Northern Virginia Event Planner | A Bridal Shower in Leesburg, Virginia

When your oldest friend is getting married, and you’re her matron-of-honor, you definitely want to throw her a lovely bridal shower! The bride-to-be, Emily, and I have been friends literally since birth. She was my maid of honor when I got married, and hosted a lovely shower for me before my wedding, so I was so happy to be able to return the favor.

I tried drawing on inspiration from her life for the design. I ultimately landed on a “seaside” theme, since she and her fiance met while they were living in Seattle and their first date was on a boat that he built (yes he BUILT it!)!

We all know a bridal shower isn’t complete without mimosas, so we did a nice mimosa bar. My aunt (mother of the bride-to-be) brought the most fabulous organic juices to mix and we had fresh fruit to add as well. I hung this cute “Mimosa Bar” sign by Barn Hill Wedding Decor, from some italian ruscus garland I had made.

Seaside Inspired Bridal Shower Mimosa Bar

Each champagne flute had a piece of sea glass with the guest’s name on it, which meant the ladies could put down their glass, and it wouldn’t accidentally be swept up by somebody else.

Seaside Inspired Bridal Shower Mimosa

I used this super soft dusty blue sanded satin fabric down the center of the tables and accented this with some whimsy coastal blooms, driftwood, and of course pillar candles, and we tied each napkin with nautical rope.


I had big hopes of hosting this event outside on our back patio, but given the time of year (October 1), you can never really be sure what kind of weather you’re going to get. It ended up being rainy and frigid, despite my pleading with the universe, but we had a backup plan and held her shower in my living room, which worked out well, but yep– those are my couches in the background (c’est la vie!)!


Like mimosas, no bridal shower is complete without a game either. We played a few, one of which was called “Who am I?”. Each guest had to write down a memory or a favorite thing about the bride-to-be, and the bride-to-be had to guess who wrote it. If she didn’t guess correctly, the writer won a prize!

Seaside Inspired Bridal Shower Game

And as Julia Child says, “a party without cake it just a meeting”, my aunt brought the most delicious carrot cake from South Street Under.

Seaside Inspired Bridal Shower Cake

As a guestbook, I asked each guest to bring a copy of their favorite recipe and provided paper, washi tape, glue, and pens for each person to decorate a page in a recipe book that the bride-to-be got to take home afterwards. It was a really fun party, and it was such a treat to be able to host it.

Seaside Inspired Bridal Shower Favor

I also have to send a big shout-out to my aunt, Donna, for the help in planning and coordinating everything! And thanks to Kir Tuben of Kir2Ben Photography for the photos!!

Photographer: Kir2Ben Photography
Venue:  Private Residence
Catering: South Street Under
Cake: South Street Under
Party Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Burlap Mimosa Bar Pendant:Barn Hill Wedding Decor
Planning, Design, Florals, and Signage: A Charming Affair

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