Monday, April 5, 2010

A "Something Blue" Bridal Shower





My *baby* sister is getting married in August, and she asked me to be the matron of honor, so of course, I had to think of the perfect bridal shower for her. Let me tell you, the logistics of being the matron of honor while I am in Tennessee and she is in Florida is a little bit tricky! But we finally worked out a date for the shower, and it was off to the races! I finally thought of doing a "Something Blue" shower, after tons of research on the internet.
First, I made the invitations. I cut the words, "Bridal Shower" with my Cricut and Sweethearts cart, and embossed aqua shimmer paper with the "Friends Forever" embossing folder for the Cuttlebug, and embossed the envelope flap with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. Here's another photo of the invite with a couple of the favors ( I will tell you about them in a minute, bear with me!):
I decorated a clipboard for the gift list:I cut the presents from the Sweethearts Cart (after coating the clipboard with an ENTIRE can of white spray paint and clear sealant), and added an adhesive ribbon from DCWV to the bottom and tied lots of aqua and white ribbon and lace scraps to the top.
Next, I made a ton of these little favors: The white dress box is from the Tie the Knot cartridge, embossed with the Swiss Dots folder. Some tips: MAKE SURE your paper is pressed very firmly to the sticky mat before cutting- a brayer would be a great idea! I tied an aqua ribbon around the waist, and used a huge roll of pearls that I picked up at Hobby Lobby when they had their half off bridal sale to decorate the bottom of the dress, and just taped the ends around the edges of the dress. The purse favors are svgs from Dan's blog, and embossed with the Textiles Cuttlebug folder, tied with a tiny white satin ribbon.
Then I made a little lingerie gift box for the tiny blue undies I gave her:
I used the pillow box svg file from Penny Duncan's website, added a black and white sticky border strip around the middle, and tied with an aqua ribbon with black stitching from Doodlebug, and embellished with some pearl corsage pins from WalMart, and a corsage cut from Tie the Knot.
I made some gift bags for the game prizes, using some yummy satin ribbons and cuts from Tie the Knot (the scroll heart and the bell), and Sweethearts (the presents).
Here is a close up of the towel cake I made for the centerpiece. I used the Grungeflowers svg file from Dan's blog for the roses I put on top, and tied some pretty aqua satin ribbon around some plush white towels. The monogram plaque was created with the Tie the Knot cartridge and Swiss Dots embossing folder. My mom's gorgeous crystal cake stand really made it perfect.
Our cousin, Jocelyn, made the cake. It was red velvet and sooo yummy! The "pearls" in front of it are actually Sixlet candies from the wedding section of Hobby Lobby. We had a coffee punch with chocolate and vanilla ice cream in it, which everyone slurped down (3 punch bowls full!).
A side view of the cake:A picture of Jocelyn, my other sister Elisabeth (in the back), the bride-to-be, and myself.A photo of the corsage I made for her with Dan's Grungeroses svg file, paper, ribbon, and tulle. A photo of the banner that I made with the banner , monograms, and lovebird from Tie the Knot, tulle, ribbon, and I "Glimmer Misted" (yes I made that word up) the plaque in the center and embossed with Swiss Dots before attaching the lovebird.A pic of Bethany and me (I think she was very happy with the shower-which makes all of the hard work worth it!)
A photo of Bethany opening gifts -she got tons of great presents (we had a beautiful sunny day-about 72 degrees, and a fantastic turnout). Bethany and our Mom:Bethany and my oldest, Caitlin (they are so close, and you can really tell how much she loves her Aunt Beth!): All in all, It was a gorgeous day and everything went fairly smoothly-Hopefully it will be a treasured memory for my little sis!

26 comments:

  1. WOW!!!!!!!!!! This was absolutely wonderful. You represent us Big Sisters well.

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  2. Just gorgeous! Great job, everything looked great and everyone looks so happy in the pics!

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  3. My daughter in law to be has her shower this weekend and you have inspired me!!!! Everything looks beautiful, can't wait to try it!

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  4. Impressive! Do you hire out? Wow! This took an incredible amount of work but it looks amazing! Way to go, Margie!

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  5. wow, how wonderful, You could be a party planner! I love the roses, I grabbed Dan's files too buy have not cut them, but I will!

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  6. Holy Smokes!!! You really, really, REALLY did a fantastic job on EVERYTHING!! If I was your sister I probably would still be crying my eyes out over all the hard work and love that you have poured into making this very, very special!! You need to start your own business!

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  7. What a wonderful shower you gave her. I love all your handmade(er cricut made) decorations and how they all tied together!

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  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [05 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  9. Everything looks beautiful, great job!

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  10. Wow you did an awesome job!!!!! Wow... and the cake looked awesome too. I have to say again....WOW!

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  11. Just amazing and gorgeous!
    Congrats!!
    ConnSue

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  12. Wow - AMAZING work! Great job Margie - I hadn't heard of Dan, so I'm off to check his blog now. :)

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  13. Every thing is beautiful, very tasteful and professional looking.
    I am helping with a baby shower next month, my mind is churning now.
    Love everything.

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  14. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Box, Purses, etc. post on Apr. 06, 2010. Thanks again.

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  15. What a lucky sister!!! You outdid yourself! :) Everything looks great!

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  16. That is the most beautiful shower! I love those grunge flowers, they are so lifelike! You should be so proud. TFS

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  17. Absolutely beautiful. I love the way it's all tied together. The invitations are gorgeous. Very well done.

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  18. you did an awesome job with everything! It all looks so great!
    It looks like a fun time was had by all
    :)

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  19. I was (and am) the most blessed girl alive! I dito all of the above comments and once again say, I couldn't have imagined anything as wonderful as the shower turned out. It will be remembered as one of the happiest weekends of my wedding planning. Thank you for all of your love and hard work, and for being the best matron of honor a girl could have asked for.

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  20. Love the theme! And how you created so many great things using the Cricut!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  21. WOW! Love the theme and how you made so many great things using the Cricut!

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  22. Wow...that is an absolutely amazing shower.

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  23. I just wanted to let you know that I featured this bridal shower on my blog.

    http://brideonbudget.blogspot.com/2010/04/something-blue-bridal-shower.html

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  24. great work, congrats!!
    everything looks beautiful, tfs

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  25. Can you please tell me the recipe for coffee punch? I am also hosting a "something blue" bridal shower for my best girlfriend. She does not like anything too sweet, but she loves coffee. Thank you!

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