With my cousin’s wedding coming up in just a few weeks, I wanted to share some adorable photos of her rustic bridal shower. Her super creative bridesmaids decorated perfectly to accentuate her wedding theme.
A gorgeous centerpiece, complete with tree stump base and Mason jar vase.
A beautiful tree stump cupcake stand.
The bride and groom love hosting Game Nights so all guests signed Jenga Blocks with messages for the couple.
Both the wedding and shower invites used the Mason Jar theme.
The shower invite also let guests know that home renovation gifts would be appreciated as the newlyweds work on their new home.
I hopped aboard the Mason Jar theme with my gift, filling a jar with a Home Depot gift card and some pink mini tools for the bride.
Can’t wait to see all the fun rustic details at the wedding!
A few weekends ago, we held a bridal shower for my cousin, Katlyn. Kat is an art teacher and is going to have an amazingly Pinterest-perfect wedding so we knew we had to bring our A-Game with the shower.
We decided to go with a theme of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as a nod to Kat’s artistic side. As you can see, we went blue and yellow crazy.
The shower was held at the bride’s mom’s house, in her sunroom.
I love having guests fill out envelopes with their addresses for thank you cards at showers—makes things so much easier on the honoree!
We had a fun blue and yellow candy table. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that those are all of my apothecary jars, haha.
Blue and yellow everywhere.
Confession: I hate games. Especially shower games, other than gift BINGO. I like BINGO because it gives guests something to do during the looooong gift-opening sessions.
Confession: I also hate shower favors. Most people leave them behind. It’s usually an unnecessary added expense.
So to address the favor issue, and the fact that BINGO usually requires a lot of prizes for winners, we instead went with a raffle.
Each bridesmaid created a theme basket—entertaining, spa, pasta, coffee, beach, etc. Every attendee received two raffle tickets at the start of the shower. Whenever someone won BINGO, they received additional tickets.
We put a bag by each prize basket so attendees could put their ticket in to try to win. At the end of the shower, we raffled off the baskets.
Little man had to come because we’re pretty much a package deal these days.
The beautiful bride (notice the painting in the background, done by one of the bridesmaids at a Painting With a Twist party!)
We all even tried to dress to the theme.
Also, I made that crazy blue punch you see in the very first photo up there. Basically I just threw a bunch of blue stuff into a punch bowl, but here’s the recipe:
1 bottle Bacardi Hurricane mix (it’s blue!)
1/4 bottle Blue Curaçao
1.5 gallons Hawaiian Punch Berry Blue Typhoon
Note: when I make punch, I usually freeze one bottle of the juice to use as ice (regular water ice cubes will dilute the punch!) You can also make ice cubes out of the juice, which is probably smarter because otherwise you have to use a box cutter to cut open the plastic bottle. Yeah, I should probably just do that next time.
Pineapple juice to taste, but not so much that it will affect the blue color
In a super sweet, overwhelming and completely unnecessary move, my family and friends threw me a “sprinkle” yesterday. I’m using “sprinkle” in quotes because this thing was a full-on baby shower. A Great Gatsby-themed baby shower, of course. While I wish they hadn’t gone to all the trouble, I loved it and was so impressed by the effort my mom and mother-in-law had put into the planning.
From playing the Baz Luhrman movie and soundtrack in the background, to feathers and pearls as decoration to guests choosing between wearing headbands, beads or a mustache, they covered all the details.
(that mirror was my nanny’s <3)
They stole my “Hello, Old Sport” sign from the nursery a few days before and I didn’t even notice! Ha!
And then this happened.
Yes, that’s my mother-in-law and my mom.
They had me don a headband and feather to fit in with the guests.
The cake and cupcakes were gorgeous:
My mom was pretty proud of herself for hand-glittering all those letters.
I am not a good cake cutter.
Check out that orb in the photo.
(and yes, that’s a photo of Holden crying in that wall calendar.)
Holdy even showed up at the end to join in the fun.
So I’m 37 weeks and I’m now stocked with adorable baby boy clothes and diapers. Let’s do this, little man!
But after giving birth to my daughter, I learned the truth about diaper cakes: unrolling 100 rubber bands from 100 diapers is the worst. So I beg of you, on behalf of new moms everywhere: enough with the diaper cakes… or, for that matter, anything that requires extensive disassembly, unrolling or untying. I’m looking at you, big ol’ basket made of rolled-up diapers or golf bag made of diapers.
Still insisting on the diaper cake? Here are some no-roll diaper cakes that won’t make the new mom curse your name:
To celebrate a girlfriend’s 1) upcoming wedding at a winery 2) love of wine, we held a wine-themed/wine tasting bridal shower.
The centerpiece of the shower was the wine tasting table. Each bridesmaid presented her choice of wine with an explanation of the taste and pairings. The cards were held up by corks that had one side cut off to make them flat (which was a real pain in the butt to do). The super cute “Wine Tasting” banner came from Expressions in Design on etsy.
For the bride’s gift, we bridesmaids gifted her with a wine fridge and each gave her a bottle of “our” wine to be opened on special occasions: first house, first baby, first dinner party, first fight, etc.
Instead of cake, we went with cake balls laid out in a bunch of grapes formation.
Guests wrote wishes or advice on slips of paper and put them in the bottle, to be opened on an anniversary (that’s one of their wedding invitations wrapped around the bottle!).
The wine tasting was a great ice breaker and the bride loved it!
I attended the cutest baby shower today with a tea party theme. Invitations announced that a “baby is brewing…” We dined on cupcakes, scones and eclairs and drank tea out of adorable mismatched teacups and saucers (that I’m told came from the Salvation Army at 20 cents a piece!) For favors, we received custom Showers of Happiness teabags! It was tea-lightful (that’s right. I said it.)
For a friend’s second baby, we threw a “Diaper Sprinkle.” This was her second boy, so she was all set on clothes and gear. We divied up diaper sizes (N, 1, 2) alphabetically according to first name (otherwise all of her family members would have been buying the same size!).