Southern California’s summer wedding season has been extremely hot this year;  taking its toll on midday outdoor celebrations. When wedding arrangements are made, all the ensuing events leading up the special day follow suit. A Nordstrom’s 90% off parking lot sale might be the only exception for a bride’s understanding of a postponed, ruined or a no-show bridal shower

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, (in this case, smoldering, sweat-wrenching heat) nor gloom of night, the wedding (and bridal shower) must go on!

This at-home bridal shower originally planned their event festivities to take place outside, but the day’s horrible heat caused the party planner to relocate indoors. With Some Johnny-on-the-spot thinking and furniture rearrangement, the home’s den was quickly converted into a lovely dining area for the guests. Pink chair sashes and champange pintuck table linens set the base the color scheme. White polywood chairs, the white painted room and decor kept the scheme light and airy. A surprise bonus was the use of the room’s TV for a cutesy slideshow of the couple’s favorite moments together.

The tablescape’s focal point were beautiful garden floral arrangements in ornate , die-cut vases. Ivory petals and pearlescent champagne marbles were used for table scattering and paper flower cut outs topped the napkins.  For flatware, it was square, square, everywhere! Even the coffee cups and saucers matched; all which complimented the pintuck.

The shower had  the super popular candy buffet with cookies, candies and adorable lil’ cupcakes.

Since the outside temperature was so warm only the food buffet and cocktail area were on the patio. Guests could enjoy drinks and serve themselves in the summer sun and retreat back into the air-conditioned house. Cocktail tables were dressed with matching linen and a floral sash added accent and body to the tables.

In the midst of this past summer’s heat wave, we’ve seen too many uncomfortable guests and melted wedding cakes. If you plan on having an outdoor event in our warm season, make sure to have cooling equipment. It’s surprising how much of a difference a few oscillating fans bring down the temperature. A little breeze is the bee’s knees!



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