Running from the Law: Favorite Things Bridal Shower

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Favorite Things Bridal Shower

I had the privilege and honor to co-host a bridal shower for my best friend from high school, who is marrying one of Ryan's best friends from high school.  Yes, they met through us - how cool is that?!  Since they already have a furnished home, they decided to forgo the traditional wedding registry in lieu of a honeymoon registry so they could take an amazing vacation to New Zealand and Fiji (I'm so horribly jealous).  I still really wanted to throw Kasey a bridal shower, but what do you do at a shower where there are no gifts to open?  Instead, we chose to have a "Favorite Things" themed shower!
How it worked: Instead of bringing a traditional registry wedding gift, we directed the guests to the couple's honeymoon registry website and also asked them to bring 3 of their favorite things (3 of the same item, not 3 different items) under $10.  One favorite thing would go home with the bride and the other 2 would go home with other shower guests.  That way each guest would leave with 2 new favorite things!  It seemed like a great way to get to know the other guests and find a few new fabulous products.  We suggested guests bring their favorite: beauty product, kitchen gadget, jewelry/accessory, book, CD, movie, snack, craft item, or even a gift certificate from their favorite store/restaurant.  Anything goes!


We served some of the bride's "Favorite" foods and drinks, like lamb with mint pesto, fruit salad, Asian slaw, Thai chicken kebabs with spicy peanut sauce, dill dip, champagne and mimosas. 
After lunch, it was time to gift the bride with our Favorite Things.  Each person took a turn describing what they brought, why they love it and presenting their item to the bride.  Once all the items were introduced, we drew numbers and took turns choosing which Favorite Thing we wanted.  Each person got to choose one item to take home on the first round, then we started from the end and went back to #1 and everyone got to pick a second item.  
Our thank you favors were a collection of Kasey's favorite things...in a brown paper package, tied up with string, of course.
It was such a fun shower!  
I'm so happy for the bride and groom and excited for the wedding!  
Love you, Kasey.

24 comments:

  1. What a fun idea for a Bridal Shower! The decorations were adorable!

    P.S. I love your new blog design!! So cute.

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  2. This is such a cute idea! That would take me awhile to narrow down my favorite things. I think a $10 card to Nordstrom would have been in my bag! Loving your new design!

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  3. What a fun bridal shower!! The decor was perfect. I love the favors too!

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  4. What an adorable shower! I love that bright and colorful details!

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  5. everything looks so nice! and what a great idea for a shower.

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  6. This is such an awesome shower idea!!
    And, I'll be contacting you the next time I'm co-hosting a bridal shower!

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  7. What a creative, fun idea! A friend of mine always does a Favorite Things Xmas party every year and it's just so much fun. Gotta love a party where everyone gets a gift!

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  8. That's such a great idea for a shower party!! The decorations were amazing too! Looks like it was a fun time for all!

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  9. I love this idea!! All the decor was also superb!! And that honeymoon is to die for!!

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  10. What an awesome shower! Love the favorite things idea!!!

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  11. What a great idea, the decor was fab!

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  12. my sister did a similar theme for one of my wedding showers and it was so awesome! We didn't do the guest part but I loved having all of my favorites in one place!

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  13. This is such a fun and creative shower Idea...love it!

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  14. What a great idea! So creative! Love all the decor, too!

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  15. This is an amazing shower! Such a fun idea - and VERY jealous of that honeymoon too!!!!!

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  16. What a fun shower idea!! Love all the colorful decor! :)

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  17. I love it - and i'm just in the middle of planning my best friends shower. Where did you get all your signage and your invitations from? Did you make them yourself or order them from somewhere - please share?!

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  18. What a fantastic bridal shower idea!

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  19. This is so cool!!! Love love love!

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