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There’s nothing like a good tribal boho inspiration board to get you in the mood for a She-Shed. I’ve got to admit, the first time I heard about the She-Shed phenomenon I thought it was kind of silly. But in all reality… my husband, who I love dearly, would prefer I design a space like this for me to have as all mine. So I suppose I’ll have to indulge in the possibility of a She-Shed in the future. I can just imagine myself curling up to read a good book or doodling to my heart’s content. If you’re lucky enough to be designing a boho room now, get clickin on the links above to see where you can find all these sumptuous details!
Today’s post has me all giddy inside! When my friend Sarah got engaged I just knew this boho chic would need her very own bohemian bridal shower. My mind, and Pinterest, dreamt of delicate feathers, dream catchers floating in the breeze, antlers adorned with flowers, a flower crown bar for our guests and my absolute favorite, a lace and ribbon teepee. Sarah’s bohemian shower was my go-to craft escape for weeks and I am so excited to share it with you! If you’re diggin’ on this vibe, keep reading! Everything you need to pull this look together is right here, from recipes, to printables, you name it.
No bohemian shower would be complete without inviations to set the mood
In our last post I shared all of the signage I created for the shower. It was important to me that there were some obvious, cohesive elements to an otherwise eclectic scene. To see each of these in more detail and download your own, check out the Bohemian Bridal Shower Signage post next!
Give your guests something to do with a DIY Flower Crown Bar
This was by far one of my favorite elements of the shower. As our guests arrived they were invited to create their own flower crown to get in the bohemian vibe. The crowns gave our guests a fun activity to do and acted as a shower favor simultaneously. Besides, we wanted to give them a reason to pose in front our teepee!
Make a statement with a lace and ribbon teepee for photo ops!
A unique twist on a photo booth, the teepee was a fun way to stage the party and get everyone involved in the fun! It was made even better by having a professional photographer on hand… thanks Brooke Hughes Photography for catching so many memories!
It's all in the details
I must say, styling this shower was just too much fun! Here’s a description and some photos of just a few things I made for the shower to give you your own part inspiration: Dream catchers hung about the food table as a backdrop and above the tables as makeshift chandeliers. Table centerpieces were crafted out of antlers and eucalyptus garlands. While each table had mismatched linens in soft blue strewn about, the place settings were adorned with eucalyptus leaves and feathers. A too-die-for naked cake was the cherry on top! Find my recipe here. We wanted to make sure our bride had a takeaway from all of us; so we created a giant wooden letter to sign to hang in their master bedroom. The overall look wasn’t fussy but I couldn’t be happier with how it all came together!
The cherry on top was this babe to the right. From the get-go her style was my inspiration for the shower. I love you to the moon and back Baby G! I’m so thankful for your friendship and the chance to make these unforgettable memories together. Brooke Hughes Photography, thank you for the fabulous photos as always.
I hope this event has inspired you to throw a bohemian bridal shower of your own! Coordinating a shower with several bridesmaids? Send them all here for a job to create a cohesive look 🙂
Planning to throw a bridal shower for one of your best gal pals? You simply can’t go wrong with antlers, dream catchers, feathers and flowers. The perfect recipe for a bohemian bridal shower. You want the best for your best friend, but pulling together a shower can be a time-consuming feat in it of itself. And getting a group of girls to pull together a cohesive look… a seemingly insurmountable feat at times. Have no fear, in just a few clicks you can have all of the essentials you need to pull together an eclectic, bohemian shower that’s sure to impress. Download and frame each individual file to set up for your gal pal’s big day.
Set the tone for a pinterest-perfect bohemian bridal shower with this downloadable invitation and insert. Use twine and a small feather to make a sleeve for your invite and insert to really make this invitation pop! Purchase here.
Dress up your bohemian champagne mimosa bar with this adorable printable. Chances are you may have a mimosa bar at an upcoming bridal shower or celebratory gathering… great choice! 🙂 This printable will look great next to your fabulous display of champagne bottles and juice carafes.
Dress up your shower or wedding guest book station with this fun printable. Provide your bride-to-be with a customized wooden letter guest book at your next event and they can display it proudly in their home. This printable will look great next to your keepsake and will instruct your guests to partake in the fun.
Download and print your signage today and you’ll be all set for your upcoming shower. Stay tuned later this week to see the prints in action at our own boho bridal shower, complete with flower crowns and teepees! There’s too much cuteness I can hardly contain myself 🙂
I’m not sure why I choose to challenge myself in the times when it matters most; but somehow I willingly pile on the stress by taking on projects I have no idea how to do. My husband says I just don’t know how to say “no,” but I’d like to think I’ve just learned to strive under pressure… We’ll stick with this scenario. This was the case this past week when I decided to tackle a naked cake for my girlfriend’s bohemian bridal shower. I mean… no pressure… if it sucks, only like 30 women will know!
I knew that my girlfriend Sarah had been swooning over naked cakes on Pinterest for months, so I knew I had to give it a try. But really, I mean it when I say, I have zero experience in the cake-baking area. Luckily, my mom’s best friend, the cake-baking queen, gifted me a cake cookbook as a gift at my own shower. So I opened up the trusty cake bible and went hunting for the perfect recipe. I was slightly more confident following along with the personal tid bits and tricks hand written in the margin. (Thank you Kelly!)
I stumbled upon the following recipe for Bride Cake and made my own alterations as I went. The tough thing about cake baking was that I couldn’t “test it out” before the big day. It would be a tad bit obvious if there were a bite taken out of it; so I crossed my fingers and prayed, really hard. To my surprise, it was delicious! And ladies, I have to admit it was so easy and fool proof. If I can wing-it, I know you can knock it out of the park. So here’s my trusted recipe. I hope you’ll give it a go for your next party. I’m not a huge fan of frosting, so the thin layer of frosting on the naked cake, plus the raspberry jam made it a slam dunk!
Bride Cake: “The Naked Version”
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 27-29 minutes
Assembly time: 20 minutes
Pam to spray the bottom of your pans
Flour for dusting pans
2 packages (18.25 oz) plain white cake mix
2 cups milk
16 tablespoons butter (2 sticks) melted … so you believe me it’s good now, right?
8 large eggs
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 containers Cream Cheese Frosting (I prefer Duncan Hines)
1 jar of seedless raspberry jam (I prefer Knotts)
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with Pam and then dust with flour. Shake out any excess flour and set the pans aside.
Place the cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 more minutes. The batter should look well blended. Pour HALF of the batter in to the two cakes pans and reserve the rest for later. You’ll have to bake the other two halves when these have finished. Place the pans in the oven side by side.
Bake the cakes until they are light brown and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 27-29 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edge of the cakes and invert each onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely for 30 minutes or so.
While the cakes are cooling repeat the process with the second half of the batter. Dust the pans once more and cook the other two rounds in the oven and repeat step 3.
Place one round on a serving platter. Spread a generous layer of raspberry jam on the top of the round. Using a spatula, spread a generous rim of frosting on top of the first round to seal the edges. Place the next cake round on top and repeat the process. On the final round do not spread jam across the top. Using a frosting spatula, spread a thin layer of frosting across the top and take your spatula to smooth out any excess frosting that has squished out of the sides of the rounds. The idea is to spread it thinly so that the cake shows through. (This is the fabulous part about this recipe; you really can’t mess it up because it’s meant to look “messy”)
Garnish the cake with greenery or fresh raspberries.
Most importantly… enjoy! Let me know if you give this cake a-go. I’d love to hear what you think
One of my all-time favorite things about selling on Etsy is the ability to make custom items. Some of my favorite items in our shop, as well as our top sellers, have come directly from the dreams and wishes of our clients. I was so excited when Ariel Niedzwiedz, from White Oak Knits, contacted me about making flowers for her wedding. Ariel had a vision for matching flowers for her wedding cake and they turned out beautifully! The perfect wedding cake flowers for a rustic wedding.
I adore the cake topper that she found on Etsy. You truly cannot go wrong personalizing your day with so many fabulous artisans at your finger tips.
Once we get over the hump from Christmas madness, the creative flood gates open and I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and design new items for our shop, but simultaneously I doubt myself. I think of myself as a generally creative person. I love interior design, sewing, woodworking, computer graphics and a whole slew of arts and crafts mediums. So I often find myself thinking: “Am I creating too many different things?”or “Am I losing shop cohesion, or is that the nature of my shop?” While these doubts are founded off of the, very poignant, literature circling in the creative entrepreneurship world, do they have to pertain to me? I find that it’s easy to listen to my soul which yearns to create, but it’s my mind that I have to learn to silence.
This business of ours exists because of the “random” projects I wanted to create. I don’t want to feel pidgeon-holed into only creating Christmas stockings, or creating simply rustic goods. My style and taste and mood is an ever-evolving state that I feel I should listen to; and I hope that you’ve seen this happen organically over time.
I came across this quote on Pinterest and it spoke to me and where I am at in this juncture in my creative life. While it may be out of the norm to create wholly different items with varying styles and tastes for one shop, I find it’s who I am and I need to listen to that. I am choosing not to hold back my creative tendencies simply to stay within the prescribed measures for a creative shop and I hope that at some point this speaks to you as well. I don’t want to be afraid to fail simply because I’m not following “the norm,” but I am afraid not to try to be me.
I am learning so much about myself as I grow and create. I never knew I could like computer graphics as much as I do now. The moment I read this quote I knew I needed to make a physical reminder for myself to post in our work room. I’m sharing this download with you today if this speaks to you.
What is it that you need to try? Break out of those chains and explore.