As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I will be a bridesmaid this year for the first time. My beautiful “sister” (not blood related but pretty damn close) is getting married in September and we’re having a blast planning everything wedding related. In July the girls are headed to Newport, RI for her bachelorette (send tips my way!) and most recently, we hosted her bridal shower at my house!
Brittany is far from bridezilla – the only creative direction she gave us was “a little bit rustic” and to use blush pink as a color accent. We ran with it, even though my vision was for the party to be outside on a gorgeous sunny day by the pool and we ended up with all-day downpours. This party would NOT have been possible without the help of my parents and the parents of the maid of honor – they are rockstars and we love them : ) Here are a few photos, plus some links to products and a few bits of advice!
I used a ton of chalkboard signs as decor on food/drink tables and for photo props! I’ve found them at Michael’s and Target, and even the dollar store, and I hand lettered them with a chalk pen. I also designed the invitations in Photoshop and we made favor and prize tags to match!
Tip: If you buy any craft/decor items at Michael’s – use the Coupon Sherpa app for discounts!
We contemplated using plastic disposable champagne glasses but the maid of honor found glass ones in bulk from Ikea – highly recommend going this route, so you have “stake” in the set to use for any event you might want to throw in the future! They’ll get a ton of use AND they were dishwasher safe ; )
Make anything you possibly can! We made banners to hang everywhere and cut coasters out of cardstock – they didn’t need to be functional so much as decorative. We used mason jars that I already owned for all of the flower arrangements and added wine corks in jars as extra centerpiece decor.
Isn’t she adorable!?
For the food, we (and by we I mean Allie and her mom) made a ton of items ahead of time – like quiches and pastries – and a few other bridesmaids took care of the self serve parfait bar, veggies, shrimp cocktail, fruit and a cheese bar. Our gorgeous cake came from The Master’s Baker in West Chester, PA and even that “F” topper was edible!
We made sure that Brittany ate (she got busy talking to everyone) and we kept her glass full at all times ; ) We opted to buy her a special glass so she wouldn’t have to worry about putting it down and losing it!
I had that pallet laying around in the garage for crafting purposes and it turned out to be a perfect way to display all of the beautiful proposal and engagement photos I took of the happy couple. The “cheers” balloon banner was from the Spritz line at Target and I couldn’t find it on the website but this, this and this are adorable gold/rustic alternatives!
Tip: One of our best ideas was to make the alcoholic beverages in large quantities. We chose to do regular mimosas, pink lemonade mimosas and pomegranate mimosas – I refilled them throughout the party but was able to choose the exact ratio of champagne to juice and saved us a TON of champagne for the bachelorette!
My ridiculously talented cousin made us these beautiful cookies to hand out as favors. I wish I had a photo of them packaged with our matching tag but I was a litttttle busy that day ; ) Custom Cookies by Stephanie can ship anywhere in the U.S. and she can do virtually ANY design you might be thinking – But the best part? The cookies actually taste fantastic.
I can’t speak for anyone else’s outfit but my blush midi skirt is from Francesca’s, paired with a plain white tank and denim jacket from Target! I also wore these beautiful nude wedges to stay comfy on my feet all day – I had to go straight from the party to a wedding reception so I needed to be ready to dance!
Another way we personalized the event was creating these custom water bottle labels – It took virtually no time to design them (and I begged Tim’s family to help me adhere them) and it added such a unique touch to the shower.
The only other tip I have was to tag team present opening, if that’s something your bride decides to do! We had one person snipping ribbon and pre-opening paper, and another person opening and reading cards to a third person who would write down the gift and who it was from. Then Brittany would open the gift and hand the gift to a 4th bridesmaid and the trash to a 5th! We didn’t want to take time away from her getting to socialize with her family and friends and this was a great system.
That’s about all I can think of/remember! The day was a bit of a blur – I was on my feet from 6am to 4pm and then I headed straight to a wedding reception so I may or may not have imbibed in a bit of champagne myself that day ; ) Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions – Or any advice for future bridesmaid duties!
PS. If you’re in need of more DIY decor, I’m guest posting over at Cotten Tales today with the cutest Sprinkle Treat Topper tutorial : ) Perfect for the 4th of July!