Today I want to invite you to the outdoor bridal shower I had the opportunity to host. Let’s pretend you received an invitation in the mail inviting you to my home!
The invites included an RSVP card which I used for gathering recipes for the bride. Each invite included a blank recipe card so you can share your favorite recipe with the bride. I was busy all week setting up for the party and even started making some of the decorations the morning of – nothing like some last minute inspiration!
Can’t wait to see you there!
When you arrive the first thing you will see is the fun paper fan photography backdrop. I took a couple of pictures with the bride and it was so much fun seeing her light up when her friends walked in my front door.
I will then take you to the party that has been set up in my backyard. The food table includes chicken salad sandwiches, lemon cakes, chocolate chunk cookies, fruit, and punch.
My favorite decoration is this mint painted picture frame. I plan on adding chicken wire so I can hang pictures with tiny clothes pins.
The garland was one of the decorations I made the morning of the party. I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out hearts and used the negative to use as a stencil on the burlap.
The morning of the party I picked up a couple bouquets of baby’s breath to use in the decor. I love how simple they are and they have a wonderful floral scent. I added a few green branches from my own backyard.
I also love the simplicity of a bowl of mixed fruit. You don’t need to get fancy, I didn’t even cut it up. I got the idea from my dad’s retirement party. I picked up strawberries, blueberries and grapes – washed them – and mixed them in this yellow bundt pan.
I had baby’s breath arrangements throughout the party but I also used some of my own fake flowers. I use fake flowers throughout my house so I have floral arrangements through out the year. I love fresh flowers but fake are an ok permanent solution in my opinion.
I love cloth napkins. Love love LOVE cloth napkins! I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because my mom only pulled them out for fancy dinners. I knew when the table cloth came out we were going to get cloth napkins. I love the variety in color and patterns. You don’t have to have matchy napkins.
Here are a few more pictures of the food table set up. Do you feel like you are at my party?
In the other corner of the yard you will find the games table. I had 3 activities set up. We played “Name the Movie or TV Show” which was a slide show of images from wedding themed movies or TV episodes. We also played “What’s in your Purse?” which had fun results! I also had a notebook available for guests to write down their marriage or date night advise for the bride.
And don’t forget about your favorite recipe to share with the bride! But if you forgot your card I had extras!
The slide show was repeated a couple of times so all guests had a chance to guess. I also played Nora Jones on iTunes Radio from my computer.
I had prizes ready for winners of our fun bridal shower games. I had extra’s ready in case of a tie but when that didn’t happen I just picked up the recipe cards and asked the bride to randomly pick a couple recipes. The person who brought the recipe got a bag.
Party favors were also on this table. Feel free to fill up a brown paper bag of your favorite flavor of popcorn – or all three! I made cookies and cream, mint, and peanut butter popcorn.
I loved using real furniture for this outdoor bridal shower. The food table is actually my dining table and the gift table is my coffee table. I refinished the coffee table just in time for the party. You can see my post about the coffee table here.
The bride wore this simple floral crown – another project I finished the morning of. I used leaves and berries from my backyard with the baby’s breath and a white silk ribbon.
I loved hosting this outdoor bridal shower and I hope you enjoyed getting the tour. Don’t forget to take a bag of popcorn! No seriously I wish you could, I made way too much and it’s not good for me to eat candy popcorn all day long!
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