October 4, 2014

Fall Bridal Shower


The daughter of a close friend is to be married in late November.
She's such a sweetie that everyone begged to honor her with a shower.
My two friends and I won! So we began to plan right away.


It's hotter than beejeezers here in Southern California, but we still went with a fall theme.
It's October. Even though Fall isn't here, it ought to be.

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Using this invitation, found on Etsy,
we settled on
Fall In Love
for our shower moniker.



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It was decided that we'd go with the ubiquitous burlap theme.


White tableclothes and burlap toppers covered the patio tables.





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Potted chrysanthemums and home grown pumpkins were placed down the center of the table.

The mums did double duty, serving as prizes later in the day.


Each guest took home a small burlap pouch filled with candied pecans.
The decorative leaf served as a place card.
As the luncheon progressed, the leaves were collected and used in a drawing,
which took place periodically.

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A dispenser of pomegranate martinis stood at the ready.

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The tree image from the shower invitation was used to create Signature Drink charms (aka: wine charms).

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Bottled water provided some relief from the 90-plus degree weather.
Custom labels announced the couple's wedding date.
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Burlap chair back covers, printed with the guest of honor's soon-to-be new initial,
helped to soften the look of the institutional folding chairs.

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Heat forced the buffet table inside.
The menu consisted of three types of sandwiches,
green salad, fruit salad, deviled eggs,
white wine, and water.
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A burlap garland hung at the far end of the patio, where the opening of the gifts took place.
As the bride-to-be unwrapped her treasures, chocolate or carrot cake cupcakes were offered to the onlookers.


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A Final Look
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