After months and months of planning for my best friends bridal shower, the big day finally arrived yesterday! There were so many wonderful people at her shower, and lots of love and laughter within the room.
It’s amazing how much planning can go into an event and how fast it goes by once it has arrived. I remember how special my bridal shower was … my sister and mom threw it for me. It was a vintage theme. They found vintage hankies and used them as name tags, guests bought vintage kitchen supplies for my gifts, swing music was playing in the background, everyone had on some kind of vintage clothing and we ate off of colorful, vintage plates. My Chicago girlfriends planned a travel themed shower. They decorated with things from different areas of the world and we played cute, crafty little games. They were such magical days for me. So, when I began to plan Jenny’s shower, I knew I had to make it magical for her.
I found Jenny’s invitation on Zazzle.com. Her favorite color is purple … so, I knew that I needed to find something with purple in it. After a bit of thought, I decided to take some inspiration from her favorite movie “The Notebook” and bring in some southern/1940′s elements. That’s why I went with the mason jars and flowers.
I spent a lot of time on little details. I don’t live in the same city as Jenny, so I was so nervous about how it would turn out once I actually started decorating the space. I planned everything from a couple photographs she sent me and my trusty ole sketch book. It couldn’t have gone any better! Everything went so well together and the space looked completely different after everything was set-up.
I used some of my Grandma’s and Great-Grandma’s lace table cloths and the tables. I also used mason jars for vases and frosted drinking glasses for candle holders. I put purple rubberbands (from the produce section at the grocery store!) on each glass.
I spent some time before the shower cutting up purple tissue paper. In the end, they became puff balls! It was quite a project, but I saved a lot of money doing them this way, rather than buying them through Martha Stewart, or some other company.
Jenny had her own “bride” glass. She is wearing purple glittered shoes with her dress, so I thought a glittered glass would be perfect!
Since Jenny is such a candy lover, I had to do a sweet table for her. I pulled together some of her favorite candies, some of my vintage dishes and created this little sweet table. Guests filled bags up and took it home as part of their goodie bags. I found the beautiful “Love is Sweet” sign on Beth Paramore’s cute ETSY shop.
I asked all the guests to share their favorite dessert recipe and to bring a small box of their favorite chocolate. We gathered the chocolate in a basket on the gift table and put all the recipe cards in a recipe book. She got some really great recipes! My favorite was the Cherry Tart pie.
Everybody seemed to have a really great time. The food was good (especially the dessert – eclaire cake, dark chocolate fudge brownies & lemon bars), the games were fun and everyone enjoyed the gift opening … especially when Jenny received lingerie. Before all the guests left they picked out a goodie bag. They were full of lotions, soaps and candles.
It was such a wonderful day and Jenny seemed so happy with everything – it couldn’t have gone any better! -e.