Tropic like it’s hot!

What better time to throw a tropical bridal shower than the last day of summer?! And that’s exactly what I did!! 🙂 I had the honor of planning a tropical bridal shower for one of my sorority sisters. She chose this theme to celebrate the location of her honeymoon to Hawaii and I was happy to oblige. The bride gave me a few wishes, and let me do the rest. Given the freedom to take this theme and run with it was so much fun!

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I found a perfect invitation on Etsy and let that dictate the overall feel and color scheme for the shower: palm leaves, black, pink, and green. The invitation was a digital file, so I customized it, printed it on pearlized card stock, and ordered pink envelopes from Amazon.

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As guests arrived, they were greeted by a table asking them to make a nametag sharing how they know the bride. Since friends and family from so many walks of life were coming together to celebrate her, the bride felt this would be a good way for people to get to know each other. I found some fun labels and stickers at Paper Source to give the nametags a tropical flair.

There was also a tropical candy bar and gifts table in the lobby welcoming guests.

The location was a great rooftop space at the bride’s dad’s office and provided the perfect backdrop for a happy hour shower. We lucked into sunshine, and even though it was pretty windy, guests took advantage of the view for pictures.

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Speaking of pictures, I wanted to have a fun indoor photo spot, so I decided a tropical balloon arch was a must do. I used this tutorial, and I love the wow factor and fact that it really is a simple way to add so much to the overall decor. I decided on white balloons, two hues of pink balloons, palm leaves, and some fun tropical garland (a lucky Homegoods find!).

The food was made by a friend of the bride’s mother and it. was. amazing! Kelly is a caterer, so of course she put together the perfect menu to match the theme. My favorites were the coconut prawns and brie peach tartlets. Kelly brought some flowers and palm leaves to tuck in around the food, and I added in some orchids, festive plates, and festive napkins.

Kelly’s team also provided a bartender, and he served up Moscow Mules at the Moscow Mule Bar. This was a special request of the bride, and I loved coming up with this menu and bringing her idea to life. Rachel’s Ginger Beer, a local Seattle favorite, has lots of tropical flavors so it was the perfect cocktail for the party.

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For the shower craft, I thought it would be so fun for the guests to make flower crowns. I’ll be sharing the how-to details tomorrow, so be sure to check back.


The shower games were all super fun, and were brought to life by the bride’s sister. Guests enjoyed a wine-tasting game, picture game (they guessed the bride’s age in pictures), and a wedding song game (they came up with as many songs that contained different wedding words). I love to give decorations a dual purpose and game prizes are the perfect way to do this. Winners of the picture game and wedding song game got to take home an orchid. Winners of the wine-tasting game took home…wine. Duh 😉


The shower was so much fun, and I loved seeing the bride enjoy herself, surrounded by family and friends. Can’t wait for her wedding in December!


Party on!

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