This past weekend, I helped throw a Bridal Shower for my best friend. The shower guest list was kept small to ensure an intimate and relaxed environment and I have to say, it was the best one I've been to yet! It was held at a restaurant and we were able to order off the normal Brunch menu with lots of yummy drinks. Usually bridal shower games are pretty lame but I still wanted to have something planned to give away a couple of prizes. Details of the games are at bottom of the post if you are interested!
I brought the baby succulent favors which I planted in little glass vases found at Hobby Lobby. The succulents are local from Eastern Market, a weekly Farmers Market held in Detroit.
We bought bunches of flowers from the grocery store and arranged them in tin vases (from Ikea). They turned out better than I expected!
The photo accordions were made from card stock and 3.5 x 5 photos (printed at Target). They were fun conversation pieces.
I didn't realize the table would have backless stools so even though this little banner was made to go on the back of her chair, I actually liked this placement better because everyone could see it. And here is our beautiful bride to be:
I don't have a picture of the one I created but the first game we played was a version of 'Pass the Prize' but instead of passing around the actual prize, I created a little book to read the page and pass to the person it described. I couldn't find one that was exactly what I was looking for so I ended up combining a few different verses found online. If you'd like to use this game, you can download the PDF and set it to print 2 slides per page, then cut them out, hole punch and have fun! For a larger shower, you can print one book per table and maybe reduce the number of pages - customize it for your needs.
The other game we played was "How well doe the Bride know the Groom?". I had previously asked the Groom 25 questions and the Bride had to guess how he responded. For each incorrect answer, the Bride had to put 1 piece of bubblegum in her mouth. By the end, it was hilarious as she had quite a mouthful! I wanted to have a winner/prize for this one as well so before the game started, I had everyone write their name down and the number of questions they thought the Bride would get correct. We didn't have an exact match so I just went with the closest number. My plan for a tie breaker was the person with the birthday closest to the wedding date.
Now off to plan the Bachelorette Party!! ;-)
Cleaning up and simplifying the bookcases before above and the after is below.
It still looks pretty full but I definitely removed a lot. Stored below
are extra vases, platters, tablecloths, napkins, etc.. since this area is next
to the dining table and kitchen, it's nice to have those items close
Most of these items are vintage/ thrift or just randomly found on sale at Target or Pottery Barn.
I'm glad I took the few minutes to make it look a little cleaner. It's not perfect but it's better than before.
I always struggle finding affordable yet
interesting art and wall decor. When my in-laws casually mentioned they had
some turtle shells, I knew just what I wanted to do with them- put them on the wall, of course! My husband wasn't convinced at first but I think he likes them now.
The magnolia print is from art.com and frame is the large Ikea Ribba. I did put the plexiglass front behind the art to reduce the glare and help the print look a little more like a painting.
The bamboo blanket ladder was found on Amazon for a pretty great price considering how large it is. Would also work well in a bathroom holding towels.
I had a little trouble hanging them and ended up with gorilla glue and some saw tooth picture hangers with picture framing wire. They've been up for about a month so fingers crossed it works long term.
Over the weekend, we helped throw a 30th surprise birthday party for one of our friends. Her super sweet husband rented a Party Bus to take our group of friends to East Lansing, tailgate and go to the MSU Homecoming Game. We all had so much fun, I just have to share some of the decorations and designs from the event!
I made a couple of strands of tissue tassel garlands by following this tutorial, they were really easy to make and turned out so cute!
I made Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes (box of GF cake mix + 1 cup of pumpkin + 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 2 tsp cinnamon) with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (this frosting recipe). Seriously, so good! Highly recommend.
and a fun banner~
I designed the sign and the koozie using PicMonkey