I recently had the pleasure of hosting a Bridal Shower for my little sister in honor of her upcoming wedding. I had so much fun planning a vintage, wildflower brunch that I hope made her feel special.
Invitation by papernpeonies
I had this invitation design customized and sent to me through the papernpeonies shop on Etsy. After I received the pdf I sent it to a local print shop to be printed.
As guests entered they signed the “guest book” I had set up on the entry table with metallic sharpies. I used a giant wooden letter as the guest book and chose to have guests sign the back so my sister can hang it in her new home. By signing the back instead of the front it will look nice but she’ll know there are sweet messages tucked away from friends and family.
Next to the guest book was the ice-breaker game I came up with. My sister met her finance on match.com so I thought it would be fun to have an activity that alluded to how they met.
Each guest took a gold dipped match and tried to find someone who had the same colored dot on the bottom of the match. It was a great way to get people talking and mingling at the beginning of the shower. I used gold paint from Target to dip the matches and markers to color the bottoms.
The mimosa bar was so fun to set up. I had water on one end with edible flower ice cubes floating inside. I ordered fresh edible flowers on-line and they were shipped to my home.
They looked so pretty but once the ice melted the flowers ended up sticking to the sides of the beverage dispenser and looking rather pathetic. I also placed a few floral cubes in the champagne ice bucket.
On the other end of the table I served sherbet punch in a vintage punch bowl I borrowed from a friend.
In the middle I had an ice bucket with two different kinds of champagne. In front of the champagne a choice of three different juices: pineapple-orange, orange, and grapefruit poured into glass carafes I found in the dollar-spot at Target. Finally, I had sliced strawberries and raspberries for garnish. I got the glass champagne flutes from The Dollar Tree. I’ve always seen bloggers that blog about The Dollar Tree but now I get why. There is so much fun stuff there. I’m glad my friend tipped me off about the $1 champagne flutes, so I didn’t have to use the cheapy plastic ones. After looking at two stores I ended up ordering on-line, instead of going from store to store and they shipped right to my front door. The adorable Mimosa Bar Sign from PrintablePixels on Etsy walked guests through what to do. I simply purchased, downloaded, printed and put in a fun frame.
I placed small mason jars of flowers throughout the kitchen and dining areas and purchased vintage china from a local thrift shop.Food is always my favorite part of any party. I was so lucky to have the help of my sister’s bridesmaids to get everything prepped and ready. They were so helpful. We prepped a few things the night before, heated and assembled in the morning.
The menu included:
- Sugared Bacon Wrapped Smokies
- Monte Cristo Sliders
- Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites
- Mini Pancakes
- Fruit Salsa w/Cinnamon Pita Chips
- Cake with Strawberry Filling
This fruit salsa would also be delicious on angel food cake.We played a couple of games that I found on Pinterest and purchased from Etsy.
The Here Comes the Bride game I downloaded and printed from PaperEtiquette on Etsy was a lot of fun. I asked the groom to answer the questions ahead of time. Everyone had fun sharing their answers and laughing at what others came up with.
The next game we played was the He Said, She Said Game I downloaded and printed from LaurEvansDesign on Etsy. I loved the fact that you could edit and create your own personalized questions. I copied and enlarged the mustaches and lips, printed, cut and attached to a skewer with hot glue. Everyone got a mustache and lips and held up the mustache if they thought he said it and the lips if they thought she said it. It was a fun way for guests to learn something new about the bride and groom.
After the games we opened gifts. My sister really wanted vintage China and I was so excited to surprise her with our 96 year old grandmother’s China from when she and my Grandfather got married 74 years ago. I had asked my grandmother several months before the shower and it was a hard secret to keep but so worth it!
After presents we had cake. As guests left they were each given a small terra-cotta pot with flower seeds tied with tulle. I wrote the bride & groom’s name on one side with a gold sharpie and their wedding date on the other. I found the small flower pots in the dollar section at Target. I thought they fit nicely with the wildflower theme.
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