Handmade Home: Throw a Vintage-Style Wedding Shower

November 6, 2018

Wedding season is right around the corner. With a couple of straightforward jobs, a bit of imagination and some pretty handmade touches you are able to give a newly engaged friend a one-of-a-kind wedding shower. What better way to celebrate than to invite family and friends into your home to share this special event?

Susan Duane

For guests who attracted cards, I made a place to leave them. Using a vintage suitcase which I found to get a couple bucks at an estate sale, I lined the interior with antique flocked wallpaper (also found in my treasure-hunting travels). I attached the wedding invitation and also made a stamped tag. All of this includes a moss-covered letter which I made using a papier-mâché letter, sheet moss and spray glue. Creating this accessory price.

There are lots of ways to customize this idea. Consider having a significant wire or organic jar and filling it with a cushion of pretty fabric.

Susan Duane

I used a classic tea set to get a combination of wax flowers, button mums, hydrangeas along with gerber daisies. The table setting at a bridal shower is a superb spot.

My local florist produced a big bunch of fresh flowers tailored to your own needs. If you’re not sure what sorts of flowers will be best, consider doing the same. When you get home, cut the flowers to fit your containers and include a couple straightforward candles for ambiance.

An old decoration or a collection of vintage blue glass jars may work as well for controlling flowers.

Susan Duane

I retained all the flowers in precisely the same color families of whites and soft greens. I wanted it to seem as though you went out to the backyard and picked them — nothing too formal.

Keeping the overall color scheme easy lends itself to a more formal sense, but all the little homey, rustic touches makes it casual and inviting. A couple of newspaper poms hung over the tables would be an economical and fun way to increase the décor.

Susan Duane

A rustic burlap runner I created grounds that the center of the table. White plates show off the food attractively. (If you do not have white dishes, you can rent them) You might also use a mix of vintage dishes and flatware for a more diverse category.

I layered the napkin using a vintage crocheted doily along with the menu, then held in a pocket created from vintage sheet music, subsequently tied everything together with a gorgeous satin ribbon.

Susan Duane

For favors, I used mirrors in a vintage sheet music pocket created out of a great pressing tool from American Button Machines. I put them in bags stamped with the couple’s initial, tied them with twine and added a hand-stamped tag using a letter stamp from Stampin Up.

Other sweet favor ideas: homemade jam packed with hand-stamped tags; a CD with the bride’s favorite tunes.

Susan Duane

To mark the bride’s chair, I made a tiny bunting. I hand-stitched a B on a rustic burlap heart, sewed into a scrap of painter’s drop cloth and then tied the entire piece around the chair with a few tulle.

Make the shower private by asking the bride what her style is, and perhaps even incorporate items from the bride’s and groom’s mothers and grandmothers to make the shower more private.

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