Shower me with cupcakes and make my day complete

27 Mar

Over the last few weeks, I have attended and helped plan a couple of wedding showers- a traditional bridal shower and a Stock the Bar party. Both were a lot of fun, but obviously very different.

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The Stock the Bar was for both the bride and groom and hosted at a close friend’s home here in Boston. Since they couple is from down south, they already had showers there as well. I had never attended a shower where men were present, but I have to admit, it definitely made things a lot more interesting- and I laughed far more than you would expect at a wedding shower. While the gifts were not the cliche registry gifts (they revolved around… wellllll, stocking a bar), the guys still managed to keep a running commentary as gifts were opened. The host did an amazing job with little details- I never knew she was so crafty and talented! It was also fun to see the bride-and-groom-to-be interact throughout the night- sharing stories, just loving each other.

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The traditional bridal shower was typical down to a T. But the maid of honor (one who actually did her job well) had everything done in such a classy way (with a little help from moi)- from the flowers to the favors it was all perfect. I can honestly say I have never seen the bride with such a big smile on her face. It was such a good feeling knowing I was part of making that smile appear.

A couple of things to note:

  • I grin like a fool when I am taking pictures. Yes, when I am behind the camera I still cheese with the best of them.
  • A Yankee Candle is not an acceptable gift to bring to a wedding shower- be a little more thoughtful- PLEASE!
  • Etsy has the BEST gift ideas for wedding showers. I swear, this is now my go-to spot for off the registry gifts (I usually try to give one registry and one thoughtful gift).
  • Champagne is a must for any shower- traditional or non-traditional. Who doesn’t love some bubbles?!
  • Whatever you do, make sure the bride is happy. If you notice her getting stressed out because her mom is driving her crazy, for goodness sake, step in!
  • Serve the cake while the gifts are being opened. It gives the guests something to do besides ooohhh and aaahhh.

That’s all I’ve got today. What are some great showers you’ve attended? Any tips?

Kate sig

23 Responses to “Shower me with cupcakes and make my day complete”

  1. Marquis March 27, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Thanks so much for linking up with us for Wildcard Wednesday!

    Marquis
    simplyclarke.com

  2. Madeline March 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Champagne is a must for anything!! 🙂

  3. Jill J. March 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    A Yankee Candle – that is hilarious! I love the idea of serving cake during presents…that is always a awkward time.

    Jill
    Classy with a Kick

    • Another Clean Slate March 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      You can only exclaim about a dishtowel so many times 🙂 Shoveling cake in your mouth helps!

  4. Amanda March 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    What a beautiful shower! And I love the cupcake liners with pics on them.

  5. Samantha Horseman March 27, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying hi! I love this post…great idea about serving cake while the bride is opening gifts! It’s so awkward with everyone watching you 🙂

    • Another Clean Slate March 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Seriously… I’d much rather everyone’s attention was on their food!

  6. laney March 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    just letting you know I’m following you here and via bloglovin’. found you thru throwback thursday.

  7. megan March 27, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    What cute ideas!

  8. Nicole March 28, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    I’m stopping by from the Wildcard Wednesday linkup. Your blog is fun and I love what I’ve read so far. I am now following along via bloglovin and twitter.

  9. Christine March 28, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a baby shower. Weird, huh? Anyway, I’ve gotten a ton of comments from you on my blog and I just want to come by and say thanks and hi! I love your little site, it’s so simple and pretty 🙂

  10. Ally March 28, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Ahhh those cupcakes look Delicious!

  11. dee April 23, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Sounds like you really had loads of fun! wedding showers are a real hoot, aren’t they? Thanks for all the tips, especially the one about Etsy.

    Deecoded

  12. Kimberly H. Smith April 25, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Stock the Bar party is new to me but love the concept. I have seen a lot of co-ed wedding showers in the last 10 years. Those can be fun. I enjoy showers with a theme.

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