Guest Post: Bridal Party Brunch by Sarah Tucker

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Today we are sharing our first guest blogger with you and we are so excited to have Sarah, from the adorable blog Fairytales Are True, with us. We discovered Sarah through one of favorite photographers, Jessica Lorren, {check out Sarah's beautiful wedding here}! After browsing around on Sarah's site for awhile I completely was in love with the happy go lucky Florida girl! Her husband and her just returned from living abroad and are back in the states now. Sarah's blogging about her life in Switzerland was quite the "fairytale". Sarah has such a beautiful way of enjoying the little things in life. When I discovered that she had thrown her best friend a beautiful bridal party brunch I knew I had to ask her to share it with our readers. She planned such a sweet, personalized party for her best friend, the bride to be. The shower is filled with sweet Etsy finds and DIY items that I felt our readers would love to see. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

From Sarah: I love the tradition of having a bridal party brunch. It is a great time to relax and enjoy the company of the girls you are closest to before the whirlwind wedding weekend commences. I planned Heather's bridal brunch around her favorite things - the color mustard, lace, succulents, milk glass, and tea cups. A tea room seemed like the perfect fit and we chose The Londoner in downtown Bradenton, FL for the venue.

First order of any party is to find the perfect invitation for the event, one that reflects the Bride we all want to celebrate, and sets the tone for the party. I found Krystal Bennett of A Pinch of Lovely and asked her if she would customize a previous invitation according to Heather's colors. She was amazing to work with and quickly came up with just what I was looking for. She then sent them to Rachel at Rachel Carl & Co. Rachel addressed them in her signature Calligraphy style and stamped them using old vintage stamps Treasure Fox hand selected for the event.

Heather is not just any bride, she is my best friend and I wanted her to feel so loved when she first walked in. At the Buffet table was a buttercream cake which was made by the local Publix Bakery by asking them to leave it without the fondant and came in under $10. The cake topper was made by ReadyGo in Mustard. I borrowed my mothers old tea dispenser which was painted white and stuffed with fresh flowers. Balloons were purchased at Party City and I tied different kinds of gold and cream ribbons on them to make it fun. Champagne glasses were filled and topped with Twisted Twig's lace stirrers. One of my favorite touches was the pom tassles garland made by Over the Moon Handcrafted.

When you entered the room where high tea was served, milk glass lined the windows and low arrangements of ivory roses, hydrangeas and babies breath were the centerpieces. The flowers were purchased at a grocery store and the milk glass is from my mommas personal collection. Everyone found their seat by finding a calligraphy tag of their name which Rachel Carl & Co created, and attached to that was a tea cup with succulents inside. The tea cups were fun to track down. I tried to stick with ivory, gold, and blush pink for the tea cups colors, but mis-matched was a look I was going for. My mother and I found them in Goodwills, antique shops, and a few were given to us by our friend. That same friend happens to have a succulent garden and generously offered to let us pick as many as we needed for the shower. All we needed was a bag of soil and we were in business. Along with the tea cup to mark Heather's place was a little sign on the back of her chair that read "the Future Mrs. Heather Davis", created by Exquisite Invitations.

Little Bow toppers by Birdcage Cards poked out of pastries while White & Yellow striped straws by Pebbles in my Pocket were used in the refreshments.

We all sat and talked for hours, giddy to be in each other's presence - which to me, is a sign of a good party. Thanks for having me Rebecca & Laura!

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Thank you Sarah for sharing! I think it looks like a wonderful brunch for the bride and all your friends to remember!

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