INSPIRATION BOARD Retro Citrus Bridal Shower

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know I kinda get into throwing a shower (see vintage chic shower and orange/gray shower, par exemple). This time I get to help with a bridal shower for my sister-in-law, and since I am a co-maid/matron of honor, you KNOW I had to bring it. Thankfully, the other bridesmaids have been really cool about letting me run with it — great timing too, as I was definitely feeling creatively drained last week with that retreat, conference, and two big deadlines. This was just what I needed to get those juices flowing again!

Since her wedding will be at the Nixon Library, and she’s going for a slightly 60’s retro theme (dusty aqua/champagne/white/gold), I chose to use her aqua and add a fun, mod, citrus color scheme. I found my inspiration in the “Citrus Fruits” print by Rifle Paper Co. — aren’t the colors amazing?

From there, everything came together:

  • We are already doing a Mimosa Bar (with grapefruit and orange juices), so why not add a signature cocktail? Perhaps something like the above, or in the lime-mint-basil department?
  • The dress and styling by Trina Turk could not be more perfect. Definitely “of the period” without being too kitschy, right?
  • I highly doubt our budget will allow for such amazing floral arrangements as these, so perhaps peachy/coral flowers and lemons in vases? Citrus = chic, colorful, and cheap!
  • Can’t get over how darling this vintage fabric garland is (found here)! I think it adds just enough whimsy.
  • One of the bridesmaids is making cake pops (yum!) and I thought how cute would a tag “He popped the question!” be? 
  • Another bridesmaid will be making sugar cookie favors (the best ever!)…design to be revealed.

Other touches:

Other details need to remain a secret, on the off chance the bride sees this beforehand!

And if anyone knows where I can find a party tablecloth in that dusty aqua (tough color!), I will be forever grateful!

more inspiration and sources on my pin board
Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

37 Comments
  1. Loving where you’re taking this- the colors, the music, everything- right up my alley! I’m in Orange County (and assuming the party is local and you need more than one cloth) and after many a party (and lots of research), I’ve found that Classic Party has the best linen options. If it’s a more intimate affair and you need just one or two- I’m all for finding a pretty fabric and making your own. Have fun!

  2. Ooo you found the perfect examples of this citrus-y combo. Love those little cake pops!
    Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!
    x ,Anna

  3. Oh I love this color scheme. I may have to borrow for my cousin’s baby shower. So soft and pretty for a spring/summer shower!

  4. you are too much! love that rifle print (they are constant sources of inspiration for me too!)
    Hope she loves it as much as I do!
    xx

  5. I can’t tell you how much I love this. The colors are so cheery and the theme is original. I love the flamingos. I just bought some on ebay for my party this weekend. I plan on making them wear bow ties. 🙂

  6. Fabulously inspired fete Erika! LOVING this color story! I just attended a bridal shower yesterday with a hat theme so I’m totally digging the floral/citrusy hues for spring/summer….Not sure where you’re located but there’s this $2 fabric store in Costa Mesa on Bristol/Warner that I lalalalLOVE! I get tons of stocked remnants there…I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for the party! They have soooo much fabric options and mostly $2 a yard! Hope this helps!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  7. Love it! This will be a beautiful shower! I’ll have to keep some of these ideas and those from your other posts in mind since I know a few of my friends are so very close to getting engaged 🙂

  8. Will you please be my matron of honor!?! OMG you are amazing at these things! I love your palette and that you got the inspiration from a print by Rifle Paper Co. I love bits of inspiration that come from simple places. I know the shower is going to be absolutely fabulous!!

  9. honestly, you are so creative. I have never seen that look and it is very fresh! Can’t wait to see the finished product/event!
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)

  10. this is going to be a fantastic event! i see someone suggested a fabric store – i was going to suggest the same thing! wouldnt be too expensive and you could also do a runner if need be. cant wait to hear about all the details after! xoxo

  11. I knew you had something good up your sleeve when I saw your pins, and I was right! I’m ga ga over this color combo and all your adorable options. Perfection!

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