It all started with a love of earrings. After moving back to the Bay Area, it was like starting all over again. While trying out a new church for a few weeks, I happened to run into another mom in the nursery who had some of the cutest earrings I had ever seen. Risking coming off as a crazy person, I walked up and said, “I like your earrings! We should be friends!” She actually gave me her phone number and a park day was planned.
While chasing after our kids and trying to get to know each other, we discovered some similar interests. We both loved making crafty type items and throwing parties (I had just upscaled an old chair for my house and Lisa had just built some Ana White farm tables for added seating at all the parties she hosts).
Lisa shared with me her dream to coordinate private events, yet current tension of not being able to put in the time involved because of her little ones. She was looking for a way to share her passion for celebrating life’s monumental moments, while balancing being a busy mom. She talked about this idea of party boxes, which coincidentally I had created in the past for kids birthdays. We both had the vision of starting with bridal showers in a box and from there With a Bow was formed. With Lisa having experience in corporate event planning and having planned 6 bridal showers herself in the last few years, and with my experience in wedding and event planning and styling, we were the perfect team! After six months of dreaming, planning, and perfecting, we finally have three boxes that encompass who we are and what we try to portray in every event that we plan, a classic, enjoyable party given with ease.
“A Recipe for Love” was developed with Lisa’s Italian heritage in mind and our (more like Lisa’s) love of cooking. (I have slowly become a better cook through this friendship.) With some fun out of the box ideas and beautifully modern decor, this kitchen themed bridal shower box is perfect for all the foodies or foodie wannabes out there.
“Around the Clock” has a vintage decor/ trendy style, while centered around gifts for all times of the day. We LOVE giving gifts! Our goal at every event and holiday is to give the “perfect gift”. Assigning times of day for gifts adds such a fun element to a shower and allows party goers some guidance and fun creativity! For some creative and unique gift ideas check out our blog post, Unique Bridal Shower Gift Ideas for Around the Clock. We've found that the best gifts are those that add an element of surprise while still staying true to the bride's style and needs.
“Love is in the Air” is my favorite box! I love the bright colors and the awesome hot air balloon centerpiece that adds a little whimsy. With travel themed activities and a date night jar, this box promotes the couples courting throughout their marriage. It's a great way to send off the bride and groom into their marriage with some tools for success. Perfect for the adventurous, travel loving couple, as well as the outgoing bride.
We hope you find as much enjoyment celebrating with these boxes as we have had creating them! Open, decorate, celebrate!
What are some of your favorite bridal shower themes? Comment below!