Finally, a follow up to the Bridal Shower Invite I posted at the end of March. The peacock themed lingerie bridal shower went off without a hitch, and was a great celebration of one of my best friends who will be getting married this summer. I co-hosted with the Mom of the bride and the shower was held at her house, so I took full advantage of the time I didn’t have to spend cleaning my own house and got extra creative with crafty decor.
Once we decided on a color scheme and looked around for party supplies and paper to make the invites, it was clear that we had to go all-out with a peacock them.
I found this great geometric paper, which is remenicent of the jewel toned pattern in a peacock feather. No need to buy pricy invitations when you can easily print them on card-stock at home and add specialty paper and ribbon to tie them into the color scheme. For these, I used a strip of colorful paper to the left and wrapped one simple ribbon around the seam for some interest.
I also made a recipe card to go in each invitation envelope. Guests were instructed to fill out a great newlywed recipe for the bride-to-be and bring to the party.
Recipe Keepsake Book
When guests arrived, I gathered all of the recipe cards and compiled them into a special recipe keepsake book that I made ahead of time.
To make the book, I used chip board (which is basically a scrap-bookers term for cardboard), and wrapped each page in coordinating paper. I punched holes to the left, with my
industrial strength hole punch, and used 3 ring bindings to hold it together. To keep the hinge of the rings from shifting, and for extra flare, I added coordinating ribbon tied to each ring. In the front cover I put the Bride & Grooms initials, and the back had the Bridal Shower Invite pasted in so she will forever have it.
Everyone brought a recipe card, and even some guests that couldn’t make it were nice enough to mail one in ahead of time with a nice message.
The bride-to-be loves to cook, so this was a great activity that made sense for her shower and didn’t require wrapping ourselves in toilet paper wedding dresses and strutting our stuff down the living room runway (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
The Mom of the bride came across a great idea to create square glass magnets with coordinating patterned paper and give them away as shower favors. Her inspiration came from Sabby in Suburbia and Simply Modern Mom.
She purchased square glass tiles from the craft store and we used colored pattern tiles she found from The Hourglass Studio on Etsy. She printed them on photo paper and we cut out the ones that were relevant to our color scheme. We used E6000 glue to attach the paper tiles to the glass and glued the magnets to the back. To package them, she attached washers to cardstock and each magnet stayed in place on a washer. Cello bags with coordinating paper and ribbon finished them off.
In order to make a statement with our color scheme and have the food and decor ‘pop’, I decided to construct a large fabric backdrop to hang on the wall, complete with the bride and grooms initials.
I’m so glad that I made this, as I’m sure I’ll be wrapping a different fabric around it and using it at my house for other parties down the road.
First, I measured the space above the table that I planned to hang the backdrop above. Then, I measured my car, to make sure I could actually transport it.
With the help of my hubby, we constructed a simple frame from inexpensive trim (even less expensive because my dad just happen to have this on-hand). We nailed in extra support at each corner, and that was it!.
Next, I laid my fabric, face down, on the floor and centered the frame on top of it. I used a staple gun and stapled the fabric on the back side of the frame. I did one side, and then pulled the fabric tight and stapled the other side. Repeating the same for the top and bottom sides. One suggestion is to double check that your pattern looks straight. I measured the distance of where the design elements hit on each side and tried to even it out as much as possible before stapling.
I picked up the jumbo letters at my local craft store along with some acrylic paint. Unfortunately, they don’t make an ampersand symbol, so I had to get creative and make my own ‘and’ symbol out of a ‘B’ and another strip of wood. I tied a coordinating ribbon around each letter and stapled the ribbon to the top of the frame. We were able to hang the frame on three nails, without adding any fancy hanging wires. The frame set directly onto the nails.
This was an afternoon shower, so for lunch we chose to do a mediterranean themed menu. It was probably one of the easiest shower menu’s I’ve had the pleasure to contribute to in a while (maybe because I only had to make a few things).
We divided up menu items, which made it easy to pull it together the morning of the shower.
The Mom of the bride made Marinated Shrimp, Roasted Red Pepper Crostini’s, Chicken Souvlaki Skewers, Greek Salad, and Pita & Hummus. I made a Feta & Tomato Orzo (a Rachel Ray recipe), and a large Antipasto Spread including a variety of olives, greek cheeses, salami, prosciutto, roasted garlic, peppers, two tapenades, and roasted vegetables (I outsourced the roasted veggies to my Mom who is an amazing cook and of course they were a hit!).
Mom of the bride found these amazing corset shaped cookies, which were done with peacock details to go along with the shower theme. These were a great dessert and also doubled as a second party favor since they were packaged in a cello bag to take. We spent hours ‘ooh-ing and ah-ing’ at the amazing frosting detail.
I made mini chocolate cupcakes to round out the dessert choices.
To save time, I used a box mix for the cake, but I added mini chocolate chips along with my Mom’s secret box-mix trick. She told me to substitute 2/3 of the recommended water with cranberry jelly. The cranberry flavor made the chocolate taste even richer and they were super moist. I may never make chocolate cupcakes from scratch again. Of course, I had to make buttercream frosting from scratch; there are some things you should never take a shortcut on, and that is one of them.
To top off the 3 tiers of cupcakes I made round tags on appetizer skewers (which are slightly longer than a standard toothpick) with the bride and grooms initials. I printed the initials from my computer and used two sizes of circle punches to get the uniformed shapes. I’ve tried cutting circles the old fashioned way and it never works out.
Other Party Details
We had extra peacock ‘flare’ all around the party, like feather arrangements, and pretty peacock napkins, as well as peacock colors of deep teal & purple throughout.
Instead of the typical bridal shower activities, which were not fitting for this bride, the Mom of the bride hired a Mehndi Henna Tatto artist.
We weren’t sure how many people at the shower would want to get a henna tattoo, but we were pleasantly surprised that almost everyone participated. The artist even did a peacock tattoo for one of the guests!
This was such a fun theme, and all for a beautiful Bride-to-be!