Get a group of close girl friends together, and the topic of fashion is sure to come up. So why not create a whole fashion-themed bridal shower, entitled “Aisle Style”? And for a truly fun twist, make it vintage! A great way to establish this theme is with a “fashion shoot”-inspired favor table. The display itself is a perfect way to present fashion-related guest keepsakes, serving as an immediate conversation piece at the event. Plus playful fashion accessories and props allow the bride to hold an impromptu fashion shoot with her guests—and have great souvenir photos for everyone to take home. Ready, smile!
Gather the Props, Set the Scene
1. Round “bistro table”
2. Round table cloth
3. Dressmaker’s mannequin
4. Fashion accessories – like a scarf, boa, and hat
5. A spotlight (optional, but a great, fun prop!)
6. Tiered stands or cake racks
7. Signage – colorfully painted with the event’s title
8. Straw bag
9. Flowers to suit the theme such as whimsical gerbera daisies
10. Fashion-inspired guest favors (see details below)
11. Cookie boxes or other containers
12. Crinkle paper
Find a choice spot in the shower’s venue—either at the center or in one dramatically lit corner—for the favor table to truly make a statement. For a pink and purple color scheme like this one, lay a deep purple tablecloth over the table and tie a length of hot pink fabric asymmetrically across the top. Soften these strong colors with wide satin bows in cool lilac and decor accents in crisp white.
Put Up the Sign, Dress the Mannequin
Announce the shower’s playful take on fashion with a glitzy fuchsia-and-gold sign saying “Aisle Style.” And what better way to hold the signage in place than with a straw bag filled with fresh flowers? Here, they’re a handful of summery gerbera daisies in pink.
Now, for the fashion touches. Position the dressmaker’s mannequin beside the table and dress it up with vintage-style accessories. Drape it with a long shawl and a shocking fuchsia feather boa, and top it with a stylish hat. If a real dress is available, that would be even better! Finally, stand the spotlight off to one side, as a teaser of the souvenir photo shoot to follow.
Display Fashionably Feminine Favors
The stage is set. The vintage theme is clear. All is ready for the stars of the favor table—a whole array of fashion-inspired keepsakes that are ultra-feminine yet fun!
Set up the tiered stands or cake racks on the table, and use their varied heights to showcase the different favors. Have one rack display delicate tulle purses that echo the silhouette of an Hermes Kelly bag, only prettied up in lace and pearls. Fill them with the one thing a lady loves, sweet Kisses—in this case the chocolate kind, wrapped in purple foil and laid amidst pink crinkle paper to match the color scheme.
On another rack, present dainty, rose embroidered pouches reminiscent of antique lingerie—perfect if the guests have been asked to bring lingerie as shower presents. Fill these pouches with cookies cut and frosted in whimsical wedding shapes like bridal cakes, bells, and doves. Or stuff them with fragrant potpourri or loose petals to serve as lingerie drawer accessories when taken home.
Alongside, assemble a “mini flower garden” of pomander favor bags in the entire palette of pink, lilac, and white. These may hold ’50s fashionista must-haves like a vintage-inspired powder compact, mirror and lipstick case; or petite bottles of nostalgic eau de cologne.
Don’t Forget the Sweets!
What would an all-girl party be without sweets? Be sure to have some among the favors, but presented fashionably of course. For instance, no stylish lady can do without shoes—even the miniature kind. Fill petite blue-and-white porcelain pumps with tiny candies in pinks, purples, and mauves, and display them on the favor stand.
Present nostalgic treats, like delicate white meringues, in cookie boxes dressed up in wrapping paper and ribbons and lined with purple paper. In fact, any other edible goodies within the shower’s color palette and reminiscent of the vintage era would be great additions to the favor table as well.
Fashion, Fun, and Favors—All on One Table
At any bridal shower, the favor table is sure to draw attention. This one does more than just display the guest favors, though. It sets the playful mood of the party with a “fashion shoot” set-up featuring vintage accessories and a glitzy sign—a fun backdrop for showcasing the prettiest vintage-style shower favors.