The summer of 2011 will see more couples tying the knot than in any other season. Summer’s long days, golden sunshine and mild temperatures make it the perfect time to plan a wedding, and for every bride, there must be a bridal shower!
If you’re planning a summer bridal shower, it’s a great idea to hold the event outdoors to take advantage of the sunshine. There’s something so decadent yet laid-back about an afternoon in the garden, just the girls, with plenty of champagne, gossip and giggles!
A great theme for your outdoor summer bridal shower is ‘vintage English tea party’. You can set a picnic table up on the grass with a pretty pink and blue tablecloth and some old-fashioned tea dishes. Serve cucumber sandwiches – it’s an English tradition! – along with scones, cupcakes and macaroons in pretty pastel colors. You can decorate with lots of pink and blue blooms, hand-tied for that homegrown effect, or arranged in glass jam jars or vintage tea tins. Finally, treat your guests to a little teacup tealight favor, so they’ll always have a memory of your tea party bridal shower!
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The garden in summertime is simply awash with color, what will all the fruit and flowers in bloom. This next bridal shower theme draws its colors from a simple palette that combines the acid brightness of daffodils with the subtle red of country apples. It’s a fresh, vibrant and utterly irresistible combo! A basket of apples makes a delightfully simple centerpiece, and you can display apple-themed favors at each place setting too. Bring out the yellow of the daffodils by laying out yellow napkins, plates and chair covers, and serve miniature cupcakes with lemon yellow icing – ultra sweet, and simply too pretty for words!
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If you’re not keen on the whole outdoorsy, picnic-style event, but fancy something with a little more style and ooh-la-la, why not hold a bridal shower with a ‘Parisian chic’ theme? The colors for this theme are ever-stylish black and white, with pink accents, and plenty of bling – think jeweled shoes, dresses and even cake. You can bring the outdoors in with some pretty pink floral decorations, but keep the look chic and the décor ultra sophisticated. As the bridal shower is usually a girly event, work with feminine symbols like purses, high heels and perfume bottles for the place card holders, invitations and favors. It’ll be the most glamorous bridal shower ever!
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