Recently, a friend picked my brain for ideas for a bridal shower; of course, my mind started racing with thoughts. The bride is very laid back and a native Texan, so we thought this shower would be a fun way to celebrate her. Ultimately, she loved the idea of a casual, country chic theme. Here’s some inspiration for your next celebration!
I pulled together some ideas based on decorations I already had, as well as others that were easy and fun to execute. From DIY invitations to chocolate chip cookie favors, the key to this party (and many), is in the details. So often, it’s easy to get lost in the big picture of the theme, or even bogged down by a lot of small items that you’ve collected along the way. Instead, emphasize the little details that make an impact. The overall goal here is not more, but better.
For me, invitations are one of the most important components of any celebration (for more on selecting the best ones for your event, check out this post.) I’ll admit, I’m totally an invitation snob. But I don’t think it takes a lot of money, or even time, to make something really wonderful.
Whether you order the invitations or create them yourself, be sure to take a step back and decide if the design is visually appealing to you. While several fonts is excellent, the more you add the busier it gets. Don’t distract from the event details and overall look by going overboard.
Like I said, details are key. Adding some washi tape, printed labels with the couple’s initials and wedding date, as well as lining the envelope really take this invitation from bland to a party I would want to attend!
As with invitations, decorations can be simple and still make an impact. I love using paper (or even fabric) bunting. For this theme, I wanted a mix of patterns and solids so it didn’t get too busy. Attaching the pennants with twine adds a nice touch, and bonus – it’s super inexpensive!
A few years ago, I was on a paper flower kick. Looking back at this post earlier this year I guess you could say I still am! I made this wreath by attaching coffee filter flowers to a cardboard wreath frame. You can buy large packs of kraft and white coffee filters for a dollar and create a fun wreath in little to no time.
I’m definitely a fan of edible favors or even no favors! Consider what you would want to take home from an event and decide what works best with your theme and budget. Homemade, classic, chocolate chip cookies seemed perfect for a casual, country shower. Let guests nosh on them at the party, and prepare a few as favors as well.
Simply grab some Glassine Bags at your local craft of specialty baking store, some washi tape (which you may have also used on the invites), and some more kraft-colored labels with the couple’s details. Makes for a simply sweet favor!
Drink tags are always nice at a party, even just ones with different patterns. They add a little bit of festivity and make guests feel even more special without spending a lot of time or money. Grab some skewers and some wash tape and get to work. I know I keep hammering on about “details, details” but as you can see as this theme progresses, everything ties together nicely and you are able to overlap a lot of supplies. The goal is to achieve a seamless look without being too match-matchy.
What shower would be complete without a photo display (for more ideas, go here, here, or here). While I originally wanted a lattice wall of burlap ribbon, the execution was going to be more expensive than I anticipated. Instead, I improvised with some white butcher paper and craft paper I had on hand.
Using washi tape (I know, I think I have a problem! Confession – I had never used it before this.), I was able to personalize the couple’s name and create some fun clothes pins to attach their pictures to the board.
Even a framed bulletin board or other item with rustic charm could work great!
Last but not least, flowers! For me, flowers are almost as important as invitations or food. Oh, I don’t know…it’s all up there. Can they all be my favorite?
What casual country shower would be complete without a galvanized pail or mason jars? Take your pick. Even if you don’t use the mason jars for the flowers, you can use them for the drinks or for serving some of the food, or even for floating candles or votives. Just go on Pinterest – the possibilities are endless!
Would you, or have you, hosted a country chic shower?