- My mom, sister (yes, the bride helped) and I crafted these adorable bridal shower invitations.
Summer is wedding season which means that it is also bridal shower season! Technically, I suppose every season is wedding and bridal shower season but you know what I mean. I wanted to share with you a beautiful, sophisticated and rustic bridal shower our close family friend, Gail, threw for my sister last year. I was lucky to be able to assist and learn a thing or two from this event planning guru!
To begin, my sister not only hit the jackpot with her “Mr. Right,” she also hit the jackpot with regard to event planners. Gail is an expert when it comes to throwing a great party and creativity runs through her veins… let me just tell you- you wish you were friends with her!
Theme: Lavender and Lace
Dried lavender centerpiece
We decided on the theme Lavender and Lace, which brought together calm and beauty; two things my sister embodies herself. The bridal shower was held in the evening for a more relaxed atmosphere- you could say it was a cocktail party to honor the bride and celebrate her upcoming nuptials.
It’s All About Setting and Décor
The rustic yet historic setting in which we hosted the shower was absolutely perfect. We rented the newly renovated, 1927, Calf Barn at The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The Calf Barn and grounds of the farm were the perfect backdrop. In fact, many wedding ceremonies, reception and other events are held on the grounds each year.
Gathering table under grapevines lit by twinkle lights. Highboy cocktail tables were scattered throughout the room to provide more space for guests to mingle.
In case you were wondering, yes, that is a tent set up inside of the Calf Barn! Gail envisioned an atmosphere where the guests felt as if they had taken a trip to an elegant vineyard rather than had to attend yet another tired, mid-day bridal shower. The tent’s metal structure was used to weave grapevines over the large dining table.
This time, the table was not a rustic farmhouse table but instead we used three long folding tables and pushed them together to create one large, continuous table. We added the following to dress the tables up a bit:
Neutral colored table cloths
- Burlap with lace table runner
- Small mercury glass candle holders with tea light candles- these helped to add a soft glow to the table
- Bouquets of dried lavender which were placed inside small, white metal buckets. The metal buckets had scalloped edges and cutouts which mimicked the look of lace. The lavender bouquets added a hint of color and a calming scent to the air.
Pots of fresh lavender seated on top of old wooden boxes added a little more rustic charm.
You can dress up any regular potted plant by adding a burlap wrap to the pot and tying a pretty tulle bow in the middle.
We added burlap sashes with lace bows and a few sprigs of dried lavender to some of the chairs seated around at the gathering table.
A chandelier hung overhead pulling the entire dining area together. It always amazes me what lighting can do to an area.
A crystal chandelier is always a yes! You can make your own by finding a plain brass chandelier and adding crystals. You don’t have to break the bank by purchasing real crystals either. Crafting stores sell high quality plastic crystals that sparkle nicely when the light catches.
This large “I Do” sign hung on the barn door and was the first thing the guests saw as they entered the party.
To make this “I DO” sign you will need:
- Large cardboard letters
- Mod Podge
- Fine glitter
- A long piece of burlap
- Lots and lots of tulle!
Food Fit For A Queen… Or A Bride… Same Thing!
If there is one thing Gail does better than event planning it is catering. She used her imagination, and her taste buds, to plan a complimentary menu. The hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and desserts spread was grand!
Cheese, veggie and fruit platter
Red wine for some, lemonade for others. There was even a signature drink which included a lavender infused simple syrup.
Beautiful, bite-sized desserts
Chocolate dipped strawberries…
… why I don’t mind if “I do!”
Cupcake bridal gown
Making the cupcake bridal gown was so much fun- it may look complicated but it was actually quite easy! I baked 3 dozen cupcakes, and arranged them into the desired bridal gown shape. Once arranged, I iced each cupcake individually, then I filled each gap with more icing (yes, please!). I finished off the cupcake bridal gown with a handmade jeweled belt. I’ll be honest… there was one problem with this cupcake bridal gown… none of the guests wanted to touch it! They said they felt bad taking a cupcake because they didn’t want to ruin the dress. Leave it to us women- always sacrificing in the name of fashion!
You Gift, I Gift, We All Gift
We set up a separate sitting area for gifts. When it was time to open the shower gifts, the guests had the option to watch or continue to mingle and munch on goodies.
Separate sitting area for gifts
“From Jenna’s Shower to yours.” The guests were given homemade lavender infused sugar hand scrub which was made by none other than… you guessed it, Gail!
At the end of the evening, the guests were encouraged to return to the gift sitting area to pick up their special thank you from the bride-to-be. The guests returned home with homemade Lavender infused sugar hand scrub.
We had a wonderful time planning this bridal shower and an even better time attending. It was a lovely evening, I hope yours is, too.