When my friend Alex asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, the planning wheels already started spinning! Although Missouri is not exactly the South, Alex is a Southern girl at heart. She did live in North Carolina for quite some time, and she attend college for two years in South Carolina, so the South is in her blood. Molly and I offered to throw her a bridal shower, and the theme “Southern Soiree” seemed to fit perfectly with our monogram-loving, whiskey-drinking, Lily Pulitzer-wearing friend.
It started with the invitations. We chose a very feminine feeling invitation and made sure to make it clear that there was going to be a Southern feel. We instructed the guests to wear Southern attire, which meant sundresses, big hats and lots of florals.
Next, we started running with a Southern-inspired menu. Pinterest lent itself to lots of ideas but with a rather large guest list and the limitations of a household kitchen, we settled on a Southern brunch menu:
Crackers w/ Pimento Cheese Spread
Biscuit Bar w/ Jams, Jellies and Honey
Chicken and Biscuits
Egg Casserole (both veggie and sausage with cheese)
Mixed Green Salad
Then we rounded it out with adorable macaroons, cake pops and brownie bites for a sweet treat. For drinks, we decided to keep the menu pretty simple. Since it was a brunch, we decided to stick to a mimosa bar, white wine, red wine, coffee, sweet tea and lemonade. It offered a variety to our guests with plenty of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
From there, the Pinterest board was booming, and we kept coming across cute combinations of turquoise, peach and coral. The brunch took place at my house, which already has a lot of turquoise accents and dishware, so all we had to do was add in the peach and coral.
My house was definitely not big enough to host all 32 ladies for a seated brunch as well as a gift opening and game area. Luckily, Mother Nature was on our side, and we were able to utilize my patio and backyard for eating. We rented cute wooden folding chairs that not only accented the theme but also were a great deal (from US Rents It). As an event planner at a country club, I had access to the beautiful ruffled white linens, and we added gold chargers for a touch of class and tradition. Centerpieces were put together using ranunculas, baby’s breath and small blue vases. Then we added in gold accents, such as signs that said “love” and “xoxo.” Even the brunch took place during the day, we added in some candlesticks with turquoise candles for height.
The whole experience was a great time! Molly and I completely transformed my house, including her adorable customized banners that read “Bride to Be” and “Mrs. Kluesner,” and all of the guests participated in the theme. Not a single lady came in without an oversized sun hat, a floral hair piece or a structured sundress. Add a little sunshine and a mimosa to that enthusiasm, and we were set for success.