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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kerry's Bridal Shower + a GIVEAWAY!

This past weekend I attended my friend Kerry's SURPRISE Bridal Shower! (If you remember, Chris and I are both in Kerry and Mike's wedding this coming September!) All of her bridesmaids had a hand in planning this party, but I have to hand it to her Maid of Honor, Alyssa, and her bridesmaids Lindsay and Amanda for pulling out all the stops when it came to planning this event. They put a lot of work into making Kerry's "Tea-Party" shower personalized and very special  for her.

I arrived with a caravan of bridesmaids at 2:00 to help set up, and we were put right to work cutting up cheese, putting out tea sandwiches and mixing drinks!

There were so many beautiful, handmade details placed throughout the party.
The centerpieces were DIY tissue paper flowers, a framed different engagement picture on every table, a plant and bird figurines on top of a serving platter and floral table runner:

 There was a wishing tag area, where we wrote our wishes and advice for Kerry before she becomes a Mrs.
 Then we hung the tags on a clothesline with little clothespins:
 A Kerry and Mike banner:
There was lovingly spiked lemonade, and iced tea sweetened with honey from the farm that they're having their wedding!:
 Her signature drink was the "Mikerry" sangria:

 The backyard tent was warm and inviting with these DIY tissue-paper poms!
Kerry arrived thinking she was attending a teacher party she attends every year! She had NO.IDEA!! But I think she quickly caught on as soon as she walked into the backyard!
She had given her Maid of Honor her "bridal shower" dress a few weeks ago so when the time came, she could change into it. I loved her gorgeous anthropology dress:

For dinner there was shrimp cocktail, baked ziti, zucchini casserole, roasted potatoes, chicken cordon bleu, chicken and rice, ham and tossed salad. Everything was sooo good!

After dinner, Kerry started opening her crazzzzy, huge pile of gifts!


 Her bridesmaid Amanda made a fabulous ribbon bouquet for Kerry!
 Kerry and her bridesmaids:

Then it was time for dessert and these AMAZING coconut cupcakes!


The favors were adorable: tea-bag with tea-bag rest tied in green tull, with green ribbon and a personalized "Kerry's Bridal Shower 7.9.11" tag!
We also had white-chocolate mini wedding cake favors homemade by Mike's mom and Aunt!! These were white-chocolate covered oreos, in the shape of a three tiered wedding cake with yellow sugar-floral decoration. Simply AMAZING! This picture (with Anna as my model) does NOT do it justice how cute these are. I will try and get a better close-up picture of it to post later.
The last gift that kerry opened was a poster size painting of one of their engagement photos. Her mom and dad sent away for this and her dad handmade the frame. This is certainly an awesome keepsake for them to have.
 
I'm so excited for Mike and Kerry as they are now in full wedding mode at the 2-month mark! Lots more festivities to come!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Uprinting.com is giving away one 18" x 24" Poster for one "Saying 'I do'" reader!! This can be a Semi Gloss / High Gloss poster and has a 1 business day turnaround! The poster can be of anything: Get an engagement or wedding picture blown up, or order something for your upcoming wedding! Uprinting.com does customized Poster Printing, has downloadable poster templates, and many different poster sizes to choose from.
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To Enter:
*For 1 Entry: Leave a comment below telling me your favorite detail of Kerry's Bridal Shower!
**For 2 Entries: Like UPrinting on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me that you did so.
***For 3 Entries: Follow LwoodsNY on Twitter and leave me a comment. (If you already follow, leave me a comment saying so)

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on Monday, 7/18 and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 7/20! Good luck to all!

Restrictions: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.
I have TWO more fantastic giveaways lined up for the next month so stay tuned for more giveaway fun coming soon!

44 comments:

Gawwy said...

Yey! first post, wow plenty of gifts. Kelly was so lucky and blessed.

Jenny said...

I love the decor! It looks like something right out of a bridal magazine! You girls outdid yourselves!

Jessica said...

Oooh a giveaway!! I would love it!

My favorite detail of the bridal shower is all the little details the bridesmaids put together. So creative and beautiful!

Mom said...

Really? I have to limit it to ONE favorite thing? I like the mirrored signs on the drinks, I love the play on their names to create a signatue drink called the "Mikerry", love the flower decorations in the tent and and on the tables, and I love that tiered cupcake display. I like the idea of the tierd oreos as wedding cake favors, too. Cool idea.

winkingannie said...

I love the theme! I'm a total tea lover, so it hits the right notes with me!

Kara said...

I loved the DIY centerpieces. SO CUTE

Bicoastal Bride said...

What a stunning shower! All the details are beautiful, but the fashionista in me LOVES her dress!

Bicoastal Bride said...

I'm a Twitter follower!

Bicoastal Bride said...

I also follow UPrinting on Facebook!

sandytoesbride said...

I am torn between the coconut cupcakes and that amazing sounding zuchinni casserole!! YUM!! Great giveaway!

Emily said...

That sounds like the worlds best bridal shower!

Miss Tattoo said...

Oh wow! I love the wish tags! So cute and creative!

Mandy and Justin said...

I love the tags on the tea bags! So cute!

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Mandy and Justin said...

following UPrinting on twitter (@aandj8804)

Mandy and Justin said...

following LwoodsNY on twitter (@aandj8804)

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Tiffany | Wholesale Roses Co said...

The flowers were beautiful! Loved the cupcakes ;)

Bride-onicles said...

Kerry's shower was beautiful. I loved all the tissue poms and flowers and the ice tea jug!!! What a great giveaway!!

Bride-onicles said...

I like uprinting on Facebook!

Bride-onicles said...

I now follw you on twitter! Hope your LOVING married life!! :)

Miss Tattoo said...

following uprinting on FB, Twitter, and following you on Twitter!

Anne @strawberryjampackedlife said...

I love those miniature cakes. I definitely would have done something like that . . . perhaps at my friend's bridal shower!

AlwaysWright said...

Love the tissue paper pom poms, I nearly did those for our wedding day. Those coconut cupcakes look gorgeous and now i'm craving something sweet.

Jane said...

Oops, posted my initial comment on the wrong blog! Thanks for the tweet pointing me in the right direction, totally missed that! =)

I love the backyard set-up. It is so similar to what I envision for my bridal shower (I’ll have to pass this on to my MOH). =) Love the paper flowers and signature drink- adorable! MOH also did a great job on the bow bouquet!!

Also following UPrinting & LWoodsNY on twitter. (My name is @jrsyjane.)

Thanks!

Teenage Bride said...

awww everything looks so great!!! I love the set up!

Lexi said...

I really love the favors. We did a "tea" favor at the wedding and everyone loved them.

I also follow you and U Printing on Twitter. :-D

Tre K said...

It's great that it was a total surprise! That has to be my favorite detail and you can tell from the photo Kerry was surprised!

Courtney said...

My favorite detail was definitely the painted engagement photo! I also "liked" the UPrinting FB page;)

jacin {lovely little details} said...

love the tissue poms!! i would use this to print a picture of my grandmother in front of her cabinet of canned goods (totally not wedding related!)

Laura said...

I love all the decor, you all did such a great job. I love the vintage vibe.

Laura said...

p.s. also following you on twitter. It's nice to week a fellow NYer!

Shannon said...

Favorite detail was the clothesline with the clothespins and words of wisdom cards. Such a great idea! Email: strawberryblondy@embarqmail.com

Shannon said...

I also Like Uprinting on facebook now :)

Shannon said...

I also follow LwoodsNY on Twitter! :) Email: strawberryblondy@embarqmail.com

Comment above stating I also liked Uprinting on fb is me as well so same email. Thanks!

VegasMar said...

I love the tissue poms hanging,they add so much to the atmosphere. And I really thought writing the names of the beverages on the mirrors was a super cute and unique idea!

jennybusybee said...

I really like the poms from the tent! Looks great!

jennybusybee said...

And I follow you on Twitter :)

steph c said...

This shower looks just beautiful!! Kinda seriously hope mine looks similar ;)

The Vintage Modern Bride said...

her shower was adorable! i definitely am a sucker for the punches. those are so cutely named!

The Vintage Modern Bride said...

i like uprinting on FB! :)

The Vintage Modern Bride said...

following uprinting on twitter :)

The Vintage Modern Bride said...

i follow you on twitter ;) but you knew that!

MVGreeley said...

I just love those pom poms that are hanging every where!

Nicole-Lynn said...

I don't want to enter the giveaway, but I just wanted to comment on your friends shower! It looked so nice.. what a great theme, and holy presents! lol Wow.

Terry Sutcliffe said...

I love the wishing posts and clotheline!

 
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