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!
Halie’s dress – La Ville
frames and “love” sign found at Hobby Lobby
I loved the idea of hanging the Bride’s engagement pictures from balloons! Credit: Joyfully Styled 🙂
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.
How to host a Fall Garden Party Bridal Shower
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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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