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How-to Throw a Stampede Breakfast for Your Bridesmaids

All the mini doughnuts, denim and DIY you need to throw a "Will You Be My Bridemaid?" party


For Calgarians, the beginning of July brings images of parades, horses, cowboys, mini doughnuts, carnival rides and marching bands to mind. This "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" party idea jumps on the cowboy theme with a pancake breakfast. The style is "Boho" western. Here's how to pull it off.

Serve stacks of mini-pancakes

The pancake breakfast is a local institution, dating back to early Stampedes when cowboys served pancakes from the back of their chuckwagons. Hundreds of pancake breakfasts take place across our city during the exhibition. As a twist on the traditional flapjacks, serve stacks of mini-cakes with fresh berries and Canadian maple syrup. 

Use denim pockets

Denim pockets, snipped from pairs of thrifted jeans, serve as napkin and place card holders. Dukes & Duchesses can show you how. Pockets can also be hung from pallets using vintage leather belts. Put a card for each guest asking them to be in your wedding party. 

Always serve mini doughnuts

It's a general rule of life, but for this party put the donoughts in customized paper bags with playful phrases like "You are the Sugar to my Doughnut," Please “Doughnut”say No," or “Doughnut” know what I would do without you." Modern Pulp Design Studio can create the bags for you.

Create floral chandeliers

A sunny floral chandelier was suspended over the breakfast table, bursting with yellow blooms in varying sizes and textures. This one includes local spring wildflowers “Buffalo Beans” or Thermopsis rhombifolia. Use yellow grosgrain ribbon to tie two double-wire frames into a chandelier and then use floral glue to attach the flowers.

Make a succulent planter using a repurposed pallet

Young House Love can show you how. And, you can use it in your yard after. Fashion tip: Wear your hair in a braid or have Lyana Gibert from the Art of Beauty do it as shown.

Create custom wooden gift boxes

Give each maid a personalised wooden gift box. Cover it with a photo of the bride and that friend and fill it will treats like a stackable bracelet from Leah Alexandra, a shoe gift card, nail polish and a packet of those mini doughnuts. Wrap the box in a denim band (a remnant from the thrifted jeans) and ricrac. 

On the inside, include a cheeky list of vows to your maid.

I vow to

  1. Pamper my maids. You are scheduled for a manicure & pedicure the day before the wedding. My treat!
  2. Let you choose your own dress. Select a gown you feel beautiful in from the enclosed color palette.
  3. Arrange for a hair and make-up artist to help make you your most beautiful at the wedding.
  4. Ply you with gems.  Enjoy the bracelet!
  5. Make the bridal party photo session short and sweet.
  6. Excuse you from the receiving line.
  7. Provide Starbucks, water and treats between the ceremony and reception.
  8. Ignore the tradition of having you dance with a groomsman you don’t know.
  9. Be sweet to your feet.  Find a gift card from a favorite shoe store inside.
  10. Suppress any “Bridezilla” tendencies.


The Bride

Use boho feathers

Ad them to the denim pockets and the gift boxes. They are easy to make. Copenhaven will show you how. 

Use succulents and wildflowers

Place loose flowers and succulents in the center of the table and at place settings. 

Tara Whittaker is a Calgary-based wedding photographer and stylist. To see more of her work, visit tarawhittacker.com

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