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Shower Them With An Ice Cream Party

ice cream sundae bar vintage outdoor party shower

Not only is today the official start of summer, it’s the official start of shower season, when busy bridal parties fête the blushing bride-to-be, and soon-to-be-moms are celebrated.

If you think ice cream is just for kid’s birthday parties, take a peek at these perfectly planned bridal showers. This theme is a, well, cool alternative to the traditional tea party, adding a double-scoop of vintage charm and fresh elegance.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Since it won’t take more than a trip to the frozen food section to plan the menu, you can focus on adding extras to create a make-your-own sundae station.

ice cream party vintage outdoor shower

A muted chocolate-and-vanilla palette allows paper details on the containers and cones to pop. Ice cream cone cups also make clever vessels for sundae toppings.

ice cream sundae bar vintage outdoor party shower

Dress Up Store-Bought Snacks
In this case, simple scrapbook paper, colourful twine and labels with an old-fashioned look go a long way in helping zero-effort store-bought snacks to look like too-good-to-eat treats.

ice cream party sandwiches wrap paper shower

ice cream party sundae bar paper shower

Again, look for creative objects to display ice cream extras. Here, a thrifted tabletop ferris wheel is the perfect carrier for candy toppings.

Ice Cream, Italian-Style

ice cream party gelato ruffled wedding shower

The creme-de-la-creme of ice cream parties doesn’t actually include ice cream at all. The pastel shades of gelato are the inspiration for both the menu and party palette in feminine shades of pink, green and orange.

ice cream party gelato shower paper invitations menu

Simple floral arrangements in paper cones are a creative nod to the ice cream theme, while tissue paper blooms create a pretty backdrop. The party planners kept things personal by including the guest-of-honour’s name on the paper cones and gelato containers.

ice cream party gelato shower tablescape

Mix-and-match dishes have vintage charm that reinforce the girly vibe.

Free Ice Cream Themed Printable
Put this cute collection of ice cream-themed printables from Eat Drink Chic to work as tags on shower favours or string them together as a banner.

ice cream party printable

SOURCING:
+ Ice Cream Sundae Bar from The Sweetest Occasion
Ice Cream Birthday from A Subtle Revelry
+ Heels and Gelato Party from Ruffled
+ Free Ice Cream Printable from Eat Drink Chic

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Two Bridal Showers | Real-Life Party

bridal shower party themes

Jaime of It’s a Jaime Thing sent me the pictures of two bridal showers she designed last year for a cousin and a best friend. They are lots of clues who can recycle for your own parties.

The Sunflower Sunshower

A hand-made tiki bar and lots of fresh sunflowers set the tone of this party. Her cousin, the groom to be, built the tiki hut for his father as a Father’s Day present. It is so cool to reuse his own creation for his bridal shower.

If you wish to host a tiki bar, check out ebay or your local kitsch stores to get your hands on a few tall tiki mugs. Get for the lucky couple a scorpion bowl for 2. These will make nice souvenirs to the couple.

The Blue and White Bridal Shower

Jaime did this tablescape for her very best friend. It was exciting for her. She did a great job working with a dual tone palette. The key is to create interest through layering, shines and textures.

When you spread glass nuggets and marbles along the table always remember to leave space for water jars, wine bottles and serving plates.

Working with clear dinnerware and flatware on a table emphasis what is the background. Take advantage of it when you have a beautiful pattern like those napkins. The clear flatware almost disappear which is a good idea in this instance.

Another option would have been to go with a sky blue flatware which would highlight the napkin pattern.

For a variation on this theme, you could use several tones of the main color. Because the party favors are silver, you could place a silver gray paper charger plate, a clear dinner plate and a blue salad plate underneath the heart.

Read the rest of her setting on It’s a Jaime Thing.

SOURCING:
+ Green Tiki Mug – price: $5 USD
+ Drei Moai Scorpion Bowl – price: $19.95 USD
+ Silver Gray Paper Luncheon Plates – price: $ 16.95 for 120 plates
+ Bermuda Blue Plastic Disposable Plates & Bowls
+ Sky Blue Plastic Cutlery – Silverware Disposable – price: $ 19.95 for 96 place settings
Via Sunflower Sunshower and Bridal Shower for my best friend [It’s a Jaime Thing]

ENTERTAINING PARTY ideas + decor

Bridal Shower Party Themes

vintage housewife bridal shower :: vintage gloves and aprons by Carolyn\'s Kitchen :: tastebook

A bridal shower should feel special. Why not include a dress-up / costume session for the bride to be and develop your party theme around it?

Geisha Party Theme

A couple years ago, we dressed a girlfriend as a geisha. Her bridal shower occurred over a full day. It was split in 3 parts.

We planned a hair and makeup session at a beauty salon starting at 11 o’clock. Since it takes time to create the geisha look, a friend brings her lunch. She then wore the kimono. A toast with champagne completed the first round.

Then, eight girls participated at a genuine Japanese tea ceremony at my house. We had a tea tasting first. Then, the 45-minute tea ceremony took place. It was a fun experience for everyone.

The group expends for the evening party. We ate at a sushi and tempura restaurant. All the women and girls invited to the wedding came to dinner.

Vintage Hostess Party Theme

You can devise the same thing around the old-fashioned housewife’s role. The key to success is to add sophisticated humor with this theme.

The Baking Goods invitation by Dinky Designs announces well the theme. These Dorothy Kitchen Gloves in summer bright colors are adorable. The white gloves are vinyl hypoallergenic with a soft flock lining. Dress the bride sexy with the Marilyn Apron with a Bandeau Top. The Sorbet Colors match the summer bright hues.

Print Your Own Cookbook

Since girlfriends should offer advice to the future bride, have a custom made cookbook printed for her with all your favorite / secret recipes. Tastebook can deliver you a professional hardcover cookbook at an affordable price. The processing time takes between 3-5 business days. Each Tastebook can hold up to 100 recipes.

Announcing Upcoming Bridal Shower Showcase

If you organize a bridal shower this summer, I would like to hear from you. Make sure to take pictures because I am planning a Bridal Shower Showcase featuring your own submissions in August 2008. More details will follow this week.

>>> Sourcing:
Buy online: Baking Goods Invitation by Dinky Designs at Fine Stationery – price: $64 for 25 custom printed invitations
Buy online: Dorothy Kitchen Gloves – Summer Brights by Carolyn’s Kitchen at Bunny Maxwell – price: $22 USD
Buy online: Marilyn Apron with Bandeau Top – Sorbet Colors by Carolyn’s Kitchen at Bunny Maxwell – price: $50 USD
Buy online: TasteBook Pricing Options – starts at $19.95 USD

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