10 STEPS TO MY DIY FIESTA BRIDAL SHOWER
From the invite to the parting gift, it’s the unexpected and thoughtful attention to detail that makes any gathering extra special for you and your guests. My heart flutters for the personal touch and I wanted to bring just that to the friends and family who came to celebrate Tyson and I. Here are ten ways I dressed up my colorful yet refined fiesta bridal shower (in the rain, nonetheless!).
1. Papel Picado Invitations: First things first! I had to get my guests in a fiesta state of mind from the very start! You can read more about the laser cut inspiration from Lazaro Press & Design here.
2. Hand-Calligraphed Envelopes = the prettiest snail mail from Design House of Moira.
3. Watercolor Illustrations: Did you know photographer Jen Huang is also a seriously talented watercolor artist? From the margarita to the bougainvillea to the cacti, Jen handcrafted all the watercolor illustrations that I incorporated into the details of the day.
4. Menus / Place Cards / Favor Tags: Minted.com recently launched completely custom design services. Knowing I wanted to incorporate Jen’s illustrations into the day-of decor, I submitted my ideas and Jen’s art to the Minted design team. Within a few days they came up with the pretty paper pieces you see above! Love!
5. Cocktail Napkins: I also took Jen’s illustrations to zazzle.com where I was able to make my own custom cocktail napkins within minutes. It was easier than easy and I’m so thrilled with how they turned out. Aren’t they so fun?
6. Custom Papel Picado: To complement my awesome papel picado invitations, I found Fiesta Fancies on Etsy. Owner Claudia Lucio made my must-have custom drink stirrers and garland. 🙂
7. Linens: Good table linens help set the tone for any event and are a great (and just as fancy) alternative to renting fancy tables. I ordered my linens from one of my favorites — La Tavola. My tables were dressed in tuscany natural with the tuscany crush napkins.
8. Flowers: If I had a mini bridezilla moment — this was it. Flowers are the bread to my butter, the chocolate to my wine, the macaroni to my cheese… I can’t live without them and the bridal shower had to be full of them! I had a vision for the shower and Debbie Kline from Florabundance helped bring it to life. I shared my pinterest board with her and she sourced every last stem I needed. She even shared some design tips since I’d be doing all of the arranging myself. Of course I can’t forget to thank my friends Sarah and Bree who chopped wild bougainvilla from Santa Barbara to ship overnight to New Jersey. You ladies are THE BEST!
9. Flowers (part two): Part of pretty arrangements are their vessels. I sourced the most beautiful collection of clay pots, urns, bud vases and wooden dough bowls from Jamali Garden in New York City. The table runners became an organic composition of vibrant arrangements and mini cacti.
10. Party Favors: As a gift to my guests, my mom and sister found mini cacti and succulents from the local garden store. We replanted them in the most darling redstone terra cotta pots from Jamali Garden, tied on custom favor tags from Minted, and incorporated them into the festive floral table runner.
Photography: Kim Wiseley | Flowers: Florabundance | Bougainvillea: Thank you Sarah + Bree! | Clay Pots / Vases / Wooden Bowls: Jamali Garden | Invitations: Lazaro Press & Design | Calligraphy: Design House of Moira | Watercolor Illustration: Jen Huang Art | Menus / Place Cards / Favor Tags: Minted | Cocktail Napkin Printing: Zazzle | Linens: La Tavola | Papel Picado Drink Stirrers and Garland: Fiesta Fancies by Vintage Baby Doll | Gold Straws: Aardvark | Lunch + Churros: The Tortilla Press | Mini Brownie Bites: Sweet T’s Bakeshop | Dress: BHLDN