This Fiesta-Inspired Bridal Shower Will Give You All the Vacay Vibes
You don’t have to wait for your honeymoon to bring the heat — bring colorful fiesta vibes into your wedding celebrations. This DIY bridal shower incorporated all of the best things about a tropical paradise right into the bride’s backyard! Captured by the talented Christy D. Swanberg, this shower will make you forget that summer is ending. Scroll on to see what fruity drinks, fun crafts and mouth-watering food will have your guests RSVPing right away!
A sangria bar is always a hit at a bridal shower, and with endless garnish options to choose from, the fruit-filled drink is so easily customizable. From the copper mugs to the endless flow of flavors, the guests will have no problem bellying up to the bar. Cute drink stirrers will help guests keep track of their beverages while they mingle with guests and play games. Pro tip: If you’re looking for a shower game that ventures a little off the beaten path, have guests suggest, sample and vote on various sangria garnishes to help inspire the happy couple’s signature drinks.
2. Fun Food
Let’s be honest — the best thing about a bridal shower is usually all the fun-sized food. Things just taste better when they’re in miniature form! Cookie tacos are a genius idea for a unique twist on a classic dessert. We’ll take two, please. Decorate the table with lots of bright colors and succulent plants to keep the desert theme strong on the dessert table. To balance out the high-energy food display, keep the cake simple and muted, with an elegant touch of gold.
3. Creative Cactus
Give your guests favors that they can make and take home! These DIY cactus favors are perfect for any age guest, and are a great option if you want to break away from or supplement traditional games. Even your least crafty friends can make something beautiful.
(Photos via Christy D. Swanberg)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)