Please excuse me as I continue to gush over my beautiful and talented bridesmaids. Not only were they out
late partying the night before with me, but they woke up super early the next morning and hightailed it back to my parents’ house to throw the cutest snowflake-themed bridal shower of all times. I could not ask for a better group of girls in my life. They worked hard putting this weekend together and I’m honored to call each of them one of my best friends.
Thank you Ashley, Ashley, and Kelly (we missed you Emily!) for everything. Thank you for the weekend, thank you for being my friend, and thank you for always being there for me. I love you girls! 🙂
My little brother was on Meghann-sitting duty all morning. We were kicked out of the house at 10:00am and given strict instructions not to return until after 1:00. We took the dogs to the dog park, ate amazing greasy tacos, and swung by a Merle Norman so I could have my make-up done (Ben was a champ and didn’t complain once during the 45 minute make-up tutorial). At 1:00pm, I headed straight upstairs to finish my hair and get dressed as the girls put all the finishing touches on the decorations downstairs (I wasn’t even allowed to peek!).
Finally, just before 2:00pm, the girls told me they were ready for the big reveal. (eekkk!!) I headed downstairs and squealed with excitement as I entered my parents’ back room and saw all of their beautiful hard work on display for the first time.
The room was incredible. Really, really, really incredible. Ashley and Kelly took the “rustic snowflake” theme of the wedding and ran with it. There were mason jars, baby’s breath, burlap, and just the right touches of snowflakes and blue. I couldn’t have dreamed of anything more perfect for the shower. They nailed it.
I loved the DIY touches that made up the room. Each girl proudly boosted which projects they helped with and how they came to be.
The old-fashioned “milk bottles” were actually Starbucks Frappuccino bottles that they cleaned and hand painted with personal messages of love. Every bottle was different and original.
The balls of twine were a Pinterest-inspired project that involved soaking twine (yarn?) in glue then wrapping it around a balloon and letting it set until it dried. The mason jars were done up with lace, burlap, and anything else my cousin could get her hands on to dress them up.
For favors, snowflake ornaments were laid out for the guests.
The windows were given just a touch of frost so the guests could temporarily forget it was 80 degrees outside and instead make them believer they were in a cozy, snowy cottage up north.
Refreshments were made up of mimosa, iced tea, and sparkling water.
And the food – oh! the food! – was a delicious breakfast-inspired spread (my sister knows breakfast is my favorite meal of the day 😉 ).
- yogurt trifle with fresh berries, angel food cake, granola, and vanilla yogurt (OMG! This was GOOD – went back for 3rds!)
- pumpkin french toast
- bagels with cream cheese
- cinnamon danish
- fresh grapes
- build-your-own waffle bar with fresh berries and syrup
Again, I can’t say enough amazing things about the beautiful job my sister and sister-in-law did planning the decorations or that everyone else did in assisting the bridal shower make-over of the back room. Everything was beyond perfect in so many ways. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I spent a good 10 minutes admiring the space (p.s. a big thanks to everyone who grabbed my camera during the party for photos), then began greeting guests as they arrived. My bridesmaids gave a welcome speech and it was time to eat!
My plate (+ LOTS more trifle!). Everything was delicious and exactly what this carb-lovin’ girl needed.
After we finished up with food, it was time for games! First up was a classic: Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses!
The room was divided into groups of 3 or 4 and each group was instructed to make a wedding dress of toilet paper (bonus points for creativity!).
While the teams worked on the wedding dresses, I started on the flower girls in the room.
Lexi was not impressed.
The groups had 10 minutes to work on their dresses, then it was time for the big reveal. Weren’t all the “brides” fabulous?!
We had a runway “walk-off.”
The flower girls went first, but I’m not sure Fido was a fan of their makeshift dresses.
Work it Bella, work it.
Alright, time for the brides.
Dun Dun DaDannnn (or however the wedding march goes?)
My sister handed out “Bridal Shower Bingo” cards to play during presents. The guests filled in the card with what gifts they thought I would open, then check them off as I opened them. The first person with a Bingo! wins.
My mom had “Just Married” magnets made for mine and Derek’s getaway car. She blew up a photo from our engagement session and photoshopped “Just Married! Derek + Meghann January 5th, 2013” on top. Such a cute idea!
There’s a beautiful wooden bench at our wedding site that my aunt and I have been looking for an old quilt to drape the bench with. We haven’t had much luck finding anything that worked…. until I opened the gift from an old family friend, Diana.
Diana didn’t even know we were looking for a quilt. She said she was walking the aisles at Hobby Lobby and saw a snowflake pattern that reminded her of my wedding invitations. It was perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. I love it for the wedding, I’ll love it in my home, and I love that Diana made it knowing how much we would love it too.
When all was said and done, Derek and I had quite the haul of thoughtful gifts that we both can’t wait to enjoy at home. I also had a beautiful bouquet of ribbons and bows to walk down the aisle with at our rehearsal next month.
It was a beautiful shower full of family, and friends.
Thank you to my wonderful bridesmaids for making this bride feel showered with love.
I can’t believe the shower is over! The next time I’ll see everyone together will be at the wedding in January!
A little more than a month to go!! 🙂