Do I have a treat for you! Today I’m sharing the gorgeousness that was my bridal shower. My all-time, favorite vacation I ever took with my fiancé was to wine country in California. We spent a week traipsing from winery to winery, sipping on lovely wines and enjoying every minute of it! When it came time to start planning my bridal shower, it only seemed fitting that we pay homage to that incredible trip with a Wine Themed Bridal Shower.
Being the bride, I’m not supposed to plan my own party. That’s where Lead Planner Melanie came in. She took my idea of a wine party and gave me the most spectacular shower ever. I’ve always loved glitter, animals (we are getting married at the zoo after all) and all things girly, so Melanie took inspiration from those to create a beautiful Pink and Gold Glitter Bridal Shower.
It truly was the perfect shower and something I will remember for the rest of my life. But I’ll let Melanie take it from here.
I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to pry the detail-oriented Stefany away from worrying about the details of her own shower, but once the restaurant and the menu were in place, I managed to keep most of the other details a mystery until she walked in the door.
The very first thing I did was have a glitter party to create sparkly zoo animals that gave us a super-glamourous nod to Stefany’s zoo wedding at every table. Then glitter was incorporated into everything I could think of: the plain glass favor jars were painted with a wide stripe of glue, coated with glitter, and filled with pina colada salt water taffy; martini glasses and vases were similarly adorned for the dessert display; and everywhere else I could think of–right down to the homemade desserts themselves–I threw in a little shine and a lot of sparkle.
The moment the guests walked through the door of Café Chardonnay, they were greeted with glasses of prosecco and passed appetizers. As they entered, each guest was asked to create a nametag with an anagram of how they knew the bride. It served as a great icebreaker game for people who didn’t know each other: everyone tried to guess what the anagram stood for.
Entering the main dining area, the dessert display and tablescape was designed to be a sparkly and charming welcome to the party. From the personalized wine cork monogram atop the glass-doored cabinet and antique books wrapped in glittered ribbon, to a tiny pink ukulele and custom label cards for each treat designed to match the invitation, menus, and take-home treat boxes, everywhere you looked, there was another tiny detail to discover. White serving dishes and linens provided a clean backdrop for the coral, pink, and white sparkly treats. The cake cutter was a gift from Stefany’s aunt who couldn’t make the trip and it meant a great deal to her to have it on display. The “Life is Salty, but Love is Sweet” painting was custom-made for the dessert table, too, to match the “Love is Sweet” flags on the glass favor jars. Alongside the painting were two massive pina colada cakes, to serve as the actual dessert course, at the bride’s request. The whole display was draped with a hand-sewn garland made of hearts and squares punched from glittery scrapbook paper.
The breathtaking and elaborate centerpieces were all about the glitter, too. Matching pink, white, and gold floral runners tied all the tables together, but each tablescape was slightly different to keep the eye moving throughout the room. Each table had its own unique arrangement of various glittered zoo animals, booklets filled with the couple’s engagement photos, wine glasses inverted and topped with flickering votive candles, wine bottles filled with glittery branches, and tiny vases and jars filled with massive pink and white blooms gave a softness to the look. Enormous pink balloons floated overhead, giving lofty contrast to the arrangement of miniature items on the table.
The pair of gift tables at the rear of the restaurant were decorated simply, one side with a printed canvas that was a gift from the groom-to-be, and the other side with a large glass-doored lantern, echoing the cabinet on the dessert display, filled with candles, and draped with the same garland.
Stefany and I worked with Cafe Chardonnay’s sommelier in advance to create a lunch menu of small bites and amazing wine pairings. At the shower, he surprised us by bringing in a special guest: an expert wine distributor who had first-hand knowledge of our wines’ vineyards, the winemaking process for each particular wine, and she even had background information and interesting stories about the wine makers themselves. We were able to take away so much information about how food and wine work together, all while having a great time and an incredible meal!
Because so much of the afternoon was scheduled to be sitting down and learning about wine, I didn’t plan for traditional shower games or time for opening gifts. Instead, a tiny MadLibs-style scroll designed for dolling out marriage advice was placed on each guest’s bread plate and tied with a golf pencil, to serve as a guest book for the shower. The responses ranged from heartwarming to hilarious. Stefany’s sister gathered a wide selection of the bride’s adorable childhood photographs for a “Guess the Bride’s Age” game, and even Stefany was stumped on a few!
All in all, I think this shower was unique in its ability to bring together an air of youthfulness, joy, and sparkly fun together with a luxurious and mature wine-themed event. It was a party that refused to take itself too seriously (as illustrated by Stefany’s amazing hat and glasses, provided by her mom), and the end result was a super-unique juxtaposition that suited Stefany and her guests to a T.
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Event Planning and Styling: The Majestic Vision
Venue: Cafe Chardonnay in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Photographer: Robert Madrid Photography
Floral: Orange Blossoms Florals
Bride’s Dress: Lily Pulitzer
Bride’s Hair: Liliana Uribe
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