Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ashleigh's Bridal Shower with a Vintage Twist

Last Sunday we held our daughter Ashleigh's bridal shower. She and Kyle will be getting married in the Fall. It was a beautiful day to celebrate our bride-to-be. Since we catered the food, I was able to focus on making projects and cleaning our home.

I was thrilled that Ashleigh requested to have a vintage-themed bridal shower. Here I will share with you the projects I made, many of them with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine (I will refer to it as "Cameo"). As you will see, the Cameo is a machine that has amazing capabilities.

The Pinterest inspired wreath on the front door was made with a grapevine wreath, rose garland, tulle and ribbon.

Ashleigh brought a slide show with her for us to watch on the TV.

I found this sign while out shopping on a recent trip to French Lick, Indiana. I thought that Ashleigh could use it on her back porch. Ashleigh loves anything Beatles.

With the Cameo, I printed and cut photos of Ashleigh playing bride as a child. I used heavy cardstock for both the photos and easels (also cut via Cameo) that were attached to the backs for support. 

The Bride to be sign, attached to a chalk painted picture frame with gold trim was designed by me and cut from glitter cardstock via the Cameo.

Other glitter signs hang amid vintage bottles in an old jar with a Christmas camera ornament from Pottery Barn. 

The bride and grooms initials, also designed on the Cameo, were placed in a beautiful old frame I found at Goodwill.

A friend loaned us this beautiful dress from her bridal gown collection. Our guests were a little confused at first as they thought it might be Ashleigh's gown. LOL

Fabric and lace were added to other dress forms I have in my collection.

Words were made with Scrabble tiles. Ashleigh loves to play the Scrabble game.

More Scrabble tiles were available to make words with during the shower.

Another friend sent me wonderful wedding ephemera that added to our vintage enjoyment.

She also also sent the vintage Wedding Keepsake for the Bride and Groom booklet that was placed on a shelf with other wonderful old objects that I've been collecting since my retirement from nursing a few years ago.

The "Wedding March" sign was made with my Cameo

A while back, a friend gave me this adorable little bride and groom trinket box that proved to be a sweet addition to the decor.

We played "count the buttons in the jar" where everyone wrote their guesses on round button cards that were cut via my Cameo. The winner guessed 1200 buttons which was less than the actual 1431 buttons in the jar. Yes, I counted each and every button before the shower! The other game we played was the ring game. Everyone starts with one ring and if they are caught saying the word "bride", their ring can get snatched by another guest. 

the signs, inspired by Pinterest, were created via the Cameo

A few years ago, when I was on my chalk painting kick, I had no way of knowing that I would use this 1950s metal dollhouse as a prop for Ashleigh's bridal shower. I wanted to show what Ashleigh and Kyles' home might be like. Lace and a garland of round discs with "The Moore Home" (letters cut via Cameo) lines the top with a blingy door knocker and key. Vintage objects filled the little rooms. 

Tangerine is the name of Ashleigh and Kyle's dog. She is a mix of beagle and dachshund.

Old buttons, gold glitter rings and pastel mints on a table covered with a 1950s floral table cloth added to the vintage-style theme of the shower.

Here is one of the table decorations I made using inspiration from Pinterest: the base is a small mason jar, wooden clothespins dolls, pipe cleaners, shredded sheet music and flowers from old hats.

The tasty muffins and cupcakes had toppers of hearts punched from vintage letters.

Other food we had was fruit, pasta salad, chicken salad sandwiches and quiche. 

White roses were placed in a vase Ashleigh found at Goodwill and spray painted for her wedding table decor. 

Our basement has a stage (Ashleigh was a singer and performer when we built the house ten years ago) and this is where she sat when she opened her gifts. Behind her a line of guitar hooks on the wall were embellished with huge silver glitter letters spelling B R I D E that had been cut with my Cameo and attached to the hooks with tulle.

Sheer fabric was inserted under her throne. Scrabble tiles spelling Mrs. Moore reserved her seat.

Vintage kitchen table cloths covered the tables.

Watching a bride open her gifts is so much fun!

I affixed the gift ribbons to a paper plate for her wedding rehearsal bouquet.

I cannot believe my baby girl is getting married soon!

My sweet daughter Ashleigh and I

We had a really great group of ladies (and a few men) celebrating with us!

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!

The guests went home with a party favor of a delicious Godiva cheesecake truffle wrapped in a small heart-shaped tart tin, shredded sheet music, and tied with tulle and vintage ribbon.

I'll take a little break and then get going on my next list of projects to make for Ashleigh and Kyle's wedding day. This is truly a DIY wedding and we wouldn't have it any other way!


  1. A daughter's bridal showers and all the other activities associated with the wedding are such exciting events. Everything was so beautiful for Ashleigh's shower! Your daughter looks so much like you. She is gorgeous too!

  2. How special all of the memories will be of the time and effort you took to make her shower so special. Lots of great ideas.


  3. Oh Patty, everything turned out beautifully. You are so creative and the vintage theme could not have been more perfect. And I love the Moore house!! I know the wedding will be beautiful. Love you!

  4. Wow! You outdid yourself with the shower decorations.

    I love the idea of the Scrabble tiles for making words.

  5. Oh, Patty, the decorations are simply beautiful! I love to see your work, and this collection for the shower is wonderful. You are so gifted! And you always manage to inspire me. :-) Is your daughter still doing her art work?

  6. Love everything!!! But especially the Ring Game :-)


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