Thursday, June 22, 2017

Let Love Grow Bridal Shower

Mr. Handsome's second oldest sister, Catherine, is married! Mr. Handsome is the oldest of seven, and in the past four years, four of them have tied the knot. I'm looking forward to sharing wedding pictures, but first, I have one batch of bridal shower snapshots to share.

Catherine had four showers--our family, her family-friends, her college friends, and his family. (In the words of my father-in-law, she must have been very messy to require that many!)

The first two photos are from the shower with our side of the family, put on by my father-in-law's sister-in-law and niece.

Everything was decorated in blue and yellow, as those are the bride's absolute favorite colors. The event took place at a community center because Mr. Handsome has a ton of female relatives, and about half of them are children. It was a fun-filled day! My mom and my brother's wife also came.



The shower for family-friends was hosted by myself, my mother-in-law, and my other sisters-in-law. The theme was Let Love Grow, and the party was supposed to be outdoors under a tent, but the rain forced us to move the festivities inside.






This chalkboard sign is my masterpiece. Writing neatly with chalk is harder than it looks, y'all!



With all the wedding showers we have done, we have learned to always have guests address an envelop to themselves, as it makes writing thank you notes so much easier.



This sign has gotten a lot of mileage since Mr. Handsome made it for our wedding. (The letters are individually nailed onto the plywood with tiny nails, and the nail heads stick out to give it a more rustic look.)


Guests were encouraged to write a memory and a personal note (advice and wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs.) on pieces of paper.


We had fun choosing garden themed prizes.



 We also bought plants to give out as party favors.


My creative mother-in-law was responsible for the clever food table. She made homemade veggie pizza and called it a "vegetable garden." She also baked shortbread in silicone cupcake holders for guests to cover with fruit ("build your own fruit garden").



For games, we did a crossword puzzle competition that featured questions about the bride and groom, and we broke up into teams to decorate ribbon and tissue paper bouquets for the rehearsal dinner. Catherine chose her favorite (bottom left). Guess everyone knew her pretty well because they all used blue and yellow items!

22 comments:

  1. What a cute theme! Congratulations to Catherine and her new husband!

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  2. Shela G6/22/2017

    Oh what fun!! Really like the let love grow theme. Some very creative ideas. My husband and I have a friends wedding to go to tomorrow night. Then next weekend we have a family wedding. Excited about both.t

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    1. Hope your friend's wedding was a blast! Weddings are always fun! Was it an indoor wedding or an outdoor?

      Ellie

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    2. Shela G6/24/2017

      It was an outdoor ceremony but the reception was inside. It was an event full of love and joy. It was an honor it have been invited.

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    3. So glad to hear that! It's always wonderful to be at a wedding where you can feel the love and happiness. My sister-in-law's recent wedding was also an outdoor ceremony with an indoor reception.

      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous6/22/2017

    Great display. I like the idea of plants as favors. Congratulations to Catherine and her husband. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  4. Anonymous6/22/2017

    I live the display. It was beautiful. Congratulations to Catherine & her husband.

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  5. Anonymous6/23/2017

    I enjoy looking at the pictures. Can't wait to see wedding pictures. Congratulations to Catherine and her husband. Ellie, I believe you love helping with these family showers, Good for you! I'm sure they appreciate it.....Jane

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    1. I do enjoy helping with showers. It might be a while before there's another one, though, which is too bad!

      Ellie

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  6. Your chalkboard writing turned out beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Katerra. That's very kind of you.

      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous6/23/2017

    I think Catherine is well loved to have had 4 wedding showers. Congratulations to the couple. The theme for the shower was really creative. Eileen

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    1. Thanks, Eileen. She definitely is well loved. :)

      Ellie

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  8. Anonymous6/23/2017

    I laughed at what your father in law said about her needing four showers. Funny. I see where your husband gets his humor.

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  9. Hi, Ellie!
    You did a wonderful job on the chalkboards! That's such a fun theme for a wedding shower.
    One thing I have found super helpful for chalk art is a chalk marker. It is so much easier to make beautiful art with it, and doesn't smear (you use a wet rag to remove it). It is sold at probably all craft stores.

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    1. Thanks, Ange! I'll have to tell Anne about chalk markers. She loves chalkboard signs, so I'm sure she would love something like that. Thanks for the tip!

      Ellie

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  10. That looked like so much fun! I thought the theme was great and giving out plants was perfect. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. It was a blast! My pleasure.

      Ellie

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  11. Why do you call your husband "Mr. Handsome" over and over in your posts? That's a little bizarre, no?

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