Saturday, September 1, 2012

Garden Party Themed Bridal Shower

Hello hello!  I'm here to share some photos of the Garden Party themed Bridal Shower I co-hosted a few weeks ago for my friend.  My mom was nice enough to let us host it at her home, because she has the worlds best backyard garden :)  These pics were taken before the party but it gives you an idea of what we were working with hehe

gorgeous huh?  My mom does that all herself!  My dad is also a metal sculptor and they have a friend of the family that blows glass, so you'll see a lot of cool artwork and blown glass around the garden too.

The day of the party it was raining on and off so a lot of the decorations we planned ended up being inside instead of outside.  For example, these awesome sewing hoops that my friend made were supposed to hang from the trees outside, but we ended up with them in the living room instead.  That same friend also made about a thousand awesome crepe paper roses as decor (I stopped by to help her and I was there for 4 hours and made like two.  They took FOREVER, but were so cool). They were in vases all throughout the house

All the food was set up outside.  We used mismatched ivory lace tableclothes for all the tables.  The drinks were either a hard lemonade or regular lemonade, served in white carboys alongside mason jars and striped straws.  cute right?!  Can't really see in the photo but it looked nice, I promise!

On the menu was 

Crudite Platter with Green Goddess Dip and Carmelized Onion Dip
Chicken Satay Skewers w peanut sauce
Prosciutto wrapped roasted asparagus
Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella skewers
Stuffed Mushrooms (bride to be fav)
Three types of mac and cheese (Lobster, Jalapeno and bacon, and regular...another bride to be fav)
Cheese platter (and I don't skimp when it comes to a cheese was probably my favorite part lol)

I wish I had more photos of the food but I was too busy cooking!  As soon as everyone finished eating it started downpouring so we pretty much had to run everything back inside as fast as possible, so no photo ops!

In terms of decorations:

First, I made garland and a banner to hang.  The garland was hand punched and sewn from hundreds of little birds and butterflies.  I thought it was pretty funny that the bride to be didn't realize I had made the garland myself and just assumed I bought it ;)  I really liked how delicate it looked, especially alongside the sewing hoops with the lace ribbon.

I also made a banner that said "From Miss to Mrs" on it that hung over the entrance way.  You can see the dessert table in these photos (the best part IMHO)

And here's the dessert!  One of the other bridesmaids is an amazing baker and she put together the entire table (including vases of the bride to be's favorite candy!) was not only GORGEOUS, it was delicious! I ate far too many of those damn cupcakes (um red velvet, can you blame me??)

The favors were little seed planters, matching the brides colors (blue and orange)

And heres a photo of some of us :)  Were all scientists together at Protein Sciences, the girl on the left made the desserts, the girl in the middle is the bride to be, and the girl on the right is yours truly (I know.  my boobs looked awesome that day)

Here's some of us bridesmaids in the garden (once it stopped raining!)

And in case you missed the first posts, here are the invitations I sent and a butterfly wreath I made for decor :)  

Alrighty! That's it for today, hope you like seeing what we came up with :) Sorry for the crappy pictures, I wish Robb had been there to photograph the occassion but someone had to watch Charlie!  Be back with more layouts to share soon!


1 comment:

  1. Your idea of garden party bridal shower is simply awesome. Have to plan my sister’s too at one of San Francisco wedding venues and was looking for great ideas to make it wonderful and memorable. Have gone through many blogs and have few things in mind.


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