Calling all bridesmaids! Throw the blushing bride-to-be a shower that's as memorable as the big day. With inventive and inspiring bridal shower themes and ideas -- vintage tea parties, glampouts, mimosa bars, and more -- your girl will be glowing all the way to the alter.View Slideshow
Share words of wisdom with a bride-to-be in this simple and sophisticated bridal shower.
Weddings are the perfect time to share advice with a bride-to-be, so why not incorporate it into the shower? From the invites to the perfect gifts, check out this one-of-a-kind bridal shower.
Spread the word of the shower's theme through your invite. This invitation was made using a bi-fold envelope, lined in a pretty paisley paper that will set the scheme of the shower. Tuck a blank card inside and tell guest to write down a bit of wisdom to go with her gift.
How to Make It: Check out the Paper Source's (www.paper-source.com) pocket envelope. Pair it with a flat card invitation that you can simply print from your computer. Use ribbon to attach the card to the envelope.
Giving the bride the practical gift paired with the sentimental advice can be tricky. Here a few creative ideas to get you started:
Advice: Celebrate every day.
Gift: Champagne flutes or a beautiful cake plate.
Advice: Take turns cooking for each other.
Gift: Favorite cookbook and kitchen tools.
Advice: Experience new things.
Gift: Travel accessories.
In a pretty album, gather the advice cards from each guest to create a keepsake the bride will always cherish.
For easy party decor, copy old newspaper clippings on large paper (www.newspaperarchive.com). To highlight the dessert bar, spread the large clippings as a table cover. Continue the vintage theme by displaying the desserts on vintage cake plates and dishes. Add pops of pink with single flower arrangements framing the dessert bar.
These irresistible bread sticks are filled with flavorful seeds and spices and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve them with your salad bar -- they're delicious with fresh veggies.
This "Pearls of Wisdom"-themed dessert bar spotlights dainty petits fours, pearl-studded cupcakes, and white chocolate oyster shells filled with dark chocolate mousse.
Store-bought yellow cake mix, pink icing, and tiny edible pearl sprinkles are all you need to create this pretty party treat. Tie in the theme of your celebration by attaching a clever quote to a toothpick topper.
Send your guests off with a chocolate-dipped fortune cookies featuring customized messages inside ($50 for 50 cookies, www.tankinz.com). For a creative twist, package the cookies in cellophane bags sealed with ribbon and an vintage wedding announcement newspaper clipping.