I’ve always loved bridal showers.
Aside from the fact that I, of course, love weddings, I have a special place in my heart for bridal showers. I just think there is something so fun about pampering a bride-to-be with her best girlfriends, combined with the wisdom of all the older women in her life as well.
Marriage certainly isn’t all about fresh flowers, flowing champagne, and endless gifts, but there is something in starting out with shiny new dishes and lots of hope, isn’t there?
The only problem with bridal showers, however, is that they can get a little, well, boring. The same drinks, the cutesy games, the gifts that us married folk wish we could swipe after six or seven or so years into marriage.
Which is why I fell in love with this bridal shower idea to spice things up a bit.
Jacquelyn of j&j brusie photography, along with her mother, sister, and other bridesmaids, threw a bridal shower for her sister, Julie, set to be married this summer; they kept things fresh and pretty with a DIY manicure stand for guests.
On a table set near the entrance sat a pile of envelopes where guests could jot down their addresses for thank you cards, along with a gold-framed chalkboard with instructions for guests to “Have a Mani on Me” from the bride.
A cupcake stand doubled as a pretty display for bottles of nail polish, from the girliest pink to the sparkliest glitter. My daughters in particular were big fans of the manicure station, and we have enjoyed many a manicure at home since the shower.
The manicure station performed triple-duty as gift favors for the guests to take home, entertainment during the party, and gift unwrapping (let’s face it, that can get a little old after awhile, right?), and bonus: it was a fun decorating scheme to match the nail polish colors to the wedding party colors.
Easy, pretty, and pampering—
What more could you want out of a bridal shower?