dinner.  She would say “My, Oh my, I just took paper and etc, etc…”  Right!  Only she does this paper thing like she does.

To my surprise she sent 24 “different” cards to us, overnight, Express mail, of course.  I expected all the cards to be the same.  Upon opening the box I found each one to be better than the previous one, all different, all done perfect and with love.  That’s how Aunt Dianna works.  Why would I have expected anything else? I’ll never know.

Aunt Dianna says she used white card stock.  The card stock was cut 2 times the size that the finished card was to be.  Then, it was scored it in the center and folded.  Next it was creased with a bone folder.  She then embossed each the papers such as the ones to be used for the dresses, etc. with a little machine called the “Cuddle Bug”.  Next, the little designs were cut with the Cricut Machine.  Quick-drying paper glue was used to attach the 3-D ornaments.  The cards were embellished with Swarovski Crystals, ribbon etc.

Our bride’s Mom used her calligraphy skills to label the cards for our food and drink.  All left over cards were given to our bride as a gift to be used as note cards as she needed.

Thank you, Aunt Dianna.  We love you.

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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4 Responses to “Bridal Shower Details: Antique Plates and Place Cards”

  1. Kathy Irvine — June 22, 2011 @ 8:13 am (#

    You and your girls know how to give a great showcase party. Those plates and cards are beautiful. As always, beautiful, Roseddy


    • Roseddy replied: — June 22nd, 2011 @ 8:44 am

      To a very creative gal….thank you.

    • Deborah Ferro replied: — June 22nd, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

      Absolutely stunning. Wish I had a reason to throw a bridal shower. I may have to have a ladies luncheon and incorporate some of these wonderful ideas. What an absolutely beautiful job everyone has done here.

      By the way, I work with Katherine at Buca & Planet in Orlando. She has major talent too!

      • Julia replied: — June 22nd, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

        Thank you Deborah! We think she is a keeper too 🙂

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