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Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties When the first “Real-Life Parties” post went up a few weeks ago, HWTM reader Karen wrote in with a tip about an awesome bridal shower she just saw that “could be your next “Real-Life” party!” Well, Karen – you were right! I knew it the second I laid eyes on the amazing pictures from photographer Jennifer Skog ‘s gorgeous bridal shower . First I had to make sure I was actually looking at pictures of a bridal shower and not a wedding reception – but lo and behold it was a shower – and it looks like Jennifer just has some VERY talented loved ones! Want some proof? Just check out these pics!

Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties The theme of Jennifer’s September wedding will be “Old World Ballroom meets Modern Bling” (how great is that theme?! ) – with a color palette of classic black and white. Throw in that Jen’s favorite color is green – and it’s suddenly clear where the inspiration for this vintage-modern / black, white & lime green shower theme came from :)

Tables were covered in green and then adorned with a beautiful damask-patterned fabric runner and vases of white hydrangeas. Fantastic black chivari chairs really take this table setting the top! Custom menus with a matching vintage-mod pattern sat atop square black plates, and black napkins were rolled and tied with sheer green ribbon. Photos of Jen and her fiance were displayed in pretty frames along a side table. In the corner of the room was a little blueberry mojito bar complete with a full-service bartender (a.k.a. “the MOH’s husband!”). Hand-made drink umbrellas created from matching patterened paper and wooden skewers made the mojitos extra sweet!

Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties A spread of decadent finger foods included these mini-cups of watermelon soup (above). According to Jen this cold soup was “amazing”…and the presentation looks pretty amazing too! Black & green custom cookies pulled double-duty as cute decór and take-home shower favors for guests.

How cute is the black & white apron and rubber glove set that Jen’s decked out in below? Way too cute to actually do any cleaning in, right?! And talk about paying attention to detail – the girls even decorated the binding on the activity notepads to match the shower theme!

Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties Hostess with the Mostess: Real-Life Parties Last but not least, the guests even came dressed for the theme – making these group shots extra-lovely! Sounds like a great time was had by all – kudos to the hostesses and congrats to the bride-to-be!

As a side note, this theme would also be fantastic for a rehearsal dinner!