This past Sunday sparkled in champagne, pink and gold love as we toasted to my future sis-in-law, Jill, at her first bridal shower. She and my brother are getting married this September, so this event kicked off the wedding festivities for the summer. Bring on more! My mom and I hosted at my house and it was as blissful and beautiful as I had hoped it would be.
The shower was inspired by the bride-to-be’s wedding colors of champagne and romantic shades of gold. We added hints of pink to make it extra girlie. As mentioned in a previous post, the invites incorporated the color scheme and notified guests of the brunch/mimosa themed event. The decor was a mix of handmade and store bought items. Here’s a look at them all!
So, let’s work from the outside in. I had been looking online at these awesome frilly-strung balloons to welcome guests on my front porch with. And was about to order one, when I found this stunning MPLS-based company that sells their version called a Frillioon. They are White Peakcock Events and they are a complete joy to work with! This girlie heart-shaped balloon was the perfect entrance to the party. Here is the beautiful bride-to-be with her fabulous Frillioon!
Inside, the party was mostly confined to my living and dining room space. After looking through several banners on Etsy, to hang above my buffet, I decided to get creative and make my own. My local craft store has become one of my best friends these days and I knew I would be able to find a fun solution! I put together an easy and affordable, yet classy and adorable “Bride” banner that turned out to be another one of my favorite items.
I covered the mirror over my buffet with gold sparkly paper (that I also picked up at the craft store) and hung the banner on it. A quick shout out to my fab friend (and neighbor), Jessica, at Live the Fancy Life for the backdrop inspiration. I will definitely be making these banners for future events. I’ll post the how-to-DIY soon!
For the table coverings, we decided to pick out fun fabrics at Joann and have them cut to fit the buffet and dining room table. There are so many more options at a fabric store, plus it is more customizable and less expensive than a store bought table cloth. A lot of times you can find unique fabrics on sale. They looked gorgeous and coordinated perfectly with our color scheme!
The buffet was filled with everything sweet? Mimosas, donuts and treats, of course!
The strawberry, lemon, basil mimosas were inspired by a version I had at a ladies brunch at Jessica’s house. My mom and I blended and muddled ours a bit more to make them extra pink. Guests had the choice of champagne or sparkling water. They were delicious and pretty, of course!
For the dessert, I picked up a couple dozen customized gold-glittered donuts at my favorite shop, YoYo Donuts. I can’t even stand how good they are. I bet your mouth is watering!
Extra treats included vanilla macaroons and gold wrapped white chocolate Lindor Truffles. I made some little white to go bags with a little strip of sparkly gold tape for added glam.
The remaining decor details included framed pictures, love bible verses and food cards.
Flowers, monogram mugs to spell LOVE (used for vases).
A few wall decals from Oh Joy for Target (these are no longer available) to add a little bubbly sparkle to my blank dining room wall. Project decorate my wall is in order this summer!
And a little “something blue” in the powder room.
We kept the food light with mini egg bake muffins, fruit and yogurt parfaits, a quinoa salad and mini croissants.
My mom made these cute little plastic cups for the cucumber infused water.
And how can I forget the Kate Spade napkins and paper plates my mom found at Epitome Papers in the Galleria. Perfection.
Aside from the all the fun we had party-planning and decorating, this shower was filled with so much love, which is most important!
We are so blessed to have Jilly officially become a part of our family and cannot wait for more champagne toasts with her through the years!