DIY Bridal Shower

 I love spring so much, and if you are in a similar phase of life as I am in, spring means that wedding season is coming up too! Today on the blog, I am sharing some tips for throwing a beautiful bridal shower on a budget. Last year I was so excited when one of my best friends asked me to be her Maid of Honor. After she asked me, I knew that I needed to put together a plan for her bridal shower to make it the special event that she deserved. One of the ways I was able to do this, while saving money, was to do a lot of it myself with the help of some friends and family. I had a craft day at my house one afternoon to create the decorations, which was such a fun way to make them all!

The theme was a vintage country picnic, and the color scheme was just bright and happy colors. I threw it in the middle of the afternoon, which means I was able to keep the food simple.  There was a build your own salad table as well as DIY yogurt parfaits. For cups I used mason jars with pretty ribbons tied around them and fancy straws. Drinks were tea, lemonade or water.

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As you can see I put floating candles in several mason jars scattered throughout and used chalkboards with sweet love quotes as well as food labels to decorate. A good friend let me borrow the pompoms and a lot of her serving wear. We made the tassel banner as well as the heart garland during the craft day at my house and they turned out so cute!

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My wonderful sisters made the cupcakes for me as well as the chocolate T’s that graced the top of them. To add to the elegance and yet keep the picnic feel, I bought nearly 30 china saucers of all different patterns for people to eat their cupcakes and mints from. To keep it affordable, I found most of them from second hand stores or at antique stores where the rest of the set was missing.

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I tried to keep the overall feel soft and airy with a touch of elegance. Up above you can see that the brides chair was given special attention for my friend to sit in while enjoying her special day.

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Near the door where people walked in, I set up a photo tree made from some branches a friend had found and spray painted gold for me. It was set up in a vase and then all we had to do was use cute clothes pins I found at Michael’s to pin pictures of the couple and love quotes to its branches.

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Then all that was left to do was enjoy the party! The bridal shower turned out beautiful, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my family and some friends. One of the secrets to a successful party is to not try to do it all yourself, but to accept help from others. Another trick was seeing what other people had that I could borrow, or to make the decorations myself. This definitely helped cut costs and was also a lot of fun. Another really helpful thing I found to keep it affordable was throwing the shower in the afternoon when I did not have to provide a full meal, and instead was able to just provide snacks.

What are some of your tips for throwing a successful bridal shower? Will any of you be throwing any bridal showers soon? Stay tuned for a fun idea for your bachelorette party in the next few weeks!

Blessings,

Leighton Michele

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