Today marks 94 days until my wedding! With my first bridal shower and bachelorette party last weekend, everything is starting to feel so much more real, and I know that my wedding will be here before I know it.
Since I'm originally from Maryland, and most of my family still lives in that area, my sweet Mom and sister decided to throw me a bridal shower out there. It was held at my Grandma's house, and I have to say, it was even more special and amazing than I could have ever imagined. My family truly went above and beyond with the decorations, food, games, and all of the little details.
These beautiful watercolor invitations fit the theme of my wedding perfectly...sweet, summery, and full of wildflowers. Included with the invitation, each person received a blank recipe card to write me their favorite recipe. I loved this idea, and I love the recipe box that I got to display them in even more. I'm not the best cook, but just knowing that I have handwritten recipes from my favorite friends and family members makes me excited to get in the kitchen!
Now, let's move onto the games. I'm not a huge fan of cheesy games at parties, but I think that a couple of games to get the party started and get everyone involved is definitely a good idea. We did two games before/during the gift opening, and it made the time fly by. These mustaches and hearts were for a game of He Said/She Said. My sister asked me and Billy several questions the weeks leading up to the shower and then created a print out where everyone guessed who said it. You should see the text message conversations we had leading up to this...let's just say, it's a good thing not all of the questions ended up in the game!
The second game is called Bridal Shower Bingo. This is where everyone writes down guesses as to what gifts the bride will get, and then as I'm opening them, they cross them off and the first one to get BINGO wins a prize. I liked this because the attention wasn't solely focused on me, and the guests got to have some fun too.
I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the amazing food, as I was busy entertaining (and chowing down if we're being honest), but I loved the menu so much. It was a 2pm shower, so the food and drinks were perfect for an afternoon party.
BRIDAL SHOWER MENU
- Mini quiches
- Mini shrimp and chicken salad sandwiches
- Salad with strawberries
- Fruit salad
- Tortilla chips and strawberry salsa
- Bagel Bites (this was a surprise from my sister since I'm the biggest pizza lover on the planet)
- Cupcakes from J Cafe (in Westminster, MD)
- Lemon Bars
- Pretzel M&M Treats (recipe post coming soon)
- Buckeyes (recipe post coming soon)
As each guest left, they were given a party favor. How cute are they? I love how everything color coordinated so well. My Mom picked them up from Michael's and assembled them. They were filled with Berger Cookies - an amazing Baltimore treat that I believe everyone should try at least once in their lifetime.
All in all, this was a wonderful bridal shower. On my flight back to Kansas City last weekend, I just kept thinking about how lucky I am and how special this time in my life is.
So what do you think? Didn't my family do an amazing job? Do you have any bridal shower ideas or lessons learned to share? Please let me know in the comments.