Of course, you can create the perfect bridal shower anywhere around the globe, but since picnic fashion is located on beautiful Cape Cod and just a hop, skip and jump away from the Islands (Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket), I can’t help but dress this post up in Cape style!
1. Food first, I always say! I’m thinking about clambakes on the beach. A raw bar set up on a wraparound porch, with local littlenecks, oysters and fresh sushi. Or try lobster and steak on the grill at sunset—a traditional surf and turf. If the shower is for both the bride and groom, a grill for the guys to hang around is a must! Lush green lawns rolling down to the sea, fitted with tents lit with lanterns and votives. Or you can go super classy and have the party transported in a caravan of vintage cars to the local clam shack….VIPs only.
2. Location, location, location. Any beach along the Cape’s incredibly beautiful National Seashore will make the event a memorable one. Some of my favorites? I love the dunes in Truro, the waves at White Crest and the view from Highland Light. Any chance the happy couple is athletic? Because Cape Cod in the summer is all about the outdoor experience. Case in point, we boast a prized, 22-mile Bike Trail from Dennis to Wellfleet. With breathtaking ‘beach break’ points along the way, this could be a ‘moving’ picnic. I envision the bride and groom-to-be on a tandem bike, leading the caravan. Start in Dennis with appetizers, ride to Harwich for drinks, Orleans for the main course, and finally to Wellfleet for dessert.
3. Think local. The Cape and Islands are also known for their farmers’ markets. And, wonderfully, farmers’ markets are now springing up across the country. I love the idea of spending the morning at the market, giving everyone a course to shop for and then creating a local feast for the bride- to-be, using the freshest ingredients to launch the beginning of a new life.
4. Wedding shower fashions must look great with bare or sandaled feet, perfectly pedicured. Imagine long summer dresses that you can wrap around your legs when the ocean breeze hits your blanket. Bright colors and pastels set off your summer glow and perfectly match the flowers and green, green grass all around.
5. Picnic favors can compliment your setting and be wonderfully romantic. Perhaps petite baskets filled with chocolate seashells, flowers or beach glass. If you’re on Martha’s Vineyard, be sure to check out Chilmark Chocolates. Tiny glass votives with tea lights shaped like flowers or a small book of dreams, poems or a journal to record the special event.
6. For the bride, consider a memory and wish book where everyone includes a favorite story from her ‘single’ life and then a wish for her to take forward into her ‘married’ life. Make the book stunning, personalized and themed with the shower.
What special local flavors could really add to your wedding shower?