On Saturday the 28th of July, I hosted my cousin Crystal’s bridal shower back home in Colorado. I spent about six months planning it and I thought it turned out beautifully.
I decided on the theme of Tiffany’s, of which Crystal is a big fan of and definitely describes her! We decided to hold it at my parent’s house in Loveland, north of Denver, outside in the yard to enjoy the lovely Colorado summer weather and quiet country landscape. It started at 11 am and as guests arrived, they were greeted by bridesmaid Genevieve, who handed them a Newlywed Game form to fill out throughout the afternoon, asked the date of their birthday for the door prize, and also gave them a clothespin and told them the key word for the clothespin game (which were the groom’s name and the word ‘wedding’).
Guests were also treated to a Lunetta Prosecco mimosa bar, complete with orange, mixed berry, and white grape juices and frozen fruit garnishes of raspberries, strawberries, and oranges to keep the drinks cold in the toasty summer heat. Once all the guests had arrived, the brunch buffet was served. We had steamed king crab legs, grown-up macaroni and cheese (recipe here), croissants with butter and jams, crispy oven bacon (recipe here), Caesar salad with homemade Caesar dressing (recipe here), melon balls cups in hollowed-out orange halves, and chocolate cupcakes with Tiffany blue buttercream frosting for dessert. I chose these dishes for their ease of preparation, most of them the day before or just requiring heating up right before guest arrival. All of the main food was purchased at King Soopers and we had many compliments on how excellent the cupcakes and crab legs were, which is a feat in itself in the landlocked, million-miles-from-the-ocean state of Colorado. We also had cute bottles of Coca-Cola for those non-drinkers/under 21-ers, which proved to be a refreshing break from the boozing as the afternoon wore on.
I chose orange spider mums for the flowers, which we bought at Rowe’s Flowers and Gifts. They did an excellent job in sourcing beautiful, fresh blooms and helping us pick our accenting greenery and providing care tips. The flowers were absolutely gorgeous and truly my personal favorite aspect of the event. The equipment we rented, including tent, tables including ice table, and chairs, came from Loveland & Johnstown Grand Rental Station, and they did a great job at helping us get it all loaded into the truck and all of the pieces were in very good condition. My dad actually set up the 20 X 40 tent all by himself though (amazing) as the rental station did not offer a setup service (annoying).
After eating, everyone filled out their game forms and mingled around. We had the bride go into the house so everyone could fill out the ‘How Well Do You Know the Bride’ game form in teams of every table, then we got the games underway. First we handed out the door prize for the birthday closest to the wedding day of September 15, which was a Tiffany’s colored candle. We then played the How Well Do You Know the Bride game, with the team bridal party team winning. They were given a prize of seven Finlandia vodka shooters, which was perfect as the bachelorette party was later that night and would come in handy! We then moved on to opening gifts, but not before starting the next game, which was the Newlywed Game. I had the groom answer 20 questions a week or so before the party, which the bride didn’t know about. I then asked her the same questions in between the opening of gifts, and her answers were always hysterical. The guests also filled out their sheets and whoever got the most answers right got the next prize, which was a crystal-encrusted picture frame (very fitting). And last but not least, the winner of the clothespin game was determined, with that person have three pins at the end of the party, and was given the final prize of which I can’t remember what we gave 🙂 The clothespin game went over very well, with lots of people frequently taking other’s pins as they said the keywords.
I also made an iPod playlist for the event, so we wouldn’t have to be bothered with changing songs for a good two hours or so. We hooked it up to my sister’s amp and just pushed play! I went for a dinner-themed playlist for the first hour or so, which then transitioned into more of a chill-out house music mood as the afternoon progressed and people had more to drink 🙂 Here’s what I chose:
1. Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
2. Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
3. Whatever Lola Wants – Carmen McRae
4. Ain’t That a Kick In the Head – Dean Martin
5. Fly Me To the Moon – Frank Sinatra
6. Intraspettro – Les Hommes
7. Sway – Michael Bublé
8. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
9. Moondance – Van Morrison
10. Ever Fallen In Love – Nouvelle Vague
11. Something’s Gotta Give – Sammy Davis Jr.
12. Strangers In the Night – Frank Sinatra (our family’s inside joke song!)
13. La Vie En Rose – Louis Armstrong
14. Take Five – Dave Brubeck
15. In the Mood – Glenn Miller Orchestra
16. Boombox – Mosquitos
17. At Last – Etta James
18. Almost Like Being In Love – Nat King Cole
19. Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby? (Rae & Christian Remix) – Dinah Washington
20. Cantaloop (Original Mix) – Us3
21. Golden – Jill Scott
22. Sad – Elton John vs. Pnau
23. Mais Que Nada – Sergie Mendes and Brasil ’66
24. Smooth While Raw – Gramatik
25. Schwindelig – Kollektiv Turmstrasse
26. Skylight – Gramatik
27. American Dream (Afterlife Remix) – Jakatta
28. Intro – Alan Braxe & Fred Falke
29. Poor Leno – Royksopp
30. Yachts (A Man Called Adam Mix) – Coco Steel & Lovebomb
31. Another Change (Afterlife Remix) – Roger Sanchez
32. Rose Rouge – Analog People In A Digital World
33. ’75 aka Stay With You – Lemon Jelly
34. Discuits – Poussez
35. Porcelain – Moby
As the guests departed, they took with them their party favors, which were crystal paperweights in Tiffany’s themed boxed tied with white ribbon. But not before doing a little dance-off to something called the ‘Wobble‘. I had never heard of it but of bunch of us learned it from the groom’s sisters!
The day overall turned out wonderfully. Since that time they’ve had their wedding in Italy and it was absolutely gorgeous. Pics of that to come soon:)