23 Jan

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

I’m so excited to share this latest “Real Party” feature with you… it’s a gorgeous ‘Under the Tuscan Sun” bridal shower featuring vibrant sunflowers and the rich colors of Tuscany. The hostess behind the party – Lina Wallace from A Stunning Affair - created this for shower for her sister-in-law and she did such a fantastic job…here are all the details on how she pulled everything together, as told by Lina herself:

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Laura’s Bridal Shower
When my sister-in-law, Laura got engaged, I immediately started thinking about ideas for her bridal shower. I felt so honored when her bridesmaids asked me to create something that would be not only unique, but also a reflection of the bride. When compiling ideas for a theme I thought of all of Laura’s favorite things:

Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Pizza or anything Italian
Favorite Flowers: sunflowers
Favorite Dessert: Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting
Favorite drink: Anything with champagne =)

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

After much thought, I ended up with an “Under the Tuscan Sun” theme for the Bridal Shower. The color scheme was based on patterned ribbon, which was purchased from The Floral Supply Syndicate. Decorative candles and containers were all bought from Moskatels in Los Angeles.

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

The Bridal Shower was held at the Jerzy Residence (the home of her maid of honor). Upon arrival, guests walked down a pathway of sunflowers leading them to her backyard. Each place setting was topped with a sunflower that doubled as a bridal favor. All centerpieces had a Tuscan flare and also included lemons from the maid of honor’s garden.

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

The children sat at a separate table decorated with a centerpiece of flowers and lollipops, which they took home as party favors.

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

Guests’ first stop was at a table where they wrote “Words of Wisdom” for the bride to be. Laura is still talking about some of the comments written by her family and friends.

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

Invitees were then greeted by hosts, (Laura’s bridesmaids) and sipped on Peach Bellinis while listening to music by Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Louis Prima.

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

To continue with the Tuscan theme, lunch included some of the bride’s favorites: pizza, antipasto salad and garlic rolls. Yum, yum!

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

After lunch guests participated in a “Bridal Shower Jeopardy”. To familiarize themselves with the trivia, information cards were provided for anyone to review. Cards were discretely removed just before the game.

Laura then opened oodles of presents. My favorite was a “lady” given by the bride’s Aunt. The lady was made up of an iron for the body, a mop for the hair and an apron for her dress: practical items to be used for the home. Too cute!

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

The delightful afternoon ended with the bride’s favorite dessert: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with a sunflower design created by Joeleen of A Sweet Design.

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

The bride’s mother also brought strawberries dipped in a yummy cream dip, which everyone loved!

REAL PARTIES: Under the Tuscan Sun Bridal Shower

Vendor Info:

Photography: Christine Haws Photography
Flowers, Planning and Décor: A Stunning Affair
Linens and Rentals: AAA Rents and Events
Cupcakes: A Sweet Design
Invitations: Cards and Pockets

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Thanks for the inspiration, Lina! The shower truly was “a stunning affair”! ;)

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36Comments

1
Laurie SAYS:

This is truly stunning! I’m definitely pulling some ideas from this for a bridal shower I’m hosting in March – thanks!!

Reply January 23, 2009 at 10:31 am

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Kelli SAYS:

This is stunning! I love all the happy colors and the wonderful details. Wish I would have thought of this for my shower :)

Reply January 23, 2009 at 10:35 am

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Marsha Nadybal SAYS:

What a beautiful setting – so cheerful and happy!
The cupcakes, decorations and food make my mouth water! Good job!!!

Reply January 23, 2009 at 10:42 am

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Joanna SAYS:

This shower is beautiful! I love the Tuscan theme, the sunflowers, the menu, everything!

Reply January 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

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Michelle @Everyday Celebrating SAYS:

love love love using fruit! I use lemons in floral centerpieces all the time! And have cut some up for topiaries:
http://www.everydaycelebrating.com/2008/05/fresh-fruit-sho.html

Reply January 23, 2009 at 11:14 am

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Pumpkin Petunia SAYS:

Gorgeous!!! Makes me wish I were invited!

Reply January 23, 2009 at 11:35 am

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girlrunningaround SAYS:

This is absolutely gorgeous! And giving me good ideas for my next dinner party.

Reply January 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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Maribel SAYS:

This is absolutely adorable!!! The decorations and theme blend in so well together. What a great way of incorporating the sunflowers, I would have never thought of it :)

Reply January 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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Joeleen Medina SAYS:

What a wonderful display of all your hard work Lina. The photography was just stunning.

Reply January 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm

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Maraly SAYS:

Beautiful work. It must be hard coming up with all these wonderful ideas. Keep up the good work!

Reply January 23, 2009 at 1:58 pm

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Carol SAYS:

I love it, I love it, it is wonderful. I will call you for sure. My sister’s bridal shower will be in August of this year. I do not have words to express how much I liked it. I will share it with my cousin, sister and mother.

Thank you

Reply January 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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Dawn Strasyersbrug SAYS:

I loved your work….the intricate detail of the flowers was phenomenal. I really liked the organization of the tables. Please provide me with prices and contact information.

Reply January 23, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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Marcie SAYS:

The table settings are gorgeous!!! i loved the flower details.

Reply January 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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Dacia SAYS:

So dang cute! I especially love the cupcakes!

Reply January 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

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Colleen SAYS:

Oh My God, I just loved everything! I wish I was hosting a party so I could use some of your ideas and then look so creative! :) Can’t wait till more.

Reply January 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm

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