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Bridal Shower Party by Lauren Saylor

Guest blogger Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete showers us with style, sips, and snacks for a summertime bridal shower. 

We’re nearing the end of spring and rolling right into summer, which means it must be wedding season! Although I am fond of weddings, I really just can’t get enough of bridal showers. A big party with cocktails, where only girls are allowed (usually), and where you get to dress up in your prettiest summer wear – what girl wouldn’t love?

A playful color palette ...

Start with a playful color palette.

For this bridal shower I wanted it to feel like a cozy cabana where ladies could sip, snack and get creative together. So I started with some solid pieces of furniture in a playful color palette of pink and orange, toned down with the pop of black.

First I created the cabana feel by draping some sheer white curtains and centering this fabulous orange chandelier. I love the use of chandeliers outdoors. They fancy up any space. I mixed in a few fuchsia ottomans for seating. They were lightweight but durable and easy to move around and create different conversation areas. The bar cart was the perfect amount of storage for the small party. It held refreshments, some snacks, all of the supplies for a DIY project, and a notecard project for guests to fill out.

Crafty accoutrements ...

Provide easy, crafty accoutrements.

On the lower level of the cart, I filled up individual bags for each girl. The bag contained all of the supplies to create a faux succulent wreath they could take home as a favor. Adding in an activity for guests to take part in is always fun at small gatherings. Remember to make it something simple, since you are still at a celebration and will want to chat, eat, and drink. And no messy supplies! I kept it simple by pre-cutting the succulent branches and using wire and tape to attach to the vine wreaths.

Trays don’t always have to be used for serving! I loaded this acrylic tray up with supplies, making it easy for the ladies to sit on an ottoman and craft away.

Rather than a guestbook or a game for the shower, I created note cards for the girls to fill out with advice for the bride to be. Each lady would fill out their notecard giving their best advice for the newlyweds, then tuck it away in a handmade envelope. I found beautiful floral paper in coordinating colors and used envelope templates to trace and cut them out myself. The idea of the notecards would be for the bride to keep them in a fabulous box where she could look at them any time. So hand-crafting quality envelopes that looked good was essential.

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Bar Special Saucer Champagne Glasses

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Bar Special Saucer Champagne Glasses

The bar was stocked with lovely champagne coupes. They are such a fun alternative to the basic champagne flute. There was pink champagne and pink lemonade for the ladies to sip on out of the coupes. And sweet or savory snacks to nibble on while crafting.

When hosting a bridal shower, I believe it’s key to keep many of the details personal. It’s a day to celebrate the bride to be, so think of her favorite activities, colors and bites or drinks. If you start out with that, you will be on your way to planning the perfect bridal shower!

And speaking of brides to be, Hayneedle has recently launched gift registries! Click over and sign up for your big day!

 - Lauren Saylor, afabulousfeteblog.com

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