As wedding season is currently in full swing, there are plenty of bridal showers and bachelorettes to attend, if not host!
Last year, my best friend Stella got married. As the maid-of-honor, I was throwing the bachelorette. Although it wasn’t your typical party-scene bachelorette. Stella would much prefer to read a book, or hang out with friends sans alcohol then go out to a bar or club on a Friday. So I wanted the party with all her closest girlfriends to be the perfect evening for her.
For months, I conjured up images of colour-coordinated (coral-to match her wedding theme) decor & sweets, centered around the theme of ‘modern day tea party.’ I pictured the girls sipping iced tea cocktails (virgin versions for Stella), playing croquet on the terrace, and eating French macarons. I decided to do all the decor, baking, and cocktails myself. It was quite an undertaking, painstakingly making everything from the streamer banner, to the heart-shaped pink sugar cubes. But I loved every minute of it.
Although this particular party happened to be a bachelorette, the ideas could easily transfer over to a bridal shower and still be perfectly appropriate. I scoured Pinterest for major inspiration, and came up with my own inspiration board. I made my own printables, spray painted inexpensive frames gold, gathered party supplies, and baked until my heart’s content. I also visited my local DAVIDsTEA shop, where the lovely manager helped me choose the perfect loose leaf tea pairings to serve iced. Lastly, I had all the guests put on some lipstick, pucker up and plant a kiss on the guest book, along with a signature, and then I had the entire thing framed as a keepsake for the bride!
And finally, me surprising my best friend!