Four years ago we were planning my son’s summer wedding. It was a fairly large wedding with just under 200 guests and we had over a year to plan it, but we were quite busy the whole year.
My two daughters were bridesmaids as were the bride’s two cousins, her maid of honor was her high school best friend. We all assumed that the maid of honor would do her duty and plan both the bridal shower and a bachelorette party. The bridesmaids offered their help about 7 months before the wedding; the MOH said she’d get back to them.
We were all shocked when one month before the wedding the MOH told the bridesmaids that the bride didn’t want the shower nor party, and she, the MOH, didn’t have time to plan them.
A week later as we were putting welcome bags and favors together a discussion about a shower and bachelorette party ensued; the bride was waiting for her MOH to throw both. We didn’t have a choice but to break the bad news to the bride, thankfully she didn’t quite have a melt down! Instead she called a meeting with her bridal party for the next day, I was invited along. It was an awkward meeting, but the MOH agreed she could make time to plan the parties, that is until she sent a text to the bride later that evening quitting! She stated she was just too busy to take on MOH duties and didn’t like the bridesmaids.
This unnecessary drama was upsetting, but the bridesmaids stepped up to the plate. The MOH was replaced by the bride’s cousin and another cousin was appointed bridesmaid, thankfully the gown fit the new bridesmaid and the old MOH returned it!
Once the dust settled we realized we had 2 weeks to plan and execute a bridal shower and a bachelorette party; and we didn’t even have a guest list! Undaunted the girls set to work with the help of their mothers. Together with various friends and relatives we were able to throw both events without anymore hitches! Thank goodness for Party City!
Thankfully when my daughter got married the following year her bridal party planned her bridal shower and bachelorette party well in advance. The Las Vegas themed bridal shower was held at our house in honor of the Las Vegas wedding. The bachelorette was in Las Vegas and didn’t require a whole lot of planning other than transportation. The bridal party was very much on the ball and got everything done. Their drama didn’t start until the day before the wedding! But that’s a different story!
I hope no one else has to go thru the wedding drama we did, but if you do rest assured you can still plan and throw a great party at the last minute. Whether the bridal shower you’re planning is last minute or not here are some ideas to help you get started.
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A Paris/Chanel Bridal Shower is perfect for the bride who is a fashionista, is off to Paris on her honeymoon, or both.
You can get inexpensive Paris themed decor, like the Eiffel Tower, at Ross, TJ Maxx, discount stores and on Amazon.
You can change up the colors, but keep the black, it’s tres chic!
Serve dainty finger food, French macaroons, and don’t forget the champagne!
An Italian Themed Shower for a bride who loves to cook, is going to Italy for her honeymoon, or both!
Set up food stations: Pasta Bar, Italian Soda Bar, Bruschetta Station, Wine Bar, and even a Gelato Bar.
You can decorate with herbs planted in tomato sauce cans, and jars of assorted pastas, they can double as party favors and game prizes!
We did an Italian themed “Despidida del Soterra” (good-bye to singleness) when my daughter got married. We served different types of pastas and sauces and lots of breadsticks and garlic bread.
Beach themed parties are always fun. It’s the perfect bridal shower theme, specially if the honeymoon’s at some romantic tropical island like Hawaii or Bora Bora.
Decor can be dreamy and bright, calling to mind tropical breezes and gentle ocean waves.
Use shells, wind chimes, and sandcastles to create a romantic background.
Serve fresh salads and seafood. For dessert offer tropical fruit mousses or sorbets.
Nothing screams romance more than a vintage garden tea party. If you’re bride is a romantic it’s the perfect bridal shower theme for her.
Have it outdoors if weather permits. Instead of tables and chairs lay out a pretty cloth to sit on and make it a picnic.
You’ll have ready made decor with the surrounding trees and flowers, enhance them with pretty lanterns you can hang from low tree branches. Wildflowers in vintage bases add romance.
Serve tea sandwiches, scones, and other tea party fare on vintage china and teas in silver or pretty china teapots.
Don’t forget to line serving platters with paper doilies for added cuteness!
A Las Vegas theme is popular for bachelorette parties, but it works for a bridal shower as well.
The girls had one for my daughter, her wedding was in Las Vegas. Decorating was easy and inexpensive; lots of playing cards, dice, and crap table/blackjack printed felt used as tablecloths.
Serve fun foods such as sliders, chips, dips, and mini tacos.
Pamper the bride and her guests with a spa bridal shower. It’s a great way to unwind and visit with her friends before the big day.
You can set up DIY stations for facials and mani-pedis. Your supplies can serve as decor and favors.
Serve fresh salads and infused water and play soothing background music. With treatment like this everyone will be ready for the wedding on time!
Learn how to make your own bath salts click here! They make great favors, pack them up in small jelly jars, too cute!
For the bride who loves to cook and bake or the bride who needs to learn how, a kitchen/cooking shower is a great idea.
You can plan on a cooking/baking demonstration as part of the event. Have each guests bring their favorite recipe written on a recipe card to share with the bride.
Decorate with kitchen utensils and gadgets, they can double as favors or the bride can take them home for her own kitchen.
You can serve the bride’s favorite foods or just about anything you like.
For the elegant bride plan a Breakfast at Tiffany’s shower. It’ll be extra special if she happens to be an Audrey Hepburn fan too!
Your colors are set, Tiffany blue and white of course! Decorate with strands of faux pearl necklaces, over sized “diamond” rings, and other bling.
You can set up a breakfast or brunch buffet, don’t forget the Mimosa or Bloody Mary Bar!
For the bride going on a honeymoon cruise send her off in style with a nautical themed bridal shower.
Decorate with fishing nets, lighthouses, anchors, oars, and other seafaring gadgets.
Serve fresh seafood and salads, and set up a Bloody Mary Bar.
Throw a Floating Umbrella Garden Party, it is a shower after all! I just love this idea of using umbrellas for decor, it looks so fun! I think it’s a great idea for a spring bridal shower.
You can make it a tea party and serve finger foods and tea cakes. Use bright colors to make it fun.
Should your baby shower have a theme? Here we’ll help you find the perfect theme to kick off your new life with your baby as you explore dozens of creative baby shower theme ideas.
Picking a baby shower theme should reflect the personality and interests of the parents, but narrowing down all of the options can be a hassle. Depending on if your shower is a neighborhood potluck, a gender reveal or a simple Sunday brunch, we’ve gathered hundreds of baby shower theme ideas that will delight any parent-to-be.
This gender neutral baby shower theme features vintage toys, sweet baby’s breath flowers, and white decorations.
Elephants make great baby shower themes for girls that your guests will never forget!
Your favorite iconic children’s toy is great inspiration for a baby boy shower theme, like the classic sock monkey.
Skulls and cactii from the desert are the ultimate decor for a modern chic themed baby shower right now.
An amazing boy baby shower always includes adorable decorations, sweet printable details, a delicious assortment of desserts (cake, cookies, and candy) and charming details. This yellow vintage baby shower features the cutest duck printables, old children’s books, gingham checks and vintage glassware. You will be smiling over all of the bright, cheerful details.
A new baby definitely calls for tossing some confetti in celebration! This confetti baby shower is a unique theme and fun way to honor an expectant mother. Recreate the look by incorporating plenty of confetti inspired dots throughout the decorations and treats. You can DIY paper circle garlands by punching circles of varying sizes in party colors and sewing them into strings for hanging. Wrap boxes in polka dot paper to display a variety of delicious treats like cookies, cupcakes and cake pops.
Summer is almost here! And in our family that means outdoor entertaining! It’s always a good idea to take advantage of good weather and dine alfresco every chance you get!
I know that outdoor entertaining means backyard barbecues complete with grilled meats, corn on the cob, and other mouth watering goodies we can make outside. Don’t forget the S’mores! But really outdoor entertaining isn’t limited to cooking stuff on your grill, there are so many ways you can enjoy dining on your patio or backyard. It could be an intimate breakfast for two, a rambunctious kids’ birthday party, or a more serene adult dinner party for friends and family.
To get your creative juices flowing I’ve got 7 ideas you can build on to take your summer time entertaining outdoors! By the way outdoor entertaining doesn’t mean you have to invite the whole neighborhood; you can enjoy a nice quite meal outdoors with just your immediate household!
How about an intimate breakfast for 2?
They’ve always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day; how better to start your day than with breakfast outdoors with your spouse or partner?
You don’t have to go all out. A nice cup of coffee and a croissant will do; or if you’re feeling inclined a plate of bacon and egg and some warm biscuits will hit the spot. Whatever the menu all you’ll really need is a simple table and chairs on the patio or in the backyard. (And maybe keep the kids indoors so you can have some quiet time!)
If you’re not a morning person then make it lunch or dinner for two. Remember the idea is to relax and enjoy some couples time!
Vintage Garden Tea Party
Tea is my favorite method of entertaining and a Vintage Garden Party is a great to entertain outdoors. I love tea parties, they’re simple and easy to prepare, they make you and your guests feel pampered, and they are so pretty!
Have everyone dress up in pretty summer frocks to make it an extra special event. You don’t have to limit tea parties to adult parties, children, particularly little girls will adore a princess tea party for her birthday! Our you can have a Teddy Bear Tea Party for boys and girls; each child is invited to bring along their favorite plush animal for the garden party. Kids love it!
Kids’ Birthday Party
In my opinion kids’ parties should always be held outdoors, weather permitting of course.
There are so many options and themes for outdoor birthday parties. The kids love it because they have room to run around and parents love it because it keeps the mess out of the house and makes clean up easier.
If your patio or yard isn’t big enough to let the kids run around then take your party to your neighborhood park! Just be sure to clean up and place your trash in the trash containers.
Boho Adult Dinner Party
Adult Outdoor parties don’t always have to include grilled meats or barbecued anything for that matter!
A Boho themed or any themed outdoor party works for any occasion and it’s great if you don’t have enough outdoor tables and chairs. Just stock up on large floor pillows or even picnic blankets. Use low tables or a piece of plywood resting on cement tiles for your “dining table”. Just be sure you cover it with a pretty tablecloth!
As for food serve anything your heart desires!
Baby or Bridal Showers
Who says indoor sofas and shelves can’t go outside? Bring the indoors out and host your bridal or baby shower in the backyard.
It’s amazing what a bit of “redecorating” can do!
This works great if you have a small indoor living area and have lots of friends and family to invite!
I just love outdoor weddings! They can be as low key or as fancy as the bride wants.
Lots of brides have learned to think outside of the box and hired some wonderful wedding venues. You can check out vineyards, parks, beaches, and even zoos!
Depending on the venue outdoor weddings might take a bit more planning so it’s important to have a great wedding planner on your team!
I can’t talk about outdoor entertaining without including the outdoor barbecue. Take advantage of summer and take dinner (or lunch) outside.
You’ll definitely have lots of opportunities to host an outdoor barbecue between Memorial and Labor Days you’ve got Father’s Day, the Fourth of July, possibly a birthday or two. Not to mention you don’t need a special occasion to barbecue, you can have one for the family just because!
Now one of my favorite things at an outdoor barbecue is the corn on the cob! A barbecue isn’t complete without it. I’m sure you’ve heard of Elotes, Mexican Street Corn, it’s super yummy! Well it has mayo on it and my son will not touch anything with mayo. So I had to find a way to make something similar to Elotes without the mayo and I came up with my Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob. Here’s my recipe!
Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob
(For the corn – I used frozen mini cobs or niblets and boiled on the stove – you can use frozen or fresh and boil it, bake it, or grill it. This recipe is to boil frozen corn.)
16 Niblets – Frozen
1 Pot water
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup butter softened
1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper Powder
1 Tsp. Cumin
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Honey
Queso Fresco – crumbled
Cilantro – chopped
1 Lime – cut into wedges
Make the topping by mixing butter, honey, and powdered seasonings together. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.
Boil corn in water/milk mixture for about 20 minutes or until done. Drain corn and transfer to a baking pan.
Place spoonfuls of butter topping on each cob. Butter topping will melt. Roll cobs in melted butter until all sides are covered.
Sprinkle with queso fresco and cilantro.
Serve with lime wedges for each person to squeeze over cob if they want to.
You can keep this warm in the oven until ready to serve.
You can store any extra butter topping in the fridge and use for other things. I like to use it to saute chicken or even veggies. Pretty much anything you want to add a bit of spice to!
April showers bring May flowers, and it also ushers in the spring/summer party season! Yup the cold days are mostly behind us and the forecast says sunny days ahead, or so we all hope. So what’s better than throwing some April Showers Parties this month?
April Showers Parties can be birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, engagement parties, weddings, or just because it’s spring parties. So get out your umbrellas, rain boots, and flowers and host a colorful April Shower Party or even. Here are some ideas to get you started!
April Showers Parties just wouldn’t be complete without umbrellas. Use them in your decor. I just love the floating inverted umbrellas filled with tissue flowers by Sweet & Petite Party Designs don’t you? (Top photo) And the clear bubble umbrella, same concept, different style of umbrella, I found on Pinterest.
And what about these adorable little paper umbrella? Use them as cake/ cupcake toppers, and float them on drinks. Who doesn’t love a tropical concoction, with or without alcohol, topped with a colorful umbrella?
I just love kids’ rain boots they come in all sorts of colors and designs. Stock up on some to use as centerpieces and flower vases. If you don’t have kids who will use them send them home with guest who do!
You can use adult sized rain boots as vases too. They look great by the door or in an odd corner or two. Or on rainy days place them by the door and use as umbrella stands.
Watering cans make great flower pots or for a bit of whimsy make them float in the air! Dangle them from tree branches or light fixtures with clear fishing wire. They’ll look amazing!
You can also use them to hold flatware at your buffet table!
Small terracotta pots make great party favors. Place flowers, (real or silk) or pinwheels in the pots and tuck in a seed packet or two. Guest can take them home as favors!
Of course you can use them to hold flatware at the buffet table as well, and they make awesome centerpieces when you fill them with colorful spring blooms!
Clouds and Raindrops
Make a colorful raindrop backdrop using white balloons for clouds. You can cut out cloud shapes from poster board and use that too!
Cut out raindrop shapes from cardstock or construction paper then string them up on clear fishing wire, they look so pretty. Remember the raindrops can be any color you want!
These are just a few of my favorite ideas for April Showers Parties. Do you have a cool idea? Please share we’d love to hear from you!
Unicorns, rainbows, and princesses these three seem to go hand in hand. What little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess riding her magical unicorn down a rainbow? Any or all three would make an ideal theme for your little princess’s next birthday party.
Of course you can use any or all ideas for your next party, but to keep it simple, sort of, I’ll stick with just one theme today, a Unicorn Party. A unicorn theme party works great for children and adult birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, an just about any type of event you want. And don’t think it’s limited to girls only, just change the color scheme and nix the girly glitter and it’ll work for a boy’s or co-ed parties!
Here are some super cute ideas for a unicorn party! Hope they inspire you!
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Every party begins with an invitation. So set the stage by choosing a coordinated invitation like this pretty one by Jessie K. Designs.
In fact she’s sharing this printable unicorn invitation for free!
Click here to download!
One of my favorite party planning activities is decorating. Coordinating decorations make any theme party more memorable. In this case all things unicorn of course! So go ahead let your imagination run wild!
Banners, balloons, streamers, lanterns, centerpieces, photo booths, backdrops, and even dessert tables (think cake, cake toppers, plates, cups, table cloths, and napkins) can all be party of the decor! In my opinion you can never have enough decorations!
I love these unicorn lanterns! It’s amazing how these paper lanterns can be transformed into shy unicorns with a bit of paper, tulle, and flowers! Go ahead, mix and match colors and sizes!
How about this dessert table? Love how tulle makes an awesome table skirt and a simple white board or canvas becomes a chic backdrop!
Don’t you love these adorable centerpieces?
All it takes is some tissue paper, balloons, glitter and plain paper, and cupcake toppers. Secure them to a base and you’ve got a centerpiece! Use them at guest tables, buffet and dessert tables, and anywhere else.
Hey they double as party favors!
Make a frame and let guests take their own photos! They’ll love it!
Cut out a frame shape from a poster or foam board. Glue on paper horn, ears, and flowers, and voila a unicorn frame!
If you’re crafty with wood you can make a wooden frame and decorate with colored paper flowers etc. Just remember to keep it light weight, the kids gotta be able to lift them!
Food, specially treats, definitely is a must. I’m sure there’ll be cake, there are many awesome unicorn cakes out there!
But how about these unicorn cupcakes by My Heavenly Recipes? They can be in addition to or instead of a unicorn cake. Click here for the recipe!
You can serve Unicorn Dip, chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, rainbow rice crispy treats, macaroons, and more. The secret is make it colorful! Better yet coordinate your treat colors to you theme colors!
Keep guests entertained with a craft or some games.
I love this Unicorn Slime by momdot.com.
Click here for directions!
Or pin the horn on the Unicorn! Get this free printable from Jessie K Designs.
Make these unicorn masks! Get the free template from rufflesandrainboots.com!
Unicorn rides would be a hit! Sign me up! But where do I get the unicorn?
Check your local stables to see if they rent pony rides, many do! Now ask if you can dress the pony in a unicorn costume, they might just agree.
Or if you’re lucky there will be companies who do rides for events in your area. I’ll bet they already offer unicorn rides.
Your next best option would be to rent or buy a unicorn themed bounce house.
If you made masks or slime they can double as party favors. Or you can package cookies, cotton candy, lollipops, and other favors to send home with guests
But I just love theses cute and cuddly plush unicorns guests can adopt!
Whatever you decide you can send favors home in unicorn bags!
I used plain white gift bags to make these his and her unicorn bags
Just cut horn, ears, eyes, shades, and other pieces out of cardstock and glitter paper and glue them on.
Image source: Pinterest
Cake is one of the most important thing when you are having a party or during a holyday. This is why you need to pick the right cake to light up the party. There are a lot of things you should take into consideration from selecting the cake to receiving it at your front door or picking it up from the store. Also, take into consideration the design, the ingredients, and of course, your budget.
In this article we are going to review Kroger in order to find out more about their products and the designs. If you want to learn more about how to order a cake from Kroger and about their prices, you can visit them in person or search for the fees online. Kroger cakes prices are going to help you decide if this store is the best one to order the cake your want.
A Cake for Every Occasion
Kroger offer cakes for every occasion. At this bakery you can find cakes for birthdays, a baby shower, graduation, and even a wedding. For every occasion they have different licensed cakes. They have a vast selection of models and designs to choose from.
When it comes to birthday cakes, this is the area where Kroger excels. They have a lot of models for kids and for adults. Also, they have licensed designs for boys and girls. Some of their designs include Star Wars, Paw Patrol, Frozen, and Spiderman. All of these are very interesting and your kid is going to love the bright colors and his or her favorite character on the cake.
They also have simple designs which are great for a birthday cake. You can select a simple white or chocolate cake with a few sugary flowers as decoration. These are suited for anybody and they can even be a great birthday gift. One of the best thing about these cakes is the price. They price range between $24 and $47.
Baby Shower cakes
As we mentioned, Kroger has different cakes for every occasion. What better occasion to have a cake then a baby shower. They have licensed special designs for this event. Some of their most known designs include Baby Special Delivery Stork and Baby Block. The price of these are almost the same as the ones for birthday cakes.
If you want to have the perfect wedding but you are on a tight budget, you should pick out a cake from Kroger. They have 2 options: a 2-tier or a 3-tier cake. The designs are going to amaze you. These cakes look exactly like the ones you find at a renowned bakery and they also taste amazing. Also, this way you save some bucks on your wedding cake.
One of the best things about Kroger cakes is that you can actually build your own cake just the way you like it. It is a great thing for people who want something special or simply when they don’t find the exact design they were searching for. Also, the best thing is that you can select everything from the cake type to the frosting and the decorations.
This option is great for those who want to celebrate a different event than a wedding or a birthday. With build-a-cake option, they are allowed to make the cake just the way they want. You can customize the cake by selecting the type of cake (sheet or round) and then choosing the icing, flavors, and the decorations. Get creative when purchasing a personalized cake.
Getting the Cake
After you selected and ordered the cake the only thing you can do is wait until the cake is ready. One thing you should consider is to pick up the cake a day before the part or at least a few hours before to make sure that the cake is ok. Kroger cake also offers a delivery option but not all Kroger stores have this option.
Unfortunately, cakes need to be picked up from most Kroger stores. It is important to order the cake about 72 hours before the party to make sure that the bakers have time to make it. Also, if the party is during a holiday you will need to plan ahead.
All in all, Kroger cakes have a great quality-price report. Since the price of the cakes are a lot smaller than the ones you will find at a renowned bakery, you should also expect the cakes to have a good design not an amazing one. Kroger makes it simple for you to order the perfect cake from their licensed designs or to build your own model. Just choose the one you like and enjoy it.