How to Throw a Fabulous Outdoor Bridal Shower on a Budget

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You don't need to spend a lot of money to throw an unforgettable bridal shower. Here, Michelle Bachman and Seri Kertzner of NYC-based event planning firm Little Miss Party share their top tips for transforming your backyard into a party-perfect space without breaking your budget.

Visit Your Local Nursery

Oftentimes flower arrangements from a florist are expensive and sometimes too formal for a shower. Instead, stop by your local nursery or greenhouse to pick up some colorful blooms and plants — it's a quick and affordable way to add color to any outdoor space. Arrange the flowers in a pretty vase or bottle. Or if you can't find the perfect container, give terracotta pots a makeover with a few coats of spray paint. (The best part is these can double as guest favors or can be replanted in your yard after the party is over!)

Stock Up on Lights

Paper lanterns are the perfect way to light up any outdoor space — they can be hung from trees, umbrellas or any overhang. (Luna Bazaar has a huge selection of colors and styles.) Cafe lights, twinkle lights, and candles are also stylish options.

Be Smart with Your Menu

Think about how nature will play a part in your food. A fabulous cheese spread is an amazing idea, but may spoil in the hot sun. Choose dishes that can be passed or sit out for an extended period of time. If you are not having formal seating with tables, think about how guests will eat while standing or holding plates on their laps. You'll want to avoid any foods that require cutting. One genius menu idea: Serve a cold pasta salad out of recycled berry containers lined with a piece of wax paper. Your guests will be impressed and your wallet will thank you!

Bring the Indoors Out

You don't have to rent expensive furniture for your party, just get creative with what you have. A small love seat or chair can be brought outdoors and covered with a pretty piece of fabric. Give guests ample places to relax and mingle by grouping furniture together in small clusters.

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