Planning a bridal shower for a friend? Host a laid-back soiree perfect for a lazy June Saturday. With these ideas, you can put on a lovely summer celebration without losing your cool.
Go for a Farmhouse Picnic
Perfect for a slow and sweltering summer day, guests will have fine time at a covered picnic. For country-fresh tablecloths, use sheets, cotton yardage, or oilcloth. Plop cushions on hay bales or benches, and suspend paper or fabric "flags" from lengths of twine.
Drinks and Dessert Station
Guests are kept hydrated and happy - before and during the party- with a nearby beverage and dessert station. Frozen Raspberry Cake, anyone?
Easy Table Linens
Linens needn't be ironed. Lay the cloth in the morning, and let the summer humidity gently smooth its creases.
Shower a bride-to-be with good wishes at a sit-down buffet. China and glassware needn't match. Use what you have, and if you require more, ask a friend to bring along a few extras.
Consider Tea-Room decor
Play up the look with the aforementioned ragtag china cups, posies from the garden and cupcakes frosted in a multitude of floral hues. A printed-paper tablecloth with coordinating printed napkins lends the table busy English cheer. The medley of color and pattern is easy to assemble even if you don't own a lot of dishes. Visit a flea market - and if you can't, call your mum.
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