Thursday, February 9, 2017

How to throw a bridal shower on a budget


Being my sister’s Maid of Honor has been the best gift, but as we all know being in a wedding can be very expensive. Between the bridesmaid dress, wedding gifts and bridal events, it can really add up quick. Not going to lie - when I started to think about how I was going to throw my sister a beautiful shower on a budget, I got a little worried. Especially after looking at prices of decorations, food and drinks! Instead, of worrying like I did follow these easy steps to throw an amazing bridal shower on a budget:

Pick the right invitations

I used Vistaprint and got 30 invitations for $14.99. Keep an eye out for promotions and sales because this is the best time to buy. Also, if you really want to save on this part you can use E-vite or Paperless Post, which is completely free and you can design them how you like.

Simple location

A venue can be one of the biggest expenses for an event. Where you choose to host the shower can either save you tons of money or cost you a fortune. Instead of spending my entire budget on a fancy restaurant, I had the party at my sister’s house. I made her hide in her room all morning while I decorated and got everything ready. You can also suggest that they go get their hair, makeup and nails done, which will keep them out of the house for a while!
If your house isn’t big enough (like mine) consider other options like asking the bride or grooms parents or other bridesmaids.

Food

This is one of my biggest worries when planning the party. Should you have it catered? Should you cook? Should you order in?
Skip the caterer and have finger foods. This is the way to go and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. GO TO COSTCO! All the food, except for the shrimp, I purchased for the party came premade from Costco and it was delicious. Also, this is a great way to get the bridesmaids more involved if you don’t want to buy all premade food. Suggest that they each bring some type of dip or finger food, which will take some pressure off of you and make them feel like they are a huge part of the party!

Food we had:
Mini Brownies
Cheesecake Bites
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Pigs in a Blanket
Mini Sandwich Wraps
Shrimp Cocktail


Signature Cocktail

Buy some champagne and orange juice and you’re good to go! I put together a mimosa bar and it was a hit! I added some fruit to the table so everyone could dress up their mimosa, and had different flavors of orange juice. The biggest hit was orange mango!

Games

Pinterest will be your best friend when it comes to the games! I found a ton of free printable games from How Well Do You Know The Bride to Bridal Shower Bingo. These were easy and fun for everyone to play!

Decorations

I used Etsy for all the décor and Party City for most of the food dishes. Once I picked my theme, Mint to Be, I ordered a about $100 dollars’ worth of décor from confetti to balloons to cupcake toppers. There are so many options and colors to choose from.  I also found free mimosa bar printables on Pinterest! Just print, add a picture frame and voila! Click here and here for the two I used. 

The decorations don’t have to be over the top. Keep it simple and it will look beautiful!

Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask the other bridesmaids or parents of the bride and groom for help. Most likely they will be thrilled to help out and be a part of the celebration.


Throwing a bridal shower does not have to be stressful or super expensive. Sometimes more simple events turn out to be more fun because the focus is more on the bride and her friends and family instead of elaborate decor. At the end of the day, guest will have fun being together and the bride will just enjoy being around all her loved ones and friends.
















































Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to Style a Puffer Vest

Happy Wednesday!

Sorry for the blogging hiatus, but I’m back now and super excited to share a new post with y’all every Wednesday so be on the lookout!!!

Okay, so if you know me you know I live in causal outfits, which is most of the time sweatpants and a tee. Literally, the first thing I do when I get home from anywhere is head straight to change into comfy clothes. Anyone else do that?

Well, this outfit is casual, yet chic, and perfect for this warm yet chilly weather we have here in Charlotte. It isn't quite coat weather, so I decided to show a cute and super easy way to style a puffer vest which is a great in between. I paired my vest with black ripped jeans that I bought from Forever 21 for only $9 and I cut the the holes myself which is super easy to do. Underneath, I wore a striped shirt that is now on sale for only $10 - grab it while you can!!! My shoulder bag is from H&M for $5. Mine is sold out but I have linked a similar one below. 

These are by far my favorite booties evaaaa. They are Michael Kors for the not so Michael Kors price. I snagged these for less than $60 during Belk’s shoe sale. The original tag price was $224! Can't beat that! 

Let's talk about my necklace. It's from The Giving Key and I love it! The company has a great story behind the purchase of these necklaces. I ordered mine with the word "dream" engraved on it to always remind me to pursue my dreams no matter what! They are linked below if you want to check them out! 


The story behind A Giving Key is that it bears a word that has been hand-stamped, and the company’s concept is that the wearer internalize the word, and then, when the timing is right and they encounter a person who needs that word in their life more than they do, they pass along the key to a new wearer, and the cycle continues. 

Hope you enjoyed! 

Jeans // Booties // Shirt // Vest // Purse // Ring // Necklace









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