July 11th, 2015 was my bridal shower! If it didn’t feel real before this, it sure does now! I’m getting married?! If you want a summary of this blog post, the short version is my shower was beautiful, amazing and perfect (now scroll down for pictures)! If you are wedding/décor obsessed like me, keep reading for more details!
I am definitely one of those girls who has “always dreamed of their wedding.” Maybe not as a little girl, but certainly once my teenage years hit. Then Pinterest was invented and I was full on in love with planning my future wedding (despite having no idea who my groom would be). Helping to plan my bridal shower was just as fun as planning my actual wedding!
I know what you’re thinking, “Britt, you are not supposed to help plan your own shower!” I know, I know, but I did. I took over décor and the little details. Not because anyone asked me to but because I wanted to. I just love party planning, DIY and crafts; I couldn’t help myself! I have also become a little bit of perfectionist when it comes to planning (which is so strange, because that’s the complete opposite of my personality in every other aspect. But don’t worry I am still in no way a Bridezilla!) With the help of my mom and my sister and my parents lending their incredible home, my shower was absolutely everything I ever envisioned it to be and more.
Essentially all of the decor items were DIY, from Etsy or from Jane.com. Let’s start with an overview. My bridal shower took place in the backyard at my parent’s house. They already have a gazebo set-up, and it ended up working perfectly to house a bunch of my decorations.
Here’s a look at part of my invite (obviously I removed all the personal details). Prior to picking the invites I didn’t have a color scheme in mind. I found these invites and fell in love, so the peach and pink color scheme was born. I decided to add some mint and gold as well. The invites are from Zazzle.
My mom rented peach linens for the tables and we got a bunch of flowers from Trader Joe’s that matched the scheme. My mom arranged the flowers in mason jars (and did a beautiful job!). I spray painted the bottoms of the jars gold to add a little something extra.
I adore mason jars and used them multiple times throughout the shower. Instead of using standard drinking glasses, we used mason jars. I bought color coordinating straws from More Sprinkled Joy (via Jane.com) in “Blushing Bride” and “Mint Neutrals”. I also bought small mint gift tags for guests to write their names on from West Coast Craft Comp on Etsy. The tags were tied on with a either peach bakers twine (from Spiral Sage on Etsy) or pink bakers twine (from Amazon).
Next to the jars is one of my favorite H’s (I have many in my home) from Handmade Happiness (via Jane.com)
To accompany the jars, I made a chalkboard sign. I made quite a few chalkboards signs for the shower, I love them! I just bought picture frames in bulk from Dollar Tree and spray painted the frames gold. I then spray painted the glass with chalkboard paint and that’s it! Easy peasy chalkboard.
My dad was the lovely bartender for the day and made some pretty strong margaritas! For the non-alcohol drinkers, my sister made lemon water and lemon mint tea. The drink dispensers can be found here.
On the drink table was one of my favorite items, the tassel garland from Frilly Lane (via Jane.com) in “Minted Coral”.
We hung 2 chalkboard signs, along with pictures of Ben and I on the gazebo. One sign was the countdown until our wedding and the other was our story. I also created a sign for the gift table and a sign to welcome the guests (forgot to get a picture of that one!)
On the other side of the gazebo I strung up a ton of pictures of Ben and I and also of my bridesmaids and I. I used the cutest mini clothes pins from Mind the Wrap on Etsy and hung up the photos on bakers twine.
My chair was decorated with some glittery tulle from Beverly’s Crafts and a Bride sign lent to me by my wedding makeup artist from her wedding! It worked perfectly with the colors of the shower.
Finally, I had a few banners strung up. One was a gorgeous delicate lace banner from Sweet Arm Candy (via Jane.com). I also had a Mr. & Mrs. banner hung in the house (which I also didn’t take a photo of) from 2 Berry Creative (via Jane.com). That banner is one of the first things I bought after getting engaged; it hangs on our mantle year round.
My parents had my shower catered with Mexican food. I love Mexican food!! It’s easy to do gluten free and it is something almost everyone likes! The food was seriously amazing. We had chicken enchiladas and cheese enchiladas, refried beans and black beans, rice, chips, salsa and guacamole. I had thought about doing Mexican food for our wedding, and ended up not doing that, so Mexican for my shower was perfect.
I may have spilled salsa all over my dress two bites into my lunch. Damn those strong margaritas..
I made the dessert, since desserts are my thing. I made mini cupcakes that were perfect after a big lunch. I made strawberry cupcakes; I used this recipe and tweaked it to be gluten free. I topped them with a classic cream cheese frosting. To decorate the cupcakes, I used a combination of fresh strawberries, gold glitter ring toppers from Ruffled Paper (via Jane.com) and homemade little washi tape flags (I think this tape was from Target).
For favors, I made vanilla sugar scrubs for every guest. The scrubs are super easy to make, they were just a combination of sugar, coconut oil and vanilla. They smell great and they work really well too!
I just put the scrub in mason small jars and wrapped the jars in bakers twine. On top of the jars are chalkboard stickers, which I got from Amazon. I made my own labels which said “From Britt’s Shower to Yours,” cheesy, I know. I’m not going to go into detail on how to make the labels in this post, but if you’d like me to post a tutorial, just let me know! I can also post the scrub recipe, if you want!
The love sign above is from Unfinished Wood Co. (via Jane.com) and I spray painted it gold.
My shower would not have been as incredible as it was if it weren’t for the people. I was surrounded by family and friends. Each of my bridesmaids were there, and it was such a special day.
A huge thank you to my bridesmaid Maria who took the majority of these pictures.
Ben also showed up for some fun (okay, for some food).
It was seriously the perfect day. I could not have asked for a better day. As sad as I was to see it end, that just means we are one step closer to the big day!
Thank you so much for everyone who has sent me well wishes, as well as everyone who joined me at the shower. I love you all!
Stay tuned for a tutorial on the watercolor thank you cards I made!
P.S. don’t forget to stay in contact with me!
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