Over the summer, my mom and co-maid of honor hosted my bridal shower at Festoon LA. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect celebration with some of my favorite people in the world. Not only was everything beautiful, but I was filled with so much love and joy afterwards. Today, I’m sharing all the details of my tropical themed bridal shower, including our DIY projects and what I wore.
WHAT I WORE
You all know my style is feminine, but I’ve really been wanting to wear pants and suits throughout our engagement. I knew I found a winner when I came across this super chic and affordable jumpsuit. There is a waitlist for the white one, but it’s still available in red. I didn’t have enough time to get it hemmed, but I think I got away with wearing them with these Schutz sandals.
VENUE + EVENT DETAILS
My bridal shower was hosted at Festoon LA in Culver City 4 months before the wedding. Thanks to my incredible mom, we rented out Festoon and it was absolutely worth it. Festoon is a private event space run by the women behind 100 Layer Cake. The venue has a small kitchen, bathroom, lounge, mobile bar, dining tables and chairs, and speakers. The event was from 11AM-2PM, which included time for brunch, mimosa bar, flower bar, and a few things my co-maid of honor kept a surprise. As for the guest list, I didn’t keep it gender specific since there are some men in my life that I couldn’t imagine celebrating without. And of course Tim made a “surprise” visit and stayed to celebrate together.
FOOD + DRINKS
My co-maid of honor handled all the food. She had brunch catered by Rutt’s, a Hawaiian cafe that Tim and I frequented when we lived in the area. Most of the plates, napkins, and cups were from Harlow & Grey, but we got these palm leaf napkins and gold palm plates too. The gold utensils and plastic champagne flutes were ordered from Amazon. As for drinks, we created a DIY mimosa bar for guests to enjoy. We used a beverage tub from Amazon to chill the champagne and juice. We had the juice stored in these gold rimmed carafes and used mini bowls from Anthropologie for the fruits. Guests used these plastic stemless champagne flutes for their mimosas. My other co-maid of honor, who couldn’t attend, surprised me with a decadent engagement ring cookie cake from Crumbles Patisserie. We also had cookies made by a friend. Did you see how cute her pineapple cookies were?!
We already had such a gorgeous venue to work with that we didn’t need much else. All decorations were low budget, DIY, or ordered through a friend. One thing I really wanted was a balloon arch to use as a photobooth backdrop. We reached out to a friend from college, Kelly Kawaguchi, to make it and she did an amazing job. Little did I know, Tim surprised me with a haku lei he had made from Kelly too. She is super talented! As for other decorations, I’ll link what is still available below.
I wanted an interactive aspect to my bridal shower, so we came up with the idea of having a flower bar where guests could make their own arrangements to take home. It was such a success! Early that morning, we went to the DTLA Flower Market to grab all the flowers for our floral arrangements and flower bar. We set up the flowers for the bar in these white trashcans. Then we had these bud vases for guests to make their floral arrangement in and take home. We also provided pruning shears for our guests to make their arrangements easily.
Just thinking back to this day makes me so happy and feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Not only am I about to marry the best man, but I’m so blessed with the best friends and family! Just 20 days until our wedding!