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A Stylist Shares Secrets for Designing a Beautiful Dessert Bridal Shower

I met event stylist Chhavy Sinuon in a professional wedding industry group that I'm a member of for my own event styling business, Event 29. I was first attracted to her style, but now I have to say that we've really hit it off, and I'm enjoying all of things we've been able to learn from one another. Of the few skills that I feel really confident about in life, event styling is one, but it's such a refreshing treat to speak with another professional and hear about a different way of approaching things. Some things are familiar because I use them in my own approach, and other things are completely new. And while many of you may not be professional event stylists, you each have your own passions and skills, and I think you can completely identify with geeking out when someone teaches you something new about those things. Chhavy has graciously written a guest post for us today about an insanely beautiful dessert bridal shower she styled, breaking down her approach and technique for us, so you can create your own beautiful dessert bridal shower. I hope it inspires you, and you're able to learn a little something from it!

-Gabrielle


Getting Started

When designing the bridal shower, I wanted to put the spotlight on Aphrodite, the bride, but also make sure she was comfortable because she's a little shy.  I also considered how much of a sweets fanatic she is.  She loves desserts and sweet drinks of all kinds.

I had access to an awesome space, the sea foam Victorian Lounge at Mill No.5. The feel of it was perfect for this shower!

To top sweets with sweets and to go a little overboard with this element was just right because it reflects her love for desserts.

Story Telling

Because the bride-to-be loved desserts I created a dessert "runner" of naked cakes, cupcakes, macarons as part of the tablescape.  This was the only acceptable interruption to the sequin tablerunners.  A dessert bar wouldn't be as gratifying as a bunch of desserts laid out in front of guests too.  The macarons served as cake toppers.  To top sweets with sweets and to go a little overboard with this element was just right because it reflects her love for desserts.  

Incorporating items from the home was a conscious decision. They are easy to find, reusable, and scalable.

Scalability and Reusability

When working with Aphrodite, the bride, as an inspiration, I was cautious about crossing over to the nautical/beach theme.  All the elements on the table had to earn its way onto the surface.  The blue sequined runners were sparkling, reminding me of the ripples of sea water & reflection of the moon at night.  Not wanting too much to interrupt the sequin runner because it was already so beautiful, I used trifle containers as flower vessels, floating fresh blooms in water.  One could easily find similar containers in their cupboard too.  Incorporating items from the home was a conscious decision.  They are easy to find, reusable, and scalable.  Use a bunch of them to make an even bigger impact.  We didn't use a lot of flowers because one or two blooms look good enough.

Innovation in Story Telling At the Bar

We created a signature drink in which we called the Love Nectar (lychee and soju) - another of the bride's favs.

What made this shower a little different was that we incorporated the desserts into the tablescape design.

Innovation in Scalability and Reusability

The venue was already beautiful so we didn't have to much to style up the space.  We added a refinished bar cart that I bought for 38 bucks from Target, and some tassels above the mantel.  The decorations were simple. 

We focused on styling up the 12ft farm table (that came with the venue) with pearls, crystals, floating flowers, naked cakes, and gold flatware.  What made this shower a little different was that we incorporated the desserts into the tablescape design.  The combinations of all these items made it special.  

Engaging Activities

We made flower crowns. They were so into it. We didn't have time to take any good photos! 


Vendors

Styling & Design: Style This Shindig | Venue: Mill No. 5 | Sequin Runner, china, flatware: Peterson Party Center | Naked cakes and desserts: Keyks Bakery | Photographer: Sitha Vorn


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