Thursday, 25 July 2013

mason jars + chalkboards = luvly bridal shower inspiration and a free party printable downloads



Are you planning a bridal shower? I've noticed lots of "bridal shower" boards popping up on Pinterest lately and I decided to design a bridal shower printable that you can download for free.

We recently had a surprise shower for one of our staff and many of the projects that I created for at that party were used as inspirational for this bridal shower set up. I found this really cute image featuring a vintage mason jar filled with flowers that reminded me of our glass jars and it was my starting point for the invitation. I purchased the mason jar flower image from a new online digital design marketplace called Luvly.co. 

And now, here's my bridal shower party:
bridal shower party ideas from Creative Bag

bridal shower ideas from Creative Bag

Bridal shower ideas: 
1. Use our beautiful Rosanna cake stands to display an assortment of sweets. The cake stands are available in white and a few pastel colours. I suggest mixing patterns and sizes for a pretty presentation. Use mini chalkboard signs to tell guests what the sweets are and/or if there is anything special about the baked goods. Guests with nut, lactose or glutten allergies will love you for letting them know! Because I used a chalkboard background in the party printables, chalkboard elements are a perfect decorating detail for this party. 

2. Send guests a words of wisdom tag along with their invitation or have the tags ready at the party for guests to fill out. Hang the completed tags to one of our decorative trees using a pretty ribbon or twine. I placed the tree in a 12x12 burlap tote bag and decorated the bag with one of the gift tags and paper crinkle ribbon. This words of wisdom tree would make a great centre piece for the party and and lovely keepsake.

3. Decorate a chair for the bride so that she knows where to sit! I used paper crinkle ribbon to decorate a vintage wooden chair. I could have just tied a big bow on the back of the chair using the crinkle ribbon but I wanted it to look a little more "special" so I simply tied a knot and let the two ends drape down to touch the floor. Then I cut the crinkle ribbon ends to create lots of long thin streamers. The vintage shape "bride to be" sign was punched with two holes and tied with paper twine to hang on top of the ribbon. Tip: I used some two-sided tape on the crinkle ribbon to make sure that it stayed in place on the chair. 

4. Use mason jars to display sweets, for serving drinks or to hold flowers at the party. You can find most of the mason jars we carry as well as the prices on our website but we don't ship any glass products so you will have to come into any of our three locations to see what is available. If you are thinking about using mason jars to serve drinks at the party you should also check our our assortment of daisy lids, paper straws and chalkboard labels!

bridal shower party products from Canadian retailer Creative Bag




free download by Lorrie Everitt for Creative Bag and Just Pretty Parties
Included in the free download is an invitation, words of wisdom and gift tags, and a chair back sign. You will also find project instructions on the first page of the download.


You can purchase the original Luvly.co digital download here if you want to create additional custom labels or stickers for your party.

Just to give you a peek at the surprise Bridal Shower we had at work ... here's a few of my pictures...

bridal shower at Creative Bag
We had the party across the street from our Toronto store at the Boston Pizza. The staff at Boston Pizza were very nice and allowed us to bring paper lanterns, tissue paper pom poms & garlands and our words of wisdom tree to decorate an area for our party!! The "K loves D" illustration for this bridal shower came from here.


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