When it comes to theme parties, we are on board. We might even be a little over board :) In addition to being on board with theme parties, we are also on board with flowers. Like really on board. So when Tablespoon asked us to create a floral-themed bridal or baby shower, we were blooming with ideas. Not only do we have some decorating ideas for your next party, but we’ve also got some delightful drink recipes to share. And, you guessed it, there are flowers in the recipes!
Before we get to the party deets, a little more about Tablespoon: Tablespoon is a beautifully curated site packed to the max with creative recipes, entertaining ideas and more. They believe that food should be a fun part of your life. So they created a site with just that: food that’s fun. Through their community of creative foodies, Tablespoon helps to inspire joy in the kitchen.
In the words of Wayne and Garth, “Party time! Excellent!”
When it comes to a party with your gal pals, whether it’s a bridal or a baby shower, we are big fans of giving our guests crowns, specifically flower crowns.
Beautifully crafted out of crepe paper, your flower crown will last forever. Make a special one with extra large flowers for the guest of honor, and if it’s a bridal shower, have her wear it at the rehearsal! Not sure how to make a flower crown? We’ve got you covered with this paper flower crown tutorial.
DIY Paper Flower Crowns
This garland backdrop is whimsical, beautiful and very versatile.
By using rings to hold the flowers, you’ll be able to switch out the flowers or other themed items with every use. For our garland, we decided to use a mix of paper and real flowers, and we love how it turned out.
DIY Flower Garland Backdrop
This garland is a collection of vertical strings, each with key rings tied on with varying distribution. Cut 12-20 strands of fishing line, depending on the length of your table. Add a key ring a few inches from the end of the string and tie it in place. Move down the string about 6-8 inches and secure another ring. Make paper flowers following one of these tutorials and then use the wire from the flower construction and wrap it to the ring. For real flowers, put the stem through the hoop. If your flower is top heavy, cut it at the base and then add wire by pushing it through the base of the flower perpendicular to the stem. Then twist it to create a wire stem.
Once your strings are complete, hang them up on the wall. Not only is this great decor for your table, but it is also a great photo booth backdrop.
We all know that flowers are great to look at and to smell, but did you know that they are also great to eat?! Many local grocery stores and garden nurseries sell edible flowers, and we think this is a perfect addition to the party. Here’s a great tutorial from Tablespoon to teach you the steps for making perfect edible flower ice cubes.
We recommend pouring water over the tray before you remove the solid cubes. This will keep them from breaking.
DIY Edible Flower Ice Cubes
– 5 oz gin
DIY Floral Cocktails
– 1.5 oz lemon juice
– 2 oz elderflower liqueur
Add the first three ingredients to a shaker and mix. Place flower ice cubes in a glass and add the mixture. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and garnish with lemon wheels.
– 2 parts sauvignon blanc
– 1 part freshly squeezed tangerine juice
– soda water
Pour 2 parts sauvignon blanc and 1 part tangerine juice into a glass (or pitcher if you are making a bunch). Fill the rest with soda, mix the ingredients and then garnish with tangerine wheels.
Here are just a few more gorgeous cocktails to pair with your floral cubes:
DIY Bud Vase Flower Arrangements
Every party needs flowers in vases. Rather than creating or buying a large centerpiece, we filled a bunch of bud vases with flowers. The arrangement then becomes the way you group the vases. There is a method to making these look good, so play around with where they are on table. Group them in twos and threes, and take a step back to see if they need to be shifted to show the best side of a particular flower. Or place them in a bunch on the center of the table as a single centerpiece. For more advice on flower arranging, check out our e-class and our book, Homemakers.
All together on your table, these flower DIYs will bring your party to life! And the best part: you can do all of these activities AT your shower or in advance.