The Future Mrs. Ryan: a rustic + glamourous bridal shower

One of my best friend’s little sister is getting married this August and she asked me if I would help her plan the bridal shower. I was especially excited to take on the task, since I know these girls’ style so well, making it even more fun to select all of the special details.

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The shower was on a Monday evening, which I loved! I mean, what girl wouldn’t love kick starting the week with some of their favorite ladies, while sipping, eating and indulging in some girlie goodness? Talk about conquering a case of the Mondays.

The Future Mrs. with her mama and sisters.

The Future Mrs. with her sisters and mama. {From left: sis Jamie, bride-to-be Cassie, sis Lindsay, and mama Anne}

The decor for this bridal shower was inspired by their upcoming rustic and romantic summer wedding, including shades of light pink, white, ivory, champagne and brown. I mixed in some glam with hints of glittery gold to make this event extra girlie for the bride-to-be, Cassie.

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Since my future sis-in-law has similar wedding colors, I was able to recycle a few things from the shower I threw for her a couple months ago and reuse them at this event, like the “BRIDE” bunting banner above the dessert table. However, I made it unique to this shower by using a different backdrop. I found this awesome pink, ivory and brown circular garland on Etsy at Fabulously Homemade. It came in two long strips, however I decided to cut them in half to make four strips for added width and hung them vertically behind the banner.

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In fact, most of the items were hand-picked specifically for the Future Mrs. Ryan. Several of them were even given to her as gifts (from her sister Lindsay) after the shower to be used in she and her future hubby’s new pad, including the monogram champagne colored “R” book from Anthropologie, a dozen of the old fashioned milk jugs that held sparkling pink lemonade (pictured above) and all of the picture frames.  And of course, her very own pretty balloon! This beauty from White Peacock Styled Events is their signature Blush Crush Frillioon with added gold confetti.

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When shopping for the frames and decor that would be gifted to the Cassie post-shower, I wanted to make sure they not only coordinated with the party, but would also go nicely in her new home. With a budget in mind, I ran straight to Home Goods. I love their frame selection since there is always a wide variety of styles and colors at very affordable prices. Most of the frames I found were by Nicole Miller. They held food cards, statements, a copy of the shower invitation, and engagement photos throughout the dining areas and kitchen.

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This frame that read “Delicious eats and yummy treats to represent the future Mr. and Mrs. Ryan!” was placed at the start of the food display. The bride-to-be’s other sister, Jamie made all of the gourmet food. For each item, she played off of the future bride and groom’s first initials of “T” and “C”, so I printed the text in white and the “T’s” and “C’s” in brown to highlight them on all of the food cards. The monogram “R” mugs, as flower vases, also went home with Cassie. I picked up a total of four of them from Anthropologie. The rustic mason jar napkins personalized were from the shop Tears of Joy on Etsy and personalized with the future bride and groom’s initials and wedding date. How cute are those?

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And then there was dessert! Lets just take a minute to talk about this display. My amazingly talented cousin (and professional baker) made this stunning chocolate cake, embellished in silver and gold edible beads. I made the cake topper bunting with just a few items from my local craft store and a little hot glue.

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She also made these gorgeous white chocolate (in light pink) dipped strawberries with gold glitter and beads to coordinate. Seriously, obsessed. She is the best to work with…thank you, sweet cousin!

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Keeping with the rustic and summery theme, I decided to make s’mores to-go for the party favors. I worked with LuvBlingnArt on Etsy to create these custom tags. And since this family is Italian (something I can appreciate, I married one), I decided to add in a little Italian gratitude…Grazie!

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LuvBlingnArt also created these coordinating straw tags for the drinks. They just scream bride-to-be, don’t they?

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A fun statement pillow sat next to the bride-t0-be as she opened gifts and was gifted to her from her sister Lindsay, as well.

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This shower was so much fun to plan and I feel honored to have been a part of it. These three beautiful sisters (inside and out) made my job a breeze. I’m already looking forward to sharing more celebrations with them!

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