Sombreros y Rancheros Hat Party Bridal Shower

I get lots of emails from readers asking for fun ideas for bridal showers, so when Cortnie of Canvas & Canopy Events sent over this super fun bridal shower she designed I just had to share with you guys! I love the fun twist she created on the typical tea party shower with hats – although this one has a fun Mexican twist! Thanks so much to Cortnie for sharing all the details of the day with us also!


sombrero bridal shower

the decor: Living in San Diego we were inspired by our neighboring country of Mexico. There are a multitude of feminine hat parties these days for bridal showers with tea party and Southern garden party themes, but we wanted to put a South of the Border twist on them! We quickly became inspired by Sombreros and Rancheros! Why not put an elegant girly spin on a fun fiesta?

We started by decorating huge straw sombreros with balsa wood flowers and sequins to put a ‘ladies who lunch’ spin on the traditional sombrero. We also tied pastel Ranchero hats to the backs of some of the chairs which doubled as party decor and fun take home gifts. Soon the bridal lunch was filled with party goers wearing colorful Ranchero hats and giant glittering sombreros! We then took it a step further and hung sombreros upside-down over the dining area and strung them with flowers and sequins. They became ‘SOMBRERO CHANDELIERS!’

The dining tables had had a pair of maracas with napkin tags that had our party tagline of ‘Vamos a Bailar, Nicole is Getting Married!’ upon them. Each was wrapped in glittering blue napkin treatments, flanked by french blue toy horses and surrounded by blue chairs.

sombrero bridal shower

sombrero bridal shower

sombrero bridal shower

sombrero bridal shower

sombrero bridal shower

the drinks: We soaked beer bottles, took off the old labels and stuck new custom drink labels onto them that said ‘Vamos a Bailar, Nicole is getting married!’. We set these upon the bar, topped them with air plants and they became festive cerveza vases (say that 5 times fast!). To make the margarita making process smooth and easy we just poured the Skinny girl margarita mix made with agave alongside salt and limes. For those party-goers who wanted a topper of tequila, Kah Tequila serves their tequila in the coolest bottles for a styled tequila bar. Their tequila comes in hand-painted ceramic bottles that are inspired by day of the dead. We put straws with drink flags on the bar that said ‘uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco’. This way we could keep tabs on how many drinks each girl had drank!

sombrero bridal shower beer labels

sombrero bridal shower beer labels

rustic bottles with airplants

sombrero bridal shower pinata

the food: Quite the Mexican feast was served on a buffet table with a sign that said ‘Tostada Stand’. Guests were able to pile generous helpings of toppings including carne asada, pollo, guacamole, various cheeses, lettuce, onions, a variety of hot sauces and salsas, etc. onto their plates. It was a fun way to serve both carnivore and vegetarian palettes while sticking with the theme.

sombrero bridal shower food

the dessert: The dessert bar was set with lots of fruit inspired desserts since Mexico is known for their fruity sweets. We hung a pinata over the spread as it was very appropriate to be swinging over a dessert bar. We even created a new dessert that we named ‘donut kabobs’. We made them by sticking donut holes onto skewers, they were fun and easy to eat.

sombrero bridal shower desserts bon bons

the games: We are a bit tired of the same old games so we wanted to come up with some new ones. We decided to put a ‘Mexican twist’ on the old classic game of musical chairs. Our new version was dubbed ‘Musical Sombreros’. We had a giant sombrero that each guest had to put on her head and pass it along, when the music stopped the guest with the sombrero on her head was out. It was pretty hilarious! We also decided to play a game that was a tested the party-goers texting knowledge. We wrote a funny story about the bride and groom-to-be. We chose funny text acronyms from the Texting Dictionary of Acronyms throughout the story and asked the guests to guess what they meant. It was a lot harder than everyone thought and there were some really funny answers!

sombrero bridal shower guests with hats

Looked like such a fun bridal shower! Thanks so much for sharing this one with us today! Is anyone in the process of planning a shower right now? What kind of shower are you throwing?

event styling + decor: Canvas & Canopy Events // floral design: Studio Fiore // paper goods: Printed Palette Ink // photography: Joielala Photographie

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  1. That is an amazing idea! Sombreros trump Philip Treacy in my book!

  2. Wow this looks like such a blast! I love the new take on a girly shower. This is a shower I’d love to attend for a friend or have thrown for myself.

  3. Awesome job C! Thanks for letting me work with you – nice spread of my work – right along side your awesome decor design – xoxox

  4. Since hats are the hottest rage over in England I thought it was so cleavor to bring them to a San Diego shower with such a twist that included our neighbors to the south. Such a cute idea and I loved the cheerful color palette. Viva la fiesta!!!

  5. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt on:

    Holy moly! I love this! The stripes and teeny little blue horses are so fabulous! Such a pretty palette! Love!

  6. Love this Cort! Such a fun fiesta!

  7. Every party you post makes me wish I was invited! This is just so much fun! Donut holes on a stick! I have to remember that for something… who wouldn’t want to eat that.. Yum!

  8. This rules!! What a great concept. I’m planning my sister’s going away party with a Latin theme and this will be added inspiration.

  9. You have such a great imagination courtnie! Loving the chandelier sombreros!

  10. what an excellent concept! with all of this royal buzz and all of this hat wearing going on in London this is such a unique concept on the hat obsession of late. this makes me want to throw a sombrero shower immediately!

  11. so fun! love the paper details!

  12. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie on:
  13. omg are those timbits on a stick!? hahaha that is so cracker canadian. I love timbits but i dont know if i’d serve them, but I don’t know…maybe in a pinch! (i am from canada :p ) really cute ideas, love the skull

  14. So fun! Love the striped table cloths, bright colors and the unique paper goods by Printed Palette Ink!

  15. The zebra/black & white lover in me is loving this wedding! The bright colors just pop next those tablecloths!

  16. love the combo of black/white stripes and soft blue. putting bold and soft together works great!

  17. How cute, the donut hole sticks look like Japanese Dango

  18. thanks for the feature jen! we love capturing anything cortnie dreams up!

  19. I LOVE tequila, skulls and colour, this is perfect for me!

  20. Can you please tell me where the Sombreros at the bottom of this blog are from? The creme colored straw ones? I love them and would love to have them for my wedding in Mexico.

  21. Do you mind sharing where you got the sombreros ??

  22. This comes quite after you have posted this, but hoping you still get the comments. Where did you get the cervaza bottle wraps? They’re great!


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