Along with being a photographer, I also love to plan and host events so when my friend Janet asked me about hosting a bohemian bridal shower tea for one of our dear friends, I was glad to help out. We hosted a similar Moroccan themed picnic at our home a few years ago and since we happen to own a ton of poufs (I can never have enough poufs and pillows!) it made sense to create a little pouf enclave in our backyard. The bride also enjoys traveling and has been to Morocco so it was a perfect fit for our theme.
I have to say that of all the events we've hosted, this one was over-the-top awesome and probably my favorite so far. I go gaga for jewel tones so the tablescape was certainly the star of the show. We used an Indian sari as the table runner and lined it with glass chalices and cups of succulents and Ball jars painted with gold henna designs.
For activities guests were invited to create their own flower crowns. We made the initial crown base with some greens and then guests used wire to wrap in their choice of flowers. We also had a Polaroid station where guests could take their photo and add it to an album where they wrote a message to the bride. They were invited to share marriage wisdom, a favorite memory with the bride, or something they admired about her. A photo backdrop was created out of a lace curtain and some fake flowers floating on fishing line.
We added lemon grass to the vases as a natural mosquito repellant (it was a hot and muggy day!)
The Lomo'Instant camera is what we used for our Polaroid project and it comes in a variety of models and fun colors. It takes Fujifilm Instax film and the photos are about the size of a credit card.
The party favors were also DIY and included a sugar body scrub and a natural insect repellant made from essential oils with pretty printed labels to match the flower crown theme. We also made the coolest ice cubes ever using flower petals and herbs to create some artsy bohemian ice!