A Vintage Tea Party Bridal Shower

Hello world… yes I still exist. I apologize for neglecting the blog world the last few weeks. Between wedding planning, bridal shower planning, VBS (vacation bible school), and Mermade Market, I have been beyond busy. I spent this last week recouping from the craziness, spending some much needed time with my little guys, and cleaning my disaster of a mess I call my home. But I AM BACK. I have some exciting projects ahead and am excited to share them all with you.

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image1My sister and her fiancé decided to up their wedding date a little like…  1 whole year. So that meant showers, parties, and all the other fun events that come along with a wedding were pushed up as well. We planned this shower in 1 week and I was beyond surprised at how absolutely perfect it turned out. As much as I love a good party, I am even more fond of parties on a bargain. We planned this party quickly which meant I had to keep it cost effective.

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We knew someone with a beautiful backyard, with lots of greenery and vintage decor. It was a perfect setting for a tea party, and that is where the planning began. She also collected old mismatched tea cups which we used as cups for the event. We found our old tea cups to plant the succulents at local thrift stores. All of them were under $3! We used them as our game gifts and favors as well.

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The succulents I bought at a local nursery that sells everything wholesale. Most cities have these. Look up wholesale nursery and you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll save on your succulents and other plants for your yards.

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All of the furniture we found at local thrift stores. We knew she was going to reuse them for the wedding so it was worth all the heavy lifting! We found all of this furniture for under $200 for everything. Search your thrift stores people. You’d be so surprised at how often I find old furniture for super cheap.

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This backdrop was one of my favorite projects of the event. We used 2 pieces of Plywood, 4 door hinges, wall paper from Amazon, and tissue paper for the flowers. The total cost of this DIY booth was $100.00. That may seem like a lot, but it was reused at the wedding as well… and it was worth every stinking penny. Don’t you think?

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Another personalized touch was our hanging lamp shades. I took some old, and some new lamp shades I had laying around and stripped them to their bones. Then I slip knot tied pieces of fabric. I loved how they swung in the wind. They were whimsical and just perfect.

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Overall, it was a vintage dream. The bride to be was glowing, the guests went all out with their big hats and tea party attire, the scones, desserts, and tea sandwiches were to die for and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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And check out these adorable invites and advice cards I bought on Etsy from ….. agh.. LOVE.

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~Happy Party Planning

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