The first of our daughter’s close friends is getting married in February, so naturally we wanted to give her a bridal shower. All of the girls are still dealing with college schedules, so we had to find a date during their various breaks to fit it in between their exams, our sons arriving back home, and Christmas. A dear friend of mine (who’s also named Kelly) helped to host the party with me on the Monday of Christmas week. Between various emails among everyone we came up with the theme for the party – a Christmas bridal shower. What could be more perfect for a December night?
Once that was decided, I got to work on the invitations. Using plain stationery from Target, I came up with a design that had a “classic Christmas” feel with a simple candy cane at the top, and it was easily printed on our printer here at home. To dress it up some, I added a sheet of vellum over it, attaching it with thin red ribbon run through holes around the peppermint design. (The photograph is not showing it very well here.)
(I edited out the personal info for privacy reasons.)
These postage stamps added the perfect finishing touch.
Here is a mock-up for you to see the envelopes I lettered. I tried to write in a style to match the script font I used on the invitation.
I knew I wanted to tie into the candy cane on the invitation with the party favors. At first, I was going to do small bags of peppermint bark, but with 30 guests coming, it was going to be too expensive (and too time consuming) to make. But then I found this recipe for Peppermint Bark cookies which worked out great. After hunting for the chocolate wafer cookies in a zillion stores, our daughter whipped up a bunch of them for the bags.
They made a nice little party favor for the Christmas shower.
We displayed them in a jar by the front door for guests to take as they left.
With the busy-ness of the holidays, Kelly and I decided on a simple menu of assorted cheesecakes, nuts, cheese straws, and strawberries – all purchased from the grocery. We served it on the vintage Colony Harvest snack plates that my mother-in-law gave me a number of years ago.
I forgot to take a photo of the punch bowl with the matching punch cups.You can see that I have 30 of these snack sets and tons more of the pieces. I believe my mother-in-law acquired them through the redemption of S&H Green stamps back in the 1960’s.
Alright, back to the party now.
The guest list was a fun mix of the bride’s friends and their mothers – a family affair! Here is the beautiful bride with her pretty mother and sister.
I am not usually a fan of silly games at showers, but I found something that I thought would be fun for everyone to do before the bride opened the gifts – especially since so many of the bride’s close friends were there.
I printed it out from here on cardstock and had 30 things to write with ready for the “test.” Her mom opted out since she felt she would win, and 2 of the bride’s close friends got the most correct. (This is only a portion of the guests. More are behind the sofa, in the playroom, and beside me in the dining room.)
Of course the winners each graciously gave their prize to the bride. And then the bride had the fun of opening all the gifts.
She received so many pretty Christmas things…trees, ornaments, Christmas china, door decorations, nativity pieces, and more. This is just part of what she was given.
After all the presents were opened, the guests continued to socialize, and then they left for the night. But the bride and several of her friends stayed over at our house for a girls’ night out together with our daughter that night. (They have all been friends since elementary school.) I had wanted to take a photo of them dressed up for the party, but they managed to get into their comfortable clothes before I had a chance to snap a picture. So here they are in their casual wear.
It was a fun night, and I was thrilled that my friend, Kelly and I were able to give the bride her very first bridal shower with her friends and family.
I think this brings us to a close on all the December happenings around here. 2015 has been a very busy – very good year for me and my family, and I am so very thankful for all of our blessings. I am also thankful for all of you very gracious readers who take time out of your busy schedule to drop in for a visit here. You are the reason I keep coming back to write for Talk of the House. I hope your 2016 will be a very wonderful year – filled with good heath, lots of good food, and many good times spent with family and friends.
Thank you and Happiest of New Years to you!