25 Aug

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

I’m so excited to share a bridal shower with you today that I threw for a friend last month… who also happens to be getting married this weekend!!

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

I’ve known the bride-to-be since that first day of kindergarten at age 4 and really wanted her bridal shower to have a playful, whimsical vibe that was reminiscent of our childhood fun… which usually included a lot of sugar, silliness, and time spent outdoors.

After everything came together, the key elements for this “Sunshine and Love” theme included paper parasols, bicycles, fruity candy, mason jars, flowers, and love birds – all brought to life in a sunny yellow & strawberry red color palette!

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

There are lots of DIY details and recipes to share, so in order to keep this post from being a mile long (or maybe more accurately 2 miles long!), I’ll start with the visual overview today and post additional DIY, recipes, and party printables later. Here we go…

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

As I mentioned above, bicycles were one of the key elements of the theme. While bicycles did integrate easily into the “playful summer” vibe of the theme, the main reason for this was actually because Cindy’s fiance is an avid cyclist, and I loved the idea of using a tandem bike to play on the metaphor that he was “making room on his bike for her.”

I also borrowed his & hers beach cruiser bikes from friends to serve as the backdrop for our “photo booth” area.

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

(No one had a tandem bike on hand that I could borrow – which is not exactly shocking! – but when budget allows for it I do think it would be cute to rent a tandem bike for this theme… especially if you turn it into a couples shower or engagement party!)

The photo area also had paper parasols and hand fans that guests could use as props for the photos… little extras like this always make for fun pictures!

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

Paper parasols played a starring role in the table centerpieces too…

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

I had a hard time figuring out how to display the parasols on the tables at first because they weren’t tall enough on their own. The solution ended up being to flip one 20″ glass cylinder vase upside down to act as a pedestal for a second glass cylinder. Worked like a charm!

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

I secured the bases of the 2 vases together with glue dots then covered the “seam” with 2 layers of decorative paper. (also added some white vase gems to the top vase to ensure the arrangements were heavy enough to keep from toppling over!)

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

Paper elements played a key role in the party – I had so much fun designing these paper patterns, framed signs, napkin rings, place mats, and favor tags…

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

Party favors sat at the top of each place setting. The favors were 16-oz Ball mason jars filled with rock candy (strawberry and lemon) and candy fruit slices (red raspberry and lemon).

The mason jars were embellished with a custom favor tag around the neck and a coordinating paper circle glued to the lid (made with a 2.5″ craft punch).

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

Larger 32-oz mason jars were used as vases throughout the rest of the party. Mason jars are really inexpensive and make for wonderfully affordable decor – just $11 for a case of 12! I embellished the jars with leftover paper napkin rings.

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

And speaking of affordable vases, the rest of the flowers were displayed in vases from Ikea…

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

Gerbera daisies, China Mums, Carnations, Roses, Spider Mums, and tiny daisies were displayed in simple, eclectic groupings next to the centerpieces and on side tables.

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

For the main outdoor arrangement, I made some oversize paper flowers – utilizing this paper rosette tutorial for the blooms and then attaching them to wooden dowels for the “stems”. (See third image from the top for a visual of this…)

I also used some of the paper flowers as hanging decor, in addition to the yellow, red, and white eyelet paper lanterns that were hung from fishing wire in the main room and from plants and branches.

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

This big faux leather “C” for Cindy was a happy find at HomeGoods – only $10 and the perfect shade of red! (It also doubled as a gift after the party.)

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

I also covered my regular wall art with decorative paper so that the artwork colors (blue and green) wouldn’t clash with the party. (This is always a good trick when temporarily transforming your home space for a party.)

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

Those cute glass vases pictured above? Only $0.99 at Ikea too!

I spray painted this manzanita branch red and decorated it with small 4″ paper lanterns. (There’s another arrangement I did that featured red, yellow, and white manzanita. For some reason I can’t find a photo of it – and of course it was my favorite piece! :0 I’ll do a DIY tutorial if I can find it….but in any case just know that the manzanita looks fun spray painted yellow & white too!)

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

The dessert table and lunch tables featured “runners” created from striped fabric.  (I just folded the fabric down to size – no needle & thread required! I’m all for shortcuts!)

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

There was so much yummy food for lunch that we kept the desserts simple and sweet. Mini cupcakes from Cupcake Love (Solana Beach, CA) and individually wrapped, sugar-dusted lemon bars.

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

The signature drinks were Red & White Sangria – perfect-for-summer cocktails that just happened to match the party’s color palette perfectly too!

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the ridiculous yummy food that was homemade by 2 wonderful ladies that seriously outdid themselves… check out this fabulous presentation!

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

The beverage table also featured a fun piece of party decor…. stacked boxes made to look like a tiered wedding cake. Check out the full DIY on this here.

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

And last but not least, I can’t forget to mention the cool little frames that are sprinkled throughout the party – including being utilized as our “cake topper” here!

They’re also from Ikea – and again – are only $0.99! I love how versatile they are – and the fact that you can display images on both sides… which means that no guests are stuck staring at the “back” of the frame!

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

All in all, this was a really fun party and the bride-to-be was super happy, which is always the important thing! And now it’s on to the wedding this weekend! :)

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REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

REAL PARTIES: Sunshine & Love Bridal Shower

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Photography by Michele Ehlers

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41Comments

1
Claudi SAYS:

This is so great, thanks for all the ideas and information. LOVE IT!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 4:17 am

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Andrea Swenson SAYS:

WOW! As usual – AMAZING – love every detail and the color scheme is so “happy”!
http://www.sweetbambinos.blogspot.com

Reply August 25, 2010 at 4:26 am

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Kori Clark SAYS:

Wonderful party!! I adore how bright everything! Fantastic job!!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 5:27 am

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Ebony Sparkes SAYS:

Beautiful!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 5:29 am

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Carrie SAYS:

What a lucky friend you have!! I would have LOVED this if I were a guest at this party!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 6:17 am

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Victoria SAYS:

Heading to IKEA today! Looking forward to seeing these items now.

Reply August 25, 2010 at 6:50 am

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Affection for Detail SAYS:

I love the use of various yet coordinating patterns. Great colors!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 6:55 am

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Joy SAYS:

Beautiful!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 8:00 am

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Michelle SAYS:

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing job…..love the colors and all different patterns and wonderful it all came together!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 8:18 am

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melissa SAYS:

Excellent job Jenn as usual ,love the colors!! wish I had an Ikea near me;( 3hrs away.

Reply August 25, 2010 at 8:28 am

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Jodi SAYS:

Wow, what a gorgeous job!! Such a lovely partyscape!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 8:47 am

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Zee SAYS:

Such a beautiful party! Thanks for the wonderful ideas! Where can I get the picture frame from the dessert table (Help yourself to something sweet)? It’s so cute!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 9:17 am

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Heather - Chickabug SAYS:

GORGEOUS! I could look at these photos all day and still find new details to admire. And I love the patterns!! : )

Reply August 25, 2010 at 9:45 am

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Sandra SAYS:

Love this party! I am having a tandem bridal shower and this party host so much inspiration. THANKS!

Reply August 25, 2010 at 10:29 am

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Kim SAYS:

I love the theme! You did a wonderful job!!

I actually have a random question about a piece of furniture in your pictures. I was wondering where you bought the table that’s under your wall art. I’ve been looking for a table like that for our entryway. Thank you in advance! :)

Reply August 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

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