A Bicycle Bridal Shower

My friend Eva’s bridal shower was on Sunday and, boy-oh-boy, did we have a good time TPing some fake brides and mingling over frothy confections.

The theme was (pretty loosely) based on the bride’s favorite movie, Return to Me. You know, the one with the gorillas that you probably sobbed through. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, let me give you a brief synopsis.

The main heartthrob looses his beautiful zoologist wife in a tragic car accident. Later he falls in love with a woman, who just happened to narrowly avoid death because she finally received a heart transplant… from the heartthrob’s first wife. Are you crying yet? It is a cute movie, I promise. Throw in some adorable, old, Italian-restaurant-owning men, a red bicycle and an artistic trip to Italy and you’ve got yourself the makings of a classic Rom-Com.

Back to the shower….

We went with a black, white and red theme with damask accents. I used a red bicycle in some of the accessories to play off the movie. (Fun tangent: I used a tandem bicycle because the groom bicycled across the United States with his brother on a tandem bike a few summers ago. Cuh-razy.)

To set the mood we played the melodious tunes of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin. The old Italian men argue who is better throughout the entire movie.

I chose this font, called Peachy Sundress, for all of our shower decor accessories. I liked the handwritten feel to warm up the modern edges of the damask. Plus, it is very cutesy. If there’s ever a place to be cutesy it’s an afternoon bridal shower on May Day.

One of my favorite things about celebrations is setting up tablescapes. You probably recognize those poms from here. I wanted to make sure the tablescape had plenty of height to make it a focal point.

As usual, I gathered up lots of accessories (*key phrase ahead* that I already owned) that were within the theme – like this metallic ampersand, a cake-topper and some red berries in a milkglass vase. A wise woman once told me “it doesn’t have to match, it just has to goooo.”

How could the shower go wrong if you have these delightful treats? I like to make name cards for the food. It’s a little silly, but makes everything feel a bit more fancy and special. It also helps it you throw in some fun descriptive words like “fresh” or “tasty” in front of them.

Or you could get really creative… “Zesty Lemonade with Fizzy Italian Blackberries”… or something like that. ; )


Setting up this tablescape is a perfect example of using things you already own and making sure your “event supply” purchases are theme-flexible. Most of the pieces I used were just black or white and very plain. The funkiness and theme comes from the fabrics, ribbons and artwork you add to the table.

We all had a great afternoon. Unfortunately I don’t have any good photos of the 1000 bunting flags that I made for the shower, but you’ve already seen those.

I will leave you with a portion of an excerpt that I read for Eva at her shower. It’s from Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller.

“God risked himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him unto us.”

After all, love makes the world go round.  Don’t you forget it.

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4 comments

  1. I thought I was one of the only people in the world that had ever seen the movie Return to Me. It’s one of my most guilty pleasure.

    It looks like it was an amazing bridal shower, and the table is beatiful.

  2. smidtten says:

    Excuse me, but how did I miss this wonderful post? That shower was the best ever. I’ve never seen cuter decor with better food and organization. I absolutely loved it and I love YOU sweet friend! Thanks for capturing this photographically so I can keep these memories (and party ideas, haha) forever!

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