A Victorian-inspired tea party is one of the most common themes for showers. Lori and I wanted to do something that inspired readers to think differently, but still felt somewhat comfortable and familiar. Enter: coffee and donuts. Compared to earl grey and tea cakes, coffee and donuts feel almost utilitarian, but I think that’s why we loved it.
We absolutely loved the challenge of creating a coffee and donut bar that was both feminine and rustic. The penthouse loft at Patrick O’Shea’s in downtown Louisville was ideal for this with its exposed brick walls and crystal chandeliers. It was a challenge to make the shoot feel appropriate for spring, and not too heavy or dark. So, we created a palette of bubblegum pink, fuchsia, emerald green, and coffee, with bold black and white graphic details to bring it all together.
The wonderful thing about a speciality bar is that it becomes an activity in personalization. Guests are engaged as they explore their options, and they feel excited about the possibilities. The act of mixing their own drinks at the coffee bar becomes a natural ice breaker that’s so much more comfortable for guests than anything structured or planned. It's also hard to mess up!
4 steps to your own coffee bar:
Pick up some flavored syrups from the grocery store, World Market, or Starbucks.
Grab a coffee traveler from Starbucks - call ahead. Or brew your own at home.
Stop by the grocery store and pick up some creamer and sugar.
*Bonus points: Put your coffee and fixin's in pretty containers (hint: look around your house), and set out some bold paper straws like the ones here.*
I made the signs for our coffee and donut bar. In my other life I'm a "chalkboard artist." Check out my shop, Event 29.
The coffee and donut bar was very conscious choice based on the fact that almost everyone loves coffee and donuts, and no speciality foods or vendors are required.
Our pink donuts came from Krispy Kreme. Just call ahead and ask for their, "color guy." Seriously.
It was extremely important for us to style a shoot that the anyone could easily recreate without being an expert in DIY. That’s why we decided to do our own florals. Our super simple designs containing only roses and dusty miller were arranged in recycled emerald green Perrier bottles. They’re absolutely affordable, easy, and pop against any backdrop.
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That's us! Check out all of the other wonderful vendors who worked on the shoot:
For more pictures of this shoot, view the full gallery here:
Many thanks to Mary and Sarah at Patrick O' Shea's for letting us use their amazing penthouse, and for making sure we were taken care of!