The Latest, Greatest Bridal Shower Invitations and Party Ideas

Your bestie has found her One True Love and she’s ready to settle down, starting with a colossal party. That’s awesome. And I can say from experience – eleven years into a happy marriage that is only growing stronger each year – that, while a good man is key, one’s girlfriends are a huge part of long-term happiness. So celebrate each other as you approach this major milestone. Your closeness might ebb and flow over time, but you all – the bride’s girlfriends – will see her through for better or worse, too.

So gather her best girlfriends to celebrate the soon-to-be bride. Make her bridal shower special in way that truly reflects who you are collectively – in other words, think about the group spirit that brings you all together in support of your dear friend. It’s not necessarily about creating a magazine-worthy party scene, it’s about generating excitement before the occasion, bringing both meaning and levity to the actual event, and ushering a bride through this rite of passage so that she’s that much more mentally prepared for the exciting transition.

Bridal Shower Invitations

A great invitation sets the tone of anticipation. A sweet, stylish printed card tells the guests that this is a real occasion – something special, something important. Mixbook’s latest bridal shower invitation designs are spot on. Here are our latest favorites, and celebration ideas to go with them.

Afternoon Tea Bridal Shower, Downton Abbey–Style
Send out Mixbook’s Modern Flowers or Classic Bridal Shower invitation for the most classic of English ladies’ gatherings. Whether you host the event at a venue that specializes in a traditional British Afternoon Tea or you’re welcoming the girls in your parlour or garden, take advantage of the opportunity to make like Lady Mary and embody the life of leisure. Serve finger sandwiches, scones with butter and jam, an assortment of cakes and, of course, lovely tea. For decoration: flowers, of course. And there’s nothing like the flutter of tissue-paper garland to set the mood to lighthearted and fun. Follow our six simple steps for creating this ultra-simple tassel garland – or, better yet, ask the help to take care of it.

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Yoga Bridal Shower
Send out Mixbook’s Watercolor Bridal Shower invitation, and make sure you add details of what to wear both pre- and après-yoga session. Have a friend or hired yogi run an all-level-accessible yoga class in honor of the bride. Plan ahead so that the session is punctuated with hints for how to relax in the stressful weeks leading up to the big day. If you’re inclined, you can also ask the yoga instructor to lead a group blessing, where each participant offers up an intention dedicated to the bride-to-be. Follow the session with a healthy lunch, tea and something sweet and light.

Bridal Shower

Spa Bridal Shower
Send out Mixbook’s Bridal Shower Typography invitation, making it clear to guests what to expect in terms of spa treatments so they can be sure to bring flip-flops or a small makeup bag if need be. Host the shower at a spa, or hire aestheticians to come to you. A little collective indulgence is a great way for a group of girls to relax and bond together. Serve up artisanal tea or flutes of sparkling wine, and have healthy snacks on hand.

Bridal Shower Invite

Photo-Book Making Bridal Shower
Send out Mixbook’s Chalkboard Bridal Shower invitation, including details about what guests need to provide before the shower – and what they need to bring on the day of the celebration. Have friends send digital photos, poems, wishes and reflections to you prior to the party. Begin a Mixbook photo book – the Everyday Chalkboard photo book theme ties beautifully to the invitation design – by uploading all the content you receive prior to the event. Then ask the bride’s friends and family members to customize their pages in person by choosing the page layout, fonts, stickers and design elements right there at the party. You can even use photos taken at the shower itself, uploaded into the book in real time! After the shower, simply click “print” and with bride-to-be will have a memento from your wonderful celebration.

Bridal Shower Party Ideas

Bridal Shower Photo Book

DIY Tassel Chair Garlands

We’re excited to have Gloria from Little White Whale with us again today to bring you a fun DIY project! See how easy it is to create your own tassel chair garland, perfect for any celebration – from baby showers to weddings.

DIY tassel garland

I started crafting around the time I was planning my wedding a few years ago, which resulted in a lot of DIY projects being incorporated into our special day. Although it was a ton of extra work at the time, I love being able to look back on the personal touches we added, from fabric flowers to a giant heart shaped photo booth backdrop. Here’s an easy project I would love to incorporate if I could go back and do it all over again – beautiful tassel chair garlands! They’re a really fun way to dress up your tables, so call up your friends and family and put them to work :-) Read on to learn how to make your own!

What you’ll need:

  • paper tissue/mylar sheets in different colors
  • scissors
  • tape
  • string or yarn

DIY tassel garland steps

  1. Stack a few sheets of paper tissue, and cut out a 9.5″ x 4″ rectangle
  2. Fold the rectangle in half
  3. Cut thin strips towards the folded edge, about 2/3 of the way
  4. Unfold and separate the layers into single sheets
  5. Roll straight down the center to create a thin “rope”
  6. Bring the tasseled ends together and twist the top to create a loop. Secure with a bit of tape
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6! You’ll need 8 tassels for each garland
  8. Determine how low you would like the garland to hang from the back of the chair, and cut a piece of string to size (the ones I used were 42″)
  9. Tie on the tassels starting from the middle and work outwards. Attach the finished garland to the chair, and you’re done!

    DIY tassel garland

2015 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Flowers are nice and all, but they don’t stand the test of time the way true love does. So this year – along with the bouquet of (fleetingly) beautiful roses – gift something with a longer life. Something that represents your love: lasting, helpful, smile-inducing and attractive. Here’s our list of top gift picks designed to make friends, family and soul mates feel loved all year long…

Valentine's Day Gifts

Love Letters
Why not go big and send a custom Love note to friends and family near and far? If you skipped holiday cards and didn’t quite get around to sending New Year’s cards, Valentine’s Day cards are a great way to put a little love in the mailboxes of the people you adore. Mixbook’s new Colorful Hearts card is sweet and simple. The Gold Glitter Heart card is dramatic. The Valentine Chalk card is happy and fun. And the new Made with Love card is playful and crafty. Whimsical Sentiment shows off a big, beautiful photograph with overlay text. Valentine Air Mail is designed to ensure the conveyance of affection over long distances. And Heart Collage is a minimalist and modern means of sending sweet wishes. The best part? They are easy to create – just upload your photos, print and send – and they’re 100% sugar free.

“Colorful Hearts”
Valentine's Day Gifts“Gold Glitter Heart”
Valentine's Day Gift Ideas“Valentine Chalk”
Valentine's Day Card“Made With Love”
Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day“Whimsical Sentiment”
Whimsical Valentine's Day Card“Heart Collage”
Gift Ideas

Love Notes
If one doesn’t have ruby-red note cards, how is one supposed to write love notes? We’re just saying…. Sometimes it’s all about giving someone the right tools. Customize Mixbook’s Script Monogram note cards in red for a gift that will keep on giving.

Valentine's Day Note Cards

Love Nest
If you’re lovebirds who have recently feathered your nest together, Mixbook’s pink and red Love-Joy address labels personalized with your shared address make the perfect gift. Tuck them into a gift basket filled with other housewarming items (like a custom Mixbook about the big move!).

Address Labels

Book of Love
Create a personalized photo book that chronicles the love in your life, whether that means a flurry of romantic photos or a series of hugs, kisses and hamming it up with kids, cousins and the family Labradoodle. Mixbook’s new Mod Valentine photo book theme is perfect for love portraits of all kinds. Or express your crafty side with Mixbook’s ever-popular Krafty Valentine photo book.

Valentines Day Photo BookKrafty Valentine Photo Book

Love List
Whether it’s a book about your better half or one about your mom and dad (or son and daughter!), sometimes the easiest way to express affection is by making a love list! Mixbook’s 10 Reasons Why I Love You photo book template lets you count the reasons you love anyone, and choose photographic evidence for each entry.

Photo Book Gift Idea

Love Calendar
It’s only February! A photo calendar is still a great gift – especially if your special someone(s) need more love in their life. Customize your calendar with sweet photos, then add little love notes on random to days for the rest of the year.

Calendar Gift Ideas

Love Coupons
What’s better than having an I-O-U in your back pocket for when you need a little extra affection? Create a custom coupon book that promises random acts of love and kindness whenever they’re needed.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy gifting!