A Bridal Shower
It's wedding season! My friend is getting married and I recently helped host a shower for her with several ladies. I think it turned out super cute so I decided to share it on the blog! We held the shower in a church fellowship hall...we made a simple space pretty with all the decor! She likes the color orange, so we decided to incorporate that, hot pink, and lime green for a bright, sunny, summer bridal shower! I'm looking forward to all the wedding festivities to come!
One of the things we wanted to tie into the shower was photos of the bride- and groom-to-be! I used card stock and lace paper doilies as the background for their photos. I also collected some tree branches and spray painted them rustic white. One of the ladies found an awesome, large, vintage glass jug for the branches. We tied a sparkly white tulle bow around the mouth of the jug, then used mini clothespins to anchor the photos to the branches!
Weeks before the shower, I sewed fabric squares out of this sophisticated but fun duck fabric. It was the perfect combo of orange and pink for centerpieces on the round tables at the shower. We also used them on the buffet.
To complete the centerpieces, we filled mason jars with sliced oranges for a pretty pop of sunny color! We added a magnolia blossom to each mason jar...so southern and bridal!
For the buffet, we used iridescent green fabric with a white tablecloth overlay. I found an idea to use a grouping of gold pineapples for the buffet centerpiece! One of the ladies helping host the shower spray painted three pineapples in gold metallic paint...they turned out to be stunning, southern, and summery! We placed one on a white cake plate to give it some height and placed the other two on either side.
We also tried a new punch for the shower. It was delicious! The punch was the perfect color to coordinate with the shower decor too! We made and sampled the punch ahead of time to ensure that we liked it...what better way to do that than in a Lilly coozie?! :)
The shower guests seemed to LOVE the punch...several people asked about it, so I figured I would share the recipe on here! I found the recipe through Pinterest, from Bakingdom (you can find her blog here).
Party Punch Recipe
3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 3oz. package strawberry gelatin mix
24oz. pineapple juice
2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 liter bottle clear lemon-lime soda (we used Sprite)
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, and gelatin mix. Bring to boil and cook for 2-3 mins (until all sugar is dissolved). Remove from heat. Stir in orange juice, pineapple juice, and lemon juice. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Pour into a freezer-safe container once cooled (we used gallon-size Ziplock bags) and place inside a large bowl. Freeze the mixture.
The day you use the punch: allow mixture to thaw in sink for several hours until it is slushy. Add the clear lemon-lime soda and gently stir. Serve and enjoy! :)
We used galvanized metal trays on each end of the buffet for the plates, napkins, and forks...and for the mason jars with orange-striped straws!
For the buffet, we also did two mason jars filled with sliced limes for a pop of the bright green color! These had magnolia blossoms in them as well.
Another thing we did to decorate for the shower was a grouping of tissue pom poms, etc. hanging from the ceiling. A couple weeks before the shower, I made white twine globes and lace globes to hang. I made these using partially inflated balloons and papier mache. We bought tissue pom poms in white, pink, green, and orange to go with them. We hung them above the bride- and groom-to-be's seats for the shower.
I also made a pennant banner to hang on the gift table, with gold pineapples!
To welcome guests to the shower, I made a chalkboard. We placed it on an easel and tied balloons in the shower colors to the top!
I decorated mason jars with handles for the bride- and groom-to-be...a bow for the Future Mrs. and a bow-tie for the Future Mr.!
It ended up being a festive and fun-filled shower and we had a ball celebrating the beautiful bride-to-be!
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