Shower Power!

10 Aug

This is officially my first blog post…Woo to the Hoo!! I’ve been dreaming of this day for the longest time…so weird, I know!

Fresh off from my little sisters wedding last weekend, I thought it would be fun to share some of the details from her Bridal Shower from earlier this summer.

I always get so excited when I get to plan or host a party! One day, when I grow up along with being blogger, I want to be an event planner! For now, I guess I’ll just have to stick with my day job since it pays the bills. 🙂

As the Matron and Maid of Honor, Hayley and I were so excited to plan Emilie’s shower. Em and Hayley have been friends forever and because of that I pretty much adopted Hayley as my sister when we were little.

For the shower, Hayley and I decided to go for a vintage, tea party theme; so we hit the ground running pinning! My sister is a fan of lace, so when I found the lace runners in the picture below at Good Will, for $3 each, I snatched them up.  Winning!

For the buffet table we layered the two runners over top of a yellow tablecloth that my aunt so graciously lent us. We mixed and matched fine china, with white plates and serving platters to serve the food. A combination of solid colored cloth napkins were rolled and tied with twine to make the silverware look pretty.

Flowers were a pretty easy decision since my sister loves hydrangea. A mixture of vases and tea cups with saucers were used to place on different tables with the hydrangea as the centerpieces.

To dress up the cake/dessert table we used a plain white cloth, tied the corners with twine and added a burlap runner for some more of that vintage, shabby chic goodness we were going for. I don’t know about you, but I loooove me some burlap! I love burlap about as much as I love my husband (which is a whole lot)!! Let’s be serious, if you don’t have a love for burlap then I’m guessing you also don’t have a Pinterest account. 😉

The biggest hit of the shower (besides the bride-to-be) had to be the mimosa bar. My mom found the square glass containers for the fruit at Ikea. The glass carafe’s I found at HomeGoods, score! Something you may not know about me is that I have a Home Goods addiction, it’s probably as bad as my Pinterest addiction, but I won’t go there. The gray and white straws were bought at Michael’s. We used a big metal tub filled with ice to keep the champagne and wine chilled. Pieces of card stock were labeled and tied to each carafe with twine to tell the different juice flavors apart.

To play on the tea party theme, Hayley found an idea for the most adorable and creative favors. Ever! Mason jars filled with a lemon, a sugar packet and a tea bag. All the guests had to do was add water for their own little tea party. Mason jars are my favorite, they are just so fun to drink out of!

“Matt & Emilie A sweet blend!”

We ended up mixing and matching many different fabric textures and old and new pieces, but, I think it all came together nicely in the end. I loved the vintage, yet sophisticated, shabby chic-ness, we were able to create! All in all my sister had a great time, which was of course, the most important part!  🙂

Have you ever heard the saying, “It takes a village?” Well, throwing a surprise bridal shower and having it go off without a hitch really takes a village! As many ideas as Hayley and I had (and pinned) we couldn’t have executed everything without the help of our “village”; so thanks to them (you know who you are)! I also can’t forget to mention my now brother in-law, who helped me in tricking my sister and making sure she made it to the shower on time and unsuspecting! Success!

Shout out to my wonderful husband who showed up as the shower was ending and helped with some of the cleaning up! He’s the best!

Okay, now it’s your turn to sound off in the comments. Have you ever hosted a bridal shower before? Do you have addictions to HomeGoods or Pinterest? What do you dream to be when you grow up? Are you a burlap lover, like me?



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