Inside My Coffee & Pearls Bridal Shower

IMG_0026On Friday night, my friends and family gathered to celebrate my upcoming wedding in form of a “Coffee & Pearls” bridal shower. Just like our wedding, the shower was intimate and filled with personal details of our relationship and upcoming nuptials.

Our wedding will be a “Gatsby Garden” theme, so naturally an abundance of pearls were a given (and it just so happens to be my birthstone). We also are moving to Seattle in four short days, so coffee is also a necessity. Fuze the two of those things and the shower theme just seemed so obvious to us.

But unlike many bloggers, I don’t feel like – as a new college graduate – it is realistic or appropriate to spend the country average on a wedding (which is up to $29,000+ now)! This shower was filled with a lot of gold, pearls and DIYs. Many of these ideas you could easily do with a bit of time, a craft store and a bit of inspiration.

The shower was held in the backyard of my childhood home in Minnesota, which is so special to me. We transformed the yard to be a destination and furnished it with upscale touches like a chandelier hanging from a tree and our newly reupholstered vintage couch (which I am in love with).

My fiance actually had the idea to string pearls above the table to create an enchanting ambiance, what a lovely idea! I bought pearls in excess (from a cheap bulk website) and got 16, 12-yeard packs for a mere $50. It’s a great and affordable way to decorate a party or wedding.
IMG_0005A customized sign thanks to Mod Party, in a gold (spray painted) frame led the guests to the destination and set the tone for the equally girly and glamorous shower.IMG_0003We created a glam coffee bar with all of the caffeinated essentials. We spread out everything behind a rose gold sequin backdrop from Arcadia Wedding Design. Glass and gold containers housed everything needed for the perfect brew like french-pressed coffee, heel-shaped sugar cubes (from the adorable Sugar Shoppe LA), chocolate and caramel covered spoons, mints, creamers and flavor shots.
IMG_0033We spray painted basic (and quite frankly, kind of ugly) coffee mugs gold (with the lid on, that part is key) for a glam touch. We got custom designed coffee sleeves (from the adorable Jen T Designs) to add a personal touch. Everyone loved it. It was super easy too, just print on card stock paper, hot glue them together (using a cup for sizing) and fold them so they are presented like Starbucks.IMG_0013 IMG_0014Our engagement pictures (from the beyond talented Everlasting Love Photography) were showcased all around the party. I can’t wait to frame them all for our new apartment. IMG_0015 IMG_0060Little chalk tags were used all around the coffee bar to identify different flavors of ingredients. We found them at Michaels for .49 cents each! I made dipped spoons in three different flavors: white chocolate peppermint, salted caramel and double dark chocolate. They were also super easy to make.IMG_0031 We got four different flavor shots (just like you would get at your favorite cafe). We simply strung pearls around them to dress them up bit. I know you can buy them at Target, but we found these at T.J. Maxx for $3.99 each.IMG_0032 The heel-shaped sugar cubes from Sugar Shoppe LA fuzed my love of fashion and coffee.IMG_0023IMG_0057
We dressed up basic tables with two plastic tablecloths from the Dollar Store, layered with a lace overlay that my mom already had and a pink table runner we found last minute on Craigslist. The same rules for an outfit apply for dressing a table, try to incorporate color, texture, pattern and shine.

We picked up light pink roses from Trader Joes and got glass cups from Ikea for 69 cents each. I also had two beautiful mugs from Lucy Sui that were gold and white, so I placed them on the table as well. We willed them with bulk coffee beans we bought at Costco for $10 and heavenly vanilla candles from Ikea. The combination of the scents were intoxicatingly beautiful. Since it was a later shower, the end of it was mainly candlelit.IMG_0009 I placed pretty striped straws (found at Michaels for $1 a pack) in a old flower vase with single pearls collecting at the bottom. We DIY-ed glitter heart stir sticks and placed them in a mass of gold beads. The displays were just as functional as they were pretty.IMG_0020 IMG_0011 IMG_0012 IMG_0019We placed the dessert bar in a separate area so it could have it’s own space. We hung up a white backdrop with a Mod Party tassel garland that was gold, pink and white tassel that leant itself to a party vibe. I opted to string it on, you guessed it, pearls (rather than the twine it came with).IMG_0055I decorated an otherwise bare dessert table with a vintage frame that we have for our apartment and strung pearls inside of it and clipped pictures of us clothesline style. My cousin spoiled me by making completely vegan biscotti (not pictured) and coffee-flavored cupcakes. She transformed my go-to Starbucks orders (a cinnamon dolce latte with soy and a mocha with a shot of coconut) into dessert form. She adorned the mocha flavored ones with chocolate handles and topped the cinnamon dolce flavor with “I Do” cupcake toppers from Magnolia Olive.IMG_0053 IMG_0050We dressed up basic folding chairs with oversized bows that we made from chocolate ribbon. Because my logic is that everything is better with a bow on it.IMG_0044I know it’s tradition from the bride to wear white at her bridal shower, but I’m far from a traditional person. I wanted something that I felt pretty in, made a statement and had a dose of cafe flair. This red crochet number had all of the above (and is only $51).IMG_0042I picked up on the beige underlay of the dress with my favorite nude sandals (which are only $32). I never let the grass get between me and my heels by using Solemate’s high heelers. It prevents you from sinking into the grass when wearing heels (they save me during wedding season).IMG_0038Hanging a chandelier from a tree adds an unexpected aspect of glam. It makes the whole environment seem whimsical and pretty.IMG_0046

<< Pink & Gold Tassel Garland and Pink & Gold Bridal Shower Sign c/o Mod Party // High Heel Shaped Sugar Cubes c/o Sugar Shoppe LA // Custom Coffee Sleeves c/o Jen T by Design // Sequin Photo Backdrop (in #24 Rose Gold) c/o Arcadia Wedding Design //  ‘I Do’ Cupcake Toppers c/o Magnolia Olive >>

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Sheinside ‘Red Crochet’ Dress c/o // Enzo Sandals (only $32) // Adina Kibur ‘Crystal’ Earrings // Mali Beads ‘Anastasia’ Custom Engraved Bracelet c/o // Lips: ‘Ample Pink’ Gloss by M.A.C // Nails: ‘All Eyes On Nudes’ by Essie

As always, thank you for reading.

xo,Brenna
  1. Mariah Wrote:

    Brenna,

    Everything looked so stunning and beautiful! All of your DIYs were so personal and definitely added such an elegant touch. I’m glad you went with that red dress – perfect for you! Good luck with the move to Seattle, I can’t wait to hear all about the new adventure!

    xoxo
    Mariah

    • Brenna Wrote:

      Hi Mariah!

      Aw thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

      xo,
      Brenna

  2. Kylan Wrote:

    It all sounds truly wonderful and creative. The dress is really fabulous and I love that you could make such beautiful decorations for so cheap. The pictures in your head don’t necessarily have to be super expensive.

    • Brenna Wrote:

      Aw, thank you so much Kylan! I completely agree that dreams can become a reality without a million dollars if you have creativity instead.

      xo,
      Brenna

  3. Aida Wrote:

    Everything was so beautiful, great job!

    • Brenna Wrote:

      Aw thank you so much. I did my best for being on a budget.

      xo,
      Brenna

  4. Thanks so much for asking me to play a small part in your special celebration. Everything came together beautifully!

    • Brenna Wrote:

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! Your coffee sleeves.

      xo,
      Brenna

  5. Shian Wrote:

    Brenna,

    This is outrageously gorgeous. I can’t believe how you were able to marry (puns) beauty and affordability so successfully. I especially love the many-pictures-frame you created strung with the pearls and photos for a solid keepsake. Super stoked to see the photos when the wedding comes around 😉

    Xoxo,
    Shian | The Fashion Investigator

    • Brenna Wrote:

      Awe, thank you so so much. I try to keep thinks affordable and aspirational. I can’t wait to share.

      xo,
      Brenna