First so I could save some money for other things I sent the invitation through evite. It was a great way for everyone to communicate about the shower - and this party was for an out of town bride so we had to plan way in advance - it was nice to be able to send a reminder.
My favorite thing is to start with the decorations - that's so much fun! Her colors for the wedding are black and ivory so it was the perfect make up for an elegant wine party. I started with a black table clothes and utensils from Dollar Tree and ivory plates and ivory wine bottle napkins from Party City (since they were specialized I had to go to the party store this time). Then I knew I wanted to use corks and wine bottles in some way. I have a friend that collects corks so I borrowed from her (Thanks Jen!) I loved the elegance of candles and hydrangeas so I made the table "busy" with all these things. It is really hard to find cheap candles - I found these ivory candles at Garden Ridge (9 candles for $45). I borrowed the grapes for an added feature but I know they are available at Hobby Lobby and Michael's. I felt it was important to set the table for this party so it would feel more like a sit down dinner with wine. It gave us a chance to chat as a group.
For the party favors I bought mini bottles of wine for them to take home with them. I had four different kinds - two whites and two reds - I found the bottles at Target.
A special note if you are hosting a bridal shower for an out of town bride - I had the guests bring gift cards or order a gift from the registry and have it shipped to the bride and groom and then print a picture of the gift so she knew what she was getting. It was a nice touch and I think Zena enjoyed receiving "gifts".
Thank you Zena for allowing me to feature your shower!