Laughing in the Shower

Last Saturday, I attended the most beautiful, delectable, joyful shower ever!  It was so much fun, and to my amazement, it was all for me!  My mom’s dear friend (Auntie J) and my bridesmaids planned every perfectly pink detail.

When I walked in, my SIL greeted me with a smile and placed a flower in my hair.  She did this for everyone who entered and collected recipe cards in a box for me to take home.  You can see all the hair flowers below!

The girls ushered me into the kitchen to see the display of mini cheesecakes, cream puffs, cookies, and chocolate-covered strawberries.  Auntie J placed a gorgeous corsage on my wrist.  I loved it!

Each treat had something to do with my life experiences.  I fell in love with black and white cookies when I lived in NYC, so my dear friend made pink and white cookies.  They were amazingly soft and were gone in a flash!  My BFF and I worked at TCBY together for years, so she placed a common froyo topping on the table—M&Ms, all pink and white, of course.

There was a table of sweets, a table of savories, and plenty of tasty drinks to wash them down.  I could eat berries all day, so this punch was straight out of my dreams.  See the pink ribbons on the paper cups?  These girls thought of everything!

We played three games, and all of them had us laughing for hours!  The best was Bridal Bingo.  The rules were simple:

  1. Fill out a blank Bingo card by writing a common shower gift in each box.
  2. If the bride opens a present that you wrote down, mark it on your card.
  3. The first person to mark five in a row (Bingo!) will receive a prize.

I was hanging out by the food while everyone filled out their cards and, apparently, cheated with abandon!  (See photo below for evidence.)  After a few gifts, everyone was laughing hysterically and shouting BINGO at the same time.  I can’t blame them for cheating—check out the adorable prizes!  Cookie mix in flower-topped containers.

I wish we had a photo with everyone who attended.  Here’s a pic with everyone who stuck around to help clean and take the next set of ridiculous pictures.

Soooo, let me explain.  Long before shower planning even started, my BFF and I talked about how much we love Disney movies and how fun a Disney princess-themed event would be.  We’d never subject our mothers and other normal adults to such a kiddie theme, but my BFF convinced the other bridesmaids to dress as Disney princesses for the shower!  It wasn’t the theme of the shower; we just enjoy dressing up. 🙂

We took photos to illustrate each girl’s character.  Can you guess which princesses we were representing?

I’m so touched and humbled by how much thought went into planning the shower.  It was beautiful, and it was a barrel of laughs that I’ll never forget.  Thank you, friends and sisters!  Love!

March 17, 2010. Bridesmaids, Decor, Favors, Flowers, Foodies, Sweets. Leave a comment.

Mmmm, Can-day!

Our venue offers a Signature Gourmet Sweet Buffet.  I’ve never been to a wedding with a dessert or candy buffet, but I think it’s a fabulously fun idea!  If we were to have one, I’d want to design it with Adam and bring in our favorite candies in our favorite colors!  However, if we want to provide our own sweets buffet, our venue charges a fee of $4 per person.  For our guest list, that’s $800-$1000.  A thousand bucks.  To bring in our own candy. 

Which begs the question:  WHAT???

And more seriously, the question:  Is it worth it?

Color-coordinated candy bars

Color-coordinated candy bars

Oh, pink lollipop trees and swirling Pocky sticks!  Even if we made ours look as spectacular as the ones above, the cost couldn’t be justified.  $1000 + cost of treats + cost of plates/bowls = a huge chunk of cash moneyz!  So yes, you are stunning and surely delicious, Wedding Candy Bar.  But the answer is no.  This is probably only one of many times that I’ll have to calm the (way too excitable) brainstormer inside of me.  There are a million ways we can personalize and beautify our wedding.  We’ll just have to figure out what works for us!

Picture Source: Amy Atlas Events

September 2, 2009. Decor, Favors, Foodies, Sweets. Leave a comment.

Love Pink Day

I’m a pretty frequent shopper at VS Pink.  I wouldn’t wear anything emblazoned with a giant logo (or any logo for that matter), but they win big points with me for being:

  1. Comfortable.  My softest, cuddliest sweatpants (that word sounds so outdated, but I’m not sure what else to call them) are from Pink!
  2. Cute.  I have black. straight-leg corduroys from them, and they have the tiniest pink patch near the belt loop.  It’s a patch of their dog logo, which happens to look like a silhouette of my puppy!  It’s the little things. 🙂
  3. Casual.  I don’t expect fancy stuff from them.  I want clothes I can wear while lounging around the house or pool, and I think Pink totally mastered that genre of clothing.

Perhaps the above reasons explain why I was so drawn to the theme of this bridal shower:

It's all so well-done!

Such attention to detail. Who could ask for more?

My dream stationery?  Check.  Lovin’ the playful use of letterpress!
One of my fav flowers?  Check.  The peonies are in full bloom.  Gorgeous~~~
My choice in polish?  Check.  Gotta have Essie!
My favorite food of all time?  Check.  Hello, big, juicy strawberries 😉
The best color ever?  Check!  Hot pink, soft pink, they covered the whole spectrum.

I love the idea of bridal showers, bridesmaids luncheons, all-ladies’ tea, and other girlie celebrations.  The giggling, the sugary desserts, the sweet moments shared…I’m all about it!  Any holidays or special events coming up?  I’m inspired to plan a pretty, pink party!

June 5, 2009. Decor, Favors, Flowers, Foodies, Letterpress, Stationery, Sweets. Leave a comment.

A Day for French Candy

There are some settings in which I cannot imagine having a bad time.  This is definitely one of them:

Numbered vases, personalized china, monogrammed napkins....

Numbered vases, personalized china, monogrammed napkins....

Roses, bows, and candy are sweet surprises against the sleek, contemporary linens and glasses.

Roses, bows, and candy are sweet surprises among the sleek, contemporary chairs and linens.

I saw this bridal shower at Hostess with the Mostess, who saw it at  The ever-creative Hostess blog suggested a “French Candy” theme for this party.  French-inspired nibbles (hello, chocolate!) and drinks would be perfect in the Parisian cafe atmosphere.  I’d love to create all of this for an all-ladies event, like a bachelorette party (the innocent kind), a bridal shower, or a birthday celebration.  I imagine we’d all have a faaabulous time!

June 4, 2009. Decor, Favors, Flowers, Foodies, Stationery, Sweets. Leave a comment.

A Comfy, Cozy Day: Part Two

I can think of a few pros and cons concerning cozy wedding favors like blankets and shawls.

"Please take a shawl and snuggle."

"Please take a shawl and snuggle."


  • Soooo costly.
  • Appealing to ladies, not so much to men.
  • Added bulk that may not fit in already-packed suitcases.
  • Did I mention costly? Especially for a crowd of 200.


  • Useful in daily life.
  • A lovely gift in any situation.
  • A pleasure to have leftovers.
  • Not a proclamation of our names and wedding date (I’m not sure why people do that on favors.).

These pictures are definitely pros:

    Lying across the back of each chair

    Lying across the back of each chair

    Fireworks and champagne...what a lovely reason to buy pashminas for everyone!

    Fireworks and champagne...what a lovely reason to buy pashminas for everyone!

Pictures from Jo Gartin and

June 3, 2009. Favors, Stationery. Leave a comment.

A Comfy, Cozy Day

Spring is a wishy-washy month.  Especially in Chicago.

For example:

  • I’ve always had Spring Breaks from school in late March.  The trouble with having Spring Break in late March is that it feels eerily like Winter Break, Part Two.  Brrr.
  • My birthday is in May.  I remember many hot, sunny birthdays in years past.  I also remember times when it snowed and snowed and SNOWED on my birthday.
  • Today is June 2nd (it’s still officially spring until June 21st).  It is so cold, people are still wearing coats to school.  The heat and air are turned off at our school, and I’ve been shivering all morning and sitting cross-legged to warm up my frozen toes.  Thank you, month of June.

When our March/April wedding rolls around next year, I’d love to give favors or gifts that would help our guests stay warm and cozy.  I think the following pictures captured the most considerate and useful favors I have seen:

Fleece blankets?  Yes, please!

Fleece blankets? I want one!

Love the simple string and heartfelt note

Pashminas! Love the simple string and heartfelt note.

I would be thrilled to receive either of these at a wedding!  It’s not just a token or trinket…it’s a real gift.  I can never have enough blankets, and pashminas work with almost any outfit.  Is there any downside to this favor idea?

Blankets from Snippet and Ink.  Pashminas from Heidi Ryder Photography.

June 3, 2009. Favors. Leave a comment.