July 31, 2014
When my Mom, Laura and I sat down and started talking about the decor for the wedding shower, the first thing I did was search “shower decorations” on Etsy. Because that’s what you do when you need something cute, relatively afordable, and you don’t want to make it all yourself, amiright? When I saw this adorable burlap and lace bunting with a wedding date on it, I figured that was as good of a starting point as any! Laura and Mom agreed that we should ask for the letters to be gray and the hearts to be yellow- it seemed neutral and good for a couple’s shower rather than a bridal shower.
After I hit PURCHASE to get the bunting, we played off the colors and materials from it (yellow, gray, white, burlap, lace) to get the rest of our decorations. We stopped at Party City for paper plates/napkins/plastic ware, and good ‘ol Michael’s for burlap, lace, cupcake toppers and other crafting needs, and then on the day of we got fresh flowers from a local grocery store. The day before the event is when most of the crafting went down.
First on the To Do list: CUPCAKE TOPPERS.
We thought these little scallop toothpick flags were cute, so we bought some heart stickers to slap on them and call it a day. Easy, right? Nope. They weren’t stickers. Even though they actually say STICKERS on the package. So I had to glue each of them on, all 36 of them. But mindless work is fine by me- I just put my brain on autopilot, hum the same few notes of an annoying tune (right, Laura?) and get ‘er done.
So many heart flags!
Then once Laura finished baking and icing the cupcakes we stuck our little flag babies in there and they were ready to display! Totes adorbs.
Next on the list: DECOR FOR THE VASES.
This task was a little more complicated than I thought it would be. The burlap had to be wrapped around the vase twice for the texture to really make an impact, so the double stick tape was needed A LOT. Also, our original plan was to tie a bow around the whole thing with the lace, but those little rolls were a little deceptive with how much we actually got. In the end I think I preferred the look without the bow, so it worked out.
We ended up halving this one since the vase was smaller than the others- the whole length of the burlap was overwhelming it a bit. It’s much cuter with the peek-a-boo of the top and bottom of the vase. D’awwww.
Next up: BRIDE AND GROOM CUPS
I just grabbed two cups from the ones we bought at Party City, some tulle and silver ribbon my mom had laying around in her craft box of goodies, and went to work. Laura happens to be a master caligrapher, so she wrote “bride” and “groom” on some stickers we found at Michael’s and helped me figure out how to manipulate the silver ribbon into a bow tie. Then I fashioned a little veil on the back of the bride’s cup and taped one of the (non)heart-stickers to it.
They are meant to be! So in love.
So there you have it- wedding shower decor inspired by a find on Etsy. They were my favorite kind of DIY projects: lazy and affordable! Now all I have to do is hope that my sister doesn’t remember any of this so we can use the exact same decorations for her shower next year… relax, Laura, I’m only kidding!