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So Pottery Barn has this super fun new online tool the “party planner,” that helps you plan “6 casual parties at home with style and ease”. Sweet. I’m a big fan of hosting at home parties and you can bend and shape these babies into engagement parties, bridal luncheons, showers and more.

There’s a Movie Night Party, Wine and Cheese Party, Dinner Party, Tequila party, Cocktail Party, Bridal Shower. Since we’re pretty bridal related here at Wedding Belles, I’ll showcase that one for you all. Check out the rest though. There are downloadable invitations, playlists from itunes and more!

Pottery Barn’s Party Planner shows you how to throw a Bridal Shower.

The Pottery Barn Bridal shower playlist includes:
You and Me (Lifehouse)
The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)
If I Ain’t Got You (Alicia Keys)
Better Together (Jack Johnson)
Lucky (Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat)
Come Away With Me (Norah Jones)
Kiss a Girl (Keith Urban)
At Last (Beyonce)
Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)
The Way You Look Tonight (Michael Buble)

There’s also a Timeline, 8 favor ideas, games and themes. Check it out.

(Keep in mind it’s Pottery Barn, so it fares closer to the MS line of the world. Traditional, classic bridal shower ideas.)

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It’s that time again… Salute your inner prepster. It’s summer. Why not? If you bestie frequently sports a string of pearls, a popped collar, madras flip flops and anything with a whale… this post is for you lady. Listen up.

A shower should be a reflection of all that the bride is, so if your bride-to-be is a seriously put together, pink and green model of preppy perfection make your life easy and follow suit for her bridal shower.

Here’s everything you need to know to plan a perfectly preppy bridal shower.

THE INVITATIONS
This is your first clue to guests that this shower is going to be pretty-in-prep. So shop around and set the tone here.

Preppy Stripe Invitation from MyGatsby.com

Preppy Stripe Invitation from MyGatsby.com

Andalucia Green Invitation by Bliss from Paper Buzz

Andalucia Green Invitation by Bliss from Paper Buzz

Preppy Gingham, Plaid and Polka Dot Invitation by Polka Dot Paper Shop

Preppy Gingham, Plaid and Polka Dot Invitation by Polka Dot Paper Shop

THE DRESSES
I’m a pretty firm believer that bridal shower attire should always still remain a little bit on the dressy side. Not over the top evening wear obviously, as they used to say, your Sunday best. But if you’re a pretty little preppy I shouldn’t have to tell you that. You wear your pearls to sleep don’t you? What?   I do.

These fun new “Summer in the Vineyard” dresses from Kiel James Patrick are PERFECT for a preppy shower, whether it’s the bride, her maids or her lovely ladies in waiting, these sweet summer frocks are perfect for a preppy shower.

Lindy Mayfair Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Lindy Mayfair Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Chartner Meadow Melon Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

Chartner Meadow Melon Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

April Darling Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

April Darling Dress from Kiel James Patrick $68

OR

go traditionally preppy and sport something in Lilly, and J.Crew or Vineyard Vines with looks like these…

Bowen Dress Solid Lace by Lilly- $248

Bowen Dress Solid Lace by Lilly- $248

Embossed Green Lorelei Dress $118

Embossed Green Lorelei Dress $118

Vines Skylark Dress by Vineyard Vines $295

Vines Skylark Dress by Vineyard Vines $295

THE CENTERPIECES
If you were lucky enough to hit up the MacKenzie Childs Barn Sale last weekend (which was amazing) you can make use of the seriously discounted and seriously adorable planters they have to decorate tables. If not, you just have to dig a little deeper in your pocket. Plant adorably simple herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley and thyme and DIY your own adorable plant sticks with materials from your local craft store.

Courtly Check Planter $25 from MacKenzie- Childs

Courtly Check Planter $25 from MacKenzie- Childs

Pink & Yellow Stripe Planter $25 from MacKenzie-Childs

Pink & Yellow Stripe Planter $25 from MacKenzie-Childs

THE DECORATIONS
Keep it simple and in the same color scheme as your invites. Using varying shades of fewer colors is a good way to keep things interesting without going overboard. I love this faux rose kissing ball from Special Occasions Designs. Perfect for decorating outside the venue on iron stakes or on the doors.

Floral Kissing Balls  $20 from Special Occasions Designs (Etsy)

Floral Kissing Balls $20 from Special Occasions Designs (Etsy)

Hang personalized tags on chairs as place cards instead of using table cards.

Personalized Hang Tags- $5.95 for set of 12 from paper Eclectiques (Etsy)

Personalized Hang Tags- $5.95 for set of 12 from paper Eclectiques (Etsy)

Buy up sets of fun and flirty party poms to hang from the ceiling from Etsy seller Party Poms or DIY with this easy tutorial from Martha over on In The Details Blog!

Girl Fun set of 5 from Party Poms on Etsy $25

Girl Fun set of 5 from Party Poms on Etsy $25

Pom Pom Decor from Martha Stewart

Pom Pom Decor from Martha Stewart

THE FAVORS
Fill tiny monogrammed boxes with flower seeds for guest to take home and plant.  If you’re more of a traditionalist fill with small candies, nuts or dried fruits for guests to take on the way out, or place at each place setting.

Personalized Gift Boxes $2.50 each from Special Occasion Designs (Etsy)

Personalized Gift Boxes $2.50 each from Special Occasion Designs (Etsy)

Monogrammed Compact Mirror from The Preppy Polka Dot

Monogrammed Compact Mirror from The Preppy Polka Dot

GIFT GIVING
Distribute these adorably preppy recipe cards from Dabney Lee at Home with the invitations and have guests bring their favorite recipe for the bride to the shower.

Dabney Lee Recipe Box

Dabney Lee Recipe Box

Kate Spade Posy Vases are perfect to brighten up a room…

Kate Spade Posy vases $49 on Sale!

Kate Spade Posy vases $49 on Sale!

Monogrammed Candlepot from Pottery Barn

Monogrammed Candlepot from Pottery Barn

Don’t forget to say THANK YOU…
Mind your manners and get your thank you notes out pronto on some super preppy paper.

Preppy Polka Dot Thank You from Dainty Invites

Preppy Polka Dot Thank You from Dainty Invites

Kate Spade Thank You Notes $25

Kate Spade Thank You Notes $25

I’ve never had the pleasure of registering for anything. I thought about throwing myself a shower a la Carrie Bradshaw and registering at wonderful out of reach places like Saks and Manolo Blahnik but…then I woke up.

If you do find yourself standing  in a Bed Bath and Beyond with a terrified looking fiance next at your side, do yourself a favor… give him the gun. It’ll be like a real life video game, but instead of shooting aliens, he’ll be shooting china. It’s a win-win.

* DO keep a watchful eye, or you just might end up opening a new set of golf clubs or the last four seasons of Entourage on DVD at your bridal shower. Awkward.

I’m life, I’m a big fan of Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie Home, Williams-Sonoma and Target. I love Target. But Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy’s are super practical options that just about everyone has access to via the Internet if not at their local strip mall. I would suggest registering at no more than 3 places if you can help it.

Also… a little hint I picked up after a majorly shocking discovery that a friend had registered for a BED for his wedding. Yes. You get a discount on the stuff that people don’t buy you if you decide to buy it yourself. So a 20% discount on a bed…pretty major.
Go ahead and register for furniture.  Bed, Bar, Hutch…whatever your little heart desires.  Although I would avoid anything of the couch, giant appliance, dining room table realm.

Just don’t register for stuff that is going to make you look like a seriously insane person. A bed is one thing. It’s a good group gift. It’s your bed. Isn’t that nice. Years later you can say to your children…”Ten of our friends bought us our very first bed.” It turns into lore.

Anyway… below are some of my Top Picks from some Top Retailers… Under 100… because after all this is stuff you’re going to “need” right?

Target

Photo's Courtesy of Target.com

Photo's Courtesy of Target.com

From Top Left: Range Kleen Wrought Iron Oval hanging Pot Rack $59.99, Trademark Poker 650 pc Set $80.99, Folding Poker Blackjack Table $59.99, Hamilton Beach Coffeemaker $39.99, Cherry 7-pc Salad Bowls, OXO Softworks 22 pc Gadget & tool Set $49.99, EGO Ice Waterproof ipod Sound Case $99.99, KitchenAid 7-speed pink Hand mixer $69.99, Teaposy Garden Gift Set $59.99, Furitechnics Rachael Ray Bamboo Knife Set $99.99

Williams-Sonoma

Photo's Courtesy of williams-sonoma.com

Photo's Courtesy of williams-sonoma.com

From Left: Personalized Recipe Card & Embosser $69.00, Monogrammed Vic Firth Maple $65, Waring Pro-Bottle Wine Chiller $99.95,  Monogrammed Highballs & Double Old Fashioneds Set of 4 $59, Siena Glass Tumblers, Assorted Set of 24 $76, Olive Wood Salt Keeper $49, Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt $12.50, Emile Henry Ruffled Cake Stand $70

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Photo's courtesy of Potterybarn.com

From Left: Glass Sphere Hurricanes $26.99- $39.99 (On Sale), Lemon Toile Serving Platter $29, Emma Cake Stand $38, Great White 3-Tier Stand $45, Lisbon Serving Bowl $39, Oblique Finger Bowls $19.99 (Sale), PB Classic Glass Caniseters $19-$44, Mercer Bathtub Caddy $59

 

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Photo's courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

Photo's courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

From Left: Pyrex® 21-Piece Bakeware Set $54.99, Hotel Collection Spa Towels 100% Egyptian Cotton $7.99 to $16.99, Waterford Ballet Ribbon Crystal Glass Collection $69.99 to $79.99, Cuisinart® Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster $79.99, Cuisinart® Smart Power Duet™ Blender/Food Processor Combination $79.99, Copco Journey 2 1/2-Quart Tea Kettle $29.99, Lenox® Park City™ 3-Piece Salad Bowl Set $89.99, Eureka Optima Lightweight Bagless Upright Stick Vacuum $69.99

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