Last weekend, James and I went to Rhode Island for the 4th of July. We had some wedding planning details to sort out, and also had a lot of fun spending time with my family, enjoying delicious seafood, and taking time to relax. One of the highlights of our trip was my bridal shower, which came out just as I imagined and hoped. My sister, who is my maid of honor, and my mother worked hard to make my shower a great success.
Even before guests arrived, the tone was set with these beautiful invitations made by my sister. She used delicate flowers made out of crepe paper to line the outside flap, and another on the inside. I wore a white flowered lace dress with an open back, and painted my toe and fingernails coral and pink respectively to stick with the theme.
For the decor, my sisters created arrangements and banners using burlap, ribbon, and Gerbera daisies (they know they are my favorite flowers).
Large jars held flower bouquets, while the smaller jars held little candles inside that were lit as it was getting darker. There were also tiny string lights placed around the garden that lit up as soon as the sun set, giving a lovely feel to the evening.
Two specialty cocktails were created, one using tropical fruits, pineapple juice, and rum. The other drink was an ode to sangria using champagne, gin and berries.
The food was primarily finger foods that could be easy to eat, and included many of my favorite things such as seafood, crab cakes, mini cheese-steaks, and bacon wrapped scallops to name a few. Everything was absolutely delicious. For dessert we had wine poached pears served with vanilla ice cream, and these beautiful chocolate dipped strawberries made by one of my cousins.
Favor boxes were made by attaching little daisies to boxes, and filled with personalized chocolates reading “Emily’s Bridal Shower.”
From the decorations, to food, and of course the company, I can say I had a fantastic time. I am so grateful to my sister who put this party together, and made it such a memorable night. My bridal shower made me realize just how close our wedding is, and I’m getting more nervous and excited by the day.