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Plan an outdoor bridal shower

Entertaining ideas and garden-prep tips to help you host the perfect event for the bride-to-be

Snip fresh blooms to display

Flowers go a long way toward making a plain space picturesque and if you have a thriving garden, you need look no further than your own backyard for beautiful blooms. “Hydrangeas, peonies, roses and dahlias are some of the most commonly found flowers in gardens and thrive when cut and placed in water,” says O’Grady. “Large fluffy blooms in pretty pastels are perfect for an outdoor bridal shower celebration.”

Gathered in clusters and placed around the backyard, fresh-cut flowers can make your space look truly special and festive. “Enhance the look of your table settings by providing a single bloom on every napkin,” suggests O’Grady. “One of my favourite decor ideas is to hang glass vases featuring fresh-cut garden flowers from the trees. Lanterns work beautifully as well,” she says.

Using your garden’s bounty
Floral centrepieces aren’t the only way to incorporate your garden's bounty into your outdoor bridal shower. O’Grady recommends planting fresh herbs like mint, lavender, chives and basil and using them in the food and drinks you serve. “These herbs can be used to make delicious signature cocktails for the shower such as basil-infused lemonade or lavender martinis!” she says.


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