10 Nov

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

This super-stylish bridal shower was designed/hosted by Alison Donahue and features the always-fabulous color palette of chocolate and blue, plus tons of pretty details like parasols, retro-chic coasters, paper-wrapped vases, and polka dots. Read on for tons of photos and a full recap, in Alison’s own words…

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

“I wanted to host a beautiful bridal shower for my dear friend Merritt.  Merritt is sassy and fun so no ordinary shower was going to do it for her. A lingerie themed shower was in order!

Since her wedding colors were blue and chocolate brown I decided to incorporate them into the shower.

The invitations were made by using supplies from Paper Source and asked everyone to bring a piece of lingerie for her to open.

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

The party was located at my house in Santa Clara, California.  I hung paper parasols from Luna Bazaar from the ceiling in shades of blue, brown and white.

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

My mom was a life-saver and helped me prepare for the party! She made two amazing table runners with fabric from JoAnn’s Fabrics.

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

We picked up flowers at Costco and grass from the Safeway floral section.  We wrapped paper from Paper Source around the base of each vase and tied off the ribbon with rings from Michael’s.  We tied the same rings around the napkins used for lunch.

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

The afternoon started off with blue martini cocktails, lemonade, and a homemade pesto and sun dried tomato torta. We used coasters from Hello Lucky (pictured in top image) to hold our drinks.

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

Lunch was almost all homemade and consisted of fruit skewers, spinach and mushroom salad, salt and pepper shrimp skewers, zucchini Madeleine’s, sausage and black olive roll, meatballs from Trader Joe’s, cucumber and chive butter sandwiches, homemade cheese puffs, cream cheese and salmon toasts and quiche.

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

After lunch the ladies chatted, worked on a scrapbook page for Merritt by taking Polaroid photos
with her, and prepared to play some games.
We played 20 questions about Merritt, the “What’s In Your Purse?” game, and the “Pass the Teddy” game which is fun for a lingerie shower.

The ladies played for various prizes that I wrapped in boxes from Packaging Specialties and wrapped with paper and stamped and embossed stickers from Paper Source.

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

We wrapped up the day with desserts. We snacked on homemade heart shaped brownies, lemon macaroon tartlets, and mini cheesecakes topped with personalized flags from Notepolish.

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

As everyone left they picked up a goodie bag that contained a votive candle, and personalized matches saying “Merritt & Joe, a perfect match.”

REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

All in all it was a very fun party and we sent Merritt off right for her honeymoon!

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23Comments

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bagbybunch.blogspot.com/ SAYS:

That is just beautiful! I love the color choice!

Reply November 10, 2008 at 9:16 am

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Kristy SAYS:

This shower is AMAZING! Great job!!

Reply November 10, 2008 at 9:23 am

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Sandra @ Ribbons and Favors SAYS:

This was such a well put together shower theme. Not overdone and remained sophisticated yet with a fun flair to it. Absolutely loved your use of ribbons for just the right touch on your favors, noticed no bow just a great grograin ribbon and a knot with some paper shred and a label….great job!

Reply November 10, 2008 at 10:09 am

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Loralee - No Fuss Fabulous SAYS:

I love the retro chic theme throughout every detail. Love it!

Reply November 10, 2008 at 10:16 am

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Emily F SAYS:

Wow, this is so amazing! Especially the food. I always struggle with what to serve at a shower. Since there is never a table big enough for everyone, it has to be something easy to eat. I really LOVE everything about this shower!

Reply November 10, 2008 at 10:43 am

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Heidi @ Zenadia SAYS:

This is so great! I LOVE the parasols. Such a great idea. =)

Reply November 10, 2008 at 10:45 am

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Joanna (hostessjo.com) SAYS:

Wow! This is so great down to every last detail! I love the goody bags with the personalized votives.

Reply November 10, 2008 at 11:43 am

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Joanna (hostessjo.com) SAYS:

Sorry ;) personalized matches!

Reply November 10, 2008 at 11:44 am

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meandmyinsanity.blogspot.com/ SAYS:

So cool! The umbrellas are my favorite!

Reply November 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm

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Chris SAYS:

Beautiful! How did you hang the parasols from the ceiling???

Reply November 10, 2008 at 12:42 pm

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Merritt's Mom SAYS:

Truly a work of LOVE! Done to a tee with an artistic flair. She left nothing out.

Reply November 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

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Alison SAYS:

Thanks so much for the nice comments! I bought sticky hooks at bed bath and beyond and hung fishing wire from them to the umbrella handles!

Reply November 11, 2008 at 9:11 pm

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Julie Mazzoleni SAYS:

Wow what a great job. everything look very nice and very creative. I want the recipes.
Hope to see you Thanksgiving.

Reply November 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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Christine SAYS:

Do you have the recipies for what you made at this party? Everything sounds so delicious!

Reply May 11, 2009 at 9:43 am

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Myriam SAYS:

I think the little dessert flags are my favorite touch! Love how different this is from typical frilly pink-ish showers!

Reply May 15, 2009 at 9:57 am

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