Anatomy of a Bridal Shower

Over the weekend, my mother and I hosted a bridal shower for a dear childhood friend of mine. My mom is quite close to her mother, so the whole thing worked out nicely. It was held at my mom’s beautiful house, and I couldn’t help but document the exquisitely appointed affair. Above are the “lovebirds” that set the tone for the green and white table arrangement.

The centerpiece was intended to look like a cake made of flowers. This was done with white roses, white carnations and thickets. Since it was a rather small affair, white china and monogrammed linen napkins seemed appropriate.

We served chicken pot pie, asparagus and a delicious pear, pomegranate and gorgonzola, arugula salad.

To get inspiration for the party, my mom went to the local plant store and found these amazing thickets. They became a sort of theme, as she spread them out throughout the various surfaces in the house.

We sat around the living room and ate lunch on our laps before presents were opened. It was an especially warm setting to be in, and made things much more casual as opposed to the formality the comes from sitting at a dining room table.

The following are various scenes from the living room and dining room.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Always have part of the meal catered. That way you won’t kill yourself in the kitchen and can enjoy the event. We ordered the potpies and cake ahead of time, and made the rest of the meal.
  • Have a bounty of food. Let’s face it: no one is really going to eat that much.  After all, this is a ladies lunch! But it makes all the difference in the world if it is clear that there is more than enough food. The table looks fuller and it doesn’t stress guests out. You’ll have leftovers regardless.
  • Carnations, especially white ones, are cool again. Don’t be afraid to use them! Grouped together they make quite a statement and they cost nothing.
  • Don’t decorate every corner of your house. This isn’t Christmas. Concentrate on the table where you are serving food. Then spread one element throughout the house. In our case, we used thickets and white carnations.
  • No matter how chic the event is, a touch of whimsy is always called for, as evidenced by the two lovebirds!

Thanks to my mom for letting me share photographs of this event and of her space on The Charlotte!

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About Cate

Cate is a former decorating editor of a shelter magazine based in Manhattan, who has recently moved from the Big Apple to Charlottesville with husband and baby. An interior design enthusiast, she enjoys all things aesthetic.
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4 Responses to Anatomy of a Bridal Shower

  1. Beautiful vignettes! I love the last picture. Your mother’s home is lovely!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Any suggestions on where to get glass vessels like the one on the mantle in the 5th photograph? I love the look of it.

    • Cate says:

      HomeGoods! There isn’t one in CVille area I don’t think. But you might have luck at Tuesday Morning. But the ones in the picture are honestly from Homegoods.

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