A Charming October Shower

By Vanessa Pitts

 

October is the most popular month for weddings in Tennessee, followed by June. It’s clear why: Tennessee is blessed with autumns drenched in color and crisp weather. October lends itself to creating a warm palette for a wedding and bridal shower that echoes the beauty of nature. And with vintage finds from GasLamp and GasLamp Too, one can create a charming bridal shower for a beautiful bride, which I recently did.  

 

In the case of this shower, I played on the name of the season and called the event “Fall in Love.” The overall design began with the invitation. Etsy provides many options for the do-it-yourselfer, because one can order custom creations formatted for printing at home. One can also order lovely preprinted options from Etsy.

 

The decorations for the “Fall in Love” shower included a mix of vintage pieces and a collection of Bella Casa Susan Paley lady vases by Ganz that I have collected over time. They have names like Daisy, Francis and Lillian, which make them delightful for a hen party of any stripe – and perfect for a bridal shower.

 

Blocks of fall color were added using by using Peruvian lilies (also called Alstroemeria) in the lady vases to compliment the colorful linens, which were in shades of rust, pumpkin, cream and brown. Other themed and creative touches rounded out the vintage- and fall-inspired décor: paper bunting, straw bales, corn stalks, multicolored mums, sweet scarecrows, photos in aged frames and cozy pillows.

 

 This was a Sunday afternoon bridal shower, so the plan was for light munchies with Southern flair and fall flavors. The menu included:

 

· Hot chicken-and-waffle sliders

·  Focaccia biscuits

· Veggie cups with chipotle ranch dip

· Assorted cheeses & fruits

· Apple crisp

· Sunflower cupcakes in fudge or vanilla flavors

· S’mores by the outdoor fire pit

· Caramel apple sangria (see recipe below)

· Fruit tea

· Pumpkin spiced lattes

 

Serving pieces were also a mix of vintage finds, including a tiered server made of wood and iron, my grandmother’s punchbowl, burlap, an old Double Cola drink crate and printed napkins. All of the elements coalesced to set a warm and friendly buffet that was perfect for family and friends.

 

Guests took a little fall flavor home with them in the form of homemade caramel sauce and a juicy apple tucked into a sunflower motif paper bag. This bridal shower was certainly a success filled with Tennessee charm.

 

Caramel Apple Sangria

2 medium apples, chopped

6 cups apple cider

Ice cubes made with a bit of cider, apples and raspberries frozen in a muffin tin

1 cup caramel-flavored vodka

1 bottle (750 ml) pinot grigio (or a favorite mild white wine)

 

 

 

 

 

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