We have such a fun treat for you guys today, the ah-mazing ‘Malibu Barbie’ themed bridal shower thrown for the ultra-lovely, Cologne Schmidt, one of the founders of Show Me Your Mumu!
We’re pretty sure y’all know all about Show Me Your Mumu by now, but here’s the quickest version of the fun backstory, just in case you’re new to the brand. Cologne + Cammy Hebert, best friends, turned co-founders, started the Los Angeles-based gypset label over drinks in Miami five years ago. Best known for reinventing the traditional mu’u mu’u for modern girls, their effortlessly chic and versatile dresses, tops + bottoms in bold + colorful prints have become wardrobe staples to be worn anywhere and everywhere. (And celeb fans of the brand include the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Beyonce!)
Since both of the girls are now planning their own weddings, they have created a collection of perfect floaty bridesmaids dress with a bohemian touch, and the prettiest kimonos for the bride and her bridesmaid’s pre-wedding pampering! More about that to come – plus an amazing bridesmaid dress giveaway with Show Me Your Mumu on Wednesday – but for now, let’s dive into this totally carefree, yet, stunning bridal shower honoring Cologne in the prettiest way!
We just had to know how Cammy came up with this fun shower theme for her best pal. She tells us, We went with the Malibu Barbie theme because Cologne has always loved Barbie and the shower location was Malibu. The wedding is in Hawaii so we wanted to stay within the tropical vibe, but did not want to overdo the Hawaii thing before arriving there for the wedding! We kept the flowers, food, and drinks very girly and we centered around “Barbie Pink” touches and highlights. We didn’t want to pink-out the house so made sure to mix in whites and greens with the girly pinks!
We built a life size Barbie box out of an old refrigerator box and guests had a blast taking photos inside of it! We also photoshopped the bride, groom, bridesmaid, and groomsmen’s heads onto different Barbie bodies and pictures and put them all around the house.
Want a few tips on how to throw a bridal shower that’s just as fun as this one for Cologne? Cammy spills her biggest secret, Pick a FUNNY theme. Showers should be lighthearted and fun and reflect the bride’s personality. The decorating is so much more entertaining and fun with a silly theme over something too vague or serious. How to think of funny themes: What are some of the bride’s favorite Halloween costumes? What is her favorite movie? Etc. Give the bride a special seat. She is the queen for the day! Cologne’s mom decorated a peacock chair with fresh flowers and it was her throne for the day! So fun!
Love this idea for a bridal shower? It’d be so easy to create for your Barbie bride-to-be. :) These floral straws are perfect for cocktails or juice and we found so pretty fun tropical paper flowers (in lots of different sizes!) to decorate along with this gold pineapple vases. Of course, we just love the idea of a life size Barbie box for a photo booth (the girls crafted this one from a refrigerator box!). Have all your guests wear their fave floral dresses (we love this one from Show Me Your Mumu and be sure to check out some of the girls fave picks below!) and then a fun activity for your gals? Have them each make their own flower crown! Here is a DIY kit we found or check out this Flower Crown DIY with real flowers or this Flower Crown DIY with silk flowers. Makes for a fun shower gift too. :)
We asked C + C’s about their current fave dresses from Show Me Your Mumu – dresses that they think would be perfect to wear to a fun summer bridal shower. Shop their picks below!
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Thanks so much to the girls for sharing! Doesn’t Cologne’s shower look like a total dream?! If you’re designing + throwing a totally unique shower for a rad bride-to-be, share the details with us below! And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the Show Me Your Mumu bridesmaid dress giveaway!
photography: Ryan Hebert