Slideshow: Here Comes the Bride

Throw a shower to remember

Photos by Jeff Hobson

I love a good bridal shower. There’s so much excitement and anticipation in the air. The bride is glowing, the ladies are having fun and the champagne is flowing.  When I get to host a bridal shower, it’s even more exciting.

This summer I threw a bridal shower for a dear friend of mine. I had introduced her to a family member — and the sparks flew. When they announced their engagement the first words out of my mouth were, “I’m throwing you a shower!”

I could not have been more excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding and to throw a party that would reflect what a fun couple they are and to preview their fun Palm Springs wedding. I chose bright colors, unexpected details and really good food.

Because the Northwest doesn’t have quite the same weather as the desert, it was necessary that I create our party inside. Pink ribbons strung across the ceiling created a canopy for the table below. Brightly colored lanterns clustered around the top of the chandelier and hung from pink ribbons throughout the room created an air of whimsy.

Continuing a color scheme is simple, once it’s defined. I ordered personalized napkins, fabulous cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes inBellevueand found fabric to make into tablecloths — all in shades of pink and orange.

Creating lunch for ladies is often a challenge. Ladies’ lunches are always treated like a delicate affair, but I always end up leaving hungry. That’s why I always serve something a little more substantial.

Alexandra Hedin is a lifestyle and entertaining expert in the Pacific Northwest. She shares her love of food, design and good living in every issue of 425 magazine. Online, you can get her book, “Entertaining at Home,” at, as well as more recipes, crafts and inspiration.

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