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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Around the clock bridal shower

This past weekend I went home to northern VA to co-host a shower for my best friend from home(Lara) with my mom! We had so much fun! I am the maid of honor in her wedding!! It is so exciting to be brides together!!! :) Our weddings are only a few short weeks apart from each other.

I made these yummy Strawberry flowers with coconut cream. They were delicious. I got the recipe from the SOUTHERN LADY magazine. My FMIL loves this magazine and shared some of them with me so I could find some recipes for the shower!!! :) She also got my mom a subscription ;) (I will have to post this recipe for you all at some point soon) Here I am piping the coconut cream into the strawberries.


Since the theme was AROUND THE CLOCK, it was only fitting to incorporate all things dealing with time and different times of day. We had 3 different centerpieces.

One was in the dining room where all the food was. We used my mother's silver tea tray, filled a couple of the teapots with flowers and create a little placecard explaining it was ENTERTAINING TIME--since that was one of the "times of day" that was assigned to some of the guests for their gift. We also incorporated clocks into these centerpieces. We borrowed old clocks from one of my mom's friends.



The second centerpiece illustrated DATE NIGHT. I had a fun brightly colored flower arrangement of tulips in a trifle bowl. I had a basket with a picnic tablecloth, a bottle of wine, and 2 wine glasses. Again, we had a clock and we also put the invitation with the display. This was on the kitchen island--just for decoration.



The third centerpiece was on the kitchen table--again just for decoration. It was DINNER TIME. I used my mom's kitchen aid mixer and added flowers. It turned out really cute! We also had a little plaque that said "It's five o'clock somewhere" and of course, a clock! :)


I had a really cute--and yummy--cake made for the shower in Knoxville and then I took it up to Virginia in the car! It was a HIT!!! They made a clock face on the cake and used the color scheme lime green and orange--which we tried to tie in from the invitations and flowers for the centerpieces.


Here is the beautiful bride-to-be! :)


Unfortunately, I did not get a lot of pictures, but I am hoping people will send me more to post!

These are the games we played:
"The Groom's Name" When guests arrive, each one is given a fake ring and instructed NOT to mention the groom's name during the entire shower. If someone catches another person saying his name, they (the person that said his name) must give up their ring to the "catcher". At the end of the shower, the person with the most "rings" is declared the winner and WINS a prize.
Kitchen Memory: This is the game where you have many kitchen items on a tray. You set it out for a minute or so, then cover it up and the guests have to recall what was on the tray from memory. The guest with the most correct wins a prize.
How old are you?: This one is from Martha Stewart. Assemble a dozen or so photographs of the bride, showing her at different ages. Mix them up so they're not in order. Give pencils and paper to everyone, pass the photos around, or display them someplace where everyone can see, and have guests write down their guess as to how old the bride was in the picture (she has braces, so that must have been in junior high). A prize goes to the person who gets the most ages right.
Anniversary Game: When each guest arrives, they are asked the date of their wedding anniversary. It is written down on a sheet of paper next to their name. If they are not married, their birthday can be used. The person with an anniversary (or birthday) closest to the wedding date of the bride-to-be wins the door prize.
Timer Game: Set a timer while the bride opens the gifts. When the timer goes off, the person who gave the gift the bride is currently opening wins a prize.

So you see, we tried to incorporate TIME into all of the games! The prizes were fun little gifts Mom picked up at Stein Mart--i.e. a candle, lotion, an apron, Paula Dean spices, etc. They were a hit!! :)

Lara got a lot of great stuff off of her registry and people even got really creative with their times too! It was a lot of fun!

Here is a picture of me, Lara, and my mom!

5 comments:

JN said...

You are so creative!!!!

Lauren said...

What a fun shower! That is so cool that you and your friend are both getting married this summer.

Enjoy your week!

fran said...

Cute shower ideas! Yes, post the recipe soon!

Melanie said...

I love the centerpieces- very creative. And of course I love the cake! I ran in last Saturday for a pack of two cupcakes from them. I savored them all week :)
-Mel

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