When I was asked to design a bridal shower theme for Hershey that incorporated some of their awesome colored-foil KISSES in a creative way, I took a look at all the pretty shades of blue and had an instant *aha! moment*.
This felt like the perfect chance to revisit the classic Something Blue bridal shower theme and put a brand new (and very MODERN!) spin on it. 🎉
Read on for all the fun creative details, including:
giant “engagement rings” made from paper gems + embroidery hoops
When it comes to tablescapes, I’m a firm believer in statement-making centerpieces with clever details! Surprise guests with unexpected elements like these giant DIY rings (pictured above) made from painted embroidery hoops + printable paper gems.
Hot glue the finished rings to wooden craft dowels (painted silver) and display them in a container filled with floral foam & flowers. For a bold accent, spray paint a few succulents blue and silver and tuck them into the flowers. Last but not least, a printable “Something Blue” banner helps to highlight the theme + adds a nice finishing touch.
2. Geometric Place Settings & Linens
Give table place settings some (inexpensive!) geometric flair with octagon shaped plastic plates and printable plate liners. A special “Bride to Be” design will ensure that the guest of honor’s setting stands out. Use craft paint and patterned tape to give plain plastic utensils a party-ready makeover.
Table linens are a great place to introduce patterns. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box if you can’t find the exact type of linen that you need right off the bat. This striped “tablecloth” is actually a (brand new) queen-sized duvet from Ikea, and the triangle print napkins are squares of inexpensive fabric that I purchased and cut down to size!
If you shop at affordable places, you’ll often find that it’s even less expensive to purchase these outside-the-box “linens” than it would be to rent traditional ones!
3. Stylish Signature Drink
Signature drinks should complement the party’s color palette, but remember that all of the colors don’t need to be portrayed through the drink itself. Blue party straws and blue marbled balloons are the secret ingredients for this perfectly-coordinating party lemonade!
To “balloon dip” your own glasses, just cut the tail off of a 12” balloon, turn your glass upside down, and stretch the balloon around the bottom of the glass. (See more details in this online tutorial.)
4. High-Impact Accent Decor
Garlands & oversize balloons are some of my favorite types of party decor because they’re quick to create, affordable, and high-impact for your space. Use printable papers and leftover fabrics from your Something Blue table to cut or punch out simple shapes. Hot glue the shapes to string or twine and make your own circle garlands, triangle banners, and more!
Give oversize balloons (24” to 36”) a stylish twist with chic tassels made of lightweight ribbons and trims.
5. Color-Blocked Bud Vases
Mini bud vases are a great way to stretch your color palette even further down the table. Gather some craft paints and paintbrushes, then just have fun with it!
I used a pencil eraser to create polka dots on some of these vases and freehand painted the rest. You can hot glue ribbons and trims on as accents too. (These vases were all around $2 each and were purchased at Ikea and Michaels.)
6. Bridal Bingo
Make gift opening time a fun activity for the entire party by playing Bridal Bingo! Pass out printable bingo cards, pens, and sets of 5 Hershey’s Kiss “game markers” to each person before any presents are opened.
Ask guests to fill in the blank squares on the card with different gifts that they think the bride will open today. Each time the bride opens a gift that matches a square on the guest’s card, they can place a game marker on top of that square. The first guest with 5 squares blocked off in any direction wins a prize!
7. “Something Sweet” Party Favors
It’s always a good idea to thank your guests with a little something SWEET on their way out. 💛 And what could be sweeter for a bridal shower than chocolate KISSES, right?! 😉
To create these pretty party favors, I filled 3” clear tins with a pretty mix of Dark Blue, Light Blue, Silver, and Black Hershey’s Kisses + classic Silver Nuggets. I used double-stick tape to attach a paper gem to the lid and a “Something Sweet” banner to the front of each container. Tiny adhesive rhinestones gave some extra sparkle!