Last month I had the honor of hosting my soon to be sister-in-law’s bridal shower. With a spring, boho-chic garden wedding on the horizon, I decided to mimic Ashley’s overall vision for their big day at the shower. She is a stylish architect with great taste, so I knew the decor needed to be modern and cool, just like her.
The wedding will be set at The Guild Event Space in KC, a beautiful, urban locale with loads of character and glam. An outdoor setting with flowing greenery and succulents will host the ceremony before the guests make their way inside for decor rich with mixed metals, more greenery and delicate accents. With all of these details in mind, I began DIY-ing for the shower!
As you may know, finding mixed metals at a reasonable price can be difficult. I decided to take matters in to my own hands, and rounded up a slew of glass containers found around my house or in discount stores. I came up with a collection of metal votives I already owned, clear glass cylinder vases found on sale at Hobby Lobby and a collection of wine bottles (I had no trouble rounding those up ;)). I then got to work spray painting to give them the golden, copper and silver hues they deserved. They would then all be adorned with silk greenery, accented with small white and green blooms. The combination of alternating sharp metallics contrasted against the soft plants made for quite a stunning combination.
To recreate simply use small springs of fern-like sprays, larger sized succulents and eucalyptus leaves from any craft store. Snip sections and stick in to the vessel. Accessorize by adding smaller blooms in contrasting white and green colors. Group the three different metals together for a finished look and alternate colors with each grouping. I love the way they look against the stark white linens, and striped runner.
Pro Tip: Order kitchen paper from Amazon to recreate this affordable table runner. The roll is 25 feet long and about 2 feet wide. I cut the paper in half lengthwise in order to stretch the paper amongst all the tables.
After I had completed the tables, I knew my mantle needed some zing to complete the room. I found 10×10″ greenery squares from Michaels and a statement piece was then in the works. Using 9 squares, I cut a thin piece of plywood the exact dimensions of the squares. After spray painting it green so none of the wood would show through, I hot glued the squares to the board. Voila! My husband helped me hang it from the mount where our TV normally resides. Yes, he’s a very good husband for not only taking the TV down, but helping me adorn its proper place on the mantle with girly greenery 🙂
I accessorized the square with DIYed floral monograms, extra metallic centerpieces, my own Ikea candlesticks and paper flowers I constructed from a kit at Michael’s. I most definitely could have made my own flowers, but the time crunch I was under made it apparent I needed to worry more about efficiency with this type of an item. To top it off, a lighted “cheers” sign from the dollar section at Target completed the picture.
The next important piece I had to figure out was the main entryway in to our house where guests would receive their first impression of the party. It had to have a wow factor. We greeted the guests with their choice of beverage from a champagne and/or coffee bar. They could then sign the guestbook, socialize and mingle. This room also happens to be our dining room, so it was already complete with a large farmhouse table we could use for the champagne glasses and added accessory pieces.
I, again, used extra centerpiece items, then laid out extra sprigs of leftover greenery, candleholders I already owned, and spray painted marquee letters.
On the accent wall resided the bar, made beautiful with boho gold wreaths I made and a simple Mr. & Mrs banner from Pink Antler Studios. These wreaths are absolutely stunning as a large grouping and the bride decided to also use them for the wedding. More pics to come on that one!
As a way to spice up the traditional guest book idea, I went for a more functional route. Thanks to Etsy, I found ADORABLE personalized wine labels and adhered them to nice bottles. The labels were personalized with the bride and groom’s name, their wedding date and location. Each label detailed a time they were supposed to enjoy that particular bottle. From first big purchase to first baby, the guests were to pick a bottle and write a message with a permanent chalk marker. Meant to be keepsakes from the shower, but also a time capsule for each memorable moment of their new life together. These were a huge hit, and of course the first baby bottle filled up faster than the others. No pressure! 🙂
The last, but most important part of the shower was the food! Luckily, my mom, the bride’s family and my extended family all volunteered to help with this aspect. We decided on a “ladies lunch” type of fare with beautiful tea sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, salads, fruit and small bites.
After this colorful and wonderful lunch, we then enjoyed the dessert bar. Melissa Rodgers made these UNBELIEVABLE cakes that were true show stoppers. All adorned with greenery, succulents and fresh fruit, she had us licking our plates and asking for more. The large centerpiece cake was a blueberry, raspberry, marscapone cake with lemon icing. And the other two were orange blossom bundt cakes. Each were equally delicious. I can’t say enough great things about her and her work. OMG. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
My aunt made tea cookies as a small bite to enjoy and then my grandma made the groom’s (my brother’s) favorite cookie as a favor for everyone to take home and enjoy.
It was truly a wonderful day celebrating an amazing couple.
Can’t wait for the big day!