Dear Miss Mary,
My sister is getting married in the Fall and I’m in charge of her bridal shower… this is so overwhelming! We’ll have women of all ages attending. How do I make this special without breaking the bank?
Dear Savvy Sis,
Oooh, now THIS is exciting. Hooray for romance, am I right?
I understand your nervousness about throwing an event like this, but the secret to successful parties is to make people feel welcome and special. You’re already half-way there because you care!
I like to start with a theme – you can go kitschy or classy, depending on the bride’s style. My personal preference is to use color and decor as the theme (country wedding/ fancy farmhouse is pretty popular).
You’ll be busy hosting the day, so it’s a good idea to set up a self-service drinks bar for your guests. Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s are excellent choices for any time of year. These drinks work well with modestly-priced liquor and if you’re shy about the label, you can create a themed bottle wrap to hide it. You can check out my suggestions for setting up a drinks bar on Pinterest – MISSMARYSMIX – Cocktail Bars. I’m sure your guests will adore what they pour if you use my mixes – they’re light and fresh and oh-so-delish.
Finger food, mini sandwiches, and light appetizers are easy to make in bulk and to replenish. If you can nominate a friend or relative to help keep an eye on the spread of food, it will let you focus on circulating the room and on the bride-to-be’s experience.
On the day of the event, give yourself enough time to set up your party AND to get yourself ready (that’s a trap many new hosts fall into). If you have the eye for it, take pictures throughout the day – especially of the people and the bride – but also of your buffet and bar. A few artistic shots of the invite, flowers, and gifts table are always sentimental favorites.
Best of luck for a beautiful memorable day, doll.