A Traditional Bridesmaid Bridal Shower

When Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers gets asked how to pull off great party style on a budget, her answer is always the same: “Go and get yourself some flowers. Plus a friend or two. Then some wine. Weave these things into everything you can think of and you’ve got it!”

Yes, it really is that easy! And the proof is in the pictures, as you can see. Izzy Hudgins Photography took beautiful photos of this bridesmaid bridal shower that bloomed with fresh flowers (on crowns and corsages, too!) and a welcome display that dazzled with greenery. Christy even created a simple tutorial below on how to make your very own stylish floral corsage and a gorgeous bridal shower centerpiece.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and start pinning your favorite photos for your own bridesmaid bridal shower.

DIY How to Make a Bridal Shower Centerpiece

Just about any kitchen vessel in your cupboard can provide an elegantly simple foundation for a lush, floral centerpiece. Plus I love to help my friends like Alva & Austrie and The Glitter Life   incorporate their own fresh flowers into events like my family does (http://blog.potterybarn.com/diy-cake-stand-centerpiece/). So gather your group to  group a few pretty peonies and the like together on floral foam for a no-fuss, low, informal yet luscious and gorgeous tablescape. Allow your hostess to take the container home at the end of the evening; viola! Your gift is covered, too.


  • Your Favorite Wood Vessel

  • Vase of water

  • A Block of Floral Foam

  • Clippers

  • Foraged Greenery

  • Blooms: Garden rose, Poppy, Blushing Bride, Blackberries, Peonies, Ranuculous, Wax Flower, Dusty Miller

Step 1 Gather your blooms and friends. Flower shops and flower markets are a great place to round up a focal flowers. Select blooms in various shapes – long lines, soft & fluffy, tiny, large, and viney.

Step 2 Place a block of soaked floral foam. Covering as much area as you like.

Step 3 Start with a base of foliage and round, low, fluffy blooms like Roses and Peonies to support the rest of your flowers.

Step 4 Add long stemmed blooms like Poppies and Wax Flower around the flower base you all made.

Step 5 Add remaining flowers along the edges and in places that are sparse. Be sure to work around the vessel to keep the arrangement balanced. We added several flowers that peeped over the arrangement for wild, natural look.

Tip: for an artistic, natural look use a variety of colors and textures to give dimension like branches of blueberries and blushing bride protea.

Step 6 Use any leftover flowers throughout the environment to create a cohesive feel – in vases, on flower halos, even on dogs! 🙂


DIY A Wrist Corsage She Can Keep

I get so many requests for something new, alternatives to the old style corsages like the ones somebody’s grandmother used to wear. You know the ones on elastic, metal clamps and glue, like you wore to the prom with boring flowers? We don’t do those anymore, if I can help it. Plus the ribbon wrap is so sweet. The silk flower component of this makes it a fashionable accessory that looks fresh long after the wedding day – even tied around a pony tail. Ideal for MIL’s, flower girls, bridesmaids the day of the wedding or the bride if she’s a party honoree. So let’s get to work on these pretty little things for all of your favorite people.

Join me as I show it all to Alva & Austrie and The Glitter Blog & Izzy Hudgins Photography.

A silk flower
Wire cutters
Nickel Metal Bases

Step 1: Choose your flower. I love the white. And the soft, round aesthetic of a ranuculous. It’s elegant and big. Plus it means, “I’m dazzled by your charms” in flower-ese which perfectly describes my feelings for the bride, Ashley Usry. Gardenia’s and garden roses are great options, too.

Step 2: Cut a large bloom off one of the stems using the wire cutter. Try to cut so the flower is as flat on the bottom as can be.

Step 3: Trim the ribbon 15” – 18” depending on the wrist size. Fold it in half to find the center of the ribbon.

Step 4: Glue the flower to the center of the ribbon.

Step 5: Glue the nickel metal base (any size 16mm – 18mm) to the other side of the ribbon to stabilize the flower. Tie on her wrist and have fun. You made a flower corsage she can keep!
Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography | Location Selection & Hand lettering: Alva & Austrie | Flower Selection: Mark Jackson, Cutflower Atlanta | Flowers farm: Rosaprima Roses | Flower Garland, Centerpiece & Halo: Amanda Currier & Christy Hulsey Colonial House of Flowers | Floral Supplies: Syndicate Sales | Hand Poured Candles: Southern Soy Candle | Models: Maggie Buckley, Marley Jones, Halei Jo Sessum, Ashley Usry & Misty Williamson all of Georgia Southern University | Wardrobe:  Cobbler’s Bench | Wardrobe Styling: The Glitter Life | Ribbon: Lion Offray | Wine Glasses: Dish | Wine: Cameron Hughes | Small Bites: Brownie Brittle


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