This one goes into the "You learn something new everyday" category. I've been seeing (and admiring) it all over the place on lovely lattice-look four-sided badges in the center of invites and backgrounds in every color and for every type of party imaginable but I never knew what is was called.
Turns out the name is Quatrefoil and it's been around for centuries, only lately it's been regaining popularity at breakneck speeds.
What is Quatrefoil?
In Latin the word means "four leaves" and it can be used to describe many different but similar 4-lobed floral-type shapes. The featured bridal shower invitation uses Quatrefoil in the hot pink and white background design as well as a "barbed" version for the center "badge" where all of the party information is seen.
Quatrefoil is not just for invites either, the design has been used on everything from clothing to architecture throughout the ages.
Its history is long and its roots are believed to be in Islamic architecture.
It's also another name for the four-leaved clover shape leading to a belief that it brings luck.
You'll find more examples and an informative interesting read about the history of this fancy design HERE.
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The History of Baby Showers
Although the term baby shower is a fairly modern concept, the tradition of welcoming baby and the rite of a woman's transition into motherhood is
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The History of Bridal Showers
Did you know that the custom of throwing a bridal shower dates back to the time when dowries were popular? Friends of the woman to be wed began giving what is now known as a bridal shower to compensate women who came from poor families who couldn't afford a proper dowry, or for a woman whose father didn't approve of the marriage and refused to pay.
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