Summer's Smooch-Themed Bridal Shower to "Kiss Her Single Life Goodbye"
At this party, everyone puckered up to celebrate the bride-to-be.
When it came time for Summer Watkins to marry her beau, Bryan Ball, the gal behind wedding blog Grey Likes Weddings was fortunate to have four matrons of honor—including a professional stationery designer—to plan her bridal shower a few weeks before she walked down the aisle. The location? Lake Park Clubhouse, an event facility in Huntington Beach, California, not far from the couple's home. The crowd? Four dozen of Summer's closest female friends and family. And the theme? A play on kissing single life goodbye.
With the inspiration for the shower being "Summer kissing her single life goodbye," stationer (and bridesmaid) Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae & Co. created a square-shaped invite with cheeky illustrations and a bit of a Warhol pop. Flat-printed on cotton paper, the stationery set the tone (and color palette) for the soirée. A card listed the stores at which the soon-to-be-newlyweds were registered, noting that the "lovely bride is working on completing a home fit for a Mrs."
A Sweet Welcome
Guests were greeted with bubbly cocktails made with OneHope sparkling wine.
The specialty drinks were dressed up with striped paper straws topped with paper cutouts of hot pink lips made by Bake Me a Party.
Wet Your Whistle
Various flavors of sparkling lemonade were also on hand. Signage read "wet your whistle," another play on the kiss and lip theme.
Find Your Seat
An oversize poster outlined seating arrangements for attendees in a casual way, asking guests to "find your seats, sweets." The group of 45 included two friends who flew in from Texas to surprise the bride.
The Room Setup
The long tables were bedecked in linens boasting Summer's favorite graphic pattern—stripes. The black-and-white print really set the scene.
Pops of Color
Small centerpieces of large, blooming coral charm peonies, ranunculus, and jasmine vine dotted each table.
Petite black easels held table-number cards designed in the event's color palette of coral, mint, black, and white.
A Dazzling Detail
Summer transformed a pair of vintage earrings into a bit of hair sparkle to pair with her JS Collections dress.
"I love bow details on shoes," Summer says. "When I saw this ABS by Allen Schwartz pair, I just knew I'd wear them at my wedding or shower."
Summer's sisters and brother-in-law worked hard to create some of the guest of honor's favorite food, including truffle popcorn, arugula salad, Parmesan crisps, and Neapolitan flatbread.
Caprese bites were also on offer.
A Sweet Favor
Chocolates in the shape of lips were packaged in cello bags and finished off with a label that read, "Pucker Up, Buttercup!" and placed at each seat.
A striped paper with lips and kiss words served as a backdrop for the instant-camera photo booth.
Summer and her mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law pose for a snapshot.
A Book of Love
After taking the photos, the ladies used washi tape to affix them into a photo album, to which Summer later added wedding snapshots.
Advice for the Couple
The second part of the photo booth station held Mad Libs-style advice cards for attendees to fill out. "The answers were really cute," Summer says. One of the questions—how to keep the romance alive—prompted responses ranging from a G- to R-rating.
Happy to Share
Guests laughed over some outtakes from the photo booth.
"My mom gave a fabulous toast," Summer says. "There were some embarrassing stories, but they were hysterical and she had the room in stitches."
The Matrons of Honor
Summer's three sisters, who shared matron-of-honor duties, not only made all of the food for the festivity, but also gave a toast. The trio also planned and hosted a lingerie shower for Summer the week prior to the big day.
Dressed to Impress
There wasn't a dress code, but somehow the bridal party—including the two flower girls—all showed up in the day's palette.
Setting the Scene
A vintage settee covered in blush pink linen served as Summer's seat for opening the gifts, which were placed on a bar cart next to it.
An apothecary jar housed foil-wrapped chocolate lips, and a lips-shaped red velvet pillow from Send a Smooch was on hand as a photo booth prop.
Cake pops in the shape of smackers were served as part of dessert—along with mini key lime cheesecakes, dark-chocolate lavender tarts, and sorbet served in Champagne coupes.
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