Share the Wisdom
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.
Picking the Perfect Gift
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.
To put a personal touch on each gift, read aloud the advice card before the bride opens the present.
In a pretty album, gather the advice cards from each guest to create a keepsake the bride will always cherish.
Small vases filled with bouquets of single flower types add a simple but elegant feel to the shower. Scatter the vases throughout the room to set the mood and color scheme. Here, pink peonies paired with pretty lavender roses provide a springtime feel.
Decorating with the Past
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.
Simple and Sweet
Old and new books wrapped in coordinating paper and stacked on a cake stand add to the theme.
Stylish Salad Bar
Fill pretty glass vases with colorful veggies and let your guests make their own salads. For a festive alternative to bottled salad dressing, try our homemade vinaigrette.
Fabulous Finger Food
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.
"Confucius Says" Noodle Salad
Light and fresh, this salad features vermicelli and crisp veggies. For a creative twist, serve individual portions in take-out containers with chopsticks.
Spring Chicken Salad Bites
These Sage (Advice) Biscuits taste delicious with our fresh Spring Chicken Salad. Serve them on a footed cake plate lined with a sheet of vellum that coordinates with your flowers and other decorations.
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.
Leave with a Treat
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.