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!



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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4th of July inspiration shoot sneak peek

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week we put together a fabulous little party shoot inspired by one of our favorite holidays, the 4th of July! Shot on Katie's beautiful rooftop deck overlooking the city and filled with fun details in rose gold, navy & red this shoot is sure to inspire you, but for now we can only show you a few teaser snapshots....[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5909" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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Kiki Kiss Mirror

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There weren't just fabulous dancers and delicious drinks at our Kiki party, there was also the now infamous "kiki kiss mirror." As guests arrived, they were given a "kiki lip" in either bright fuchsia pink or marvelous red courtesy of the talented ladies at Reiman Condron Beauty! We then set up a mirror outside of the powder room for guests to leave their Kiki kiss as well as their signature claiming their smooch! We were inspired for the Kiki kiss mirror from our very own Kara Superfine who has guests sign their names using lipstick on the bathroom mirror at her annual holiday bash! What a fun idea for a bachelorette hotel room or even a saucy bridal shower!!



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Kiki Party Inspiration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hopefully you have already seen a few of the sneek peaks on our facebook page from our fabulous Kiki Party that we threw a few weeks ago to celebrate the new Bliss studios (if not then head over and check out those shots right here). Next week we will be sharing all of the fun images from the bash, but today we have a little inspiration board behind the party's theme! The entire party theme was based off the catchy Scissor Sisters song "Let's Have a Kiki" - be aware that YOU WILL get that song stuck in your head all day long! Along with the marrrrrrvelous kiki theme, we used a bright color scheme of bright pink, emerald green, rich navy and silver sequin (just so happens to go along with Bliss' signature colors!) You will have to check back next week to find out about all the other kiki details that guests were treated to...  [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7182" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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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


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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Happy Memorial Day!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="7589" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This is how we imagine our weekend to be here for us Bliss Belles! Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing long weekend!

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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