It's official: May is upon us. With each bird's chirp and the rising of the warm sun, we're reminded of a need to celebrate the memories and occasions that come with the month of May. From graduations to weddings, we find ourselves in search of the perfect piece to capture memories in the most unique way possible. After all, who wants a picture that's stuck in a boring old wooden frame?

Faux Finished Picture Frame

Faux Finished Picture Frame
Enter the unique distressed turquoise, chocolate, and white frames that we're proud to call some of the most unique gifts available, whether it's for your senior photo shoot or those fabulous bridal portraits you spent all day getting gorgeous for. Ranging in size from 4X6 to 11X14, these vintage photo holders boast the hidden sparkle of bronze distress, in addition to great embellishments such as large wooden crosses and antique accents.

Faux Finished Picture Frame

Faux Finished Picture Frame

Faux Finished Picture Frame
Give one or use it in your own home; you're sure to please when it's a unique frame that holds your memories this spring!

Faux Finished Picture Frame Display

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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Wedding season is in full swing, especially at Bella Vita! If you're getting married, or know someone who's getting married odds are you will be involved with planning a shower.

If you're stumped for some great shower themes, let us help you out. Here are some fun theme's we've seen and heard of that we thought were worth a try!

1) Around the Clock Party

Clock
(Image courtesy of Amazing Bridal Showers)

An "Around the Clock" party is a great idea for brides and grooms who are just finishing college, or just starting out on their own. The idea is simple- gather items for the new couple that they will need at all hours of the day. Planning is even easier! assign each invitation at time of day/night and that's how each person selects a gift.

So, for example if you had 7:00 am you might consider buying a coffee maker, or similar breakfast appliances. At 2:00 pm you might want to get a vacuum cleaner or cleaning supplies. If your invite reads 6:00pm you would be right on track if you bought the new couple something snazzy for the kitchen!

 

2) All About the Honeymoon

Bora Bora Beach Hotel
(Image courtesy of Bora Bora)

Is the new couple headed somewhere like this on their honeymoon? Or perhaps a mountain getaway is more their thing? Either way, a wedding shower centered around the honeymoon destination will ensure that the bride and groom have exactly what they need to fully enjoy their trip.

For gifts, consider packing a beach bag with sun essentials, schedule an adventure or spa day for the couple, gather bathing suits or other gear they may need. And don't forget, a little cash is always appreciated while on vacation!

3) Date Night

Vintage Movie Tickets
(Image courtesy of Web Design)

Money can sometimes be tight, especially for newlyweds. Host a "Date Night" shower so the couple can collect games, DVD's and other essentials for enjoying time together as a newly married couple. Board and card games, movie passes, restaurant gift cards, a popcorn popper and similar gifts are all items the couple are sure to love!

 

4) Holiday Shower

Christmas Ornament
(Image courtesy of Wallcoo)

Help the newlyweds prepare for the holidays and host a "Holiday Shower". Assign guests a certain holiday on their invitation so the couple ends up with an assortment of seasonal items rather than a bunch of decor for one holiday. Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are great holidays to start with. If it's going to be a well-attended shower consider adding birthday's and seasons too (Fall, Spring, Summer etc.).

If you're planning a wedding shower feel free to stop by and pick our brains! We are happy to help you select the perfect theme, decor, attendant gifts and hostess gifts!

- The Girls at Bella Vita

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Can you believe it's already the last Monday in April? We are shocked and amazed at how this month has flown, and that it's already time for the final installment of our suggestions for rainy day activities! This week, why not spend a little time in the kitchen, whipping up some rainy day comfort food or even a tasty treat for when the family comes home from school and work?

Gathering of Friends - Cookbook

How, may you ask, will you ever come up with the perfect recipe? Allow us to introduce the third installment of one of our favorite cookbooks, The Gathering of Friends. Filled with great ideas for even the most non-domestic diva, this cookbook will get you through the last of April's gloomy days, and make you look like a kitchen goddess. There are even great ideas for hosting and entertaining throughout this photo-filled, fool-proof cookbook. These elegant, Italian-inspired concoctions won't take up your whole day either--you'll even have time to pamper yourself before dinner and dessert are complete.

Cookbook Pages

Cookbook Pages

After all these days of stormy weather, we can't wait to see the beautiful colors that April's showers will bring with May's arrival.  How about you?

-The Girls at Bella Vita

Related:
They're Back (volume 1 and 2)
Copper Cookbook Stand

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Stephanie

Hi, my name is Stephanie. Like you, I love all things beautiful. The word. The life. The way it makes your soul feel warm and cozy. So curl up with the Girls at Bella Vita as we share our lives with you- our families and friends, our inspirations and ideas, our homes and nests- quite simply, our take on creating a beautiful life.
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