Broke-Ass Tag: Bridal Shower Ideas

8/1

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?

  • 6/5

    Hi, my name is Ciji and I am a rule breaker. Now that we have established who I really am, let me tell you more about my EPIC bridal shower.

    A tea party just didn’t seem like my kind of fun. We “brunch so hard” every weekend that a ladies brunch just didn’t seem like anything special. I needed to share with my bridal shower hostesses exactly what I wanted, but I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. Lightbulb moment … let’s have a fiesta!!

    Mexican food is my favorite, I’m no stranger to tequila, I love taco Tuesdays and my shower was already planned to take place in May, so why not tie in a Cinco De Mayo theme?

    Photo Credit: JFX Digital

    In addition to a celebration that perfectly fit my personality, there were budget benefits to a themed bridal shower:

    • We picked the Saturday after Cinco De Mayo, so decorations were available everywhere as well as many of them were discounted!
    • Margaritas were the signature cocktail and there were options: strawberry, jalapeno and regular. Easy to make with minimal ingredients!
    • The nacho bar was perfect for me as I am “nacho average bride.” The shower was after lunch but before dinner so we didn’t need a full meal (and the costs that are associated with ensuring that guests are fed). We just needed nibbles and bites to hold us over until dinner.
    • My amazing friend and bridesmaid made mini churro cupcakes from scratch. Did I mention that she is AMAZING?!?

    I am still dreaming about these cupcakes! Photo Credit: JFX Digital
    • The hostesses honored my wishes and we only played one game. It was a fun questionnaire filled with special memories of my relationship with Travis, and all the things that I love!
    • There was a pinata. Let me reiterate for emphasis: there was a PINATA and it was filled with adult goodies! Let’s just say “I hit that.”

    Photo Credit: JFX Digital

    It was definitely a day to remember with my favorite ladies!

    How are you putting your own spin on your bridal shower? Share in the comments!