Adventures in Wedding Shower Planning!

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

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!Β 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!)Β 

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?Β 

  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!Β 

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