Last weekend, my mom and I put together (with the crucial assistance of some family friends) a bridal shower for my recently engaged big sister. The shower was in our hometown and everything came together nicely! The turnout was perfect- a wonderful group of people from our childhood as well as family members still in Michigan, who we rarely get to see. My sister and I had the absolute best time decorating, playing the games, and drinking champagne. The two of us see each other very rarely that any time we spend together ends up being a hilarious, blast.
The pretty pink room was perfect for our floral themed shower! With real flowers punctuating our balloon creations, the decor was simple, festive, and (semi) easy to throw together right before the party!
Our coffee and champagne bar was a pretty touch. I spent most of the time on the champagne side drinking mimosas and various tropical juices, but the crowd seemed to really enjoy the coffee being served throughout the party. Before the party started during the decorating session, things got a little tense with the time crunch and so many balloons to blow up. Crystal and I both decided that it was the perfect time for us to pop open a bottle of champagne just for the two of us...our moods quickly improved and we soldiered on with the set up.
The food spread came together nicely. While the initial thought was that the party would be appetizers mainly - there ended up being so much food! It was definitely an "I hope you didn't eat lunch or plan on eating dinner after this," type situation. Not complaining though, the food was delicious, The sandwiches were made at a local shop and we spent the night before cutting up fruit, organizing vegetables, and making a delicious pasta salad. I wish I had gotten close up shots of the fruit trays because the arrangements were straight up professional status.
Gold and Floral were accented throughout- which is absolutely perfect for the bride. If I could pick two words to describe the decor in her room, I would definitely pick "gold" and "floral." The desserts were large and yummy, picked up from this cute little boutique bakery in Detroit.
We played a few games (Crystal's favorite) at the shower and I've never enjoyed bridal games so much! It might be because I got to lead one of the games and insert all my own commentary... or maybe because I know her the best so I got first pick of the prizes. Either way, I was surprised at how much fun everyone had during the games, getting really competitive and saying funny stuff. At one point, a sweet relative, called the three of us (mom, sister, and me) gangsters...I still don't really know what that was about. Something to do with my knowing most of the answers, I think.
Most of the pre-party set up (for crystal and I at least) was spent on balloons. Do not underestimate just how annoying it is to hand tie 30 helium filled balloons. We created a few balloon clusters (easy ones- no tools required) just using a twist and tie method, and occasional ribbon to keep the clusters together. A few of the balloons were just floating on the ceiling in the main dining room, mostly because we thought it looked cuter than having too many ribbons dangling.
We also created a few balloon bouquet's like this one to tie in strategic places...and for pictures, of course!
She got this STUNNING vase from Tiffany's. That's what that smile is all about...
Everything came together beautifully, despite moments of tension and stress leading up to the party (sometimes inevitable, right?) but we could not have imagined a more fun way to spend a slow sunday, celebrating love with family and friends and my lovely sister who I rarely get to see! Do you love showers? What's your favorite activity? I've always loved showers of any kind (even baby ones)! I love a good excuse to get dressed up with friends and celebrate!!