A Pink Bridal Shower in Pictures

Yesterday, I posted about planning a bridal shower. Here it is in pictures!

A couple of weeks ago, the Doyle Girls (my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and myself) pulled off our big surprise bridal shower for my future sister-in-law, Lauryn! I am so unbelievably excited with how well it turned out! Here it is in pictures (and some brief captions too).

As a reminder, here is the mood board from our planning:

Bridal Shower Mood Board - DoyleDispatch.com

 

The Details

Here’s the picture I put on Instagram to show an overview of the DIY touches for this shower:

Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

The food table, thanks to the combined effort and help from family and friends:

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Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

This platter actually says “Doyle” and can be personalized with your name and colors and bought at my shop Personally Yours by Dory.

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This cake was done by the amazing baker Raegan Gibson of Sweets and Soirees, who also made our wedding cake. These were the same flavors as our wedding cake (although ours looked quite different).

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The drinks: pink lemonade and a strawberry and mint-infused water.

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Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

One of my favorite details from the shower is the mason jars with cupcake liner tops and paper straws.

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Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

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Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

Almond cake with European buttercream frosting. The frosting tastes really light, like a sweetened butter. It doesn’t have an over-frosted flavor at all!

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Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

DIY paper flowers decorated the tables.

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Paper pom pom flowers were all around the clubhouse.

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Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

We also had streamers and paper fans to add other pink decor.

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The gift bags for the guests: “S’more Love for Kevin and Lauryn.”

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Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

The photo booth set-up: a camera, tripod, and remote control. The backdrop was hung up with tape on the wall. For future photo booths, I would recommend buying 2 yards of fabric (instead of 1), so the camera didn’t have to be so close up.

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The props were cut using my Silhouette Cameo (and some creative tracing of designs). They were hot-glued onto bamboo skewers that I found in the floral section of the craft store. I separated them into 4 jars: moustaches, wearable props, accessories, and eye-glasses.

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The “guest book.” The guests wrote a message or piece of advice for Kevin and Lauryn on a Jenga block, so they could play Jenga and always remember those wise words of wisdom.

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Beautiful Pink Bridal Shower - DoyleDispatch.com

“Don’t Say It!” Game. Guests each had a necklace with wedding rings on it. They couldn’t say bride, groom, Big Day, or wedding. If they were caught saying these words, they had to give a wedding ring away. The winner had the most rings by the end of the party.

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“Who Knows Who Best?” Game. Kevin and Lauryn both had to answer these questions. Then, the guests received the questions as well. They had to guess if Kevin and Lauryn would have a matching answer or a miss. They could earn one point for each guessed correct. Then, if they wanted bonus points, they could actually write the answer.

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As part of the invitations, Pat (my mother-in-law) sent recipe cards to the guests. They would fill it out and return it with their gifts. We then had this collection of family recipes to send home with Lauryn. I also received this at my bridal shower, and it is still our go-to source for dinners and desserts.

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Setting-Up

Disclaimer: The pictures from here on out are from the events. If you don’t know anyone (or aren’t interested in seeing them), feel free to stop here!

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Fun with the Photo Booth

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Fun with the Photo Booth (Behind the Scenes)

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Enjoying the Party

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Opening Presents and Playing Games

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Cutting the Cake

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Planning a Bridal Shower

On October 4, my brother-in-law (Tim’s brother Kevin) is getting married to his college sweetheart Lauryn. We are excited for their Castle Hill wedding (more on that later), but first thing’s first: A BRIDAL SHOWER!

Now, let me start by saying that Lauryn loves surprises. Surprises aren’t my thing when planning for one big reason: I like to be able to bounce ideas with the recipient/client so I know that they are happy with all of the details. So, all we could do is just think about what we thought Lauryn would like and go with that.

In addition, her aunt threw her a surprise shower the weekend before, which meant that we have no idea what dream details would be there. So, Tim’s mom, sister, and I had to be creative with how we were going to do this.

Pinterest:

Ah, I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. For the party planner, it can be the best thing for getting ideas. It can also be the most stressful, as you have to control your urges to love and pin everything imaginable.

There is a nice, new-ish feature on Pinterest, however: The Secret Board! This was critical when planning for this shower. I could collect all of our ideas in one board, and Lauryn would have no idea what we had found!

You can see our now-not-secret board here: http://pinterest.com/dorydoyle/bridal-shower/

The Mood Board:

While this is not a necessary step, for a visual learner like me, I really wanted to have some way to organize all of my thoughts and ideas into one place. After talking with both Tim’s mom and his sister to share ideas, I went ahead and put this together:

Bridal Shower Mood Board - DoyleDispatch.com

While it is not showing all of the details (and it includes a few things that were later cut), this was the last version that I created before The Big Day Party.

 

The To-Do List:

Every Party Planner needs a To Do List, and this was no different. Here is a modified list, and it hopefully will help some of you DIY Party Planners getting ready for a bridal shower.

1. Pick a date and time: August 4 brunch (with an hour before and after for set-up/clean-up

2. Pick a location: a local clubhouse in Cville

3. Finalize the guest list: guest list planned, names checked with Lauryn’s mom to be sure we didn’t leave anyone out, and addresses collected  

4. Pick the theme: bright pink and surrounded by love

5. Purchase/make invitations: Tim’s mom will take care of this

6. Pick the sweet foods and who is bringing them: I am in charge of the cake

7. Pick the savory foods and who is bringing them: Tim’s mom is handling the bagels, cream cheese, humus, salsa, chips, nuts, and finger sandwiches. We have other family friends bringing mini hotdogs and some other dishes.

8. Pick the fresh foods (fruit and veggies) and who is bringing them: Family friends are bringing the fruit salad and other fresh items.

9. Pick the drinks and containers and who is bringing them: Tim’s mom is bringing the drink dispenser and pink lemonade. I am bringing another drink dispenser and the infused water.

10. Decide on the table decorations: gold-colored tablecloths from Party City, mason jars filled with DIY paper flowers

11. Decide on the hanging decorations: bright pink paper flowers, streamers, and hanging fans via Hobby Lobby. 

12. Pick and coordinate Game #1: “Don’t Say It” where the guests can’t say “bride, groom, wedding, or Big Day” or they lose a ring. The most rings wins!

13. Pick and coordinate Game #2: Quiz game comparing the answers between Kevin and Lauryn

14. Purchase the “guestbook:” Jenga game for writing wedding advice and make a sign for directions

15. Purchase the recipe cards for the invitations: Tim’s mom is handling this

16. Buy utensils: hot pink, thanks to Party City

17. Buy plates: hot pink with damask design, thanks to Party City

18. Buy cups: mason jars with cupcake liners and pink straws sticking out

19. Buy napkins: hot pink with damask design, thanks to Party City

20. Buy favors: DIY “S’more Love” packets

21. Make the lace crown for Lauryn: changed to a glitter lace-like crown

22. Make props for the photo booth: thanks to my Silhouette, these didn’t take too long, and they were really cute

23. Get fabric for photo booth: pink chevron at JoAnn Fabric

24. Get camera ready for photo booth: I practiced with my tripod and remote control the night before