AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
This fun, beautiful and sophisticated theme is perfect for bridal showers, kitchen teas and hen parties alike! The perfect combination of bright colours, neutral tones, fun games and unique activities will ensure that it's a celebration to remember. For all of the inspiration you'll need to host your very own Main Squeeze bridal shower theme event, see below.
MAINS QUEEZE PARTY COLOUR PALETTE
When creating events, it's always a good idea to pick a colour palette before doing anything else. This makes everything easier. Decorations, food, drinks - when it all ties together, your party will flow!
Below is an example colour palette for this theme. Mix these featured shades of yellow and green with different shades of white. Natural textures such as wood and jute will also compliment this celebration nicely!
This is a fun and sophisticated theme that doesn’t require particular outfits to pull off. That being said, a neat casual, or even a ‘favourite summer ensemble’ dress code will pair nicely with your main squeeze party.
If you would prefer guests to coordinate their clothing in some way, suggesting a colour block theme (i.e. everyone comes dressed in white and/or yellow) is an easy yet effective way to bring the group together. You could also hand out cute yellow flowers for everyone's hair as they arrive - a sweet accessory that people of all ages will love!
And finally, if you’re looking for a way to make your bride-to-be stand out, ask her to arrive in a yellow outfit while everyone else arrives in white (or vice versa)!
Let's talk about your main squeeze menu!
Starting with foods for the citrus lovers; with lemon meringue pie, lemon slice, lemon chicken, lemon scones, lemon cheesecake, lemon tart, lemon cake and lemon crumble being just some of the many lemony recipes available, it's easy to find a sour snack (or meal) perfect for your occasion.
If you don't really enjoy the flavour of this fruit, but want to stay in theme, try to stick to foods that match your colour palette instead. Using the example palette from the beginning of this article, serving a range of foods that are yellow, green, cream and white is an easy way to tie your edibles to the rest of the celebration.
Some example foods for this purpose include donuts, cakes and cupcakes with coloured icing, cake pops (once again iced in one of your party colours), green salads, potato chips, mini sandwiches, bagels, lollies, cheese and crackers, etc. Get creative and have fun with what your serve!
And finally, there is the option of signage. Rather than stressing about colours, place a themed sign on the table that encourages guests to dig in! At your Main Squeeze party, this sign could say something along the lines of 'Let's Squeeze in Some Food!' (for example).
If you like bits and pieces from the different options above, there's no reason you can't mix and match! Serve some lemony foods alongside dishes in your party colours, and then pop a sign up at the back of your table for added fun. Do what works best for your particular event!
Greenery and vases full of beautiful floral arrangements add a pop of colour and sophistication to food tables. For example table décor in the lemon theme, click here.
Similar to the food options above, there are a few ways you can go about theming your beverages!
White wine, champagne and cider are not only delish, but due to their yellowish colour will also fit in nicely with the rest of your food and decorations. Yellow and white cocktails are also a great beverage choice (such as the 'Lemon Drop', 'Yellow Bird', and 'White Chocolate Martini'); as are cheeky punch recipes that result in a gorgeous, golden refreshment!
For those who want to incorporate lemons in their drink menu, you really can't go past a good old fashioned lemonade bar/stand! Allow guests to mix their own concoctions by providing pre-made lemonade alongside shot glasses and a range of alcohol (such as gin, vodka and peach schnapps). This gives non-drinkers the chance to quench their thirst with traditional lemonade, and others a fun mixing activity that could result in some delicious (and not quite right!) new drinks.
Sliced lemon looks (and tastes!) great in water. You can also add slices to your ice-block tray - fill with water, freeze and offer to guests for a themed, icy addition to their drink.
First of all, you will need to decide on the type of 'look' you're after. A white base (e.g. tablecloths, serving bowls, etc.) is fantastic for emphasising colours and giving you a bright, fresh feel; whereas a wooden base (e.g. wooden or palette tables) will add more of a rustic vibe.
Once you have this sorted, it's time to start adding colour! Use a mix of yellows, greens and white, along with rustic accents if you wish (such as burlap and twine, wooden display boxes, etc.).
As this theme is dedicated to lemons, don't be afraid to use them! They look fantastic in bowls, strategically placed on tables (amongst greenery), sliced up in jugs of water, sliced up and frozen to create gorgeous ice-cubes and more.
Yellow and white flowers mixed in with green leaves will look fabulous on tables, beside doorways, and near anything you wish to draw guests' attention to (a photobooth, for example). Flower garlands are amazing, too (however will cost a pretty penny!). And while we're on the topic of natural décor, potted lemon trees (or any kind of potted indoor plants) are a great way to bring some more colour to your venue.
In addition to the above, latex balloons can also be a welcome inclusion. A garland created with white and yellow balloons of all sizes would look absolutely stunning, especially if you added some natural greenery to it as well.
Framed signs (such as those found in the 'Main Squeeze' themed printable section) are a great way to theme your event whilst also letting guests' know what's around. Whether it be to welcome guests to the party, used as an addition to food and drink tables, to guide guests in taking favours, etc., these signs are helpful, sweet and compliment the overall décor nicely.
And finally, if you want to give your celebration a relaxed ambience, little fairy lights and/or festoon lights are a great option. They will lighten up your party in the best possible way as nightfall approaches!
We've created this stunning range of 'Main Squeeze' party printables (ranging from sweet to downright cheeky!); you can check them out by clicking here. If you would prefer games that are more lemon related (i.e. those that go perfectly with the theme, but aren't seen at your typical bridal shower or hen party), keep scrolling.
A mix of both traditional and non-traditional games could also be fun!
This is a fun game for parties heading out and about! First thing's first, you will need to put together a pack of lemon related objects/products. How ludicrous these items are is entirely dependent on the vibe of your party (e.g. if you want 18+ shenanigans, include some cheekier items. Want to keep things a little more low key? Stick to items that won't offend).
Example products/objects include:
When it comes time to play, give this pack to your hen and explain that she is to try and sell what's inside throughout the night!
Any money she manages to make should go towards buying something she really wants (such as a cocktail or that food she's been craving all afternoon).
Get guests involved in the game by asking them to hit up some op shops prior to the party; bringing along ONE of their favourite lemony finds for your hen to sell. It will be hilarious to see what everyone turns up with!
At the start of the celebration, hand a yellow peg (with a cute lemon cut-out stuck to it... if you wish!) to one lucky guest - they are the 'lemon'!
It is their mission to try and attach this little peg to another guest without that person noticing. When they have successfully attached the peg to someone, they count down from 10 as loud as they can. If they reach 0 without the peg being found, the pegged person becomes 'the lemon'. However, if the peg is found before reaching 0, they must complete a punishment (such as taking a big swig from her drink, or putting on a costume accessory) before finding the next victim!
Fun to make and incredibly delicious, what's not to love about a cocktail masterclass?!
Learn how to create the best of the best yellow, white and/or green cocktails at the hands of a pro. Following the lesson, you can then enjoy sipping on your creations whilst digging into some food, sharing some laughs and basically having a good time!
Pamper your bride-to-be and her guests with a makeover (that has a slight twist!). Rather than sticking to neutral tones, this party is all about having fun and trying something bold - something new! Ask the makeup artist to take inspiration from your theme when completing each person's 'look'. Think bright yellow eyeshadow, glittery yellow lips, shimmering lemon stencils on cheeks and more!
GET CREATIVE IN THE KITCHEN
Does your best friend have a favourite lemon inspired food? Whether it be lemon tart or lemon gelati, book in for a class that demonstrates exactly how to make it.
This activity not only provides skills that can be used in daily life (hello new favourite dish!), but will also give your bride-to-be and her gals the chance to sit down, relax and indulge in some delicious homemade goodness as a group.
This scavenger hunt is all about tracking down the best lemony goodness your town has to offer! To play, make a list of items that guests will have to find and photograph themselves with.
For example, enjoy a lemon flavoured beer at [insert pub name], enjoy a lemon cider from [insert bar name], hide amongst yellow flowers, stand next to a tall lemon tree, pose with a box of lemons, eat a lemon flavoured food, etc.
Have a prize for the team/individual who completes everything on their list first!
ARTICLE RELATED TO THIS MAIN SQUEEZE BRIDAL SHOWER THEME
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ENJOY YOUR STUNNING 'MAIN SQUEEZE' CELEBRATION!
I hope this article has provided you with ALL the inspiration you need to pull off your very own Main Squeeze party! If you have any other ideas, we'd love to hear about them in the comments below (as would our wonderful community!). Likewise, if you end up hosting a Main Squeeze event for your best friend's bridal shower or hen do and got a bit snap happy, we would absolutely love to see your images!
Cheers to an AMAZING celebration that's sweet yet sour!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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