Bridal Shower!

We are currently counting down days, not weeks, until my baby sister gets married.  This weekend, I hosted her bridal shower in my home, which was a welcomed distraction to take my mind off of IVF and put my energy into something enjoyable.  I really enjoy planning and hosting, but my sweet husband in an effort to reduce my stress, hired a cleaning lady the day before, who proceeded to ask us if we were house poor…I mean WTF!!!! Clearly, she has never paid for IVF!  A new first for me in life, being judged by the cleaning lady.  We have laughed about this all weekend.  Anyways, enough rambling and bring on the photos!

For decor, I kept things very simple with lots and lots of greenery and flowers.  I actually bought all the florals at Kroger and most of the roses were from the clearance bin, so they cost me between $6-$8 per dozen.  Not bad if you ask me.  The greenery was $4-$5 per bunch.  I used 6 bunches of greenery and 4 dozen roses.   I had made my arrangements and garland for the fireplace, which took me about 40 minutes. This is one of my favorite go tos for showers. I had countless people ask me if it was real and where I bought it…success!

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Vase old (similar here), Sofa , Kitchen Chairs , Kitchen Table

For drinks, we kept things simple.  I cut up fresh mint and cucumbers and froze them into giant cubed ice cubes, to put into a dispenser for infused water.  Then I made a batch of white virgin sangria. I’ll post the recipe another time, but it looks and tastes amazing.  For a kick you just add white wine to spice it up!  I displayed these in the kitchen to keep the sticky secluded to one area.  🙂

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Cocktail Shaker , Bar Tools , Drink Stands , Drink Dispenser

For the menu my plan was to keep it light to avoid having to provide a full meal.  We had a cheese and fruit tray, lemon and fruit tarts, blueberry infused goat cheese tarts, watermelon and feta skewers and mini caprese salad skewers.  Instead of volume , I focused more on the presentation.  I ran butcher paper down our dining room table with the intentions to creatively write around the serving pieces what was on them, but…ran out of time.  I always need like 45 more minutes then I think I do.

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imageCheese Knives , Wood Platter , Flatware , Plates , Table ,

I am a firm believer that details are so super important with these types of gatherings.  I wanted to really focus on all senses so created a playlist of sweet love songs, that were covered by unknown artists and instead of playing them through an iPad or speakers, I purchased this gramophone, which made the sound so full and kind of vintage in sound (not sure if it makes sense), but I would HIGHLY recommend this product before it sells out!  I also picked up a handful of these candles from Anthropologie.  Marcy loves the smell and they tied in with the copper accents.  I LOVE them!!!

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Maxi Dress

The day was so fun and my heart is so full watching my baby sister on her journey of love to become Mrs. Douglass!

#DefinitelyDouglass

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April Showers

It is the season for baby showers and wedding showers! I am officially promoting myself to SVP of the shower planning committee.  If you happen to find yourself being charged with planning and/or hosting a shower, let me depart some wisdom on you and walk you thru my fool proof plan to make it chic and cute, yet not break the bank.

From a budgeting standpoint, you will most likely throw multiple showers in your lifetime, so instead of choosing a theme (aka pink bunnies or blue tiny elephants, etc.)  go for timeless pieces that can be used over and over again and at ALL COST avoid themes!!!  Otherwise, your money literally is going straight to the trash.  When I am co-hosting, I let the other ladies know the theme will be “British tea party” or “southern garden party” or “vintage chic” so I can reuse all my stuff in new ways that look classy and still do not break the bank, but also gives them input and something to contribute ideas towards. Basically, you are giving the unstylish people a voice.  Anyways, here we go…

Ongoing Shopping

Things you should start collecting at thrift shops when you see them: vintage lace tablecloths and mismatched  sets of china.  I typically only purchase tea cups and saucers.  Saucers also make fabulous mini dessert plates. These will run you about $2-$3 an item.

Invitations

I cannot stress the importance of an invitation.  This is not only a keepsake for the bride or mommy to be, but really sets the tone for your event.  You don’t want people showing up in yoga pants (there is a time and place and they are: Yoga Studio, Target and Chic-Fli-A). Ladies e-vites are a big no no! I typically order thru Etsy, because I like supporting small business owners.  Also, they typically will allow you to customize and you are buying a digital file, so can print as many or as few as you like. I  look at wedding invitations and ask the shop owner to repurpose for a shower.  If I am pressed for time, then I always go to Minted as my back up plan.

Menu

From a food perspective, this completely depends on the time of day and your budget, but is a great place to scale back and DIY.  Some must haves for every event is a cake and mimosas.  I am a huge fan of the mimosa bar, as it also encourages mingling with others who may be attending alone.  My favorite, however, is the naked cake.  This was 2015’s hot wedding trend, but oh my goodness, SO PRETTY and easy to do at home.  Baking, minimal frosting needed and no decorating skill needed and garnish with flowers or berries.  Boom, fits all color schemes too!

Other Tid Bits

Remember, you are making memories for someone close to you and details matter.  I like to think about things functionally then add a little extra.  My go to for my A game parties, putting flowers in the ice cubes for drinks, simple floral arrangements which I can DIY, and the scent of my home\host home.

I use, reuse and recycle all my shower gear, and will for years to come! Now invitations and flowers are all I need to purchase.  Great long term plan, for the social gal!

images via google.com, mine to follow in future post