Monday, April 16, 2012

Kelsey's Bridal Shower

This weekend was a whirlwind, but it was amazing! I helped host Kelsey's bridal shower at our house on Saturday and it went really well. It was so fun and really neat to see all of the details that I had been working on finally come together.

The shower had a monogram theme and Kelsey received lots and lots of really cute monogrammed gifts.  The decorations started off with a wreath that I made for the front door out of tissue paper flowers.  The K is the same K from the party monogram that was sent out on the invitations.
K wreath on the front door
We served luncheon type food for the shower and everything was really delicious!  All of the bridesmaids contributed different foods, which made it easier on everyone.  We had chicken salad croissants, cucumber tea sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches, hummus wraps, quiches, ham biscuits, salads and lots of fruit and veggies.  You can also see that we brought the K monogram through in the table runner which I hand painted and the wreath above the buffet. 
Lots of food!
 Speaking of the food, I wrote the menu out on our kitchen chalkboard with a new chalk marker that I found at Michaels. It makes writing on the chalkboard even more fun!
bridal shower menu
There were a ton of options for everyone for dessert.  We had cake from Sweet Memories (where we got our wedding cake and they're making Kelsey's wedding cake... they're the best!!) and a ton of other delicious sweets. Sarah, the MOH, made red velvet cupcakes with pink icing and lemon raspberry cheesecake jar desserts.  There were also Oreo balls and macarons... so yummy!
the desserts!
Kelsey getting ready to cut her cake
For drinks, guests had the options of sweet tea, lemonade or a custom creation at the Bellini bar.  I bottled different fruit purees and juices, including peach, mango, raspberry, strawberry, orange, and pomegranate, for everyone to choose from.  The guests picked their fruit and then poured in the prosecco.  We even had sparkling water available for the non-alcoholic drinkers.
The Bellini Bar
I decorated the area where Kelsey would open her gifts with lots of flowers and her new monogram.  I placed various small glass containers on the mantle and filled them with pink and white flowers to create a pretty backdrop.  I also painted the letters of her new monogram and hung them with pink ribbon from the mantle. Kelsey got to sit in the big chair to open all of her gifts. 


Kelsey opening her gifts
I created the centerpieces myself with flowers I purchased at local stores. I had a lot of luck finding really pretty flowers, like hydrangea and roses that looked great together. I was hoping to find peonies, but it was just a little too early in the season.  I created low centerpieces for each table with square or round glass vases with ribbon tied around them and the shower monogram emblem.  I place a painted wooden number in the center of each floral arrangement to indicate the table number.  
  
the tablescape
We used different china at each table, which I collected from family members. It was really neat to use china from our wedding, my mom's, grandmother's, and great grandmother's collection.  Each place setting also included a favor place card of pink candy tied with the guest's own monogram, to indicate where they should sit.
The lovely bride-to-be and some of her bridesmaids 
Guests playing one of the games at the shower
Kelsey at the dessert bar
 It was a really fabulous day and we got so many compliments on how nicely everything turned out.  We played a lot of games and they all went over really well. Kelsey had a wonderful time and in the end, it was a great day filled with lots of love from family and friends.
Kelsey and me after the shower
I have a lot more pictures and details still to come that I didn't post here. I'll be back later this week with a post detailing some close ups of the projects we worked on and some of the behind the scenes work.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures, we really had a great day! 

8 comments:

  1. Love the details of the shower you hosted! The wreath and table runner are gorgeous :)

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  2. Everything was so beautiful and everyone keeps commenting on how it was the best shower they've ever been to and I have to agree!! I'm pretty sure you made this nicer than some people'e weddings. Thanks again, Mere! You're the BEST!!

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  3. I know of Kelsey through theknot.com and this shower is absolutely beautiful! So much attention to detail! I was wondering, where did you get your dress? Love the one shoulder floral detail and the color!

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    1. Hi Ashlyn, thanks for your sweet comments. I got my dress at Francescas, http://www.francescascollections.com/. However, their stock is always changing and I think they have different things from store to store. I never seem to see the same thing twice, so it might be hard to find. Thanks!

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  4. Thanks Meredith! Here is another question. What is the paint color in your living room? I love the blue color!!

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    1. Thanks! It's called Smoke by Benjamin Moore

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  5. You did such a great job, Meredith! I'm super impressed with your party planning skills!

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  6. Meredith you did such a great job! I love how feminine it was, and all the attention to detail! The food looked great and was nicely displayed. I love monogram theme too! Y'all did a great job, and it looked like a very nice shower for your friend! I'm sure she appreciated it.

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