Tis the season for wedding showers. Although it is all about the bride, if you are hosting the party, you want to welcome your guests to a fun, friendly and beautiful atmosphere.
The best advice for planning any party, big or small is to plan a theme and choose a color scheme. This is especially a good idea with a shower. Just like any interior decorating project, a theme and color idea will keep you focused and simplify the process.
If you don’t want to do the same-old/same-old bridal thing, you gotta think outside the box.
For something truly different, choose an “Initial” theme. Although you can find lots of things with letters, vintage hankies are unique. Up until the last few decades, women used to carry handkerchiefs with them at all times. Now that we don’t do that anymore, you can find tons of hankies at antique shops and flea markets. Ask your grandmother for hers!
The best thing with hankies is they become the party favor and place setting all rolled into one!
Once the guest list is set, you will know which letters to look for. What you can’t find, you can embroider on an old plain one. If you or your friends don’t sew, look for an iron-on letters at the craft store.
If the hankies are big enough and in good condition, use them as the napkin.
Chances are they won’t be, so pair them up with regular napkins. Use a napkin ring or ribbon.
Or wrap them around a pair of candles…
Or soap! Two party favors in one! Be sure to use unscented soap so it doesn’t compete or over power your lunch!
Have your guests find their place at the table, by looking for their initial. Sort of a grown-up musical chairs (except everyone gets a seat)!
Next time, invitations!