#BoothGoesMacDaniel2015: Highlights From My Sister’s Bridal Shower


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!

Wedding Shower Favors


Wedding Shower Favors

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?

Wedding Shower Highlights

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!

Wedding Shower Highlights

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!

Wedding Shower Highlights

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!

Wedding Shower Highlights


Wedding Shower Highlights

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!


Wedding Wear: Ahh, I Don’t Know What To Wear!!!



Part 2: How To Dress For Any Type Of Wedding…

Alright my lovely ladies, here goes round 2! Here are my last few tips of appropriate wedding wear.

Formal Wedding:

BCBG Strapless Pleated Gown - Nordstrom


Nordstrom – BCBG Strapless Pleated Gown, $338.00

Black-tie weddings are the most formal type of wedding there is.  Most black-tie events are night weddings, so personally I would suggest wearing a gown.  Also, big jewelry, a fancy handbag, some killer heels, and styled hair are great additions to any dress!

Semi-Formal Wedding:

Kate Spade Faye Strapless Jacquard Dress Neiman Marcus – Kate Spade Faye Strapless Jacquard Dress, $425.00

Also known as “dressy casual”, semi-formal weddings are not as formal as black-tie events, but are a step up from a casual wedding.  Wearing a short dress with either flat sandals or heels is an appropriate outfit.  Your hair and make-up for this type of event can either be worn naturally, like you do every other day, or you can dress It up a little if you want!

Casual Wedding:

Tinley Road Britt Keyhole Mini Dress - Piperlime Piperlime – Tinley Road Britt Keyhole Mini Dress, $64.00

The least formal of all weddings, casual weddings are usually daytime weddings.  For this, you can wear a summery sundress or even a skirt or pants with a nice blouse.  Paired with a nice pair of flats or a pair of low heels or wedges, you’ll be sure to catch everyone’s eye!

Well, now you’re ready to go to any type of wedding… Good luck beauties! I hope you guys found these tips on how to dress for a wedding helpful! Let me know what you think, or if you have anything to add! :)


Wedding Wear: Dos And Don’ts Of Dressing For A Wedding

Part One: Look Amazing While Sustaining An Appropriate Appearance

You're Invited! Now, What To Wear?

You’re invited! Now, what to wear?!

We all know the feeling… You get invited to a wedding for someone you haven’t seen in a few years and you have absolutely no idea what to wear, but you have to look amazing since it’s been so long since you’ve seen anyone. What do you wear? At some point, I think we have all felt like this, and to be brutally honest, it sucks big time! But what you don’t know, is how to fix it, and that’s the topic of discussion today: how to dress appropriately for a wedding.



  • Wedding Invitation - You're Invited! De-code the invitation.  All right ladies, here’s your chance! Pull out your magnifying glass and play inspector gadget.  Make sure you look for any indication or hint about what type of occasion the event will be.  Typically, if the wedding is formal, the invitation will be on heavier paper.  Another hint that it is formal is a night wedding.  Even if the couple doesn’t spell it out for you, there are at least some clues for you!
  • Dress for the occasion.  Make sure you are dressed in appropriate attire for the type of occasion. (Hint, hint, don’t wear a sundress to a formal event!)
  • Wear fun colors.  Go ahead, have fun with it, get that cute mint dress, or that amazing purple skirt. Wear all kinds of fun colors, but make sure you don’t “steal the show” by wearing red or bright yellow (we want the attention on the bride!).


  • Wear white. Never, under any circumstances, wear white to the wedding! Even if you find the Open Back Lace Wedding Dress - I HAVE To Have This! perfect dress that you love and can’t imagine wearing anything else, and it just happens to be white (that would happen…)! Trust me when I say this, ladies, just don’t do it!
  • Wear something you wouldn’t wear in front of your grandma. You have to keep in mind that the bride and groom are going to have their grandparents there, and other guests may have young children with them. Don’t wear anything revealing… Come on, its one night, you can do it!
  • Wear brand new shoes. Even if you just found the most amazing pair of heels that would look perfect with your dress… I promise, you will regret wearing them when your feet are throbbing before you even get to your seat at the ceremony!
  • Wear jeans. Like I said girls, its one night! Put on a pretty dress and get all dolled up for one night, and then you can go back to wearing your jeans everyday.

Sorry guys, I had to split this one up into two parts… There is just so much to say about wedding wear! But, stay tuned because part two is coming soon!



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