60’s Inspired Ice Cream Social Bridal Shower

With an array of colors and fun, this 60’s Inspired Ice Cream Social Bridal Shower was a genuine beauty! Using the expertise of Lustre Theory to style and coordinate, this event looked lovely and professional. 

The venue was vibrantly light with natural sunlight throughout the space which made everything look upbeat. An array of pastel tones gave an elegant effect while the ice cream decor provided a fun element. Invitations were printed with adorable ice cream graphics in pastel green envelopes. Even the RSVP cards went with the theme have an ice cream cone shape! 

Treats were both super cute and delicious looking with pastel tones.  Macaroons were done in white, blue and pink, giving a colorful look to the desserts.  There were also yummy candies like sweet and sour gummy bears and orange rings to enjoy. Beverages matched the 60’s vibe with classic bottles of soda with blue and white striped straws to drink with. A favorite sweet offered was cupcakes that were actually placed in waffle cones!  These were frosted in different colors and topped with classic sundae ingredients like cherries, nuts, chocolates and more.  

Holding all the treats in a vintage style, a fantastic white vanity table made the perfect stage. A drawer was even utilized to hold sodas and silverware for the guests to grab.  Underneath this table a fantastic pink lantern decoration added a bold pop of color.  On the table itself an overflowing bouquet of gorgeous flowers gave an elegant touch.  The table was also covered in a sheer white fabric to add a bit of charm while allowing guests to easily see the beauty of the vanity table underneath it. 

Notes from the Stylist: 

SHOOT DESCRIPTION – What do you get when you combine a bridal shower, amazing colors, macaron ice cream sandwiches and one of my favorite vintage style eras? Pure magic of course with a cherry on top!

This shoot inspiration came from the 60’s Mod style. Elements from this movement were sprinkled into the party decor and fashion choices. The shoot location was in the downtown Norfolk Arts District or sometimes called the Neon District of Norfolk, Virginia.

The goal wasn’t to copy the well known Twiggy style, but to bring in hints of it so you could feel the influence when looking at the images.

Color played a big role in defining this classic look. Bright, bold color is splayed in geometric patterns and vintage influence. The style focuses on color blocking, hints of bright yellow, orange, pink, and pastels.

The subculture brought about a more playful approach to makeup and the use of color. Different elements of the 60’s hair and makeup trends were chosen for the models, voluminous hair, lots of eyeliner and large bright accessories.


  1. Have no fear! – Don’t be afraid to pull decor and style elements from famous time periods or favorite themes. But try and think about how you can adapt these ideas into your event designs and still keep it current and make it your own. Rather than just copying the original idea.
  2. Get creative with your food. – Fancy cupcakes were used inside the waffle cones for this shoot for both impact and longevity. If you want something on your dessert or food tables that will look beautiful but also last sometimes it’s helpful think outside the box. Choose something creative and tasty that you might not have thought could be used in that way before!
  3. Mirror decor design elements. – Sometimes you have a feature at your event venue that offers a serendipitous addition to your decor. In this shoot the multicolored fence was perfect for the theme but I wanted to connect the fence to the shoot more. Colored ribbons were used as a fun backing for the heart shaped bistro chairs and played off the vertical lines of color on the fence. Many times taking advantage of decor elements from your venue will help unify your whole event aesthetic and could save you a little money in rentals.

Vendors | Credits: 

Decor Styling & Shoot Coordination - Lustre Theory
Photography - David Schwartz Photography
Styling Assist - A Lively Affair
Makeup - BlushTones
Hair - Flawless Onsite by Amberly
Florals -  Black Iris Floral Events Co
Macarons & Ice Cream - Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts
Vintage Rentals -  Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals
Vintage Trailer -  Skylar Wyatt
Models -  Skylar Wyatt Scott, Tiffany Cobb, Sade Graham
Doggy Model -  Winston Klimesh
Location -  The NEON District - Norfolk VA