Amber Housley

Blue and Yellow Wedding Inspiration

While we often times lean toward pink weddings, but love seeing wedding inspiration for a variety of other color palettes as well! This blue and yellow wedding inspiration is absolutely perfect for Spring. It is so whimsical and reminds us of days frolicking in fields of flowers. You can’t get much more Southern than that!

Blue and Yellow Wedding Inspiration | Amber Housley Weddings | Nashville Wedding Planner

Wedding Invitation Suite | Bouquet | Bride and Groom | Custom Cornhole Set | Table Setting | Custom Drinks

Set the tone for your wedding with a wedding invitation suite in pretty hues of vibrant yellow and sky blue, like the invitation suite we designed for the Song of the South editorial shoot for Southern Weddings. Carry yellow into different aspects of your wedding day by making a soft bouquet of yellow flowers, and then placing it in the basket of your bicycle to take cute newlywed pictures with your sweetheart after the ceremony.

While the two of you are taking pictures during the cocktail hour, have fun outdoor games for guests like cornhole with a custom cornhole set featuring both of your home states. After the cocktail hour is finished, seat guests at a table outdoors with pops of blue and accents of gold to brighten up the color palette. Once dancing ensues, offer guests a refreshing yellow custom drink with adorable straw flags to quench their thirst as they dance the night away!

Are you planning a blue and yellow wedding? If so, how are you tying the color palette into your big day? We would love to hear in the comments section below!

Nashville Wedding Venue | Thistle Stop Cafe

We are so fortunate that there are so many amazing wedding venues here in Nashville. The Thistle Stop Cafe, a part of Thistle Farms, is a great place to hold a bridal tea, a rehearsal dinner or a quaint wedding reception.

Nashville Wedding Venue | Thistle Stop Cafe | Amber Housley Weddings

Nashville Wedding Venue | Thistle Stop Cafe | Amber Housley Weddings

Photography by Peggy Napier

What we love most about Thistle Farms and Thistle Stop Cafe is that it is a philanthropic choice for Nashville couples. Thistle Farms is a social enterprise of women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. Run by Thistle Farms’ two-year residential program Magdalene graduates and residents, the Thistle Stop Café sells Nashville-based and fair-trade coffees, teas and healthy catered foods. A venture of Thistle Farms, the social enterprise of Magdalene, the Café features food as good for the body as it is for the earth. How amazing is that?

The cafe now offers wedding and event rentals, with full use of the facility and the ability to choose from their beautiful china, coffee or tea airpots, and more.

To see more about the Thistle Stop Cafe,their story, and what they have to offer, make sure to visit their website!

Chalkboard Art Prints

Each Spring, I always feel more inspired than ever to come up with new creative products. So many of y’all have enjoyed my favor stamps that feature Southern sayings in my custom calligraphy. So I have decided to turn them into chalkboard art prints that are available in my Etsy shop!

Sweet as Honey Chalkboard Art Print by Amber Housley

Thanks Y'all Chalkboard Art Print by Amber Housley

Both the Thanks Y’all and Sweet as Honey chalkboard art prints are available as instant downloads, so you can have them immediately and print them from your home printer or at your local print shop! Take a look at the Etsy listings for more information about downloading and printing these prints, we promise it’s as easy as pie.

How would y’all style these art prints? Would you frame them in your home or use them during your wedding? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Top Picks for Spring Bridesmaids Dresses

It is officially wedding season! With the start of the wedding season and the beautiful Spring weather, we are going to be showcasing some of our favorite clothing and accessory pieces for various parts of your wedding right here on the blog. Today, we’re talking all about our top picks for Spring bridesmaids dresses.

Top Picks for Spring Bridesmaids Dresses | Amber Housley Weddings

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There are so many great options to choose from this Spring! Some work perfectly for a more casual garden wedding, and others are excellent for a black tie affair. As you can see, we personally prefer classic cuts with a surprise detail, like the sequined v-neck back in the navy Camilyn Beth dress and the gold soutache trim on the baby blue Lilly Pulitzer shift dress. We also adore the idea of patterned bridesmaids dresses, whether they are soft florals like the pattern on the Jenny Yoo dress or bold stripes like the pattern on the Lula Kate dress (which by the way has pockets!).

Which dress do you love most for Spring bridesmaids dresses? Is there another style that you are envisioning asking your best girl friends to wear on your big day? Let us know in the comments below!

Welcome Spring Sip n’ See Party with Aladdin

Category: AH Living, Parties

It is a tradition here in the South that when you have a baby, you host something called a Sip n’ See. It is a time when your friends and family come over to sip some fun drinks and see your new little one! I knew that I wanted to host a Sip n’ See for Kayla, and now that the Spring weather is finally here, it was the perfect time to do so.

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Twelve of my sweet friends from Bunko, Amber Housley Inspired, Making Things Happen, the wedding industry, and more came over to see Kayla for the first time. Everyone mingled around the house, but the favorite spot was definitely our new kitchen nook!

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

Sweet Tea never looked so good

We made four different drinks for people to sip on: Sweet Tea, Berry Lemonade, Jack Daniel’s Honey Punch, and White Sangria. We displayed them in the most adorable one gallon Classic Glass Mason Dispensers from Aladdin. Y’all, these are some of the best drink dispensers I’ve ever worked with. They are a great size for mixing, they are glass, which helps to keep the drinks extra cold and are also naturally BPA free, and the nozzle doesn’t drip when you are getting a drink! That is really important to me so I don’t ruin my countertop or floors, so I was excited about the great quality during my party.

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip and See Aladdin Party3_682px

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

I served the drinks in the most adorable 16 oz Classic Mason To-Go Cups. They come in a four pack, and also come in four different colors: royal blue, aqua, clear, and magenta. Naturally I preferred the magenta! These cups are appropriately called to-go cups because they come with a twist on lid and are extremely durable. They are made out of Eastman Tritan plastic, so they will not crack, break or stain. They are also dishwasher safe, which is a huge plus when cleaning up after a party! And of course, they look adorable paired with a floral paper straw.

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip and See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip and See Aladdin Party

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Aladdin Party

I also prepared some tasty treats for everyone to snack on in addition to sipping on the delectable drinks. I purposefully chose snacks that could be prepared quickly while still being delicious. We had some fancier snacks, like the water crackers with white cheddar, arugula and honey and the spinach and artichoke dip, balanced with some simple snacks like cheddar bunnies (for Spring!), white cheddar popcorn, and grapes. An easy tip for making the most simple of snacks look fancier is displaying them in cute containers. Even fun cupcake liners work fabulously!

See that clear mason jar tumbler with the blue top? It has to be my favorite product from Aladdin by far. It is their 16 oz Classic Insulated Mason Tumbler, and it is amazing. As Aladdin likes to say, it is iced tea’s new BFF (or sweet tea in my case!). These tumblers have a no-sweat exterior, so your hands stay nice and dry on the hottest of Spring and Summer days. They are also double wall insulated, making them perfect for hot or cold drinks. Extra bonus feature? They are single serve compatible, meaning that you can stick your tumbler right under your Keurig and brew your favorite coffee. How cool is that? The tumblers also feature a wide “smoothie-sized” straw, so you can drink thin drinks like sweet tea or thicker ones like smoothies and margaritas. And just like the to-go cups, they are dishwasher safe. Can you tell how smitten by these tumblers I am?

If you love these products and are hoping to try them out for yourself, you’re in luck! They are available at your local Walmart stores, so you don’t even have to wait for them to be shipped to you!

Amber Housley Living | Welcome Spring Sip n' See Party with Aladdin

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Aladdin via MomTrends for this party and blog post. They provided me with the Aladdin products as well as compensation. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.