Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DIY Bridal Shower Favor: Photo Chocolate Bars

Make inexpensive and personalized chocolate bar favors for the bridal shower! The too easy to be true instructions:

1. Choose a few favorite photos (we love baby photos of the bride), then print them using an ink-jet printer or photocopy onto lightweight paper. (Enlarge or reduce images if needed.)

2. With a paper cutter, trim so photos are slightly shorter than candy bars.

3. Remove outer wrappers but not inner foil.

4. Wrap each candy bar with a photo, and secure in back with double-sided tape.

5. Adorn with waxed twine tied in a small bow.

Voila! Custom photo favors!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bridal Shower Theme: Lilly Pulitzer Inspired




Images: The Scarlet Letter Boutique, Zazzle, KinsREvent Company, Etsy, Etsy, Etsy, Peapods Cookies

Invites

We found a few gems that will really set the tone for the Lilly inspired shower.  Head to Zazzle or Etsy for the invites featured above.
 
 
D├ęcor

Go with a mix of garden ideas like the ones found here and very preppy ideas.  Think everything monogram.

Drinks

Go with pink cocktails like:

Raspberry Flirtini
Mix 1 part vodka with ½ part Chambord and add champagne. Serve in champagne flutes.

Cosmopolitan
To make the perfect Cosmopolitan mix 1 oz. vodka, ½ oz. triple sec, ½ oz. lime juice and ½ oz cranberry juice. Serve in a martini glass garnished with a slice of lime.

Pink Bikini
Take 1.75 liter raspberry lemonade and add 1 3/4 cups coconut rum and 1 cup amaretto liqueur.

Favors
Give everyone personalized lemonade packets
 
Food
A menu of anything would work for the Lilly shower. Classic tea party works.  Of course, adding these cookies from Peapods Cookies helps the theme. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bridal Shower Game: Nearly Newlywed Game

Nearly Newlywed Game

Turn the classic TV game into a fun bridal shower one.  This game is particularly good for co-ed showers where you can ask both of them the questions at the same time.


Note: these questions are stereotypical so switch around to your actual couple's likes.


Questions for the Groom

1) What is the bride's favorite handbag/purse designer?

2) Within 3, how many shoes/sunglasses/purses does the bride own?

3) What's her favorite perfume? 

4) What's her most commonly used expression?

5) What celebrity does she remind you of the most?



Questions for the Bride


1) What color does the groom think looks best on you?

2)  What is his dream car?

3) What is the name of his fantasy football team?

4)  If he could have played any sport professionally, what would it have been?

5) What's his favorite beer?


Questions for Either

1) Who said I love you first? 

2) What would your partner say your last fight was about?

3) Who was late last?

4)  What was their favorite vacation?

5) How many children does the other want?

6) What would your significant other say was their favorite date?

7) Who takes longer to get ready in the morning/for a date?

8) Who hit on the other first?

9) You're at  a bar. What would your significant other order?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bridal Shower Etiquette: Are kids invited to bridal showers?

Q: .  Are kids invited to bridal showers?

A:   No. Bridal showers are adult-only affairs so children should not be invited (and are not assumed to be.)  If in doubt, always ask the hostess.  If you're the hostess and you think a guest might bring a kid, bring it up casually -"so whose baby-sitting Kim for the afternoon?" They should get the hint



Monday, May 27, 2013

Bridal Shower Theme: Starbucks/Coffee Inspired


Image sources: Hostess with the Mostess, Christy Robbins, Chica and Jo, Kimz Kitchen, Zazzle, Etsy, Your Home Based Mom


Dealing with a bride who doesn't start the day without an iced white chocolate mocha? Know a bride who would probably make her wedding budget if she cut out her daily lattes? Why not throw a Starbucks/coffee inspired bridal shower for her?
 
Another nice thing about the coffee themed shower is that it's very work-appropriate.  This is a great shower for teacher's lounges or office showers.

Invites


Set the tone for the shower with an invite that shows everyone that the couple's coffee breaks are just too cute for words.  








Or let everyone know that the couple really are a perfect blend with this invite. 




Drinks
Since the theme is coffee, obviously you're going to have lots of coffee for this shower. The easy solution: create a coffee bar! One sample menu for drinks would be Decaf, Regular, Tea, Water, and Hot Water for Hot Chocolate or Hot Teas. 
Note: Non-coffee drinks are essential here because not everyone drinks (or likes) coffee. 

The toppings for the coffee bar of one sample coffee shower included vanilla, hazelnut, creamer, milk, flavored creamers, various sugars, chocolate dipped sugar cubes, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, whipped cream, chocolate covered peppermint sticks, and lemons.

Homemade Frappie Recipe
courtesy of Recipezaar.com

Ingredients
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/3 cup strong coffee
1 cup ice

Directions

1. In a blender, combine everything but the ice, and blend until sugar has dissolved.

2. Add ice and blend until smooth (sometimes you will need a bit more ice).

3. Don't forget to top off with some whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup!

Food
Yum! When we think of coffeehouses, we think of desserts-and ton of them.  Serve plenty of cupcakes, cookies, biscotti, and cake for this shindig. 

Try different coffee-inspired cupcakes like:
Also try serving coffee bean cookies.

Favors
What else can you give out as favors? Coffee, of course! Try personalized coffee bags that say "Bride's Bridal Shower" on them or coffee scoop favors

We are not affiliated with Starbucks.  Affiliate links were used.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sex and the City Bridal Shower Invitations

Sex and the City remains one of our favorite TV shows.  Of course, one of our most-viewed posts is on planning a Sex and the City shower but recently we've given a ton of comments asking for more invitations that perfectly set the tone for this type of fete.



This Martini themed bridal shower invite is ideal for a SATC shower.  Did Carrie go one episode without a Cosmo? Didn't think so.  









Go obvious with the NYC theme.  The ladies loved Manhattan and if your bride does too then celebrate it with this New York Skyline invite







Carrie wasn't the typical bride so skip a "typical" bridal shower (or invitation for that matter.) These chic modern cocktail party shower invites are just the trick-nothing too girly or frilly for Mrs. Big.  






Or celebrate the girls love of Manolos and Jimmy Choos with this stiletto bridal shower invite. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bridal Shower Guestbook: Flower Wreath of Wishes

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What a unique fun thing for a guestbook!  The paper flowers pop out to let every guest write notes, well-wishes, thoughts, etc. in  a wreath that can then be hung up.  Get it at Uncommon Goods.