Light, lovely, and low-key – how I would describe the perfect summertime celebration. No frills, no fuss, just friends and family enjoying good food, drink, and merriment. So that’s just how my mom, sister-in-law and I decided to plan my sister Liz’s bridal shower this past weekend. After all, we wanted to put the emphasis on the bride-to-be and not extravagant party prep.
We held the shower at my parents’ house, just enough room for 14 ladies. We kept the decorations simple — a pitcher of fresh flowers on the buffet table inside…
…and a photo of the happy couple on the drink table outside. (I think my soon-to-be brother in-law has a striking resemblance to actor Chris Noth, eh?)
Every good party should have a signature drink, so we picked white sangria, chock full of fruity summery goodness. Lemonade and water were also provided.
For a fancy touch, we used our best wine glasses, festive cloth napkins, and sterling silver.
When guests arrived, they went straight to the drink table outside and snacked on these refreshing hummus and veggie rolls my mom made.
For the luncheon, we made individual turkey sandwiches on ciabatta.
Guests were able to choose from a selection of cheeses and spreads, including homemade olive tapenade, pesto, and a tarragon mayonnaise.
Sides included fruit skewers, pasta salad…
…and a black and white bean salad with fresh mango and red pepper.
Lots of chatting ensued during lunch, and these old chums enjoyed the opportunity to catch up.
After lunch we opened presents. My mom gets the award for most creative wrapping — a hand-painted bag featuring a photo of my sister around the age of two. We all had a good laugh about this adorable picture.
Inside, she packed this fabulous antique glass bowl which belonged to our grandmother.
My sister-in-law Robin’s cupcake tower was a sweet end to a delightful meal.
Last, but not least, each guest left with a gift to remember the special day — a collection of soaps, lotion, and a loofah (thanks to Truly Life Eco-Friendly Gifts). They were a huge hit. My mom painted the gift tags.
All in all, it was a delightful afternoon. With homemade food and simple decor, we celebrated my beautiful sister, wishing her all the happiness in the world on the eve of her wedding.