8/1 Real Bride Danielle: A Bridal Shower Tea Party

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It’s really weird: Growing up, my little sister and I did not get along together at all. We are five years apart and at a young age the difference is unforgivable. In more recent years we are both coming to the realization that it’s possible that we are both humans. It’s a strange tingly new feeling. We actually talk to each other now and hang out some. I wish the idea of asking my sister to be my Maid of Honor had crossed my mind at some point, but it simply never did. I’m really glad I have my sister (finally) in my life though. She threw me the best Bridal Tea Party this past weekend.

Before you look at the pictures from the bridal tea, let me remind you that we had venue issues finding a place to host it and a family friend offered us the use of her home. That family friend is a bit … over zealous at times and even though my sister and she discussed decorations in detail and laid out a plan, that friend is the kind of person that will go and change everything out from under you at the last minute to suit her own fancy. So look at these images with a grain of salt. I absolutely HATE the color pink and EVERYTHING was pink. But hey, I didn’t have to spend hours planning it and the food was great, so who cares.

Bridal Tea Party Munchies

It was awesome being surrounded by friends and family having an adult tea party. We ate off real China and everyone had their own tea cup to fill as she desired. There were actual lumps of sugar, cucumber sandwiches, scones and all sorts of tea party type foods. We played a few games and had a cute little “photo booth” area where we took pictures together.

My bridesmaid Maggie and I

I really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone for a little bit. My idea of dressing up is putting on pants that aren’t jeans and a shirt with no logos. I do know how to dress up but only do it for church, weddings and funerals for the most part. It was nice putting on a frilly dress, shoes with heels, sticking out my pinky and drinking from delicate little tea cups with a room full of ladies and pretending we are all 5 hosting a tea party with the queen.

The Super Pink Everything

I asked my dad to come take pictures after my grandmother mentioned that she was dragging grandpa along and he would need a playmate. At first he was a bit chagrined to be in a room full of tea-sipping ladies, but I wish I had been able to react fast enough to snap a picture of him while he had been wearing the big floppy hat I arrived in (before someone slapped a bride top hat on me), holding a scone in one hand and a tea cup in the other, pinky to the sky as he talked to my grandfather. Dad admitted that it wasn’t really all that different from when he was asked to sit at the table with me and my stuffed animals as I served “tea” as a toddler.

Dad and Michael Building the Folding Ticket Booth

After the shower, I loaded up all my loot into the car and headed back to Michael’s parents house where we were staying for the weekend. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the garage to see Michael and his father putting the finishing touches on the ticket booth I had mentioned I wanted to build after I came home from the shower. I was blindly excited and how amazing it looks. I had seen an image of one another bride built on Pinterest and set out to make something similar. There weren’t any plans with her post so we had to eyeball it and come up with our own measurements. I loved her design because it had hinges to fold flat for easy travel and storage. One leg swings around to the front and the other swings to the back. The tabletop is held in by pins and just pops out when you lift it so it can all fit in the back of a truck. Ours was 6’ tall, with the sides all 36”. It costs about $40 to make and I’ll donate it to the local high school to use as a stage prop after the wedding unless a parent asks if their child can have it for play time.

Ticket Booth Painted and Covered in Fabric

Now that the shower is over everything feels a bit surreal. We are four weeks and counting. Yikes!

What about you, did you have a rockin’ shower?