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Gorgeous Vintage State Fair Rehearsal Dinner

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Step right up for a Gorgeous Vintage State Fair Rehearsal Dinner by Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic! From the hot & delicious popcorn to the seating cards in crates of peanuts, Jose Villa captured all the prize winning details of this special (pre wedding) night!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Lemonade in mason jars with red stripe straws
  • Bar with a candle lined wall and chalkboard menu
  • Centerpieces with red florals in rustic bottles, long wooden tables & red lanterns
  • Custom calligraphy stationary by Betsy Dunlap

popcorn stand

calligraphy escort cards


rustic florals

seating cards

samll table


gourmet corndogs


french fries

red flower centerpiece

vintage rehearsal dinner

vintage tablescapes

vintage state fair rehearsal dinner


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Kelly …

I’m super excited to share this rehearsal dinner I designed and Jose Villa photographed. The client wanted a fun rehearsal dinner atmosphere and asked for a state fair theme. I ran with it and had Bella Vista make custom red and white cabanas for our food and drink booths. Custom chalkboard signs with custom decals were made, and I worked with Duo Events to create some upscale carnival food.

My favorite food that night was the duck confit corndogs. They were way, way too good! We also served french fries in newspaper cones and tray passed sweet tea. I even bought red and white striped ties for the caterer waiters to tie the whole look together.

For invitations, I worked closely with a paper designer here in Santa Barbara. We used hand set metal type for these letterpress invitations and Betsy Dunlap did the amazing calligraphy. The reply and transportation card were made of one piece that was perforated so guests could tear off their “admit one” ticket for their RSVP reply card.

For the bar, I used Zephyr Tents farmhouse style bar. Behind it, I used Town & Country‘s candle wall to create a backdrop.

For dinner, I  used the farmhouse tables from Zephyr and overlayed them with custom red and white striped seersucker runners. A collection of vintage medicine, milk and soda bottles (that I collected over many months) were mixed with milk glass and held flowers such as red ranunculuses, dahlias, and straw flowers. Petite crab apples were also scattered about to add additional fall texture.

I scattered loose hay throughout the party to create that authentic state fair feel.  For the table numbers I made little flags and Betsy calligraphed the numbers on. They were then placed them in old soda bottles. Michael from The Flashdance spun country and rockabilly classics and totally completed the party vibe. Thank you to all the vendors that made this event a success!

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  1. @PartyBlowout April 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Gorgeous Vintage State Fair Rehearsal Dinner http://t.co/46DtLgfFe2

  2. @RosannasTable April 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Check out this amazing state fair-inspired rehearsal dinner featuring Decor Bon Bon on @HWTM_Jenn today. http://t.co/h9z24BF9zi

  3. Nikki @ Tikkido April 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS. I love all the thoughtful little details–the peanuts nestling the seating cards, the simple pops of red from the ranuculus and apples… Everything is perfect!

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  5. Toni April 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Wow if this is just the rehearsal dinner, what in the world did the wedding look like?!

  6. blovelyevents April 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I think this is the cutest theme for a rehearsal dinner. So whimsical and fun yet it came together so perfectly pretty!

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