Art Deco Boathouse Bridal Shower
In Collaboration with Harlow & Grey
Styled by Fern & Maple
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A fun idea for favors: We found this darling “Wishes” trinket box to place at each guest’s place setting. The box comes with notecards and a pen — perfect to share the guests’ well wishes for the bride-to-be.
Food & Beverage Table
Serve rose all day! Rose is perfect for a girly luncheon and bridal shower, plus its blush tone matches the color palette! We offered Chloe Rose, as well as small bottles of sparkling wine, decorated with a gold champagne straw and a fun tag that said “Confidence Level: Selfie With No Filter”.
We got creative with the cake stand — we used the top of the Amalfi Jocelyn rose gold cake stand and placed it on top of a metal pizza stand that we spray painted rose gold.
Birdy Grey Bridesmaid Dresses
Prepare perfect party decor + party food.
DIY Serving Tray Row Boat
- Paint the outside of the wooden boat green.
- Paint the inside of the wooden boat pink.
- Paint a number on the outside of the boat with the rose gold paint.
- Paint the oars green and pink.
- Line the bottom of the boat with the art deco patterned paper.
- Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours.
- Right before the party, place the macarons in the boat to use as decoration and a serving dish.
- 1 dozen eggs
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons of white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons of yellow mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Paprika (for garnish)
- Slice the hardboiled eggs in half lengthwise, remove yolks to a medium bowl, and place the whites on a serving platter.
- Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork.
- Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
- Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites.
- Let cool and garnish with paprika.
Pull it all together in just a few easy steps.
4 Weeks Prior
Send out your invitations (snail mail or digital)
Purchase any necessary party decor for the shower
Order any furniture / decor rentals you need for the shower (optional)
3 Weeks Prior
Decide on your food and dessert menu
Order any food or dessert (cakes, cupcakes, cookies) that you will not be making yourself
1 Week Prior
Order flowers for the shower
1 Day Prior
Purchase any food or beverage for the event
Pick up the flowers
Prepare any food or desserts that you have not pre-ordered
Pre-set as much of the tablescape, dessert table, and bar cart as you can
Pick up any food that you are not making yourself
Finalize party decor on the dessert table, tablescape, and bar cart
Set out food about 30 minutes before the guests arrive
Decor: $800 – $1,000
Food: $100 – $200
Beverage: $50 – $100
TOTAL: $950 – $1,300
Fern & Maple shares its top tips for pulling off this event.
Be inspired by a favorite party item — like a gorgeous piece of tableware. I fell in love with the Harlow & Grey’s “Manhattan” party ware collection. It made me think of sitting in the sun and sipping rose at the NYC Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, overlooking couples in row boats.
Incorporate your color scheme subtly throughout your décor for a cohesive touch. I carried the beautiful green, rose gold & blush tones within the tableware into the other areas of my décor.
Desserts are a fabulous way to bring the theme to life. Both the cake and the macarons incorporated either delicate art deco elements, watercolor or the stunning blush and gold of the plates and cups.
Use art deco typography to convey the era you are trying to evoke. From the printables and serving trays to a “MRS” sign for the bride to be, these small touches will evoke the feeling of days gone by.
Use themed serving trays. I’m always on the lookout for cute trays and couldn’t resist these small serving trays in modern art deco shapes.
To create the feeling of the Central House Boathouse in NYC, I looked for ways to covey the feeling of lunching by the lake (picnic basket) and casual lawn seating (chairs).
Keep it fun with a side of cheeky humor – have fun with your mini champagne bottles. Add a label with a little (wink) humor and add an oversized Champagne straw before serving to guests.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey