Bridal Showers

Bridal Showers…they can be expensive to host on your own…and a lot of work.  They can also be simple and understated.  No one has ever accused me of that though. 

Recently I have been finding all kinds of party blogs that are so inspiring but are really humbling.  These ladies are incredible at what they do.  So this year I’m going to try and think outside the box a little more with my parties.  Since I still have all the parties from last year to post, I figure I may as well put them up (knowing that this year I am going to try and take it a step further). 

The bridal shower I am showing was one I did for my friends sister last June.  Gloriane wanted to host the shower but lives in NJ so she asked if she could use my house and if I could help with it.  Of course I told her yes!  I met with her and her mom about what they wanted.  They were thinking of a Victorian theme because that was what the theme of the wedding was.  I don’t have a lot of Victorian items and they had a really limited budget so everything went to food.  Everything I used was stuff I had on hand, but it worked out.  I like to think it was a classy afternoon tea with a more contemporary twist then Victorian.

Here are some tips for saving money on a party when you are on a REALLY tight budget (re: you need to feed 20 women coming to a bridal shower!)

Tips for saving money on parties:

1.  If you enjoy throwing parties, invest in serveware/tablecloths/etc. throughout the year.  No one really wants to buy a new platter and include that in their party budget.  If you receive money for a birthday/Christmas/ or other special occasion (or you tell someone what you want) you can quickly build up a large selection of dishware that you can use time and again.  I’ve done this and am SO glad I did.

2.  Check thrift shops.  They have TONS of dishes and you never know what you might find. 

3.  Check with family and friends to see if they have dishes or tablecloths you can use.  My mother inherited a ton of my grandmother’s silver.  She never uses it so I keep it at my house and use it for parties all the time.  That’s what I ended up using for this party (in addition to the dishes my friends mother brought).

4. Another great idea?  Ask a few friends to co-host with you.  It cuts down on the cost and gives you extra helping hands. 

This is a picture of the food table.  We served so many delicious things!

Table View

My girlfriend’s mother brought all of the glasses and pitchers. It saved on the budget since we didn’t have to buy paper products.  We served lemonade, raspberry cordial and tea of course!

Drinks

I made homemade buttercream mints to add to the delicacies.

Buttercream Mints

Breads are a must for tea.

Bread

Homemade and a few store bought scones served with lemon curd, raspberry butter and whipping cream accompaniments.

Scones and Butters

Cucumber sanwiches with cucumber flowers to adorn the platter.

Tea Sandwiches

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Endive stuffed with chicken salad.

Chicken Salad on Endive Leaves

Another view of the table

Alternate View of the Table

Gift table

Gifts Table

This is the front table that we used for guests to sign a plate for the bride and groom when they came in.  One of my favorite things to do is incorporate pictures of the bride and groom.  If you have a digital frame (which we did until it broke!) you can connect a USB drive to it with pictures of the bride and groom.  It’s chic, fun and personal.  Best of all, it’s free if you already have the frame!

Front Table

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