I had the pleasure of hosting my friend Pilar’s bridal shower in October and wanted to share! As you know, I love parties and making things ‘pretty’, so thought you darlings would enjoy some inspiration. Even if you aren’t preparing to host a friends shower, these are tips you can use with any party/event. First, when hosting anything my intent is to make the moments special. What does that mean? Think about what your guests love, and in this case, bride-to-be. Think about the wedding theme (if there is one), wedding colors, wedding location, etc. For my beautiful bride-to-be, her wedding color is blush, we share a love of rosé and rose gold (as you’ve seen here and here), so that was the start of the the shower vision!
I will say this might’ve been the hardest part, just because there are so many, yet so few options depending on the event size, goal location (for example, I preferred DC instead of MD or Northern VA), budget, look/aesthetic you’ve envisioned, etc. I selected Woodward Table in downtown DC, because it allowed for the flexibility in space, set up, menu, etc. I will say, keep in mind what you plan on ‘doing’ at your bridal shower. For example, are you just doing a brunch/lunch/dinner? do you need space for gifts/favors? Something to think about.
Invitations – Paper is still my favorite…
With so many invitations going to online nowadays, I love the extra touch of a paper invite – especially for special events. I used one of my favorite sources, Paperless Post for the invitations. Which unfortunately, doesn’t do paper cards/invites anymore, they now go through Paper Source (I got mine ordered just in time). I found this beautiful rose gold foil and (blush) floral invitation which is exactly what I’d envisioned and based the shower details around.
Tip: Ask for emails! On the RSVP card, I asked for guests to put their emails so that I could follow up as needed. I had an online version of the invite that I sent to the guests to provide an event reminder and then the bride’s registry information.
I wasn’t shooting for a full brunch/lunch given the time of the shower (1:30PM-4PM), as it was more mid afternoon. I wanted to have a sit down style, but with heavy hors d’oeuvres. I selected the restaurant’s house salad (to be individually plated/served) and 3 types of mini sandwich platters. For dessert, I went with assorted petit fours. Don’t forget drinks! I’d recommend selecting only a couple drink options for your event (this will help you be mindful of your budget and make service easier as well). I chose a rosé spritz as the signature cocktail (rosé being a favorite of the bride and going with the color scheme/theme) and a seasonal lemonade – I LOVED that the spritz had edible flowers for an added touch of ‘pretty’. Don’t forget to have cute cocktail napkins, which again all go back to the theme and cocktail type. There’s a method to the madness darlings!
Tip: Think about the time of your event and how that determines what you serve (and how much), as it could dictate how to plan for your budget and given that, if the venue works!
The table was fun, because I had a clean slate to work with. I wanted to incorporate her wedding color of blush as well as tie in the rose gold look as well. I found these napkins and these placemats from Amazon because I didn’t care for the style provided by the restaurant. I know, I’m crazy, but I had a vision and I wanted it all to tie in! And yes, I did go with gold placemats (as well as well as some gold napkin rings to add dimension and keep in the metallic scheme). I already had these rose gold napkin rings so I ordered a few more as well as the same ones in gold. I alternated using them on the table and did the same with gold and rose gold paper straws in the water glasses.
A family friend created the floral arrangements, which had varying pink/blush flowers and greenery. We opted for low arrangements to keep it intimate in feel and allow for easy table conversation.
Shower Games and Party Favors…
There are soooo many different shower games, so the bride’s sister and I narrowed it down to 3 that would be fun. Let me just tell you, Etsy is lifesaver for finding cute games that also look good! And with playing games, you need to have cute prizes! First prize, received this cute Rose All Day box set from Sugarfina! Second prize, received a cute travel guide book of Cartegena, Colombia – where the wedding will be held! Third prize, received an OPI nail polish…guess what color??? I’ll wait….BLUSH. And the name “Stop it, I’m Blushing!” how cute is that?!
As for favors and in keep with rosé, I chose Le Grand Courtage champagne splits with cute ‘Cheers’ #soontobemrsv tags I had made!
Tip: When it comes to prizes/favors, anything that people can eat, drink or really use is the best!!
Love is in the details…
Here are just a few more of the fun touches, that again, you can use for many types of events.
- Placecards with hand calligraphy – I found a fabulous calligrapher on etsy that has done things for me in the past (like this). She was able to do them for me quickly and in rose gold *winky winky*
- Balloons – in variations of ivory and blush pink tones to flank the favor table at the back of the room. Balloons just say festive!
- Assorted photos of the bride and groom – I love these simple acrylic picture frames so I bought some more to use some photos of the bride and groom at their engagement shoot.
- Hire a photographer – when your budget allows, I can’t recommend enough having a photographer! It’s such a nice way to capture the day and a beautiful gift to the bride. If hiring a photographer doesn’t work, you may consider asking a friend attending to be the designated photog. Or, maybe the bridesmaids all take turns capturing moments and details.
- Takeaways for guests – I like when hosting for guests to ‘get’ something out of it. Like unofficial ‘favors’. Since the bride loves champagne, this super cute champagne gum was another touch at the place setting that guests could take with them. I picked up some Poppin pens to use for the games (in a ‘bridal’ white and had to get the blush color pen holder…obviously) that the guests could also take with them. I don’t know about you, but I can always use a pen in my purse or in my car.
- Gift bag of goodies for the bride – filled with the prizes/favors for her to have as well.
photos by Rachel Lyn Photography