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Wedding Wednesday: Showered With Love

August 10, 2011

This past Sunday was my bridal shower, which (as I mentioned before) I couldn’t even believe I was getting! Thank you again to all of my friends and family who came over on Sunday– you made the day so special, and I loved having you all there.

As I mentioned in the preview post, it was an Alice In Wonderland themed shower, so we had fun putting together lots of little touches that would suggest a Mad Tea Party, starting with the invitations.

Mad Attire can mean so many things…

We used Vistaprint to make the invitations, which is great for people like me who want to control pretty much every aspect of the design. I found the tea party theme and just ran with it! On the back we had a map to my mother’s house and contact info in case people got lost.

We sent the invitations in envelopes that were sealed with a sticker that said “Open Me” (also made on Vistaprint). Very in keeping with the theme of the shower, don’t you think?

For decorations, we went Garden Party with a twist – lots of layers of table cloths, accentuated with teapots, LARGE teacups, and of course… The Mad Hatter’s Hat!

We’re all mad here– for tasty noms!

Naturally, planning the menu was one of my favorite parts. We served up sandwich bread with a choice of chicken salad, tuna salad, ham salad, or egg salad (all homemade), a veggie plate, chips and dip, a fruit platter with a lovely lemony fruit dip, deviled eggs, mini-cheesecakes, The Queen of Heart’s Jam Tarts (sugar cookies with a sweet jam center), and my little cake bon-bons in 3 varieties. For drinks we served lemonade and unsweetened iced tea (with lemon and sugar on the side). Yum!

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Curried Chicken Salad

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1 T. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C. plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • sweet curry powder
  • 1/4 C. craisins
In a bowl mix together chopped chicken, diced celery, mayonnaise, greek yogurt, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Add curry to taste– I start with a teaspoon and work my way up. Stir in the craisins. Wrap bowl well with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving to let flavors meld. Especially delicious served with lettuce on a croissant.

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I have to admit that I’ve never been one of those women who enjoys bridal showers all that much in their traditional incarnation. It strikes me as slightly passive aggressive to wrap your friends in a toilet paper “wedding dress”, amongst other things. I made the decision early in the planning process that if we played any games at all I would try to have them be as inclusive and non-embarrassing as possible.
At my shower, I was bringing together 3 or 4 groups of friends and family who didn’t really know each other, so I decided to do an ice breaker – BINGO! The website Print Bingo lets you create your own bingo sheets as PDFs, so I headed over there and made a Bingo card that had a fact or interesting tidbit about everyone who was coming to my shower. For example, one of the boxes said “Has run a 5k”, because I like to brag about my girls. Then I printed them out on pretty paper (Dollar Store!) and cut them out, because they print two to a page.

L-R: Moving to Kentuckessee, Lived in Japan, Is Expecting <3, Has run a 5k

I have run icebreakers like this before for work events, but I was so excited to see how into it everyone was getting! People were up and talking and introducing themselves to one another… when I finally called the game over after someone shouted “Kentuckessee!” (our version of BINGO for this game…) it seemed like everyone could have gone on talking for hours. I think it really set the tone for the whole afternoon.

As for other games, I had a few up my sleeve in case of awkward silences– we didn’t actually end up playing it, but I had prepared a “Pin The Smile on the Cheshire Cat” game using poster board from the dollar store and a printed image of the cat from the Disney animated movie. Doing a quick Google search gave me pages of smiles that I could print/cut out, and we were going to blindfold people with the Mad Hatter’s hat. I don’t know exactly where she bought it from, but you can find a plethora of them just by searching online. Since I have the hat, I think I know what I’m doing for Halloween this year!

The funniest “game” we played was Guess How Old the Bride Is. I took another piece of poster board and taped pictures of myself at various ages to it (10 photos in all), and then I asked people to guess how old I was in each! Some of the answers were pretty amusing, and it’s a fun way to display childhood pictures.

My mom found lots of great decorating resources on Etsy, so if you’re planning a similarly themed Bridal Shower I would start there. I gave out packs of playing cards and homemade soap in my colors (Purple and Green) for my favors. The cards came from Oriental Trading, another great resource for inexpensive goodies.

What people spent most of the time doing at the shower (besides watching me open presents– thanks for our goodies! Lots of great stuff to get us started in the new place) people spent most of their time helping me build my recipe book, and signing my apron/guestbook. We all know how much I love to cook, so they seemed like the best kinds of keepsakes.

The apron was $6 at Michael’s, and I found a little iron-on patch with a Royal Flush (Hearts, of course)– so perfect! Everyone wrote me sweet little messages, and I will think of them and this wonderful day every time I wear it.

I was totally blown away by the recipe book, though. My Mom put together a binder with empty plastic sheet protectors, provided everyone with pretty paper and glue sticks, and my guests used the recipes and photos they had brought to create a page in the book. Some people got really creative! It ended up being part-scrapbook, part-cookbook, ALL amazing memories.

At the end of the day, I couldn’t help but smile because it had been so much better than I ever could have hoped for. A Mad Shower for a Mad Lady? Perhaps. Thanks to my mom and all of the wonderful women I will soon get to call family the day was well-organized yet low-key, with lots of love and laughter. A fitting send-off to my new life, and I am profoundly grateful. ❤

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Holly permalink
    August 10, 2011 19:36

    It was a wonderfully fun time (and I’ve been to my fair share of showers)… but don’t forget Tedd… the brave sole man at the shin-dig!

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