I’m taking a break from posting about my trip (since I seem to be SO slow at that) to talk about #8 on my list of things that make me REALLY happy, planning parties and events. I just love it. After my wedding I was so sad that I wouldn’t get to plan another big event again so I simply looked forward to planning our Christmas parties and perhaps a shower or two when friends would get married or have a baby. Well one of those moments finally came last weekend when my friend Katie and I put together a bridal shower for our dear friend Natasha.
We started planning the party back in May and the whole idea for the theme came from one simple comment that I made. “I really want mimosas, I want to have a mimosa bar.” Mimosas only seemed suitable for breakfast or brunch (which the bride does love) but I’m not a massive morning person, especially when it’s cold out. So we had our second epiphany… what if we could stay in our warm PJs, slippers and Ugg boots for the shower? And then it happened… the breakfast in bed brunch idea was born.
So many of our ideas were found on Pinterest but I am happy to report though that some of these ideas came straight from our very own brains! Turns out we have some creative talent too even without the help of Pinterest.
We knew we wanted a bright and cheerful colour scheme but didn’t want to be limited to finding everything in just 2 or 3 colours- so we said “screw it… let’s use every colour we can find!” My friend Deanna of Deanna Moore Design, the most talented event branding designers I know, created these fun postcard invites and favour bag labels. Hover or click on all photos to see a larger version.
I was a little worried that we might have gone overboard on the patterns and colours but in the end it all came together beautifully. Here’s a little taste of what we had on offer.
Drinks included mimosa and bellini bar with orange juice, guava juice, raspberry, peach, and passion fruit purees; cucumber water, and pink lemonade served in jars we saved over the months. Deanna also made the lovely little menus. Over the bar we hung a banner that we made from scratch using a mix of fabrics purchased at Spotlight.
We also had a coffee and tea station, which held all the plates and cutlery that we decorated with washi tape.
For food we served a yoghurt and muesli bar with fresh fruit and Tracy’s homemade rhubarb compote; the most delicious baked french toast, mini pancake stacks, whipped cream vodka soaked strawberries dipped in white chocolate, mini omelettes and baby chocolate cupcakes also made by Tracy. We hung a second matching banner over the food table.
We wanted the setting to be comfy and cozy, like we were really having breakfast in bed, so we set up lots of pillows and used fabric ties on the white pillows to coordinate with the theme. We also added bright and cheerful flower arrangements all over the room using different sized tin cans wrapped in a variety of scrapbook paper.
We played a few fun games such as “he said, she said” and “draw your perfect husband” where the bride got to pick the winner from all of the drawings. We also had a “Date Jar” where we asked guests to write date suggestions for the newlyweds and drop them in the jar.
Everyone had a really good time and Natasha got tons of great presents for her kitchen or bedroom… I was a little jealous.
We had such a fun time planning this bed & breakfast bridal shower brunch and celebrating our friend Natasha. Good food, good bubbly and great friends ensured she really did have a special day. She is going to be a beautiful bride and a wonderful wife to Gerard. Now… what party can I plan next?