My sweet daughter is getting married in November, and this past weekend, we hosted a bridal shower for her. It was such a wonderful day! Weeks and weeks of planning and prep went into it all, but seeing her beautiful smiling face as she enjoyed it made this mama’s heart so happy.
Because I am still on summer break from school, it allowed me more time to really enjoy creating all the little details to make it extra special.
Since we had guests coming from out of town, we decided to have a brunch shower beginning at 11 a.m. That gave people coming from afar time to get here, and still get back home before it got too late.
My daughter’s wedding accent color is “dusty rose”, so I went with a pink floral theme for the shower.
I used cute little signs in a few places. The set of shower games I ordered from Amazon came with little “Advice for the Bride” cards, so I created my own sign that said, “Advice & Wishes for the Mr. & Mrs.” and set it up on the kitchen table for guests to leave some words of wisdom for the couple. For the sign, I just found a free watercolor background of pink flowers online, printed it out and typed my own wording over the top, and then popped it in a frame I already had.
I ordered these cute little pink golf pencils from Amazon, and placed them in a tea cup as part of the arrangement. These were perfect for guests to use to fill out the advice cards, and to play all the shower games. A DIY table runner made out of paper doilies from the Dollar Tree that I glued together, and a flower arrangement of pink roses and mixed pastel mini carnations finished off the whole thing. The Mr. & Mrs. sign is also from the Dollar Tree.
The Mimosa Bar sign was a free printable online, and it included all the labels for various flavors of juice. I also used a frame I already had, and ribbons left over from the mini wine bottle wedding favors to attach them to the juice jars. These jars were originally purchased for a cocktail party we had in February, and worked perfectly for this. These are another Dollar Tree purchase.
For the coffee bar, I used my Keurig with a variety of K Cups for people to choose from. The “Love is Brewing” sign was an instant download from Etsy. I think it cost $8.00, but it could be personalized. The seller asked for the couple’s names in the comments section when you order, and I had my personalized copy in my email, ready to be printed, just a few hours later.
All of the my serving platters are items I’ve collected over the years. They are various styles, and china patterns, but I always buy white, so they can be mixed and matched and work for any occasion or holiday, and with any accent colors.
I had fun making all the food myself, with exception of the French Macarons, which I bought from Costco. Here is the menu:
- Mini Quiches: Cheddar, Bacon & Red Pepper AND Tomato, Basil, & Parmesan (I used the Athens mini shells, but made up my own quiche recipe)
- Bacon, Cheddar & Sun-dried Tomato Pinwheels
- Orange Scones (Magnolia Table Cookbook)
- Lemon Blueberry Mini Muffins
- Yogurt Parfaits with berries and granola
- Peanut Butter Tarts
- Key Lime Tarts
- Red Seedless Grapes and Vermont White Cheddar Cheese Cubes
- French Macarons (from Costco)
- White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Party-planning is something I really enjoy, but this was a big under-taking and there was no way I could have had it all ready for an 11 a.m. shower without help from my sweet hubby. He’s always so willing to jump in and help out with anything that is needed. Even though he worked all week, he came home each night, ready to tackle the things from my “to-do” list.
The night before the shower, he stayed up well past midnight with me, chopping ingredients, washing dishes and cleaning up after me, as I dipped strawberries, crafted flower arrangements, and mixed batters.
Then, he got up with me before dawn the next morning, fixed my coffee and again functioned as my “sous chef” while I baked scones, frosted muffins, and piped filling into the pastry shells. I insisted he didn’t have to wake up that early with me, but he insisted. I’m a lucky girl, and I know it.
It really was a wonderful day. My daughter is such a hard-working, motivated, caring young woman who does so much everyday to make the world a better place. It meant so much to me to be able to give her a memorable day as she prepares to start her life as a married woman.
So many friends and family members came to shower Cassidy with love and gifts. There was also laughter, games, and lots of Mimosas. Mission accomplished.