This is my version of the zest is yet to come. It's a quick, easy party you can pull together in minutes right NOW by running to your local Dollar General. If you're wanting the ultimate aesthetic, swoon worthy citrus themed bridal shower check out my Pucker Up theme. It has lots of gorgeous details to make the party just right.
For the zest is yet to come, I had something else in mind. Mostly, time restraints.
Here's how I spent my time:
- Shopping for supplies: 12 minutes
- Setting up table scape: 7 minutes
- Building balloon garland: 10 minutes ***I used to be a professional balloon artist check out my blog that shares how to DIY a balloon garland.
- Hanging balloon garland: 5 minutes **Again, I used to do this for a living... and I also took an easy route and used vases to avoid putting holes in my newly painted walls. Husband: you. are. welcome. Check out my advice on how to hang party decor here.
Total time spent decorating & shopping: 45 minutes
What I LOVE about this theme:
There's a lot of flexibility with a The Zest is Yet To Come theme and the supplies I used.
Lemons feel like spring/summer to me but it's not necessarily a bridal specific decor. If the supplies aren't used I don't feel silly drinking out of lemon cups like I might feel drinking out of "Bridal Bash" cups in the weeks to come. I'm not saying I'm above that... I just felt silly.
I'm a minimalist, reduce/reuse/recycle fanatic-type-mama. So my first thought with the supplies I bought were: I can turn all of this into a really cute lemonade stand for my daughter once we've completed the actual festivities. WINNING!
Lastly, because of who I am as a person, I can't help thinking "maybe the zest is yet to come is talking about a baby shower instead of a bridal shower." Babies are, like, the actual best. My current therapy dupe involves stalking my neighbor with a tiny baby boy that still does the newborn scrunch. I ask to hold him during my lunch breaks... I think I scare her husband with this but she allows it.
This was a really reasonably priced party theme that's super easy to scale or find other suppliers without getting out of hand. Since I bought my products in-store and last minute, I'll share the cost breakdown here. I'll share alternatives, if you'd prefer to purchase and prep online, later.
- Tablecloth: $5
- DG Balloon Garland Kit: $7
- 20 ct. white 12 in. balloons (that kit is TINY, y'all): $1
- The Zest is Yet to Come napkins: $1
- Lemon cups 8ct: $3
- Lemon plates 8ct (small): $1
Total spent: $18
There's a lot more to factor in for a BIG party experience. Do you need a mom-osa bar because The Zest is Yet to Come for a bebe? An I love you a latte coffee bar for the bridal shower this theme is rocking? Forty-seven gallons of lemonade because your first grader is a hustler with high hopes of building her college fund on the street corner... respectfully?
Not to mention hors d'oeuvres, custom cookies, cakes, brunch food, etc.... things add up quickly. I'm super impressed with the budgets & time constraints for myself with this theme, but it can become as snazzy- or simple- as you want!
How I might do this differently:
IF I didn't have to pull this party together so last-minute I would purchase a few more items to tie the whole space together. Ok, mainly, this is because I'm an "extra" soul and enough is rarely enough. Here's what I would add to make it extra cute:
Make it your own!
Try this theme for yourself and share how you rocked the look in the comments! I'm always excited to see how I can make this theme a little better.
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