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The day is finally here for me to share all the details from the past weekend’s Italian-themed bridal shower. If you missed last week’s post, you can catch up here. As someone who’s decorated numerous parties, I am always still so anxious for the actual day of celebration to arrive. I want to see all the projects come together!

Before I share the decorations I did for this shower, I’d like to preface this post with something I truly believe in when it comes to special events:

“Events are always about the people, not the things used to decorate the event.”

– Tee @Beauteeful Living

I’ll get back to that statement in closing. The bridal shower tour starts now! 🙂

1) Welcome Sign for Guests

This idea came from the bride’s sister (matron of honor). She had seen a similar chalkboard sign on Pinterest and thought a “welcome sign” would be great to greet guests. I completely agree! But, instead of using a chalkboard, I used a black canvas for this sign. Chalk pens work well on this canvas.
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A close up of the sign (I used red and white chalk pens):

Chalkboard Welcome Sign

2) Photo Props

Who can throw a party without photo props these days? I purchased this cute set from Paper Source.

Photoprops

3) Advice for the Bride-to-be Display Table

I thought this idea would be fun for guests and also useful for the bride-to-be. 🙂 Guests write advice for the bride in these pretty coasters (purchased at Michael’s). I used green, white, and red paper lanterns to go with the Italian theme. Notice my “keep calm and get married” sign? 😉

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Want to know how I used the “that’s amore” sign and these gorgeous flowers? Read on. 🙂

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4) “Showering the Bride” Main Fireplace Display

Since we couldn’t take this large painting off from mantel, I had to get creative with covering it. To cover the oil painting image, I made green, white, and red tulle pom poms. 🙂 In order to raise the “that’s amore” sign, I used paper flowers and candle holders. Nothing like improvising when faced with a challenge.

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A close up of the 3-D stickers I added to personalize the above pennant banner.

3D Italian themed stickers

Remember this DIY wine bottle project I did? Looks amazing with fresh roses! Here’s the link to the tutorial!

Amore wine bottles beauteefulliving

5) “Mrs. to be” Fireplace Display

I love how nicely the green, white, and red color scheme came together in this fireplace display. Primary colors are not what I typically use in my decor but for this themed shower, they totally work!

Mrs to be display - Beauteeful Living

6) Countdown to Wedding Sign

This little sign was placed in the restroom of the catering hall. TIP: Don’t overlook placing decor items in restrooms. This is the place where guests will visit at least once. Make it fun! 🙂

Wedding countdown display

7) Bridal Tablescape for “Guest of Honor”

All the tables had the same centerpiece (hydrangeas from my garden) but the bride-to-be also had her very own place setting sign. She deserves to feel extra special, right? 🙂

Bridal shower tablescape beauteefulliving

8) Buon Appetito Sign

I thought this sign would go perfect in the food serving station.

Buon appetito sign

9) Travel Log Map

When I saw this print at Michael’s, I knew I had to incorporate it in the party decor. Check out the 4 places the bride and groom will be visiting while honeymooning in Italy. Yes, I’m just as J-E-A-L-O-U-S! 😀

Italy honeymoon stops

We are finally at the end of the photos from event. Before I close this post, I’d like to go back to the quote I used at the beginning of post:

“Events are always about the people, not the things used to decorate the event.”

QUICK STORY:

After decorating for the event, I stuck around until the bride-to-be walked into the room. I wanted to see her reaction. Guess what? Throughout the set up, I was given compliments from the guests walking in and from the matron of honor who hired me to decorate this party. When the guest of honor walked into the room (even though it was not a surprise shower), the only aspect she noticed the first few minutes…were faces of people whom she loved. Familiar faces of people who were there to join in her special day. Not my decorations. Not my “look at me” banner signs.

She started tearing up with emotion. So sweet! I actually have that moment on video. Ah, I’m such a sentimental person. I won’t apologize. 🙂

When I went back to pick up the decor items after the shower ended, the bride-to-be looked for me and gave me a warm hug and mentioned how she loved everything. Such a sweet bride and such wonderful people I worked with for this shower! This was a special day for me too. It was like walking down memory lane of how I felt at my bridal shower.

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Here’s a DIY project that you may be interested in doing for a special event. It’s a hanging floral chandelier!

Silk Floral Chandelier angled  - Beauteeful Living

Do you have a favorite element from this shower? Have a comment? Don’t be shy, I’d love to hear what you have to say! Xoxo, Tee.

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