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How to Throw a Vintage Bridal Shower

A vintage bridal shower is the perfect way to celebrate the multi-generational experience. We've got the 411 on how to throw a vintage bridal shower.

Many brides today have two or three showers to attend. One may be hosted at work, another with friends, and still another with a large group of family members.

In my mind, when creating this shower, I thought of a celebration with aunts and grandmothers and cousins - a multi-generational experience with the infusion of elderly wisdom and homespun recipes. When you host a bridal shower with an eye for vintage design, you can add instant charm to an outdoor setting.

Set the scene with a lunch table that’s placed outside under the shade of a tree. A color palette of creams and whites with a hint of blue is serene and relaxing.

A low centerpiece of hydrangeas allows easy conversation while incorporating one of the most “antique” flowers.

Each place setting gets a tin favor box filled with candy and tied with a nametag. Vintage-style paper placemats are found online and add style while keeping a budget. Use clear plates so the design shines through.

The nice thing about decorating with a vintage style is that things don’t have to be so “perfect.” Napkins and utensils are bound by strips of fabric that are torn rather than cut, for a time-worn look, and canning jars get new life as drinking glasses, dressed up with a strip of lace and twine.

To end the meal on a sweet note, set up a vintage-style sweets table filled with memories and recipes of times gone by. Rustic tin plaques display the initials of the bride and groom, while a jar holds old tin cookie cutters. More tin graces the table in the form of dry goods containers. You can also serve family favorite recipes on different levels for an appetizing display.

An old window adds architectural detail to the display, and hanging swags add shabby chic charm.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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