Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Maine Wedding: Beach-Themed Bridal Shower

Before I start the actual wedding re-caps, I did want to do a couple posts on the pre-wedding events.  Last March, my bridesmaids hosted a beautiful and intimate well-planned shower for me.  It was a beach theme, which was very fitting, since everyone knows I love anything blue, tropical and involving flip-flops :)  About 30 women attended my shower and I was so glad they could all make it.  The party wasn’t too large so I was able to spend time with everyone.


The girls bought invitations at AC Moore and then switched out the ribbon in the packages for a navy blue ribbon.   There was a beach quote on the top with some clip-art starfish.




Amazing candy buffet!  They did such a great job putting it together.  I had hinted to my sister that I always wanted some sort of candy or dessert bar and they totally delivered.  Everything was in tones of blue and white and had a beach-theme.  Some of the candy included jellybeans, chocolate covered pretzels, lollipops, blue licorice, and chocolate seashell and flip-flop molds.  They also included favor bags on the table so everyone could take some home.  And there’s a sneak peek of my cake on the right!


The favors on all the tables were white chocolate lollipops in the shape of a flip-flop.


On a few of the tables there were  beautiful hydrangea centerpieces in cute little ceramic pails they found at Kohl’s.  They also found a lot of other beach-themed serving ware at Kohl’s and I got to take all of it home after the shower.


They made an adorable guestbook using a pair of flip-flops, lots of scrapbook paper and wedding-themed stickers.  This is such a unique idea and it’s proudly sitting in my craft room now.


Another view of the guestbook.  Right above it is my box of recipes – they asked each guest to bring their favorite recipe so I could start my own cookbook.


Awesome spread of food – seriously, there was so much!  Lots of sandwiches, finger foods, and overall goodness :)


My amazing cake!  Two huge flip flops covered in fondant on top of a brown sugar “sand” base.  On the right sandal, there is a little band that says “Sole Mates”.  LOVE! 


The dress I wore was purchased from Ann Taylor last spring.


My bridal shower was such a good day.  I look back at these photos and admire the cake and candy buffet all over again.  I felt so much love from the people closest to me, and I really appreciated all the gifts they gave.  Everyone could tell how much work and time my girls spent on planning the shower and putting together all the little details – I could not have asked for more! 


All photos courtesy of Bridesmaid J



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