Friday, June 25, 2010

Princess Bride-al Shower

I'm a sucker for movie-themed parties, not to mention it's where I got my start in party-planning. I love how you can interpret aspects of a film into a party design! And since there are almost endless films to act as inspiration, it's a never-ending challenge! One example that has been on my mind for awhile is a Bridal Shower based on The Princess Bride, (Princess Bride-al Shower?) Maybe it's the bride's favorite movie, or maybe you just want to interpret this cult-classic love story into a fun theme - I've got the ideas right here!

The film has some great comedic moments, but the chief storyline is that of the love story. Focusing on the elegant, romantic aspects of the film, be prepared for lots of royal details!

Sources: chandelier, The Princess Bride, blue cupcakes,
medieval hall, white horses, black mask, blue damask invitation,
Reese's - I'll explain my idea for these below, crown votives,
blue damask, candelabra, tiara cake topper

A special venue could really make this event, but if a castle banquet hall or other historic
setting isn't available, (understandable) recreate the medieval look with candelabras or
wrought-iron candle holders. As many pillar or taper candles as possible, the better!
Another idea is to use fabric to create a small pennant or full-length banner using medieval coats-of-arms and patterns.

I have always loved Princess Buttercup's blue lace dress she wears later in the film as a Princess, and I thought it would be so pretty to replicate that in blue damask:
Damask invitation

Damask cupcake wrapper

Other ideas:

I love these tiara tea lights!

Black mask place setting

The black fabric masks could be really cool as napkin rings or on place settings as featured above. No need for fancy store-bought masks, black felt or cotton with eyes cut out would probably look more realistic anyway.

How cool are these sword food picks?

Reese's Cupcakes via Bakerella become Princess Buttercup's Cupcakes! (Buttercup-cakes?...too much?)

For table settings, use goblets and fancy dinnerware with gold chargers. A real must to include is favorite quotes from the film featured throughout the party in fancy frames or propped up on folded card stock:

"That day she was amazed to discover that when he was saying "as you wish,"
what he meant was "I love you." And even more amazing was the day she
realized she truly loved him back."

"This is true love - you think this happens every day?"

"I will never doubt again"
"There will never be a need."

"Wesley and I are joined by the bonds of love, and you cannot track that,
not with a thousand bloodhounds. And you cannot break it, not with a
thousand swords."

"Move? You're alive. If you want I can fly."

"Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the
most pure. This one left them all behind."

What a fun way to send off the bride-to-be for her
Happily Ever After!


Anonymous said...

oh wow! i adore the princess bride, and love all your ideas for throwing a princess bride party! i will have to throw one and email you the results! great ideas, keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

The Princess Bride is my favorite movie of all time:) At every wedding I attend I picture the old clergyman saying "Mawiage...". Your theme party is a fabulous idea! My dream wedding would absolutely include Princess Bride references;)

Anonymous said...

Nicely done! Best wishes! ^.^

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! Nicely done but not overdone- u really put me int he mood for a party!!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! Nicely done but not overdone- u really put me int he mood for a party!!

Carol MacGregor said...

So many unique and creative ideas on Peach Pizzazz - I mentioned you on my Facebook page today: Carol MacGregor

Anonymous said...

Wesley! It's Wesley!

Peach Pizzazz said...

Thanks for the correction. I guess his name is misspelled on imdb. :)

Anonymous said...

I am trying to plan a Princess Bride theme wedding at our home. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas, they have helped me so much with what I want to do for our wedding.

Peach Pizzazz said...

How exciting! I'm so glad I could be of help.

Amy @ BlowoutParty said...

I love those sword picks! Great details, cool party!

Events by Heather Ham said...

Great ideas!!! I love doing theme weddings & parties too!!

Kim and Ken Carlile said...

I know this is totally an old post, but you had it right. It is actually spelled Westley, not Wesley. It is this way in the book and the screenplay.

Wendy said...

Excuse the post on an older entry! I just had to tell you how great this article is, I'm planning a Princess Bride-themed bridal shower for a close friend and this got so many ideas going for me. Thanks so much for posting!!!

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