How to throw a Fall Garden Party Bridal Shower

I had the honor a couple weeks back of throwing a bridal shower for my soon to be sister-in-law, Halie. Halie and my brother, Rob, have been dating since college and will be marrying the weekend of Thanksgiving! I was so excited to host this shower because I love parties and getting into the fun details. With over 60 people on the guest list, it was a little daunting at first, but my mom and I made it work. Below are some tips on how to throw a fall Garden Party themed bridal shower!


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Halie’s dress // My dress (currently $21!)

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tissue paper decor balls, sequin table cloths, tassel banner, and “Future Mrs.” banner via Etsy
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Halie’s dress –  La Ville

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frames and “love” sign found at Hobby Lobby

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I loved the idea of hanging the Bride’s engagement pictures from balloons! Credit: Joyfully Styled 🙂

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The Kitchen Aid mixer is a sentimental gift from our beloved Grandma Unnerstall who passed away this past summer. Grandma gifted a Kitchen Aid to her daughter-in-laws and granddaughters at all the showers.

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Welcome sign via Etsy
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How to host a Fall Garden Party Bridal Shower

  1. It’s all about the florals. Since the shower is Garden Party themed, you know the florals were a huge part on creating the right atmosphere. This is my dream shower setting and knowing Halie and I love very, very similar taste… I knew she would love it too. I went with Eucalyptus garland arrangements for the centerpiece of each table, and then arranged florals in small vases to go around each eucalyptus bundle. I had so much fun arranging these vases myself and was able to stay in budget since I purchased the florals from Sam’s! The eucalyptus garland was purchased locally from Kirkwood florist and I will absolutely be visiting them again.
  2. Stick with a color scheme. The colors I stuck with for the theme were light pink, fuschia, gold, cream and green. Since the shower was in October I knew I couldn’t make it look too “springy” so I incorporated darker colors with the fuschia, gold, and green. My mom found the gold, sequin tablecloths on Etsy, and I was able to find the gold “Future Mrs. Unnerstall” banner and the tissue balls on etsy as well.
  3. Keep games entertaining. One of my favorite bridal shower games is the Newlywed game. I reached out to Robbie a couple days before the shower and gave him a list of questions to answer about Halie and their relationship. At the shower, Halie had to guess what Rob answered to each question! With each wrong answer, the bride has to add one piece of Double Bubble to her mouth. The game was hit and let the guests in on Halie and Robbie’s relationship. The list of questions I used are below, but there are lots of other questions available online. This game is sure to bring lots of laughs and entertainment!
  4. Make it simple. I have been to many bridal showers the past couple years and you can tell when a hostess or bride is stressed out. With our guest list in the 60’s, it would be easy to stress and go over the top. My mom has taught me over the years to keep it simple and provide great food and drinks and the rest of the party will fall into place. My mom made her famous slushy punch, which the guests could add champagne, wine or vodka too. We also had plenty of white wine and a mimosa bar to keep the guests happy. For the food we went with Straubs Chicken Salad and assembled them ourselves the day of. For the sides, we had a fall apple and goat cheese salad, chips & dip, crudites, a sausage & cheese platter, pasta salad, and fruit & vegetables trays.  The dessert was my personal favorite with cake pops and a white cake with raspberry filling. Delish!
  5. Keep the Bride in mind. Halie is very easy-going and we knew she would not be hard to please. Now I can’t say this about every bride I know, but we knew Halie would love to have Robbie involved with a shower game and she would also love good food and that would be about it. Easy peasy! I also knew she would just love a flower crown, so I worked with Kirkwood Florist to get her a simple but perfect crown for the Queen of the day.

 

Overall, the shower went flawlessly. It’s always fun to be around so many friends and family and I was so happy to host a shower for Halie. In the end, don’t sweat the small stuff and look to websites like Pinterest and Style Me Pretty for ideas and inspiration. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to people for help. With so many people attending the shower, my mom and I leaned on family to help with the food. Otherwise we would have been cooking the entire day! Hope this advice is helpful. Let me know what other shower themes you love in a comment below. Happy Halloween!

 

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Bright Red Wedding Guest Dress for Fall

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Red Dress via St. Louis Premium Outlets // Sam Edelman Suede Lace-Up Heels (on super sale! also in pink)
Clutch (old) // Kendra Scott Cuff //  Kendra Scott Earrings // Kendra Scott Ring
A few months back, I enjoyed a night out with some local StL bloggers at St. Louis Premium Outlets. Psyche from Economy of Style was the hostess for the evening and we enjoyed a memorable shopping experience including a pretty great “swag bags” filled with gifts from Columbia, Vera Bradley, The Luggage Store, and Starbucks. However one of my favorite things in the swag bag was the Savings Passport from St. Louis Premium Outlets. The savings passport is a book of special savings for stores throughout the outlet.  Become a VIP Savings Passport insider by signing up HERE.
That evening I went home with a couple things, but I was most excited about this red dress I picked up from JCrew Factory on clearence for $36!! Yep, not kidding. It’s no longer online, but JCrew Factory constantly has great deals in stores and online.
I don’t know what it is about fall, but right when I am out of the sun for a few weeks… BAM, goodbye tan. This wedding we attended I ran out of time for the self tanner, so here I am. Matching my nude lace up shoes! ha! Also, these shoes are on super sale and come in black and pink. So be sure to click the images below to shop! Have a great week 🙂
 

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Winter White Jeans in Wellington, New Zealand

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 Joya Crystal Pendant Necklace // Sam Edelman Suede Booties (on sale!) // Jord Wooden Watch // GiGi New York Navy Bucket Bag

 

It’s been three weeks since our New Zealand and Moorea trip and I am just dying to go back. All of our pictures of New Zealand are just jaw-droppingly gorgeous and we would love to make it back during their summer months. We visited New Zealand during their winter, just about spring months. Think of it as our February-March here in the states. It’s chilly in the mornings and warm in the afternoons. I knew when packing, that layers would be key here, as well as versatility. That’s where this knitted gray vest comes into play. It’s heavy enough to keep me warm, but light enough that I am not sweating when its 60 degrees outside. I also added the white jeans because they are my absolute favorite pair of denim, but also because it was almost their spring and I have never really been a “no white after labor day” rule follower.

 

These pictures were taken on top of the Wellington hill lookout. Paul and I ventured up the hill after having breakfast in bed, the day after we attended an international rugby game. More on that to come! The ocean water in New Zealand was absolutely stunning. It is a bright turquoise color and these images don’t even give it justice. Also, at the bottom of the harbour in the images is Wellington’s international airport. It was so fun watching the planes take off and land on this very short runway in-between the water. I am hoping to get a post up all about our trip to New Zealand and then another about Moorea in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned! Happy Friday 🙂

 

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