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Time for the third installment of bridal shower goodness!

As I’ve mentioned for the past two days, we threw a bridal shower for my sister back in August and I’m sharing some of the details with you!

The bridesmaids and I decided on a brunch menu and set the shower to start at 11am…perfect timing!  It also allowed the guests (and us!) the flexibility of still having the rest of the day available for other engagements instead of taking up the entire afternoon.

Our menu consisted of:
Baked French Toast
Yogurt Bar (vanilla yogurt served in plastic glitter cups, a variety of fruits and homemade granola)
Bacon and Cheese  Quiche
Vegetable Quiche
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Milk, Orange Juice, Tea and Coffee

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The beauty of this menu is that the majority of the prep was done ahead.  The french toast and quiches just had to be baked on the day of and the coffee cake was baked ahead of time.  Really the only food prep I had to do on the morning of was cut up fruit, portion yogurt and prepare the beverages.

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As you can see from the above picture, we used sparkly picture frames to showcase the menu cards.  When planning a party like this, I try to pick a decor theme that I can fulfill from stuff I already have in the house.  These frames were from our master bedroom…the menu is just taped on top (didn’t even have to remove our wedding pictures!).

IMG_1070I bought some diamond and pearl stickers from Dollarama and we used them to spread the sparkle in other little ways.  We made the napkin rings out of scrapbook paper that covered paper towel rolls.  We also made chalkboard food labels and custom envelopes for the game prize gift cards.

Speaking of games…I’m not really a fan of the typical bridal shower games.  I have no desire to be dressed in a toilet paper dress…it’s not my idea of a good time.  I’ve actually googled “non-lame shower games”…and found a surprising amount of results, so clearly I’m not the only one!

Ashley was in charge of the games and we played romantic mad libs and cheesy love song “name that tune.”  The mad libs were read aloud and the bride picked the winner…hilarious!

My top advice for hosting any party (I think I’ve mentioned this before) is to ALWAYS make sure that the dishwasher is empty.  In my experience, guests want to know where to put their dishes…and most are quite happy to put them right into the dishwasher if it’s empty.  It saves so much time in clean up!

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I’m going for a mini-theme this week…bridal showers!

My sister got married last September so her bridesmaids and I threw her a lovely personal wedding shower in August.  We decided on a brunch theme for the menu and added some bling in the decor…nothing overboard, just some subtle touches!

More details about the menu/decor/games upcoming on Wednesday, but I wanted to show you how we added some shine to cheap plastic glasses that we used for our yogurt bar.

IMG_1069 I don’t have a great close up picture to show you.  I wanted pre-portioned servings of yogurt for the yogurt bar so the guests didn’t have to worry about it oozing into the other things on their plates.  I bought cheap plastic wine glasses from Dollarama…the ones with the band of ridge detail around the bottom.

I bought some glitter acrylic paint from Walmart and simply painted the ridge band.  The ridge band made it super easy to paint because I didn’t have to worry about making sure my lines were straight.

The paint I got wasn’t opaque enough to get the look I wanted with one coat so I played around with some other options (glitter and mod podge, epsom salts and glue) but they didn’t work out.  I ended up doing three coats of the glitter paint…thankfully I had help from the bride and other bridesmaids!

This project cost me about $3 and looked super cute, especially when the yogurt was actually in the cups!

More bridal shower goodness coming up for the rest of the week!

The most wonderful sports weekend of the year is rapidly approaching…SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!!!

Ever since I’ve had a place of my own, I’ve hosted a Superbowl party.  My Indianapolis Colts aren’t playing in it this year (it’s a rebuilding year…and we’ve done a darn good job!) which makes me a MUCH more relaxed hostesses!  I can cater to my guests without worrying about wanting to see every minute of play and every slow-motion replay!

Usually, I prepare several hot appetizers, dessert and beverages for my guests.  It takes me the better part of Sunday afternoon (and some of Saturday) to get ready.

This year, we have a six-week old in the house, so I’m taking the easy way out.  Hubby is bringing home pizza dough from work and I bought the pizza toppings to make pizza at home (so it’s not totally the easy way out…when I was pregnant with Munchkin #1, I really cheated and just ordered delivery!).

Here are some Superbowl-themed pinspirations to inspire your own party…

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Source: The Country Chic Cottage

My dessert this year is going to be chocolate cupcakes, just like these ones!

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Source: Smells Like Home

I made these pretzel dogs last year and they were amazing!  I will admit, it’s a long process to make these, but since I had everything else prepped ahead of time, I was able to do them.  The serving plate holding them was the first one to be empty!

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Source: Catch My Party

I don’t go all out and decorate because for me, it’s all about the food and the game, but these are some cute printable decorations if you are that motivated.  Maybe next year, I will be.

 

My little sister (or as she used to refer to herself…my big (taller) sister) is getting married this year.  Guess who’s maid of honour?!?

She gave all her bridesmaids a charming personal letter and a card, asking them to participate in the wedding.  I got a lovely, touching letter…but my card was different.  Mine said that I was in the wedding whether I liked it or not because she was the bride and that’s just how it was going to be.

Good thing I’d already assumed I would be maid of honour!

I have so many ideas for her bridal shower…and Pinterest is a blessing and a curse.  So many good ideas, it’s hard to pick just a few.  I’m thinking we’ll go with a brunch theme and here are some of the ideas I want to incorporate…

Source: Pinterest/theidearoom.net

I love the mason jar drinks and definitely want to try them.  You can buy special lids that have holes in them to accommodate the straw but I found a tutorial so I can do it myself.

Source: Pinterest/iloveswmag.com

Isn’t this yogurt bar idea brilliant?  So easy to assemble and everyone gets what they want.  If guests ask if they can contribute food, which a lot of our friends would, it would be so easy to assign them one kind of fruit to bring.  Less work for us and the guests can get involved in the preparation if they want.

Source: Pinterest/familyfun.go.com

These little frittatas look so easy.  Once again, guests can pick the ingredients that they want, so everyone is happy with what they’re eating and picky eaters don’t have to worry!

Source: Pinterest/hostessblog.com

I love the little shot glasses…they look so cute and dainty but refined at the same time.  And who wouldn’t love French toast you can eat with your hands??

I can’t wait to plan little sissie’s shower…hope the other bridesmaids go for these ideas!

This week’s Pinspirations focuses on birthday party ideas!

Source: madeinmelskitchen.com/Pinterest

This is SO cute…and since I’m not so great at decorating cakes, it’s a perfect idea for me to try!  And who doesn’t love KitKat and Smarties/M&M’s?

Source: sistersstuff.blogspot.com/Pinterest

Hubby turns 30 next year…keeping this idea in mind!

Source: diy.weddingbee.com/Pinterest

I love this balloon centrepiece…it may have to make an appearance in my house before the next birthday party we host.  Holiday open house perhaps?

I’ve seen some really fun entertaining ideas on Pinterest lately and wanted to share them!

Source: 79ideas.org/Pinterest

I love this arrangement of fruits and vegetables.  Something like this might have to appear at my holiday open house this winter!

Source: thekitchn.com/Pinterest

I have a slight obsession with all things chalkboard lately and I love this idea for chalkboard food labels…infinitely reuseable!

Source: angbrimwil.blogspot.com/Pinterest

I love this idea of a favourite things party!  Everyone brings five of their favourite thing (under $5) to the party…long story short, all the guests go home with five new favourite things!  I’m so doing this sometime!

Between church functions and family gatherings, we bring glass bakeware to various different places.  Previously, I used a black permanent marker to write our family name on the bottom of the dish so if it got lost, it would eventually make its way back home.

But permanent marker isn’t actually permanent on glass that frequently visits the dishwasher.  That’s why I thought this was such a brilliant idea!

I used the Cricut to cut out our last name on the ConTact paper…I had to do it twice because the blade didn’t go through the sticky paper and the backing.  The ConTact paper backing was facing up on the Cricut mat so that we can read the name when the glass dish is sitting normally (not upside down).

I adhered the sticky portion to the bottom of the glass dish, making sure to save the insides of the letter cutouts so my letters weren’t block letters.  I applied the glass etching cream to the bottom of the dish because it’s important not to use the cream where you will eventually have food!

Oh, I got my etching cream from Lee Valley in London for $9.  It’s a tiny little bottle but a little goes a long way.  That said, you do need to be generous with how much cream you put on so it will etch properly without leaving bare spots.  Take time to make the cream even with your brush or the etching will be patchy.  After ten minutes (I left it for probably closer to twenty), it’s okay to rinse off the etching cream.  If you need to do another coat, make sure to rinse it very carefully so the ConTact paper doesn’t come off.  I just did one and it turned out fine.

Please excuse the picture…the flash makes the glass dish look dirty, but it really is clean.  I keep forgetting to take pictures along the way…really need to get better at that!


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