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Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Tiffany & Co Bridal Shower

This weekend Mom and I had the pleasure of throwing my Sister-In-Love-To-Be a bridal shower. She loves all things sparkly and pretty, so I decided on a Tiffany & Co. theme - 'cause what says "sparkly, elegant, and bridal" better than diamonds and that infamous blue color?

As is our norm, I did most of the planning and was in charge of look-tone-feel while Momma (and a few other incredibly sweet ladies) handled food and prep.

Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time, especially the bride-to-be (seen here in her makeshift veil made from a bit of wrapping).


It was so much fun to see all of these ladies again (I grew up knowing most of them from church or school), and I loved watching them love on this sweet girl that I get to call my sister in just a few short months. We all felt very blessed. Thanks to everyone who came!

Now, how 'bout some party details?

The Invites 
I wanted to embody the concept of a "Tiffany box" in the invite. I found some lovely Tiffany blue cardstock online as well as some shimmery pearl-white envelopes. I cut and folded the 12x12 pieces of cardstock into 6x6 square fold-over cards and added a white insert with all the party details. Then I tied a strand of white ribbon around each of the cards, in a Tiffany bow, naturally, and sealed them in the shimmery envelopes.


 

In case you're curious, a "Tiffany bow" is basically a criss-cross bow that lies flat in the back. It's tied in a very specific way. Wanna know how?


The Decor
We stuck to a basic black-white-Tiffany color scheme for the decor. Mom found some great Tiffany blue table overlays online, so they were my accents on the tables and throughout the house. We also added sparkle wherever we could - with diamonds, pearls, and acrylic scatter. 








The Flowers
Mom and I fell in love with a photo of a centerpiece on Pinterest and HAD to recreate it for the shower. Now, the tutorial that it links to is no longer live, but it's actually quite simple to create. You need: wet floral foam (the kind you soak in water so it keeps flowers fresh longer. We got ours from Amazon), a whole mess of carnations (we used about 150 for two centerpieces), and a candlestick of your choice. 

You soak the floral foam in water overnight, trim your flowers super short, start at the top, and just work your way around the foam. I went ahead and perched my foam on top of my candlestick so that I knew how big of a base to leave (and, since it's slightly maleable, it sunk onto the candlestick well, providing a sturdy workspace on which to decorate).



The Food
We served tea-time, finger-food items (since it was a late afternoon shower). Our menu included:
  • cucumber sandwiches
  • pimiento cheese sandwiches
  • sausage balls
  • veggies with dip
  • fruit salsa and cinnamon-sugar pita chips
  • spinach tarts
  • cheese and crackers
  • Rick's Bakery petit fours
  • "Girlie Tea" (tea with orange juice and lemonade)
  • Tiffany Punch (blue Hawaiian punch and lemonade)




Are the petit fours not incredible? The lovely ladies at Rick's Bakery were able to customize the glaze to match the Tiffany blue color and added sweet little buttercream bows to the top of each one. How precious are they?!?



The Games
We played several shower games to keep the energy up.


First: Ring Robber
Each lady started the party with three rings. If she heard another guest say the words "wedding," "bride," or "groom," she could take one of their rings (and could lose rings the same way). The guest who ended the party got a prize (a small Tiffany blue clutch and pearl bracelets).

Second: How well do you know the Groom?
Since the shower was in Little Brother's home town, most of the ladies knew him while he was growing up. I drew up a list of trivia questions about the groom and let all the ladies try their hand at proving they knew him best. We even let the bride play! Once the guests had finished, we invited the groom into the room and had him provide the answers. Some prompted fun childhood stories and it was great fun hearing what everyone thought the answers were. The bride and Mom ended up tying for highest score (even though Mom DID get his birthday wrong...). 

Third: "Why do we do that?" Bridal Trivia
I found a fun list of bridal/wedding traditions and explanations and let everyone try and match them up. Some of them were interesting things I'd never thought about. For instance: 
Q: Why does the groom throw the garter?
A: To distract the guests so they keep their hands off the bride
Finally: Pass the Presents
With this game, I had all the ladies sit in a circle and I handed out six small gifts to random guests. Then, I told them I was going to read them a story. Every time they heard the word "right," they were to pass the gift in their hands (if they had one) to the right. When they heard the word "left," they passed it left. I started out reading the story slowly so that everyone got the idea, then sped up til some of the ladies were practically throwing gifts at each other to try and keep up. I think this one was my favorite. I'll post the story at the bottom for those of you that are interested.

Not a "game," but we also had each of the guests sign a black river-rock and leave a warm wish, blessing, or piece of advice on one side of the stone. The stones will go home with the bride and groom in a hurricane vase for them to keep and enjoy for years to come. 



The Favors
Keeping with the Tiffany theme, everyone got to take home their own "little blue box," filled with a handful of chocolate pearls and a diamond ring keychain. I got the boxes online and ordered the keychains from Oriental Trading. It made for a fun little extra at the end of the party to tie the theme together. 



Now, how 'bout some party pics?




They got a whole slew of goodies...see the hanger there in the middle? That's from me! It's a custom "mrs. hale" hanger for her dress. I've seen 'em all over the wedding blogs and found the original designer on etsy - Lila Frances. Her stuff is beautiful. Go check it out if you need a fun wedding gift!

When all the gifts were opened, the bride came away with a fantastic rehearsal bouquet (thanks to Tutu and her mad bouquet skills), but she only broke ONE ribbon the entire time. Someone needs to buy that girl more presents and tie the ribbons on a bit tighter. I want multiple red-headed nieces and nephews! Get on that, people!

 

I'm glad I have someone as sweet at the bride-to-be to dote on - it makes doing something I already enjoy just that much better. Now, I'm gonna spend what's left of my weekend relaxing 'cause, fun or not, this girl (and her pup) are tired. Y'all have a great Sunday! Thanks for reading!



PS: Pass the Presents "script"
       “[Insert bride’s name] knew RIGHT away that she had found Mr. RIGHT and the RIGHT date was set. Now seemed to be the RIGHT time to start so she LEFT RIGHT after lunch and went RIGHT to her mother’s house. She LEFT in such a hurry that she LEFT her to do list RIGHT on the living room table. But there was no time to turn back. She knew she needed to get started RIGHT away to make sure nothing was LEFT undone.
       With only 24 days until the wedding day, there seemed to be little time LEFT to spare and so much LEFT to do. She asked her mother to WRITE down a guest list because she knew mom would make sure no one was LEFT out. [Insert bride’s name] LEFT to find the RIGHT invitations. On her way, she LEFT a message at the florist and then RIGHT into the bridal shop she ran.
       RIGHT in the window was the perfect dress. “Oh no, I LEFT my checkbook RIGHT in the car.” “Hold that dress, I’ll be RIGHT back.” With that accomplished, she called Mr. RIGHT and LEFT him a message to call her RIGHT back. She LEFT to meet the florist who had LEFT her a message that they had the RIGHT flowers for her.
       Mr. RIGHT called her RIGHT back and said he LEFT a message for the preacher RIGHT down the road to call them RIGHT back and that he had just LEFT work and would be RIGHT over. She LEFT the florist and ran RIGHT over to meet Mr. RIGHT. RIGHT away they discussed what was LEFT to do. “Who will be the RIGHT best man?” She LEFT that up to Mr. RIGHT. “I’ll get the RIGHT maid of Honor.”
       RIGHT away they started shopping for the RIGHT rings. With that done, the next stop was to order the RIGHT cake. Mr. RIGHT could clearly see his future Mrs. RIGHT was on the RIGHT track.
       After a long day, they were both LEFT exhausted. All that was LEFT to do was get RIGHT home to see if any messages were LEFT while they were out. Sure enough, Mom had LEFT a message that the church RIGHT down the road was available so she requested it RIGHT away. Now that was not LEFT to worry about. “Lets call it a day.” “Whatever is LEFT to do, can be LEFT until tomorrow.” They agreed and with a kiss, he LEFT and she went RIGHT to bed.”

8 comments:

  1. It's all lovely!

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  2. Wow - how awesome! Wherever did you find the standing Diamond Settings (pic 3 under décor)??

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  3. Can you give the link or web page, where you found the 12 x 12 tiffany sheets?
    Thanks in advance
    Everything looks amazing!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this! It honestly gave me plenty of ideas, not just for a bridal shower, but other parties too.

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  5. Hello

    I love the decoration! just a question, where did u buy the favors boxes? they look a lot like the real ones.

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  7. OMG! Your bridal shower preparations are fantastic. Need to have some more ideas as have to arrange my sister’s bridal shower at one of wedding venues Chicago. Have been asking from everyone. Recently received some great ideas. Hope will be able to make it incredible.

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