Bridal Shower:: Party Games & Gifts

The beautiful bride-to-be had requested no crazy shower games, so I kept it simple with one fun game that I was sure nobody had ever played at a shower before. It didn’t take long to play, which left lots of time for mingling, eating, and opening gifts! This bride-to-be chair banner was created the same way the instagram banner was made.

IMG_5960All of the guests were given a paper plate and a marker. They were told they would need to draw a picture with the plate on their head, which would later be graded. Everyone had a lot of fun drawing and grading other’s artwork. Read below for full instructions.

IMG_5970I normally don’t do guest books, but happened to find this great book at Paper Source a while back. The words of the story were so true of the Bride that I couldn’t resist. Guests were asked to find a page that describes her, and leave a note or share a memory.

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Paper Plate Bridal Shower Game:: Once all guests have their plates on their heads, give them the following instructions, with enough time between for them to draw. Once they are done with the picture, they can take the plate down to see their drawing. Ask everyone to pass their plate to the person on their right, who will be grading their artwork. The person or people with the most points wins the game!

Instructions:: Draw a line for the floor. Now draw a bride. Make sure she has a veil…and a bouquet. Now draw a groom. Don’t forget his corsage. Next draw a church. And add some guests outside.

Grading:: You get 1 point if your bride touches the floor. 2 points if your groom and bride are touching. 1 point for each flower in the bride’s bouquet. 1 point is the groom’s crosage is on him. 2 points if the church has a steeple. 1 point for each guest outside.

You can tweak the drawing and points to fit your party.

Happy Planning,

Teal & Sparkle Bridal Shower:: Instagram Banner

I wanted to make a focal point at the shower that incorporated photos of the couple. This instagram photo banner ended up being the perfect decoration that tied in all of the colors and showcased the Bride-to-be’s beautiful engagement photos. I printed all of the photos 4×6, and uploaded photos of letters as jpegs to print the same size. Once printed, I cut them down to 4×4 and backed with cardstock. They hung from teal yarn over the main table.

Teal Bridal Shower Party Ideas via elevencupcakes 11cupcakes.com #bridalshower #cerealbar #11cupcakes #mimosasI printed all of the photos 4×6, and uploaded photos of letters as jpegs to print the same size. Once printed, I cut them down to 4×4 and backed with cardstock. They hung from teal yarn over the main table. The banner was super easy to make, and something the couple can use at the rehearsal dinner or wedding later. After seeing how this turned out, you could easily do this as a Happy Birthday banner with letters and pictures.

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Happy Planning,

{Wedding Details} Reception:: decor

When we were looking for a Minneapolis reception venue, I wanted a blank canvas. I had pictured a large open loft where I could transform the space, and the Day Block Event Center was exactly what we were looking for. The brick walls, exposed ceilings, and beautiful hardwood floors were a perfect starting place. I made bunting that we strung across the room with patio lights that I found at Target. We strung clear ornaments filled with gold glitter and tissue paper pom poms over the dance floor, which created a fun focal point.

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Tables:: My favorite thing about the reception was the giant white balloons that served as table numbers. Each table had a navy and white runner, gold chargers, white plates, and pink napkins folded into bows. The balloons were tied around glass vases filled with gold wrapped chocolates.

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DIY Elmo Party: Dessert Table

IMG_4799You can create a simple, cost-effective dessert table for your party anywhere! We set up this Elmo party on a kitchen island.

1. Clear off the counter!

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2. Hang a fun piece of fabric as a backdrop behind the table or counter.
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3. Hang balloons from the ceiling over the dessert table. We found these polka-dotted balloons at Hobby Lobby, and added a marble to make them hang down straight.

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4. Use colorful dishes and trays for food and desserts. We made a cupcake stand using plates and mugs in our red & blue colors.

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5. Hang up a birthday banner and you’re done! Now you are ready to set out your food and let the party begin!

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