Garden Party Bridal Shower - A Life Unfolding

Garden Party Bridal Shower

My youngest daughter is getting married in September!!!  Can you tell I am excited?  There are so many beautiful events surrounding the wedding that I have started calling this the summer of Love.  My daughters recently hosted a Garden Party themed Bridal Shower and I thought I’d share how everything turned out.


Pink, orange and green make a perfect color scheme for a garden party.

Pink, orange and green make a perfect color scheme for a garden party.

My oldest daughter and stepdaughter hosted the Bridal Shower, which took place a few weekends ago. I could not help but put myself in charge of the decor (come on, we know it just makes me happy dance). After choosing the date and the Venue (Downtown Market Greenhouse in Grand Rapids, MI), the Garden Party theme’s choice came pretty easy.

Invitations:  

The invitations from Minted (here) helped us set the tone. 


Garden Party Bridal Shower Invitation

Garden Party Bridal Shower Invitation

The Tables:

I knew that the greenhouse would need big bright pops of color to break up all the beautiful greenery.  I layered the table with brightly colored runners, bright green napkins, and loads and loads of gorgeous fresh flowers (peonies, gerbera daisies, and roses, oh my!).  We added small bud vases (here) filled with pink and orange roses that were also pulled double duty as favors and placeholders.


Centerpieces


Place cards with bud vases

Place cards with bud vases


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Garden Party Table scape

Garden Party Table scape

Flower Crown:

From early on, I knew I wanted to make a floral crown for my daughter.  She has such a bohemian soul.  I also knew I wanted to stay away from a “BOHO RUSTIC” look, so I went for larger, brighter flowers. (I will post the tutorial next time). It took a couple of stops at local floral haunts to pick out the PERFECT flowers, but in the end, it was so much fun!


Floral Crown holding the Brides seat.

Floral Crown holding the Brides seat.


And my lovely daughter with flower crown. DIY at it's finest!

And my lovely daughter with flower crown. DIY at it’s finest!

Brunch with Mimosa Bar:

The Brides favorite meal is always brunch, so we chose a menu with all her favorites, including Chicken and Waffles with a bourbon sauce, fresh fruit and bagels, salads, and of course, a Mimosa bar.


We toasted the Bride with her favorite Mimosa's

We toasted the Bride with her favorite Mimosa’s


Garden Party Brunch

Special touches:

I love a Bridal shower that includes special personalized touches.  We had a sign designed by a local graphic designer that gave details of how the couple met and some of their favorite things.  The sign greeted guests as they arrived.


Welcome Sign for Bridal shower

Welcome Sign for Bridal shower

My oldest daughter made a very special video for my daughter and included shots of all the guests at the shower.  It was a beautiful and highly personal touch (and there was not a dry eye in the house).


Watching the video

Watching the video

Activities:

Since it is a well-known fact that my daughter is a huge fan of the selfie and her sisters know her well, they made sure there were photo props available and that each guest had an opportunity to have their photos taken with the Bride to be. It turned out to be a great ice breaker while guests got settled, grabbed a beverage, and found their seats.


Bridal Shower photo prop

Bridal Shower photo prop

My daughter can be shy, so we had her Fiancé join her for games and present opening. I highly recommend it! It turned out to be a huge bonus for those friends and family who had not met him before. And he enjoyed himself immensely.


GROOM


A version of the Newlywed Game

A version of the Newlywed Game

Favors:

We played a few games (making sure the prizes fit the theme) and then sent our guests on their with favors as a remembrance of the day.  We continued the theme with cupcakes decorated with flowers and boxed in brightly colored boxes along with floral scented candles.


Cupcakes decorated like flowers.

Cupcakes decorated like flowers.


And floral scented candles.

And floral scented candles.


Cupcakes boxed in bright colors.

Everyone had a wonderful time and my daughter felt very special.  Now on to planning the wedding decor!

Thanks for popping in today and stay tuned for that floral crown tutorial!

Until next time,

-Libbie

Photo Cred goes to the ahhhmazing Holly @grauperphoto in Grand Rapids. 


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Handmade Floral Crown for Bridal Shower

Handmade Floral Crown for Bridal Shower

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Until next time,

-Libbie

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  1. What a fantastic venue for a bridal shower, have you an equally amazing one for the wedding, I wonder? I wish your daughter a great day and all the best for her future happiness once she is married #happynow@_karendennis

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Karen,

      I’m sorry I missed this lovely comment earlier! Thank you for the kind words. We are getting close now and are sooo excited!

  2. Jen says:

    This is a seriously gorgeous bridal shower! Such a perfect venue. Those flowers and the invites and that adorable custom art on the easel…love it! Happy wishes to the bride and groom!

  3. Nancy says:

    That was a gorgeous bridal shower!

    The details were incredible!

    And the venue was superb!

    ~Nancy

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thank you for stopping by Nancy!
      We are currently working on our second daughters’ wedding and it’s at our home! Stay tuned. I’m excited to share the details.

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