I had the best time co-hosting a wedding shower for some dear friends of ours down in Houston recently. Since we live in Texas, we have done many a “fiesta” themed shower, but wanted to do something different and fun. One of the bride’s favorite restaurants in Houston is Ciro’s – since we decided on catering Italian Food, a Tuscan theme arose. My husband and I just went to Italy for two weeks this past September so I really enjoyed bringing in some authentic Italian touches that we enjoyed on our trip. Follow along to see pictures of all of the decor and elements of the shower. Please share in the comment any ideas for an Italian themed party you have thrown as well!
Invitations: We ordered the invitations from Etsy and printed them ourselves with a scalloped edge and mailed them out.
The Guest Book: We ordered a custom bottle of red wine with the bride and groom’s picture and set out gold sharpies as the guest book.
Floral: We ordered tons of greenery from wholesalegarlands.com and they did an amazing job! We purchased quite a few lemons to mix in with the greenery and added votive candles all around. Then we added a few flower arrangements for the outside tables and used butcher paper with Italian sayings. The garlands were very affordable and looked amazing!
Napkins: I had some custom napkins made with the Groom’s last name from Wabash Road. I kept these simple so that the bride and groom could use the extras in their home after the shower.
Bikes: My father-in-law gave my MIL and I these adorable bikes for Christmas. We decided to incorporate them into the decor and it was a hit. One we used outdoors and put hydrangeas in the basket – it made a great photo prop. The other we put by the front door with all of the party favors in the basket.
Other Items: One of our hostesses had a magnolia wreath at home and she made a banner to put on it for the front door which added a nice personal touch and welcome to the party. Another hostess had the window frame below and filled it with pictures of the bride and groom which we placed by the gifts. I love incorporating personalized elements to the party.
Appetizers: This is probably what I am most proud of from the shower – our appetizer spread. This part we made ourselves. We offered bruschetta, charcuterie boards, cheese trays with all the fixings, bread and more. It created a great anchor and wow factor for the guests.
Main Course: We ordered in the entrees from Ciro’s in Houston and made a large salad and garlic bread to accompany the meal. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the pastas, but we just served them in silver chaffing dishes. For dinner, we rented 40+ white plates which were a great deal and make a much nicer statement than paper plates at a party. We also used real flatware to serve as well.
Dessert: We hired a Gelato Cart and it was a hit. Dolce Neve is a local gelateria in Houston and it was fabulous. Marco, one of the owners, who is actually from Italy came to cater our party – he could not have been nicer and the gelato could not be more authentic and absolutely delicious. They have stores and offer catering in both Austin and Houston! The bride’s favorite is strawberry and the groom’s favorite is chocolate which made it an easy choice on what to serve.
Party Favors: For those of you who have visited Italy, you know that Limoncello is an after dinner delicacy. Therefore as the party favors, I brewed and bottled limoncello. I will be following up with the limoncello recipe and instructions soon.
Photobook: As one last hostess gift for the bride and groom, I made them a phonebook of the party so they can keep that to cherish the fun memories of an evening with family and friends. I used Mixbook.com – you can preview the book I made here.