a shower fit for a sister!

My little sister Tali's bridal shower was this past weekend, and the day was as lovely as she is! I'm so excited to share some of these details from the day. Looking around the room, I felt so deeply grateful that my sister has such strong friendships in her life. I know that this is because she's been such a true friend to them, so it came as no surprise when so many of them asked how they could help!

The Plans | We went with her wedding colors: coral, peach & navy, with rustic/garden elements. I didn't want to get too "stuck" on a particular theme, as her style is more eclectic. Being out of town, we (the bridal party) planned the shower remotely. Thanks to a shared Google Doc and Pinterest board, we were able to pull it all together without ever meeting in person.

The Decorations | The week before the shower, I painted Ball Mason jars with milk paint and distressed them with sandpaper (12 jars for under $20). For the floral arrangements, we ordered a few large bunches of seeded eucalyptus and silver dollar eucalyptus (3 bunches @ $15/bunch filled all 12 jars perfectly). I happened to have some (very real-looking) silk anemone and peonies, which we added to the bunches of fresh greenery. For an easy and inexpensive table runner, we used a roll of kraft paper and added white polka-dots with a chalk pen! To bring a bit more charm and personality to the space, we brought in crates and other little vintage boxes to use on the tables and crate elevations. TIP: Playing with height and elevation on a food or beverage table is a great way to make your table display more dynamic! Lastly, a few days before the shower I decided to make a tassel garland out of tissue paper. This fun DIY project became the centerpiece of the sweet table, with a lot of impact. If you're handy, this is a great low-cost decoration with a high end look! 

The Food & Drinks | Guests sipped on white sangria; the perfect beverage for a steamy hot summer day! Caprese skewers, samosas, cured meats and some of our favorite cheeses covered the food table, and were perfect for nibbling on over the course of the afternoon. We finished off with fruit kabobs, cheesecake bites, and cupcakes!

The Favors | My go-to party favors are foaming hand soaps by Bath & Body Works. I get them for Every. Shower. I. Plan. They're not only pretty, but they're something that everyone can use. I dressed these up with a little tulle bow, but really they're so pretty just on their own.

The Games | The bride-to-be wanted the day to be personal, casual and fun... so we didn't want games to be a huge part of the day. Most of the shower was spent mingling and eating the yummy food! But still, what's a shower without some prizes and swag for guests to enjoy? We had guests guess the number of candies in jars (always a classic), and had them fill out Wishes for the Couple cards for Tali and Jake. Then during gift-opening, we played Bridal Bingo, followed by Scratch-off Cards to hand out the remaining prizes.

Invitations: Paperless Post
Easel-style Chalk Sign: Kirkland's
Shower games: Inklings Paperie
Balloons: Kidz Party Shoppe
Mylar "love" balloon: Steph Shives Studio
Ball Mason Jars: Amazon
Tassel Garland: Inklings Paperie