Monday, April 18, 2011

My Bridal Shower!!

My bridal shower was this past Saturday and I don't even know where to begin. It was everything I hoped it would be and more! Seriously, I knew that it would be a great time, but I just couldn't have imagined it going any better than it did! 

This is a long, picture-heavy post but I have so much to share! We arrived at The Buckeye Tavern a little after 11:00am. The place has such awesome decor as it is, we didn't have a whole lot of setting up to do. Here's me with the two hostess(ess) with the mostess(ess), my sister and mom!
Maid of Honor: Melissa, Mom and me!
My dad had printed off name-tags with our custom-made calligraphy that I won on (totally his idea!)
We had so many people from my mom's side, Chris' mom's side, and my side that when people arrived, we had them make a name-tag, here's mine:
It seemed that everyone arrived all at once and from the second the party started everything became such a whirlwind!
Amazing Friends: BM Cassie, Reader Ben and BM Mandy

The first game we played was a question and answer game. Last week, I had sent my mom 52 "little known facts" about Chris and me. She took these little facts and created a game out of them. Each person got one or two cards that had an answer and a non-corresponding question. You then had to find the person who had the matching question to your answer and answer to your question.

For example, someone may have gotten a card that said "A: 6 years.  Q: Where did Laura and Chris meet?" So they would  have to find someone who had a question that matched with 6 years, which in this case was "How many years have they been dating?" and someone else had a card with the answer "Wagner College". Once you found a match, that person had to write the answer/question and sign their name on your card.

It's hard to explain and it sounds way more complicated than it is, but it was a huge hit! Once everyone had their cards filled out, we went around the room and shared the questions and answers. This was a great ice breaker game, was a ton of fun, and many people learned some interesting facts about Chris and me in the process!

After that it was time to eat!! We had a selection of wraps, salad and pasta salad for lunch:

Then it was time for game number two. The age-old "Make a wedding dress out of toilet paper" game. I know this is a cliche bridal shower game, but it was

We had four fabulous models: My Aunt Laura, and my friends Christina, Bridesmaid Lauren ("Smith"), and Kyle. Bridesmaid Cassie was on Smith's team and she is one of the most artistic people I know. She got right to work on creating a dress on Smith.

Kyle was a good sport (actually he loved it) and let the ladies do their artistic work creating a dress on him:
Christina looking like a greek goddess: (Read about Christina's Fabulous wedding here)

All the models:
Aunt Laura, Christina, Smith and Kyle
We declared it a tie between Smith and Kyle, but in the end, my sister made an executive decision and announced Smith's team the winner because Kyle used so many outside props (clip on earrings, some dried bouquet, and a doily Haha). Really, they're ALL winners in our hearts :)
The Winner!

After the toilet paper game, it was time to open presents!!! I wish I got a picture of the present corner, but just know that there were so. many. gifts!! It took me at least an hour to get through them. It would have taken so much longer if I didn't have the help of my fabulous bridesmaids. Each one had a job to do and it made the process go so much faster and smoother. 
No Italian family is complete without an Italian cookbook!

Very excited over my KitchenAid mixer!

Cassie made my bouquet out of the gift wrappings which was seriously amazing and such a work of art! BUT Smith ALSO made me an awesome hat to wear out of all the bows I had!! (I was secretly very happy I got both!)

Me with my bridesmaids!
Cassie, Molly, Me, Melissa, Mandy, Smith

 Me with my fabulous ceremony readers, Kerry and Ben:

With my mother and future Mother-in-law!
With my amazing Grandma and Aunt Laura:
After gifts it was time for C-A-K-E. This was my favorite cake combination: vanilla cake with chocolate filling, from our favorite bakery in town.

It was the fastest three hours of my life! I kept replaying the day over and over in my head the whole rest of the weekend. I got such amazing gifts, and feel so lucky to have had so many of my favorite people in one place at one time. I have to admit I was really nervous going into the day, but once it started I didn't have time to think about being nervous anymore!

There are a ton of other pictures on Mandy's camera that I haven't even seen yet, so I may be doing another post of some other pictures later this week. This was mostly what Kerry and I were able to get throughout the day. I can't thank my mom and sister (and I have to mention my Dad too, because I know how much he helped out with everything) enough for throwing me such an amazing Bridal Shower.

Tomorrow: I share with you the party favors!!
Candid shot of the friends table


amanda&graham said...

Looks like an AMAZING day!!! :)

Mom said...

Wow!When you post about it I realize how much work went into this three hour shower(that actually went well into four hours by the time everyone left!). It was a labor of love though and I was so glad that Melissa and I worked on this together.Her time management skills are truly something to behold and a great blessing!We're putting her in charge of getting you to the church on time. I never end my comments like this but...I love you!

Jasmine said...

it looks amazing!! so much fun and that game with the toilet paper looks like a huge hit!

after my shower i was a little sad it was over... but it just means you're THAT much closer to the big day! =)

Jessica said...

Wow! Looks like a great day! You look so pretty, especially love the hat! :P

Heidi said...

It looks like you had a blast. I love your dress and the toilet paper game is always so much fun!

Bicoastal Bride said...

What an awesome shower! You look beautiful, too! :)

Lou said...

wow looks like a awesome party! Your toilet paper dresses turned out way better than ones i have seen before!! Also way to go on the ktchen aid mixer i love mine to death best gift ever!!!

AlwaysWright said...

Love the toilet paper dresses. What colour is your kitchen aid?

Teenage Bride said...

so fun!! Your dress looks great!

That toilet paper game is such a great idea... too funny

AlwaysWright said...

Ooh red i'm very jealous. If I was lucky enough to have one that's the colour I'd like.

Diana said...

Congrats on a fabulous Bridal Shower! I love the toliet paper stepdaughter was wrapped in paper and she loved it! I love the first game you played too, great ice breaker! Love the cake! Congrats again! :)

The Vintage Modern Bride said...

aww i love it all! i can't wait to do toilet paper brides at my shower

jacin {lovely little details} said...

what a special day!!! you're getting so close! :)

Just Jinny said...

*sigh* I looks like SO MUCH FUN! That is very nearly the only thing I regret about getting married so young (I was 19) is that my bridal shower was a little...stale. Lovely...but well..stale. lol.

steph c said...

Your shower looks like it was amazing! I can't get over the TP dress that one.. serious skills! It may be corny but I think it looks like crazy fun :))

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

HOW FUN!!! Love the shower dress! You looked so lovely in it! And the venue! LOVE IT!!! The toilet paper dresses crack me up! SO classy though! ;) Pretty sure I registered for that same mixer..

GBR1980 said...

Looks like it was a beautiful day. How special to have so many people you love and that love you in one room. You have a very nice family and friends!

Debi Sementelli said...

Wow, looks like a great time! I love how your dad used my calligraphy for the name tags...great idea!! Go dad:)

I'd love to post it on my blog...if it's okay with you,I'll try to copy it from here, if it doesn't work I'll ask you to send it to me via e-mail. Best to you!!