“Recipe For Love” Bridal Shower

recipe for love bridal shower

If you’re a fellow “creative” you know how you have your favorite projects, whether it’s a theme you loved working on, or some fantastic original idea, or great photography, etc. Well, right now this is mine. I loved designing this retro style “Recipe for Love” bridal shower for Celebrations several months back, and I’m sharing the photo highlights with you today.

It all started when I found the yellow vintage rolling cart on a thrift store hunt. From that, I knew I wanted to style this with classic “diner” food {in mini versions}, and finding the retro style soup cans at Target was a bonus which I couldn’t wait to incorporate into the design. To top it all off, I think the photography turned out pretty well for this self-taught “photographer.” I love taking my own photos and have become a little obsessed with improving the quality so they’re print worthy {if you’re a fellow stylist/blogger and want me to do a post about some of the tips I’ve learned along the way, leave a comment and let me know}.

If you’re not a “creative” in the biz, I hope you’ll find inspiration and ideas in this theme. Check out the overall look and details below….

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  • This retro style shower is brought to life with vintage style soup cans used as flower vases, and a canister filled with kitchen utensils used as a centerpiece.
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters make great napkins rings and can be taken home with each guest.
  • Classic diner fare like burgers, fries, grilled cheese & tomato soup, and milk shakes & pie are all served in small portions for an updated twist.
  • A vintage rolling cart found on a thrift store hunt is the perfect piece to help set the stage.
  • Take home favors are homemade hot cocoa mix placed in flip top jars.
  • Another vintage find – a soda crate – holds classic coke bottles with straws for sipping.
  • Hanging from above is a frame with wire attached to hold recipe cards brought by guests to help the bride-to-be start her collection.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Just lovely. I would love to see a post about some of the tips you have learned for photgraphing your styles! I do ok, but am always looking for technique help.

  2. Oh my love!!! This display is genius! I adore all the vintage/retro-ish touches. My mom recently passed down my great grand mothers recipe book to my little sister, your display makes me think of it and all the wonderful memories it brings us. So creative, you totally rocked it! :)

  3. This is SO pretty! All the colors and details (and pictures too!)!!

  4. I love this Chris!! The theme and execution are perfect!!

  5. Chris, you know I love your style and this is so cute!

  6. Beautiful Chris! LOVE the mini food, especially the grilled cheese and soup. So fun!

  7. Amazing party Chris- What a great thrift store find

  8. oh, i love this so much! your style is the best!!

  9. Oooh I love this bridal shower theme SO much! And the best part is, you could bundle up all the utensils later and gift those to her too. I mean, we can never have enough utensils :)

  10. The bar cart was a SCORE! We need to go flea market shopping together! Loved this, and yes, please do a post on photography 101. xo

  11. Love! Love! Love! Saving every image for some day…not sure when but love them all.

  12. freaking AMAZING – one of my favorite things you’ve ever done! Love the colors!

  13. Thank You! Thank you all!

  14. Really cute ideas!!! I love the theme.

  15. Urban@ Urban Templates says:

    Taking the kitchen feel and putting outside is an interesting idea. The whole theme is helped quite a bit by the diner food, and furniture to boot. A classic cookbook with classic food, what a great vibe! :)

  16. Retro soup can vases? Brilliant! You always share the most creative ideas. Aww, now I wish I could get married all over again so that I could plan more parties. Perhaps for my 5th wedding anniversary although we’re still a couple of years away from that.

  17. Jacqui Odell says:

    These are so cute and yummy! I really love the grilled cheese and tomato soup ideas. It’s a true classic! Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week!

  18. Such vibrant colors and yummy food. I love this bridal shower theme.

  19. Could I ask if you printed your own lables or how you acquired the retro labels- would love to do this too.


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