Oh bridal shower season, how we adore this most celebratory time! Our gal Ashley of The House of Gather is here today sharing a few of her pro bridal shower planning tips, along with the beautiful all-white shower she styled for bride-to-be Jenny. Think olive branch, cute desserts, a beautiful venue, and one epic grazing table. Thank to Laura Palacios for sharing all the lovely photos!
This epic grazing table was created by The Avenue in Miami, for all you South Florida locals. Ashley dreamt up the floating floral install for above the table, creating a focal point and a spot for mingling.
Such a pretty, fresh white space!
Jenny wore a chic white dress from Born to be Chic.
Now, for Ashley’s tips on throwing an intimate bridal shower or special event at home…
Outsource! When you are hosting a party at your home don’t be afraid to ask for help. Do the things you love and enjoy and then bring in the experts to execute the rest! The Avenue Miami blew my mind with their meat and cheese display, and they are super affordable! The price ends up being just a little more to hire them to come in and do their magic compared to going to the store and doing a grazing table yourself.
Keep it simple. Design can be beautiful without going over the top. Jenny had a color story and we incorporated simple florals, a dry floral installation, and simple signage to tie it all together. The food and desserts really spoke for themselves.
Make your guests feel welcome. From the moment they walk through your door welcome them with hospitality. Greet them, offer them a beverage, take their purse or jacket, show them where the restroom is, introduce them to other guests, etc.
Handmade Goods. This can be anything from fresh flowers and personalized signs to fresh baked desserts. Add a small personal touch that people can see there were time and effort put into the execution. Jenny handmade all the signage, which was so special. Brigadeiro Shop went over the top with the handmade Brazilian sweets (Jenny’s Brazilian). And Cloud 9 Bakery always brings it home with the most delicious cakes.
A statement we live by at The House of Gather: “Don’t let the planning overshadow the purpose”. The most important part when entertaining at home is to be present and enjoy your time with your guests. If things aren’t perfect, your guests won’t notice. Have fun and be in the moment with them!
Such a fun day!
Still can’t get over this grazing table, though…
Find more inspiration from Jenny’s bridal shower in our gallery:
Congrats to this sweet couple!
Photography: Laura Palacios / Venue: Magic City Studios Miami / Planning, Styling & Florals: The House of Gather / Grazing Table: The Avenue / Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery / Desserts: Brigadeiro Shop / Dress: Born to be Chic