Summer kicked off with a pretty exciting opportunity to throw a bridal shower for the one and only Julianne Hough! Jules’ family is from here in Utah, and her oldest sister reached out and asked if i would be interested/willing to help her plan and execute the perfect bridal shower for her little sis! The catch was that we only had about 2 weeks before Julianne’s “MOVE” tour would be stopping in SLC, creating the only opportunity to gather friends and family to celebrate!
As we talked about the dates/times and basics…ideas started immediately swirling in my head! It would be a luncheon party, with about 60 on the guest list! Of course we would need a private, personal venue that provided a relaxed but BEAUTIFUL setting! As I began envisioning the menu and decor…the first order of business had to be a venue and vibe!
I always like to start out with the LOOK and FEEL of an event, so that can be incorporated throughout. Once I found the perfect spot for an outdoor lunch…quiet, grassy and secluded (VENUE CHECK!), we were ready to create invitations.
Next up was the “look”… and I must confess, that every foliage, ferny-y and jungle-esque pattern catches my eye! I remembered that part in “How to lose a guy in 10 days” where Kate Hudson brings Matthew McConaughey’s character a “LOVE FERN”, and boom! the “look and feel” was born: LOVE FERNS!
I enlisted a talented water-color artist on my team to design some fern art to be used throughout the shower decor. credit for these beautiful invitations go to my team! I LOVE how they turned out (i am a sucker for beautiful invites). Our color pallet started to evolve from fresh greens, to bright pinks with accents of black and white. Once the post-card style invite was finalized, we paired it with one of my brand new foil-edged envelopes from my stationery collection.
Jules preferred that no one bring gifts, and when she heard about the charity organization I am involved with, she graciously allowed us to include this enclosure: “in lieu of gifts, please consider a donation to Quit Trip’n” (how awesome is that?) To dress up the little enclosure, we swiped Minc reactive paint across the bottom of the 2×3 cards and used the Minc machine to add matte gold foil.
When I actually sat down and started assembling the invites, I decided to wrap the card and enclosure in a piece of white vellum and tie with a piece of green string. I used my favorite GOLD fine-tipped paint pen to hand address each envelope! I love how it feels to receive a gorgeous invitation in the mail! these were beautiful!
Because we were short on time, we also emailed out a “save the date” that tied into the vibe.
Once the invites were in the mail, it was time to make some calls to some of my talented friends who i knew would help make the event AMAZING. Stay tuned in for more blog posts about who came along to make this event FABULOUS and a behind the scenes look at Julianne Hough’s bridal shower.
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Minc