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A few weeks ago my wonderful sister-in-law to be hosted a bridal shower in my honor. I honestly didn’t know quite what to expect. I’ve only been to one bridal shower since most of my close friends are single or unmarried. But my sister-in-law is a pro at putting together events! I was most impressed that she organized the whole thing, including designing and sending out invitations, while living on the other side of the country from us.

As far as I know the shower was a pretty budget friendly event. It was held at the family home of my fiancé and sister-in-law. A couple of neighborhood ladies, and friends of the family, donated their time to provide catering. We had cucumber sandwiches, lavender shortbread cookies, lemon bars (my favorite), and garden salad. My sister-in-law brought out her mom’s silver tea service and we had hot bridal themed rose tea to celebrate with. Decorations were minimal, and consisted of vases with different colored roses set on each table.

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I decided to invite a mix of female friends and family to the shower and almost everyone was able to attend, which was great! At the one bridal shower I attended in the past we were given small favors or gifts to take home with us. I decided that I wanted to make little gift bags for the women coming to my shower. I made 15 bags for a total of $38.00 or $2.50 per bag.

What did I include? I wanted to get gifts that would be enjoyed by my older female relatives, girlfriends who are close in age to me and my younger sisters – who are not yet in high school. I decided to buy a box of 20 Sees Chocolates, because you can’t go wrong there. These were $20, not cheap, but the money did go to a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I bought 10 flavored honey sticks at a family farm near where we live for $2. I bought a pack of 8 little bottles of nail polish for $12 at Walgreens. Then I went to Bath and Body Works where I had a giftcard for $15 to use (given to me several months before). I absolutely love their pocket-sized hand sanitizers. They are the perfect size and were on sale 5 for $5. I got 10 of these and then grabbed a couple room sprays to round out the gift bags. I ended up spending less than $5 on all of this and Bath and Body Works provided the gift bags and confetti stuffing for free with my purchase.

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Each bag contained three of the five types of items: chocolate, honey stick, hand sanitizer, nail polish, or room spray. And I feel fairly confident all of these items will be useful and appreciated but the different women who attended my shower.

My favorite part of the shower was seeing the scrapbook my sister-in-law put together for me. She had each woman attending my shower write a note of marriage advice in there. These ranged from the sentimental to the hilarious. I printed out photos from the event and added these to my shower scrapbook. I will treasure it!

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About Ashley Catherine

I’m a 24-year old marketing coordinator from Portland, Oregon who enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and riding my bike, reading, blogging, and indulging my nerdy side with video games and trivia nights. I’m marrying my wonderful fiancé Tom in a fall-themed wedding on October, 5 2013. I’m lucky to call him my best friend.

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