WEDDINGS // How To Create A Perfectly Stylish, Highlands Bridal Shower
Give the bride-to-be a stylish send-off at Links House.
Getting your bride tribe together for a deliciously decadent, fun day out or weekend away is close to the best part of getting married, right??
And if your idea of the perfect shindig for the bride-to-be is a day or two eating amazing food, drinking delicious wine (and cocktails!), exploring the beautiful stores of country villages, and relaxing (or recovering) under a blossom tree in the garden of a stunning century-old country manor.......then keep on reading.
We’ve got THE place for you – hello gorgeous Links House in Burradoo – and nine fabulous ideas about how to keep the bride and her besties busy, bubbly (clink!) and celebrating in style.
1 // A long lunch in a country garden
Imagine a perfectly styled table in the shade of a beautiful old tree surrounded by green lawn and spring blooms. Now, picture a bunch of gorgeous girls sitting around that table clinking champagne glasses, gossiping and giggling as they eat amazingly fresh and fabulous food created by Links House Executive Chef, Jason Hughes.
Long lunches are the best, right? And they’re even better when they’re in a stunning country garden with views across the greens and fairways of Bowral Golf Course....and you don’t have to stay upright! How does post-lunch cocktails and cupcakes on picnic blankets on the lawn sound? We see a floral maxi-dress and an afternoon snooze in your future!
Photo // Abbie Melle
2 // Next level table styling
The uber-talented floral artist, Ali Kennon of Alison Kennon Botanical Design works with the Links House team to produce unforgettable table designs that spark so much joy – cue the oohs and aahs - creating the perfect canvas for Jason’s beautifully presented food. It’s all art, isn’t it? And it’s those extra details that really make a gathering come to life (especially one as important as your last hurrah as a single lady!).
Photo // Abbie Melle
3 // High tea and bubbles
We are absolute suckers for a high tea. Is it the teeny tiny sandwiches that fit perfectly in your mouth? Or is it the sweet treats, or the scones with homemade jam and traditional clotted cream? Or maybe it’s the delicious tea that warms you up on the inside. Or perhaps....just perhaps....it’s the bubbles that make you want to part-ayyyy! All of the above, we reckon. A high tea in the garden at Links House is a fab idea for a bridal shower, especially if the matriarchs of the family are coming along to help you celebrate. Granny loves a cuppa, a plate of deliciousness and a sneaky champers!
Photo // Abbie Melle
4 // Bridal shower survival pack
Here’s a fun idea! Create a survival / gift pack for the ladies coming along to celebrate your last days of singledom with you. We’re thinking the fab Tub of Scrub from Bare Body Beauty co. (it’s a body scrub that smells amayyyyyzing), candles from Zoco Candles in Robertson (our favourite is the Ella – iris and orange blossom, light musk and pink pepper....mmmmm) , the cutest, handmade cookies you’ve ever seen from Abbeyvale Cookies, a sleep mask from Bowerbird on Argyle, and some essential oils from Equilibrium in Bowral (perhaps their Headache blend would be well-received!).
Or organise a Highlands Grazing Co sweeeet dessert box for your bridesmaids. Filled to the brim with choccie, doughnuts, some fruit to justify more choccie, and prosecco! Yum!
5 // Gourmet dinner at Ethos Restaurant
Ethos Restaurant at Links House is one of the fab new kids on the gourmet block in the Highlands right now. Renowned local chef, Jason Hughes is on the pass as Executive Chef and sharing his passion for sourcing local, ethical and seasonal ingredients.
Thanks to the super-relaxed and comfy vibe at Links House, it’s like going to dinner at a friend’s house – just a friend who can create a high-end dining experience! If you’re worried you’ll be a bit too loud for the main dining room, there is a private function room called Sybil (love!!) that you can have all to yourselves for eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating!
Photo // Abbie Melle
6 // A chic shopping tour of the Highlands
How about scheduling in a morning or an afternoon (or a whole day!) of shopping with the girls? Chat to one of our local transport companies about booking a driver and a mini-bus and head off on a Highlands shopping tour made for a bride tribe. If you're keen to shop in style, get in touch with Ned from Illustrious Prestige & & Performance, a local premium professional chauffeur service, and get ferried around in a gorgeous Mercedes and / or a sexy Jag - helllllllooooooo!
Pop these MUST-visit stores on your list – a drive to sweet Exeter to visit Quintessential Exeter, Bowerbird on Argyle in Mossy, Pretty Little Present and the famous Dirty Jane’s in Bowral, Robertson’s Cool Room Emporium and cross the road to check out the Modern Major General at the SHAC. Then head to Mittagong to swing by gorgeous shops like Heavenly Scents and Gifts and you’ve got yourself one fabulous retail experience right there – credit cards at the ready, ladies!
7 // Tea and cake by the fire
Head straight to the Sitting Room for a gossip session by the open fire with a cuppa or two, and freshly baked cake from the Ethos kitchen. Curl up on the couches in this cosy space and put the world to rights with baked sweet treats, a whole lot of laughter and teapots of delicious, locally made Mantra Blend tea.
8 // Get active and creative
If the bride-to-be is a little more zen and likes to get bendy on a regular basis, Christobel from Wholebeing Yoga offers private sessions at Links House which you can do on the front lawn in the sunshine - soooo nice. Take some time out to do a group class in preparation for last minute wedding prep and dealing with all the crazy rellies on the guest list.
The wonderful Links House team can also organise wine tasting tours, local bushwalks (guided or can head you in the right direction), art classes, floral workshops and more. Oh, and they can also organise a gorgeous adventure to Greenlaw Farm, a beautiful Highlands property where the gang can choose from a selection of gardening, cooking and creative experiences on offer as part of their Country Hens Day Escape.
9 // Recovery brunch in the garden
If you’re staying at Links House – and even if you’re not! – you need to speak to Links House owner, Joanna Pfahl about her legendary recovery parties. Links House is licensed from 10am which is the perfect time to emerge from your gorgeous accom for a Bloody Mary and a Berocca.
Relax on a blanket in the garden under a tree with a feast of fresh frittatas from the Ethos kitchen, bacon and eggs, yummo baked delights (all loaded with carbs) to get you through the next few hours. If you’re feeling energetic, then get a group together for a fun game of bocce in the garden or get some Giant Jenga action happening. Actually, scrub the Jenga – it might be a bit loud for everyone when it clatters to the ground!
So, if you’re organising a bridal shower or hens party, that should give you plenty of fun ideas – do one or do them all - such a fab space at Links House! And here’s a Bridal Shower Planning Checklist for you to download so you can create a perfectly, stylish Highlands send-off for the bride-to-be.
Links House is a stunning boutique hotel in Burradoo with a warm and friendly energy, bound to make anyone who steps over the threshold feel at home. Beautiful gardens, relaxed spaces, delicious food and gorgeous country hospitality creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for Highlanders and visitors. Find out more here.
And we totally know it’s hard to get planning at the moment with the current Covid-related restrictions, however if you do have a small gathering in your near future (or possibly day-dreaming about a big gathering in the distant future), chat to the lovely team at Links about organising your perfect bridal shower with Covid-safe measures in place. They’re all over it and are focusing on creating beautiful, safe experiences.
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