My Brother and his Fiancee are getting married next week. I'm pretty excited because A: I never had a wedding (Although I do plan to have a renewal for our 10 year in 2016!), B: I am a bridesmaid and our sons are the ring bearers, C: We get to party with my family that I haven't seen in years<333 I decided to throw my new SIL to be a bridal shower (the joke in my family was that I had been planning my own shower for so long, that I had already everything planned to a "T"... I guess there was some truth to that lol. At least I left the Hello Kitty decor out of it :P) The above cards are from Hallmark online. They created and shipped everything for me! So easy and hassle free.
I hosted the party at my parents' estate. The weather was absolutely perfect, I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful location and day. We rented out tables and linens for the event, the color theme was baby pink and white. Every table had pink and white helium balloons, and pink table cloths. I loved this picture of them that her mom sent me, & Walgreens only charged a few dollars to blow it up.
I purchased these square pink canvas boards on clearance for $1 a set (total score!). Each pink table board was labeled with a white marker pen. I also purchased a black "J" (her new last name) and my hubs spray painted it black for me. I had all of the guests sign with a white marker pen for her to hang it in her home.
I purchased glass jars at the dollar store, and decorated it with pink satin ribbons. The Popsicle stick idea (thank you pinterest!)worked out great, every guest wrote a date idea and stuck it into the jar for the couple. I also grabbed little name badges from party city for everyone in the bridal party.
The Hydrangeas are from Trader Joe's, and I just placed them into glass vases from the dollar store. Very simple, but I thought it looked elegant. I tied tulle wrapped rice into glass vases, and used them as weights to hold down the helium balloons. I also threw little tiny crystals onto the tables (you can't see them here, but the sun reflected on them so it looked very sparkly!)
I grabbed a cardboard box, and wrapped it in a silk bow for all of the guest to insert the cards into for the gift table.
This Tiffany blue box is from TjMaxx, and I just labeled it with her "Something old, Something new." I thought it would be a nice gesture to let her loved ones in on what she was doing (seeing as not everyone will be present while she's getting ready.). She couldn't figure out anything old & blue, so I sewed tulle to make a little square, pinned a blue ribbon, and put 4 pennies (year the couple was born, wedding year, her parent's wedding year, and my parent's wedding year) as a token of good luck to pin into her dress. (I thought it would be nice to do something sentimental. I was only going to do her wedding year and her parent's, but her mom suggested the other years as well. Great Idea! Thank you.)
I set up a mimosa bar, with purchased bottles of juice from the World Market (Strawberry guava, and another that I can't remember the name.), and they chilled along with Barefoot wine Champagnes.
Every bottle (purchased from the dollar store as well) was adorned with ribbon and a corresponding tag that was purchased at Micheal's Arts and Crafts.
My dad helped me slice up fruits to be placed into our mimosas. I got those pink paper straws at TjMaxx, for only $2!
I set up a Panini bar (I didn't take many pictures of that), which turned out great! Every deli meat and cheese was labeled. At the end of the table were two hot George Foreman grills that everyone just pressed their sandwiched in.
Here's my sammie, along with potato salad, a shrimp salad, and bread and butter pickles.
Here is the dessert bar<3 I baked strawberry cupcakes that were adorned with stamped little flags that I stamped by hand. Each of the glass containers were purchased at the dollar store (along with the swirly lollipops and rainbow colored ones.) The gumballs I purchased at party city, along with the hot pink rock candy sticks. I baked Rice Krispies dipped in chocolate, and also did chocolate dipped pretzels wrapped in cellophane (Chocolate and baggies were purchased from Jo Ann Fabrics.).
I always wanted to create a dessert bar haha! I finally got my chance :P PINK!
I baked her a funfetti and buttercream (fondant covered) cake<3 I had so much fun throwing it all together! I feel very blessed to be welcoming my new sister in law into my family<3 I can't wait to share all of the events with you guys!!
A huge thanks to my parents<333 Thank you for helping me coordinate the party!
Have you ever had a bridal shower? What inspirational ideas have you taken from pinterest?