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This Summer Berry Themed Bridal Shower by Courtney of Joyful Joyful Designs and Danae of Joyful Weddings & Events is just too sweet! I am in love with the table design with the mismatched vintage plates, seersucker runner & berry basket florals! I wouldn’t mind building my own strawberry shortcake right about now either ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

  • Gorgeous pink and red florals in berry baskets and wooden crates
  • Charming wooden–paper invitations, tent cards, and favor tags
  • “Make Your Own” Strawberry Shortcake Bar
  • “Date Night Berry Basket” activity with free, casual, and fancy date ideas for the bride-to-be!

berry short cake bar

love banner at a bridal shower dessert table

bridal shower invitation

bridal shower strawberry lemonade and sangria

vitnage plates


bridal shower in the backyard

flowers in berry baskets

bridal shower lunch ideas

date night jar


bridal shower favors

berry kabobs


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Courtney

Danae and I of Joyful Weddings & Events planned this shower. It was celebrating Bre, the owner of Joyful Weddings & Events, who was about to be married.

Bre’s middle name is Bari, so we decided to play off of that and have the shower be berry themed. Perfect for spring, we incorporated berry colors: pink, a rosy red and natural touches of greens.

It was held at a private residence overlooking Sunset Cliffs in San Diego and was a beautiful and sweet day. Danae made invitations out of real wood paper, which we also incorporated into the decor on the day of the shower for signage and with a little heart to tie together the silverware. All vintage furniture, flatware, china, chairs and wood farmtables were provided by Forever Vintage Rentals.

Hannah from Modern Bouquet made the gorgeous flower arrangements using a mix of berry baskets, wooden boxes and vintage vases and cups. Danae made the seersucker table runners.

For lunch we served sandwiches from Bre’s favorite sandwich shop, Con Pane, along with an assortment of berry inspired side dishes that we made: berry and spinach salad, berry kebobs and strawberry, basil & goat cheese crostini. We also had a variety of cheeses available (of course we had to include Brie cheese for Bre!). The love banner was made by Joyful Joyful Designs.

Dessert was centered around an adorable cart which served as a make-your-own strawberry shortcake bar. Homemade whipped cream and a variety of berries were available for guests to make their shortcake just the way they liked it. We also served cookies from Con Pane and cheesecake stuffed strawberries.

Guests took home adorable umbrellas from Anthropologie – to prepare for April showers :) Bre is a tad bit competitive and loves minute-to-win-it style games, we so included some fun interactive games for the guests. No toilet paper wedding dresses at this shower!

As guests arrived, we had them take part in gift for the couple: a date night berry basket! We had guests write down date ideas on three different colored cards: one for free dates, one for casual dates and one for nice dates. Bre & Kyle can use this to spice up their date plans :)

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