Monday, August 16, 2010

Real party: a picnic bridal shower

I cohosted a bridal shower picnic yesterday for my friend Amy and had some pretty crazy weather. The temperature was perfect, 77 and sunny. But it was windy as hell! I'm talking about mason jars flying off tables, vases breaking, napkins and plates swirling around in the air. Uh, what a mess and definitely not ideal for a picnic. make the best out of the situation so we had to forego some of the decor and still had a great time.

When I thought of a picnic-themed shower I envisioned a lot of fresh flowers, floral fabric tablecloths, freshly squeezed lemonade and light picnic fare.

The above flowers were from the St. Paul Farmers' Market. I separated two huge bunches and put them in mason jars.
We had cute favor boxes and wrote "Love is Sweet" on each one with two chocolate chip sandwich cookies inside. 
We placed the favor boxes on top of a cake stand.  They were blowing all over the place and the tops kept flying off!
Amy loves cheese so we had a couple cheese platters with her favorites including camembert and gorgonzola. 

Co-host Melanie handmade fabic napkins and tied some leftover fabric to mason jars which held the silverware.
Freshly squeezed lemonade made my Amy's grandmother.  It was delicious.

Gorgeous and delicious cupcakes from Sweets Bakeshop in St. Paul.  We had Lavender, Very Vanilla, Nutroll, Black and White and many other flavors. 

The gorgeous bride to be with her hair swirling in the crazy wind!


  1. What a pretty shower! I would love to take home one of those favors!


  2. It was windy yesterday, but better than the 90 degrees and humidity we've endured for so long recently. It looks like you worked your magic again, Jenna! Very pretty!

  3. Those flowers are beautiful. I love the cozy effect of bright, fresh flowers in simple mason jars.

  4. I love, love, love, the use of the mason jars for holders for silverware and flowers! Great picnic!

  5. What a beautiful picnic bridal shower you guys threw...the decor looks great and the food looks yummy!!


  6. Gorgeous! the food and decor look amazing!

  7. Oh how I wish I would have found this before the bridal shower I threw this weekend!

    So gorgeous and I love your favors, thanks for sharing!

  8. You have been very busy this summer! Fabulous shower of course! Great job, again!

  9. omg, such a cute shower!!! Amy you are certainly loved :) I can't wait to show off your wedding to all your family and friends!!!

  10. Pretty flowers! I am sure you really enjoyed your bridal shower. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I enjoyed dropping by. Keep posting.


  11. The flowers look amazing in mason jars and the cup cakes look delicious.
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