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Caribbean Art with a Bohemian Flair

Are you enjoying the creativity and ingenuity of the Inspired Creations Contest concepts as much as I am?  To welcome in the new week, we have a lush and tropical tablescape and dessert table from the team of Erica O’Brien, Honey and Poppies, De-Lovely Events, and Jessica Claire.

Tropical Garden Centerpiece

The inspiration for this concept comes from the tropic paintings and old floral still lifes of Paul Gaugin, a post-Impressionist artist from the late 1800s.  The design is full of art- and painting-inspired objects and other mixed media.

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Peony and Dahlia Bouquet

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Refined vessels – a beautiful gold rimmed footed glass dish for the centerpiece, an elegant chandelier, and assorted delicate wine glasses – were juxtaposed against the wildness of the flowers.

Rose and Peacock Feather in Mercury Glass Votive

Lush Tropical Wedding Centerpiece

To create the lush and tropical floral arrangements, Megan from Honey and Poppies used garden blooms such as peonies, dahlias, roses, sweet peas, ranunculus, and snowball viburnum. To bring a more exotic feel, she layered in tons of texture with vines of passion flower, clematis, and pepper berries, and finally added in wispy curled ferns and peacock feathers.

Fuschia and Green Lush Garden Centerpiece

Erica created miniature collages for each place card that would also serve as a favor. The mini canvas and easel sets were purchased at Michaels and painted with acrylic paints in various colors. Names were printed on scrapbook paper, cut into the desired shape, and decoupaged on the canvas along with paper and paint chip cut outs.

Blue Glass Bud VaseMini Canvas on Easel Wedding Place Card

Table numbers are another mixed-media inspired piece, created from paint chips and scrapbook paper with decorative cutouts.  The number itself is presented in negative space – such an interesting visual piece for the table.

Framed Table Number

Bohemian Wedding Invitation

Bohemian Eclectic Wedding Tabletop

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Dahlia and Peony Bouquet

The desserts literally are a work of art. In addition to the three-tier fondant-covered cake with Caribbean-inspired gumpaste flowers, miniature cakes and icing in a tropical color palette were at the dessert table. Guests are invited to “paint” on their cakes using the colored icing with paint brushes. Directions, printed on scrapbook paper and framed, read “You are the artist. (1) Choose your cake. (2) Choose your icing. (3) Create your design.”

Wedding Dessert Table Art Theme

Miniature Wedding Cakes

Tiny Wedding CakesDecorate Your Own Miniature Cake

Art and Painting Theme Wedding Ideas

Decorate Your Own Wedding CakeTropical Blue Pink and Orange Wedding Cake

A unique art-inspired guest book was created using paint chips from the local hardware store.

  1. Gather index-card size paint chips in your color palette
  2. Purchase an inexpensive clip or key ring such as this one
  3. Punch a hole in the upper left corner of each chip
  4. Print your message on the first paint chip (laser printers work best)
  5. Embellish the first paint chip to your liking – you can see the Martha Stewart Daisy border punch used here
  6. Place each paint chip on the ring

Paint Chip Guest Book Wedding Ideas

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Flowers in Bud Vases

Art Theme Wedding Ideas

Scrapbook paper backed with foamcore board was framed and set at the base of the dessert table for extra added dimension. This is an inexpensive and beautiful way to add art to your decor.

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I’m also completely enamored with the vintage chandelier draped with flowers set inside an oversized picture frame above the dessert table.

Chandeliers with Flowers

Raspberry Peonies Garden Tropical Bouquet

The following Orange County wedding vendors contributed to this Inspired Creations Contest concept:

Concept design, cake, desserts – Erica O’Brien
Floral, concept design – Honey and Poppies
Coordination and planning – De-Lovely Events
Photography – Jessica Claire
Rentals – Signature Party Rentals
Location – The Villa del Sol

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22 comments on “Caribbean Art with a Bohemian Flair

  1. OMG! Those DIY mini cakes are so cool! What a fun idea, especially for a reception expecting a lot of little ones. But hey, I’m in my 20s & would still be obsessed with this!

  2. Wonderful concept, colors and details…Pastries look absolutely yummy and the flowers could not be more gorgeous. Love the richness of the peonies and the casual opulence of the floral design….kudos, honey and poppies!!

  3. Jessica Hazan writes...

    Every detail is just beautiful! Got lots of ideas for an upcoming bridal shower.Love the mini cakes! How fun. Gorgeous!

  4. Amazing!! The color pallet is totally refreshing, the flowers are as perfect as always (Megan is amazing) and the photos are absolutely beautiful.
    .-= morgan ‘s most recent blog post: Zabby -amp Sam 71010 =-.

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