Congratulations! You’re the MOH for your BFF and now it’s time to plan her bridal shower. But where do you begin when there are just So. Many. Options? Don’t stress — there is a way to bring all your fun ideas together and turn them into a reality. We sat down and talked with Diana Kelter, Brit + Co contributor and founder of Chicago-based Pinterest consulting firm Blair Curiosity, to share tips that will make your planning (and pinning) a piece of cake.
1. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. If brunch is your bestie’s favorite meal of the day, opt for a brunch-inspired bridal shower complete with a DIY mimosa bar. And if the wedding is rustic chic, consider a farmhouse brunch theme. “We’re seeing fusion food pop up all across the country, so why not for a party?” exclaims Diana. “I would say follow the overarching theme that is the focus of the wedding and then add in a few unique elements for the bridal shower. Just don’t go overboard!” (Photo via Smarty Had a Party)
2. Search and conquer. Once you’ve decided on a theme, you can move on to the fun part: pinning! For inspiration, Diana suggests lifestyle bloggers such as Oh Joy! and Oh Happy Day and the event planning blog 100 Layer Cake. “A great tip is to direct your search toward Pinterest boards versus individual pins,” she says. “This is a great way to get inspiration from individuals who have already done a lot of the heavy lifting from planning.” Looking for a little real-life inspo too? Don’t overlook Target. After all, you’ll probably end up shopping there for a lot of your party supplies. (Photo via 100 Layer Cake)
3. Plan with other maids. Using Pinterest is a great way to collaborate with other bridesmaids to plan the perfect party for your bride-to-be. “On the bridal shower invite, allow people who are active on Pinterest to contribute to a secret board,” Diana suggests. “Have them pin recipes, decor ideas and inspirational messages.” That way, everyone gets the chance to contribute and you can spend more time on other wedding duties like dress shopping, the bachelorette party, etc. (Photo via Lucky magazine)
4. Don’t let Pinterest get the best of you. Yes, Pinterest can get a bit overwhelming. “I would approach it as you would a brainstorm,” Diana advises. “First, go pinning crazy and pin everything that looks fun onto one board. Then after a day or so go back to that board and move in bulk the pins that are approachable, feasible and fit your theme the best onto a brand new board.” This will help you streamline the ideas to one final (and cohesive) place. (Photo via 100 Layer Cake)
5. Be realistic. Don’t forget that you have a day job and a million other priorities begging for your attention. So while you definitely shouldn’t leave planning until the last minute, you shouldn’t allow it to consume your life (and free time) either. “If something realistically will take 10 hours, make sure you have enough time to dedicate to it,” reminds Diana. “Otherwise, take a spark of inspiration from it and bring it to life in a more simple fashion.” (Photo via Wedding Chicks)
Have you used Pinterest to plan a bridal shower? Tell us about your experience in the comments!
(Feature photo via 100 Layer Cake)