Since my wedding is over a year away (next August), I wanted to do something to kick-off the festivities. I decided to invite all of the girls in my wedding party (bridesmaids, readers, greeters, etc.) to a "champagne and cupcakes" brunch to give everyone a chance to meet each other and so that I could recognize each person playing a role in my wedding. One of my bridesmaids, who has an innate sense of event design, thought it would be fun to create centerpieces and place settings for the table. I came up with this inspiration board....
(1) Paper Source has a huge variety of paper with different colors and designs that can be used under your centerpieces, as a table runner, or as placemats. Since it is paper, you can toss them out afterwards and not worry about people spilling food all over them. I used the gold and ivory paper shown above (top left).
(2) The restaurant provided champagne and I bought the cupcakes from Kara's Cupcakes in San Francisco. I had each person's initial put on top to personalize the cupcakes, but if you want to make them more wedding-related, you could put engagement ring keychains on the tops.
(3) Glass vases (which you can find at Michaels or Cost Plus) are perfect for your centerpieces and the Bud Vases/Name Card Holders are a cute way to do name cards.
(4) Since this is a kick-off party, it is the perfect time to officially ask your friends to be a part of your wedding. Take the time to write a sentimental note to each one, at the end asking "Will you Be My...". If you are interested in something a little extra, The Bridesmaid Guide is a cute gift to give your bridesmaids who may not know what being a bridesmaid entails.
(5) Have FUN!!!