Last Saturday I hosted a backyard bridal shower for my girlfriend Laurel and wanted to share some of the details with you! She and her soon to be husband are honeymooning in Hawaii so pineapples, palm trees and flamingos were so fun and fitting the decor! Tropical inspired decor is very popular this year so there is an abundance of decorative items that were easy to come by in most stores I frequent. We will be keeping this theme going for her bachelorette cottage weekend next month as well!
I started collecting items a few months ago along with completing a bit of DIY decor and signs. I was able to repurpose the tissue paper garland I made for our Cinco De Mayo stag and doe I simply removed the red tissue tassels to and kept the pinks, greens, yellows and blues that felt more Hawaiian (And I just realized I didn't take a picture of this hung inside). My favourite DIY was the balloon garland. I hadn’t made one before but it is so easy!! I tied a long piece of string between two chairs several feet apart, blew up an assortment of pink, green, white and yellow balloons in various sizes and attached them to the string forming a garland. It fit perfectly as the backdrop to the conversation set on my patio.
Dollar Tree was my go to store for decor believe it or not. They had an entire section of luau, hawaiian, tropical theme decor and party supplies. I grabbed lots of their bright coloured and patterned table cloths and serving trays, napkins and cups, along with drink accessories, some fun straws, as well as garlands and banners.
I also got several items from Party City including the ‘eat, drink, flamingle’ tray, ‘flocktail’ coasters, and the ‘you had me at aloha’ sign.
My favourite were the favours— each guest had their choice of a pineapple or palm tree cup to enjoy their beverage in and take home with them. My girlfriend and the MOH Kelsey who is a graphic designer made the ‘Thank You’ tags. The yellow pineapples were from Party City and the palm trees from Dollar Tree. Such cute an expensive take homes. And we will definitely be using these again for the bachelorette party!
I used a chalkboard I recently picked up from Michael’s as the sign for the favours. I also used a rustic wood sandwich board chalkboard for the welcome sign on the front porch to greet guests when they arrived (I only managed to snap a picture of it inside due to rain that morning). I have been practicing my chalkboard writing for my wedding and didn’t want to erase what I had on it so I covered it with craft paper. I loved the way it turned out and how well the wood fit with the theme. I also found a few cute lanterns and the ‘Let’s Flamingle’ banner from Michael’s.
We only did one game where each guest wrote their favourite memory of the bride and then the bride had to guess who said it. We turned this into a drinking game of course.
We made a big batch of Long Island iced tea as the signature drink which is also the bride’s favourite. We snacked on spinach dip, pigs in a blanket, taco dip and veggies and then had a buffet dinner of salads, sweet and sour meatballs and pulled pork tacos with pineapple salsa and slaw. For dessert we had different flavoured macarons and a pineapple cheesecake.
I used some real pineapples and coconuts for decor along with some faux palm leaves from the dollar store and some framed prints.
We opened gifts and enjoyed drinks in the backyard around the fire after the sun went down. It was such a fun evening and I was so happy that the weather improved and we were able to enjoy some sunshine! It rained all morning which had me worried. I have had terrible luck in the past when hosting outdoor showers as it always seems to rain. I guess that’s why they call it a shower (hardy har har).
Thankfully I managed to take photos prior to guests arriving as I was having too much fun the rest of the night to get any more pictures.
I’m also so relieved the shower took place when it did as the Monday following we were hit by a huge storm that uprooted a tree in our backyard, damaging our neighbour's house and our yard. Thankfully the swing that TK built last year wasn’t destroyed!!
I absolutely love to plan parties and host. It is so fun to see all the little details come together. With our stag and doe and then this shower, there has been lots of planning and making my own decorations. We have a very busy summer ahead but it’s back to wedding prep! I have a long to do list of DIY projects to complete prior to our October wedding. I am excited to share some of them with you soon!!