Type-it-out, A Vintage Guest Book Idea

Perhaps it is my love of vintage, or even love of the written word– but something about old typewriters, well makes me smile. I am loving the idea of using typewriters as an alternative to your traditional guest book. Why not set out an old vintage typewriter, a reel of paper and let your guests type you a little note? At the end of the night, roll up the paper like a scroll and secure with a ribbon!

What do you think?

images via A Modern Proposal, Green Wedding Shoes and Elizabeth Anne Designs

Sentimental & Fun- Vintage Toy Party Theme

Who doesn’t love vintage toys? This {Real} party came to me from Lindsey Mintrone – owner of Bella Grace Party Designs and part owner of Paper and Pigtails. I love the classic red and blue color combo (remember that “scooper” cool classic ice cream party I featured?) and the fun vintage toys.

Smiling already, aren’t you? ;)

Check out the jax tied to the napkin ring.

All the details are perfect.

Just a couple more….

Milk………

and cookies of course.

Thanks Lindsey for sharing this amazing vintage toy themed party with us! Head on over to Bella Grace Party Designs to see the rest of her amazing party detials.

Photography credit: Courtney Vickers Photography

{Real} Wedding: Vintage White

This {Real} Wedding feature was sent to me by Sasha from Choco Studio– award winning wedding photographers. This wedding (of Jenny and Jeff) is fun and romantic all wrapped into one. Sasha explains:

From Jenny’s vintage inspired dress, to the beautiful grounds of the Ralston White Retreat, we tried to get everything we saw to fit inside of our cameras. There’s a beautiful pond as well as trails going through the woods all around this venue. As it turns out, the Ralston White Retreat is a sixteen-bedroom mansion that was originally acquired as a wedding present by the owner to his wife. It was definitely a special treat to photograph in and around this venue.

Take a look at a few of the gorgeous images they captured of this sweet couple, Jenny & Jeff.

I adore Jenny’s vintage white style.

Is it just me or do these photos say romantic (on the right) and fun (on the left?).

This vintage wedding style feels effortlessly… glam. Am I right?

You’ll have to head on over to Choco Studio’s blog for all the other great photos from this {Real} Wedding feature. You’ll be glad you did as the reception photos are very fun! Thanks Sasha for sharing!

Shop for Mom! $150 Giveaway with Cambria Cove

Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift ideas? Cambria Cove offers a classy selection of gifts mom will love. Here are a few recent Spring items I am adoring:

These vibrant colors are perfect for Spring. Their Fiesta Table linens would add some flair to any dinner party (or week night meal).

This blue palette is so soothing. This retro blue cake stand especially caught my eye. Imagine the sweet treats you could serve up on that!

Would you like to buy a few things for mom or perhaps shop for yourself? Cambria Cove is offering one lucky reader a $150 gift certificate to purchase anything their heart desires from their website. Simply visit Cambria Cove and share with us what catches your eye.

Contest ends 5/07/10 10pm PST

Good Luck!

A Carnevale Celebration and Giveaway!

Looking for an excuse to host a get together or searching for some Italian party ideas? Today we are teaming up with Bertolli Frozen Meals sharing a few easy Italian party recipes along with your chance to win a GRAND Carneval celebration giveaway!

You know Bertolli, right? Their frozen Italian dishes offer luscious Italian experience in the comfort of your own home- simple, just how I like it!

As you may have already heard, Bertolli Frozen Meals recently launched a new series of webisodes titled “Into the Heart of Italy: Six Adventures, Three Celebrities, One Mission… To Unlock the Secrets of Italian Passion for Food and Life.” In this episode, celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito and actors Marisa Tomei and Dan Cortese celebrate the Italian festival of Carnevale, ride a shrimp boat, and cook a Garlic Shrimp, Penne and Cherry Tomato dinner. Check it out:

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Since none of us are likely to be setting sail for Italy, we thought we would bring the Italian Carnevale to you! We are giving you all the chance to host your own Italian celebration inspired by this episode. We have all the goods you’ll need to host your ow party. We will send one winner a gift valued at $115. You can enjoy your Bertolli Frozen Meals for dinner then finish the celebration in true Italian style with homemade gelato, Italian espresso and the sounds of contemporary Italian music.
One winner will receive prize valued at approximately $115:

· Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

· Bialetti Espresso Machine

· Two Crate & Barrel Espresso Cups and Saucers

· iTunes Gift Card with Suggested Contemporary Italian Playlist

· Two VIP coupons for a Bertolli Frozen Meal for two that will transport you to Italy in just 10 minutes

To Enter:

Watch the webisode (above) and comment about your favorite scene in the video and answer the episode’s clue.

For additional entries:

Follow @Bertolli and @HostessTori on Twitter and tweet:

I’m going to host an Italian Carnevale celebration once I win the @Bertolli giveaway from @HostessTori http://ow.ly/1EXTO

Contest is closed. Thank you for entering!

Good luck everyone! Contest ends May 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm PST.

Rules/Disclosure: All entries for the giveaway must be located in the US. Thoughtfully Simple did receive a prize package to review for this contest.

Baby in Bloom | Spring Baby Shower

This baby shower theme screams Spring! Hosted outside, this spring baby shower had a fresh and carefree feel to it. We knew the mom-to-be loved bright green so, it was paired with bright orange which created a fun twist on typical baby boy color palette. Perfect for a boy or girl themed shower– this theme would work great for any occasion.

Let’s start with the centerpieces, shall we?

The centerpieces were white rectangular boxes filled with a form of moss. Vibrant orange Gerbera Daisies looked as if they had sprouted from the lush moss.

The orange flowers popped from the green moss just perfectly!

Above the table hung white, orange, and green tissue pom poms. These are my favorite go-to party decor item. They can be used to create a dramatic touch and are so cost effective and easy. The total cost to make these tissue poms was under $10 and took about 20 minutes. Simple!

The placemats were green gingham 12×12 pieces of scrapbook paper. Scrapbook paper is a simple way to tie in color and make great DIY table placemats. The water bottles were covered with labels that read “Baby in Bloom” and set at each plate. The napkin rings were also made from scrapbook paper; orange strips secured with tape. The favors were wildflower seeds wrapped in a hemp bag. Each bag was secured with a bow of twine and had two tags, one on the front and on on the back. On tag read “Baby in Bloom” and the other had a scripture on it that related to nurturing a baby, which was perfect!

A couple other decor touches.

A wishing tree hosted a momma bird and her nest of baby birds. Guests wrote mom and baby a wish on a tag and then hung it on the tree.

Even though this was a spring baby shower theme, these colors and decor ideas could easily work for a garden party, bridal shower, etc. Thanks to Kaci, the guest of honor’s sister for the amazing photos!

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