Backyard Beach Bash


Amira’s 5th Birthday Party | August 2015

Chicagoland Photographer Christina Marie Photography

Balloon Arch and Floating Centerpieces by Balloons by Tommy

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Brit Pop Wedding


Nathan and Amanda's Chicago Wedding - Vintage Eclectic Brit Pop Travel Old Oak Tap - Pastiche Events

Saturday, September 6th, I had the pleasure of styling the Chicago wedding of Amanda Czernecki and Nathan Suh. If you live in Chicago, you have probably heard Amanda’s voice on the radio or have seen her pretty mug on TV, as one of our own Chicago traffic reporters. As a talented musician, it is no surprise that Nathan finally met Amanda at a Brit-Pop music night in 2011. Apparently, the two frequented the same music events and establishments for years but never crossed paths until Parklife at Lucky Number Grill. Their love of music brought them together and this was clear on their wedding day.

Even more, their love of travel played a part. The two fell in love in Chicago, became engaged near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and visited London for their honeymoon. How very proper, considering the music that brought them together…

I loved that my friends were so willing to make their day their own and cast aside the typical traditions and expectations. To begin, I designed their invitations and told their love story via a Chicago L Map.

Traffic, travel, the city they love, and music were all prominent players from the get-go.Chicago L Map Wedding Invitations with Love Story and Vintage Postcard Response by PAPERandPASTICHE

The beautiful photos taken by Photographer, Amy Aiello will tell the rest of their wedding story…stacks of vintage books, mobs of romantic candles, warm, deep-red flowers, postcard love notes and a Union Jack cake, made this particular Chicago wedding one-of-a-kind for a truly unique couple.

I am available to hire for custom invitation design, wedding signage, favors, homemade cupcakes, dessert tables and unique day-of ceremony and reception styling. Amy Aiello, whom I have been fortunate to have worked with before, is an extremely talented, Emmy-Award winning, professional photographer and I can not promote her services enough…she has the best eye in the city.

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Bride and Groom: Amanda Czernecki and Nathan Suh

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Old Oak Tap

Photography: Amy Aiello

Bouquets and Boutineers: Sprout Chicago

Smash Cake: Delish Cakes

Cupcakes, Brit-pop Toppers and Smash Cake Topper: Pastiche Events

Polish Kolaczkis and Apple Tarts: Kathy Czernecki (Amanda’s Mom)

Centerpieces and Floral Arrangements: Pastiche Events

Dark Matter Coffee Favors: Pastiche Events

Custom Invitation Design: Pastiche Events

Postcard Love Notes (in lieu of Guest Book): Pastiche Events

 

Family Tree Cupcakes


My friends ask me to make the cutest things…

I made this cupcake tree for an Indiana Family Reunion a few weeks ago. I made two dozen chocolate cupcakes from scratch and created the tree shape.

I am much better with paper than frosting or fondant.

Vintage Travel Bridal Shower


Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Alayson hired me all the way from Portland to help style and cater her little sister’s bridal shower here in Illinois. Alayson and the other bridesmaids asked me to execute their collective vision: a vintage travel, adventure concept for Amber’s May 3rd shower in Homer Glen.

Amber and her fiance, David, love to travel together and the notion that Marriage is a Journey { Not a Destination } was so inspiring: A little English Patient, a smidgen of Roman Holiday and a bit of Before Sunrise (I tend to pull my inspiration from my love of film), this shower looked and felt as beautiful as I had hoped it would…

It always helps when your new clients have amazing taste and pitch-in to help! They were a delightful family to assist and I hope they have a wonderful time at the upcoming June wedding. All the best to the beautiful couple! { Le meilleur! }

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Mimosa & Bellini Bar
Mimosa and Bellini Bar for the In-Flight Cocktails
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Centerpieces
Hydrangea Centerpieces with touches from the couple’s engagement photo shoot, as well as vintage paper airplanes.
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Cupcakes
Chocolate and Sea-Salted Caramel Cupcakes | White Chocolate on White Vanilla Cupcakes
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events |Favors Display
Baggage Claim { Favors } – Luggage Tags from Etsy { VeryVerdant } and Suitcase Sugar Cookies from Mrs. Campbell’s Cookies.
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Advice for the Couple
Vintage-looking Postcards were used to write advice, well wishes or travel recommendations to the happy couple.
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | The Pretty Bridal Party and Guest of Honor
The Pretty Bridal Party and Guest of Honor

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

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Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events |Pastry Bar

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Cookie Favors  Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Advice for the Couple

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Vintage Postcards for the Advice Cards

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Well Wishes and Advice

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Airplane and Hydrangea Centerpieces

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Pastry Bar

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Pastry Bar

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Luggage Tags by VeryVerdant on Etsy
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Luggage Tags by VeryVerdant on Etsy

The Tide is High


Anchors Away and all that nautical stuff…lately, I have been very inspired by the thought of an All-American summer, sandy beaches and that salty sea air. Featured are my two invitation designs, coordinated, whimsical lined envelopes, registry cards and handmade, patriotic rag swags. My designs are available on Etsy in the PAPERandPASTICHE shop. Here’s to, what will be, a wonderful summer!

The Tide is High Celebration Invitations by PAPERandPASTICHE on Etsy, $1.80 ea. { Sail Boat Vintage Inspired Nautical Sailing Anchors Way All Aboard Patriotic Americana } The Tide is High Celebration Invitations by PAPERandPASTICHE on Etsy, $1.80 ea. { Sail Boat Vintage Inspired Nautical Sailing Anchors Way All Aboard Patriotic Americana } Rag Garland Swag by PAPERandPASTICHE on Etsy $38 { Sail Boat Vintage Inspired Nautical Sailing Anchors Way All Aboard Patriotic Americana } The Tide is High Celebration Invitations by PAPERandPASTICHE on Etsy, $2.00 ea. { Anchor Sail Boat Vintage Inspired Nautical Sailing Anchors Way All Aboard Patriotic Americana }The Tide is High Celebration Invitations by PAPERandPASTICHE on Etsy, $2.00 ea. { Sail Boat Vintage Inspired Nautical Sailing Anchors Way All Aboard Patriotic Americana }

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cupcakes


Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events

Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events

Breakfast at Tiffany's Cupcakes by Pastiche Events

Happy Birthday, Rita Darling! #quelnight
Happy Birthday, Rita Darling! #quelnight

 

Gummy Shark Valentine’s Day Treats


This free printable banner is for personal use only. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Shark Valentine's Day Bag Toppers by Pastiche Events

Forest Friends Baby Shower


Photo by Rita Norkiewicz

Twins Baby Shower at The Red Oak Room of Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois.

Parents-to-be: Holly and Pierre | Babies-to-be: Jacques and Julien

Free Printables for the Cupcake Circles are at the end of the post. Just click to open the 8.5 x 11 image and save/print as PDF.

To order an instant download of the Forest Friends Thumbprint Tree, please visit my shop, PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com. Each download is for personal use only and costs $8.00.

Forest Friends Thumb Print Tree for Baby Girl Shower - PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Forest Friends Thumb Print Tree by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.Pennant Flag Banner by Pastiche EventsForest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Sweets Table Jars by Pastiche Events

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Carrot Cupcakes | Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.
The prizes for the games were all items that Holly either loves, misses or craves – Yankee Candle Summer Scents, Mint Scarves, Mint Soap, Coconut Coffee, Red Wine and mini cans of Sofia Champagne.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Event Styling, Graphic Design and Sweets Table Confections provided by Pastiche Events.

Fox Cake and Mason Jar Floral Arrangements provided by Holly’s Mom and Aunt Linda.

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Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF
Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF
Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF