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August 31, 2011

{With a Cherry on Top}: A Palette of Red + White

August 31, 2011

{Red+ White}

I don't know about you, but I love red in a way that I don't love most colors. I guess you could say it's definitely on my favorites list. I suppose what I love most is the fact that red is such an intense color that it truly makes a statement in small quantities. Take these yummy looking cherry topped cupcakes for instance. They're simple and sweet and that little pop of red really has a way of standing out! But here's the thing...red sort of has a bad rap for being overplayed when it comes to weddings. Am I right? I mean...I get it. Red is the color of love and so it doesn't make for the most unique color choice. So I had this idea...Not to sway all you red lovers out there who are considering using red for their weddings, but I propose that using red would make for such a fun engagement party and/or a bridal shower palette. {continued...}

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Details We Love
Cherry Topped Cupcakes + Red Lipstick

I mean, don't get me wrong red can be used in all kinds of pretty ways on your wedding day! I just happen to think that the idea of using a red palette along with cheesy red hearts like the ones shown attached to this pretty pair of heels seems sort of fun and playful and a theme best suited for a pre-wedding party. Oh, and being a red lipstick girl myself, I can definitely appreciate anyone who decides to rock red lipstick. To me, there is nothing more exciting than to see red used in a way that pops! So whether you opt to use red on your wedding day or for one of your pre-wedding parties, just know that you have my approval!

August 30, 2011

{Honeydew Cucumber Margarita Popsicles!}: A Palette of Chartreuse, Gray + White

August 30, 2011

{Chartreuse, Gray + White}

As we get ready to say goodbye to Summer, I have to admit it's a little bittersweet. Because even though it's clear that my loyalty is and will always be with Fall, there is something about Summer that no other season really has. And so as I get ready to go out of town and head to the beach, I'm definitely being reminded of the little things about Summer that truly make me happy! Like popsicles! Because nothing compares to a popsicle on a hot Summer day. Am I right? And who doesn't love the sounds of honeydew cucumber margarita popsicles? Sounds life changing, right? Okay, so I'm sure you're dying to know how to concoct these yummy Summer treats? You can bet I'll be attempting to make these at the beach. Want to know the recipe? Of course you do. {continued...}

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Details We Love
Margarita Popsicles + Newlyweds in Love

Honeydew Cucumber Margarita Popsicles
{Recipe makes five 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles}

{Ingredients}:
1 cup honeydew juice (approximately a whole melon weighing 1lb)
1/3 cup cucumber juice (approximately half a cucumber weighing 5oz.)
½ cup tequila
1 tablespoon triple sec
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon mint simple syrup (recipe follows)
3 large mint sprigs

{Instructions}:
1. Place the honeydew and cucumber in a food processor or a blender and process until everything is pureed. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and mint syrup and process for another 20-30 seconds to blend well. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.

2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

~ Don't these sound delish? Oh, and stay tuned because I have lots of other fun recipes to share with you that would make the perfect snacks to serve up to your wedding guests.

August 29, 2011

{Sponsored Post + Giveaway}: Seating Chart Boutique

August 29, 2011

Well, hello there all my color loving friends! And Happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are feeling recharged and refreshed like I am. Today I'm excited because I have a really fun and exciting giveaway for you!

Remember a while back when I introduced you to one of my favorite places to find creative wedding seating charts? Need a reminder? Well, that would definitely be the Seating Chart Boutique! They seriously have the greatest designs! Of course what I lost most is the fact that they offer so many color options! Want a chance to win a free seating chart for your wedding or upcoming event? Sure you do! Look how beautiful these are!

The Prize
- One Free Seating Chart, 30" x 20" ($150 value)
- Choose from over 20 designs, 22 colors and 20 fonts.
{Please note: Print requires mounting or framing. Seating Chart Boutique offers both services at an additional charge or you can frame it yourself}



Official Rules
{Please leave a separate comment for each entry}

1. To enter simply visit the Seating Chart Boutique and find the chart you would choose should you win. Then come back to this post and leave us a comment letting us know your choice! {be sure to include your email address}.

2. For a second entry, ''like'' the Seating Chart Boutique and then ''like'' the Perfect Palette on Facebook.

3. For a third entry, hop on over to twitter and share this giveaway by tweeting, " I just entered to win a free seating chart from @SeatingChartBtq via @perfectpalette - enter here ☛ http://ow.ly/6fm1A for a chance to win''

4. And for a fourth entry, visit the Seating Chart Boutique's Blog here and subscribe here.

Good luck to everyone! A winner will be chosen on Friday September 2nd!

{Please note}: The following upgrades are available for an additional charge: Mounting, Framing, Duplicate charts, using table names instead of numbers, Custom Colors, and Custom Design. Also, to submit your guest information, you will need to submit the Seating Chart Boutique Template to at least 10 business days before your event.

August 26, 2011

{Caribbean Color}: A Palette of Shades of Teal, Orange + White

August 26, 2011

{Deep Teal, Burnt Orange, Orange, Dusty Aqua + White}

One thing that I've been looking forward to all Summer is the beach vacation I've been planning all year long! To be honest with you, I seriously cannot remember the last time I went to the beach! Either way, it's definitely been too long. There are few things that make me happier than being by the ocean. That's why I have been counting down the days. Plus, it doesn't hurt that we managed to book a beach house directly on the beach which is definitely a first for me. I mean, I've stayed a block from the beach, but never have I ever stayed in a house directly on the beach. {continued...}

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Details We Love
Candle Display by Martha Stewart + Bridal Portrait

Actually, now that I think about it...My last real vacation probably was our honeymoon back in '09 when we went on a Caribbean cruise. It was one of those trips where we had such a great experience, that I've been dying to jump back on that cruise ship and do it again ever since we got back home. The places we visited were the Bahamas, St. Marten, St. Thomas, St. John, and Turks and Caicos. I will always cherish that first week as husband and wife and all the fun we had together surrounded by beautiful aqua colored water and gorgeous scenery.

The colors were vibrant and for a lack of a better word...so tropical. And so that got me thinking about what colors would make the perfect Caribbean inspired palette. And so off to the drawing board I went...and here you have it! A tropical palette of shades of aqua and orange. So what do you think? Are you in need of a vacation right about now? And if so, what's your idea of the perfect getaway?

August 25, 2011

{Giveaway Winner Announced!}: NJ Candle

August 25, 2011


Thanks so much to everyone who entered the latest giveaway we hosted for NJ Candle! We really loved hearing about what color candles you would select should you be chosen the winner! Unfortunately, only one can win! So without further ado I'd like to announce the lucky winner of the $100 GC to NJ Candle!

A BIG congrats goes to Bride-onicles! Get excited because you just won a gift card for $100 to NJ Candle! Thanks again to all who entered. And of course be sure to stay tuned because I have a lot of great giveaways coming your way in the near future!

{The Perfect Palette}: Just a Few Reminders!

Happy Thursday, lovelies! And how has your week been treating you? I for one cannot believe how fast this week has flown by! Isn't it funny how some weeks just seem to drag on forever and then others just zip right along? Today I just have a few reminders for you. First and foremost, in case you happened to miss our big news a while back, I just wanted to remind you that the Perfect Palette has moved!


We're now located at www.theperfectpalette.com - so do whatever you have to do! Update your blogrolls and/or readers and make sure to continue to follow along! Secondly, don't forget to enter the $100 GC giveaway to NJ Candle here. With $100 worth of candles up for grabs, you seriously don't want to miss your chance to enter this one!

Anyways, now that we got those two little reminders out of the way, I just want to take a second and ask you what's going on in your worlds? Maybe you're struggling with trying to balance planning your wedding with all your other life's commitments? Or maybe you're in the midst of a big life change? Believe me, I've been there! Just remember to take things one day at a time, focus on the big picture and remember to try to enjoy the journey! Whether you're planning a wedding or not, I think there's a lot to be said about embracing the journey.

August 24, 2011

{Autumn Elegance}: A Palette of Fig, Light Plum, Antique Gold, Ivory + White

August 24, 2011

{Fig, Light Plum, Antique Gold, Ivory + White}

As we near the end of Summer, it seems to me that there are two schools of thought. Some people wouldn't love anything more than to hold onto Summer as long as they can - and then there are others, like myself, who more than welcome the change of season and everything that comes along with it. I think Fall has some of the prettiest palettes. And this one is no exception. Here lately I've really been attracted to shades of purple and I especially am loving this fig color. It's such an intense color and it really goes nicely with antique gold. {continued...}

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Details We Love
Lovely Wedding Tables + Bridal Hairstyle


What I love most about this palette is the attention to detail. From the handmade dinner menus complete with antique gold ink, to the lovely table numbers, this palette has so many creative things going for it. I personally love how elegant this feels - the elegance is seen in the gorgeous china and the lace detailing on the bride's gown. Plus, who isn't loving the bride's whimsical and romantic hairstyle? I have to admit, I'm completely smitten with that sweet little hair flower.

August 23, 2011

{Sail Away With Me}: A Palette of Navy Blue + White

August 23, 2011

{Navy Blue + White}

Nothing makes me feel more alive than being on the water - and that's why {just between you and me} I'm getting very excited about my upcoming beach trip. I have to admit, I even have a countdown. As a wedding theme, I've always loved the idea of a nautical theme. Because what's not to love? Navy blue is such a classy color and when paired with stripes and subtle nautical details, something really special happens. I love how clean this feels. Although I mostly imagine this theme looking lovely in a yacht club setting due to all the preppy details, there are plenty of other nautical locales that would work well with this theme. {continued...}

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Details We Love
'Lost at Sea' Skirt by Shabby Apple + Lemonade Display


Plus who isn't loving the idea of a send off by sea? I just so happen to think that that's one of the most romantic ways to say farewell to your guests and start your life together as husband and wife. So tell me, is anyone else a fan of this navy blue + white palette? It's definitely one of my all time favorite palettes.

August 22, 2011

{Milk + Honey}: A Palette of Shades of Yellow + White

August 22, 2011

{Shades of Yellow, Camel + White}

When I think of the perfect Summer wedding, I often find myself gravitating towards yellow. Maybe it's because yellow reminds me of sunshine? Or maybe it's just because I feel like yellow THE feel good color that encompasses everything I love about Summer? I suppose what I love most about Summer is that light-hearted and carefree feeling that only Summer brings. And do you blame me for wishing that it was possible to bottle that feeling up and take it with me right into the Winter months? So I guess it’s really no surprise that today’s inspiration board is easy going and totally simple. A sweet palette of yellow + white that incorporates a very subtle honeybee theme and a lovely old fashioned swing in a sweet country setting. Sounds like a delightful way to spend the day to me. 

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{top row}: newlyweds, lovely bouquet, beeswax candles, florals,
{middle row}: handmade yellow bunting,
{bottom row}: invitation, soap favors, centerpiece, bride.

Details We Love
Newlyweds in Love + Beeswax Candle Favors

So what do you think? Is anyone else a fan of the color yellow like I am? I for one happen to think that this palette strikes the perfect balance between fun + elegance. It's charming details like these beeswax candles and this lovely swing shot that really stand out to me. Charming, sweet and full of romance, this palette is perfect in my book.

August 18, 2011

{Giveaway}: NJ Candle

August 18, 2011
Want to win a $100 gift card towards candles for your upcoming wedding day? Of course you do! Because when it comes to finding the perfect candles to coordinate with your wedding color palette, I can't think of a better place to recommend than my friends over at NJ Candle.

Of course one of the reasons I absolutely love this shop is simply the fact that they have so many lovely color choices to choose from! 49 to be exact! I know! Wow! With SO many color choices available, you won't be left wishing they had your color! Aren't all these colors just fabulous?



Don't Miss Your Chance to Win a $100 GC to NJ Candle!

Official Giveaway Rules:
1. To enter simply leave a comment here letting us know which color{s} you're loving the most from the NJ Candle Color Chart. Click here to see the chart ☛ http://tinyurl.com/4y39d5q {don't forget to include your email address}

2. For a second entry ''like'' NJ Candle on Facebook + ''like'' the Perfect Palette on Facebook.

3. For a third entry, simply join the NJ Candle mailing list here.

4. And lastly for a fourth entry, simply tweet this giveaway by tweeting "I just entered to win $100 gift card to @njcandle via @perfectpalette - Enter here for your chance to win ☛ http://ow.ly/65Vwr #giveaway''

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. And since NJ Candle only ships within the USA, please no entries outside of the US. A winner will be chosen on Thursday August 25th! Good luck everyone + Happy Thursday!

August 17, 2011

{Giveaway Winner}: Stella + Dot

August 17, 2011
A sweet thanks to all who entered our recent giveaway with Stella + Dot! We so loved reading about all of your fabulous finds! I'm telling you, they have some gorgeous jewelry! So get excited...because today is the big day that we announce the lucky winner! Congrats to Meg {henninglove}! You're the lucky winner of the Soiree Studs from Stella + Dot! And stay tuned because tomorrow I'm back with yet another exciting giveaway for you!

Colorscope: What Do Your Favorite Colors Say About You?

I recently came across this fun little color chart. And if you know me, you know I LOVE charts. Throw in beautiful colors and I’m instantly captivated! Actually, this Colorscope chart was developed by Paper Source, an incredible resource for all things paper related. I don't know about you, but I've always felt that a person’s favorite colors revealed something interesting about them, and so that's why I can so appreciate this lovely color chart.



Try it out! The idea is that the colors you are most attracted to will describe your personality. Simply pick out your two favorites (mine, at the moment, are Strawberry and Fig) and read what they tell you about yourself.



I have to admit I'm seriously blown away by how my favorites really speak to who I am. Start by just focusing on the colors (don’t read the descriptions yet!). What color(s) jump out at you?



Are you loving this peacock shade? Or maybe you're more drawn to bluebell?



What about shades of pink?



Or even shades of orange? I personally love this fig color.



Are you a red girl at heart? Or maybe strawberry catches your eye?



Or maybe you're the kind of person who likes to surround yourself with lovely neutrals such as these.



One thing is for sure, it's hard to narrow down a favorite isn't it? So just go with your gut. What colors instantly grab you?



Picked out your favorite colors yet? Okay, now see if the description matches your personality? So tell me, what colors were you instantly drawn to? And were the descriptions even remotely close to your personality? I'd love to hear about whether or not there was any truth here! I seriously love color charts like this!

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