Venue: Vacaville Opera House
Succulents: Simply Treasures and More
Cupcakes: KC Cakes
Last weekend the Vacaville Opera House was the setting for an adorable bridal shower for bride-to-be Amanda, the niece of our own Office Manager Nicole. If you have held any type of event here at the Opera House, you have worked with her, she handles most of the paperwork, timelines, and emails associated with events here. This shower was a labor of love put together with her two daughters (Lyndzie and Mckenna) for their niece and cousin. Using local businesses and incorporating a hometown feel for the bride were priorities for Nicole and her daughters as they planned the shower.
The bridal shower for Amanda’s 40 guests was held in our front bar room, and decorated in a blue and peach country chic theme. Small 3-inch mason jars with succulents were at each place setting as a favor for the guests. These cute little jars were purchased from our new wedding accessories vendor Weddingstar, and then painted Periwinkle Blue and filled with rose shaped succulents from local vendor, Simply Treasures and More. The centerpieces were white Mason jars filled with peach colored roses, and a candy dish was on the table filled with Jelly Belly’s (a Solano County product) in the wedding color palette.
The room was filled with tables set with classic white tablecloths and burlap runners, a gift and memory table, as well as the dessert table. A photo booth backdrop, for fun selfies and group photos offered a great opportunity for guests to use the personalized snapchat filter, designed by one of Nicole’s daughters for the day! A Mimosa Bar with several fruit options, provided bubbly refreshment, and lunch consisted of finger sandwiches, salads and fresh fruit. Cupcakes from KC Cakes (one of our favorite bakers) were decorated with rosettes in bride Amanda’s wedding colors, provided a sweet treat for the shower guests.
Many shower planners are always looking for games and ways to incorporate them into the event. Our hostesses provided their guests plenty of opportunity to share stories of the bride, provide a recipe and/or advice for the happy couple, and ways for the guests to get to know each other. Nicole sent out a recipe card with the invitations asking the guests to return it with a favorite recipe, advice or “how-to tip” at the shower. Guests were asked to write a “Message in a Bottle” that included wishes for the Bride and Groom such as ” Always___, Never____, Sometimes you have to____, Don’t worry about ____, My wish for you____” then put it into an old-fashioned milk bottle for the couple to open on their first anniversary. Guests also could write a story about a memory they have with the bride, and if the bride wasn’t able to guess who wrote it, that guest won a prize. The variety of games were great opportunities for those in attendance to get to know each other and the bride better.
We are so happy for Amanda as she moves toward her new life with fiance, Jesse. Congratulations to the happy couple and to our Nicole, for providing a wonderful afternoon of memories for her niece.
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