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Your friend is engaged and you’re throwing her bridal shower! Of course, as her sister-from-another-mister/bestie, you need to make sure it’s as beautiful and fun as she is. Before you stress, take a deep breath. It’s easier than it seems. All you need is someone’s backyard, a bunch of flowers, and lots of bubbly. You’ll throw a shower that will have all the guests talking and thinking about making you their future bridesmaid!

Give your guests something (pretty) to see

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With a backyard shower, you can focus decorations on two places: the dining table and the dessert buffet. Load these up with roses, china you borrowed from your mom, and some tea lights. Add in a few Etsy pieces like these pink and gold tassels or a huge balloon and you’ve set the scene for bridal shower bliss.

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Give your guests something (cute) to read

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Printed menus and name cards help communicate the theme while also giving the place settings an I-so-thought-this-through feel. Elevate your paperie game by mix and matching different prints and styles. For example, this menu has a floral print while the name card is ombre.

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Give your guests something (delicious) to eat

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Opt for a cake and champagne menu (after all, those are really the only two things anyone needs) to keep things easy but sophisticated. Show off your Cake Boss skills with a super easy and insanely adorable naked cake. Simply bake three round strawberry box cakes, whip up or purchase some cream cheese frosting, and get stacking! Then buy some pink bubbly and freeze some pomegranate seeds or raspberries to add to each glass. You’ll have the loveliest toast ever.

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Give your guests something (fun) to do

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In addition to eating and watching the bride open her presents, have an activity for your guests. It will get them mingling, talking, and having a blast. Set up something fun, like a build-your-own-bouquet station. Purchase a bevy of long-stemmed flowers, ribbon or twine, and butcher paper. Your guests will feel like they’ve been transported to a French flower market! Plus, the activity can serve as their party favor. Win win.

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Finally, treat yourself to something (chocolate) afterwards!

You did a great job and the shower was perfection…now just enjoy watching your friend as she starts this new chapter of life. Marvel at your friendship and vow to always be there for her. Soon (if she hasn’t already), she’ll be returning the favor for you.

Photography, Styling, & Concept Design Ally Burnette//Styling & Floral Design Event Science//Stationery and Paper Goods PaperPlum//Tassel Garland and Balloon GenWoo