This past weekend I got my 8+ months pregnant butt on a plane and headed out east to hang out with my awesome sisters and my momma to throw my sister, Liz (affectionately known as Sister #2), a bridal shower. I was probably pushing it a bit to be flying on a plane so late in this pregnancy, especially by the looks on some of the airline attendants faces, but it was worth it...and the baby is still in my belly, so it was all good for everyone involved :-) I figured if I did end up having the baby in Virginia and it was a girl then maybe we'd just name her Virginia and not have to come up with a list of names after all!
My long weekend was lovely and much needed. I hardly ever get to see my sisters as we all have such crazy schedules and we are scattered all over the country, me in Chicago, Annie in Seattle, and Liz in Richmond, that a 3-day getaway just to hang out with them (and our momma) was pure perfection! We bridal-partied it up, shopped up a storm, ate out, and just laughed a whole bunch....LOVE!
My middle seeester Liz and her fiancé, Kenny, are getting married this summer and are planning a 'pink' wedding. From the details I have heard about so far, it's going to be so lovely! My sister, Annie, and my momma decided that a 'Pretty in Pink' bridal shower was needed to celebrate their upcoming nuptials in style so that is what we did. I love the color pink (like most girls) so it was fun to come up with lots of pink-themed decor and food.
We had a drink station at the bridal shower that included a large glass cookie jar we as a punch bowl and filled with Raspberry Lemonade. We added lots of sliced lemons and raspberries to make it extra pretty too. For the non-pregnant guests (there were 3 us of if you can believe it, one of which is having TWINS and due around the same time as me and she looks totally awesome to boot!) we made a Strawberry Champagne drink. It was really easy to make, just puree a pint of fresh strawberries in a blender and then add in a bottle of chilled champagne or prosecco. It looked really pretty and I heard from everyone who was lucky enough to taste it that it was dee-lish.
We used pint-sized regular-mouth mason jars as our drink glasses and added fresh strawberries on the rims along with stripey straws in various shades of pink for a few pretty pops of color.
Our buffet table was loaded with lots of goodies too. We offered pinwheel slices for a nice light lunch option, fresh strawberries and fruit dip, a fresh fruit salad, lots of pretty pink cupcakes in chocolate and vanilla, cheese and crackers, a pretty pink version of a sweet chex cereal mix, and marshmallows dipped in pink-colored white chocolate (an idea I found on Pinterest and pinned to my Pinterest board here.)
Each guest took home a little box of See's Chocolates as their party favor. I brought Raspberry Cream and Strawberry Cream filled chocolates (more pink!) from a shop here in Chicago and we placed them in simple brown craft boxes that were decorated with a dainty pink ribbon.
We filled a white wooden tray with pink chevron paper bags (bags bought here) full of the sweet chex cereal mix. This stuff is sooo good and a pretty paper bag is definitely the way to present it with no mess! Chex cereal, pink m&ms, peanuts, pretzels, and pink-colored white chocolate, oh my!
We dyed a huge bag of rice a pretty pink hue and used it to fill various vases and decorative tins to add more pink color to the party. The rice was perfect for holding up the pretty dipped marshmallow pops on pink polka-dotted paper straws. We also used it to hold giant folded rosettes we made out of different pink-designed scrapbook paper. We hot glued them wooden dowels so they would look like pretty blooming flowers.
My sister really liked her bridal shower (hooray!) as it was simple and elegant, right up her alley. We were so happy to throw it for her and I am so glad I was able to fly out and be a part of it.
Here she is, the guest of honor opening her gifts! Do we look alike? Maybe a little...we definitely talk alike, lol!
She is blessed with so many wonderful friends that I am so happy I was finally able to meet in person. Of course I was a bad picture-taking-taking-during-the-party host (again!) as I should have taken this at the beginning of the party and not the end so I could have gotten everyone in the picture!!!
Only a few more months and she'll be married...how exciting!!!
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