We are right smack in the middle of wedding season and if you find yourself needing to plan a bridal shower for a friend, family member, or co-worker and have no idea what to do, look no further! This flower market bridal shower is such a crowd pleaser and a fun concept for a spring and summer bridal shower. This shower idea would easily work for a baby shower as well or even a birthday or girly dinner party. Plan this shower for the girl that appreciates flowers (obviously), trader joe’s, rustic and organic elements, girly but not too girly vibes, and European outdoor markets. The hit of this shower was the take-home bouquet bar in which the shower attendees were able to make their own bouquet of flowers to take home with them as a favor. What girl doesn’t like flowers? Keep reading to learn how you can throw a Flower Market Bridal Shower.
SETTING THE SCENE
I always like to select an invitation that sets the mood for whatever party or gathering I’m throwing. This invitation clues guests in to expect a wildflower, bohemian-like theme and gets them excited to attend. I’m still a fan of hand-mailing invitations because I believe it adds a more personal touch but a lot of my friends do send electronic invitations and Facebook invitations. My absolute favorite place to get invitations is Etsy. The vendors on Etsy are usually so excited to work with you and customize something to meet your needs. Plus it’s usually super affordable, fast, and most of the time you can print them yourself which helps save on costs and also allows you to go back and print more last minute if you should need to.
I like to display some sort of sign or indication that guests are at the right house and it also adds to the overall vibe of the event.
For this shower, I created moss table runners and filled assorted glass vases with flowers to evoke a girly and natural vibe on the table. The above installation was made simply with artificial flowers and fishing line. This gave guests the illusion that they were dining under cascading flowers and made for a truly memorable piece.
We kept the menu rustic and earthy and focused on ingredients you would be able to find in your local famer’s market. The bride is a big fan of Italian food so we knew we wanted to include menu items like mushroom ravioli and pesto linguine. To compliment the pasta dishes, we created these gorgeous meat and cheese platters and also assembled mini caprese skewers. Individual salad bowls filled with berry salad and caesar salad added a fresh component to the menu.
I’m not much of a baker, so for that I enlisted my favorite Southern California pastry company, TLC Cakes and Baking Co. to help me. They created the most amazing custom sugar cookies, pavlova, raspberry pretzel cheesecake, chocolate truffle torte, and cannolis–all favorites of the bride-to-be. They tasted as good as they looked.
Everything about this shower was flowers, flowers, flowers. So of course the drinks had to have edible flower ice cubes and garnishes. This made for such a pretty touch to everyone’s drink and made it feel special. Stay tuned for a fun post on how to garnish with edible flowers. For the actual drinks, we served a mixture of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options so everyone could enjoy. I like to include a signature drink with every party I throw and in this case it was a pearflower sangria.
The Bouquet Bar
The bouquet bar came out better than we could have ever imagined. My co-host’s husband built a rustic, wood flower cart and we filled galvanized buckets with water and filled them with flowers so that guests could make their own bouquets to take home. It was a fun way to give guests an activity to do and also send them home with a favor they can enjoy for a few days after the shower.
What do you guys think? Will you be throwing a flower market shower? Do you want a post detailing how to put together a bouquet bar? Leave your comments below and happy wedding season!