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Welcome back to our current “Sit a Spell” series, where we Southern Weddings gals have been taking turns designing bridal showers for each other! Currently, only Miss Emily is engaged, but I am leaning toward throwing this shower anyway!

After a brief hiatus, I’m back with the final post in our Sit a Spell: Dream Bridal Showers series! As you may know, our dear sweet Nicole loves the colors orange. So against my ‘Bama judgement, I am putting my dislike for anything Auburn or Tennessee-ish and imagining a bright, and completely orange, citrus soiree for my girl.

Imagine, if you will, a slow Southern Saturday afternoon filled with best friends chatting, peach mojitos (um, yes please!), and of course a fabulous desert bar! I’d set the stage by sending out adorable letterpress and polka dot invitations from The Lettered Olive (2) to all of Nicole’s friends. Then, when the girls arrive, they’d be greeted with a cool drink (4) and the sweet smell of fresh citrus on the lush lawn of a fabulous home. I might arrange for this home to back up to a lake or the ocean – this is, after all, a dream shower!

We’d spend the afternoon gushing over how Nicole will be going on a month-long European adventure with her beau and playing cornhole (on custom orange monogram boards, of course!). I’d also love to have some kind of DIY craft project, like stenciling individual monograms onto colorful totes (5). Totally doable, right? Anyone else want to make this shower a reality ASAP? I sure do!


1) Custom cornhole board photo by Kellie Kano; 2) Letterpress amazingness form The Lettered Olive; 3) Seating area photo by Elizabeth Messina; 4) Peach mojitos photo by Lisa Lefkowitz; 5) Custom storage totes from Swoozies; 6) Tablescape photo by Meg Smith via Snippet & Ink; 7) Sweets table photo by Adrienne Bonafede; 8) Citrus love photo by Nancy Neil; 9) Ladybug earrings from J. Crew; 10) Adorable pug-baby photo by Meredith Perdue

I’d also love to gift these ridiculously adorable J. Crew ladybug earrings to bring Nicole good luck with her marriage! And, I might be known for going over board, so I was thinking of throwing in a baby pug for all the party-goers, a la Bridesmaids! Nicole, you’d be fine with this, right?

What do you think about a monochromatic bridal shower?

Meredith Perdue is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Nicole reply

    Marissa, I LOVE this!! I need those J.Crew earrings now. (And of course, more pug babies!)

  2. avatar Elizabeth reply

    Gorgeous concept, Marissa! I am loving orange this season, and I’d love this shower for Nicole! :)

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I had a lot of help from Miss Emily! And I agree, I think we need to throw this party anyways!

  3. avatar Ash V reply

    I absolutely love orange! I also happen to be a big UT fan, so it works out nicely. ;) Those flowers are gorgeous, and as a former pug owner, I just can’t get enough of those little guys!

  4. avatar Wedding Invitations reply

    Beautiful colours. This inspiration board has so many elements that i wanna snag. I love the font on that stationery!

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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!

Kelsey (on the left) just so happens to be one of our Southern Bride Bloggers, and when her friend Meredith sent in her monogram-themed shower, we just knew y’all would love it.

From Meredith:

“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?

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kelsey reply

    Thank you so much for featuring my shower! Meredith and all of my bridesmaids did such an amazing job! I’m so lucky to have such wonderful women stand beside me on Brandon and my special day!

    • avatar MacKenzie reply

      So excited to see Kelsey’s sweet face on your blog today! We get to film her wedding next month and couldn’t be more thrilled! Kelsey, your friends are so creative and sweet. Thanks for sharing this on your blog today!

  2. avatar Ashley reply

    Kelsey, that was beautiful! Your bridesmaids did amazing. I’m so glad it turned out so lovely! Congrats girl! ~AshnRobo

  3. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    This is such a pretty and sweet bridal shower! I love how the monogram theme carried through in all the details.

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  5. avatar Stephanie reply

    Love this! Very beautiful and elegant! I am throwing a monogram shower for my best friend, where did you get those monogrammed tags made for the favor and the bottles?


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This weekend is Earth Day, belles! And with all the stunning natural beauty that surrounds us in the South, we thought it would behoove us to pause and take a minute to appreciate the majestic Lowcountry marshes, the romantic Spanish moss dripping from live oaks, and the endless fields of blue bonnets, to name just a few distinctly Southern gems.

We also have this eco-conscious bridal shower inspiration with which to celebrate! Photographer Sarah DeShaw partnered with Kendra from One Love Organics to put together this pretty inspiration. Wouldn’t something like this be perfect not just for a bridal shower, but for a low-key bachelorette or pre-wedding pampering session, too?

Love the idea of wrapping gifts in burlap – and of pairing the burlap with shiny satin ribbon to add a feminine touch!

If you’re ready for some Southern-style relaxation, we’ve got just the thing for you – a sweet tea pedicure!

Yum, don’t you think?


Design and Photo Stylist: Sarah DeShaw // Photography: Sarah DeShaw and Brent DeShaw // Venue: Hampton Island // Flowers: Holley Jaakkola // Clothing: Go Fish // Products: One Love Organics // Hair & Makeup: Katherine Taylor // Paper Goods: A Darling Day

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    So darling! The fact that it’s eco-friendly makes it even prettier :)

  2. avatar kim reply

    Super cute! I love the vintage feel to it all and the honey cocktails are genius!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  3. avatar laurie reply

    i am swooning over here!!! this is a must! what a cute idea with perfect details!! :)

  4. avatar Elizabeth reply

    All sweet ideas! Love the sweet tea pedicure! I think it would be fun to incorporate that into a girls’ night :)

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    Love your honey martini’s. Amazing photography.


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