Garden Themed Bridal Shower with Teapot Flowers
Bees, I seriously have the most incredible people on my team. Last weekend was my bridal shower/bachelorette party, or as Bridesmaid Fresnel has named it…”Miss Dreamcatcher’s Bridal Bonanza!” It takes a village, but my mom, aunts, grandma, sisters-in-law, and bridesmaids all came together to throw me the most incredible weekend anyone could ask for. Words can’t even begin to cover how grateful I am for all the work everyone put into making sure I had an amazing time at my garden themed bridal shower. GAH. I am one blessed bee.
The fun started on Wednesday when Bridesmaid Fresnel and I road tripped it from NYC back to my hometown. Bridesmaid Ravenclaw joined us on Thursday, and then Cue and Meyer tagged in Friday afternoon. Having my amazing ladies in the house I grew up in gave me so many fuzzy feelings I felt like exploding. After all the last minute tasks were done, the food prepared, and our cars loaded, we took Friday night to just sit in my living room and laugh. I believe the topic of vajazzling was discussed. 😛 We managed to get to bed at a decent hour, which was good because I woke up at 6:00 AM. Note to future Miss Dreamcatcher, a sleep aid the night before the wedding isn’t the worst idea.
It was a rainy Saturday morning, but we made it work! There were some hiccups, but we all managed to get to the venue and set up before the guests started arriving. Mama Dreamcatcher and my sisters-in-law went with a colorful garden brunch theme, and I think it turned out beautifully!
All photos taken by Bridesmaid Fresnel
Mama Dreamcatcher collected teapots and flowers for months.
After the guests took their seats, Mama Dreamcatcher said grace and we all dug into the delicious food prepared by my army of champions!
Egg, chicken, and ham salad sandwiches, fresh fruit, mini quiche, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, a waffle bar, Jello salad, and more!
Everything tasted amazing. The chocolate fountain (adorable arrangements by Bridesmaid Meyer) was a HUGE hit!
With our bellies full, we played some fun games. Bridesmaid Ravenclaw made these adorable men in tuxes, and pasted a celebrity head on each of them. One lucky guest opened the envelope with Mr. Dreamcatcher and won the prize. I didn’t win, but I was pretty excited about who I got.
Ravenclaw knows me so well. I have a thing for Steve Harvey. Don’t ask.
We also played the always fun “left/right” game. Each table had three prizes that were passed around the table as I read a story that had the words “left” and “right” in it a bunch of times. The guests that were holding the prizes at the end got to keep them. For those planning a shower, this was a HUGE hit. Everyone was laughing so hard. If you’d like the text of the story, PM me and I’ll be sure you get a copy! The last games were the classic “how much candy in the jar?” and a “guess the age of the bride” games.
My sisters-in-law surprised me with this DELICIOUS cake. It was filled with banana and strawberry cream. I maaaay have had like six slices of this over the next few days…
Lastly, the gifts were opened. I can’t believe how amazingly generous my guests were. Everyone was so kind, and I loved every single thing I received. You can tell because I’m making this face:
Ravenclaw, Coaster, and Microscope went in on a standing mixer for me!
I got a few silly gifts as well.
Long story that involves the final wedding scene in The Hangover, but Bridesmaid Cue got me about 534,634,573 lollipops. LOL.
Mr. Dreamcatcher showed up about midway through presents with some beautiful flowers for me. He’s a keeper. <3
The favors were little succulents in teacups and marigold seed packets. Confession, the succulents were my idea. Mr. Dreamcatcher’s grandmother had given my mom a little container with a few of these “chicks and hens.” My mom transplanted them, and soon enough she had a two giant planters full! I was going to use them as wedding favors, but decided it fit the shower theme better. The little tag explains their origin, and how I love the symbolism that our families are growing together. The seeds came from my sister-in-law’s garden, and she packaged them in the adorable packets!
The “guestbook” was a platter made by my grandmother, and I’m honored she took the time to make it for me.
By the end there was a lovely rainbow of signatures! 😀
I had a marvelous time at my shower!! Everyone worked so hard to make it special for me, and my heart is bursting at the seams with gratitude. Broken record here, but these people are seriously incredible human beings. I haven’t ever felt this loved in my entire life. So, my dear friends and family, thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Coaster, Ravenclaw, me, Cue, Meyer, and Fresnel! The dream team!! <3
Next up, a tiny glimpse into the Dreamcatcher bachelorette party!