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you are the one ~ a bridal shower brunch

This past weekend, I traveled back to my home state to celebrate my best friend’s shower and I couldn’t be more excited to finally share all the details — and of course the photographs {after all, its the reason I’ve been an MIA blogger lately so you deserve all the gory details}!

As you know, I started by creating an inspiration board that guided the theme {a ‘champagne brunch’}, the invitation selection, and the overall plan for the event. A truly invaluable process, if you ask me!

I decided to go with this Minted design for the shower invite {could you guess from my earlier post?}, largely because I had a Gilt City credit. I found lots of other options and some I especially loved on Etsy but ended up going with the convenience of this pre-designed and printed option.

Not one to settle on any design as-is, I chose a custom color that fell in between the bride’s ‘french blue bridesmaids dresses and navy color scheme because I’m all for mixing tones of the same color {you’ll have to stay tuned for pictures of my outfit from the shower — I did purple-on-purple!}.

Bridal Shower Invitation from Minted with custom blue colorthe final invite in a custom blue

As a side note, I was pretty impressed with Minted, but hope to share all of the pieces I ordered from them with a full review later on – not to detract from the fun of the shower!

Since we were hosting brunch, we settled on a menu that included both breakfast and lunch foods. One of the key decisions I made was to get the most time-consuming food catered: 2 egg quiches and fruit skewers {you know how long it can take to slice fruit!}. I didn’t want to be crazed the morning of with a lot of cooking, so I was able to pick these up and pop them in the oven right before the guests arrived.

{ the menu }

  • Quiche florentine and Crab & Asparagus quiche
  • Fresh fruit skewers
  • Mini muffins & donut holes {purchased pre-made}
  • Mini bagels with lox, cream cheese, and capers
  • Maple breakfast sausages {grilled up the morning of}
  • Make-Your-Own-Parfaits with vanilla & plain yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit toppings
  • Tortellini pasta salad
  • Shrimp with cocktail sauce
  • Filet with rolls & horseradish sauce {marinated night before, cooked morning of}
  • Drinks: Mimosas {duh!}, white wine sangria, red wine & blood orange red sangria, coffee, tea

{ the preparation }

In addition to ordering blue polka-dotted paper goods from Oriental Trading Co. and decorations from Etsy {I will swear by these tissue paper balls now}, I also designed signs and games for the event. This helped everything from the menu, to the gift table sign, and everything in between have a coherent feel. Here are my favorites:

Bridal Shower Brunch signs designed by Jess Alayne (livelovemore.wordpress.com)menu >> gift table >> favor sign

Another key decision was committing to use Friday as our full-on prep day. I was co-hosting the party with the groom’s mother {who still lives in the area while I and the bride’s mom do not}. I met with her early on Friday to agree to our shopping lists and plans of action. Then we regrouped in the afternoon to set-up, decorate, do food and drink prep, and generally align to the plan. It ended up taking several more HOURS than I anticipated {okay, we might’ve been delayed by that 2nd bottle of wine we shared…}, but it was all worth it because the event went off without a hitch.

But enough talk, here are just a few of the gorgeous photos, captured by Amy Moore Photography. {PS – how lucky was I to have a MOG with this house! So perfectly suited with neutral colors and a gorgeous statement mirror behind the buffet!}

Bridal Shower Brunch - Event & Styling by Jessica Alayne

A couple of highlights:

The photo timeline because the bride & groom have been dating for 9 years and I’ve been lucky enough to call them both my friends the entire time, I worked with the MOB and was able to document their entire dating history. A huge hit, especially when placed right above the gift table so no one could miss it! I relied heavily on mini clothespins, also found on Etsy.

I used mini bottles of Prosecco as the prizes for the games. I tied them with custom ribbon that read “Christina & Rob 6-1-2013”. At $3.29 each, they were the right price for a favor and a fun addition to the games.

The MOG bought miniature glass serving cups for individual parfait servings and little plastic cups to fill with cocktail sauce and we hung the shrimp on the side. Made for an adorable presentation!

And, of course, a fan favorite, the blue striped straws ordered from Pick Your Plum really brightened up the mimosas and sangria.

I may’ve just seriously overwhelmed you but I’ll be back with the details of how the event was structured along with the games. Hopefully the lessons I’ve learned will help some of you in the future.

Inspired by: Joshua Radin – Today

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