Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Themed Bridal Shower

Last month we had a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law Heidi at my house. Two of my SILs and her friend who is also a bridesmaid planned it together. Heidi loves to read and is a Library Board Trustee so we decided to do a book themed shower. I was so excited about this theme because it is so unique!For Heidi's shower I made some chalkboard tags with little wooden squares from Hobby Lobby and chalkboard spray paint. Kristin made me the chalkboard chargers for my birthday last year and they came in really handy!

**If you are going to plan a book themed bridal shower and I can help you with anything, let me know!

Yummy Snacks and Drinks
For lunch we did a pasta bar because Heidi loves pasta and is always in charge of making pasta dishes for family parties.

When people came in, we had a little table with nametags, the guest book (a copy of Pride and Prejudice for everyone to sign), a chipboard last name initial I made and the Mad Libs game. For the Mad Libs game, we wrote out the story of how Heidi and Austin met and left out important words. I reworked it to leave out words that could make for an entertaining story. Every guest got a slip of paper that had a number and a part of speech such as "15. noun" or "20. verb+ing". As a the trivia game was being played, we filled in the blanks and then ready the story. The last line about creepy uncles got me and I almost couldn't get the story out! 

The Decorations
We made tissue paper flowers following this tutorial. The wedding colors are coral, white, and silver. This orange tissue paper was pretty close! We followed the same instructions with smaller sheets of construction paper to make the small ones. They were my favorite! We tied them to some sticks from outside and stuck them in the vases. Tip about the tissue paper flowers: they didn't last well. We made them a couple days before and they got really limp and took a while to be refluffed.

Amanda printed huge posters of book covers of Heidi's favorite books and put them up on the mirrors and large picture frames around the house. 

Amanda made the amazing book wreath. I'm not 100% sure which tutorial she followed, but this seems like a good one! Amanda also made a book page paper chain. For both of these projects she used pages from Twlight because Heidi loved Twilight!

 The Dessert
I made a book cake for dessert. I pretty much came up with the idea on my own. I have not yet explored how to use fondant so I did it with all buttercream. It doesn't have the crisp fondant look, but it was yummy!  

The Favors
We designed bookmarks as favors. Amanda found the sleeves and I designed the insert. We had them printed at Walgreens on photo paper and then cut them apart and stuck them back to back inside. 

Heidi was showered with love and her and Austin have all kinds of fun new items for their house! I was super excited about my second sewing project ever-the apron I made for her! I also etched their first initials into some toasting flutes that said "bride" and "groom". 

The Happy Couple

The Girls