Let’s Flamingle Poolside – Bridal Luncheon

There were so many fun elements of our wedding weekend and this flamingle luncheon was one of my absolute favorites!

When planning the luncheon with my Aunt & Mom, I told them I’d love for it to be a fun and more casual vibe. Our wedding was down in Florida and I really wanted my friends to be able to enjoy the sun & get some R&R by the pool while they were down there.

I loved every minute of this luncheon, especially getting to spend some quality time with my girlfriends the day before our big day!

To get the look, I’m sharing the details of the party below, including how you can make the life-size flamingos!

The Tables

DIY Life-size flamingos tip-toed through grass runners across the tables. They were placed along the centers of each table, tip-toeing across beds of grass! Detailed instructions of how you can make these are at the bottom of this post!

  • We wanted there to be plenty of options for brunch, which included items:
    • Mini acai bowls
    • Ahi-tuna pizza
    • Shrimp-avocado citrus salad
    • And flamingo watermelon cut-outs in the fruit salad!
  • Specialty cocktail: Southsides were served with fresh mint and adorable flamingo straws, rimmed with pink sugar. 
  • Additional life-size flamingos flocked the entrance and buffet, and all the gals loved floating on flamingo rafts in the pool!


To make the flamingoes:

What you’ll need:

  • Plastic Lawn Flamingos
  • Bamboo stakes for legs
  • White square vases for base
  • Separate plastic containers that fit inside the white square vases
    • You will need these because you will be putting plaster of Paris inside the container — you will then dispose of these after you use them!
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint
    • Purchase whatever color you’d like!
  • Feathers
    • You can either match or go with a different color!
  • Tissue
    • We recommend purchasing a lot of tissue — you can always return what you don’t use!

Instructions on how to make:

  1. Order yard flamingos. You’ll want to order enough to have 2-3 displayed per table depending on table shape. We did 2 on rounds, 3 on the rectangular table.
  2. Spray paint the flamingos & bamboo sticks whatever color you want — even if the flamingos you ordered are pink, and you plan to spray paint them pink, we still recommend spray painting to get the desired look below (they look better without the black eyes!).
  3. Then you will cut up tissue into 4″ squares. Pinch the square and hot glue it on the sides of the flamingos — placing them as closely together as possible so you cover all of the plastic.
  4. Add feathers to the back end by creating a hole in the plastic with either a drill or nail — then shove the feathers in and use the hot glue gun to secure them in so they stay.
  5. Cut down skinny bamboo stakes for the legs depending on the height you want. **For the bent leg, you will need the bamboo stick to be slightly longer than the straight leg because you will bend the bamboo. Make sure you know where you want it bent prior to doing so, because once you’ve done so, it’s bent!***
  6. Note: You don’t need to attach bamboo stakes for all legs — you can leave the shorter ones on the sticks they come on as we did, which still look great.
  7. Once the legs have been glued & dried — you need to set them in pots. The straight leg gets set in Plaster of Paris. The bent leg does not, as it’s just supporting and can just rest in a planter.

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