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Want to throw the perfect rustic country bridal shower? Ready for some fun ideas? I’m sharing all of the neat things we did and the food we made for my brother and sister in law’s wedding shower!
So as a lot of you know, we’ve been in crazy wedding mode around here for my brother’s wedding. As the wedding got closer we were still running around late minute working on things before the big day!
Saturday was the big day and now the happy couple is off on their honey moon! They’re on vacation and we’re all breathing a little less panicky this week. haha.
So since things have calmed down around here, I thought it might be a great time to toss up a little post about throwing a Bridal Shower! Well, not any bridal shower though, I thought that I would write a bit about “How to throw a Rustic Country Bridal Shower”!
That’s the theme Meghan and Adam were going with for their wedding so I stuck with that theme when we threw them a wedding shower back in August.
I love to throw parties and anyone that knows me will tell you that I LOVE details when it comes to showers and such!
This is what we did for Meghan and Adam’s wedding shower:
Gentleman’s Ridge Farmstead
589 Gentleman’s Ridge Rd. Blairs, va 24527
The Gentleman’s Ridge Farmstead is Blairs, Virginia is where we had the shower and it was gorgeous! It’s probably one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever thrown a party. The Farmstead sits against a quiet tree line and over looks tons of farmland and barns.
We held the wedding shower in August, so while we did stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning during the party, I still loved that the guest were greeted with such a beautiful view when they pulled up.
Susan has really put a lot of work into this darling venue and I just can’t stop bragging about it! Their family purchased the farm in the 1950s and it has transformed through out the years; from a tobacco farm into a beautiful wedding venue and cattle farm!
Look at this adorable little tobacco barn that sit on the property! They have a lot of weddings out here and Susan has turned it into a little bar/grooms area! How neat is that!
Woo Wee, it sure is hot out here! Let’s move on inside! This is the stunning room that we celebrated in!
I absolutely loved that walls were white as well as the table and chairs. I’ve always been a firm believe in using white as my base color when I decorate, so this was perfect. The banquet hall seats up to 250 guests and we all have plenty of room to move around, mingle and enjoy the afternoon.
Now only was the banquet hall exactly what I was looking for but there was a lovely stone fire place at the back of the hall, which turned out to be the perfect place to stick Adam and Meghan while they opened presents.
Oh my and those lights! Looks at those beauties! I was pretty sure that Susan said she got them from Ikea, so I googled them and found them on their site and on Amazon! Linking to them here, so if you’re looking for them they’re called Maskros Pendent lights.
We kept the decorations pretty simple for the party. If you have a beautiful location, you don’t need any super crazy decorations! For the tables we filled blue mason jars with a little water and filled them with babies breath and sunflowers.
Now I hadn’t noticed this until we started planning the shower but you can buy giant bouquets of babies breath at Walmart. I got a giant, and I mean GIANT bouquet of babies breath for like $10. I had plenty for the jars and some for other vases around the room.
The Sunflowers are actually from Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t find a lot of real sun flowers around here but we did find some nice ones there.
Here is the little area that we set up for the Bride and Groom to be to open their presents. I bought the Mr. & Mrs. sign at Hobby Lobby and painted it with a quick coat of cheap point and used a burlap banner with the wedding date on it to decorate the fire place. I’m pretty sure that Meghan bought that burlap banner on Etsy. There are a few here and here that look kind of similar.
The L-O-V-E letters were Meghan’s too and I think she got them from Hobby Lobby too. We shop there a lot if you can’t tell. hahaha
For the food table, as far as decorations, we also kept that simple. I pretty much only used the cake, the food and flowers to pretty up the food table! I got these mason jars at our local Farmers Market last year and they were great for the shower. They’re pretty much just painted mason jars that have been distressed and I love them!
I found two small bouquets that actually had a sunflower in them and used those for the food table!
The food is probably one of my favorite parts of throwing any type of party.
We went with some classic shower foods and we also threw in a few things that we knew Adam and Meghan would love.
Listing the food here and linking to some of the recipes!
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries – I just dipped strawberries into melted white and milk chocolate and drizzled with them move chocolate once they dried.
- Chicken Salad Sandwiches – we used the legendary chicken salad from Midtown Market & Sister Schubert’s Dinner Yeast Rolls (my brother’s favorite!)
- Chips and Salsa
- Vegetable Tray from DVF – The Market with Ranch Dip
- Cookie Dough Cupcakes
- Mason Jar Sugar Cookies, Cowboy Boot Sugar Cookies, Wedding Dress Sugar Cookies and Engagement Ring Sugar Cookies
- Mints & Peppermint Patties (just because it was cute haha)
We had a Popcorn Bar as the favors for the party! It was a huge hit!
If you want more details on the popcorn bar, check out the post I wrote about it on the blog!
The recipe box station was another little fun idea for the party. When I made Meghan’s invitations I stuck a blank recipe card into the envelope and asked the guest to please write out their favorite recipe and bring it with them to the party.
I also set out some blank cards with pens because I knew that some people would forget theirs haha.
We found the most adorable recipe box from MinSvenskaLandgard on Etsy and had it personalized for Adam and Meghan.
Finally we come to the date jar! Meghan made one of these for me for Christmas one year and I thought it would be super cute to have for her at the shower! We used it not only as the date nigh jar but as the guest book too!
We asked guest to write their name on one side and their date idea for Meghan and Adam on the other! I sat out large popsicle sticks, sharpies and 2 mason jars.
One mason jar for blank sticks and one for ones with date ideas written on them 🙂
So that my friends, is how we threw my little brother and his new bride a country style, sunflower themed bridal shower!
How to throw a Rustic Country Bridal Shower
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