It’s spring time, which means it’s time for some Southern bridal showers! (I should know – I’m currently planning one for my future sister-in-law, which is taking place in two weeks!) Over the last few weeks we’ve provided you with some dream shower inspiration, but we thought y’all might enjoy seeing a real life shower planned by a real gal for her best friend. Doable, sweet, and oh so Southern inspiration!
“If I had to pick one thing that Kelsey loves, other than her fiance Brandon of course, it would have to be monograms! So, when the rest of her bridesmaids and I began planning her bridal shower, we thought it would be so perfect to throw her a monogram themed bridal shower. Kelsey loves collecting monogrammed items and we knew it would be really fun to help start her new collection of monogrammed pieces with her new married monogram!
We worked with a seller on Etsy to design an invitation that tied in the feminine pink and gray color scheme with the monogram that I designed for the event. We also included an insert card detailing Kelsey’s monogram preferences so that everything would be just right, and tied everything with a silver bow.”
“On the day of the shower, a monogram K wreath made out of tissue paper flowers, in the script from the event’s monogram, greeted guests at the front door.”
“Guests were led to their tables via escort cards that hung from ribbon with clothespins on a silver mirror. At their place setting, guests found a place card favor box of pink candy tied with a tag that had their own personal monogram on it. Monogramming each place setting was a fun way to tie in the monogram theme!”
“The china on the tables was collected from members of my family and was different at each table. We created the lush low centerpieces using hydrangea, roses, and other pink and white flowers. Each centerpiece had a ribbon band with the shower monogram placed in the center. Table numbers were painted pink and inserted into the middle of each floral arrangement.” The rentals were sourced from Party Reflections in Raleigh!
“We served a lunch with lots of delicious food, including cucumber tea sandwiches and homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, quiche, strawberry spinach salad, and miniature ham biscuits. The menu was written on a chalkboard nearby. A dessert bar was placed under a board with a sign that said “Love is Sweet” surrounded by pictures of Kelsey and Brandon throughout their years together. The desserts were wonderful, including cake balls, lemon raspberry mason jar desserts, French macarons, red velvet cupcakes and a custom monogrammed cake from Sweet Memories Bakery.”
“Sweet tea and strawberry lemonade were served in large mason jar dispensers, with gray and white paper straws to drink from, of course! We also had a super fun Bellini Bar, where guests could create their own Bellini by selecting one of 6 different fruit purees or juices and then mixing in prosecco. Drink flags with the shower monogram were perfect for stirring it all together.”
We played a number of games throughout the event and they went over really well. When guests first arrived, they had the chance to play a “What’s in your purse?” game, and the person with the most points won a prize. This turned out to be a wonderful icebreaker, and it was fun to play while everyone got a drink and mingled!
“To keep everyone involved while gifts were being opened, we played gift bingo! Each person created their own bingo card by filling in the spaces with items that they thought Kelsey might receive, for example: sheets, silverware, cake stand, towels, serving spoon, etc. As Kelsey opened her gifts, people crossed off their spaces and the first person to get five in a row won!
Lastly, we played a game similar to the newlywed game, where Kelsey had to answer 20 questions that her fiance Brandon had already answered. We had to guess how many she would actually get correct. Before we played this game, Brandon showed up, so he was able to see Kelsey try to guess all of the answers he had given!”
Thank you so much for sending over all of these details, Meredith! Belles, I hope you enjoyed this peek at such a thoughtful (and Southern!) bridal shower! Best wishes to Kelsey and Brandon, and best of luck finishing up your wedding plans! We can’t wait to see the photos!
P.S. More bridal shower inspiration:
A honey bee bridal shower
A Southern tea bridal shower
Southern Etiquette: Who’s invited to the shower?