My oldest daughter is getting married in May! (You may have seen a previous post.) And she was only home in Little Rock for a month, which means lots of wedding planning, picking out a dress, checking out the reception spot, and having a bridal shower. Talk about busy!
(And that doesn’t include Christmas, New Years, everyone in the family getting strep, book edits and deadlines on another book, oh my!)
Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at Leslie’s bridal shower. I got all the ideas on Pinterest! Click here to see my Bridal Shower Pinterest board.
My 7-year-old daughter was the photographer, thus the angle of many of these shots! At the end I’ll share the cost of everything … and prove that you can do a great shower on a budget!
Leslie’s bridesmaids took her out for dinner and dancing for her “bachelorette” party, and I planned the shower … thankfully they helped with it, too. (I really is a blessing to have a bridesmaid who does wonderful cakes!)
Mother of the bride:
Leslie (on the right) with two friends.
Dining room decorations:
I bought antique kitchen items on eBay for decorations! (And I’m keeping them for MY decorations.)
These are Leslie’s colors for her wedding. I love the purple and teal together.
I love this map heart garland since the happy couple is from two sides of the world!
We set up a hot cocoa bar … and the canvas photo was my Christmas gift! There are mini chocolate chips, candy cane pieces, York peppermint patties, and Cinnamon white bark to add to the cocoa.
We used canning jars for cups and I found these paper straws at Wal-mart. I also pulled out my great-grandmother’s doilies to give it some style.
I found the dipped Oreos idea on Pinterest. And I topped them with candy pearls.
Finally, my favorite part! I love the wedding dress cake (cupcakes!) done by Kayleigh Stoltz.
So what was the cost of it all?
Cake? FREE … gifted to us.
Serving dishes? FREE … borrowed.
Canning jars? FREE … borrowed.
Food … about $50 for all the ingredients for the appetizers (not shown).
Glass vases … $3 each/ Wal-mart Clearance ($18)
Paper hearts garland from Etsy … $15
Printables for games & Hot Cocoa Bar .. $15
Flowers … $15
Misc. supplies … $10
Of course the shower was wonderful! We have about 30 friends who loved on my daughter. It was a great time of fun and laughter. And the funniest part was when my four-year-old son ran in the room just as my daughter opened her first gift … a nightie.
“Underwear!” Casey yelled into the room! “I see your underwear!”
We couldn’t stop laughing!
It’s moments like these that inspire my novels. Real life. Real love. Real laughter.
It’s moments like these that I need to remember to enjoy, even if I have pressing deadlines.
Oh yes, I must go. I have a novel to finish!