Without further ado, I give you the garden bridal shower! As a refresher, this shower (thrown at work with co-workers) was meant to celebrate our friend’s upcoming wedding but also the recent purchase of their new home. The theme revolved around the idea of putting down new roots and starting a new life together in marriage. And that’s why Parc Boutique’s Spring 2013 Lookbook shot at Spruce was the perfect muse (see the mood board here).
A focus on fresh greens (so many beautiful white hydrangeas), galvanized metals and ethereal whites brought the aesthetic to life. Look at all of those gorgeous, oversized paper lanterns and honeycomb tissue balls! A simple, white tulle garland was constructed and added a subtle allusion to traditional wedding fabrics.
We considered the bride-to-be’s food preferences and made sure our bases were covered. Little green cards, held in place by an assortment of vintage metal pin frogs, were used to label the food. A tasty selection of cheeses, crackers and grapes was served, and the bride’s favorite soft pretzel tots were a huge hit! Drinks were chilled in an incredible, giant pedestal vase filled with ice. But the main event really centered around the ice cream bar. Filled with ice to keep the ice cream cold, a selection of flavors from local legend Sebastian Joe’s satisfied the bride’s craving for a sweet treat. Cute footed bowls held the toppings, and a big platter of chocolate chip cookies rounded out the dessert.
Oh! And how could we forget about the invite?! I really wanted it to be simple, but made with fun, little touches. Two tones of green paper were used for the envelope, and the printed part of the invite was held in place by an assortment of washi tapes. To share super secret party information, we included a separate card (that the bride did not receive) that gave more detail about the party’s theme and offered appropriate gift ideas. Finally, we added a simple paper tag to the mix allowing guests to share marriage and homeowner advice. These were then hung on branches near the food table.
Because shower games can drag on, we played a quick game of bridal-themed Mad Libs before opening presents. Click here for a free download! As we do with all our parties, we pooled resources to gather up a collection of glassware, serving pieces and decorations. Congrats Abby and Mike!