Desert Blooms Bridal Shower

bridal shower

I’m always excited to share gorgeous bridal shower ideas and today’s is one of the most lovely I’ve seen – plus it’s all part of a new feature from the lovely Christy of One Handspun Day! Desert Blooms is a bridal shower concept that was inspired by the Southwest and is infused with whimsical bohemian girly glam. Christy set the bridal shower in a cactus garden that was filled with quirky finds such as a covered wagon and chairs painted with donkeys. Cassandra of Borrowed Blu and Christy worked together to create all of the DIY details and to make this bridal shower an event that could be recreated or easily adapted to other events.

Love these ideas? Christy now offers a DIY Guidebook you can purchase on her site to recreate this entire shower! The guidebook includes everything you need to recreate this entire look – including the recipes, how to dye sand, painted flatware, rope wrapped terracotta pots, dreamcatchers, prickly pear mini margaritas and more! Plus she has tips on ideas to turn this event into a baby shower, wedding or party for your little one! So super fun! Big thanks to Katie Pritchard Photography for the gorgeous photos!

floral invite

steer skull


whimsical bouquet

The florals in this shoot were created by Primal Flower. We had a vision of terrariums bursting with sunset colored flowers and Primal Flower brought that vision to life even more beautifully than we could have imagined. They even put together a lovely boutonniere and bouquet to show how Desert Blooms could be used for a wedding.

boho bride

bridal shower

bridal shower

desert blooms tablescape

We dyed sand and used it to create the fun Aztec-inspired patterned table runner, which ended up being one of my favorite details in this shoot.

sand tablerunner

chevron napkin

desert blooms tablescape

desert blooms tablescape

patron bottle

desert blooms tablescape

woven chargers

I loved these boho woven chargers and Christy is sharing the DIY for them here!


taco bar

bridal shower

bridal shower

For the dessert station we simply embellished a store-bought cake and cupcakes with feathers and ready-made fondant.



Things got a little tricky with the belle of our dessert station – the hand spun sugar tumbleweeds, but they were worth the time spent over the stove and looked so darling perched in small glass pots of colored sugar.


Potted cacti make perfect favors in these custom rope wrapped terracotta pots.

succulent favors

succulent favors

And a fun video of the behind the scenes of this shoot from The Yodsukars

And if you would love to recreate this idea for a bridal shower you are hosting – or maybe baby shower or other party – you can find all the details to recreate this look in the DIY Guidebook for the Desert Blooms Shoot. Christy’s next DIY Guidebook will be for a whimsical Marie Antoinette inspired wedding that will be released in early May. Can’t wait and congrats to Christy on this fun idea!

concept, styling + paper products: One Handspun Day // co-styling + table setting rentals: Borrowed Blu // photography: Katie Pritchard Photography // videography: The Yodsukars // florist: Primal Flower // wardrobe: Ruche // accessories: Olivia Nelson // makeup: DeLaRosa Makeup Artistry, Joseph Augustine’s Artistry // hair: Lauren Jones // models: Suzy VanDykeApril NguyenEmily Magers and Melissa McComas // terrariums + console: West Elm

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  1. Incredible!
    Love these always inspiring celebrations.
    It had to be so so great!
    And awesome pics too.

    Cat kisses.

  2. LOVE this! The perfect dose of inspiration on the first day of spring! All of these ladies just oooooze talent! Love!

  3. This is SO lovely! Amazing details and great photography as well.

  4. WOW! So many colors and great ideas. I love the DIY projects. Great work ladies!!!

  5. This is so beautiful and fun! I love the feathers in the cupcakes, what a cute idea!

  6. Jen – Thank you so much for featuring this shoot & for sharing my new DIY guidebook – I’m so honored!!
    And thank you to all of the amazing vendors that worked on bringing this concept to life <3

  7. Oooo wow. I love the colors in the succulent plants. I love how you brought in that watercolor appeal and bohemian style in! Great work!

  8. Thank you Christy and company for inviting me to do the floral for this shoot. Big thank you to Green Wedding Shoes too! It really turned out gorgeous, so pleased and proud of this one!

  9. Amazing! The girl in the white dress is pretty cute too!

  10. Wow, everything looks amazing! The colors are fantastic! I had so much fun being the bride for this shoot! I almost want to go back just to have a real bridal shower like this ;)

  11. I’m in love with the sugar tumbleweeds, the cupcakes and the painted flatware so cute! It’s so lovely all around!

  12. This is Absolutley stunning. This group of men and women are so talented. A breath of fresh air.

  13. LOVE these colours, those flowers are amazing! Talented people indeed!

  14. This shoot looks incredible! I LOVE the theme and all the colors! Great work ladies!

  15. Love the terrarium style centerpieces – so fun and different.

  16. The color of the wedding flower is bright. It is so lovely.

  17. this is too adorable!!! I adore everything about this blog post, i’m weak in the knees!!

  18. This is such a beautiful shoot! The colors are amazing and I love the dyed sand table runner.


  19. This is great, Jen, and love the video! Congrats to the bride!

  20. Great work Christy. So proud of you. Love you.

  21. This shoot is so beautiful– I love the pops of color and the unique take on decor. Well done! Makes me want to throw my next party in Sedona!

  22. That table runner is amazing. So creative.

  23. So lovely and charming! Those invitations and flowers are heavenly x

  24. I LOVE the coral dress that the shorter, dark-haired girl is wearing! I tried finding it on Ruche, but cannot see it on there. Do you happen to know where it is from and what the name of it is?

  25. I LOVE the coral dress that the short, dark-haired girl is wearing! I tried to find it on Ruche, but had no luck. Do you happen to know where I can find it?

  26. The photos are simply gorgeous! And ideas too! I like the flowers very much!

  27. What fantastic styling! The colour and the unique elements come together to create such an unusual look!


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