GARDEN TEA PARTY BRIDAL SHOWER // PART I // DECOR

A beautiful and versatile theme for you to try at your next bridal shower, baby shower, or birthday celebration is a garden tea party!

Tissue Paper Flower Decor for Garden Tea Party

Ever since my friend Emi asked me to be her Maid of Honor, I have been thinking and obsessing about her bridal shower!  After hours and hours of late night Pinteresting and scouring through tutorials, I decided a garden tea party would be a great theme for Emi’s shower. She has always loved her cup of tea so it seemed like the perfect theme to celebrate this bride-to-be and we could easily incorporate her color palette of green, yellow, and grey.

I decided to use paper as the main material for the decor since that is the medium I work with the most and it’s also light weight, inexpensive, and can be recycled.  I had a LOT of fun making everything and coming up with the decor and table setting!  This theme can be easily customized by switching up the colors, changing up the fonts, and tablecloths to fit the bride you are throwing the shower for.  It also works for birthdays and other gatherings as well!

The guest list for the shower was at 32 so my goal was to keep it sophisticated and pretty while being cost efficient!  I wanted to share how you can easily throw your own garden party so read on for more details on how to throw your own garden tea party!

I am splitting up this post into 3 different sections: Decor, Games, and Food.  The other 2 sections are coming soon!

Find items from this shower in my Etsy Shop for your next shower or event!

Decor

Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue Paper Flower Wall Decor

Materials + Source: tissue paper [Party City + PaperMart.com], construction paper (optional to cut out large leaves from) [Joann], scissors, tape

This was the main element in the decor and I spent a week catching up on shows on Hulu while making these!  I went through HUNDREDS of pins to pick out what kind of flowers I liked and wanted to use– different types of paper give the flowers a different feel.  I settled on tissue paper because you can make a ton without spending a lot, and I liked the look of these flowers the best since I was trying to stay away from them looking too much like a tissue pom.

These were my main inspiration pins:
1) This paper flower table center piece pin (does anyone know where this came from? I’d love to give the credit but have not been able to find the original source.)
2) Icing Design’s A Sweet Spring Table
3) This floral backdrop for the dining table from Lovelyfest (4th row down on the very right)

I based my flowers on this great Giant Paper Flowers from Ruche post on Design*Sponge. The only things I did differently was:
* I did not make the stems.
* I changed the centers of the flowers.  Instead of the moss centers, I started the flowers with a yellow tissue paper for the centers and wrapped smaller petals around each other to create a center.  I then added a few more yellow petals that were more fanned out to make the centers and the pop color more prominent.
* I tried different edges on the petals to make the flowers look different.  The more scalloping on the edges of each petal makes the flowers look more and more like a tissue pom.  The petals with clean edges or a point I liked to make a crease in the center of them to create some depth.
* I made large flowers as well as smaller ones by experimenting with different petal sizes.

The larger flowers I used as the main wall decor and on the front door and I arranged the smaller flowers in a bunch at the center of each table for the centerpieces.

Front Door Decor - Tissue Paper Flowers

Paper Flower Decor for Garden Tea Party Bridal Shower

I also used the tissue paper flowers as the cake toppers by attached them with hot glue to skewers.  You can push the skewers all the way down the cake like I did or leave the skewer part showing like the flower stems.

Tissue Paper Flower Topper For Cake

For the cupcakes I wanted to make mini flowers to top them with.  For a quicker way to do this, I followed this tissue paper flower tutorial from WeddingChicks.com.  You cut petals from tissue paper then insert a toothpick in the center.  Add a drop of hot glue then press the petals together and it instantly creates a lovely flower that you can easily place into any dessert!

Tissue Paper Flower Toppers for Cupcakes

Leaf Garlands

Materials + Source: string or twine [99 Ranch Super Market (they have balls of natural colored twine)], construction paper [Joann] , small hole punch [Michael's or Joann], hot glue gun // [Michael's in the gardening and foam section]

I wanted to add a little bit of color, especially to the burlap on the dessert table, but also wanted it to fit into the garden theme.  I came up with these leaf garlands that are super easy to make! If I had more time I’d make one more to hang by the drinks or layer below the banner.

Paper Leaf Garland

I drew outlines of small and large leaves on the backside of the construction paper. I stacked that sheet on top of another and cut the leaves out– don’t worry about making them perfect, the outline acts as a guide and I think it looks more organic with different shapes and edges!  Punch a small hole at the top of each leaf and put your string through. Then spread out the leaves as you would like them spaced, back side up.  Add a dot of hot glue to attach the leaf to the string.  This way when you hang it they won’t move around and get clumped in one area.  Just be careful when transporting that they don’t get tangled- putting them carefully in a large envelope or zip lock bag and keeping it laid flat helps!

Banner

Burlap Bridal Shower Banner

Materials + Source: ribbon [Michael's], burlap [Joann] , cardstock [Michael's or Joann], hot glue gun [Michaels]

I also did a lot of research when trying to figure out what type of banner I wanted to make. I decided on a burlap banner to match the table tops and also to use up the leftover scraps I had.  I layered it with paper printed with grey letters and used the same yellow ribbon from the table setting.

Before you start I would recommend measuring the area you want to hang the banner from and how long the actual banner needs to be along with the excess ribbon on both ends.

I created the paper portion and letters in illustrator. (Don’t forget to leave an extra 1/2″ to 3/4″ at the top to fold over!) Then I printed and cut one out and added a 3/4″ border for the burlap layer.  Each paper layer was hot glue gunned to the burlap layer then both were folded over the ribbon and hot glued to stay.

This banner was a bit heavy so we actually nailed them to the wall with thumbtacks to get them to stay up!

The Table Setting

DIY // Garden Tea Party Bridal Shower // KindWedding.com

Materials + Source: burlap [Joann, don't forget to sign up for their e-newsletter for weekly 40% off coupons!], clear plastic plates [Party City], silver utensils [Dollar Store, 4 sets of forks, spoons, and knives for $1], white napkins [Party City], yellow ribbon [Michael's], packing tape, safety pins (optional)

Since this was a larger party and we couldn’t use real plates and utensils, my goal for the tale setting was to make it look as real (and not disposable!) as possible!  

The table itself were the 6 ft. fold out tables and we sat 8 to each comfortably, 3 on both sides, one at each end.  Each table was covered with burlap.  To save on time and money, I didn’t make table clothes but cut pieces for each table that just had enough at the edges to fold under and tape.  We used LOTS of packing tape to keep it secure and it was easy to remove.  You can also use safety pins to help pin together the corners that are folded and have extra fabric.  I was really happy with how this turned out!

I picked out the best quality clear plastic plates I could find, silver utensils, and at the tables we did use actual teacups and saucers.  I didn’t want the dining items to clash with the greens in the paper flower center pieces so I kept the color palette simple.  The napkins were white and utensils were tied with a yellow ribbon.

Z-A- welcome table setting

I also made place cards for each seat.  I made ones with the names for the bride and bridal party, and for the guests the place card said “Welcome!” so that they could pick their own seats.  You can customize and purchase these place cards for your next event in Atiliay’s Etsy Shop!  

I hope this information is helpful when it’s time for you to plan a shower or your next party!  Part 2 and 3 of this post is coming soon!

Tea Party Bridal Shower Table Setting

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FATHER’S DAY CARDS FOR A CAUSE // THANK YOU + LOANS MADE!

Father's Day Cards 2014

Thank you to everyone who purchased a Father’s Day card or spread the word on this campaign!

With your help two loans have been made to Kiva.org to help two fathers in different parts of the world support their families and improve their businesses!

Kiva.org is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.  They believe providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families.  I couldn’t agree more and really love being able to lend through them– the great thing about funding loans is that once a loan has been paid, the money can be used to fund another loan and help a different person in another part of the world!  It’s a wonderful cycle!

This is the 2nd year we are doing this and with $1 from each Father’s Day card sold as well as some funds that have already been repaid from last year’s loan to the Puente De Tierra Group in Guatemala, we are able to help fund loans to the following 2 recipients:

PATH // SIEM REAP PROVINCE, SREY SNOM DISTRICT, CAMBODIA

Path- Kiva Loan Father's Day 2014

Path, 34, is a father of 3 and lives with his wife and children in a village in Siem Reap province’s Srey Snom district, Cambodia.  2 of his children are still in school.  To make a living, he and his wife have been farming rice for almost 16 years and they supplement the family’s income by growing cassava.

Path has been with Kiva’s partner, VisionFund, for two loan cycles and completely paid back the loans. With the loans from VisionFund, he has managed to improve his livelihood and send and keep his children in school. He is requesting another loan of 2,500,000 KHR to buy fertilizers and pay for plowing the cassava field. He hopes to grow his cassava to make a living better.

We were the first to contribute to Path’s loan and I hope that by doing so we are helping his children continue their education and secure a bright future for them!

ALI // AIN, LEBANON

Ali- Kiva Loan Fathers Day 2014

Ali is a married father of two children, whom he works hard to improve and secure their living conditions.

He lives in a conflict zone, but he is working hard to keep his business improving and his family in a good living.

His shop’s location is very attractive to new customers, but just like any business, Ali needs an external support to increase his business income and develop it through adding new released products.

Today, Ali is requesting a loan from Kiva’s field partner Al Majmoua to increase his stock with special seasonal fruits and vegetables at good prices and with special offers.  He is working hard to start wholesale trade but he needs more capital to take this step forward, and hopes that the conflict in his region will be solved soon.

My heart really goes out to those who are living in areas of conflict.  I hope that by funding a loan to Ali we can help to contribute in a small way to his family and neighborhood an also hope that the conflict will come to an end soon.

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ARTIST Q + A // JENIPHER LYN OF NIGHTLY DOODLES

nightly doodles header

Jenipher Lyn of Nightly Doodles and I met via Instagram (one of the positives of social media and how it can connect people!) and I have loved all the happy messages and fun doodles that I would see in my feed!

They are cute, feel good, encouraging drawings– who couldn’t use a little more of those in their lives?  Then one day I saw that she had written and illustrated a book titled, How being Stubborn, Depressed and Unpopular SAVED my life and was completely intrigued and wanted to learn more.

Book Cover

The title caught my eye because I think this is a topic that many many people can relate to– who hasn’t been stubborn, felt depressed, or unpopular before in their lives?  I know I have.  What was really special is that Jenipher is attributing these things to saving her life. I also feel like it goes to show that everyone is fighting their own battles and we may not know their entire story or history– we all face trials and tribulations that make us who we are today and bring us to where we are now.

I definitely wanted to learn more– don’t you?

From Jenipher’s website:

“I wrote a super honest, encouraging, vibrant book with the intent to help others [especially teens!] feel less alone in this world. By using MY story, and LOTS OF colorful illustrations, I want others to realize they aren’t alone on those dark, lowest of low days! This is my doodle dream!”

I think Jenipher is so brave to share her story and I know it will go on to help many people!

If you would like to get a copy or want to gift this book to a lovely lady in your life, you can pick it up here in Jenipher’s Etsy Shop, Nightly Doodles!

To celebrate the launch of her book, Jenipher is having a book launch blog party and I was honored to be asked to contribute!  Each week has a theme which matches the chapters in her book:

Week 1 – Unpopularity
Week 2 – Being Yourself
Week 3 – Depression SUCKS
Week 4 – Body Image/eating issues
Week 5 – Ambition aka Diving IN
Week 6 – Gratitude and Thankfulness

book launch blog party

You can head on over the Jenipher’s blog to catch up on what all has been posted from her as well as contributing artists!  I got to be a part of Week 6- Gratitude :)  While I was chatting with her about that I also got to know her a bit better!  Keep on reading to learn more about this wonderful artist and person!

How did you get started in drawing and doodling?

I was going through a really REALLY hard time, and a friend suggested I draw one doodle a night just to be creative each night.  [Most of these doodles were pretty awful lol] I started posting them on Facebook each night to keep myself accountable, and then things kind of just happened. I ended up winning a grant for my Doodles just months after starting drawing. It was pretty amazing!!

you have a purpose

Is your art your full time job? If not, what else do you do?

Ha. I wish! It takes up a LOT of time like a full time job, but I also babysit a few times a week and do social media for two businesses to pay the bills. Living in NY costs a lot, so maybe when we live somewhere else someday I’ll be able to cut back on other work a little bit. :)

As a one woman operation, how do you balance all the different aspects of a business and another job? (This is one of the hardest things for me to do- to find time for everything!)

Omigosh it’s so hard! I’m very VERY right brained! I spent most days just doing administrative things and then have break downs b/c I haven’t drawn that day!! I TRY [try is the operative word here!] to go to a cafe AT LEAST once a week, listen to podcasts and draw and not worry about blogging, or emails, or accounting things. :)

Check out her blog post on the top things she learned after opening an Etsy shop!

What do you do when you are stuck in a creative rut (and have a deadline to meet!)?

I go to a cafe and stay there until something happens! Usually the first two hours aren’t great and I’m mostly anxious, but after that something usually clicks and words and images flow out of me pretty well!

What are a few of your favorite pieces in your shop and why?

NYC

I LOVE this piece b/c it just kind of came out of me when I was trying do a different assignment and it’s so awesome! It literally took like 8 hours to make, which is CRAZY b/c I have a short attention span. :)

glue

This is one of my best sellers, and I often compare my other work to it b/c i wonder why the other pieces aren’t ‘good enough’. {lol sigh..} I drew it right after my husband moved into our apt together and he fell asleep with his legs on my lap. I didn’t want to move and wake him and this doodle just came out to me while I watched him sleep. :)

Doodle Dog

This little guy was drawn during an intermission at an Eisley show and it’s the PERFECT mix of everything JEN!

Congrats on your book! What motivated you to create a book and do you have any advice for people who may be interested in doing the same?

Yay! Thank you!! Honestly, I was just having a TERRIBLE day when I created the first page of the book without even knowing it! I wasn’t the happiest child, and my Mom bought the books that she thought would help me… but if you’re depressed or sad at all, you’re NOT going to read pages and pages of just text. You just don’t have the energy to! You’re also not going to sit and read something that’s all sunshine and rainbows either. Those same books from my childhood are still in those bookstores and I needed to make the book I WISH existed for the little girl in me. [And for every 'little girl' in the world - old and young!]

Oh my that’s a hard question… but if you’re REALLY REALLY passionate about something, it will most likely encompass you and you won’t be able to do much else until it’s completed! I hustled, ate, slept and drank NOTHING but book for 8 months. In those months I focused solely on creating, writing, and illustrating the book because I wanted it out of me and into the world SO BADLY. This won’t be the case with everything… so i’m not sure this answers the question correctly, but if you’re aching inside to write a book, take time to just DO IT. Even if you only have a few moments a day to devote to it, CHERISH those moments and get to it!

Tell us 3 fun facts about you :)

I LOOOOOVE animals!!!! [when I'm having a bad day, my husband tells me to go to the dog park and find a dog to pet. That usually makes me feel better. Even just seeing birds helps sometimes.  I don't know why I don't think to do this on my own lol.]

I try to get my husband to dance in the subway ALL the time just to embarrass him. :D

When I was 6 I held a baby pig at a petting zoo and it stopped crying. Then I started crying b/c I realized he was bacon. I haven’t eaten piggies [or pretty much any other animal since!]

Thank you Jenipher for taking the time to tell us more about yo and your business– and I LOVE your 3 fun facts (I am sure your husband does too :))! Wishing you the very best with your book and illustrations and thank you for having me on your blog tour!

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MOTHER’S DAY CARDS FOR A CAUSE – THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who purchased an atiliay card for Mother’s Day and helped us raise funds for Freely In Hope, Food4Africa (The EEC Preschool + Nursery), Hands Producing Hope, and Knots of Love!

I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful day celebrating the special women in your life!

Happy Mother's Day Mini Banner Card

Long Distance- Mother's Day Card With Text

Mother's Day Text Card

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UPCOMING EVENTS

If you live in Southern California, stop by these upcoming events!
Click on the posters for links to their Facebook event pages or websites.

Doggie WonderlandOur block printed doggie cards are available with 100% of proceeds benefiting Ken-Mar Rescue!  Show runs from May 10 – June 29.

Patchwork Show - Long BeachWe are excited to be a part of Patchwork Long Beach again!  Stop by atiliay’s booth for cards for dads, grads, birthdays, thank yous, and everything in between!

Renegade Craft Fair

I am just as excited to be a part of Renegade Craft Fair again as well!  The Los Angeles July Market pops up this July 26+27 in downtown LA’s Grand Park (200 N. Grand Park Ave.).  The Market will be open from 11 am – 6 pm both days, and you can find us on Broadway, between Hill and 1st Streets.

Please mark your calendars and I hope to see you there!

 

 

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