I've been dreaming about my bridal shower since I was a little girl. Thankfully, the theme I thought I wanted has evolved since then... although a rainbow-colored shower with Piglet plates would've been interesting. So, once my fiancé got down on one knee and proposed, I finally was able to solidify my bridal-shower dreams and put some plans into action!
Rosé-all-day was the theme to my bridal shower. It was super rose gold, covered in millennial pink, and the entire house was flooded with blush colored roses. I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful shower and I have to thank my Mom for that. We spent days collecting bridal-themed décor, went to farmers markets for flowers, and had the greatest time putting all the pieces together. The best part, I was able to stick to my lifestyle and throw an entirely vegan and entirely gluten-free bridal shower! And guess what? People frickin’ loved it!
Decor & Favors For a Vegan Bridal Shower
First item on the checklist was décor. The best advice I can give you is to collect items from other wedding events, chuck them in storage, and pull them out for the next one. You’d be amazed at how many things, even paper signs, can be reused throughout all your wedding events. Our rose gold sequined table runners were re-purposed from my Bachelorette, as was the Miss to Mrs. sign.
The sign holding our wedding invitation was a re-purposed “your glass for the night for whatever tastes right” sign from our engagement party. It was such a gorgeous invitation we had to use it as decor at the shower. For those who are curious, I purchased our wedding invitations from Beacon Lane. We also used leftover paper straws from both the engagement party and bachelorette to adorn the gold bar cart.
For an extra special entry, we ordered a gorgeous bridal shower sign from Etsy. It’s seriously such an easy process and makes such an impact on your guests. We purchased our sign from FineandDandyPaperCo. They were an absolute breeze to order from and then we just had the sign printed at our local print shop! With a couple of bouquets of fresh flowers framing the sign and some garland on the stairs we created a gorgeously impactful entryway.
After the entry way, guests made their way over to a bar cart that was loaded with wine glasses that had rose gold name decals on them! Not only was this a great party favor, but it was also so much easier than ordering a ton of glasses, having to wash them, and having guests forget which glass was theirs because it didn't have a label.
To put these together all you have to do is 1. purchase wine glasses in bulk. (I used these) Then, pick out a decal! I knew I wanted a rose gold colored decal in a script font. Luckily, Etsy pretty much has everything you could wish for when it comes to hosting a bridal shower. After searching for a few short minutes I found what I was looking for. (Here's what I purchased) Then you just have to follow instructions and assemble your wine glasses!
After guests picked up their glasses they were encouraged to head over to the bar where they could choose from a rosé, sauvignon blanc, or a prosecco! Although, my bridesmaids were amazing and filled people's glasses before they could even reach the beverage table.
Vegan Food for a Bridal Shower
The menu revolved around a Tuscan theme. And as mentioned before, it was all gluten-free and vegan! So how did we pull this all off with rave reviews?
Tuscan Pasta Salad
First we created a gorgeous Tuscan pasta dish. Gluten-free pasta can be difficult. Bionaturae got gluten-free pasta right. You literally cannot tell the difference between a wheat-based pasta and this stuff. So we combined the pasta with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes from Linda's garden, basil, spinach, onions, and a Tuscan vinaigrette. It was in a word: delicious.
Roasted Tuscan Garlic Potatoes
Next we put together roasted potatoes. For this dish we went very simple and kept it to a high quality olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. The potatoes were roasted in the oven at 425 until they were crispy and golden brown. Not only was this dish gorgeous, it was also a huge hit!
Caprese Salad Skewers
Talk about the easiest appetizer you could ever create. For this classic dish we skewered pieces of Myokos Mozzarella and a cherry tomato together. After we arranged the skewers on a white platter, we sprinkled chopped basil on top and slowly drizzled some balsamic glaze over the whole dish. Not a single skewer was leftover.
You guys have probably seen our Rosemary Chickpea recipe on the blog before, right? Well, if you haven't you absolutely should. These were the perfect compliment to our already Tuscan-filled menu. They're also extremely filling, so if people are loading up on too much champagne feel free to recommend this dish to try to soak up some of that alcohol content ; )
These are by far my favorite dish that we served at the shower. The mushrooms still had a perfect bite to them, and the savory-smokey spinach artichoke filling was actually the Artichoke Dip recipe from our cookbook, Great Vegan BBQ Without a Grill.
Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
Simple and easy. Just slice some lemon, pop it on top of asparagus with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Top the asparagus with grated Violife parmesan cheese and roast until tender! Such a great dish and perfect for a shower.
Last, but certainly not least, we created a gorgeous cheese board! We filled it with a variety of gluten-free crackers and vegan cheeses.
The Vegan cheeses we used included Vtopian Artisan Raspberry Brie, Vtopian Artisan Port Cheddar, Vtopian Artisan Spicy Cheddar, and Miyoko's Double Creme Chive Cheese. Check out Miyokos amazing cheese selection here, and make sure to head over to Vtopian's website to see their unique flavors! We were able to order most of the cheeses from Vegan Essentials.
For gluten-free crackers we used a variety of Simple Mills gluten-free crackers. Most of them are vegan friendly! Just be sure to check their label!
For dessert we served two types of the Daiya cheesecakes: vanilla and chocolate. For the vanilla, we placed rose gold sugar around the sides of the cheesecakes for a little extra Rosé-all-day-vibes!
For my vegan bridal shower outfit, I decided to go along with my theme and add a touch of millennial pink into my wardrobe. This pink faux suede moto-jacket was such a perfect centerpiece to my bridal shower outfit, which you can find here. Because the jacket was such a statement, I decided to go with a simple black dress from Karen Kane. Find the dress here. My shoes were from Target and are made completely of mad-made materials. Check out the same pair right here.
At the end of the day it was an incredible shower and completely worth all the effort. A month of planning, three days decorating, and two days cooking lead to an amazing couple of hours. I feel so lucky that so many of my friends and family were so incredibly supportive of Max and my marriage, but also just so supportive of our plant-based lifestyle. Now, back to planning our entirely vegan wedding! Three weeks to go!
Are any of you thinking of having all an vegan shower? How about entirely gluten-free? Curious about how we're throwing an all vegan wedding? Let us know if you have any questions or want to hear about how we're putting all of this together!