Holidays

My Sister’s Bridal Shower

My sister, Ashley, is getting married in September! Here she is with her fiancé, Matt, and a couple of very unevenly matched balloons.

Ashley and Matt, Womp Womp Balloons

Womp, womp, little blue balloon.

Their bridal shower was held at my house, and Ashley’s best friend, Sarah, co-hosted the party. We had about twenty five guests, but the photos in my post will focus on the decor and details.

Bridal Shower Paper Fans Decorations

I made a display out of paper fans (some that I already owned, and some that were new) to go above the fireplace, and spelled out “Ashley and Matt” with Rifle Paper garland.

Bridal Shower Paper Fans Decorations

I also wanted to do a honeycomb garland, and Jordan offered to send over supplies from the Oh Happy Day Shop (along with the giant Geronimo balloon and Ashley’s “Future Mrs.” headband). I used giant 19″ honeycombs and the tutorial used much smaller ones, so I bought chain instead of string for support. It was helpful for keeping everything in place while adding each piece too, since with string they would have wanted to slide down toward the center.

Bridal Shower Honeycomb Garland

Honeycomb Ball Party Decorations

Sisters! Ashley and Nicole

Brandon bought a couple of dry-erase comic book speech bubbles a few years ago. I’ve used them before at a baby shower photo shoot, but now we got to use them for real! We asked guests to write their best marriage advice for the couple, then snap a photo with it. Here’s Sarah, my co-host.

Marriage Advice at a Bridal Shower

We had lunch, and then bam, four hundred and forty two desserts.

Ashley and Matt at Their Shower

Fruit Tarts

Pirouettes, Jelly Beans, and Fruit Candies

Queen and pincushion proteas with eucalyptus were a nod to the flowers for the upcoming wedding, along with green trick and little wildflowers.

Queen and Pincushion Proteas with Eucalyptus and Wildflowers

Flowers

Cake at a Bridal Shower

I made the bridal shower bow bouquet, as one does at these things. I am sure my sister will forever cherish my creation.

Making the Bridal Shower Ribbon and Bow Bouquet

Cheers to the happy couple! Everyone had a great time, and we’re all looking forward to the wedding!

Ashley and Matt, Soon to be Wed!

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20 Comments

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    Stephanie
    August 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Beautiful shower!! I love all of the fans above the fireplace!

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    Pamela
    August 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    How do 25 guests eat 442 desserts (or are you counting individual jelly beans)? The party looks absolutely splendid.

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      Making it Lovely
      August 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Individual jelly beans! Ha. We had two 8″ cakes, 6 mini fruit tarts, plus cookies and candies. Too much really, but I always err on the side of too much food (and dessert) than not enough.

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    Judi
    August 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    What a beautiful bride! Her smile really lets us know that you’re sisters. Congrats to Ashley and Matt! (Lovely party, too..especially in the Victorian setting.)

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    Lydia
    August 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Using a chain instead of string for a heavier “banner” is so brilliant! What was the chain anchored to? Anytime I tape up the ends of string it tends to fall down or just not look pretty.

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      Making it Lovely
      August 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      I have a bar across the bookshelves for the library’s rolling ladder, so I tied the chain at each end. I’ve hidden screw eyes along the tops of windows and doors before though to hang decorations. You can’t see them unless you’re up on a ladder looking, so I would just leave them there year round and they’d be ready for each party.

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    eleni
    August 11, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Wonderful bridal shower and nice & simple decor! Congratulations to the happy couple!

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    Renee
    August 11, 2015 at 8:54 am

    The party decor is amazing! Would you mind sharing where you bought the little streamers hanging from the big balloon?

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      Making it Lovely
      August 11, 2015 at 11:07 am

      They come with the balloon! Aren’t they awesome? I think my sister is reusing them to hang off of a couple of banners she’s making for the wedding too.

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    Jamie G
    August 11, 2015 at 9:03 am

    What a beautiful shower! If it’s not too much trouble, where did you find those delightful male and female busts!? Are they both vases?

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    Susie
    August 11, 2015 at 9:19 am

    The decorations are so fun! What dresses are you and your sister wearing? It’s kind of hard to see the details. Is that a bow on yours?

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      Making it Lovely
      August 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

      I know, the photos with me in them were taken with someone’s phone, so they’re a bit grainy. Ashley’s dress was from Target and mine was from Ann Taylor.

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    Tanja
    August 11, 2015 at 10:59 am

    *coughs* Dirty stairs.

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      Making it Lovely
      August 11, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Yep. I swept them the day before but didn’t have time to do it again right before the party. Hopefully our guests weren’t as judging of a few wind-blown leaves!

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      Linda K
      August 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Holy moly, remind me not to invite you over!!

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    Marcee ... ILLINOIS
    August 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

    So lovely and pretty Nicole! You really know how to plan and throw a marvelous party! Ashley’s guests/invites = lucky-ducks. Ha! Wedding will be something to look forward to! P.S. Why oh why there are always crabby complainers is beyond me. Some folks (females can be awfully mean) nitpick for zero reasons.

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    Marcee ... ILLINOIS
    August 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

    One more thing ….. wanted to ask about the chocolate drizzle cake. Can I purchase in Chicago? Ohmygosh. Need a slice, or 2! ; )) All my life, I’ve loved (any) cake. Especially wedding varieties!

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    Ami
    August 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Lovely party and a great post, Nicole. I love seeing how you tackle throwing a party. Congratulations to your sister and future brother-in-law. She looked beautiful.

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