Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A Bridal Shower - Crafty Fun
My good friend's daughter is getting married in November, and I helped organize "the crafty side" of her bridal shower which took place last Sunday (my daughter is the maid of honor). I hadn't been crafty in a long time and, I gotta say, it was a lot of fun getting out the glue sticks and scissors again. The theme for the shower was "burlap and lace" - she's having a rustic, country barn wedding. The primary color was pink.
I really appreciated having Pinterest as inspiration for the planning - I got so many fantastic ideas from bridal shower pins. I thought I'd share some of the decorations I created...it was fun planning the decor and all the little, extra details.
The wedding advice jar - this cookie jar has been in the family for generations. I wrapped it with burlap and ribbon, added tissue paper flowers to a chalkboard for the sign, and also cut out heart shapes from scrapbook paper for guests to write advice on the back of.
These were the burlap/tissue paper flowers I created to decorate the tables. I attached them to the sides of the white tablecloths and then connected them with jute string, tied up in a rustic bow.
There were burlap-wrapped jars to hold the utensils...and pretty polka dot napkins.
For favors, there were chocolate chip cookies tucked inside glassene bags, capped with pretty scrapbook paper, and tied with a pink ribbon/thank you tag. There were also pink nail polishes (I didn't get a good photo of those) and tulip bulbs wrapped in tulle and tied with ribbon.
For the banner, we created a sign that said, "He asked - she said yes". I printed the letters out on my printer (click HERE to find the source - many thanks to this blogger), used double-stick tape to attach them to kraft brown cardstock, and attached the letters to jute string with glittery pink clothes pins. This was hung over the "bridal chair" along with some of the many tissue paper pom poms we made. They're so easy to make and look so pretty - there are tutorials everywhere if you do a Google search. My daughter was a huge help in making the poms.
I was thrilled with how these mini donut diamond rings turned out...I saw them on Pinterest and knew I had to find a way to make them. I used unshrunk white shrink plastic as my "gems" - I created a gem template shape, traced the shapes onto the shrink plastic, used a silver permanent Sharpie to draw the gem lines, and then cut them out with scissors. The plastic was sturdy and sharp enough to easily pierce the donuts. They were a big hit, and as you can see, I forgot to take a photo until some of them had already been eaten...excuse the crumbs.
And finally, where would a bridal shower be without balloons? These were placed outside, of course, and you can see the gorgeous blue sky/clouds reflected in the window. It was a beautiful day, with perfect weather...all in all, a very successful day!