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ASK EVENT 29: Under the Sea Bridal Shower Ideas

Hi there!

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?

Thank you!!

Kate

Gabrielle Green of Event 29 explains how to create an Under the Sea bridal shower that doesn't look like a children's party.

Hi Kate, 

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. 

Colors

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. 

Decor

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.

Final Touches

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!

Food

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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MOOD BOARD: The Eclectic Fairytale

I'm actually doing the design and decor for our Production Coordinator, Katie's wedding, and I have to say that I feel very intimidated by the process because 1) I know her and 2) her fiancé, Tim, is actually a very talented industrial designer. I think that's why I created 4 mood boards for them instead of my usual 3. Because I wanted to impress them.

This was the first mood board that I presented them with. It incorporates a lot of the essential elements that are the most important to the couple. It also incorporates orange because they're getting married in a venue that is predominately orange. It sounds awful, but trust me, it's very cool. So rose gold and blush happen to be Katie's two favorite things and when you combine those things the results tend to be very soft and romantic. I kind of like that. But then you also have Tim who mentioned that he likes denim blues and the clean lines of mid-century modern design, so I didn't want to go overly frou-frou and girly with it. That's why I brought in the wood chargers and slate paper goods. They both mentioned that they do not like traditional flowers or floral arrangements at all, and they they wanted to incorporate Bells of Ireland. I love that because again it keeps things from edging into the too soft and feminine category. I thought it would be cool to do a living wall of overgrown greenery just kind of cascading down in beautiful disarray. 

I like this mood board. They didn't pick it, but I liked the one that they picked even more, so I can't wait to execute it and show you the results!

Eclectic Fairytale mood board for a romantic, yet balanced wedding on Event 29.

THE ECLECTIC FAIRYTALE

This is a mixture of clean lines with free flowing organic shapes, feminine blush tones with rugged denim blues.


KEYWORDS

pretty, whimsical, free flowing, organic, relaxed, airy, soft


STYLING IDEAS

a living wall, non-traditional floral arrangements


DESIGN ELEMENTS

rosegold and blush mixed with denim blues, bells of Ireland, copper, script fonts, woods

How to Host a Candy Apple Bar Bridal Shower

Learn how to host a candy apple bar bridal shower on Showerbelle.

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Candy. Apples.

I know there are a ton of brides out there who love Halloween and want a beautiful and colorful fall wedding. What better thing to symbolize that time of the year then delicious candy apples?! Just like s’mores, there are multiple ways to incorporate candy apples into your bridal shower. You can go all out with a candy apple bar or send people home with mini ones wrapped in cellophane.

How to Set Up Your Candy Apple Bar

Thankfully, someone who is much smarter than me decided that it will be a lot less messy on your guests if you cut up your apples before people dip them. This is great for two reasons, the first one being they’re less messy. The second being that people can try out as many combinations of the toppings that you’ve set out as possible. You can set out a few different types of apples (although I think that Granny Smith’s work the best), but make sure to splash them with some lemon juice to keep them from becoming brown and mushy.

Selecting Your Toppings

The nice thing about apples is that they go with so many different flavors so you can pretty much have any type of sweet or salty topping that you want to go with for your bar. Venture out and maybe have some marshmallow fluff to dip the apples in along with your caramel and chocolate. Some yummy toppings include peanuts, coconut, mini marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs for a s’mores apple, toffee bits, sprinkles, and pretty much any cereal type that you can think of.

How to Give Candy Apples as Bridal Shower Favors

Now, if you love the idea of people making their own apples, but don’t want it to consume your shower, you can bring this out at the end and have people take their apples home as favors. This would also be good to use whole apples for presentation; they’re not going to eat them where you have to clean them up so bonus for you. You can also pre make the candy apples yourself, and package them in cellophane bags tied with pretty ribbon after they've set.

How to Serve Apples as a Dessert

If you’re the type who just doesn’t want a bar anything at your shower, you could do a dessert of apple nachos. There are plenty of combos just like there are with candy apples, but a favorite of mine are the Butterfinger ones. Just slice up your apples and drizzle them with caramel and marshmallow fluff. Top them with crushed up Butterfingers and some white chocolate chips and you’re good to go! You’ve got a delicious fall dessert without all the mess and extra time.

Now try not to go into a sugar coma trying out all of these delicious candy apple combos!

Fall Bridal Shower Trends: Mauve Mist & Country Florals

Yes, I'm excited about a whole new season of bridal showers! And I know some of you who have fall showers coming up are starting to plan, so I thought it would be good time to debut some fall bridal shower trends. I'm really into Pantone's 2014 fall colors, so I'm starting with one of my favorites: mauve mist. I love it! I like the idea of mixing mauve with blush to keep it season and feminine. From there I added in some vintage-inspired country florals, and created a really fresh fall bridal shower inspiration board. This is one of my favorite boards I've ever made, and I'd love to style a shower or inspiration shoot based on it. But, enough about what I think, do you like it?

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Fall bridal shower trends: mauve mist & country florals

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Color Obsession: Coral Cayenne

Yes, I keep going back to coral, but 1) I love it, and 2) cayenne, a.k.a. coral, is one of Pantone's spring 2014 picks, so I feel like that makes this coral color board totally legit. Right? Also, I spotted this chair awhile back, and I became completely obsessed with it, and have been trying to think of good reason to show it to you, so this is it! Aside, from my personal obsessions, coral remains one of the top picks for wedding and bridal shower color palettes, so I knew you'd be inspired by these pretty pieces as well. 

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