If you’ve been reading lately, you know that my mother and I teamed up to throw a surprise bridal shower for my sis-in-law Priscila, in preparation for the sure-to-be-amazing wedding Priscila and my brother Michael are planning for this July in Lima, Peru (Priscila’s home). We embraced a travel theme, with extra special attention paid to all things Peruvian, North American, Swedish & Parisian. (Mike & Priscila met in Sweden and vacationed in Paris).
I spent the weeks leading up to the shower crafting. My living room was filled with maps, globes and tissue paper, and my fingers had a permanent layer of mod podge on them for days at a time. The morning of the shower, I loaded up our SUV with boxes and boxes, and carted all of my creations to my parent’s house in Pennsylvania – where I was met by a team of extremely helpful – and obedient 😉 – relatives & friends. Together we hung, tied and arranged our way through the morning to prep for the party!
Luckily for me, I had my parents’ beautiful home & decor, plus their gorgeous gardens, as a backdrop for our projects & displays. We’ll start at the welcome table located by the front door, and work our way through my favorite highlights of our decor & DIY projects. (Psst… we served delicious food from all four of our featured countries, which you can read the details about here).
Welcome Table (and Interactive Map!)
Even though Priscila saw this little set-up as she walked in the front door, before entering the family room where all of her guests sat waiting to surprise her – she was so not-expecting-a-shower that the didn’t even notice and/or register what the giant map & globe display might mean, and just kept walking straight to her special surprise-your-mother-traveled-from-Peru-to-be-here moment!
On the wall hung a giant laminated world map, which was taped to the wall & jazzed up with some bunches of tissue paper taped in the corners.
Guests were invited to use dry-erase markers to write their initials on countries they’d visited, which led to some fun conversations and some “I had no idea you traveled so much, Aunt Sis” moments!
On the table we placed a box full of travel & postal-themed postcards, and invited guests to write special notes, words of advice, recipes, etc., for Priscila to enjoy.
As I described in this post, the mantle above the fireplace features all of the special souvenirs brought from Peru by Priscila & Michael over the years, with a lovely vintage-style world map hanging above. (We attached wooden dowels to the top and bottom of the map, and hung it with twine).
The ‘Love is a Journey’ banner was DIYed by simply printing the letters onto nice sturdy cream cardstock, mounted onto Kraft paper cardstock. I punched two holes in the top corners of each letter, and ran some of the Divine Twine Airmail baker’s twine through to hang.
DIY Decoupaged Cake Stands & Dessert Table Display
We created levels, height & fun points of interest on the dessert table by using a pair of vintage hat boxes, cardboard suitcases, glass cake stands, and some DIY-ed Cake Stands decoupaged with maps.
I made cupcake toppers out of road maps, using toothpicks & double-sided tape.
And if, perchance, you happen to live in the Philadelphia-suburb area, you should make your way to the lovely town of Quakertown for some delicious macarons from Moussey Moose Bakery!
I shared how I put together these travel themed favor packages here – they were filled with Swedish fish! I made the “Baggage Claim” banner using this template – printing the letters I needed onto Kraft paper and cutting out the diamonds. I then used double sided tape to secure each letter over some “Airmail” baker’s twine.
We tied Kraft paper luggage tags to mason jars w/ the Airmail twine, and provided markers for guests to label their jars.
My father & uncle hung the inflatable globes & paper lanterns adorned with tissue paper flowers from my parent’s oak tree. You can see the full DIY here.
Globe & Lanterns – Oriental Trading Co.
Priscila’s mother, Mili, brought all kinds of fun things from Peru. She brought a pinata, which we all enjoyed taking a swing at, that was filled with Peruvian chocolate, candy, and little toys & gifts.
She also brought some fun handmade hats from a market in Lima, which all the ladies got to wear. Priscila rocked hers while opening gifts.
It was such a lovely day of family, friends, good food and fun!
I think that about wraps up my posts about the shower – so don’t forget to check out the first few installments here & here, see the DIY invitations here, and feast your eyes on the delicious, international food here. In just a few weeks I’ll be sharing pictures and stories from Priscila & Michael’s wedding in Peru… how exciting!!