#BoothGoesMacDaniel2015: Highlights From My Sister’s Bridal Shower

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After a little technical difficulty, the post is back! So… As many of you lovelies already know, my sister is getting married in just two short weeks (just follow me on Instagram and you will quickly see all the photos and pre-wedding fun!) and I am lucky enough to be her maid of honor! As such a role requires, one of my duties was throwing her a bridal shower.  Well… Let me tell ya ladies, it was not an easy task!  I thought it would be a piece of cake, just a little champagne for mimosas, sweets, and some snacks and decorations, right?! Wrong.

So, here is how I went about planning (and implementing) her shower…

Being the crazy/anal person that I am, I made a private board on Pinterest where I gathered all of my ideas.  Then when I after narrowed down my selections, I printed all of the things I was actually going to do and put them all in a binder where I organized them accordingly.  One section of the binder had all of my Pinterest ideas/crafts with directions on how to make each one and what I would need; one section had the menu with full recipes for each item my mom and I were going to make; one section had a to-do list (that never seemed to stop growing…); one section had info for the gift I was going to make my sister; and the final section had all of the information for her bachelorette party (which was the following weekend!).   It may sound a little crazy/obsessive/over the top, but let me tell you, it was the greatest thing I have ever made! It was so useful and had everything in one place, so any time I needed to find something or refer back to a recipe or instructions for a craft, I knew exactly where to find it!

When I was finally finished putting the binder together (which was quite the task in and of itself!) and had picked everything I just “had” to do, I quickly realized (with the help of my mom) that there was no possible way I was going to be able to get all of this done by myself… Which is when I turned to the rest of the bridal party for a little help.  These ladies did an amazing job and I could not have done it without them (thank you again, beauties)!

As I learned in college, I am not the greatest at delegating work. I like things to be a certain way and I like to do them myself so that I know they will be exactly the way I want them (some may call this psycho…).  So, to get over this and effectively dish out some of the tasks, I made each girl a detailed PDF/to-do list (see photo below) that I emailed to her individually.  This PDF had a list of the tasks I wanted her to complete and then it broke down each task and gave explicit details on what would be needed and how to do it. Whether or not they used my instructions is beyond me, but either way they did an awesome job with everything!

Example of the to-do lists that I sent to the bridal party! Each girl had her own that was sent to her a few months before the shower!

Example of the to-do lists that I sent to the bridal party! Each girl had her own that was complete with instruction and links to the sites I found each item at and was sent out a few months before the shower!

One thing that my mom and I had both really wanted to do was have everyone bring a recipe for my sister to start a collection.  In order to make this happen, I made a recipe card (below, with a photo of the invitation), that was sent out with the invitation.  I asked everyone to bring it to the shower with them, and when they did, I compiled them all into a “recipe book” (aka a photo album that I converted into a recipe book) and gave it to her at the end of the day! The best part about making the recipe cards myself is that she can always add to her book using the same cards without having to buy more! It was super easy to make and saved a lot of money because we printed them at home using cardstock!

The recipe card that I made and sent out with the invitations!

The recipe card that I made and sent out with the invitations!

Golden Bride Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

Not her actual invitation (obviously…) but this is the one I chose (from Minted)!

So, enough of my rambling…  Here are some photos from the big day!

My beautiful big sister wearing the headband that I found on Pinterest… Decided to get savvy and figure out how to make the headband that is $30 on Etsy on my own!

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Table with favors as you walked out the door!

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Favors

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And one more time, just in case you didn’t get the point that the favors were hairties!

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Table with envelopes for all of the guests to address to themselves.. This made it so much easier for her to send the thank you notes!

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I strongly advise this for anyone throwing a shower.

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How could we not love the world’s largest champagne bottles?

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Mimosa bar… Round 2! The wine and champagne glasses had chalkboard paint on them for guests to write their names… Plus, they got to take them when they left!

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My beautiful mother with the bride-to-be!

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My gorgeous grandma and sister!

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The beautiful bride-to-be waiting to open her gifts!

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A lovely candid shot of us while she is opening her presents…

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If you can’t tell, we’re quite candid… I have never understood how some girls look so adorable in candid shots! But, I thought this was super funny anyway!

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Reading the tags on the “Basket of Firsts” that I made her! (Details on that, coming soon!)

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Never thought we would see the day when she was this excited over a pot (but a fancy pot, nonetheless)!

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Krysta (one of the lovely bridesmaids) with the bouquet of bows!

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White chocolate dipped Oreos! I made these with the help of Dan, who tried so unbelievably hard… I couldn’t have appreciated it more!

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The cake!

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And again…

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Water bottles… Difficult as they may appear, the labels were super easy to make!

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#boothgoesmacdaniel2015

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If you can’t tell, I really loved making the signs!

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Yet another sign…

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Danielle and Peter at the end of the shower

Through planning this shower I realized how much I really love party planning! I know I had a vested interest in this because it was my sister’s bridal shower so I wanted her to have an awesome time and everything to be perfect.  But, I enjoyed getting all of the prep work done! I loved painting all the signs you saw photographed (above), making the cake, and getting everything set in place so it was just right.  I had an absolute blast doing it, and if I ever had the chance to help someone else with theirs (either as their maid of honor or simply to help out!), I would jump at the opportunity in a heartbeat!So, if you or anyone you know needs a little help, please, please, PLEASE let me know! It was so much fun and I would absolutely love to help make someone else’s day as special as my sister’s was!

But, that’s all I have for ya today! I sincerely hope you have enjoyed reliving my sister’s bridal shower as much as I have!  As always, I love getting your input so let me know what you think!  I hope you have an amazing day, gorgeous!

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Wedding Season Is Right Around The Corner… Are You Ready?

Many of you may not know this because I never formally let y’all know (if you follow me on Instagram, you have already heard the news!), but my sister got engaged to the man of her dreams in September!

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This is her massive rock… I mean, engagement ring!

With only a year to the wedding (they’re getting married Labor Day weekend – September 5, 2015),  she got right down to business and starting planning her dream wedding right away! After the venue was booked, she found the perfect dress, and we had attended about 100 wedding expos and bridal trade shows, it was time to order one of the most important things for this amazing day… the save the dates and invitations.  When she was looking around a few different sites that are out there, she really liked all of the options that Minted had to offer.  It was the first site she found, so in an effort to keep her options open and see what else was out there, she kept looking around. But, despite her efforts, she found herself always coming back and gravitating to Minted and what they had to offer.  What did she do? She designed and ordered her Save the Dates from Minted, of course!

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Here’s what the front of her save the date looks like

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And the back…

With that checked off the to-do list and mailed out to everyone, now it is time for her to start thinking about invitations. Where will she order them from? While she initially was going to look around again (like she did with the Save the Dates), she decided, since last time she wasted so much time trying to rule out any other options, she is just going to stick with what she knows and order them from Minted! So, as she and I sat down to look for what she wanted to customize and order, she found three that she absolutely loved! So, now it is just making the final decision and placing the order. She really likes the foil-pressed options, as she feels like it just adds a little something to it. I have to agree with her on that one, the foil is just enough to add a little flare to her invitations without making them tacky or taking away from the chic simplicity of the options she is considering!

Here are the three that she is deciding between…

So, we’ll have to see which one she ends up deciding on, I’ll make sure to keep y’all posted!

Have you heard of Minted before now? Here’s a little about Minted and their wedding collection

Minted is an online “marketplace of independent artists”. What does that mean, exactly? Well, it means that they offer a variety of different products – including stationary, events/invitations, art, fabrics, and home decor – that are all designed by independent artists (the same idea as a contractor, if you will). This means that by shopping and purchasing items from Minted, you have access to a lot of specific items and designs that you would not otherwise have access to by shopping at a traditional retailer.  Are you sold yet? Check out all of the amazing things they have to offer by visiting their site!

Are you loving Minted and their amazing collection of wedding invitations (and everything else too, of course!) as much as my sister and I are? I hope you find it to be as awesome as we have! Have you ordered things from Minted before? Let us know what it is that you ordered and how much you love everything you got from them! Never used Minted before? Let us know your thoughts and what you’ve got your eyes on! I hope y’all have an amazing day, gorgeous!

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