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It's not unusual to find Jordan Ferney cruising around her office space on mint-green roller skates. "I like to be cheeky," she says. Ferney started her career as a party planner but discovered that her passion was in the lighthearted—but thoughtfully curated—details. So she began the Oh Happy Day blog, sharing her ideas for new crafts, design, and party inspiration. In 2015, she launched a sister site, a party-supply shop by the same name. Ferney and her 10 full-time employees now live by the credo "We put the art in parties." She harbors a particular affinity for balloons—and for global décor. "France, hands down, has the best confetti. They tend to have the perfect slow drift, they flutter just right, and they don’t stick together. I know: I've tested them all."
In that spirit, we asked the San Francisco party master to set the scene for a French-inspired bridal shower. The result? Bright stripes, balloons, and many bisous. Let these creative ideas inspire your own bridal shower, pre-wedding party, or even the reception itself!
Red-and-white-striped paper goods tie together the elements of this sweet spread, inspired by beach umbrellas on the French Riviera. Highlights include dainty marzipan cherries, mini tarts, and, mais oui, pink-poodle balloons.
CB2 "Contact White" Dinner Plates, $64 for 8, cb2.com. Marzipan Cherries, $5.50 for 2; and Miette "Old-Fashioned" Cupcakes, $3.75 each, miette.com. Oh Happy Day Small Scallop Plates, $7 for 10; Mini Balloons, 5" $9 for 30; "160 Long" Balloon Bundles, $33 for 100; "Fancy" Disposable Cutlery, in pastel yellow, $7.50 for 23 pieces; and "Brenton Stripe" Napkins, $6.75 for 20, shop.ohhappyday.com. The Ribbonerie Silk-Satin Ribbon, $2.60 per yard, ribbonerie.com. Paper Mart Red Striped Cub Tuck-Top Box, $4 for 12, papermart.com. Orange Striped Paper Straws, $5.50 for 25, target.com. IKEA "Intagande" Glass, in light pink, $2, ikea.com.
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Dainty drink umbrellas, which at full size could easily be found in the sand on the Côte d’Azur, top these "French kiss" cocktails. With vodka, vermouth, and an egg-white foam, they make cheerful signature sips for a shower. Ferney likes to cut the metallic-paper straws to fit the scale of the glasses.
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"I like balloon walls because they look impressive but are really very easy—the entire thing took maybe an hour," says Ferney. Using a projector to cast "Bisou, Bisou" onto a blank wall in a simple script (in the font Thirsty Rough Light), she traced the letters lightly with a pencil. Then she affixed ultra-slender "160 Long Balloons" in shades of coral and blush, with gaffer's tape in a triple layer. (Shorter lengths of balloon were just tied off and trimmed.) Adding to the festive look is neon confetti. "Giant confetti is my favorite,” she says, "partly because it’s the easiest to clean up."
"160 Long" balloons, $33 for 100; and Confetti party box, $7.50, shop.ohhappyday.com.
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Kisses to Go
Ferney transformed clear plastic cylinders into candy-filled "lipstick tubes" for party favors. To re-create: Cut one end of each tube at an angle and fill with candy. (Ferney uses Sixlets—"they're iconic and come in almost every color.") Tape acetate on top, then wrap the middle of the tube in gold washi tape. Below that, add an outer layer of card stock in a contrasting color, scored for a beveled look. Attach a lipstick-printed tag with washi tape.
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