The big weekend has come and gone, and now I’m left recovering from an overdose of excitement and a real lack of sleep, but it was so worth it! My fellow bridesmaids and I had been planning our bestie’s bridal shower and bachelorette party for a couple months, and it all went down this past Saturday.
Since half of us now live in different cities, we decided to plan both events on the same day, so we could make one super fun-filled trip before the wedding in March. I will admit it was tough to plan everything without ever really meeting as an entire group or seeing the venue until the night before, but we were saved by group texts and wingin’ it!
It was also hard as a perfectionist and a designer/event specialist by trade to give up some control to the group and not take over every task, but I have to say the mothers of the bride and groom, along with their families, were a huge help, especially when we were all out of town, so I was able to do a bare minimum compared to what I would have originally expected. But let’s move on to the fun stuff…the theme, the invitations and the highlights of the event!
Since it’s January and pretty much freezing in Pittsburgh, we decided to create a hot beverage bar (which I still don’t have any pictures of…😫…I’m hoping to find one from the photographer or one of the guests soon!) and play up the “Love Is Brewing” theme. (Would you expect anything else from this latte lover?!) I swear, though, we actually chose that theme before I even created hellolatte, and the bride loves coffee almost as much as I do, so it worked out great!
We started with an idea and an invitation to match, which I designed as you’ll see below. (All names and personal info have been changed to protect the family’s privacy.) We were loving the chalkboard look, which has been super popular lately, so we used that a lot, as well as sangria and champagne, the brides colors of choice for the actual wedding. Throw in some pops of gold, and we’re good to go!
I also created this cute recipe card to include with the invitations, asking guests to record their favorite recipes and bring them along to create a little collection of family recipes for the bride’s new home. Those who complied were given extra tickets to use for our basket giveaway where we raffled off a variety of themed baskets we had each made. Mine, of course, was the hot beverage basket.
To create my basket, I bought some coffee beans, iced coffee, hot chocolate mix, tea leaves, flavor syrups, stroopwafels, an almond latte mug cake mix and a travel mug from Starbucks’ Dot Collection. Then, I wrapped it all up in a cute fabric container from HomeGoods that the winner could reuse at home. Not gonna lie…it was really hard not to keep all that stuff for myself, but hopefully the winner will enjoy it as much as I know I would have!
As our favor, we gave each guest a cute coffee mug from Target, which they could take home and also use at the coffee bar during the event. (You might recognize these mugs from previous photos seen on the blog like the ones in my No-Bake Coffee Cookie Ball Recipe.) Unfortunately they’re out of stock now, but they were really affordable and the colors went great with our chalkboard vibes.
We also personalized each mug with a little tag that I designed and the maid of honor tied to each one with a sangria-colored ribbon. It just gave it that extra little personalized touch and message of gratitude from the bridal party.
To introduce the bridesmaids to the guests, I created our own spin on “Meet The Maids” by asking each bridesmaid to send me a photo and a few details about their relationship with the bride. I then put together a quick profile for each of us and framed them in gold to set up on a table in the entrance of the venue. It seemed to go over well with the guests since we didn’t know most of the extended family or friends personally.
Finally, we set up a photo booth, so guests could take fun pictures with props and messages for the bride. It’s safe to say we probably took more photos than any of the guests, but either way it made for some sweet memories.
After playing a quick game, enjoying some lunch and opening loads of gifts, it was onto the bachelorette party! We decorated the bride’s new house then hit the town for a night out, and even though I had to drive five hours back to Philly the next morning, it was so worth it to see my princess bride swaying and singing her heart out to some ’90s throwbacks that night.
I sure hope the bride enjoyed her weekend as much as I think she did, and now I can’t wait to head back in a little over a month to make this thing official and have her married already! If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past couple months it’s that you really can create a beautiful, personalized event on a tight budget with a little creativity…and having loads of coffee hanging around definitely helps! Cheers to the beautiful bride!! 🍾😘☕️