Cocktails

A 4th of July Fete by Bliss Weddings

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every year we celebrate our favorite holiday, The Fourth of July, in the quintessential, all-American fashion: Patriotic Picnics in the purest hues of Red, White and Blue. This year, however, we were inspired to celebrate America's birthday by taking a more glamorous, jazzy approach: with sequins (along with our stripes), with mixed metallics (and dazzling sparklers), and vintage cocktails (forget buckets of beer!)

The intimate dinner and fireworks party was held on the rooftop of Katie's charming Lincoln Park home. While we were trading in our madras plaid for floorlength gowns for this celebration, it was essential that we kept the reason for the party in the forefront of our minds and had Fourth-of-July details woven through everything. We added a slightly unexpected twist to the color palette to include mixed metallics of Rose Gold and Bright Gold, Navy Blue and Deep Cherry Red.

The dining table was dressed in a rose gold linen, grazing the rooftop grass it was set upon. Formal china settings included a deco-inspired pattern of gold and white, flanked by bright gold flatware sets. Sugar-dusted cocktails awaited guests at each setting and the few special guests were cued into their seating assignments with a hand-drawn silhouettes in gold foil.

Deep navy planters overflowed with the most magnificent red charm peonies, accented by vintage crystal pedestals mounded with fresh cherries picked up from Chicago's Green City Farmers Market.

With the skyline as the backdrop, our barcart was stocked with the fixin's for some vintage favorites, perhaps you fancy a Gin Rickey, or a South Side, or the Bee's Knees? We also had plenty of blubbly brimming over in our coupes!

The menu was scribed onto a vintage mirror and let guests know that they should not expect coleslaw and potato salad this year!

The celebration continued with the lovely dinner and ended with copious sparklers and a perfect view of the fireworks show.

Happy Fourth of July!

 

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Styled by Bliss Weddings and Events
Photography by Studio This Is
Place Cards and Menu by Elizabeth Dixon
Printables by Courtney Callahan

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Go Blackhawks!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While we don't normally get too involved with sports on a daily basis, we would never miss a Chicago team in the playoffs!  You can bet that we will definitely be watching tonight's Blackhawk's game- although we will probably be viewing while sipping a fabulous Bliss-inspired cocktail rather than a beer!   A few months back, one of our favorite weddings blogs put together a fabulously simple, but fun inspiration shoot for a Super Bowl party- check out all the images here.   Wouldn't it be fun to host a fancy little Blackhawks viewing party inspired by the ideas in SMP's super bowl shoot?!? We especially love the mini margarita mix favors! Also, we just about died laughing at this spirited Blackhawk loving wedding party?!?

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Girls Night Out

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Whether the kids are on spring break, you're getting the warmer weather itch, need a break after Easter with the family, or you just want to celebrate the everyday, put a Girls Night Out on your calendar right now! 

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Here's some of our favorite Chicago picks! 1. Pops for Champagne, 601 N. State Street // 2. Nomi, Park Hyatt Chicago, 800 N. Michigan Avenue // 3. The Purple Pig, 500 N. Michigan Avenue // 4. The Violet Hour, 1520 N. Damen Avenue // 5. Gilt Bar, 230 W. Kinzie Street // 6. Maude's Liquor Bar, 840 W. Randolph

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