I'm new to your site and I was wondering if you had (or will have) any tips or advice about an Under the Sea/Mermaid themed bridal shower. I am the Maid of Honor for my sister's wedding and she loves The Little Mermaid and our beach house. So naturally, that's the theme for the party. My goal is to try to do a more elegant version of this theme....I don't want it to look kiddie or cheesy.
Also, I'm having a hard time deciding on a menu for the party. I am a recent college grad and I want to give my sister a nice party, but I don't want it to get out of hand. Is it ok to have all desserts at the party, or would you recommend a simple brunch or appetizer menu?
Welcome to our site, and thanks for your question! First of all, I love The Little Mermaid - it's my favorite Disney movie - and I love the idea of making the bridal shower about your sister's favorite things. I see your concern with a theme like this becoming very cheesy or childish. Here's my advice for you:
Don't Be So Literal
To keep your sister's bridal shower from looking like a children's party, avoid literal interpretations like plastering waves, seashells, mermaids, and fish on everything, and instead use those things as inspiration.
Naturally, cool tones like blues and aquas come to mind when you think of the sea, so use that as a starting point, and then complement those colors with pinks and gold, maybe even throw in a few pops of yellow.
Drawing on the inspiration of shells and mermaids use pearl accents like the macarons in the mood board that look like oysters. Rather than using actual imagery of mermaids, use teal sequined table runners. They're super fun, and a little classy.
Invitations and Paper Goods
To add a little elegance and whimsy and set the mood for the bridal shower, use a pretty script font surrounded by ornate frames on the invitations. Use the same font and matching frames and flourishes for things like the food labels and place cards.
Fresh flowers are my finishing touch. Save your money, and avoid buying things like streamers and themed plates and napkins - white are just fine, and splurge on fresh flowers. Have a florist arrange centerpieces using the colors in your palette. And finally, for truly magical guest tables, you can't go wrong with gold mercury glass votives on a sequined table runner!
I love the idea of a dessert party, just make sure to indicate that on the invitations so your guests know what to expect!
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