Last Fall we threw a French Boudoir themed lingerie shower (aka personal shower) for my sweet cousin Kendra. In the South, lingerie showers are as common as bridal showers but the inspiration is still quite limited online so I was excited for the challenge to come up with something unique.
Photos courtesy of The Three Photography.
I knew I wanted to use drawers on the food table as well as present a bedroom type look for the table and surrounding area. I raided my mom’s house for shabby chic drawers and lined the inside with scrapbook paper in pastel hues. I then stacked the drawers and added tulle and candles to romance the setting. I hung sheer curtains to give the illusion of a canopy bed and tied tulle ribbon to white strung lights to resemble stars. I also incorporated lace to tie back to the lingerie theme. We displayed the food in the drawers and when the guest of honor began opening her gifts, we removed the food and displayed the gifts in the drawers for guests to view.
The menu included Pumpkin Spice Lattes upon arrival. In the drawers we displayed hors d’oeuvres such as corn dip, zucchini slices and fruit and cheese trays. For dessert we offered homemade Nutella Cheesecake in chocolate cups and an assortment of La Madeline bakery items. We presented most of the food in individual servings to give the impression that the food had been professionally prepared.
At her bridal shower a few weeks prior, I interviewed Kendra’s closest friends and family with questions about her and her fiancé’s relationship. At the lingerie shower, we played the video for entertainment while Kendra opened her gifts. I also interviewed Kendra and Patrick with the same questions and played their responses at the end. Watching someone open lingerie can be slightly awkward so the video helped lighten the mood. Below are the questions I asked:
How did Kendra and Patrick meet?
When did Kendra and Patrick start dating?
Who made the first move?
Who said “I love you” first?
Who will be in control of the checkbook?
Who spends more money?
When should Kendra and Patrick start having kids?
Who has the crazier family, Kendra or Patrick?
Where should Kendra and Patrick go on their honeymoon?
What is your advice for the best way to work out a disagreement?
Any other advice for the newlyweds?
We made Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub to put in mini mason jars and tied with lace and a spoon for guests to take home as a party favor. There are several recipes online but we used the following for 30 small jars:
8 Cups of Brown Sugar
4 Cups of Granulated Sugar
8 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 Cups of Vegetable Oil
A special thanks to all of the hostesses who helped with the shower: Aubrey, Chanea, Krista, Chandra, Brittany, Rachel, Emily, Amy, Ashton and Lauren!