This Friday my little sis is getting married! I can’t believe the day is finally here. She’s having a vintage country inspired wedding theme and has put so much detail into her big day. She’s been ‘making and doing’ for the past year!
Yeah she’s the crafty one in the family. I keep telling her she needs to start a crafting blog because she has so many great ideas, not to mention she’s an English teacher (so she has no excuse!).
My strength – I love putting together parties and entertaining!
This post is LOOOOONG overdue, but you know life can get in the way sometimes.
I hosted a “cupcakes and cocktails” bridal shower for her the end of April and I was thrilled with how it turned out. All of our (bridal party and my mom’s) ideas came together perfectly!
Because my sister is different, I wanted to do something unique for her and let’s face it bridal showers can be boring if it’s not for you. I wanted the guests to have fun and not feel like they were at a shower. I decided a cocktail party would be fun and with it being at night, I was hoping I could totally surprise my sister.
Well, she had NO idea and was totally blown away!
The overall color theme was pink and we had a candy bar, hors d’oeuvres table, dessert and coffee station, and a photo booth area.
And as you guessed it, we had lots of cupcakes and cocktails!
I set-up stations around the house to allow my guests to move around and mingle instead of having them huddled in one area.
For the cocktails, we served sangria (that was a big hit) and 4 different types of wine. I wanted it to be easy for everyone to serve themselves. We also had pink (nonalcoholic) lemonade and pitchers of water with slices of lemon.
I purchased bright pink wine glasses from Party City – only $9.99 for 18. My concern was the wine glasses being too flimsy but they were really sturdy and worked out great.
For the sangria, we cheated a bit but it was the drink of choice that evening because it was so yummy!
What you need to make one batch:
- Big bottle of sangria (from a liquor store)
- 1 bottle of ginger ale
- Lots and lots of cut up fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, etc.)
For the food table, we went with lots and lots of different types of picky food. It was a combination of homemade food and items from BJ’s Wholesale, which people raved about.
We wanted to prepare the food ahead of time so we didn’t have to cook during the shower. Plus, I wanted to clean up my kitchen before guests arrived so it wasn’t a mess – I mean really who wants to see dirty pots and pans in the sink?!
My favorite part is the backdrop for the table. We taped tiny white lights to my back door and added white sheer curtains over top so the lights could shine through.
We added bright pink fluffy decorations ($6.99 for 3) and it turned out so pretty and girly!
We created little signs for the food so everyone knew what each item was. I used bright pink favor sticker labels from Party City (only $0.99 for 20) and attached them to popsicle sticks.
My mom purchased tiny, decorative flower pots and we added a small amount of play-doh to the bottom, stuck the popsicle stick into it, and then filled the top with white crinkle paper shreds ($2.99 for a bag).
In the dining room, we set-up a candy bar that everyone could nibble on. This also acted as the party favor. We included bright pink dot paper favor bags ($0.99 for 10 bags) and the bright pink favor sticker labels to close the bags. We made a cute little sign so everyone knew to take a bag (or two) home with them.
I was surprised that almost all of the candy went (and relieved so I wasn’t stuck eating the left-overs).
We also had a dessert and coffee station:
I took mini cinnamon rolls, added a stick to them, and stuck them into a pink candle holder. They reminded me of Truffual trees from The Lorax.
To have fun, I cleaned out the boys’ playroom and set up a photo booth area complete with a red carpet (aka red bathroom mat) and props!
We decorated a chair for my sister to sit in and open presents.
To top it off, we had a “cupcake” cake of course! I was so thrilled when I saw how it turned out. The cupcakes were all different gourmet flavors, delicious!
I was so happy that everything turned out how I envisioned and most importantly my sister enjoyed herself and had a fun evening!
I can’t wait to stand by my sister on her special day….photos coming soon!
*Most of the items I purchased were from Party City, however this post is not sponsored. I just happened to find so many awesome items there that were very reasonable.