Last month, my bridesmaids threw me an absolutely beautiful bridal shower! It was held at a cute little Italian restaurant near where my family lives in Upstate New York, one that my family has been going to for years, and it has the best food ever.
Everything about the shower, aside from the date & time, was a surprise to Joshua and I. Since we traveled up from Virginia together, and he hasn’t spent as much time as he’d like with my family & friends, I asked that Joshua be a part of the entire shower with me. I’m so happy my bridesmaids were more than pleased and included him in all the games and festivities with us!
My bridesmaid Megan made the beautiful fabric pendant banner in the first photo above. The theme the girls came up with for the shower was chocolate… because let’s face it, anyone that knows me knows I’m a chocaholic.
The girls filled the flower vases with Hershey’s kisses, and my maid-of-honor Sue made custom labels with our photo and wedding date for a basket of chocolate bars.
The girls got my absolute favorite red velvet cupcakes from Boston.
The centerpieces were three small candles on a tray of mini chocolate chips!
The gift table was ridiculous, and we received so many of the items we wished for on our registry… including the pink KitchenAid (a gift from all the bridesmaids), the comforter set, sheets, towels, pots & pans, every single set of alcoholic beverage glasses we registered for, the trifle bowl, the flatware set… the list goes on! It was amazing.
Every detail of the shower was perfectly planned out an executed, thanks to my beautiful bridesmaids and mom! The little “Happily Ever After” frame above was also made by Megan (she’s so crafty!) and included our wedding date.
The girls also collected photos of all the invited guests, and Sue put together a sparkly silver scrapbook for everyone to sign as a keepsake guest book for me! Chocolate and scrapbooks, could it really get any better than that?
We visited with family we hadn’t seen in awhile, and ate buffet style. A few guests couldn’t come last minute, so my cousin Nicky and my brother Sean came and celebrated with us in their places. It was nice having them there!
After we ate, the shower games began! We played Bridal Bingo as we opened the gifts, and then a really clever game about how well we know each other. Joshua and I were each told to sit in chairs back-to-back across the room from each other. We were each given 2 dolls… one to represent each of us. We were then asked questions, like “Who is the biggest slob?,” or “Who spends more time on their phone?,” and we had to raise the doll for whichever answered the question. For each question we answered right, we moved our chairs closer and closer until our backs were against each other and we kissed! It was awesome… and we answered every question correctly.
We all mingled for awhile and the girls made a ribbon bouquet from the gift bows for me to carry at our rehearsal next month.
In between the games and eating, I read anonymous memories from a memory box that guests had to write when they arrived at the shower, and I had to guess whose memory it was. Such a sweet idea, and I got to keep the box and all the memories to add to my scrapbook! My mom also helped with the shower arrangements… that’s here above, with Joshua & I.
Here you have the wonders behind all the festivities! These are my best friends and bridesmaids… Amanda, Sue, Megan, Felice, and Nikki. I’ll be doing a special post soon all about my girls.
All in all, my shower was an absolutely wonderful experience and I couldn’t have asked for anything more! Ladies, if you’re reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making the day so special. I love you all so much.
(Photos courtesy of Megan, Sue, Nikki, and my brother’s girlfriend Meghan.)