For me, one of the highlights of wedding season is attending all the fun bachelorette parties and bridal showers. Sure, the ceremonies are gorgeous and the receptions are a blast, but I truly cherish the girls-only soirees leading up to the big day. If you're planning one of these get-togethers, why not try one of these creative themes? With a little DIY help and flea market shopping, you can whip up some of these ideas without it costing a pretty penny.
While I love a gorgeous flower garland like the one in this wedding scene, I'm also a huge fan of the unexpected. Brides and grooms are getting creative and crafty with the details in their weddings, and this draping décor is no exception. From cupcake liners to buttons, I've rounded up my faves.
At some point in their lives, most women will host a bachelorette party or bridal shower for their sister or best friend. To help those ladies who are planning one this year (I am! I'm throwing my first bridal shower and I plan to share all the details here), we've created a bunch of downloadable invites. They are free and all you have to do is download the invite, print it on cardstock, fill in the details, and send! We've got two designs for a bachelorette and three choices for the bridal shower. To check them out and download them now, read more
- Must make: French tomato tart.
- Must make: French tomato tart. — David Lebovitz
- Planning a bridal shower? Be inspired by this "perfect pair" themed party. — Hostess With the Mostess
- Green twinkies? Team logo pizzas? When food branding goes wrong. — Feast
- Ten reasons to drink canned beer. — Huffington Post Food
- Fill in the blank: Mad Libs inspired by the New York Times restaurant critic, Sam Sifton. — Eater NY
- A check on rude restaurant behavior. — Chow
- Homemade pizza pockets are another way to enjoy grilled pizza.— The Epi-Log
- Get excited for the World Cup with soccer ball-shaped ice cubes. — Eat Me Daily
- Tips for making fudge from scratch. — Serious Eats
Why settle for boring floral arrangements when you can create a chinoiserie-inspired table setting instead? If you're in charge of hosting a bridal shower at your home this Spring, take inspiration from stylist Rebecca Thuss's look for this table setting. To re-create it, simply purchase bird figurines, vases, and branches. Alternately, you can take advantage of Spring blossoms and trim flowering trees or hedges to use, which will cut down on the cost of this look. Feeling ambitious? You can also create a matching overhead light. The look is so seasonally appropriate, and would be sure to impress the bride, as well as the other bridal shower guests. Have you created a similar look at a bridal shower?
I spotted these great Paper Pom Poms on Etsy, and thought they'd make fun décor for a casual wedding or bridal shower. But, at three for $15, I think the prices are steep. It'd be much more economical to make them yourself, seeing as they're fairly simple. I like to craft small ones for gift wrapping. To learn how, read more
- Inspired by famous French chef Herve This, Keanu Reeves wants to become a chef. — Eater SF
- Tips for cooking pizza on the grill. — Serious Eats
- Joey Chestnut wasn't the only one to compete in an eating contest over the weekend; so did a group of elephants. — The Feedbag
- Calling all maids of honor: be inspired by this Parisian bridal shower. — Hostess With the Mostess
- A day in the life of Spanish chef José Andrés. — Gourmet
- Must make: tequila shrimp and asadero quesadillas. — Chow
- To promote his upcoming book and television show, Jamie Oliver dressed up like the Village People. — Eat Me Daily
At female-centric events like baby showers or bachelorette parties, it's easy for cliques to form and cattiness to flourish. Recently, my sister attended a bridal shower where the majority of guests went to the same high school. However some girls, despite knowing my sister, were cold and unfriendly. To make matters worse, the hostess did not say one word to her! While I understand that everyone present may not get along, it's totally unacceptable for the hostess to ignore her guests. It's up to the hostess to ensure that gossip and grudges don't ruin the party. This means that she must put aside any hard feelings and greet everyone equally.
Have you ever been to a party where the hostess made you feel unwelcome? Please share your stories below!
After helping one of my friends with the flowers for her big day, I was asked by another friend to put together the festive napkin rings for her wedding. Rather than waste money on buying 60 rings, we made these flower-inspired pom-poms to adorn each napkin. These pom-poms can easily be customized to suit any color scheme. While mine were for a wedding, the fun napkin rings are great for any special occasion, be it a baby shower, engagement party, or dinner party! To learn how to make them and check out my step-by-step photos, read more
Pretty pastels make for a welcoming and elegant look at a bridal shower brunch. Since people will bring gifts, designate an area away from the buffet for them to place the presents. Cover the tables with a floral printed cloth.
Serve the frittata on a round white serving platter and the smoked salmon on floral printed ones. Layer the parfait in a large trifle dish. Fill glass pitchers with citrus juice and arrange pink tumblers nearby.
Don't forget napkins and at least one bouquet of beautiful roses.