Planning a bridal shower requires a lot of consideration. There is the budget, party theme, guest list, touches of personalization, schedule of events, and more depending on what you and the bride hope to do. When planning an event, it’s helpful to begin with considering the person of honor. What are they like? Outdoorsy or urbanite? Extroverted or introverted? Food connoisseur or yoga fanatic? I know that my sister Doris has always seen life as “the more, the merrier”, so this was going to have a large guest list. She is ever the optimist and party-starter in any group. What’s more, she has been a pillar of inspiration in my life, and I wanted to create an environment that captured her spirit. Her bridal shower blended tradition and modernism with its theme, “Brunch and Bubbly” because she has never been one to take herself too seriously (and loves breakfast).
Peach, teal, and small gold accents (invitation from Wedding Paper Divas)
Pandora “Michael Buble” radio
Catered at the venue: Faz Restaurant in Sunnyvale, California
- French Toast Bites
- Cucumber cups
- Cheesecake bites
- Fruit tray
- Assorted pastries and scones
- Coffee / Tea
- Mimosa Bar
Bonne Maman Jam – 1 oz covered in assorted pink fabrics. This also doubled as the name card at each table setting.
- Couples Quiz — Bridal party comes up with 12 facts about the bride or groom. Statements are read aloud and the party guests vote whether the fact is true for the bride or groom by showing their props of lips (for the bride) or mustaches (for the groom).
- The Recipe for A Successful Marriage — Guests jot down their tips on a wooden spoon. The bride reads tips aloud at each table round and announces the best piece of advice with each group.
- Ceramic letter dish filled with pink jelly beans
- Diamond-shaped party picks
- “Bride to Be” satin sash hung on the bride’s chair
- “Team Doris” sashes at every bridesmaid’s chair (ordered from Etsy)
Schedule of Events (as it actually occurred)
8:00 am: Bridesmaids met to work on floral arrangements
9:30 am – Departed for bridal shower venue
9:40 am – 10:30 am – Set up centerpieces and decoration at the venue
10:30 – 11:00 am – Bridal party greets guests, helps them to seat assignments, encourages everyone to fill their plate with food, drinks, etc. Guests mingled as they arrived
11:00 – 11:10 am: Maid of Honor introduces the mother of the bride and groom. Bridal party introduces themselves and shares a special memory or short story about the bride.
11:10 – 11:25 am: Couples Quiz Game
11:25 – 11:30 am: Bride reads a note written by her fiance out loud
11:30 – 11:55 am: The Recipe for a Successful Marriage Game + photo opportunities
11:55 – 12:35 pm: Bride-to-be opens gifts + photo opportunities
12:35 – 1:00 pm: Thank you’s, good bye’s, and clean up!
The Brunch and Bubbly bridal shower created special memories for the bride and every person!
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