It’s hard to believe that it’s been 2 whole years since we had my daughter’s bridal shower and were making all of the final wedding preparations! I thought that , since it is that season again, I’d share some easy bridal shower ideas that we came up with. I like it when you can do “double duty” for a project. In this case, the DIY bridal shower favors that we made for the guests to take home were so pretty, they really did a nice job of decorating the tables as well. And I think if you are making bridal shower decorations, nothing dresses up a table nicer than a lot of fresh flowers, so that’s what we did! Our Spring-y color scheme was light pink, fuchsia, spring green, and yellow.
And remember- you can use these simple ideas for any gathering, not just a bridal shower… try them for a ladies’ luncheon, birthday party, anniversary party, baby shower…
For the favors, we bought little miniature clay flower pots at the craft store and used a glue gun to add some ribbon to the top. We bought a couple of flats of annuals at the big-box store- very inexpensive. We potted the annuals in the clay pots, and then daughter designed some small signs and printed them out onto cardstock. We glued these to popsicle sticks for personalized garden stakes for the little flower pots. We put a flower pot at each place setting, which acted as a favor which the guests could take home, as well as making the table look very pretty.
We found the paper plates at Michael’s the week before Easter- the colors were perfect. We wrapped the plasticware in brightly covered paper napkins, tied with a piece of ribbon (which matched the little flower pots) and stuck a stem of fresh rosemary in as well. So fresh and pretty, and so inexpensive. (The ribbon was tied in a simple square knot- no fancy bows to worry about!) And by the way, you can grab the latest Michael’s coupons here.
Remember the Mad Libs games? My daughter made up a version which the guests could play as a bridal shower game while they were waiting for the bride-to-be to arrive. She made up a story about the happy couple, leaving out some words. The guests had to fill in the words (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) but WITHOUT knowing or hearing the story first. Later, the bridesmaids chose the funniest ones and read them aloud.
For the larger table centerpieces, we just took that same potted flower idea and did it on a larger scale with larger flower pots and 1 or 2 gallon container flowering perennials which we got at the nursery. Again, this project did double duty because those perennials got planted in my garden after the shower!
Finally, we included a “wishing well” on the gift table. Guests could put in little useful gadgets, like dish towels, recipe cards, spatulas, etc. We used a new laundry basket for the well, which the bride could use in her new home.
Here is daughter with her bridesmaids:
And here’s one of the wedding photos:
Can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years! How time flies….