Before Spring officially begins, and with snow still falling in parts of the country, it’s the perfect time to share the prettiest, and brightest winter garden bridal shower I helped plan and style for the lovely Vanessa. She is getting married at the end of April, and I was so excited to have been a part of her bridal shower too.
Winter parties can often be too rustic, holiday-y or woodsy, but that isn’t the case for this shower. Set for the end of January, the odds of winter weather are too unpredictable but on this Saturday, the sun came out and shined itself on a gorgeous afternoon where so many women gathered to spread their love onto the blushing bride. With delicate roses, fragrant eucalyptus, lots of white candy, there was nothing “wintery” about this garden theme, okay maybe the show-stopping hot cocoa bar was the perfect winter touch. Let’s scroll through all the pretty details from this day….
To touch on the romanticism of cozy winter months, and give a glimpse to the romantic vintage affair that awaits guests in April, there were plenty of antique silver mercury glass touches throughout. Of the two centerpieces, one included a lush blend of silver dollar eucalyptus, quicksand roses, ranunculus, baby’s breath and delicate Queen’s Anne lace.
Each table also featured fun crossword puzzles for guests to entertain themselves while mingling with Mimosas before the bride’s arrival. To complete the winter theme, onto the table we added each lady’s favor; the prettiest miniature bottle of champagne tied with the loveliest green ribbon and custom label to match the invitation suite. A beautiful “Cheers to Love” indeed!
The other centerpieces; antique lanterns surrounded by the same lush and fragrant greens and flowers. Of course, there was plenty of candlelight to make this winter garden a true romantic afternoon.
These days no bridal shower is complete without a sweet candy table, and this one was no exception. Each bridesmaid kindly brought in an assortment of candies and delicious desserts to create a picturesque and mouth-watering table.
Guests were kindly asked to bring in their favorite recipes for the couple to try out in their new kitchen once married. One very special, sentimental and heartwarming detail was a recipe of the bride’s late aunt’s recipe for Pao de Lo, a traditional Portuguese cake. Vanessa holds her late aunt near and dear to heart, and the second see saw the framed recipe displayed amongst her gifts, you could tell she was filled with so much emotion. It’s these small, yet very personal, touches that can truly make any celebration that much more special and unique. This is one little detail Vanessa will always remember, and will now be able to display in her home for years to come.
But of all the details, the one that was the most loved and talked about, the Hot Cocoa Bar! Take away treats are always a lovely touch for a party and wedding, and Vanessa and her guests just loved cozying up to hot cocoa they were able to customize with fun toppings before heading home.
This is where the season of winter truly shined. A pretty plaid blanket, woodsy pine cones and tree stumps, and rustic lanterns, pulled this pretty winter station together. After seeing this setup, don’t you agree that every winter party needs a hot cocoa bar?? I think so!!
With hints of pretty roses, these custom greenery invitations completely exude the lovely simplicity of a winter garden.
If Vanessa’s bridal shower is any indication of all the romantic details we’ve got up our sleeves, then get ready for all the beautiful details we have planned for their April wedding. I can’t wait to help these two lovebirds celebrate their special day!