In the age of Pinterest, the pressure to DIY everything is strong. But don't fall victim—there's a lot to do when planning a bridal shower, so know it's totally okay to work in some store-bought items and choose your DIYs strategically. Here's how we made those decisions when planning our Broadway-themed bridal shower:
1. DIY one, buy others
If you need multiples of one thing—say, table linens—just DIY one and make it a statement piece. That's what I did here; the round tablecloth where the food was served got a Sharpie dye treatment, and then I bought two purple IKEA runners for the beverage bar and card/favor table.
2. Take shortcuts where you can
I was planning on DIYing marquee letters for this Broadway-themed bridal shower, but was honestly not looking forward to it. If you've never made them, it's quite a process and really frustrating for smaller-sized letters. So when I saw these pre-assembled, battery operated letters at Michael's, I did a happy dance. All I had to do was spray paint and stick the bulbs in. WIN. Bonus: Since they were sturdier than a DIY version, the bride was able to take them home on the plane.
If you want to go the DIY marquee route, I recommend making bigger letters, like this tutorial from Oh Happy Day.
3. DIY what you can't buy
To keep up with the Broadway theme, I had an idea for a theatre-inspired card box. Clearly, this isn't something you'll be able to pick up at the craft store, so I was going to have to make it myself. I did take help, though, in the form of this IKEA greenhouse, and then used clothes from Goodwill and a dowel cut to fit to make the curtains, and painted scalloped cardboard for the "stage."
4. DIY to keep it personal
Since the bride, my cohost, and I are the three founders of the Boston Food Swap, we wanted to add a nod to our organization and make lavender jelly for the guests. Sure, we could've bought favors, but that's not how we do. If you're not a food person, by all means—outsource it!