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Bridal Shower Roundup

This week is all about weddings!  I will be traveling to be the maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding next week, so I’ve got weddings on the brain.  Today’s post is a quick round up of some awesome bridal shower themes.  If you’re looking for something a little different, look no further than these five great ideas from fellow bloggers.

There are some classic bridal shower themes like a bridal shower brunch, that never really go out of style.  Then there are some very on trend ideas that are all the rage right now, I’m talking about you Kate Spade themed bridal shower.  But sometimes, doing something a little different is refreshing and might be a better fit for the bride’s personality and interests.  Here are five great options!

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A Stock The Kitchen Bridal Shower

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I love the bright and happy vibe that this stock the kitchen themed bridal shower has.  The colors are great and used throughout the entire party.  Placing flower arrangements in kitchen appliances is pure genius!  I also loved having the guests provide the bride with a recipe to start her collection.  This is a great theme for the bride that loves to cook or even maybe just needs some help in the kitchen.

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Mermaid Themed Bridal Shower

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This theme is definitely for the more whimsical bride.  Who doesn’t love the idea of some seaside inspiration and mythical sea creatures to celebrate your nuptials?  I love the color scheme, dessert table, and the way that the host worked in the mermaid theme without being too over the top.  Using ocean themed vases, platters, and cookies is a great way to bring the sea and it’s mermaids inside.

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Parisian Bridal Shower

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This bridal shower is just so pretty.  Complete with a tower of macaroons, champagne, and candelabras it screams french.  This is a great option if your bride loves all things french or if the couple plan to honeymoon in Paris.  I especially love the balloon photo backdrop.  What a great, inexpensive way to make a big impact and have a place to take awesome pictures!

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A Fashion and Accessories Swap Bridal Shower

fashion-swap-party-1What a great idea for the bride that loves fashion and shopping.  Set up your own little boutique bridal shower.  Ask guests to bring clothing and accessories they no longer have a need for and then provide bags so everyone can shop and swap!  How fun?!  Be sure to display all the items so the guests can easily pick up and try things on.  You’ll also want to set up several mirrors and maybe a changing station.

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Donuts and Diamonds Bridal Shower

I think this could be such a fun early morning bridal shower idea.  I couldn’t find any real parties that used this theme, but there are a ton of ways to make it happen.  Obviously, you’ll need a lot of donuts, and I love the idea of using these cupcake toppers in the donuts to tie into the theme.  So many donut shops are now doing really off the wall flavor combinations which would be fun to incorporate into the donut menu.  You could also provide other types of donuts like churros, malasadas, and cronuts.  To round out the menu, you don’t just want to eat donuts, or maybe you do, try having some lighter options as well like fruit, a yogurt parfait station, and quiche.  Mimosas make the perfect beverage for this bridal shower.

To get your guests involved with the theme purchase large fake diamond rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to have the guests adorn themselves with when they arrive.  Carry the theme throughout the party with glittery gold and silver decor with pops of bight colors, like donut sprinkles.  It could be such a fun idea, and now I want to throw this party!  Or do I just want donuts?

There are so many fun ways to really tailor a bridal shower to the brides tastes and even more fun ways to incorporate the theme.  Which of these five bridal showers is your favorite?  Do you want to eat a lot of donuts now?  I do!  Stay tuned this week for more wedding related posts!

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DIY Moss Covered Balls

Good Morning and happy Monday, if that’s such a thing.  In hopes that today’s post will bring back spring like weather and melt the ridiculous amount of snow we got in Denver over the weekend, I’m sharing a DIY spring craft with you.  I’ve always wanted some moss covered balls, but at almost $10 a piece I just never felt right paying for them.  So, I finally DIYed some for myself.  I’ll show you how below and I’ll apologize ahead of time for using the word balls so many times.

DIY MossHere’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Moss (I used this kind from Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam balls, or anything round that you don’t mind covering.  I put our mountain of packing paper to work and just balled that up into a round shape.

DIY Moss BallsFirst, you’ll want to heat up your glue gun, and then begin covering your form with glue.

DIY Moss BallsThen, grab a small amount of moss and stick it right on top of the glue.

DIY Moss BallsContinue doing that until the entire form is covered with moss.  Then, look for bald spots that need to be covered up and repeat the glue and stick method.  I found that using the smaller pieces of moss that fell off worked best when covering the bald spots because they really filled in the gaps.

DIY Moss BallsLastly, you’ll want to trim off any excess moss that’s sticking out if you don’t like that kind of look.  I was going more for a flat moss look so I trimmed the excess off of mine.  No one wants #hairyballs.  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, forgive me.

I was able to make three moss balls in a couple hours, but I took a ton of breaks because I have a needy toddler.  I only used about half the bag of moss I bought, so I’m sure you could easily make 5-7 of these with one bag of moss depending on how big your balls are.  I’m not even going to touch that last ball joke.

Here’s the finished product!  I think it adds a little spring flair to my dining table.  These would also be great for any woodland themed parties or showers.  I plan to use them again next year around Easter with Easter eggs tucked in around them.  Or you could use the moss to make a table runner by gluing and sticking it to a long piece of kraft paper.  You could also stack them to make a moss ball topiary, which would look great on a mantle to add some height.

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DIY Moss BallsI am pretty happy with how they turned out and even happier that I was able to make three moss covered balls for less than $3 instead of paying $7 for just one.  And it didn’t take me very long at all.  What do you think?  Is this something you would have a use for?  I’m pretty sure anyone could make these as long as you can glue and stick, which you can.

I’ll be back Wednesday with Week 3 of the One Room Challenge, oh geez we’re already halfway through, yikes!

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Going Away Party: A Hodge Podge Theme

As you all know, we’re moving, really soon, like next week soon!  Agghhhh!  Cue the freaking out!  Before we leave, we wanted to celebrate one last time with all the friends we’ve made over the past five years.  Moving is also a great excuse to clean out your refrigerator, liquor cabinet, and party supplies while partying with your friends.  Because we were trying to get rid of a lot of stuff, there wasn’t a particular theme to this party other than hodge podge, with a little Dr. Seuss thrown in, you’ll see what I mean shortly.

To plan for this party, I could have used this little tool, or this one, but it was pretty easy to know what we wanted to do.  After talking to my husband we decided to cater most of our food so we didn’t have to worry about cooking anything and could use the time to enjoy with our friends.

Going Away PartyIf you’re ever in San Diego, you must go to basically any Chinese restaurant and get salt and pepper wings, their also known as “crack wings” because you literally can’t stop eating them.  They aren’t healthy at all, but they are so delicious!  Our buffet was a mix of Asian food, fried rice and lumpia, and also toddler friendly food like chicken nuggets and animal crackers.  My how parties change after having kids.

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I did make an Asian Slaw using this recipe that turned out really good, and it added some much needed color to our table.  You can see that we were cleaning out party supplies because there is a slew of random napkins and plates being used.  Baseball, Christmas, and a multitude of other colors.

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When you’re using a large buffet table be sure to places napkins and plates at both ends of the table so people can get to everything and there isn’t a back up of people waiting to get a plate.

Candy Cookie CupsThese candy cookie cups were a huge hit!  There weren’t any left at the end of the party.  I used this recipe to make them, but didn’t add the frosting because I just didn’t feel like putting that much effort into them, but they were still really tasty.  Two rolls of cookie dough made a ton of them, around 60.  They are also the perfect size, about two bites, which was a great little treat after all of the salty wings we were eating.

Going Away Party BarWe are lucky enough to have a moving company do all of our packing for us, but they won’t pack opened liquids, which makes sense because who wants soy sauce spilled on everything and leaking through a box?  Anyway, in order to get rid of a bunch of opened liquids we cleaned out our bar and asked our friends to make as many drinks as possible.  We were able to clean out quite a few things that way! I also made a pitcher of margaritas to use up some tequila we had.

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It helps to have a couple easy cocktail recipes memorized or even displayed so your guests aren’t intimidated to mix up their own cocktail. I had this French Kiss cocktail at the ready, and was able to clean out a couple bottles of champagne with it!

Oh the Places You'll GoRemember how I said there was a little Dr. Seuss thrown in?  Well, I made this little backdrop for us to take pictures with all of our friends.  I thought it was an appropriate saying for a going away party.  It could also work for a retirement party, graduation, or even a baby shower.  I whipped it up using some white butcher paper, a few colored tissue paper poms, and free handed the letters.  It’s not fancy, but it allowed us to get people together in one spot and get some good photos.  Who knows when we’ll see our friends again, so I’m glad we have so many pictures with them.

partycollage2Thanks to all of our friends that came to say goodbye and send us off in style!  We are going to miss them dearly, and can’t wait for them to come visit us in Colorado!

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Celebrating everyday!