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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bridal Shower: Navy and Coral

Last weekend, my mom and I hosted a bridal shower for a family friend. We had a lot of fun with the party planning and incorporated a bunch of DIY projects. Everything came together beautifully. Here's a peek at some of the details of the sweet event...

We started the whole shower planning process by picking out invitations. When we found these lovely notecards at a specialty stationery store, we knew we had a winner. The notecards (which we turned into invitations) became the inspiration for the entire event. The cards were blank inside, so I custom designed the invitation text and a matching flower graphic using Adobe Illustrator and printed the text inside each card using my home printer. A really fun feature of the notecards is that they came with robin's egg blue envelopes. I was able to tie the whole ensemble together by printing the guests' addresses on the envelopes in the same fonts that I used inside the cards. If you want to do this yourself, I suggest looking at a variety of envelope text layouts from online stationery stores for inspiration. By playing with font combinations, sizes, and colors you can achieve some really swanky results. (All names and addresses pictured in the invitations are fictitious.)

Once we'd settled on the colors and floral inspiration, I started a Pinterest board to collect ideas for the shower decor. In the pinning process, I came across this kitchen towel cake idea. I loved the way it was put together and thought it would make the perfect centerpiece for the table. We purchased the kitchen towels, oven mitts, pot holders, etc. that the bride had on her registry and followed Robin's instructions to assemble the cake. The cake became the focal point of the food table and added nice height variation to the table decor. I loved that it was also a really fun gift for the bride.

Tablescape and Food
In keeping with our navy and coral color theme, we used a white table cloth combined with a navy ikat runner to dress the table (inspired by a tablescape in a recent issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine). A second matching runner covered the top of the adjacent buffet. Since coral is the color of the season, we found a really cute drink bucket, striped serving tray, and napkins at Target which coordinated perfectly with the party colors. Flower favors (described below) adorned the back of the table and the towel cake served as the centerpiece.

For the food we served homemade pinwheel sandwiches, fresh strawberries and blackberries, veggies, nuts, and m&ms. The drink bucket was filled with little cans of Izze sparkling clementine juice and bottles of water. The Izze juices were really good, they were a big hit with everyone! Instead of a large cake, we served cupcakes from a local baker...they were the best cupcakes I've ever eaten...yum!!! The bride is gluten free, so we were able to order gluten free cupcakes just for her.

The party favors we made were another idea inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. I stumbled across this pin and thought that the flowers in paper wrapped boxes were really cute. Since we had a bit of a floral theme for the shower, I knew they would be perfect for our party. Rather than wrapping the flower containers in paper, I bought mini take out boxes for our favors at Cost Plus World Market. I purchased them right after Easter and I was really excited to find them in the pale blue and coral colors that matched the invitations. My mom picked up a couple flats of flowers from Lowe's and it was super easy to pop them out of the plastic containers and plant them in the boxes. I love that these favors could serve as part of the decor during the party and also as a little gift for our guests.

Thank You Notes
To make it easier for the bride, we had thank you cards out and asked guests to address an envelope to themselves.

Game Prizes
Target happened to be have perfectly coordinated navy and coral wrapping supplies, so we used these little gift bags to wrap prizes for the party games. We played The Price is Right game where guests had to guess the prices of common grocery store items, and a "He Said... She Said..." game where guests had to figure out which answers the bride and groom gave to a series of questions.

We all had a really fun time and it was wonderful to celebrate our beautiful bride-to-be. :)


  1. I love the "shower cake" idea!  Brilliant!  Now I can't wait to be invited to a wedding shower so I can make it!

  2. can you give me an idea of how you did the towel cake? So cute! How many towels did you use and did you put something in the middle to wrap them around?


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