Bridal Shower Tea Party Ideas

Bridal Shower Tea Party Ideas by Mandy Forlenza Sticos Little Vintage Rentals Photo by Fiona Melder

Here are 5 simple and chic additions to make your bridal shower tea party memorable.   Notice the floral trend, but remember less is more!  Be sure to compliment these items with solid color tablecloths and accents to maintain a more classic look.

Photo by Fiona Melder  Little Vintage Rentals Teacups NYC

Teacups:  This is a must have!  Whether you rent vintage china or gather pieces from family and friends , be sure to have delicate china teacups and saucers on hand; they will be the core design element of the party.   (photo by Fiona Melder)

Sugar and Cloth Floral Macarons Photo by Jared Smith

Floral Macarons:  It seems no feminine party is complete without this delicacy but why not try this amazing DIY from Sugar & Cloth?  Gather the bridal party for a day of fun and display your hard work at the party!  (photo by Jared Smith)

Fleur de Letters Calligraphy Fiona Melder Photography

Calligraphy Invitations:  Nothing sets the tone for a party more than a calligraphy and watercolor invitation!  This beauty by Fleur de Letters is a great example of one that can be reproduced into invitations. Be sure to keep the original artwork for the bride-to-be! (photo by Fiona Melder)

Photo by Fallon Chan  Flatware Rentals Little Vintage Rentals NYC

Loose Tea:  Be sure to have a bevy of loose teas available for guests to customize flavors.  It’s a great conversation starter and works as a beautiful ‘tea bar’ display.  (photo by Fallon Chan)

Vintage Napkin Favors A Subtle Revelry

Bulb Filled Vintage Napkin Favors:  One of the sweetest mementos for Spring and Summer bridal showers ever; placing a single bulb in a vintage napkin or handkerchief for favors.  Each guest will remember the party as they watch their flowers bloom!  Such a sweet idea from Victoria Hudgins at A Subtle Revelry and easy to DIY.


Top 7 Milk Glass Centerpieces

Kate Ignatowski Photography  mywedding magazine

I’ve always loved milk glass.  It’s timeless and can be used at modern or vintage weddings.  It’s sleek white lines make a clean addition to any table.  Here is a collection of some of my favorite centerpieces with milk glass vases.

(1) Above, this whimsical wonder was designed by Hello Darlington and photographed by Kate Ignatowski for mywedding magazine.  So lovely, enjoy the rest and don’t forget to check out all of the ‘Top Pick‘ posts!

Christina McNeill

(2) Pinks + Peaches look so fresh for Spring + Summer!  Photo by Christina McNeill via Ruffled blog

Erin Hearts Court

(3) Bright and bold with a few asymmetrical stems.  Photo by Erin Hearts Court.

Erich McVey Photography

(4) Simple, all white is always a good idea.  Photo by Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks

Esmeralda Franco Photography

(5) Sweet pastels with soft greenery.  Photo by Esmeralda Franco via Wedding Chicks

 Heather Bliss Photography

(6) Big Blooms in small vases.  Photo by Heather Bliss Photography via Belle the Magazine

Shea Christine

(7) Single Bud Vase Clusters.  Photo by Shea Christine via Style Me Pretty


Top 7 Trophy Centerpiece Ideas

styled by mandy forlenza sticos  photo by jen trahan

I love a good trophy centerpiece.  As I grow our vintage collection, I love finding lots of options just like this little beauty above that I created.  Here are some of my favorite ideas for trophy centerpieces – enjoy! (above photo by Jen Trahan)

Khaki Bedford Photography

1. The Black + White Classic.  Chic and always in style, white blooms with touches of deep black + purple add a bit of elegance to this trophy. Via Style Me Pretty, Photographer: Khaki Bedford Photography, Floral Design: Jonica Moore, Vintage Props + Decor: Little Vintage Rentals

Josh Gruetzmacher | Snippet + Ink

2. The Collection.  Nothing makes a statement more than a small collection.  Grouping trophies + urns together is great way to convey a theme. Via Snippet & Ink, Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher , Floral Design: The Bow Collective

 Silka.Trey  Ben Q Photography

3. The Pedestal Piece.  A tall leafy arrangement is perfect for flanking the aisle of a wedding.  The height and draping leaves make it a showstopper. Via Wed Society,  Photography:  Ben Q.

Jaclyn Journey  Whitney Neal

4. The Monochromatic.  Single color arrangements with a touch of greenery always make a statement.  This soft pink collection of garden roses sings a sweet song of romance.  Flowers:  Jaclyn Journey, Photography:  Whitney Neal

Lora Grady Photography

5. The Garden Party.  Light and loose blooms are a great contrast to a structured trophy and extra points for the weathered books which are an instant conversation starter among guests. Via Ruffled Blog, Photographer: Lora Grady Photography, Second Photographer: Alyssia B Photography, Floral Design: Botanique.

Ali Harper

6. The Grand Scale.  Sometimes a small floral piece just won’t do.  By pumping up the volume in size, this serves as an amazing entry way piece! Via Snippet and Ink, Photographer: Ali Harper, Design, Styling, Props: Blue Eyed Yonder, Floral Design: Lindsay Coletta DesignsType A Society

7. The Delicate Delight.  Light, loose+ airy blooms.  Nothing more than perfection. Via Type A Society

Table Top Tuesday | 8

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography - Citrus Table Top

For installment eight of Table Top Tuesday, I am spellbound by the simplicity and elegance of this tablescape photographed by Adam Barnes and designed by Ashley Barber Weddings.

What makes this work?  The natural color story is the winner here!  The wood runner adds just enough rustic flair rounded out by elegant micro taper candles and a trio of delicate stemware.

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography - Citrus Table Top

What details make a difference?  The citrus adornments with leaves and flowers strategically placed along the wood add a softness and inviting warmth to the tablescape.  I love the mother of pearl flatware as well!

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography - Citrus Table Top

Credits:  Via Grey Likes Weddings, Photography: Adam Barnes, Designer: Ashley Barber Weddings  Florist:  Hedge Fine Blooms

Preview: Mod Tea Party

vintage rentals new york city - Fiona Melder Photography

It’s been a while since I styled a photo shoot that focused completely on my rental inventory and this one was worth every minute of planning!  Fiona Melder captured these lovely images and many more; can’t wait to share soon!

Vintage Tea Cup Rental NYC - Fiona Melder Photography

Table Top Tuesday | 7

Brushfire Photography

For installment seven of Table Top Tuesday, I fell in love with this set of crisp table top photos by Brushfire Photography.  Less is way more in this case!

What makes this work?  The simple white dishes and flatware adorned with strategically placed red berries is a winner!  The fresh greenery in the flower arrangement and the extended greenery garland give the table some texture as well.

Brushfire Photography

What details make a difference?  The amber tea light candles add a wonderful glow and they mirror the gold tone in the brass candlesticks that flank the centerpiece.  Simple and so very chic. 

 Brushfire Photography

Credits:  Via Grey Likes Weddings, Photography: Brushfire Photography, Flowers: Sarah’s Garden,  Stationery: The Weekend Type

Table Top Tuesday | 5

Elisabeth Millay Photography - Lyndsey Hamilton Events

For installment five of Table Top Tuesday, there are so many things to love with this design by Lyndsey Hamilton Events!

What makes this work?  Three key elements:  (1) the flatware tied with a ribbon and rosemary  (2) the delicately etched glassware  (3) the slate grey neutral napkin.   The casual nature of the tied flatware paired with more formal etched glassware, makes this table top design stand out!

Elisabeth Millay Photography - Lyndsey Hamilton Events

Elisabeth Millay Photography - Lyndsey Hamilton Events

What details make a difference?  The industrial pipe legged table covered in two natural fabric runners create a great balance between rugged vs. soft. The extravagant chandelier adds an over the top luxurious addition to a rustic surrounding.  Perfection!

Elisabeth Millay Photography - Lyndsey Hamilton Events
Credits:  Via 100 Layer Cake, Photography: Elisabeth Millay, Design: Lyndsey Hamilton,  Stationery: Mr. Boddington

Style Me Pretty Feature with Khaki Bedford Weddings!

Vintage Rentals NYCThanks to one of our favorite photographers, Khaki Bedford, Little Vintage Rentals was featured on Style Me Pretty last week!   We were honored to be a part of the shoot at 501 Union, the new sister space to The Green Building.  Khaki’s shoot is packed with pretty details thanks to an amazing team of vendors!  Check the full SMP post here and a few of our personal favorites are below.  Vintage Rentals NYC

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Little Vintage Rentals  Khaki Bedford

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