Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Chevron Bridal Shower

OK I think it's pretty clear that I'm having a love affair with chevron.  I recently planned and hosted a bridal shower for one of my dearest friends.  The theme?? Well CHEVRON of course!  The party took place in the heart of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood on Newbury Street at a charming little place called Cafeteria.  The food and service were top notch!

I find it helpful when planning a party to start the process with a source of inspiration.  I'm always perusing my favorite party blogs like HWTM or Ruffled and making myself inspiration boards on the ever so popular Pinterest.  For this Chevron Bridal Shower a cake posted on Elizabeth Anne Designs was the inspiration and jumping off point for all the party decor.
via Elizabeth Anne Designs

I found an invitation design I liked at Half Pint Prints on Etsy and Amber, the designer, was more than willing to update the invitation with my color scheme.  I printed them out on heavy card stock and cut them down to size using one of those table cutter thingys at my local FedEx Kinkos.  I also wanted to up the ante of the envelope?  Why?  Because I'm a lunatic. I found a downloadable at Sweet Papers on Etsy with all these cute red and gray patterns.  (I foresee using these for personalized place setting cards during the holidays!)  Using some scissors and double-sided tape, I trimmed the chevron paper to fit inside the envelop.  Super cute right?! 

In my opinion, its important to have a consistent look and feel among all the party decorations.  So I had Amber layout the Brunch Menu using the same design from the invitation (I had the Crab Salad Sando - and it was delish!).  To the left of the menu is the Bridal Shower Favor.  A friend of mine makes the most decadent Fleur de Sel caramels - I packaged about 10 caramels in each glassine bag and secured them close with a strip of chevron paper, gray & white bakers twine and a cute little "So Sweet You Could Come" sticker that I found at PaperJacks on Etsy.  Also found on Etsy were the white & gray tissue pom poms at SnapLilly.  Thank god for Etsy! 

The restaurant tables usually seat four, but since we had a relatively small group of 15 ladies I wanted us to all sit together.  So with the help of my BFF we did some rearranging (in our dresses and heels I'll have you know!). To make the table look as seamless as possible I cut a loooooong piece of chevron fabric to make the table runner.  And since this was a summer bridal shower, I wanted the center pieces to look clean and airy.  My first choice of flower was either gardenias or peonies but they were not in season at the time (hissssss!).   I think these beautiful red garden roses in mason jars worked just fine though.

While the ladies dined we played a little He Said, She Said game and quizzed the Bride on questions I had secretly asked the Groom weeks prior the the shower.  How cute are those little red golf pencils!

When guests arrived they were greeted with a glass of Prosecco (the Bride's favorite) that was adorned with a little chevron "Cheers!" tag.

And last but certainly not least, the cake!  I used the same baker that I used for my wedding, Cakes for Occasions.  They did a great job leveraging my inspiration cake pic to create this don't you think?

All the ladies let me know how much fun they had so I guess you could say this Chevron Bridal Shower was a success!

I always get so anxious right before hosting a party.  What if something goes wrong like the food is gross or people aren't having fun or someone sneezes on the cake or (gasp!) we run out of booze - oh the HORROR!  Do you feel the same way??

P.S. Thanks, Ama (aka BFF), for helping me set up the room!


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