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Saturday, June 20

5 Tips for a Great Bridal Shower

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One of my favorite people is getting married & it was truly my privilege to throw a bridal shower for her. 
- The lovely bride-to-be Brooklin & her mom Shelley {hotness runs in the family -
Here are a few tips for a successful shower:

1 - Choose a Color Scheme - Invitations are a great place to start. I found this gorgeous invitation on Etsy & it was the inspiration for the light pink color scheme. You can find it here.
My only regret is that I was so busy having fun that I took very few & very poor pictures. {Note to self: get a decent camera!}
2 - Use What You Have & Add to It - For instance, the canopy over the table is for a room I am in the middle of doing for my granddaughter.  But I thought it would make a cool backdrop for the beverage table. Then I found the framed "Love" art at Hobby Lobby  & added some pretty pink ribbon details all around the food table. I couldn't find any gold confetti to spread on the tables, so I got some gold foil card stock & made polka dots with a 1" hole punch.
3 - Add Interest with Different Height Levels - My party blogger friends taught me to start a collection of matching cake stands & crates to elevate food & decorations. I like white because it looks fantastic with everything, so now I have a good collection of trays & cake stands that I trot out for everything I do {one trick pony}. 

4 - Sew Your Own Linens - I have an odd-shaped granite island & the colors would not have gone with my light pink & gold shower, so I hemmed some fabric to cover it. It was a very inexpensive solution. 
5 - Use Your Tried & True Recipes Only - Once in a while, I break my own rule & usually end up regretting it. This time, I tried a new recipe for Swig cookies. {How hard can it be, I thought.} They were just OK. I should have practiced or used a favorite recipe.

For this shower I served my usual fruit tray & a vegetable platter {brought by my friends - thank you Cathy & Heidi!}. Then I always add a mix of sweet & savory. Here are the tried-and-true things I served:

I wish you every happiness dear Brooklin!

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