Monday, June 8, 2015

Wedding shower fun

Happy Monday! Hope everyone's weekends were productive! We had lots of family time this weekend, so it was a bit hectic, not going to lie, but I was able to sneak in some blog time and some workouts, so it's all good. AND, our office has adopted "summer hours" on Fridays through Labor Day, which means we can work an hour extra per day during the week so we can leave by noon on Fridays. It's life changing, I tell ya! 

Over Christmas, one of the husband's cousins asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding this fall! I'm kind of getting teary writing that because I'm so touched she would even ask! I honestly never thought I would make the cut, and she has a ton of friends, so yeah. I was pretty moved by the invitation. This weekend was her wedding shower. Her sister is the MOH, and she was a great project manager for it all! I figured I would share some photos from the festivities to kick this week off! First, what I wore.

Dress: JCrew Factory (other colors here and here) | Necklaces: Kate Spade layered over Purple PeridotShoes: Kate Spade (other colors here)

The husband was at a car club event and it was wayyyy too hot and humid for me to try and mess with my tripod and camera remote for outside photos and risk sweating off my makeup and frizzing up my hair. #thestruggle So, hopefully you can just get the idea from these selfies. 

Polish: Essie "Play Date" | Midi Ring: Topshop

Yes, I'm crazy about this Purple Peridot metal bib and I apologize in advance for how much you are going to be seeing it, either alone, or layered like this. I just love the statement it makes, and it really does give the dress a different look. 

I originally wore this dress on the blog here, and I may have just ordered it in two other colors because I forgot how awesome the fit is. I knew I wanted to wear a dress, but was undecided on which one. I realized this would be perfect because the saturated color is so cheery and the cut is classic. 

Now onto the theme and decor. Her color is purple - actually, I think it's black and white with pops of purple. For the shower, we decided to do purple with a pop of turquoise. When we were brainstorming ideas, we were thinking something along the lines of a vintage-y brunch with a side of garden party chic? I'm totally making that up. Just think -- mimosas, chalkboards, mason jars, and twine.

My sister in law, who is also in the wedding, painted some wine glasses with chalkboard paint then baked them in the oven for a half hour to let it set. Guests could write their name on the glasses and take them home as a gift.

We provided champagne, orange juice, and grapefruit juice for everyone to make their own mimosas. And if alcohol isn't your thing, we also provided lemonade with strawberries and lemons dancing at the top. Bottles of water were also available for the purists!

For the table centerpieces, the bride's mom had a ton of empty mason jars that we ended up just filling with flowers, mints/peanuts, and these pens.

I was in charge of wedding shower bingo, which meant pens and bingo cards. I found this pin on pinterest, which inspired me to make my own version. It was super easy, too -- it only took a little over an hour of my time to make 60 pens, for a total cost of $15.

I cut strips of tulle that I bought from Walmart. Then, haphazardly gathered the material around the lid of each pen, securing it in place with those teeny clear elastic hair ties, then tied some ribbon around it to conceal the hair ties. Ta da!

I simply drew up the bingo cards in Polyvore. Ha! Of all programs, I know. I printed two to a sheet of letter sized paper and punched some holes so I could tie some thin twine at the top into a bow.

The husband's family hardly ever has a big celebration without this mint and peanut concoction! Does anyone else eat this?

And finally, my sister in law also made these favors. I wish you could smell this through your screen! It's a sachet filled with lavender along with a little jar of homemade body scrub - lavender and lemon scented. 

And here's the bridal party. She ended up selected only family members to be in her wedding lineup. I've blogged about each of these girls at one point or another, so don't be surprised if they look familiar to you!

Me and the bride to be!

And to think last year at this time we were recovering from our 39 mile walk! I remember much of that conversation during that walk was about her new relationship! So crazy how much things can change in such a short amount of time! The wedding is in September, so I'm sure you will be hearing about this more in future posts! Thanks for sticking with me on a photo heavy post!


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  1. That looks like a great shower! I love the pens especially!

    Congrats to the bride to be :)

    Thank you for the link up.

    Away From The Blue

  2. You look so pretty in that pink dress and the necklace layering came out gorgeous. Weddings and wedding showers are so much fun. I'm have to use that tulle on pen idea one of these days. Never thought to decorate the pens!

  3. Love how you layered these necklaces! And the bridal shower looks adorable - love those cookies!
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  4. The layering of the neckpieces are flawless!


  5. I love the shower decor, the purples are beautiful! Ever since you started layering the Purple Peridot necklace, my love for it has gone up a notch. It looks stunning each and every time!


  6. You look so pretty! I love how you layered over that chain necklace. Beautiful!!

  7. What a gorgeous shower! Love that pink dress, and of course those fabulous necklaces!!

    Have a great monday, pretty girl!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  8. Looks like a beautiful event! Love the cookies!

  9. what a fun shower! Loving that necklace you're wearing, too!!

    xx, Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

  10. Aw, how fun!! You look stunning in your pink dress and your craft turned out fabulous!! Looks like they did an amazing job on the event!! (I can't believe that walk was already a year ago!! Are your feet recovered yet?? LOL!)
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  11. love your dress! amazing pictures!thank you for hosting this link up!

  12. Looks like such a fun shower! Love your outfit!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. You look gorgeous!! So does the wedding :)



  14. I love how you pulled off the layered necklace. Such a fab look :)

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  15. I love wedding showers. You look great, love the look!

  16. Love the favors! I bet all the ladies were more than happy to receive this.
    You wore the prefect outfit for a shower ;-)

  17. Oh my gosh, this pink dress is UNREAL. I love how bright it is! And the necklace layering was genius.


  18. Such great ideas for the shower. Love the purple tulle and your pink dress! Thank you for hosting.


  19. amazing blog post !!

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  20. I love all of the purple details at the shower…so fun! Your dress is so pretty! I love the giant necklace too. You can never go wrong at J.Crew!

  21. Such a pretty wedding shower! Looks like a fabulous day. Thanks for sharing!


  22. Your husband's cousin makes such a pretty bride-to-be! And I'm loving that hot pink dress, ma'am! :)

  23. This is too cute! And I love this color pink on you!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  24. You look great, I know all about hot and humid here in NC! Love the color choices with the bridal party and everything you made! Very talented. "-)
    jess xx

  25. I love the pink dress and all the jewels!! You look great, and what a fun shower!


  26. I love that statement piece. I also love all your bridal shower ideas, I can't wait to throw a party. http://taltak.com/1KSls30

  27. I love that you are the only one wearing that fantastic colour, it looks amazing on you, as does that gorgeous necklace! Sorry I've been absent for a few weeks, but like Arnie, I'm baaaaaaack! Do come on over and link up to #AllAboutYou on Mama-andmore.com

    Have a great week Caryl!

  28. Wow! Didn't everyone do a great job. Looks like it was a hoot. And everyone looks lovely. Congrats on you role in the wedding - it is indeed an honour. Thanks so much for hosting - have a great week!

  29. First,you look gorgeous and second, what a fun and pretty shower. I wish I knew someone getting married. There are so many great ideas here.

  30. so fun! I always love bridal showers, but they are so tiresome. Those cookies are so beautiful! I hope they taste as good as they look!
    Southern Elle Style

  31. your outfit was sooooo sweet, I love everything about it.


  32. I love your choice of a pink dress! The bright color is SO pretty on you, Carylee!


    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  33. Great outfit and I absolutely love how you layered those necklaces!

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