Wine Themed Bridal Shower
I was so honored to throw a bridal shower for my friend Erika last weekend in our home town. Together with her mother-in-law, step-mom, and my mother, we hosted a celebration of her upcoming nuptials — with wine, cheese, and presents!
Framed photo credit: Nicole Smith Photography
Erika and I went to high school together in Scottsbluff, a town in the Panhandle of Western Nebraska. Since then we have moved away, started jobs, made new friends, but always make sure to stay true to our roots of “ScoBlo”. To top things off, Erika is engaged to a wonderful man that also calls ScoBlo home. He graduated a few years ahead of us, was friends with Erika’s older brother, and then somehow fate brought Jeff and Erika together in their current city of Denver, CO. It wasn’t long till they were engaged and planning what is sure to be a bash of a wedding this July.
Knowing Erika would have plenty of family and friends to celebrate with in Scottsbluff, I offered to start planning a shower, even though I live across the country. Hey, nothing can keep me from throwing a party!
She got some wonderful gifts! Many were wrapped in boxes, but some where of the card variety. Since she and Jeff registered on www.travelersjoy.com, people were able to gift pieces of their Hawaiian honeymoon. If you are planning a wedding and haven’t heard of this site, go take a look! It’s really cool. My shower gift to her was a sunset cruise, her sister-in-law’s gift was a romantic sushi dinner. What a great idea, right?
Sister-in-law and bridesmaid Ann got to work on a lovely ribbon bouquet for Erika to carry at her rehearsal…good thing my mom remembered to find a paper plate, because I almost forgot!
I had so much fun making all sorts of fun decorations in the wedding colors of red, orange, and other rich “winey” colors. It started with the invitation (inspired by finds on Etsy and Pinterest but made by me using InDesign and free fonts from FontSquirrel.com), and continued through the flowers, signage, games, pom poms, and food.
I went a little nuts at the olive and deli area of Whole Foods which resulting in “antipasta skewers” — my most favorite appetizer to date. I started with some inspiration from Pinterest (go figure), then just kinda went with it and ended up with “bouquets” of yumminess. Each skewer included olives, salami, basil, cherry tomatoes, tortellini, mozzarella, and prosciutto. They were a hit and looked beautiful on the table.
Bruschetta, mounds of cheese cubes, nuts, brie wedges, oreo truffles, and chocolate covered strawberries pulled it all together.
One of the biggest hits of the party were our chalkboard glasses! Even if a guest requested iced tea in lieu of wine (common! it’s wine party!!) they got it in a personalized wine glass.
**Update: I bought the glasses at Dollar Tree (for, go figure, $1 each) and painted the bases with two coats of chalkboard paint. When each guest arrived, I chalked their name onto the glasses.
We encouraged guests to take their glasses home, along with some scrumptious oreo truffles made by my mom.
Orea truffles sound good, right? Well, they are amazing. I’ve been passing the recipe around for years, always shocking friends and family with the ingredient list: oreos, cream cheese, and melted chocolate (yes, they really do only have three ingredients). In fact, my friend Lara won a holiday baking content with them last year! I have to give credit to Sweet Life Kitchen blog, where I found this peculiar recipe many moons ago. Make them!
Though I’m not typically a shower game person, we played two fun “games”. One was a Knot.com find that asked guests to give marital advice through Mad Libbs. We got some great answers!! I bound them all together with ribbon after the shower and gave it to the bride as a little “guest book”.
I also took a suggestion from Craftaholics Anonymous and played a round of Staches and Crowns (it’s actually tiaras instead of crowns, but I think crowns has better alliteration)! Weeks before the event, I asked the bride and groom a set of questions, collecting their answers separately. To begin the game, I handed out props to each guest.
I then read a question, and gave one of the answers. Guests had to guess who’s answer was read, then denote their guess by holding up a “stache” (for Jeff) or a crown (for Erika) or both! Not only was it funny to watch everyone play with little paper props, but I think we all learned something new about the happy couple.
If you want to play this game at your next shower, download my questions (I added a few to the original CA list) and my outlines for staches and crowns (if you, like me, don’t own a silhouette that cuts them out for you).
As you can see, the game was a big hit with the kids. Ava had perfect “stache” positioning, where as some of the adults were too shy to really “get their stache on” and just kind of held them up instead. It’s more fun to get that stache right under your nose.
Kids really do make a shower more interesting. They play the games, eat the food, and have a blast taking presents to the bride. Even Ethan escaped Grandpa’s clutches to get in on the fun! (He thought these pillows were pretty great.)
Overall, it was a successful event! Everyone seemed to have a good time and the bride had a blast. It was so nice to be able to host at my family home…especially since I was only in town for about a day and a half to prepare (and recovering from the rip-roaring bachelorette party just two days prior). Mom was a huge help!
I can’t wait for the wedding in July!! All that’s left to do is find Ethan a tux. He is the ring bearer after all! OMG is he going to look cute.