I considered starting this post with “Surprise! Whitney’s getting married!” but I thought that might be a little mean. Don’t fret, y’all. Whitney’s not rockin’ a ring yet (though we did get a peek into her dream wedding!). We just thought it would so much fun for us to take turns dreaming up some bridal shower inspiration for each other. We thought it might help any of y’all who are busy planning showers, too!
This week, I’m playing off of Whitney’s classic tastes and her fun personality for a little garden soiree. I imagine all of us toasting to her engagement, playing games and chit chatting until the sun comes down. Then, as you must expect, string lights will come on!
Image credits Row 1: Ellie Grover via Grey Like Weddings, Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty, Row 2: Liz Banfield via Bump Smitten, Kristen Loken via Snippet and Ink, Trent Bailey via Southern Weddings, Row 3: Trent Bailey via Southern Weddings, Kate Headley and Ritzy Bee Events via Calder Clark, photo via Canelle et Vanille
I wanted to keep Whitney’s shower fresh and fun, so a garden party where everyone could don a pretty dress was absolutely the way to go. I kept imagining beautiful Southern plantation houses with a lush green grass yard for us to celebrate the bride-to-be! The landscape would speak for itself while blue and white linens would play up the springtime setting and pops of red would contribute to the “love is in the air” vibe.
Whitney’s a fab baker (y’all remind her to teach me how to make coconut macaroons!) and a monogram-lover. (She’s also a coffee-lover, and I did, for a moment, consider adding a coffee bar to this shindig!) So along with some other little activities, I think a mini cake decorating competition is in order! It will be the perfect dessert ending to an afternoon of snacking on modernized Southern fare like mini mac and cheese, pulled pork sliders, biscuits with yummy jams and cheeses, and mint juleps.
I’d love to include some cute photos of Whitney growing up around the space and big chalkboard for guests to design Whitney’s new married monogram. At the end of the night, guests would leave with a tote bag full of hydrangeas and a snack for the ride home: coconut macaroons.
Get to know more about Whitney here and here!
If you’ve already had a bridal shower, what was it like? What would your dream bridal shower look like?
P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for the next post in our shower series, where Whitney will dream up a bridal shower for Lara!
I love Southern Weddings Magazine. I bought my first issue when planning my daughter’s wedding. I don’t have wedding to plan any time soon, but I can’t wait for the next issue. There are so many good ideas. Thanks for a great magazine!