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Adventures in Wedding Shower Planning!

WARNING: I accidentally posted this before it was finished so you might get it THREE TIMES. 🙂

My sweet cousin Rachel is getting married! And my family — because we LOVE parties — decided to throw her a shower. My cousin Erica, my aunt Hilary, and I collaborated on a shower that was as much fun to put together as it was to be there.

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I thought I would share my experience and give you some helpful tips! We decided to go with a Mexican Fiesta theme because it was the bride’s favorite food AND we got to have a lot of fun with it! We picked out a template for the invitations from Etsy and found a really great store where we were able to get a bunch of printables to that really made the details pop! We did the invitations, fans (Rachel is holding one above), water bottle labels, and favor bags! We even found a company on Etsy that did custom banners.

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Then I just went to the party supply store and went a bit crazy on the color scheme. See what I mean?

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We spent the weeks leading up to the shower working on it bits and pieces at a time. I made the pinata myself… I have to say this is an advanced level of crafting that might have been beyond me. I am glad I did it but it was A LOT OF WORK. Then my aunt Hilary did the water bottles, fans, and favor bags! She’s amazing!

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(Hilary – right — with my Mom at the shower)

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(My bro helped assemble the glasses and put up the streamers. And his GF Megan — not pictured — helped roll silverware and kept me sane.)

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(And here’s the beast of a pinata… surrounded by family photos and pictures of the bride!)

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(Here’s Erica who conveniently moved to D.C. right before we started planning but was AMAZING during the shower! She ran the show! It was so great to have a team!)

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(Oscar even got into costume and posed for pics!) 

We divided up the food and each made our favorites! My other aunts chipped in too and it really helped lighten the day-of load!
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We kept the activities simple… flower crown construction (they were a big hit and so look so colorful in the photos), the ring game, and wedding dress toilet paper challenge.

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What are my tips for hosting an awesome shower of your own? 

  1. Get organized. Make lists and a timeline. It will save your bacon!
  2. Do as much in advance as possible! It’s best not to be scrambling the day of… so get help — aunts, friends, whoever asks to chip in — LET THEM!
  3. Have fun! You are the host. You set the tone. So set the tone right! (See below!)

 

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It was such a joy to put together this shower for my cousin Rachel. She is beautiful inside and out and our family is so excited to celebrate her wedding to Kyle (we also love Kyle)! Showers are all about sharing joy. Don’t get lost in the details.

Have fun and celebrate! 

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Adventures in Just FAILING at Blogging!

I have to apologize. I am technical difficulties with my blog this morning. So your inbox may be filling up with half done blog posts which is basically my worst nightmare. I am sorry. And I am working on it.

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Adventures in Girls Night Out Outfits!

Why is it so hard to put together a going out with the girls outfit?

Is it because ladies have a discerning eye?

(In other words… Is it because ladies can be super critical?)

Is because we want to balance feeling sexy and being comfortable — I mean, we aren’t models, we have to stand on those shoes!)

For me, it’s about bringing my A game. I love the opportunity to just get dressed up for the heck of it and not because I am hoping my plumage attracts other birds (#whyamisingle — also, Mom it might be a bit of a wait on this grand kids). I enjoy the challenge of feeling sexy and comfortable. Besides, my squad runs a tight game and I just want to keep up!

In retrospect, I don’t know why I worry, my friends are such warm, affirming people that we usually greet each other with a 20 minute conversation about great we all look. I have never bought into the stereotype that girls are always catty to each other and I went to an all women’s college! Represent Sweet Briar! Sure, there are ladies out there who aren’t nice and try to take you down but it’s pretty simple — Don’t be friends with them. Surround yourself with awesome, smart, sassy, beautiful ladies and if they are anything like my crew, they will be wonderful friends and fresh as hell.

But back to the topic at hand, I recently went out for my friend Mallory’s 30th birthday. Here’s the beautiful birthday girl:

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She was smart and killed it with a sassy blue dress from Rent the Runway! She looked so beautiful. \

Of course when I decided to think about what I was going to wear about an hour before I left my house I texted her that I wish I had ordered a dress too… because, of course, I hate all of my clothes. I may have a closet full of clothes but every potential outfit was rejected for various reasons.

We’ve all been there, right? 

In the end, I decided to keep it classic and go with a striped cotton dress and to dress it up with a smokey high, mixed metal jewelry, and my trusty wedge strappy heels. When I got to the dinner, it turned out I wasn’t the only one who used that formula… check out this squad. We owned black and white.

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The whole birthday party was like a blog post about great girls night outfits… so I am writing a post about it.

Check out how these two did shorts — one with a bold color against prints and one with a sassy romper.

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Nikki and Mal killed it in blue!

Like any party where ladies and spirits were involved things devolved into hysterics pretty quickly!
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Here are some tips when putting together your outfit for ladies night out:

1. Take a classic item from your closet like a dress or a romper. It can be cotton, striped, wrapped, or ruched.

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2. Pair it with wedge heels. Everyone can wear them. They take a lot of the stress and pain out of heels with all the benefit. I mean did you see Trina’s gams in the pic above?

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3. Have fun with your jewelry or makeup — OR BOTH! (But keep your hair classic!)

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Really the best advice in this and in all things is to surround yourself with awesome people, be yourself, and have fun. We certainly did.

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Happy 30th Birthday Mallory! 🙂