DIY Bridal Shower Ideas
Pink and Gold DIY Bridal Shower
When you design a little, craft a little and cook a little you can save money but still create a shower that is personal, modern, elegant, and unique. Ally Ice is a local “bride to be” and I wanted to throw a shower that suited her sophisticated taste, but was also sensitive to a young graduate’s budget. I chose a Pink and Gold theme. Pink for her feminine tastes and gold for her love of glamour.
Here is how we did it.
I used simple glass vases.
To make them pink and gold, I first used a little sponge to dot the metallic gold inside and let it dry. You can find these supplies at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.
I then use another sponge to paint the inside a solid pink. I used l Valspar paint samples from Lowe’s in three different shades of pink.
When it was completely dry, I cut floral foam to fit the vases and filled them with variety of flowers from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Elegant, modern.
I chose a special font called “Delicatta.” I added a short description to each name and then mounted them to scalloped edge circles that I cut from gold card stock paper. I wrapped the chairs in a shimmery tulle that I bought from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and tied the tags on with ribbon.
These are fun to use instead of a place setting and can serve dual purposes. Save these tags for the rehearsal dinner. Your bridal party can use these as a “bouquet” for practice and they are a great way for your friends and family to get to know each other.
I found this sheer gold dotted fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. Very affordable and I had a coupon! I simply laid the sheer fabric over a basic white tablecloth. I love how it coordinated with the vases. This fabric was actually less expensive than a vinyl tablecloth and certainly feels more sophisticated.
When I shop for parties and events, I try think ahead as to how I can get multiple uses out of the items I purchase. Paper plates and plastic utensils are wasteful. You use them once and throw them away. They also instantly take the sophistication out of your party. When was the last time you went to a fine restaurant and ate off of paper plates and used plastic forks? I am sure the answer is “never.” I have purchased extra utensils, glass plates and white plates over the years at garage sales, thrift shops and second hand stores. I try to get them close to the same size and style. You can certainly get multiple uses out of them and it is a much nicer experience for your guests. These little gold rimmed glasses actually came from the Dollar Tree.
Make your own food. You don’t cook? Not a problem. I made very simple foods, but used fresh ingredients with lots of color and flavor. I made baguettes with smoked salmon, cucumber sandwiches on rye bread, couscous salad (http://18.104.22.168/roasted-garlic-couscous/) , chocolate dipped strawberries and cupcakes.
My big splurge was the cupcake wraps from David Tutera and the smoked salmon. I made my own cupcake tower instead of a cake or buying them.
The beautiful cake stand was purchased at consignment sale for $12 and I have used it repeatedly. You can find cardboard towers at Jo-Ann’s and they can still be very pretty when you dress up your cupcakes.
I made a signature drink for Ally and her fiancee, Luke. I used Prosecco and Creme de Cassis. Prosecco is a great alternative to champagne and much easier on your budget. I added a cute description and garnished it with gold sugar and a strawberry. The girls loved these! They enjoyed reading the description and sipping the unique drink. These personal touches make the party memorable and unique. You can also serve this on the wedding day. If you aren’t comfortable creating something, you can always use an existing recipe and just add the cute tag lines and rename it for your event.
Now, what to do for your bachelorette party? This should be a time to bond with your closest friends before you change your name and your status.
It should be an evening of reminiscing and fun. A unique and memorable event is to have a “Wine and Art” party. I will design the painting exclusively for your group based on your preference or theme. We host many of these events at Fincastle Vineyard and Winery in Fincastle, VA. It is a beautiful vineyard nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. We provide everything you need for a relaxing, creative event. I provide stroke by stroke instructions, paint, 16 x 20 canvas, brushes, easels. Fincastle Vineyard provides a wine tasting and a gourmet lunch or dinner.
Fill your glass, relax and create! You will each have your own personalized artwork to take home and remember this time together. You will be amazed at the talent you may find at the end of your own paintbrush! No experience necessary.
Check out our events page http://22.214.171.124/our-classes/
The original “DIY Bridal Shower” article is featured in the June 2014 issue of Bella Magazine. Bella Magazine is the multiple award-winning magazine for all women of Southwest and Central Virginia and I am honored to be a part of it. This blog was written to provide additional details. Pick up a copy of Bella Magazine to read the original article as well as many others. Started in 2006 by Joey Coakley Beck, Bella has become the source for women (and men) of all ages wanting to know about everything from fashion and skin care to home decor and more.