A ‘Love is in Bloom’ Bridal Shower
Spring is a time for new beginnings, new life, new possibilities. My dearest childhood friend is getting married this spring, so it seemed fitting that we accentuate her blossoming relationship with a “Love is in Bloom” bridal shower. We took the pink and orange wedding color palate and threw together a girly bash to celebrate the bride-to-be.
Fresh flowers are a must for any party, and luckily, I live incredibly close to the gigantic LA Flower Mart, whose selection of blooms is out of this world. My first trip there, I was so amazed by the never-ending flowers that I wandered for an hour before I picked anything out! Still, I have always been simply mad about ranunculus. Their bright hues are colorful and celebratory, their delicate petals emulate the fragility of romantic love.
The bride is a Champagne girl through and through, (as am I, for that matter), so we served our friend Ashley’s soon-to-be-famous “Drunk on Love” Champagne punch, with crisp sparkling wine and a touch of citrus, chilled by a handmade flower ice ring. Nothing gets a group of girls giggling faster than a flute filled with bubbles.
I find that finger foods are the most manageable when entertaining for showers and cocktail parties. Smaller food is more manageable and encourages socializing, as it keeps guests moving throughout the room to refill their little plates with more delectable bites. Our guests noshed on fresh crudités, mixed berry skewers, and caprese skewers, (both expertly fashioned by our friend, Dara,) brie en croûte, and a couple of unbeatably delicious hors d’oeuvres from Trader Joes. (The are the secret weapons for most every house party I host. They’re simple to cook and serve, pack a big punch of flavor and are easy on the pursestrings.)
Every celebration needs a sweet ending! (Plus, I love, love, love to bake.) For the sweet bride’s sweet tooth, I baked Strawberry Milkshake and Orange-Vanilla Cream cupcakes, served in the most adorable pink and orange die-cut flower wrappers by Meri Meri.
A party just isn’t a party without great music. Our girlfriend, Alyssa, crafted an eclectic mix of tunes to play throughout the afternoon, her playlist included songs by Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra, The Ronnettes, Madonna, She and Him, and Fleetwood Mac. Romantic, cheeky, wistful and heartfelt. The tunes were the perfect backdrop for a afternoon celebration of blooming love. And if you’re so inspired, please enjoy a song or two, (or all), from the playlist below. xo
Bloom: “A flourishing, healthy condition; the time or period of greatest beauty and artistry.” This month we’re celebrating all things spring and ‘April-showering’ you with beauty and joy.