My gorgeous twin sister is getting married in a month!!!! So, let’s talk about her kick a** Bridal Shower. I must admit, I was completely worried with how this would turn out. My mother and I asked dozens of people for help and I was concerned it would turn into a hodge podge, chaotic, pot luck that you’d see at a Senior Citizen home… Luckily, it came together nicely.
My mother rented out the clubhouse in her development. At $300 this was a decent chunk of change. However, with a bridal shower of roughly 60 people, we’d be looking at 10x the cost for food and drink alone if we held it at a restaurant. She asked all of her friends and family to bring something. So, you can see why I was concerned. But the secret to being a fab host is always in the presentation. We set up catering trays which made it look much more uniform. Shout out to my aunt too for making the cutest desserts that fit the pink and purple theme.
I had each of the bridesmaids bring 2 bottles of champagne for the mimosas and my aunt made her famous sangria! We had a cute mimosa bar which consisted of berries and pink champagne flutes rimmed with purple sugar. I set up a crate and placed mason jars atop for the sangria. My mom painted them all with chalk paint and guests wrote their names with a silver paint marker. They were a huge hit, especially with the purple straws.
While mom took care of leading the food brigade, I managed the decorations. I worked with the bridesmaids to make this a smashing success. I started with a list of tasks that needed to be completed. Rather than asking all of the bridesmaids for money, I had them sign up for tasks. We’re all in different financial places so I thought this would let them take on what they could. None of them disappointed!
We had the most beautiful paper flower centerpieces flanked by pictures of the bride and groom to be. We hung personalized banners and designed signs. One of the girls bought the most gorgeous wine container to hold the “stock the bar” items. She also made tags so people could leave a note. Lets not forget about the beautiful candy bar too. I was so impressed with what a few of the bridesmaids pulled together. They filled candy dishes spelling “love” with purple M&Ms and flanked it with glass jars filled with purple, pink, and gold candy. They picked good candy too! None of that tootsie roll dum dum pop BS. They also found the cutest bags on Etsy!!
As for the flow, we got a lot of great feedback. We kept this show moving!! Bridal showers can really drag out but we wrapped everything up within two hours. However, everyone still lingered since were having such a great time!
Here’s the trick. Once everyone arrived, I kicked it off with a slideshow featuring the bride and groom. By the time that was over, the food was ready. We let everyone eat, drink, and chat it up. Then mom and my sister made a little speech followed by Dana (my sister) opening presents. DAMN, that girl got a lot of presents. We played gift bingo. I always feels like that helps with the monotony of opening gifts. We also had a system in place just for opening them! Half way through we broke it up with the newlywed game. Then we let her continue opening gifts. Once that was a wrap, we had dessert.
Yay for a fab bridal shower!!