I spent much of last week’s project time working on a really fun event: a bridal shower for a sweet young lady at our church.
Choosing a Theme
The request we were given was to keep things simple, so we chose a rustic theme featuring burlap
There are so many great ideas out there for using burlap! We had lots of fun looking them up, and then trying to narrow it down to what we wanted to use.
I loved the idea of adding a chalkboard, and when I found a cute design that I liked, I knew it would be a part of the shower.
I started with a basic chalkboard from Michael’s, then painted the frame with white chalkboard paint. After it dried, I roughed it up a bit with some sandpaper. Easy!
A few bright sunflowers sitting below added just the splash of color that it needed.
Making it Personal
I love it anytime I can personalize things, and this fun window frame photo display was the perfect idea.
I went to my very favorite thrift store and bought the window frame. One of my older boys was more than happy to remove the glass for me. 🙂
After the glass was out, I gave the frame a coat of chalkboard paint, then lightly sanded the edges.
Next, I stapled three strands of jute across the back of the frame and added the photos using cute little wooden clothes pins. And since the photos were black and white, I glued a few sunflowers across the top to add a bit of color.
I combined two ideas to make the flower vases. Using glass canning jars was a given. I just needed some way to dress them up. I loved the ideas I found and when they were put together, we had some sweet “vases” to hold the pretty baby’s breath.
We wanted to dress up the gift table, but still leave plenty of room for gifts. A burlap and sunflower swag was the perfect solution. And, adding a nice little banner let guests know exactly where to put their gifts.
No shower would be complete without refreshments, and we had a lot of fun with this table.
We used little metal pails that we found at Target and lined them with unbleached parchment paper to hold the nuts.
My sister and her daughters made those amazing cupcakes, and we wanted to keep our theme when we displayed them. We used 6 baskets in two different sizes to stack them on. We arranged and stacked them to create visual appeal, then draped a pretty polka-dot fabric over the top of each basket.
Finally, to pull the glass punch bowl into the theme, we put a piece of coordinating fabric underneath, and added a few more sunflowers.
A few little glass milk bottles made perfect serving pieces for colorful candy balls, which were a huge hit with the younger girls at the shower. Keeping our color theme, we chose chocolate covered malted milk balls, and sour lemon candies.
And I have to mention those ferns! Aren’t they just the most gorgeous ferns you’ve ever seen? They belong to my sister, and now several of the ladies at church (including me) are making plans to get some next spring. They’re called Macho ferns and she purchased them at Lowe’s – just in case you like them too. 🙂