When I asked the future Mrs. Jessi Duley what she dreamt of for a bridal shower with her friends she responded, “Moroccan Wanderlust…maybe a casbah?” If you know the Knapp family, you know we do not take such requests lightly. 20 yards of fabric, poufs, faux fur & countless pillows later…she had her casbah (with tacks, ladders & a very helpful father none the less). In our opinion, the following are required for all bridal showers:
- Champagne (mimosa bar, anyone?)
- Cupcakes (mini all the better)
- Candy bar (color coordinated…duh)
Check, check & check. The casbah was fairly easy to construct in a few hours. The main ingredient being fabric for the tent. The purple sheer curtains are from Ikea ($20!) and we purchased the pink fabric in bulk from a local fabric store. I gathered extra pillows from my house, Jessi’s and the good ol’ childhood bedroom.
Luggage tags & bangles were set in with the candy bar as favors. Pink & orange take-out boxes allowed guests to pick & choose their favorite selections.
If you’re willing, drink name tags are a detail that will not go un-noticed. It saves the hassle for guests who misplace their drink (everyone does it), but more importantly saves usage of champagne flutes and therefore reduces your clean-up time. I purchased shipping tags for their vintage quality & ease in attaching to champagne flutes. Vintage postal stamps were added flair (details, details, details!).
We chose to host this special occasion at a hotel, but needed a kitchen for food/drink prep. The Riverplace Hotel downtown Portland was a fantastic location with plenty of parking for guests. Can you believe this is what it looked like before Mrs.Duley got her dream casbah? Nah…me neither (proud Maid of Honor, y’all!).
Of course this could not have been accomplished without the help of Jessi’s lovely bridesmaids as well. Special shout out to Rachel & Lauren for all their spectacular help!