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A Bit of Word Play Before the Big Day

A major part of planning a wedding is making decisions.  A Fall or Spring wedding?  Destination or local venue?  Should Sally or Sarah be my Maid of Honor?  Should we serve chicken or beef?  And that’s only a sampling of the questions you’ll have to answer.  Not to mention that it’s highly unlikely that every decision will only have two options to choose from.  The last thing you need to worry about is planning a wedding shower.  Even though the bride doesn’t typically plan her own shower, our Wedding Shower Mod Party Kit makes it simple for whomever may be throwing the party.

Don't forget matching favors too!

I’m loving the colors pink and gray together.  The neutrality of gray balances out the girly shades of pink — so having a co-ed bridal shower is definitely not out of the question.  After enjoying a stress-free bridal shower, you can move on to other important questions that need answering like: “should we write our own vows?”

Some feel very strongly towards one or the other.  So strongly, in fact, that it isn’t even a question.  Personally, I’m pretty torn between the two.  Traditional vows are timeless and meaningful no matter how often they’re used.  Self-authored vows are unique to you and your husband or wife-to-be.  It’s also very courageous if you ask me; it’s nerve wracking enough just getting up in front of everyone and speaking (even if you’re not speaking directly to them) let alone getting in front of everyone and saying something you wrote yourself.  As someone who enjoys writing, I get my fair share of anxiety when I give someone a copy of my work for review.  I can only imagine how nervous I’ll be if I have to actually read what I’ve written out loud to my future husband…at my wedding…in front of everyone.  It makes me nervous just thinking about it and I don’t even know who my future husband is yet!  On the other hand, I would thoroughly enjoy writing my own vows and being able to express myself in my own words.  I would also really like to hear what my hubby comes up with as well.  Like I said, torn.  Luckily, I think I still have plenty of time before I have to make that decision.

I’m also pretty fortunate to have a dependable support group to help me with those decisions when the time comes.  I also know that there are plenty of people in my life I can go to when I’m in search of some much needed advice.  What can I say?  I’m a lucky girl.  The problem arises when I have to recall these tidbits of tips from memory.  I drew inspiration from a bridal shower I attended a few years ago for a solution.    One of the activities we did, after we made toilet paper bridal gowns of course, was write down some words of wisdom for the bride.  Obviously, many of them were regarding love and marriage.  I’ve been seeing a lot of specialized wedding keepsakes that come with designer cards and holders for just this purpose.  Always a fan of things hand/homemade, I decided that I would create a custom little memory book that put the Mod Party Kit’s address labels to use in a different way.

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A Bridal Shower Keepsake!

Extra supplies (found at a craft store):

  • Small album (called a “brag book” where I found this one)
  • decorative stickers, paper, etc. (choose things you like, I kept it simple with pink, grey, and a light tan cardstock)
  • scissors (to cut down the cardstock to 4″ x 6″ blocks)
  • Sharpie Marker (these come in a bunch of cool colors, I suggest silver)

Have your friends and relatives write their words of wisdom on the address labels.  You can pre-cut the cardstock and stick the labels on ahead of time or save that part of the project for another day.  Don’t worry about not having enough cards to fill the album; just add your favorite pictures to fill in the empty slots!

Place these at the entrance to your shower where guests will see them.  It’ll be fun to read and share with everyone when the party’s winding down or to enjoy quietly to yourself after everyone’s gone home.

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Days, months, and years later, you and hubby can take a walk down memory lane with this special keepsake.  Another way to savor some good ‘ol memories is by whipping up the same treats you shared on that day.  And if you make these cupcakes by Sugar Therapy for your wedding shower, you’ll definitely want to make them again.

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Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes.  Yes, they’re just as delicious as they sound.

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When you and your hubby are sharing some quality time on the couch looking through your memory book, these cupcakes are the perfect size to snack on and they go great with coffee.  How do I know that?  I had one for breakfast with my morning cup of coffee and I don’t regret it one bit!

A Welcomed Ray of Sunshine

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

That is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw these classic mod party kits:

Something Blue Mod Party Kit

After daydreaming about beautiful diamond rings and New York City for a good minute, the next thing that came to mind was that little phrase:

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Sound familiar?  Well, that’s probably because I’ve already mentioned it in a previous post…Or, maybe it’s because this is a pretty popular phrase around weddings.  Who knows?  Either way, this phrase inspired the name for this week’s featured mod party kit.  As for this week’s project, I was inspired by Pinterest.  I could go on for days about Pinterest, so I’ll save all of that for another post.  Long story short: it’s addicting fun, has the potential to be a very good business tool, and it’s a great place to find/share creative ideas.  I also watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s during the brainstorming period of this project to try and spark some ideas.  It’s one of my favorite movies and favorite theme idea for everything from special events to home decor.  How could I not watch it?  It wouldn’t be fair to say that I didn’t get any ideas at all, but oddly enough that lightbulb over my head never went on while immersed in the world of Holly Golightly.

The funny thing about that little lightbulb is that no matter how hard you try, it just won’t turn on until it’s good and ready.  That time came at 6:30 am one sunshine-y morning while I was relaxing before I got out of my PJ’s.  Recently, “me-time” has become my morning ritual.  Sometimes I read, sometimes I write, and sometimes I’ll even clean or do laundry.  On this particular morning, I decided to spend my coveted completely-alone-time on Pinterest.  Believe it or not, this precious little poster that a friend had pinned was the switch to my lightbulb:

something blue mod party kit

After I saw this, the image I had in my mind became clearer and clearer and all of the ideas I had gathered came together.

The diamond ring in the party kit.  The ending scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I won’t ruin it for those who haven’t seen it, but I will tell you that in this particular scene it’s raining.  Rain falls from sky.  Sun is in the sky.  Sky is blue.  Party kit is blue.  Sun is yellow.  Yellow would go great with blue.  So on and so forth…

Now, the moment you have been waiting for.  The final result of all my brainstorming:

something blue mod party kit

Here’s how I incorporated all of those elements I mentioned into these bright, yet simple centerpieces perfect for your upcoming engagement party or bridal shower:

I wanted the yellow to stand out (easy) but not overwhelm (not always very easy), so I picked out about five full yellow flowers to create a sun-shaped bundle at the top.  I am not a florist and have no idea what I’m doing as far as real flowers go, so forgive me for not knowing the names of these fake flowers.  I added in the smaller white blooms to accent the bouquet and to make it look a little fuller.  Also, don’t forget the party icon from the mod party kit!

something blue mod party kit

Using florist tape, I taped the stems and the party icon together then wrapped it in a strand of fake pearls allowing the excess to hang freely.  Before putting the bouquet in the vase, I put in a couple of our medium sized diamond paperweights and added water for effect.

something blue mod party kit

The paperweights aren’t as visible as I would have liked them to be, so I would suggest either a lightly tinted vase or having some colored linen underneath the centerpiece.  The final touch was the aqua blue bow around the vase and placing some extra white blossoms at the base.  *Note: tie the bow before you put anything in the vase.  All supplies not Event Blossom brand were purchased at the local craft store, except for the vase.  The vase was borrowed from my home.

This sky, rain, and sunshine combo also comes to mind when I think about weddings and marriage.  At the risk of sounding totally cheesy, allow me to express one little tidbit I have on the people we choose to marry.  I’ll sum it up in this one question: Shouldn’t this person be there for you through all the stormy weather and be the sunshine that comes after?  The short version of my complicated answer is absolutely, yes.  Call me a hopeless romantic, that’s just me.  But the people who are the sunshine in your life aren’t limited to spouses or significant others.  Family, friends, pets, that stranger who smiled at you, the neighbor who wished you a good morning — any of these folks can bring those warm, fuzzy rays into your life that make it just a little brighter even if only for a few seconds.  You know what else can brighten up your day?  A cupcake.  Especially this cupcake:

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this refreshing cupcake made me so HAPPY

 You know where to find the recipe for these little blue and yellow presents…Sugar Therapy!

Something blue mod party kit
a little burst of sunshine for your special day!

Who or what brings sunshine into your life??  Don’t be shy!

Until next week,