Ya'll!!! I cannot express how sweet and precious that this girl is to me! She is so compassionate and caring that I felt she needed a bridal shower to compliment her spirit! I wanted the shower to be beautiful and elegant and everything that she ever dreamed of! I decided to make it a Tea Party/Brunch theme!
My first concern was a venue! We live in a small town of about 75 on the outskirts of a few bigger towns. Not many options to host an elegant bridal shower. We have a beautiful historic courthouse just down the road and it was perfect!!!!...until the custodian of the property told me absolutely no food! What?!?! No food! At a wedding shower!!!
I eventually settled for an equally beautiful renovated historic building in a town about 15 minutes away...and it was aptly named "The Venue"...ooh la la! It worked better for her guests anyway because the majority of them were coming from the college that is located in the same town.
My next main concern was the flowers! You just can't beat REAL flowers! Those can also be expensive! My main tip on flowers is to get the biggest bang for your buck. I have done several showers where I just buy what is on sale at the grocery store and rock them! They are just as pretty as what you can get at the florist and no one knows where you bought them..especially after you trim and doctor them up. For this shower though, I had a certain look in mind and I didn't want to chance the grocer not having what I needed.
These flowers are huge and I can make a simple, beautiful centerpiece using just a few of them! I contacted a florist friend of mine and she sold them to me straight from the grower at her price. I had to do the manual labor myself....soak, clean, and trim those bad boys. Fun fact: Did you know that you are supposed to soak their head in water for 20-30 minutes after you get them? Me neither! I had 50+ hydrangeas in my bathtub! How romantic?!?!
My final major feat was the food! This is where Dear Ole Pinterest came in! See below for the menu and links to the recipes that I used/modified from fellow bloggers! And...some things I cheated on and went with store bought. A girl can only do so much!
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Carrot Cake Cupcakes - purchased from Goad A La Moad
Donut Holes - Purchased from The Donut Palace
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Pink Lemonade, Water with Lemon & Lime, Assorted Teas, and Coffee