When my mom and I first started planning my bridal shower, I wasn’t planning on having a bridal party because we really wanted to keep things as simple as possible, but then we decided to ask our close family (siblings & cousins) to stand beside us on our day and make it even more special. Being that we had already started planning, we just kept it simple and continued to plan with what we had decided on. I’m always getting asked so many questions on how I plan a party & stay organized, so I wanted to share my bridal shower pictures with you, as well as some tips I can dish out on how we did it.
** Keep in mind – It isn’t easy planning a whole party on your own, but my mom and I have a passion for party planning and it just comes so naturally to us. However, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t time consuming & stressful, because believe me.. IT IS. We spend countless hours, days, nights, sitting down, thinking, envisioning, planning and then making it all come into action. If time AND patience is not something you have, I would advise hiring a party planner (or myself) to do the job for you and take away all the stress.**
STEP 1: FIGURE OUT YOUR BUDGET
This will be my recommendation on the first step when you are planning your party. Once you decide on your limit to spend, you can do you it up in each category- how much you want to spend on the venue (food, drinks, etc), decorations, cake & whatever else it is you choose!
STEP 2: MAKE YOUR GUEST LIST
Although this is quite obvious, I know…. but eight about now tour going to be so excited to start planning everything else but this needs to be done above all! Start wotj the most important and work your way down… close family, distant family, friends and co-workers. If you are working with a tighter budget, unfortunately you may have to do without some people. Keep this guest list for when you send out invitations and then thank you cards later on.
STEP 3: PICK A DATE & VENUE/ RESTAURANT
Once you know how many people you are inviting, you can start looking for places to host your party at! The place you choose is so important because it sets the total mood and ambiance for the entire party! I chose somewhere bright and airy and decided to do a brunch theme. It’s also important to decide on if you want to go with a brunch or dinner option. I thought brunch was a good idea because you get the best of both worlds ! I also wanted to go with a different menu with more modern options! We did a breakfast bar which included French toast with Nutella, breakfast pizza, frittatas, bagel chips with dips and more! The lunch option we had an assortment of Mediterranean salads, farfalle pasta, pizza, cheese board, Italian meats and cheese, salad, eggplant rollantini, chicken stiffened with risotto, steak with chimichurri sauce and penne ala vodka!
STEP 4: PICK A THEME
Above all, knowing this will then help you to choose decor, a cake and so on. Not sure what theme to choose? I recommend browsing Pinterest for ideas by searching what type of party you are having (Bridal shower, wedding, birthday, engagement party, etc.) Once you come across photos you like, I would create a Pinterest board and add them to refer back to later on when it comes down to making decisions. This way, when your browsing online for decor or going to design your cake, you know exactly what you want and can show to the person assisting you. This way they can better guide you in the right direction. Obviously I went with a lemon theme so I based all of my decisions on this!
STEP 5:ORDER INVITATIONS, GET STAMPS & MAIL OUT
Stop right here!! I know this is LAST thing y’all wanna do, but its probably the most important considering it wouldn’t be a party without the guests you want to join you in celebration! Before you get click happy and add to your Amazon cart, browse a design for your invites that go with your theme. You can either make your life easier and get the invitations printed and mailed out to you, that way all you need to do is write them out and mail
Time Saver Tip: While you’re at the post office grabbing stamps for your invites, grab some extras for your thank you cards. I promise you qill thank yourself later when you don’t need to go throughtthe hassel of getting them again… because honestly, who likes the post office? NOT I.
STEP 6: MAKE A LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED
This is the nitty gritty boring part but it has to be done! Make a list from soup to nuts… centerpiece decor, table decor, dessert table decor, favors, a dress and shoes for yourself to wear, thank you cards, etc. then start browsing online (I like to use Amazon and avoid going nuts and looking in the stores unless I need to).
STEP 7: ORDER DECORATIONS
I mentioned this in the step above, but once you know exactly what you need.. get to ordering. Sometimes things may be on back up or not in stock so you will have to do additional research. The earlier the better, and also keep a list so when you go to set up.. you know exactly what needs to be done.
STEP 8: ORDER CAKE
Have an idea of what you want and browse Pinterest (once again) lol for designs related to your theme! And taste cakes…. lots of them! We ordered our cake from Homestyle Bakery in Peekskill, NY.
STEP 9: DRESS, SHOES, JEWLERY!
Don’t forget about yourself because it can get hard to get caught up in everything else!
Shop my dress & shoes here:
This was a total must to make the party ! This was such a fun way to get everyone together and take photos! We had a lot of fun and it was from www.blushingdrops.com. The service was great, she answered all of e-mails and questions promptly and the delivery was quick! The backdrop was so easy to hang up and she has a TON of designs! I was so thrilled when I saw the lemon themed backdrop! I swear she has something for every theme! You can browse and shop their backdrops HERE.