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Brunch and Bubbly Bridal Shower

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). 

Consider selecting an invitation first, and then building your color theme around it.

Color theme  

Peach, teal, and small gold accents (invitation from Wedding Paper Divas)

Guests

36 attendees

Music  

Pandora “Michael Buble” radio

Menu

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

Favors  

Bonne Maman Jam – 1 oz covered in assorted pink fabrics. This also doubled as the name card at each table setting. 

Let your party favors work double-duty by using them to notate place settings!


Two Games 

  1. 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).  
  2. 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.
Any sentimental bride will want to proudly display words of wisdom from their closest friends and family.


Miscellaneous Decorations 

Centerpieces 

Daisies, Hydrangeas, and Roses (all white) from Trader Joe’s arranged in glass cylinder vases accented with jewel ribbon (from Michael’s Craft Store).

 

Hot glue a strip of jewel ribbon around a glass vase for an instant uplift!

 

Fun and Girly “Kate Spade-esque” quotes at each table round, designed by me on PicMonkey (5 tables) propped on scrabble tile holders.

 










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!

 
Many of the guests told us they enjoyed the shower because it was structured, they were continually engaged, and because they felt they got to learn new things about the bride through the activities, details, and stories from each bridesmaid. Despite having a large guest count, Doris got to spend time with each person while she visited the table rounds and got a “photo opportunity” when she opened their gift (don’t forget to set out a chair right next to her for this purpose!) I wish you the best of luck as you plan your bridal shower– don’t hesitate to comment below if you want advice or just want to chat about ideas.
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Cheerio from the maid of honor!
 

 

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