Welcome! Here Are Some Gifts…

Two days before the wedding we hosted a Welcome BBQ for our guests. Really, it was a way to spend some time with everyone and to let everyone meet and get to know each other a little better before the wedding.

Let me start by saying that our welcome BBQ did NOT go as smoothly as planned. First off, the weather in Hawaii, while we were there, was extremely windy and more rainy than usual (even considering that Hawaii is usually quite rainy in the winter). We had our BBQ held at Bellows, which is an Air Force owned beach. I thought I had done my part and did all the legal paperwork to host our event there. I had to collect all of our guest’s driver’s license numbers and their vehicle information and fax it to Bellow’s security forces 48 hours before the event. The day of the event, my family and I got to Bellows and checked in. It was soooo incredibly windy that we were afraid everything was going to blow off the tables, and it definitely was too cold and windy to take a dip in the ocean. As the guests started to arrive, my dad and I started to get hounded by phone calls. The guard at the gate wouldn’t let our guests on the post. We had about 11 people that were stuck”¦ off base. When I checked in for our pavilion by the beach, they forgot to inform me that I also had to check in with security forces to confirm the guest list I faxed them 2 days prior. Luckilly, one of the guests waiting outside the base was in the Army and he ended up signing everyone in as his guests. So 30 minutes later, everyone was on the post and started to enjoy themselves.

Unfortunately I was enjoying the day more than documenting it, so I don’t have many photos of the BBQ. :( Here are the few photos we do have:

Mr. Sushi adores the kiddies:


We got the buckets for $1 from Michaels and put cookies, stickers, coloring books and crayons inside for the kiddies. The kids put the buckets to good use!



See how windy it was? There was no beach swimming on this day. :(



I didn‘t even take photos of the welcome boxes I made for everyone. But luckily, one of our guests did:


(rocks were placed in each welcome box so they wouldn’t fly away at the BBQ)

There was some variation to each box, but some of things we provided were:

  • Cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company
  • Map of Oahu
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Beach Ball
  • Water Gun
  • Playing Cards
  • Postcards
  • Stickers
  • Hershey Kisses (to rep’ Hershey, PA)
  • “Survival Kit” (included Spongebob and Hello Kitty band aids and Tylenol)
  • Photo sharing Card/Instructions
  • Welcome letter with wedding day timeline (vector images from www.istockphoto.com)http://www.weddingbee.com/

While I didn‘t have “official” bridesmaids, I did have my two oldest and bestest friends in tow. So, to show my appreciation for them over the years, I made them their own little gift bags. My main gift to them was a Blurb book I made to showcase our friendships over the past 16 years. It took months to put together. Without them knowing exactly what I was doing, I asked them to send me photos of us and letters we wrote to each other over the years. Here’s how it turned out:




Amariah Rauscher from ollie ollie drew me this great illustration, which I used for the cover of the book.


On the first pages I introduced us. “These are a few of my favorite things… when I was 13.” In our middle school days, we passed around a lot of slam books, so I used the information from them to add to this page. I scanned in our signatures from old letters and added an old yearbook photo from our tween/early teen years.


There were lots of photos from our early teen years…


and I went through TONS of old letters, picked out the best ones, and added them, too.


I also made sure to add our most current accomplishments and milestones.


I ended the book with a poem of friendship and a photo of us when we were 18.


So while our BBQ wasn’t the fun in the sun I was hoping for, I did get to thank all of our guests for joining us in Hawaii with lil’ gifts. :)


Mrs. Sushi

Wedding Date:
March 2009
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  1. dorsay Member
    dorsay 2281 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:39 pm

    What a fun (though windy) day, I love the blurb books – how thoughtful!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:41 pm

    Wow, the yearbook of friendship is amazing!!! It looks like it did take months to put together; they must have loved it so much!!!!

    I can’t believe that you had to go through so much to secure your bbq location… I’m so glad that everyone was able to get in!

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    Mrs. DG 8491 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 6:47 pm

    Wow! You put a lot of effort into taking care of your guests and honoring your girls :)

    I love Honolulu Cookie Company cookies!

  4. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:55 pm

    Awww, the books turned out awesome!

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    D.Marie 2575 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:58 pm

    Wow what a wonderful gift…the book is so thoughtful and what beautiful memories you included.

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 7:00 pm

    wow! your boxes and books turned out great :)

  7. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:09 pm

    Love the blurb books! Also, windy or not…the beach looks beautiful!

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    Vic004 804 posts, Busy bee @ 7:14 pm

    I love your blurb books, I got all choked up from the pages!!

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    cupcake 1456 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:18 pm

    That book is amazing… I got choked up, too! What a great idea for your besties :-)

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    Jayson, Guest @ 7:37 pm

    The blurb books were definitely a great idea; I bet it meant a lot to your friends.

    Although it was rainy and windy, it sounds like the BBQ was fun – all the little details were a great idea i.e. kiddie buckets, welcome boxes, blurb books

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:01 pm

    Omg! I LOVE the besties yearbook! I may have to steal this idea! Sooooo cute and thoughtful!

  12. mouse Member
    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:05 pm

    Aww, your blurb books turned out so cute. What a sweet, thoughtful gift.

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    krissycake 4160 posts, Honey bee @ 8:33 pm

    oh wow, those books are totally amazing; so inspiring! thanks for sharing =D

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    ms boardwalk 356 posts, Helper bee @ 9:57 pm

    awww, your blurb book is sooo cute!! your friends must love you.

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    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:57 pm

    The blurb books are awesome!!

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 11:47 pm

    Your blurb book gift is very meaningful and sentimental. It’s very thoughtfu of you. I’m sure your girls really appreciated the effort. The cover is very cute.

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:24 am

    You are the bestest friend…what a great gift they’ll cherish forever!

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    msbunny 349 posts, Helper bee @ 7:09 am

    <3 these!

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    Ruby Slippers 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:17 am

    Your books were GORGEOUS. I want to be your friend now! Aw.

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    Shay 438 posts, Helper bee @ 8:27 am

    your Bestie book gave me goosebumps…I love it…as I am sure they did..

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    Champagne Wishes 1187 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:10 am

    Aw, I love your blurb book! You should submitted to Blurb as an example book… it’s perfect!

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    purpleHaze79 874 posts, Busy bee @ 9:40 am

    I absolutely LOVE the books you gifted to your friends! What a heartfelt and thoughtful present!

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    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:40 am

    Your besties must’ve adored your blurb book! I’m so glad you all had fun despite the hiding sun! 😀

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    Bunnylove08 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:48 am

    that was a great present… your book is awesome!

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    teamzeewagen 127 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:47 pm

    I love that you called the ceremony “buying the cow!” Hopefully your guests appreciated the humor as well. We’re putting tons of tongue-in-cheek references throughout the day and hoping no one will be offended by our perceived lack of reverence!

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    Soon2BeeMrsLewis 756 posts, Busy bee @ 2:47 pm

    i lovvvvvvvves honolulu cookie company!

  27. cloud Member
    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 4:41 pm

    love those books! what a great idea for your gals :)

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    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:59 am

    @doctorgirl: @Soon2BeeMrsLewis: Aren’t they soooo yummy! :)

    @teamzeewagen: hehe…I’m impressed that you caught that.

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    One of the Bestie, Guest @ 5:19 pm

    As one of the bestie I loved loved the book. A little teary eyed in deed. After we left the bbq me and other beastie were really able to read and go through it and we laughed so hard we cried. The things that come out of your mouth when your young ::smile:: The books were unexpected but greatly apprecitated. You are my BEST FRIEND now and forever and I truly loved the book THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  30. mssushi Member
    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:35 pm

    @One of the Bestie: awww…I love you! Mwah!

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