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Silhouettes. Simple. Classic. Beautiful. I fell in love with printed silhouettes when a friend sent me a framed art print of my children as a gift. That was a few years ago and since then I have incorporated silhouettes into my own designs and parties. I’ve also come across some gorgeous examples of how to use them for weddings and events. When created in black, silhouettes provide a striking contrast, especially when paired with muted colors. I’ve compiled several examples and ideas of how you can use silhouettes to make your next event personal and beautiful. This stunning navy and pink dessert table by Shauna Younge illustrates a beautiful way to integrate silhouettes at a wedding or engagement party.

silhouette dessert tabledessert table :: shauna younge

Silhouettes can easily be incorporated into the actual desserts of your party. Cake designers create beautiful fondant silhouettes for cakes and cupcakes. These mini cakes with fondant bride & groom are incredibly detailed with the tie, necklace and earrings. Another way to use them for desserts is to print the silhouette on edible paper to attach to cookies or other flat confection, like the cookie shown below from my daughter’s birthday party.

silhouette desserts cupcakessources :: mini cake, cookiescupcake

Bride and groom silhouettes are very popular for weddings and can be incorporated in many aspects of the event. This gorgeous wedding cake I spotted on Style Me Pretty shows how to display the silhouettes on an important focal point of the big day. Isn’t it lovely?

silhouette wedding cakewedding cake :: style me pretty

Silhouettes are most often used in the paper products for parties and weddings. This adorable banner can be customized with various silhouettes or custom designed silhouettes by Vana of Le Papier Studio {my favorite source for silhouette items}. It would be perfect for a wedding party or a family reunion. Vana also created these adorable letterpress notecards, perfect for thank you cards after a birthday party. The silhouette wedding invitation by Southern Fried Paper is simple and sweet and perfect to set the tone for the couple’s big day.

silhouette party goodssilhouette bannernotecards, wedding invitation

For my daughter’s recent birthday party, we did a glamour girl silhouette theme based on this adorable shirt by Oh Fiddlesticks that she wore for the party. I used the silhouette design throughout the party including all of the paper goods for the dessert table.

silhouette barbie party

While all of the examples that I compiled use muted colors with dark silhouettes, you can also find silhouettes used in more whimsical and brightly colored themes, like this collection I designed.

What do you think? Do you adore silhouettes, too? Do you prefer them in a classic color scheme or something more modern and bright?

Tell me in the comments below.

9 Responses

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  2. Briana@HGTV says:

    Love silhouettes, and would have never thought to use fondant to put them on a cake. Simple, and beautiful!

  3. anna@HGTV says:

    Oh, I wish I had thought to do something like this for my grandfather's 80th birthday before he passed away. Besides, he had a great profile!
    Separately, if you're a classic movie buff, I wonder if there could be a fun game in making silhouettes for silent and golden era movie stars with famous profiles…like John Gilbert.

  4. the cul-de-sac says:

    What a beautiful, inspirational collection of photos! I love the purity and personality of silhouettes and recently used them for my daughters' birthday party: http://thecul-de-sac.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-daug….

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    i was like them above creation……. that was very nice and awesome creation http://www.savethedatemagic.com/

  8. Jennie Palacz says:

    I am planning my mothers 75th birthday and she has a silhouette that her mother had made of her as a little girl. I had been thinking that I need to sit down and come up with an invitation and color scheme. I have some awesome ideas. thanks.

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