My brother is getting married and it's time to celebrate. He is marrying his girlfriend of 10 years and we couldn't be more excited to make Danielle officially part of our family. The couple met in Savannah Georgia where my brother was going to college and Danielle lived. So it was only natural to throw her a Georgia peach bridal shower up here in New England. I always say the best parties are all about the details. Details make a party memorable, a good theme helps a little too.
So lets get into the details. Each table was set with a purple table cloth (which we always borrow almost every party from a friend who owns a bunch of them!) a burlap runner (which was cut from burlap from the fabric store) with a beautiful arrangement of flowers, complemented by a basket of peaches. Painting mason jars is easy learn how to paint mason jars here and pick up a few tricks before you get started.
It is always nice to have a welcome sign letting everyone know that they are in the right place. I chalkboard painted this tray and picked up some chalk markers. Such a simple project like this can be reusable for any event you can even just repaint the border to coordinate with your next party.
The bridal shower was a brunch and what brunch is complete without Mimosas! Recently one of the bridesmaids had been to an event that had a mimosa bar. What a great idea. We chopped up fresh fruit, including peaches, and there was champagne, orange juice and cranberry juice. It was great for even those who don't drink I saw a lot of cranberry orange juices with fruit floating in them. The Mimosa bar was a huge hit.
A lot of fruit was chopped that day including fruit for yogurt parfaits. A few hours before the guests arrived we lined trays with these fancy glasses and filled them with vanilla yogurt. Once guests arrived we topped each cup with a handful of granola and some fresh peaches or blueberries. These were very simple to execute and looked stunning on the table.
Let there be fruit! Instead of having a bowl of fruit dip on the table with a fruit bowl we made individual cups. Lining the bottom of the cup with a store bought fruit dip (you can also make your own) and filling the cup with to dip. This makes the buffet line a bit quicker and cuts down on the mess.
From the pictures it may look like we just had fruit but let's face it fruit in the summer just photographs so well. The menu also included ham, home fries, french toast bake, assorted pastries, quiche, cucumber sandwiches and croissant sandwiches.
Have I ever mentioned how talented of a baker my sister is? Well she is! She should have her own baking blog heck maybe even her own bakery. She whipped up the most delicious desserts.
These cupcakes were peach cobbler cake with cinnamon buttercream. I wish I could send you all one so you could understand how delicious these were.
Jenny is known for her sugar cookies (have you seen her baby announcement cookies here). She truly out did herself this time. She mixed the frosting to make a peach colored icing to match the theme. Are you wondering how she wrote on the cookies?! I was wondering that too! She bought brand new stamps at the craft store and gel professional food coloring and stamped each cookie.
Let's just say when the shower was over there was not a cookie or cupcake to be found!
Danielle and Jeff love pie. In fact they are not even having a wedding cake they are having a wedding pie. Knowing this I ordered a peach pie from a local farmstand, Johnson's Roadside Farm Market, where they make their pies fresh every morning from the fruit they grow right there on the farm.
Every bride needs to feel special during a shower so a special sometimes over the top seat is required. We grabbed a chair and a roll of tulle and went to town adding bows and peach accents to pull it all together.
We also played shower games including the game what's in your purse. As prizes we made Manicure or Pedicures in Mason Jars. Find out how we made them here.
The shower turned out wonderful but I do have to say one of my favorite things was Danielle's step mom Cheryl sent from Savannah Byrds peach cookies in a vintage postcard tin. This was beyond perfect. For Jeff and Danielle's save the dates they actually collected vintage post cards from the area they were getting married and turned them into save the dates.
The shower turned out beautiful and it was a perfect day (slightly hot) but perfect! Shout out to all the bridesmaids that helped throw the shower I can't wait to tell you all about the wedding! Let's hope I have some time to sneak some pictures there.