Bridal Shower Basics

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Although it is my belief that people make the party…a little decor goes a long way too!

Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of hosting a bridal shower for my sister from another mr. and wanted to share a few styling moments with you all.

Centerpieces: always ensure your guests can see over your centerpieces.

photo-2 There are few things less lovely than sitting and enjoying great conversation with your favorite humans and being unable to see them!

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Details: Find ways to bring unique elements into your shower that feel customized to the bride.

Initials, photos, color choice etc. The bride should always enter her shower and feel that the event is truly tailored towards her and in celebration of her wedding ahead! Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 9.33.32 PM

Beverages: Just like people make the party…a little buzz goes a long way too (just saying!).

Tips to stocking a good bar..

1) Provide a little bit of everything for everyone. I recommend starting your party with a signature drink for guests when they arrive, but once they have wet their whistle with your special concoction, provide a variety of different types of alcohol. Not everyones loves wine as much as I do…

2) Don’t forget the fresh limes or lemons – a little citrus garnish goes a long way. And they add a nice pop of color to any bar.

3) Find ways to make your “chasers” more presentable. Don’t ruin your beautiful table with a giant plastic jug of OceanSpray…find clever containers to create a consistent and classy look on your bar top.

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Prep & Planning: To ensure you eliminate as much stress as possible on the day of the shower (or any party you are hosting) do the things you can in advance. Free yourself up as much as possible the day of the event to give yourself time take care of any last minute details or surprises that pop up.

The two biggest time savers I’ve found: cooking dishes the night before that can be refrigerated, and prepping the flowers at least a day or two in advance.

Flowers especially can take a day to bloom fully and if prepped properly (a little sugar in your water is key) and if you’re like me, it may take you longer than anticipated to putz and futz with multiple arrangements to get them weighted the way you desire…so do them in advance rather than rushing the day of.

“The best preparation for a good day tomorrow is to do good work today.” Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 9.34.16 PM Practical Tip of the Day: Always give thanks to those you are thankful for…

A special thanks to my mom, for always being my support, my design role model, and my inspiration for how to be a better host, person and daughter.

Love you mom.

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