One of the highlights of my summer was throwing a bridal shower for my best friend Rachel! She’s the sweetest girl and she deserved a bridal shower just as sweet as her! As I started planning, one of the first things on my checklist was bridal shower flowers. What better way to decorate than with beautiful blooms all around?
Rachel’s bridal shower was held outside, and the ladies would be seated at a twenty-foot long banquet-style table. I knew from the start that I wanted a eucalyptus runner that would smell lovely and look gorgeous. I chatted with a flower consultant at FiftyFlowers, and she helped point me in the right direction.
With her guidance, I chose a silver dollar eucalyptus, spray roses, and an extra combo pack of flowers to complete the look. That gave me enough to set the main table, plus add arrangements on the dessert table, gift table and throughout the area.
The FiftyFlowers experience was amazing! The flowers showed up three days before the bridal shower, ensuring that they would be in full bloom on the day of the event. FiftyFlowers provided detailed instructions on how to prepare the flowers. It was so easy to create professional-looking arrangements, all on a DIY budget!
Here, I’ll walk you through the entire process, complete from what I ordered to how I arranged it, so you can create this amazing look, too!
1. Place Your Order and Talk to a Flower Consultant
Talking to a flower consultant is super helpful because they have a lot of knowledge about what kinds of flowers will work for your event. For example, Rachel’s bridal shower was outdoors, so I needed sturdy flowers and greenery that could stand up to the heat! A flower consultant can also provide guidance on how many flowers you’ll need, what vases to get, how to prep the flowers and answer any questions you have about arranging the flowers along the way.
Here’s exactly what I ordered from FiftyFlowers:
- silver dollar eucalyptus garland
- Silver dollar eucalyptus greens
- Porcelain pink spray roses
- Lush garden romance DIY flower combo pack with white hydrangeas, white anemones, white ranunculus and white scabiosa
2. Prepare the Bridal Shower Flowers
The flowers arrived three days before the bridal shower. They showed up at my doorstep in large, carefully packed FiftyFlowers boxes. I hauled them into my kitchen and began removing the garland and flowers from the boxes. Quickly I had filled every vase (and pitcher) in my kitchen with blooms.
I snipped on each stem about four inches up at a diagonal to help them better soak up water. FiftyFlowers includes flower food with each order, and I added that to all the water. Within a few hours, the flowers looked perky and fresh.
3. Arrange the Flower Table Runner
On the morning of the bridal shower, I got up at 6 a.m., literally eager to start arranging the flowers. I started carrying all the vases and pitchers outside to the area where we were having the shower.
First, I laid out the massive eucalyptus garland on the table, and snipped off a few leaves that weren’t fresh. Then, I took the individual sprigs of loose eucalyptus and carefully laid them on top of the garland to give it even more height and added fluffiness.
(At this point, my husband joined me outside and laid out all the place settings, which gave me a frame of reference so I wouldn’t expand the garland too far out and interfere with people’s plates!)
Now it came time to add the flowers. I snipped roses one by one, leaving only about three inches of stem on each one so I could tuck the stem into the garland. Then I laid them out along the garland, spacing them out so there were ample roses along with the runner. I also peppered in a few of the mixed flowers to add some visual interest! Here are some more shots of how the flower table runner turned out:
4. Make the Rest of the Arrangements
Next up: arrangements for the gift table and dessert table. This was essentially a free-for-all. I started with the focal flower (the roses) and then added in the filler flowers and greenery. To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what I was doing and winged it — but it was fun and it came out great!
5. Decorate the Cake with Flowers
Last but certainly not least, we added some spray roses and rosemary to the gorgeous, three-layer cake that was lovingly baked by bridesmaid (and bridal shower photographer) Drea Castro.
In addition to the cake, most of the desserts were also handmade by guests and ‘maids, and all of the food in our massive taco buffet was also homemade. It was a true DIY triumph from start to finish, and Rachel couldn’t have been happier — and isn’t that the whole point?!
Disclosure: I work with FiftyFlowers and this order of flowers was a gift from the company!