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Kitchen Theme Bridal Shower December 17, 2014

Two weeks ago we held my dear Cousin Molly’s kitchen themed bridal shower.  It was extra exciting because she is the first girl cousin to get married on that side of my family.  We have literally been friends since her birth.  I’m so happy she has found the one she belongs with and so of course we wanted to celebrate with her!  If you know Molly, you know she loves to bake and cook.  She even has a blog to share all the recipes she has tried- Bake Away Girl.

molyI feel a bridal shower should reflect the person it’s being thrown for.  It’s an important part of the planning process.  After all the whole party is about the bride!

Otherwise, why throw the party? Keeping Molly in mind, all of us who planned had a lot of fun coming up with ways to incorporate the kitchen theme into the party.  Here were just a few that we came up with that came to life at the party:

  • Flower arrangements using kitchen items: colanders, measuring cups, and Kitchen Aid mixers
  • Grater and whisk lanterns
  • Muffin tin candy holders
  • Recipe Cards
  • Kitchen utensil favors

The flower arrangements consisted of gathering all those containers listed above and taking them to a florist who agreed to create the vision in our minds (um and also on Pinterest).  That piece was pretty easy because paying the florist means they take care of all the work!   We had the shower catered by a breakfast place called Juicy-O and ordered sandwich trays from Cost-Co so that we could have the best of both worlds: Brunch!  And what is brunch without mimosas?  Not actually brunch right?  The hit of the shower was by far the mimosa bar.  There were four different types of juices, fresh fruit, and even a cute paper straw to drink out of.  My favorite part was mixing and matching all the different flavors.

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We scoured Goodwill stores and asked some family to lend us graters, whisks, and muffin tins.  Then we placed flameless candles under or in each one of the graters and whisks and filled the muffin tins with candy.  I think they added a whimsical touch to the party.  It was a small detail, but pushed the theme even further!  The recipe cards were sent out with the invitations (which of course were matching!) and we asked guests to complete it and share one of their favorite recipes.  We collected these in a ceramic berry basket the day of the shower and then gave them to Molly for a keepsake at the end of the shower.


We didn’t want to play cheesy games, but we also wanted to have a little something to occupy people’s time in between socializing, eating, and gift opening.  So we set up a ‘Guess How Many’ game with a very large jar full of chocolate chips!  We also set a kitchen timer a couple times during gift opening and whoever’s gift was being opened when it went off received a prize (I really wish I had a picture because these were so adorable.  Even though I don’t, I’ll just tell you about them…we bundled a red and white tea towel along with a sugar cookie mix and a heart shaped cookie cutter together with red and white baking twine.)

decorLastly, we wanted to send each guest home with a favor that would be useful and of course also match the theme.  A long time ago I had seen a glittered wooden utensil on Pinterest as an idea for a favor.  I showed it to my sister and we decided to create something similar, but swap the glitter for red paint.  Here are the instructions for our creation:

Crafting List:

bamboo utensils (we found ours off Amazon)
red paint
non-toxic glaze
painters tape
washi tape
bakers twine
paint brushes


The most work was taping the handles.  We didn’t need them to all be the same, but we wanted the paint to stop about half way up the handle.  Once the tape was in place, we laid down the newspaper and tried dipping the utensils in the paint, but that was way too thick and would have taken days to dry.  Instead we starting painting with a paint brush and this process was much faster.  We ended up doing three coats of paint.  We let them sit for about an hour and then we applied a layer of glaze.  We left for maybe 2 hours and when we returned, everything was dry!

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We carefully removed the painters tape and only had one instance (out of 36) that the paint peeled a bit.  After that Katie wrote out tags and cut twine and I applied washi tape to each tag and tied the tag to the utensil with the twine.

tagsWe added some more washi tape to some clear jars and filled 6 jars with the utensils.  All in all the project probably took 6 hours- including drying time.  We were super proud of our work and the guests actually took the favors.  Woo Hoo!

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Nautical Theme Bridal Shower July 23, 2013

What do you do when you are in charge of decorations for a Bridal Shower that isn’t at your house and your partner in crime lives across the country?  Just ask Sarah and me!  We made it happen and completed it with plenty of style…if I do say so myself!


Karla had told us she wanted a nautical theme for her bridal shower.  All of us involved {Karla’s bridesmaids and family members} created a spreadsheet with assignments for all.  This ensured that no one person was overloaded with too many tasks.  It also was good to have a list so we could make sure we didn’t forget any details.  Google Drive was very helpful for this because we were able to maintain one version the whole way through.  If there is a change, everyone sees it real time.


Before the shower Sarah and I started off with emails back and forth with plans.  She already had a life preserver buoy and cute decorative fishers net.  Then we planned to have white paper poms for the ceiling, flag garland, and tablescape décor.


Sarah has experience making the Poms and she had some time once she got in from Denver so she was able to whip those right up.  She also said she would put together a flag garland. I was amazed when I saw the final product!  I was imagining American flags, but she stuck to the theme much better than that.  She looked up actual nautical flags, like what would be on a boat and put them together with paper, a hole punch, and twine.  It really made a strong impact hanging in between the two main rooms we ate and opened presents in.


I already had red and blue tablecloths from Fourth of July so all we needed was a tablescape plan.  Karla’s aunt and uncle informed us how many tables and what sizes we’d be working with.  Right away we knew we wanted the fishers net on the two longest tables as a base.  Then we decided to use white metal lanterns from IKEA.  I had one white lantern at home already which gave me the inspiration, so we just bought 5 more {thanks sister for running that errand for us}.  They are super cute and just perfect for the nautical theme because they have little start cut outs in them.  At $3.99 a piece it wasn’t too bad of a price tag.  Sarah found a pin on Pinterest of votives wrapped in twine and I found red and blue twine at the dollar store that was perfect for the occasion.  Those were $2.00 for each roll {hey not everything at the Dollar Store can be a dollar}!  Then I had the idea to use the same twine around jars and make little vases we could place bunches of red and white carnations in.  I collected all the materials and Sarah crafted her little heart out when she got into town.Closeup with lantern

The instructions are simple.  Get a glue gun, twine, and glassware.  Place a vertical line of the hot glue on the glassware {whatever it might be} and start wrapping the twine around until you are happy with the amount on there.  Then cut the twine and WahLa!  Another find at the dollar store were the little glass star votives.  By the way it really helps to hold a nautical themed party right after the Fourth of July.  Another perk was the lovely bunting her Aunt and Uncle left up on their front porch which added to the theme.  Her aunt also added some shell artwork and sprinkled actual shells around the tables.  All in all I think we were able to really give the party the nautical theme we were aiming for.  Besides the decor, everything from the invitations, to the food, party favors and even the name tags worked together to create the nautical theme we all were aiming for.  Here are some pictures so you can see it all put together:




Bridal Gift- A Toast to Special Events July 4, 2012

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So I didn’t even open my new glue gun.  The projects I mentioned last week did not happen.  No Fear!  I did do a sort-of project.  I mean I got the idea from Pinterest.  That counts right?  Has anyone else seen this adorable idea for a bride to be?

Click the picture to read about it!

This weekend I had my friend’s Bachelorette party and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to put this project together.  I started off choosing a container for the wine bottles.  To me it was a very important detail.  I really wanted something rustic.  I decided to head over to Marshalls to start.  I prayed I would find something I liked and wouldn’t have to shop a million places {that seems to happen to me when I have a picture in my mind}.  Luckily I found a wire basket I loved right away.  I headed over to Binny’s Beverage Depot next to find the perfect wine bottles.  After a few laps around the wine department I was starting to feel like an alcy.  But eventually after some coaching on the phone {thanks Sarah!} a few stood out to me and I was in line and out the door with the bottles for my bachelorette gift.

Basically I chose bottles of wine with titles that have to do with special events in a couple’s life.  I chose three major events: first fight blowing over, first wedding anniversary, and finding out you are expecting.  It just so happened that the two I really liked had black and red labels.  That made it even easier to make a cohesive look.   I decided against using the poems in the example above and made my own tags.  The poems are cute, but I wanted something simpler.  I just bought plain white tags with white string and wrote with red marker on them:

Ass Kisser Bottle- ‘Open after your first fight has blown over’

Red Knot Bottle- ‘Open on the one year anniversary you tied the knot!’

Fre Bottle- ‘Open when you find out the two of you are expecting!’  <–Fre is alcohol-free wine made by Sutter Homes so even the mother-to-be can enjoy the celebration.

What do you think?

I used bubble wrap to fill the bottom of the basket and then strategically placed tissue paper to make the basket look really full.  I placed each bottle inside so you could read the labels and hung the tags around the necks {somehow I forgot to take a photo with the tags…oops}, and added a red satin bow.  I was very happy with the result and I think the bride enjoyed it as well


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