Parisian with a Chance of Showers

Last weekend I had the honor of attending my bridal shower. It was something I was both looking forward to and dreading—excited about seeing all my friends, terrified of opening gifts (in front of people!). My sister/MOH came down from NYC and I am still not sure how she managed to pull everything off while planning from afar, but she certainly went above and beyond! It was held at Bridesmaid BOC’s beautiful home, the perfect setting for our Parisian afternoon.


They had all my favorite foods—hummus, black bean dip, homemade cookies, tomato puffs, grilled chicken skewers…I’m getting hungry just remembering everything. And the cake! Oh, the cake…


It was gorgeous and delicious—a perfect combination. My sister showed off her floral skills, too.


This put me a bit more at ease about our centerpieces since she clearly knows her way around flowers.


A lot of my friends were there, which was such a nice treat. Having 10 bridesmaids scattered throughout the country meant that not all of my bridesmaids were there, but they were all there in spirit.




We were all hanging out, enjoying the food and Prosecco, and before I knew it, it was time to open gifts, which is perhaps my least favorite activity ever. I am so awkward about receiving gifts, but everyone did their best to make it casual and stress free.

In addition to some great registry items (Three salad spinners? How did that happen?) I got a lot of great items from off the registry.


Yes, that is a cheese/cutting board in the shape of Florida with a star where Tallahassee is. So great!


Mr. B’s stepmother got me a bridal set from Victoria’s Secret, complete with panties, a robe, and a tank top. Not what I was expecting when I opened the box, but so fun!

I also received a gorgeous fleur de lis serving bowl and fleur de lis wine glasses—my friends know me so well! The winner of all the gifts, though, came in this box:


The card had the names of all my local bridesmaids plus my sister. What could be in such a huge box? You’ll have to wait until next time to find out. ;)

As guests left they were given personalized favors.


My mom made little makeup bags for everyone, complete with their names embroidered. They were filled with bath products and they were a huge hit!

I will admit that I was nervous about the whole thing since I am not a fan of the spotlight, but everything was perfect! And thanks to all of the hive’s helpful input, I felt great in my Rent the Runway dress. Was anyone else nervous about their shower or am I the only crazy one who hates receiving presents?

Trust me, you want to stay tuned to see what was in the box…

All photos personal


Mrs. Bicycle

Tallahassee, FL/Savannah, GA
Wedding Date:
October 2013
This Modern Love: The Guys Drink Whisky, Play Games, and Get Dressed
Classifieds: August 21, 2013
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  1. Member
    bridesmomma 467 posts, Helper bee @ 1:19 pm

    Your dress looked great on you!

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    veggie_rachel 575 posts, Busy bee @ 1:29 pm

    Everything looks awesome and that dress is beautiful! Can’t wait to see what was in the box!
    And we ended up with three ironing boards! What?! (I think it’s because of FI’s obsession with Iron Man…)

  3. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:44 pm

    That box is so pretty and big, I can’t wait to see what’s inside :) I love the dress btw, perfect choice!

  4. mslemur Member
    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 1:44 pm

    I got a cutting board in the shape of Michigan! I thought it was just the cutest thing. I don’t use it, but it’s on one of my bookshelves as a decoration.

  5. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:48 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! I’m excited to see what’s in the box. :)

  6. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:09 pm

    those favors are awesome! And I love the unique cutting board.

  7. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 4:05 pm

    That is the most amazing favor ever!! I got my sister a MA cutting board when she moved out to Seattle! Those are so cute!

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    TheBuzz103 23 posts, Newbee @ 6:15 pm

    That is a gorgeous home. Looks like you had a great bridal shower. I know Allison from college. Small world. Go Gators!

  9. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:17 pm

    A Parisian themed shower! How fun!
    You look lovely in your dress, and I’m very curious to find out what’s in the big box… A puppy? :D

  10. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:32 am

    Those makeup bags are adorable! I love theme, everything is so pretty.

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    Saramina329 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:57 am

    Oh opportunity to quote Brad Pitt! “What’s in the box!?”

  12. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:23 am

    Such a pretty shower!! And I love your dress.

  13. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 7:30 am

    @Mrs. Pony: @veggie_rachel: @bridesmomma: Thank you!!
    @Mrs. Lemur: @Miss Jet Setter: @Mrs. Sword: Isn’t that such a cool gift?
    @Miss Wellies: Thank you!!

  14. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 7:31 am

    @TheBuzz103: It really is a small world! She is one of my favorites :)
    @Mrs. Waterfall: Haha, a puppy would have been fun!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 7:57 am

    OMG such a cliffhanger! I want to see what was in the box!

    The whole setup looks amazing, the flowers are beautiful and I loved your dress!

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    lemonlavender 1056 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:26 am

    I agree with bridesmomma, your dress looked awesome. Where’d you get it?

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