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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!

 

VENDORS:

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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Bliss Studio Reveal: KIKI PARTY!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over the holidays, we moved into our fabulous new studio space with our studio mates Reiman Condron Beauty, Cheree Berry Paper & Studio This Is Photography.  We have been working non stop to get this space outfitted in a way that reflects Bliss' unique style in a color scheme of deep navy, creamy white, bright fuchsia & emerald green.  After furnishing the space exactly to our liking, we knew we had to throw a opening party worthy of the space and after little bit of brainstorming, we decided the ONLY way to welcome this space into our world was with A KIKI PARTY!! See the inspiration behind the party right here. A few weeks ago, the kiki party came to be and it was an absolute hit complete with paper goods by Cheree Berry, food by Blue Plate , photography by Studio This is, wine provided by Oliver Wines, kiki themed cocktails created by the Bliss team, valet by VIP valet, and beautiful florals/design by our own Jesse Deckard with rentals provided by Hall's and linens from Private Label! Guests shimmied around the dance floor to custom Kiki entertainment provided by Energy productions! We can assure you this Kiki party was marrrrrvelllous!!!

Enjoy the fabulous party snapshots and check back later this week for details about the "kiki kiss mirror"!

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Happy New Year!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We hope you had a wonderful New Year's Eve filled with lots of bubbly, sequins and confetti.  2012 seemed to go by in a flash and we were so lucky to have a year filled with many beautiful weddings with our amazing clients.  We cant wait for all that waits for us in 2013!  Happy New Year to you and yours! [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="6233" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Happy Holidays from Bliss

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We want to wish everyone the happiest of holidays from the Bliss Weddings & Events team! We hope you are all enjoying a day filled with some much deserved quality time with your family and friends!

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Bliss Holiday Cheer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's no secret that we love our cocktails around here!! So we thought it would be fun to spread some holiday cheer this year with some fabulous custom cocktail coasters along with a sparkly holiday card.  As soon as we saw this glittery design from Minted, we knew it had to have been made with Bliss Weddings & Events in mind (plus it just works so perfectly with our new ad photo!) After thinking about our favorite seasonal cocktails, we decided to get coasters made by For Your Party with recipes for a classic Manhattan, Hot Toddy, Kir Royale and our personal favorite- The Bliss Fizz!   We are just so in love with these fun holiday treats that we just had to share them with you here:  

 

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GIFT GUIDE: for the newly engaged couple

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The week following Thanksgiving is notorious for the announcement of newly engaged couples as many boyfriends decide to pop the question in front of family and friends at gatherings over the holiday weekend.  Here is a little gift guide for all those newly engaged couples who might be popping up in your social circle!  

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1. Mr & Mrs cocktail glasses from Shop Furbish

2. LOVE paperweight - perfect to weigh down the inevitable stack of wedding related paperwork!

3. Glitzy Salad Servers - add a little sparkle to their holiday table!

4. Macaron Ring box- adorable confectionery inspired storage for the bride-to-be's new bling!

5. Russell+ Hazel's boxed notecard set- everything from Thank You cards to Change of Address announcements for the couple's busy year ahead.

6. Style Me Pretty's new wedding book & a subscription to Martha Stewart Weddings - to get the inspiration flowing!

7. Champagne coupe set from BHLDN- for the many celebratory toasts to come!

8. Chic Jonathan Adler frame- to showcase a fabulous engagement photo!

9. this gift would put any newly engaged couple into a state of sheer bliss-The Dom Perignon Wedding gift set- comes with a case of Dom's finest vintage along with a 13th extra special silver wedding label bottle that can be customized.  The ultimate gift for the couple to toast with at their upcoming reception! (also send us a case while you are shopping!)

 

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Celebrate the Everyday

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We fell in love with this adorable picture and the genius party banner reading, "Celebrate the Everyday".  While there will be many milestones like weddings, newborns and even Renny's son's 7th birthday today that deserve extra special attention, we love this reminder to Celebrate the Everyday![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7370" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

Geronimo Balloons are always great for any celebration! Jazz up any event or ordinary day with this DIY tutorial on balloon fringe. Too cute!!

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Happy weekend & remember to...

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Ahoy! It's a Boy!

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We hosted an amazing baby shower for one of our very own here at Bliss. The nautical themed baby shower took place under a cabana in Renny's backyard. All 20 guests sat beneath the navy and white gathered fabric tied with yellow chevron tie backs at a long feasting table dressed in heavy white hemstitch linens, a custom made yellow chevron runner, yellow chevron napkins, vintage basketweave chargers, etched glassware, heirloom mixed flatware and nautical coasters.

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Blissful Summer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whether we were ready or not, summer has now come to a close. Bliss had an amazing summer with back-to-back weddings and events. And we wouldn't have wanted it any other way. We were honored to have such amazing clients this Summer and couldn't be more grateful to all the vendors who made such gorgeous events possible. But somewhere between all the pretty paperie, some insane Bliss photo shoots, packing up all the welcome bags and those heart melting Bridal moments, Summer has now ended. Before we get completely wrapped up in all our Fall fetes and a 2013 season that we can hardly sit still about, we are taking a look back at all our amazing Summer 2012 moments! Enjoy and thank you to everyone who made it possible!  [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7376" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7377" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7378" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7379" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7380" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Baby Baby Baby!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renny and Katie are hosting a Nautical themed baby shower for Mrs. Superfine this weekend! We can hardly wait to pull all the wonderful details together and meet her new little sailor very soon!

We will show you the pictures next week. Enjoy the gorgeous fall weather. Go get yourself a pumpkin spice latte. You deserve it!

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The 2012 Olympic Games

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You know we love a good theme party. Especially, when the chance to celebrate comes along only once every four years. The 2012 Olympic's Opening Ceremony begins tomorrow at 6:30pm and we are already excited to suck up the hat hair from our berets and cheer on all the athletes. Whether your attending or hosting a party we've got your Olympic look all planned out for you! Throwing a party? The Today Show has got you covered with how to throw an Olympic theme party!  Go Team USA!!

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What you will need to steal the show: Women- The most talked about piece of this year's Olympic Collection, a beret. A navy blazer. A red, white and blue scarf (pick one color if too hard to find). A white skirt, socks and tennies! Add in anything with a pony on it for extra points! Men- Man up with a beret. A white collared shirt, an all American tie, preppy belt, and khakis. Again, work in the pony anywhere you can! Get a little creative with sporting metallic nails ladies, preferably gold of course! Butter London has an adorable limited edition right now!

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A Very Happy Birthday

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="6526" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]  We are wishing a very Happy Birthday to our very own Renny Pedersen today!! While she rings in her Birthday in style today from the Big Apple, we have rounded up some of our favorite MUST-HAVES for any birthday soiree!

  • Fancy shmancy garland like these featured on Blissful Fetes.
  • A showstopping tablescape like this chic and stylish 30th Birthday party thrown by coco & kelly.
  • Drink up with the adorable DIY drink umbrellas on Oh Happy Day.
  • Wow your guests with these DIY Fringe Balloons from the glitterguide.
  • Slurp in style with these striped paper straws from Birthday Express.
  • The option for these tiny tassles from Oh Happy Day are endless.
  • An irresistible cake like this yellow cake from Bakerella.
  • Who knew bubbly from a can could be so classy?

 

How do you celebrate?

Cheers!!

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Happy Memorial Day!

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Be festive at all your get togethers this weekend by layering all the red, white and blue you can find...Mix stripes and polka-dots! Happy Memorial Day!

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Sip, Sip and Away!

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As if the open bar wasn't already guests favorite part of the evening...sip in style with these adorable straws and pendants! Add a personal detail to guest's drinks by monogramming, adding your wedding date or a clever saying to pendants that go around your straws! Sure to be the talk of your cocktail hour!

 

 

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