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How to Plan a Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower Hosting Tips

No matter whether you’re thrilled to be hosting the bride-to-be’s celebration or a reluctant hostess just doing her friendly duties, we promise that a bridal shower can be both easy to plan and fun to go to. All it takes to plan the perfect bridal shower is just 5 simple steps:

Set a Time and Place

Once you have nailed down a day that all the VIPs can be there for, any time of day is great for a shower. Really think of the vibe you are looking to create. Hip and later in the evening for drinks? An afternoon of intimate time in the garden with some close girl friends? A traditional brunch? There is no right or wrong answer here, just take into account the guest list and the bride’s preferences before selecting the venue and time.

Pick a Bridal Shower Theme

Related to the previous step, the theme is often dependent on the venue and time. For example, if you decide to have a morning shower, a bridal brunch is always a safe bet. For those spring and summer weddings when the flowers are in bloom, we love the idea of an afternoon shower with an “Afternoon Tea Garden Party” theme. Antique tea cups make a beautiful gift for the bride, as well as easy table decor. To keep the budget low and the decor fresh and springy, put single flower stems in skinny vases or tea kettles.

Menu Planning

No need to slave away in the kitchen for a bridal shower when you all want to spend time together celebrating the bride-to-be. Small bites and some light drinks are best for this gathering. Always keep in mind that not everyone will want to drink, so you will want to have non-alcoholic drinks as well as fun cocktails. For this type of event, it works great to offer a single signature cocktail. Just name it something cute, top with a fruity garnish, and voila!

For spring bachelorette parties, we adore this Strawberry-Grapefruit Mimosa from A Beautiful Mess. For additional menu and party ideas, check out our Bridal Shower Pinterest board here.

Bridal Shower Activity Ideas

Try to get the group involved and feeling like they are a part of the shower. An easy ice-breaker is to play, “How do you know the bride?” Ahead of time, ask each guest to share how they met the bride and their favorite memory from their relationship. This could be a guessing game or just a show-and-tell. As an extra fun piece, you can ask guests to bring along (or email ahead of time) a photo of themselves with the bride and use clothespins to pin them to a string of lights or some twine. This creates a cute memento your bride can keep! You can also have guests come up with date night ideas for the bride and groom and write it on a popsicle stick. Put these into a mason jar labeled ‘date night’ and their first year of marriage will be full of exciting dates!

Send Invites

Once you’ve got everything set, it’s time to send out those invitations! Email invitations are perfect for a bridal shower and those other wedding-related events because it makes managing everything so much easier. Choose your style, customize the design and details, and then start collecting RSVPs, messages, and survey questions right in your account. And with these gorgeous designs, going digital is definitely a win-win. You can browse a bunch of fresh bridal shower invitation designs here

Bridal shower email invitations from Greenvelope.com

Summer Parties: Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

Today’s post is brought to us by Brynn Renee of Dandy & Fine Parties

Outdoor Entertaining Essentials | Statement glassware and simple florals

Summer is coming, summer is coming! Hooray! Summer is so symbolic, isn’t it? There is such a nostalgia around it that spurs from childhood… Longer days, bicycle rides, pool parties, more sleepovers with your friends. One of my fondest childhood summer memories is of a party we threw for my friends in my backyard when I was in high school. My mom and I went all out! She sewed pillowcases for floor pillows and created a lounge on our upper deck area that was filled with lots of Moroccan style lanterns and tons of candles. It was my favorite area of the whole party! And may I remind you that this was WAY before boho chic was even a thing! Through the preparation and setup of the party, she taught me a lot about the importance of details and just how to create ambiance.

In that very spirit, let’s talk about a handful of essentials you’ll need for all of your outdoor entertaining this summer! read more…

6 Steps to an Elegant Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Invitations

Invitations set the tone for every event, so be sure to select a design that speaks to your theme and personality. Peonies are one of the most sought after blooms of Spring, offering a heavenly mild scent perfect for tablescapes and entertaining. I was inspired to create a tablescape based on this Greenvelope design.

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Cinco De Mayo, Tequila, & Frida Kahlo

Today’s post is brought to us from event & party expert, Brynn Renee of Dandy & Fine Parties.

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A little birdie recently reminded me that Cinco de Mayo was quickly approaching. I sure do appreciate a delicious Mexican meal accompanied by tequila-based beverages! And when you grow up in Southern California, celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a given. So here I am, now a PNW gal, continuing the celebration!

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Introducing 2016 Colin Cowie Entertaining Invitations for Greenvelope

Colin Cowie entertaining invitations for Greenvelope.com

Bring your spring & summer entertaining and events to the next level with the latest Colin Cowie collection for Greenvelope.com. Featuring the freshest upcoming trends, including everything from minimalist minerals to lavish gold detailing, the newest designs from Colin Cowie make it easy to turn your seasonal soirees into the talk of the town.

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Graduation Announcements and Graduation Party Invitation Ideas

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With finals looming in the not-so-far future (and already swooping down upon some), that triumphant moment of putting on your cap and gown will be here before you know it. Whether you’re a high school grad planning a last hurrah with your closest friends, or graduating from med school and just want to share the big news in style, we’ve got a plethora of graduation invitation and graduation announcement design options to customize and make your own. Scroll down to see the top design styles trending right now, or visit our design explorer to browse.

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St. Patrick’s Day DIY: Clover Brooch

Today’s DIY is brought to us by the talented Brandy Brown of Marabou Design

Looking to add a little St. Patrick’s Day flair to your wardrobe without committing to dying your hair green? This quick 5-minute DIY project will show your friends & family how festive and crafty you are! These clover brooches make perfect accessories, gift toppers & St. Patrick’s Day decor.   

St. Patrick's Day Styled Clover Brooch - Greenvelope and Marabou Design

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New Feature Updates: February 2016

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Advanced Send and Track Page Filtering

Within a particular event, hosts now have the ability to utilize advanced filtering on the ‘Send’ page. This is especially helpful for sending event-specific messages to a selection of guests that meet a detailed criteria (tags, RSVP status, etc.)

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Simply Stunning Zion National Park Wedding: Kate and Ryan

“Our wedding was about being with our absolute favorite people in a beautiful place.” The simplicity and earnestness of that single quote really sums up the loveliness that was Kate and Ryan’s Zion National Park wedding. A celebration of love with only the couple’s closest family and friends, with a simple mantra: love, fun, family and friends, and Zion. All captured flawlessly by the talented Tyler Rye Photography. Keep scrolling for all the stunning scenery, thoughtful details, and love-filled photos!

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Designer Feature: Claudia Owen

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Claudia Owen, known for her signature style of rich colors, patterns, and geometric design, has been an incredible addition to the Greenvelope.com designer community for years. Today we are excited to get a closer look at her inspirations, advice, and artwork.

Could you share with us the favorite design of yours currently on Greenvelope.com and what the creation process was like?

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