I love getting dressed up every now and again. Planning out my outfit, and let’s be honest… my husband’s outfit, was both fun and a little stressful. I’m thrilled with what we ended up pulling together for our 10th anniversary party attire.
I knew I wanted to have a fun party dress but I wasn’t attached to a certain color or style. I was approximately 7 months post-partum and not feeling my most slim and attractive. Searching for a dress ended up being my least favorite part of the whole plan– though, my shopping partners and the eventual finding of the dress made it worth it.
A little background, let’s go back ten years or so to the time when I was searching for “the” dress, my wedding dress. I love clothing, but I do not like the type of shopping that goes with finding a once in a lifetime outfit. I really disliked needing help getting in and adjusting myself into a way too expensive dress. After trying on a few dresses at two different bridal shops I ended up hopping online and purchasing a dress online. If it wasn’t perfect I didn’t care. Thankfully, it pretty much fit perfectly and I didn’t need helping getting it on. Looking back I realize that it wasn’t the most flattering for my shape, but I felt beautiful in the moment and that is what matters.
I originally planned on wearing a white party dress or a brightly colored cocktail dress for the party. I thought it would be a fun way to coordinate with the event. I went to several shops before trying on dresses at Macy’s. While at Macy’s I loaded up my arms with dresses in my size (there were not many) and tried them on with more than a little disappointment in how they looked. I found one that I liked enough if I ordered a larger size online and began to reserve myself to doing that when on a last minute decision to walk through again put a beautiful black and white striped dress in my hands. I gravitated to the black and white stripe mainly because of the black and white striped element in the party invitations and paper goods I had designed. I fell in love. The dress was a tiny bit snug and didn’t completely hide my baby belly… but, I felt fantastic in it!
The idea of coordinating with the invitations was then implanted in my brain. I figured my husband would wear his grey suit, but I didn’t know what style of tie to go along with it. I dreamed for a little bit about making him a custom tie using the design I had on the invitations. I knew I could order custom fabric, but didn’t think I’d have time to actually sew a tie. That’s when I thought to google “custom printed ties” and found that there is a whole world of custom print items out there! (This is very dangerous!!) I was able to have a tie printed through Zazzle in the design I created and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. While he wasn’t stoked at first about the brightly colored floral tie, he ended up liking it in context with with party.
Overall I think we looked pretty snazzy! Don’t you?
Tie: Designed by Jenni Bost and custom printed through Zazzle.com
Seriously Awesome Vendors and Resources
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- Photography: Mary Boyden Photography | Facebook | Instagram
- Paper Goods: Designed by Jenni Bost of A Well Crafted Party | Facebook | Instagram | Etsy
- Florals: Flowers ordered from FiftyFlowers.Com and put together by Jenni Bost of A Well Crafted Party (more on these soon!)
- Styling: Jenni Bost of A Well Crafted Party
- Venue: Andina Restaurant in Portland, Oregon
- Vases for floral arrangements: Target (no longer available – similar small terrarium* and large terrarium*) Anthropologie (Dappled Glass Votive Holders, Bubble Mercury Glass Votive Holders) and DIY Colorful Vases & Candle Holders
- Placemats: via Linen and Tablecloth