Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Sew Engaged: My Bridal Shower Decor

 

My garden party pink dreams came true! My bridal shower was everything I hoped it would be. I planned the entire event with my mom. Traditionally I know people have their aunts or bridesmaids plan their shower. But, you know I am a type A bride and can't let go of control. Plus I only get one bridal shower! I wanted it to be exactly what I wanted. Today I am sharing all of the decor details from the day. There were lots of trips to Hobby Lobby and Etsy orders to make this shower happen. I will link everything I possibly can in this post if you want to recreate this theme! 

For my theme I was going for a Loveshackfancy, pink, garden party inspired look. When browsing on Pinterest I never really found what I was envisioning for my bridal shower. So I took a risk and kind of made up my own theme. This was difficult because it is always easier to go off of a picture because you have an idea of what it will look like. I'm so glad I took a risk and did something a little different!  


First up we have the DIY sweets table. We got these treats from Toni Patisserie in Hinsdale, IL. We are using them for our wedding cake and sweets table for the wedding as well! I knew I wanted a cute little table of sweets for photos + to enjoy of course. A pink theme for the treats really tied everything together. We got macarons, petite fours, cupcakes, and fruit tarts. Then our venue provided chocolate covered strawberries which was apart of our food package. 


For the platters and serving trays I sourced these from a wide variety of places. The pink cake stand and dome stand were both from Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby has some great glass serving pieces as well as vases! I got the pink cake stand from their spring seasonal section so be sure to check out seasonal items throughout the year and start collecting things for your event. Not going to lie I have been collecting things for this shower since probably Black Friday 2021. It helps to space out purchases so you aren't buying everything all at once. The gold tiered tray and the white cake stand were both items my mom had on hand. I feel like you could find similar items at an estate sale or thrift store. Then the white tiered stand was from Home Goods! I've seen some really cute tiered stands and cake stands at Home Goods so for sure check there if you are looking. Then the floral tea cup we used for a floral arrangement was also from Home Goods. I saw this idea on Pinterest and love how it turned out! 


 

Overall the sweets came out so cute! Having the sweets match your color scheme is the perfect way to tie everything together. If you are hosting your shower at home you could even bake sweets yourself and get a similar look. With the right serving platters you can elevate any sweets! 


Major props to my fiancĂ© Jeremy for building this backdrop. When I was researching to rent a backdrop it was upwards of $800. That wasn't exactly what I had in mind! So we ended up building our own that we can re-use for other events. Naturally it doubled in size throughout the process but it really turned out great. I then added this Bride to Be sign off of Etsy onto the side.  


Our balloon arch is from Paris312 which is a local Chicago area business. I was debating creating my own balloon set up but I'm so glad I didn't. First this looks so professional and was HUGE! I could never have created something that looked like this. Plus we would not have had time to do this on top of setting up all of the other decor. Our venue allowed us in 1 hour before the start time and we were hustling to get everything done! Here is the exact balloon garland we got. It is technically for a baby shower but the pinks matched my theme perfectly vs. the bridal shower balloons they advertise. Best part is they deliver it and will install it for you! If you are in Chicago for sure recommend looking into them.  



When it came to paper and signage I knew I wanted a more customized look. I looked everywhere for invitations and signage but just wasn't finding anything I loved. With my Loveshackfancy inspired theme most of the things I found on Etsy just weren't the right florals or look. So I ended up getting a custom paper party pack from Party Little Things. They have pre-made paper packs as well as custom. Then all you have to do is print it out! We printed some at home then some at Staples. I got the larger welcome sign printed as a poster from Walgreens. 


We had a smaller welcome sign we put in a frame on this little table near the entry. Then we also had a gift table sign. 


My mom last minute packed this strand of pearls and I'm so glad she did! It turned out so cute. I also used this Amazon mirror as a little tray for the floral arrangement. When it came to these gold rose frames there is a story behind them! My Nana who has passed had these years ago. My aunt had randomly saved them and asked if I could use them for anything. We ended up spray painting them gold and are going to use them at the wedding. But, I grabbed them to use a few at the shower and they turned out so cute! 



We used more of the gold framed pictures on the gift table plus a bud vase. Our card box was a find from my future MIL. I think it was from Marshall's or TJMaxx? I love that is it simple and doesn't say cards or anything on it. That way it is more versatile and can be used for many parties to come! 


We had a small gift table sign that coordinated with our other signage and paper. I used pillar candles throughout the party. These ridged candles are from Michaels! They have a great spring seasonal section right now where I found these. Lots of other cute things that would work for a Bridgerton themed shower or vintage kind of look. All of the candle holders are from Hobby Lobby! I opted to just not light the candles and make them more decorative. Most venues require hurricane vases around the candles if you want to light them! 



Now let's talk florals. My mom and I were going to DIY these ourselves by ordering Costco flowers in bulk. But, my aunts took over and thank goodness they did because they turned out stunning! They ended up using a local flower market to source the flowers. These flowers were next level. They still look good even days after the event. 


We did one big center piece in the middle of each table. It was a mix of roses, babies, breath, and other flowers. You can easily re-create this with grocery store flowers or Costco wholesale flowers. We used glass vases we already had on hand. But, Hobby Lobby has a ton of pretty vases if you are looking! Then we used small bud vases around each center piece. The clear bud vases I found on a FB wedding group. Got around 15 bud vases for maybe $10? So be sure to join local FB groups to see what people are selling. Plus if you are done with your wedding or shower decor you can list it to pass on to the next bride! I got my pink velvet chair from the same woman who sold me the bud vases. The pink bud vases are from Hobby Lobby's Valentine's Day section! Like I mentioned earlier be sure to check out Hobby Lobby's seasonal sections. 


To decorate the tables we used custom menus, name cards, pillar candles, table runners, tealights, and our favor boxes! We also had custom favor tags that matched the rest of the paper. For the favor boxes I got them from the maker of the trinket boxes. I then added Amazon chiffon ribbon to make little bows with the tags! Then for an extra small detail I used the pink heart straws that we also used at my bachelorette party. There are lots of extra straws so we were able to use them for two events now. 


Probably my favorite detail were the mirrored drink tags. I got these custom made on Etsy with the saying Best Day Ever. This is a nod to Disney + is just a fun little touch! You could make them more personalized by saying Miranda's Bridal Shower or your initials. People also use these as name cards to assign seats. 


Where it's from: 
Straws: Amazon 
Drink Tags: Etsy 
Custom Paper Pack: Party Little Things 
Venue: Pinstripes Oakbrook 
Candlestick Holders: Hobby Lobby 
Candle Sticks: Hobby Lobby & Michaels 
Favors: Etsy 
Ribbon: Amazon 
Table Runners: Hobby Lobby 
Balloons: Paris312
Mini Mirror: Amazon 
Bride to Be Sign: Etsy 
Boxwood Backdrop Panels: Amazon 
Tiered Trays and Cake Stands: Hobby Lobby, Home Goods
Teacup: Home Goods 
Welcome Sign Printing: Walgreens 

I love how everything turned out for my bridal shower! At this point I'm ready to just become a party planner and plan cute things all the time. Posting lots of content on TikTok and Instagram about my shower so be sure to check it out! 
XOXO
Miranda

Monday, March 28, 2022

Stoney Clover Lane x Target Collaboration Wishlist

 



The Stoney Clover Lane x Target collection is almost here! I remember shopping their first Target collaboration years ago. Now the range is probably 10x+ the size of the original collection of patches and one pouch. I legit want everything and cannot decide what to get. But it will probably be whatever I can get my hands on. However, this is a list of all of the items I am eyeing! 

Since I already have a ton of pouches I am planning on focusing on clothing and accessories. The clothes allow you to get the full SCL lifestyle that we normally don't get! I mean how cute are these terry pieces and the swimsuits? All of these items are needed for my honeymoon in May. The little sandals are perfect for any beach vacation or just for summer time. 

Hoping to also scoop up a set of the quilted heart bags. The duffle bag features the suitcase handle strap which I have been dying for. It really makes a difference when traveling so I for sure want a duffle bag. Then who wouldn't add on a fanny pack and matching backpack. 

What are you eyeing from the collection? Let me know! The collection launches April 2nd in stores and online at Target.com. You can use the above links to quickly reference the items. The collection launches at 2am CST time. 
XOXO 
Miranda

Friday, March 25, 2022

Sew Engaged: Bridal Shower Mood Board

 


My bridal shower is tomorrow! I can't wait to see everything come together and celebrate with my friends and family. The theme for my shower is kind of a Loveshackfancy meets garden party theme. I hunted Pinterest constantly to find inspo for my shower. In the end I couldn't really find any past parties or pictures that really fit the theme in my head. So I kind of just made up my own theme and I hope it all comes together! 

Here is the mood board and inspiration for my shower. Most of my inspiration came from Loveshackfancy parties and images on their Instagram. I feel like Loveshackfany knows how to throw a cute party! I wanted lots of pink and florals, of course, so there will be a lot of that represented in the decor. I can't wait to show you all how it turned out! Below I will link everything I can decor wise that is available. 

Bridal Shower Details:

Can't wait to share more with you soon! Head to my Instagram this weekend to see live sneak peeks of the shower. 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Sew Engaged: Disney Bachelorette Party Day 1

 

The first of many Bachelorette party posts! I am super behind on these so I apologize. Since my bachelorette party in January it has been non stop. Super busy with work and now I am in full blown wedding mode. Everyday I am working on something! From bridal shower details, buying decor, and just organizing logistics as well. So lots of wedding content to come. But may take longer than expected! But let's get into my first day of my Bachelorette. 


FRIDAY DAY 1 DISNEY BACHELORETTE PARTY ITINERARY: 


10:15 AM- Breakfast Reservation at The Grand Floridian Cafe with my mom and one of my bridesmaids and my maid of honor. We did this while we waited for the rest of the girls to arrive. I flew in a day early with my mom and one of my bridesmaids!  


11:15 AM- Walk around and explore some of the monorail resorts. We walked around The Grand Floridian then rode the monorail to the Contemporary. We also went to the Riviera Resort to explore. The security guard was very rude to us. So pro tip if you want to explore this resort either take the Skyliner or you can walk over to the lobby from the Caribbean Beach lobby! Caribbean Beach security is much nicer! 

12 PM- Around 1pm we went back to our hotel Caribbean Beach to get some bags and head to Saratoga Springs Resort where we were staying with everyone. Once we arrived we waited for our room to be ready for a bit and then grabbed a quick bite to eat. 



2 PM- By around 2pm we were able to get into the room and start decorating! I brought all of the decorations and most of them came from Etsy or Amazon. I will do a separate post on just the room decor but I have this post live with a lot of things linked already.

3 PM- By 3pm most of the decor was done and we started getting dressed and ready for dinner at Disney Springs! The last few bridesmaids arrived to the room around this time as well. 

4 PM- We started taking pictures with our super cute photo backdrop! Lots of pictures below to see how it turned out. 

6 PM- By 6pm we headed to the boat that runs from Saratoga Springs to Disney Springs. This made it super easy to get to and from Disney Springs with a large group of people. We ended up doing a very casual dinner at Chicken Guy this night. It was very hard to get dinner reservations for 9 people at a reasonably priced restaurant. So, if you are planning a Disney bachelorette trip I recommend around 7 people or less. This would have made reservations way easier! But, still very happy everyone was able to come + my mom and future MIL! 

7 PM- We popped into a few stores on our way back from dinner. It was actually freezing this night so we were all kind of ready to go back. And people were tired from traveling. 

8 PM- We got back to the room and did our loungewear/ lingerie game! I opted to be gifted pajamas/ matching sets over lingerie. So the game is you guess who gave you which gift. This was super fun and I put my own spin on it with having the girls get pajamas vs. true lingerie. If my friends were going to spend money I wanted to make sure it was for things that I would wear again!

9 PM- We hung out for a bit and probably went to bed around 10pm/ 11pm! We had an early morning as we were rope dropping MK so it wasn't a late night of partying! Plus I didn't want a crazy bar filled bachelorette. Hence why I went to Disney in the first place. But we had a chill and fun evening! 


Here are some pictures from our super cute photo backdrop! This was perfect to take photos in front of. We just used the largest blank wall in the hotel room. Which happened to be in the main bedroom. It ended up being perfect. Great for individual photos and were able to squeeze everyone into a group photo as well. 

Details: 


My outfit details are linked below! I wore this super cute feather top and white pant. I've seen super expensive versions of this feather top but mine was I think around $100. Although I think it is sold out so I will try and find a similar option! Pants turned out to be an amazing decision because it ended up being super cold this night. 

I also rhinestoned my Minnie Mouse bride hat myself! I had someone ask if I was going to sell these and right now it is a hard no because this took me soooo long. But if you really want one hit me up and we can chat. I paired it with a super cute pair of Loren Hope earrings. I got them on sale during their Black Friday sale! Black Friday was a major time to get things for my bachelorette party and wedding. So if the timing works out for you wait to get things until then! You can get a ton of things on sale. 


More fun photos with my bridesmaids! My bachelorette trip was just my bridesmaids. I'm glad we had a smaller group because I honestly couldn't imagine having a group larger then 9 people! Plus it was a great time for the bridesmaids to bond and hangout. They all knew of each other but none of them are really friends! I have a lot of individual friends but not a true friend group. So this was a perfect opportunity for everyone to meet + spend time together prior to the wedding. 


Below is a close up of my rhinestone hat! I am obsessed with it. It turned out so cute! Warning when I rhinestoned the hat the hat part shrunk a little bit. So I had to bobby pin it into place. I just got white bobby pins on Amazon and you could hardly see them!


Most bachelorette parties have some sort of planned outfits. At least most of the bachelorette parties I've seen at least! Traditionally I have seen people do bridesmaids in black and the bride in white. Naturally I had to mix things up! I asked all the girls to wear pink dresses. This turned out so cute. Pink is much more my speed and it matched the overall theme I had of make it pink make it blue. So have fun with your bachelorette party outfits! Throw in a fun color that matches your theme or vibe. Or don't do planned outfits you do you. But I love that it looks cohesive and the pictures turned out so cute! 

 

My bachelorette party night one outfit: 
Top: Dillards 
Pants: Dillards (on sale!)
Earrings: Loren Hope 
Hat: Shop Disney/ Disney Parks 
Shoes: Aldo x Disney 


There is a little re-cap and itinerary of my Disney bachelorette party day 1! Let me know any questions in the comments! Stay tuned for days 2 & 3 + lots of other Disney bachelorette party contents. 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Sew Engaged: Dresses for the Bride

 


I am always on the hunt for dresses for the bride right now! Although I already have most of my outfits for my events here are a few pretty things I am eyeing. Also you don't HAVE to wear white to your wedding events! I am planning to wear a pink dress for bridal shower. Wear whatever makes you happy! Can't wait to share more wedding details soon. I am going to get busy working on bachelorette blogposts. As you can imagine it has been kind of busy around here planning a wedding. Go figure! But I will share all of the details of everything as soon as I can find a spare moment. 

Let me know any wedding content you want to see!
XOXO
Miranda


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Sew Engaged: Disney Bachelorette Shop

 


Shop my Disney bachelorette party details! I've gotten lots of questions on where things are from when it comes to my Bachelorette party details. I linked as many items as I could in this post. This includes my room decor, outfits, tees, and bridesmaid gifts! 


BRIDESMAID GIFTS 
Pajamas: Primark USA 
Socks: Primark USA 
Sweatshirts: Custom printed on Vista Print 
Ears: Custom made by KT Enchanted Ears
Fanny packs: Amazon
Oh shit kit: Etsy
Bride straw set: Amazon


DECOR 
Balloon kit: Etsy
Bride denim jacket: Etsy
Ring banner: Target
Rose gold fringe photo backdrop: Amazon
Mrs balloon set: Amazon
Star garland: Target

Let me know if you have any questions on anything I wore, decor, and more below! There is a lot of bachelorette party content to come including our itinerary, outfits, and more. 
XOXO 
Miranda