My sister and her fiance, Bryan, met ten years ago when they both worked at Target. Erin was 18 and thought Bryan was cute, but was too nervous to ask him to go to Prom with her. So she didn’t. Fast-forward ten years and they will be having an even bigger and better dance party–their wedding! When Erin got engaged, one of the first things I said to her was “At least you already know your wedding colors!” Erin was confused, and I jokingly told her that they obviously had to be red and khaki, and that their favors had to be from the Dollar Spot. I’m not sure why, but she wasn’t a fan of that idea…I think she said something about nightmares. Who knows.
Since Erin nixed my Target-themed wedding idea, I decided it would be perfect for her shower! In my head I referred to her shower as “Erin Hit Her Target-themed,” and this is the invitation I came up with:
The decorations at the shower were red and white, and I tried to incorporate the Target with the heart bulls-eye that I created as much as I could.
Because the party room where we had the shower had limited decorations, I did my best to spruce the place up a bit. I spent the weekend prior to the shower taking a trip to Hobby Lobby and doing some crafting.
I’m pretty sure TSA got a kick out of my luggage when they found it full of plastic silverware, bridal shower decorations, and prizes. I’m sure they’ve seen crazier things.
The menu for Erin’s shower included:
- A salad bar with grilled chicken and plenty of topping options (tomatoes, peppers, hard-boiled eggs, sunflower seeds, baby corn, etc etc)
- Fruit cornucopias (ice cream cones filled with fruit)
- Mini quiches
- Deli spirals
- Dinner rolls
- White wine sangria
- Arnold Palmers
And for dessert:
- Dark chocolate fudge and funfetti cupcakes
- Milk and Dark chocolate-covered strawberries
- Red and white M&Ms
We also played a few of the typical bridal shower games. Back in March I visited my sister and Bryan in Arlington. One day while my sister was at work I asked Bryan a few questions…and recorded it. Some of the questions included:
- If you could be any animal, what would you be?
- What was your first job?
- If you could get rid of one item in your apartment, what would it be?
There were a total of 15 questions, and I started by giving Erin 25 one dollar bills. If Erin answered a question the same way Bryan did, she got to keep her money. If she got a question wrong, she had to give a dollar back to me. The money is supposed to go towards doing something fun on their honeymoon. Erin was nervous about the game, and got about six questions right (thankfully I had basically given her $10 to start since there were more dollar bills than questions). I have to admit that some of the questions were pretty obscure, and Erin was surprised that she got some of them right.
The next game was to see how well the shower attendees knew the bride and groom. Sample questions were:
- What did the bride and groom do on their first date?
- What is the bride’s middle name? The groom’s?
- How long have the bride and groom been together?
Out of 16 possible points, I believe the winner got 14, but prizes were awarded to those who got 12 or more correct.
The last game was Bridal BINGO. Before opening gifts, I gave everyone a blank BINGO board that they had to fill in with gifts they thought Erin might receive. If she opened one of the gifts on their board, they got to mark that square and hope to get five in a row. I had played the game in the past and enjoyed it because it gave the shower attendees something to do while the bride opened gifts other than just watching.
Erin got so many wonderful gifts! Some were things from her registry that she really wanted.
Others were gifts that the giver put a lot of thought into.
And leave it to my mom’s crafty friends to stick with my theme on their gift-wrapping!
After opening gifts most people started saying goodbyes, and we took the opportunity to snap some pictures!