A few weeks ago my besties threw me a beautiful and super fun bridal shower… but you already knew that because you follow me on Instagram. 😉 I got a ton of requests to share the deets on my decor and how we were able to throw together a ravishing bridal shower in such a short amount of time.
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Here ya go!
Where to begin?
Getting a list together of all the people you wish to attend is a definite first step! You’ll need to know how many people you plan on attending the party before you decide on the location/venue.
My name is Kara and I am spreadsheet OBSESSED, so immediately I opened up Excel and made myself a spreadsheet that had a full budget and guest list. This was a lifesaver throughout the entire party planning process. A few important things you should add to your spreadsheet is: invitee, their address, email address, telephone number, any specific accommodations they may need (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.), and a section for if they RSVP’d. Interested in a template? Leave me a comment below and I’ll share it with you!
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Let’s Get To Decorating
Now for the best part… besides the actual event, duh! To make things easy on us, we ordered just about all the decor from Amazon. You can shop all my amazon purchases here or click on the photos below to shop them individually.
What Food Do You Plan On Providing?
Are you planning more of a cocktail hour or leaning towards a full menu? To make things simple and to force people to mingle more at my party, I opted in for champagne and bites. When planning on what food I wanted, my mind began to run a little wild…Pinterest got the best of me. haha, you know what I’m talking about! When my besties asked me what food was going to be provided, I sent them pictures of elaborate charcuterie boards, champagne towers, bagel bars, and a parfait station. They of course loved all the ideas, but quickly redirected me to reality. All that sounds amazing, but the work that would have gone into it would have taken me away from the party. This is a big reason why many people choose to cater.
Pros of catering your event: more time to spend with your guests, less stress, and delicious food. Cons of catering: sometimes it can run a bit costly. If you have the budget for a caterer, I highly recommend it. So for mine, I did not hire a caterer, buuuut I did simplify my food options. I went with a simple charcuterie board, that was made the night before, a few bakery items that were picked up from Costco, and a mediterranean also from Costco. The food was a hit!! It pleased my gluten-free, Vegan, and Vegetarian bb’s.
As for alcohol, I kept it simple. The guests had 3 juice options, Champagne, and Vodka. Sometimes overwhelming them with multiple liquor choices causes people to mix and not feel well. Choose 1 or max 2, those who don’t drink either can drink water or the mixers. You aren’t there to please everyone, remember it is your day bb girl!
Finalizing The Deets
1-2 weeks out you should have received all your RSVP’s, all your decorations, organized any last minute details. Don’t wait until days before, it’ll make things unnecessarily stressful.
Time To Partayyyyy!
The day is finally here, take a deep breath and do not stress. Girl this is going to be a blast!! You’ve gone through your checklist 1-2 weeks out so you are so ready for this day! I recommend having a few of your girls or at least your MOH (maid of honor) there with you to set up. If you ordered the same decor I did then you will need about 2 hours to lay it all out. this includes blowing up the balloons, hanging the banners, setting up the food station, organizing the bubbly bar, and getting that photobooth station ready to go.
REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN and Congrats babe on the engagement!