Hello my lovely ladies!
Today’s post is near and dear to my heart. I love to throw a good party. Better yet, I GREAT bridal shower. Of course, this couldn’t have been done without my beautiful, fabulous friends! You see, we LOVE throwing parties, and yes….sometimes can be stressful, but in the end…totally worth it;)
On this gorgeous, sunny day, we celebrated the upcoming nuptials of our bestie Brooke with friends and family. We pulled it off with no stress, great attention to detail, and loads fun!

Admit it, we’ve all been to some super annoying showers, haven’t we? Today I’m here to share with you the FANTASTIC DO’s and DON’Ts guide to THROWING A GREAT BRIDAL SHOWER!

 

GATHER YOUR TEAM:

Typically….the braidsmaids;)

The most important part of beginning the planning process, is writing a list of what needs to be done (in great detail), and start delegating jobs to each one of you.

The key:

No one does more than the other. Equal spending, etc, will ensure everyone’s happiness. lol. NO STRESS= STOKED FRIENDS.

Have a pow wow, a girls night. Make a fun day or evening out of planning.

Remember babes, it’s supposed to be fun, and most importantly…NOT about you. It’s about that beautiful bride:)

I give you….MY BEST FREINDS:

The BEST of party planners.

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DO:

Pay attention to detail. This is what makes these kinds of events unforgettable. Perhaps, it be that you get the brides favorite flowers, or maybe you match the party to the wedding theme. Even something as simple as a personalized chalk heart on a fence, can make the world of a difference. Especially, in a photo, which she and yourself will have forever.

DO NOT:

Fill the damn place up with hideous silver lined balloons screaming “CONGRATULATIONS!” All over the place. Tacky, and completely NOT personalized.

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This is a party ya’ll, so please DO offer appetizers, snacky foods, etc.

A PLUS:

Beautiful fresh flower centerpieces. Hit the flower mart on a sunday for great deals. Arrange them yourself, you’ve got style, and you’re not lazy, so…Show us you’ve got the touch;)

PLEASE DO NOT:

Buy the pre-packaged, BRIGHT ass, Ralph’s version of “a BEAUTIFUL arrangement” for $14.99. Save that for Gram’s bday. k…..

ANOTHER THING……

This is a party ya’ll, so please DO offer appetizers, snacky foods, etc.

People don’t like standing around with nothing to do…

FEED THEM AND GIVE THEM DRINKS! DUH!

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A little EXTRA decor seals the deal.

We found this at PAPER SOURCE. Create whatever saying you want, all you gotta do is arrange the letters. EASY PEAZZZY.

If you can pull off an INDOOR/OUTDOOR party, GO FOR IT. Not necessary, but a nice alternative.

 

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Maybe MOST importantly, next to the food of course….

THE BOOZE.

DO:

Offer a signature drink for the special event.

We are in LA, in June….it’s warm out….Give us some SANGRIA, CHAMPAGNE, and WHITE WINE SPRITZERS.

DO NOT:

Get peeps wasted on vodka tonics. Its not a club, or your 21st birthday. Mom and G-ma gotta drive home.

Oh & not cute.

 

**********IT’S ALL ABOUT PRESENTATION…..CHECK OUT THE LITTLE BAR SETUP***********

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This is NOT a free for all people… The truth is, the more organized you are, the more people can enjoy themselves & the less feaked out you are by all the stuff you gotta do at once.

DO:

Create a menu. A SIMPLE ONE.

We got this awesome chalkboard at the local Marshall’s for $12.99. Adds such a great touch, and allows for for people to know that there is food coming. This way…they don’t scarf down all the chips thinking that might be the only thing their gettin’. Could you imagine…”Oh,, I’m sorry, were you hungry? We were just thinking chips and salsa were enough” ummmmmmm

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DO NOT:

RUN OUT OF FOOD!!!! Better to have extra for yourself later than have the embarrassment of exposing your LACK OF preparedness.

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Make sure your menu is balanced in nutrition. No one, I mean NO ONE, wants to feel like a beached whale at a party. In other words, keep it classy and proportioned, if you know what I mean. This isn’t your cheat meal. OK.

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Having dessert options makes people happy. We like to snack. On several things, that is;)

* Not everyone likes the same thing.

DO:

Create a SWEET atmosphere for your Dessert table. SET THE SCENE. If it looks good, people want to eat it.

Try individual portions. Much cuter, and easier to to munch on as you’re walking around mingling.

On our dessert table:

Made by yours truly.

(because we’re all on LOW CARB)

Sugar Free Cheesecake Rounds.

Paleo Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

 

 

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DO NOT:

Force feed people messy chunks of sugary, marzipan cake. They will enjoy dessert when they want to enjoy it. Hense…dessert table. Get it, when you feel like it. Again, it’s about creating fluidity in the party. Make life easy for your guests.

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No one wants to leave a party empty handed.

If you can pull off a simple, personalized, and affordable party favor, DO IT!!!!!!

Nothing says, “Thank you for coming” more than a party favor. It shows GREAT attention to detail, and can really spruce up your dessert table. In our case, Alicia had a genius idea of cute little mason jars, filled with delicious caramels in which she attached a thoughtful saying on each one of them. Adorable, and simple. THE KEY.

DO NOT:

Put the faces of the bride and groom on your party favors. Yes, we love them, But we don’t want that shit. If I had a quarter for every engraved or screenprinted wedding or bridal shower favor I recieved, I’d be a rich bitch. Give us something we can eat or actually use, otherwise, you know we’ll just hoard it, and never see it again.

 

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Ok, I KNOW I am NOT the only one who thinks this so, here I go….

A game or two is fun…….

3 or more…..too much.

We are not trying to spend an hour & 1/2 playing games ya’ll!

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This is the best game….and the bride actually gains something from it!

It’s simple…

Everyone brings with them a pair of panties that shows your personality. She, then has to match the undies to the friend. If she misses…she drinks. (or stuff a marshmallow in her mouth, each time she misses. lol) Either way…in the end…she comes up on loads of panties. STOKED.

 

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Allow for things to happen organically. If you put games near the gifts, that’s where you go next. Hand the Bride-to -be her champagne, and let the unwrapping begin.

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UNNECESSARY:

Making the bride read out every single card she receives, and forcing her to pose with her new swiffer wetjet and new set of china. Snag a few good shots, and call it a day. Remember, all eyes are on her, it can be a bit uncomfortable. lol.

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This next portion was the highlight!

DO:

Pull off an impromptu backyard photoshoot with friends and bridesmaids. I don’t mean…hire someone, get lighting, make a big deal, I mean this…

Gather the flowers from the centerpieces…get in the sun…and get your mom on a chair to shoot the pic. DUH! ;)

pssst…you can photoshop later.

 

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Just when you think you all couldn’t look cheesier…THAT’S when you get it right.

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When else would we get these fun shots??…On the wedding day.. I think not.

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HAVE WE COVERED EVERYTHING?

Great….NOW, It’s time to have fun and enjoy your party:)

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This post is dedicated to the bride, Brooke Barnett & to my AMAZING girlfriends.

CONGRATULATIONS DARLING.

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