I was lucky enough to get to help host my BFF’s bridal shower this weekend. Thankfully, all of the other bridesmaids are just as amazing as the bride and were okay with my crazy ideas. I had a very specific idea of what I wanted as the theme: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue with a navy and white color scheme. Because I wasn’t able to find specific printables to coordinate with the vision, I created the invitation and all of the party printables myself using the Sprik Space Pattern Pieces.
The day of the party, we set up a combination drink and dessert station. Because the party was a brunch, we chose not to serve a lot of desserts so there was plenty of space to combine the two. We kept the color palette clean with a white base and navy accents. I chose a thick stripe instead of a busier pattern so that the food was the main focus.
I love the popularity of glass drink containers and I use them at every party now. To add another punch of color, we added lemon slices to the water and blueberries to the pink lemonade and adorned the containers with a thick grosgrain stripe ribbon.
The desserts that we did serve were made to pair well with the brunch foods. Our choice was a lemon pound cake, fresh and delicious.
In lieu of a favor, the bridesmaids and I chose to set up a candy bar. The guests were able to scoop blue candy into waiting white small chinese food containers I dressed up with a scalloped party circle.
I truly believe the premise that a party should be decorated from top to bottom. Using nine tissue poms, the chandelier was tied into the party decor and added another eye-catching element.
We had quite the food selection provided for the guests including: sour cream coffee cake, strawberry spinach salad, sunrise casserole, mini quiches, fruit kabobs, apple strawberry turnovers, and french toast sticks.
The strawberry spinach salad was a great healthy alternative to the standard (and completely yummy) carb-loaded brunch items.
The sunrise casserole is actually an adapted recipe that included eggs, cheese, spinach, bacon, and ham. So delicious!
The apple strawberry turnovers from Baked By Joanna were a huge hit! I substituted strawberry jam for the raspberry jam in the recipe and they were equally amazing.
Fruit is a staple at any party I help plan. You honestly can’t go wrong with fruit and putting them in kabob form just makes them that much more fun.
As a group, the bridesmaids and I decided that it would be best to have a seated shower, meaning there was a place set for each person attending. I created runners out of damask and bold stripes and we placed simple, yet gorgeous floral centerpieces in the center. Because we had excess cake plates (who has excess cake plates, right?!?), we elevated some of the flower arrangements.
I’m glad that the other bridesmaids wanted to something not typical with our BFF’s bridal shower. No paper plates for us; we found a square plastic option that had the look of fine china, but without the price. I also added a little ribbon the end of each fork for a little special touch. Details like these can make a party more memorable.
In all honesty, I had an awesome time helping to put this party together. Great food, great girls, great occasion. I’m still waiting on some pictures from some of the guests; turns out it’s a tough job to be a host, a photographer, a party stylist, a baker, and a bridesmaid all at the same party. Who knew? 🙂