Thursday, October 8, 2009

DIY Wednesday: Bridal Shower Games

Hi Everyone,

I am spending the next few DIY Wednesdays going through a bridal shower I threw a few weeks ago. I did many DIY projects with the shower that I'm explaining in case you want to try one of them for a shower or even a wedding.

The Games.

As I explained last week, I didn't want to do the traditional games. I often get mixed responses from people when I deviate from the midwest traditions. I remember getting all sorts of comments about not doing a dollar dance or garter auction at my wedding or refusing to sell anything at bars during my Bachelorette Party. I simply do not enjoy those activities and would be miserable doing them. So, here comes the non-traditional bridal shower games.

The Scrapbook Bar.

I did this as a passive sort-of game. Something that everyone could have fun with, but wouldn't be compelled into doing. Also, the bride would have a scrapbook to take home with her.

I started out with creating a scrapbook template for everyone. I got the 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and created a bunch of questions for guests to answer. They were along the lines of, "How do you know the Bride or Groom?" "What is your advice for the Bride and Groom?" "Draw a picture of Bride and Groom on their wedding day" and other goofy stuff.

Then, I went out and bought a ton of bridal shower/wedding scrapbook stickers. I already had a fairly good collection of scrapbook tools (edge hole punchers, scissors, glue, various embellishments). I know people (as well as me) prefer stickers especially if they aren't particularly into scrapbooking (also like me). So, over the past couple of months I gathered these products up.

Then at the shower, we had a table dedicated to the "scrapbook bar." I had a rotating three tier serving dish that I used to put some of the supplies on. I'm currently in the process of putting the scrapbook pages together in a scrapbook for the bride. This is also a good way to do a guest book without actually doing a guest book.

Bridal Shower Bingo.

I created this game after finding some information about it online. The concept is you have your guests fill out the squares with gifts they think the bride might get. The center "free" square is the gift you got the bride. Then, the winner gets a prize. There wasn't all that many people at the shower, but we still got a bingo. This was a way to make that awkward time during gift opening a little bit less awkward. (I know I hated having all the eyes on me during that time. It was weird)

I created these Bingo cards in Photoshop and had them printed when I printed the invites.

Next week I will talk about the menu I created. I made all the food by myself (with my husband's very gracious help). So, I'll have some pictures of how I served it/dressed it up as well as some recipes if you'd like to try any of the food.


The Bridal Shower: Table Settings

Hello There,

Well, it's not Wednesday but I'll be home tomorrow and won't be able to post. Welcome to a HUGE POST especially since I'll be talking about the Bridal Shower over several weeks. Those of you who know me know I have been working on this bridal shower for a year. Yes, an entire flipping year. Was it worth it? To be honest, probably not considering the amount of time and money ratio, but it doesn't matter if it's worth it to me! That's not the point of putting on a shower. The bride and guests are the ones that are suppose to enjoy it!

Many MANY elements of the shower are DIY. I'll first start with a general explanation of the shower. I was going for an elegant yet relaxed theme. I chose the Museum of Visual Materials in Sioux Falls for the local. Not only do they have an beautiful building, they also have an extremely nice kitchen for you to use and are extremely affordable for the beauty of the building.

Building on this "elegant" theme, I decided to dress the tables. So, instead of just doing just tableclothes, I created a place setting for each seat. Each place setting was cost-effective while still (trying) to be elegant and classy. This post will surround the tables I created.

First of all, I started out with a DIY table runner. I bought the fabric from Hobby Lobby (a LOT of fabric) and cut each runner with a rotary cutter (a quilters best friend) and clear ruler. The runner pattern was a lovely purple, ivory and aqua color combination. The rest of the colors of the shower played around this idea. I created a pattern in my head using the measurements of the tables.

I have several vases left over from my own wedding. We are using the heck out of these vases. They have appeared I believe at 3 or 4 other weddings and 2 or 3 other parties. I used these vases on the table with river rock I purchased from Hobby Lobby for this shower exclusively. The flowers were purchased the day of the shower in bouquets and separated among the vases. The flowers were quite fragrant, but not too bad so they overwhelmed the meal. I hope. :)

Second, I marked the individual place setting with a little trick I picked up on Hostess with the Mostess....scrapbook paper instead of a traditional charger. It's more cost effective, and I'm not stuck with tons of chargers. Next, I added the plate. Not just any ordinary plastic plate but a square heavy-duty plate. I wanted the plate to look and feel like a real plate, but not have the same cost and clean-up issues. I feel like this picture doesn't quite capture the place setting, but it works.

After the plates, came the napkins and menus. The napkins were DIY from purple light cotton fabric from Hobby Lobby. They were also cut with the rotary cutter and sewn together by my very helpful mother. :)

The menus were also DIY. I printed them with dark purple ink, using fonts from the invites (talked about in this post) on resume ivory paper. They were then cut with a straight cutter and the corners were rounded with the rounding hole punch. The menu with recipes will be featured on a different post a different day. :)

To finish the place settings off, I had silver-colored plastic silverware. They look and feel like actual silverware. Once again, more cost-effective yet still within the theme.

Instead of plain glasses, I took another hint from Hostess with the Mostess and used mason jars. Instead of plain mason jars, I ordered lids with this daisy cut pattern. I then slipped straws into the hole in the center. Fun but still functional.

Next week, I'll be discussing the "games" I had at the shower. The latest trend in bridal showers is to avoid the traditional, sometimes cheesy, bridal shower games. I took a more passive approach to getting guests involved. There was a mixed response to it since it's not traditional in the midwest to forgo games.


DIY Bridal Shower Sign

Hi There!

Weeks ago, I hosted a bridal shower for a close friend (in fact she was the maid-of-honor at my wedding!) I did many DIY projects for the wedding and this is one of them. The next couple of DIY Wednesday will be dedicated to the shower projects.

I used this method to create the sign. I wanted to practice the process and make sure that it would work well if I wanted to make some wooden signs for Christmas. I used the fonts I used for the shower invitation.

I started out by creating sign in Microsoft Word and printing it out. I then traced the font with the carbon paper underneath on to a piece of foam board. Then, I had an outline to paint. After painting, I outlined the letters with a paint marker. (Which I had never used before, but they are quite amazing!)

The print out of the font I want to mimic. I could have used Microsoft Publisher (probably would have been easier) but you can also use Microsoft Word.

Here is the outline of the sign. It seems pretty at this point, but maybe a bit plain.

Here is the finished sign. I created the little design in the corner by taking the fabric I was going to use for table runners and putting it on top of carbon paper and tracing. So it's literally right from the fabric I based the entire shower color theme on.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

DIY Wednesday: Roman Shades

Hi There,

This is a little DIY. I wanted to have all the windows in the kitchen have the same sort of window treatment. So, I purchased these roman shades from (It was the cheapest website I found for this type of shade..about $14.99 per shade and only $3.00 in shipping)

When you put up bamboo-like shades, you have to be prepared that they are see through. It's just the nature of the product. You often can purchase pieces of fabric to Velcro to the back called, "privacy shade." Why buy this privacy shade when I have loads of fabric sitting around?

So, I grabbed some of that fun Hobby Lobby fabric I had sitting around and a needle and thread. I didn't bother hemming around the fabric. I just tucked it under and put the thread through both layers. For about $15.00 a curtain, I think I did pretty good!


Here's the front of the curtain in my very orange kitchen.


Here's the view of the curtain from the enclosed porch.

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