Your engagement isn’t just about planning a wedding. It’s also about taking the time to celebrate you and your future spouse as a couple. Parties and other pre-wedding events bring loved ones together and afford the opportunity for friends and family to shower the couple with gifts and love. … read more
As if I haven’t mentioned it enough, I loved my shower and I loved all the little details. I don’t know how MOH Copper and the other ladies came up with or found half of this stuff, but these super cute and customizable bridal shower gifts and games are too good not to share!
First up: gifts. It seems that the norm for bridal showers is to buy off of the couple’s wedding registry, which I’m totally game with. There’s nothing better than ripping open some wrapping paper and discovering a much needed new toaster or fancy matching dish set.
I feel so grown up with my matchy dishes!
However, I personally believe that there is something to be said about getting non-registry gifts. I know not everyone is as OK with this idea as I am, but honestly? Some of my favorite gifts were non-registry gifts!
For example, MOH Copper got me a “special moments” wine basket (that may have a more official name, but that’s what I’m calling it).
This is your time to be a star. You get to be the center of attention at every shower, party, and pre-wedding festivity. Staring inside your closet worrying about what to wear shouldn’t be on your list of to-do’s.
I have been waiting for this weekend for what has felt like months! After all of the planning and Pinteresting that has gone into this, I can’t believe it has actually arrived! I must admit, it was difficult not being there in person to view and meet with the venue, but the Ice Cream Sundae ‘maids and mom did an absolutely wonderful job. I couldn’t have done it better myself, that’s for sure!
Originally, while in the planning stages, I hoped to have more of a hand in the planning of the bridal shower. I wanted to decide on the theme, pick out the decor, bake the dessert, make the favors, and plan the menu. The ICS ‘maids really tried to urge me not to have such a say, because they wanted to make the day special by planning several surprises. So, we came to a compromise. I told them that I really wanted to do the derby theme, because Mr. ICS is from Kentucky and I wanted him to be a part of it in some way. I also really wanted to bake the dessert and make the favors. The compromise was that they could take care of the rest. For me, that was a BIG compromise. Let me tell you, in the long run I was SO thankful for that. Looking back, there’s absolutely NO way that I could’ve gone shopping for flowers, decor, and odds and ends while being halfway across the country. It was all that I could do to fit some small incidentals in my suitcase for the wedding. I can only imagine what it would’ve been like or cost to ship everything!
Fast forward now to last weekend. I was absolutely blown away when I stepped into the restaurant. It looked like something out of a magazine. I couldn’t believe what a spectacular job they did. I tried my best to take pictures so that I could have them to show you, hive, but these photos just don’t do it justice.
The girls put together a candy bar, a beautiful floral arrangement, and some adorable signage! I was blown away by this display. The flowers were absolutely breathtaking, the signage was too cute for words, and the candy bar blew me away!
For me, one of my favorite parts of wedding festivities are all the fun events that happen right before the big day itself. Even when I was a little kid, I loved attending people’s wedding and baby showers with my mom and grandmothers. I love the games (I’m super competitive), and drinking the fancy punch and eating little finger sandwiches always made me feel so elegant and grown up! I also love shopping for other people, so as I came into my teenage and college years, it was always so fun for me to pick out shower gifts for friends and family.
My nanna generously offered to host my bridal shower with my great aunt and MOH K as co-hostesses. We’re in the South and tradition still reigns supreme, so massive showers haven’t really made their way to my circle of friends yet. Only those ladies who are closest to the bride are invited to a small shower, and in my case, this included my grandmothers, mom, aunts, female cousins, and bridesmaids.
My shower hosts laid out a beautiful spread of cucumber finger sandwiches, a cheese ball and crackers, a fruit tray, chicken quiche and chicken salad stuffed celery, and petite fours. Nanna also made her famous red punch for that beautiful punch bowl! And, of course, she had a Frozen crown for me because I’m her only granddaughter and I’m rotten (and I still love Disney princesses).
Hello, hive! I apologize for the prolonged absence. All I can say is life, man. I’m happy to be back and diving into recaps.
I’m going to rewind a bit and quickly recap our pre-wedding events before I dive into the big stuff.
My bridesmaids asked if I had wanted a bridal shower, and I excitedly said yes. They threw me a tea party shower with lots of delicious tea and food (including the best homemade broccoli and cheese tarts and tea sandwiches) about a month before the wedding. It was an amazing day, and I’m so grateful to have such wonderful friends.
My awesome friend made me a lovely fascinator. / Source: personal
A few Saturdays ago I celebrated our upcoming nuptials with a bridal shower hosted by my aunty (mom’s sister). It was hosted at a local Japanese buffet restaurant and it was a great time all around. It was wonderful being surrounded by family and friends.
My favorite part of a shower is always the games and my cousin planned some great ones.
I am super excited to write this post because I just purchased my derby hat for my upcoming Syracuse bridal shower. I knew that I wanted a derby theme for quite some time because Mr. Ice Cream Sundae is from Kentucky. I’ve never been to the Kentucky Derby, but we’ve made a tradition out of watching the festivities on TV since we’ve been together. I sincerely hope to be able to travel to Kentucky in the near future to watch, while hopefully donning my newly purchased hat!
So I was finally able to decide on which hat to buy because I believe I’ve finally decided on my dress. After searching for what felt like months for the perfect dress, I am pretty sure I’ve found it. I’ve searched high and low at stores like White House Black Market, Loft, Ann Taylor, Limited, Macy’s, Nordstrom, BCBG, and Target. Unfortunately, I came up short each time. Here’s the dress that I was in search of:
In recent years, tassel bunting garland has become a staple in the craft and decor world. This classic garland style is especially wonderful for adding a charming rustic vibe to any event or party. If you’re looking for decor that is inexpensive and easy to transport, consider whipping up your very own triangle bunting garland. This project is simple, sweet, and ideal for beginner and expert crafters alike. It also provides another way to incorporate your wedding’s colors and themes into the celebration. Fabric scraps from past projects or existing wedding decor can also be used for this DIY, which can be made as long or as short as necessary. Once finished, hang it along chairs at the ceremony or above tables at the reception. It would look especially darling draped over a fence, deck, or set of stairs. The possibilities are endless with this one!