Throwback Thursday – High Tea Bridal Shower

Back in August, I traveled to Maryland to celebrate one of my best friends Bridal Showers!

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We went with the High Tea theme because Jacey is a very prim and proper type of lady. The Bridal Shower was held at the Harbor Court Hotel in the Brighton room, which overlooked the Inner Harbor.

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I bought the invitation to the High Tea off of Etsy and had them printed locally. If you are looking for an affordable way to send out invitations, this is the way to go!

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I also had the same Etsy company make me a game called “spill the tea” in the same print that was used on the invitations. The game had questions for the guests to answer about Jacey and Brad’s relationship,  but mostly about Jacey since it was her shower.

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The tables were decorated with teacups and teapots I bought at an antique store in New Jersey. I bought flowers from Whole Foods and added some flower “confetti” to give the white table cloths a pop of color. I also made a few glitter votive candles that you can see in the last picture.

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Favors were completed by the grooms sisters and they stuck to the high tea theme by buying a bundle of tea samplers. I tried the blueberry lemon tea and it was delicious! I made the glitter letters behind the favors by purchasing plain white wooden letters from Michaels, painting them gold and then sprinkling a fine gold glitter on top.

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Instead of a guest book I thought it would be fun to make a date idea jar for Jacey to use when her and Brad have a free weekend. The jar was super easy to make – I bought fabric tape and popsicle sticks for the date ideas and stuck them inside of a mason jar that had ribbon/twine on the outside.

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I purchased a small banner to go above the presents on Etsy (of course) that said High Tea Bride to Be. I could have made this myself to save money but I was so sick during the planning days that I used Etsy for a lot of things!

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The frames with the sayings in them around the room were made by my friend Melissa who also has her own Etsy shop.

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I ordered the large teapot shaped cake from Kirsten’s Cakery and I loved the special touch they added by having a tea bag on the side with Jacey’s name.

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The candy jars were added around the cake for people who weren’t interested in eating cake. I found the chalkboard clothespins at Michaels and we made Southern dessert names to go with each candy on the table. To make the to go bags I just bought regular brown paper bags, lace doilies and used a glitter pen for Brad and Jacey’s initials.

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For the last decorative touch, I made a small photobooth for others to take pictures in front of. The room had great lighting and the pictures turned out really well. I bought some props off of Etsy and printed/cut them out myself. We then glued them to wooden rods I found at Michaels and placed them in milk jars I hand painted.

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Harbor Court Baltimore served a light lunch that consisted of scones and fresh jam, mini tea sandwiches, a trio of desserts, strawberries and whipped cream (some with liquor), tea and champagne (or sparkling cider).

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Jacey opened lots of amazing gifts with the help of her sweet little flower girl.

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We loved seeing everyone get into the High Tea spirit and it was such a beautiful day for the beautiful bride-to-be.

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Glamorous Bridal Shower

I told you I’ve been busy at Bridal & Baby showers lately! I’m a busy wedding bee this year 🙂

My sisters bridal shower was at Lakewood Country Club and it was a gorgeous spring day!

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The invitation went perfectly with our venue & theme.

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Her wedding colors are champagne and blush so we decided to play off those for the shower too. I always like to stay within wedding colors for a shower because I know the bride is guaranteed to love it.

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This was a seated luncheon so we had place cards for the guests – gold sparkles for chicken and pink for salmon. The circle garland on the above picture was bought off of Etsy as well… Etsy is my best friend when you’re a busy girl.

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Big thank you to Lakewood Country Club for alphabetizing these for me… For some reason I was not doing a good job!

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The guest book was a drawing of a tandem bicycle and guests were to leave their thumb prints in gold or pink and write their name above it.

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I bought the pink frame at Target and purchased the drawing here.

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The favors we’re so perfect for Ashleigh! Miniature bottles of Rose Champagne and a bag of chocolates. What girl doesn’t love champagne and chocolate?

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We also added a small candy table to give the guests something to snack on with dessert.

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I bought the candy at Party City who has entire sections of pink & gold candy making it easy on you. I made the pink covered pretzels because I couldn’t find them anywhere. I chose the raspberry sherbert candy topping from Michael’s and it was GOOD. I found most of the jars at TJ Maxx and tied them with sparkly ribbon I found at Michael’s.

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The take-out bags were pink chevron and polka dots that I purchased off of Etsy. I took a gold paint pen and wrote the date of the shower on each one to spice it up.

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My friend Crystal made the cake for me and as usual did an amazing job!

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She also made these pink rose cupcakes with edible gold dust. It’s great when a cake is pretty and tastes good.

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The I Do sign was perfect to go in between the windows above Ashleigh. Thanks Kelly!

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The gift table had a banner that said Bride to Be which I also purchased off of Etsy. We added flowers to the tables and Chris & Ashleigh’s engagement pictures throughout the room.

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Once the table was set with favors, pictures and flowers, we used the extra ribbon to tie around the napkins.

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You can never have too much glitter 😉

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We also added pink straws to each table for guests who weren’t drinking alcohol. The straw flags can be purchased here.

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Once the guests were seated we played the Almost Newlywed game with Ashleigh. Yes, I do this game at every shower — It’s a game that’s fun for everyone and doesn’t make anyone participate by wrapping toilet paper around themselves.

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Ashleigh did surprisingly well — but I think she cheated 😉

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 The glass Ashleigh is holding above was also purchased off of Etsy.

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Once the game was finished, lunch was served. I chose the salmon and it was cooked perfectly!

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Lastly, Ashleigh opened gifts. She got some amazing new things and I’m sure she will be cooking for her future husband verrrry soon.

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Congrats to my sissy!!

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We love you 🙂

Shabby Chic Bridal Shower

This past weekend I headed to Maryland to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be, Jenn!

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As bridesmaids, we were up late the night before and early the next morning to set up for the event so excuse the bags under our eyes 😉

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Each bridesmaid made two or more dishes to create a huge spread for the guests to snack on during the day.

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The dessert table was OF COURSE, my favorite.

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Cake!

Cake!

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Cutest Cookies

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Jenn’s wedding colors are mint & coral so we used the same theme for her shower with thoughts that she could use everything for the wedding too.

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The drink station included something blue lemonade, iced tea, sangria and custom water bottles (wrapped with lace and an engagement sticker)

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Flowers were placed in mason jars and pictures of the couple surrounded the room

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We set up a table near the entrance with homemade (by Jenn’s mom) favors of sugar scrub and an advice station for the almost newlyweds.

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We also had a banner that said Getting Hitched hanging over the couch that was hand made by our friend Crystal. Jessica painted the birdcage, cross and bird feeders that were placed around the sign.

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We played one game, which was called “the almost newlywed game”. We asked Jenn’s fiance, Andrew, 18 questions ahead of time and asked Jenn the same questions. Every time she got an answer wrong we had her stick half of a jumbo marshmallow in her cheeks.

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Jenn needs to quiz Andrew more often.

Next, came gifts and Jenn got a lot of great things for their new house! Our friend Danielle gave her a personalized hanger that goes perfectly with her theme to hang her dress on during her wedding day.

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I can’t wait for June 8th to celebrate Jenn’s big day! I know it’s going to be beautiful – Just like her!

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What to wear to a bridal shower

I know it’s still January but my calendar is filling up quick with bridal showers, bachelorette parties, weddings and more! I’ve gotten the question “What should I wear to a bridal shower”? a few times so I thought I’d write a post on it. While there’s not a specific dress code for the event there are a couple of “known” general rules.

1. Do not wear jeans. Bridal showers are girly! When you aren’t sure what to wear – Wear something on the dressier side. It’s always better to be overdressed than under dressed.

2. Don’t wear white! That is the brides color for the day…even if she doesn’t wear white, you shouldn’t be in it. A white dress top or white pants is OK but an all white dress is a definite no-no.

3. While we’re talking about colors you should also save your Little Red Dress and Little Black Dress for a different occasion.  Red is a “look at me” color and black is associated with funerals. Keep it fun!

4. Accessorize. Your going to be in a room full of women… even though you aren’t the center of attention you should still look put together.

5. Style your hair! Try a low up-do, a side fishtail braid or a twist back. Pictures will be taken – feel pretty!

Here are some of my top picks!

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Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

Questions: What do you think is an absolute no-no to wear when attending a bridal shower? 

Bridal Shower Recap

If you’ve clicked around on my blog you have probably seen the Wedding tab up top.  We wont get our pictures back until December 6th, so in the meantime I’ll update you on the events leading up to our big day!

My aunts & my bridesmaids threw me the absolute most beautiful shower! I knew they would do an amazing job but they really blew me away. Every single detail was personalized to fit my personality perfectly!

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The food was amazing, the pink candy bar with chocolate & peanut butter galore, the personalized signs, the cookie jar favors, the almost newlywed game where they taped Adam’s answers on questions about us , the gorgeous flowers, the amazing thoughtful gifts and of course the people who mean the most to me in one room made this day so perfect!

Catering by Ken’s Creative Kitchen – The shrimp salad sandwiches were my favorite!

Decor – Our engagement pictures on the TV screen played throughout the day

Personalized Beverage (wine) Tubs & Bride Sign made by my best friend Michelle

Guest book – Writing down advice for Adam on how to pamper his princess 🙂 He follows the advice very closely!

Signs & Personalized Pillows

Our engagement announcement in the capital, pillows, pictures & more

The favors! Chocolate Chip cookie mix & Princess mirrors

Amazing cake & cupcakes

Playing the almost newlywed game!.We did fairly well!

GORGEOUS flowers!! Personalized vases that we were able to use during our Rehearsal Dinner as well.

Pink Candy Bar that was a big hit! Everything was so delicious too. Right up my alley 🙂

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As you can see, the amount of time and love that went into each detail was so unbelievably touching. It’s an overwhelming feeling to have so many people take so much time to do something in your honor. Looking back at these pictures makes me remember how blessed I (we) are to have the love and thoughtfulness of friends and family!