Recently, I aided in the planning and execution of a bridal shower/engagement party for my friend’s wedding. A lot can be learned from the planning of a party – both with interpersonal relationships and team building. When seven people are deciding on decor, food, where to place napkins and so on, things can get a little hectic. Through the planning meetings and hours of group texting, we pulled off a beautiful event and our friend was overjoyed – all worth it.
It’s all about the details when it comes to planning any time of party. It was helpful when buying the decorations and other embellishments to have a theme. Having a theme, however, does not mean your party goes from chic to cheesy. We picked a “summer elegance” theme. The party was in June in New Orleans, we knew it was going to be hot, but we still wanted the guests to dress up for the occasion. Summer elegance allowed us to have a romantic, airy ambiance while remembering it was going to be scorching – we also used outdoor fans to keep a breeze going.
Besides a few of the decorations, most of our food and other adornments were sourced locally. Acme Oyster House and Austin’s Restaurant supplied all of the delicious food – with the exception of the sushi and sushi boat, which came from Ninja Sushi on Oak Street in New Orleans. Federico’s Family Florist provided all of the flowers and rose pedals, as well as the flower topper for the cake. Our cake and other goodies were made specifically for the party by Alyssa Blanchard. Paper Lantern Store provided beautiful paper umbrellas to decorate the entryway into the party.
- The bridesmaids decided to all dress in the same color – yellow. Not only was this a fun way for the maids to bond and appropriate for the season, but it set us apart from the other guests and was also the brides favorite color.
- Budget is a key thing to remember when planning any event for a wedding. Every little detail adds up and can become pricey. Make sure to plan your budget beforehand and stick with it. No one wants to be collecting cash at the end of the party.
- As a group, we decided to ask the groomsmen to help with the party financially. Since we combined both an engagement party and a couple’s shower into one, it was really a party for all of us to throw and not just the responsibility of the bridesmaids. This aspect – if agreed by all parties involved – can help with the budget and allow for some wiggle room to buy more flowers, decorations, food, or anything else that might come up.
Have you thrown any engagement parties or couples showers recently? Send them to us! Email your photos and details to Kelly@myneworleans.com!