“The Hunt is Over” – Bridal Shower

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By: Amy Miller for Freshly Married

Hi. Wedding shower fun here! Last weekend I threw my SIL a bridal shower and it was great! I literally spent two months planning and getting excited to do it because I had a fun idea that was unique to her and unique to bridal showers in general. She LOVES hunting, fishing, that outdoorsy stuff, AND perfectly enough — her fiance loves all of that too! So I thought it was a fun idea to do a hunting themed shower for her… “THE HUNT IS OVER!”

My hours on Pinterest paid off in a way that pointed me in the right direction but helped me put my own spin on it. There were a few ideas of hunting themed parties for either retirement of an avid hunter, or even “pink camo” style bridal showers. BUT my SIL hates pink camo, haha. So I had some inspiration, but was able to do it a little differently 🙂 I wanted it to be girly, lovey-dovey (celebrating love here!), and also be outdoorsy but not have it turn into an 8-year-old boy’s army themed birthday party! Soooo I chose to go with bright green, hunter green, gold, ivory, kraft color, and burlap for the color scheme.

This banner hung above the trail mix bar to help complete the look. Happened to find these awesome gold foil deer stickers that went perfectly with the invitations and envelopes.  🙂 I took out a painting in this barn wood frame and used it for the day, haha. Twine and clothespins went well too.

The resin “C” was just perf for decor and so they can keep it for home decor or something personal later 🙂

When I found that fun phrase: “He took a shot, and she said yes!” I KNEW I HAD TO USE IT! I put it on the invitations and for their cute little photo collage.

She is doing a barn style wedding so they had a bunch of logs already cut for other decor. I figured that’s perfect for this too, let’s do it!

The trail mix bar was one of my favorite parts that I was super excited about! I tried to do catchy labels that worked with the snack item and the hunting theme.

“Catch of the day” — Swedish Fish

“Happy Trails” — Trail Mix

“Ammunition” — Chocolate covered coconut balls

“Gone Fishin” — Goldfish crackers

“Got Bait?” — Gummy Worms

“Camo Mix” — Mint M&M’S and Hershey’s almond drops

 We had a beautiful table display with other awesome treats!

I did “Cowgirl cookies” which were my famous oatmeal chocolate chip recipe but with green and brown M&M minis on top 🙂

And no I didn’t spend 30 minutes separating the colors of the M&M minis…. ok I did.

We did magic bars — “Trail mix bars,” Lime bars/tarts because they were green, and Smore’s cupcakes 🙂

Sad story: I made the cupcakes and was so proud of how they looked but I somehow never actually ate one myself, haha.

Weddings can be stressful, but bridal showers can be fun! People tend to get wrapped up in the little details of the celebration. I even noticed myself doing that with planning this shower! However celebrating a marriage is not about this stuff! It’s not about all the gifts, or the decorations, or the refreshments. It’s about celebrating two people who found love and who want to commit their lives to each other! Of course, these things can make the celebration more fun and memorable, but it’s all so temporal. I mean, these cupcakes lasted for like 6 hours. It’s the marriage that is going to last forever 🙂

Start “forever” off right and don’t stress about the little details.

P.S. I DID NOT do this without help! Thanks to the whole fam for making treats, cleaning, arranging and decorating 🙂

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