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Coffee & Donut Bar Bridal Shower (47 photos)
Bridal shower season is upon us, and, with the launch of our new bridal shower website in mid-April, we wanted to create a shoot that stood out. A Victorian-inspired tea party is one of the most common themes for showers. We wanted to do something that inspired readers to think differently, but still felt somewhat comfortable and familiar. Enter: coffee and donuts. Compared to earl grey and tea cakes, coffee and donuts feel almost utilitarian, but that’s why we loved it.
We absolutely loved the challenge of creating a coffee and donut bar that was both feminine and rustic. The penthouse loft at Patrick O’Shea’s was ideal for this with its exposed brick walls and crystal chandeliers. It was a challenge to make the shoot feel appropriate for spring, and not too heavy or dark. So, we created a palette of bubblegum pink, fuchsia, emerald green, and coffee, with bold black and white graphic details to bring it all together.
We had a lot of fun playing with the paradoxes of our concept as we were styling. We stacked black lacquer trays and dainty white cake pedestals topped with punchy pink donuts on barn wood crates. We laid kraft paper favor bags with vintage-inspired lettering on a bed of moss.
It was extremely important for us to style a shoot that the reader could easily recreate without being an expert in DIY. That’s why we decided to do our own florals. Our super simple designs containing only roses and dusty miller were arranged in recycled emerald green Perrier bottles. They’re absolutely affordable, easy, and pop against any backdrop. The coffee and donut bar was another very conscious choice because everyone loves coffee and donuts, and no speciality foods or vendors are required.
Ultimately, we really want readers to look at our shoot and think, “Yes, I can do this!" There are a lot of arbitrary conventions surrounding bridal showers, and they’re not always terribly fun or personalized to the bride or guests. Bridal shower activities are sometimes dull and forced, simply because they’ve always been dull and forced. The wonderful thing about a speciality bar is that it becomes an activity in personalization. Guests are engaged as they explore their options, and they feel excited about the possibilities. The act of mixing their own drinks at the coffee bar becomes a natural ice breaker that’s so much more comfortable for guests than anything structured or planned. It's also hard to mess up!