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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!