I knew my mother was crafty but she even surpassed my expectations on this one by throwing me the cutest bridal shower. Because we moved across Washington State one year ago and we have family all over Washington and Oregon, my mother threw me a bridal shower on the east side of the state and dear fiance's aunties threw me a shower on the west side. This way, we invited family to the showers according to where they live.
The first shower was held at my house in Waitsburg, Wash., at the end of September. My mother showed up in Waitsburg the Thursday before the party with a massive to-do list and shower goals in mind. She worked like a mad woman baking, cooking and decorating and the results were great! She gave me the low-down on all of the details and where she saved and splurged.
Mom said she saved the most money on the food for the party. Rather than doing a full lunch, she made finger foods and desserts. We had soft cheese in phyllo cups, chicken salad on rye triangles, baby quiche, deviled eggs and ham roll-ups. To drink, we had prosecco and peach bellinis with peach puree. For dessert, mom made white cake cupcakes using a simple (and cheap) box mix and made fancy cream cheese frosting. My talented Aunt Linda brought out her cake decorating kit and decorated the cupcakes.
The decor was varied and fun. She ordered cardboard chandeliers and painted them white and hung them. All of the dishes and servingware was borrowed from ladies who attended. The tablecloths were vintage lace and cost her about $15 each. She also wrapped different sizes of boxes in blue paper and tied them with white ribbon to look like Tiffany & Co. boxes. For decorations for guests, she bought faux pearl necklaces to wear from a party store for cheap. She purchased a giant martini glass for about $15 to hold the necklaces.
Every guest got to leave and take with them a small Tiffany blue box wrapped with white ribbon and a faux diamond ring on top. Inside the boxes were peanut butter and chocolate Godiva truffles. Yum!
Before the invitations went out, mom asked me what we needed most. For us, we needed dishes and glassware, so mom made this a dishware and glassware shower. It worked out really well because we got exactly what we needed.
I specifically asked my mother not to play games at the shower. Admittedly, some are very fun, but many are not. My dream was just for this shower to be mellow full of girl talk and catching up with family and friends I hadn't seen in a while. Little did I know, cousin Sarah's little girl Stella would be the life of the party — especially when she crawled into one of the large empty gift bags!
Have you had a shower with a fun theme? What was it? Are there any bridal shower games that you like?