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Retro Rockabilly Milkshake Bar

I’m not sure what’s cuter – this retro milkshake bar Inspired Creations Contest concept or the “models” for the shoot, Rachel and John. Kellie Kano and Elissa Keno did an incredible job constructing the milkshake bar and creating a retro look and feel sure to be perfect for any summer wedding reception!

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Elissa and Kellie show us that managing your wedding spending is all about resource allocation – finding where you can use your imagination and ingenuity to create items on your own so that you can intelligently use your budget to create the best possible guest experience.  The entire milkshake bar, from top to bottom, was created with a total spend of only $433.  The most expensive items? Two barstools from TJ Maxx ($110), two red blenders and a red ice cream maker from Sur La Table ($90), and the wood for the bar itself ($100), which was built by Elissa’s husband.  Elissa hand-sewed the bunting, and the colorful backdrop is two shower curtains.

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The adorable red and white striped straws (from Anthropologie) were the inspiration for the whole concept.  Kellie and Elissa used neopolitan ice cream colors to tie the theme together, and continued the retro feel with the striped backdrop and colorful toppings.  Chalkboard paint menus completed the look.

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The following North Carolina wedding vendors contributed to this Inspired Creations Contest concept:

Photography and concept – Kellie Kano Photography \ Styling and concept – Elissa Keno \ Gown – Angel Sanchez from Tre Bella Bridal

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58 comments on “Retro Rockabilly Milkshake Bar

  1. Oh wow. I might just have to steal this idea. In fact, I WILL steal this idea! I love the idea of serving ice cream as a wedding dessert, but I think this milkshake bar just totally won. Amazing!

  2. Ben B. writes...

    Beautiful photos! They look great Kel! Bowties and braces are always in style … :)

  3. Janie F. writes...

    What a cool, fresh take on a retro theme! I love all the details from the Neapolitan bunting to the chalkboards and the yummy milkshake bar. I want one for my wedding!

  4. Nancy W. writes...

    ADORABLE! What a fun and original idea! I love the unique wedding dress!

  5. Ashley writes...

    Oh…my…gosh…I’m getting married this July and so wish I could have this milkshake bar at my reception to cool off my guests. It would be SOOO much fun! What an incredibly awesome concept! LOVE it!

  6. Courtney Shaver writes...

    I love this! So adorable, authentic and nostalgic! Who doesn’t love milkshakes and with the variety of toppings amidst the cutest bowls and straws, it’s a win-win!

  7. Chrissie Frost writes...

    What a cute idea! I love all the colors and the retro feel! Another great job Elissa!

  8. Blaise Nicholsky writes...

    I love this idea! Every detail is so well thought out. What a fun, colorful way to celebrate a special event!

  9. Jessica Bradley writes...

    Gorgeous! I love the chalkboard! What a happy activity at a wedding!

  10. Dale Carson writes...

    This is a fantastic idea! I absolutely love it! I will definitely be passing this idea along!

  11. Julie writes...

    How Fun!! this whole milkshake idea is great for any occassion!
    Imagine a Sweet 16..great job!

  12. Lauren Malinowski writes...

    Absolutely fabulous! Who doesn’t love milkshakes and adding that retro touch makes it that much more adorable! Love the idea

  13. Victoria writes...

    What a cute concept! This shoot is making me crave a milkshake so bad right now…

  14. Ashleigh Salvatore writes...

    I love when people can put their creativity to use. And these ladies, and gentleman:) did an amazing job creatively. I especially appreciate knowing that something that looks that amazing and expensive, is in fact very affordable. Great J0b and Good Luck!!!

  15. Lauren Hicks writes...

    What a cute idea!!!!! Everything is perfect!!! I really want to be there enjoying a milkshake!!

  16. Ashley Roberts writes...

    Amazing idea & photography! Just love every last detail!

  17. Kim M writes...

    What a fun, fresh idea! I absolutely love the concept and think you ladies did a great job putting it together! Congrats!

  18. Terry Iverson writes...

    What a great theme! Makes me think of hot summer southern weddings and old time ice cream delights to keep you cool! Great job to the whole team!

  19. crystal writes...

    I love the rockabilly milkshake concept, it is absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Lauren Hicks writes...

    This theme really makes me happy! What a wonderful job at being creative and thrifty!!

  21. Kym Andrews writes...

    Love the concept and the execution! Definitely my favorite!!

  22. Mollie Davenport ( Retired Wedding Director) writes...

    This would be my kind of wedding…it includes icecream. They’ve done a great job of showing not just love, but a love of life and fun. I wish some of my brides had had this much fun.

  23. robyn huttegger writes...

    I love this!!! So amazing!! I wonder where they found those shower curtains? Awesome!

  24. Allison writes...

    LOVE everything about this! Does anyone know where I can find a wedding dress like that??

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