Get Inspired by This Chic Farm-to-Table Bridal Shower Luncheon

The farm-to-table movement inspires a locally sourced soiree filled with fresh décor and stunning florals.
by Andrea Fowler
Farm-to-table bridal shower at Meadowburn Farm
Sidney Bensimon

Influencing more than just restaurant menus, farm-to-table is becoming its own movement in the wedding world too. Sourcing local goods, whether it's wildflower centerpieces or cakes from a neighborhood bakery, ensures your bridal soiree will have the most vibrant decorations and the freshest food possible. You may be surprised to find how many local farms are expanding their businesses with eat-in dining or direct sales to their customers. New Jersey's Meadowburn Farm set the scene for this eclectic yet stylish bridal luncheon, designed and styled by Lyndsey Hamilton Events.

  1. Sealed With Style

    Invitation to a garden-themed bridal luncheon
    Sidney Bensimon

    A wax seal dresses up any plain envelope, while a playful motif on the invitation is a great way to inform guests of the theme. Typically, a bridal shower can take place six months or two weeks before the wedding—that's up to you and your host—but make sure to send out invitations at least six weeks prior to give guests enough time to arrange travel plans.

    Fourteen-Fourty Design Studio stationery, 1440NYC.com

  2. Eclectic Embrace

    Tabletop decor for a garden bridal shower
    Sidney Bensimon

    Whether you're dining indoors or alfresco, play up the tabletop decor with mismatched place settings and colored glasses for a one-of-a-kind vibe. For the flowers, consider big blooms like dahlias paired with foliage. Using wood boxes in place of vases gives a fresh-from-the-field look while single blooms in footed pedestal bowls offer a slightly more romantic touch.

    Poppies and Posies florals, PoppiesandPosies.com; rEvolve Furniture Co. furniture rentals, rEvolveFurnitureCo.com

  3. Personalized Portions

    dessert spread garden bridal shower
    Sidney Bensimon

    A petite dessert station with fruits, berries and individual-size lemon cakes is the perfect, not-too-sweet treat that pairs well with different selections of tea. Individual portions are a sweet gesture (neater too!) that makes each guest feel like her presence is appreciated.

    Nine Cakes lemon cakes, NineCakes.com

  4. Local Spread

    Menu garden bridal shower
    Sidney Bensimon

    The farm-to-table theme should ring true in the menu. Make your selection based on what's in season locally to guarantee the most delicious—and freshest—options. If you need some inspiration, ask your venue if they have any neighborhood recommendations or in-house specialities for order. (This mix of sweet and savory bites was made at Meadowburn Farm!)

  5. Favors in Bloom

    Build your own bouquet station
    Sidney Bensimon

    A build-your-own-bouquet bar is the perfect hands-on activity allowing guests to mingle between noshing on snacks and arranging florals without the flow of the party being interrupted. Not a flower expert? No problem! See if a local florist is available to lend a hand during the bouquet activity to provide tips and tricks. Your guests will walk away with a bit more flower know-how, and the bouquets themselves can double as favors.

  6. Bouquet Station

    Bouquet station activity for a garden bridal shower
    Sidney Bensimon

    Outfit the station with a variety of different blooms, greenery and wraps and surprise guests with unexpected add-ins like raspberries, herbs, twigs or succulents. We also recommend adding sheets of kraft paper to your supplies list too—wrapping the final arrangements will keep the bouquets intact and make for easy transportation home. Or, if floral arrangements take place in the beginning of the party, they can double as additional centerpieces then be wrapped up for guests as they leave.

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