As Matron of Honour, I helped to plan and co-host a surprise bridal shower for my sister a few weekends ago in Montreal.
My sister has said numerous times that she didn’t want a bachelorette (which is happening, don’t worry!) and instead wanted a low key tea party with her closest friends and family. Inspired by the tea party theme, we worked with Alvaro at Anis et Marjolaine to create a perfect afternoon.
Luckily my Mom and Grandmother have an amazing collection of vintage tea sets that really helped the theme shine through. Because the interior of the restaurant is a bold yellow color, I stuck with red and yellow roses with baby’s breath. I then stacked different china pattern combinations in the center of each table.
We wanted to give our guests something personal as a thank you for coming to celebrate our bride to be. We baked twenty dozen Rosemary Butter Cookies, paired them with different teas, packaged and wrapped them to match the rest of our decor. It was a fun project to do with my Mom as we seldom get that one on one time together. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
Since this was the first bridal shower I had planned or attended I had to do some research on the many games and rituals. Instead of giving out gift cards as prizes, we went on a little shopping spree for fun home decor items. Guests were so excited to win the prizes and it got really competitive!
We spaced the games out between passed hor d’oeuvres. When guests were first arriving, we started with the ‘How Old is She’ game. It was an easy one to have them complete whilst they were mingling and settling in. There were recipe cards at each place setting to be filled out with advice for a happy marriage. We also played the purse game (points are given for specific items in your purse), the almost newly wed game and had a toilet paper wedding dress contest.*
It was really important for us to have everyone interacting with each other even if they weren’t at the same table so the small bites worked great since they were easy to walk around with. Alvaro understood our vision of the afternoon and executed dishes that were complementary and light. Favourites of the afternoon were the chicken puff pastries, proscuitto + fig wraps and the salmon tartare. Also, no bridal shower is complete without a mimosa bar! In addition to classic orange juice, we added grapefruit and cranberry to change things up.
Our bride-to-be was really happy with the surprise bridal shower which meant everything. A big thank you to my Mom and sister Halysha for all of the planning we did together. Countdown to the wedding in Mexico is on!
*I will have a separate post on the bridal shower activities. I had to scour the web to find the ones we did and think a single post summarizing them will help others planning bridal showers.*