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Inspired by: Sunflowers

1 Aug

bridesmaid dress, flowers & watering can, Paper Source stamp, place setting, cupcakes, bridesmaids

Real Bridal Showers: The Future Mrs. A

28 Jul
This weekend’s showers in Maine for the future Mrs. A were such fun. As the maid of honor, I am throwing her a small Boston shower for her (our) friends down here in a couple of weeks. The bride has quite a large family, so each side hosted a shower this past weekend. Myself and another bridesmaid (also my roommate) went up to celebrate.
Saturday started with a English-themed shower, where fascinators were a must!
Sunday’s was a shower brunch complete with a fabulous bellini/champagne bar! Let me tell you, I tried the peach bellini and the pomegranate…twice ūüėČ

Sunday’s shower had a cute idea for a “game”. The hosts put out a white apron and fabric markers, so each guest could write a short note to the bride-to-be. More useful and unique than a standard guest book, I love this idea!
My friend was in charge of making the bowquets– she did an amazing job!

Favor idea: DIY Candles

25 Jul

I love this eco-friendly, unique favor idea featured on Ruffled.  These DIY soy candles will add a personal touch to any bridal shower and can be a fun project for the bridesmaids or those hosting the shower.

You’ll need:

– Soy wax flakes
– Wick
– Containers: Ruffled suggests vintage teacups, recycled jars, old tumblers. I like the idea of mason jars.
– Pitcher with spout
– Fragrance oil: Ruffled recommends looking on Etsy.
– Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, or something to hold the wick
– Candle dye (optional)

See all the step by step directions here.

What do you think of DIY favors? 


4 Jul

Add some sparkle to your life (or bridal shower table).

Happy 4th of July!

image via Glitter Guide

Real Bridal Shower: Future Mrs. L

27 Jun

This past weekend I hosted my second bridal shower this year (here’s the first) with the fellow bridesmaids for my oldest friend Devon. We put in months of planning; I was so excited that the day was finally here! ¬†After mimosas and a lunch of salads & sandwiches, the bride opened many (many, many!) gifts and guests made their mark in the bridal shower¬†scrapbook I put together.

the bridesmaids with the bride- mimosa cheers!

One of the personalized paper signs


Drink bar- brides's special champagne glass

Scrapbook station - all from A.C. Moore

The page I made for the bride- found an old picture of us from the early 1990s!

Time to open gifts...

Her new monogrammed L.L.Bean tote from me

helping the bride with her new cake stand

with her bowquet

¬†Congrats to the future Mrs. L… Can’t wait for the bachelorette in August and the wedding in September!

Personalizing paper products

24 Jun

My friend’s bridal shower is tomorrow, and if you’re keeping track, that’s shower #2 of my planning (#3 I am hosting in early August). ¬†We picked out this pretty gray & white, with red accent text invitation from Pear Tree Greetings. To keep the theme going in the other paper products, my brother created two signs to print out and have at the shower. ¬†The is first an “in lieu of favors” sign, and the second is to encourage guests to make a scrapbook page for the bride in a scrapbook I got from A.C. Moore.

We are also planning to make small cards we can write each food item on. I love creating personal touches like this, while also keeping the theme throughout the shower.  White flowers and white & black accessories (like candle sticks and platters/bowls) will be used, as well.  Check back for pictures and details next week!

Have you created any personal details for a bridal shower?

Recipe: Summer Strawberry Salad

22 Jun

In the summer heat, I am all about eating no cook meals like fresh fruits and salads. For my friend’s bridal shower this weekend, we are serving a variety of salads: fruit, basic greens, and a strawberry greens salad.¬† Here is a sample 6 ingredient recipe for you to serve at your next bridal shower, dinner table, or to make and take to work for lunch.

Download the recipe here!

Feel free to share any other easy, fast, and inexpensive summer recipes in the comments!

Inspired by: nautical summer

21 Jun

invitation, Top Shop dress, Betsey Johnson bracelet, Paper Source stamp, soap favor, cupcakes

Happy first day of summer!

Inspired By: Yellow & Gold

8 Jun

Lela Rose dress, invitation, candy favor, place setting, Tiffany & Co. earrings, decor, Calvin Klein sandals

Bridal Shower Playlist

6 Jun


I’m Annelise and I blog over at Quarterlife Lifestyle. I’ll be a bridesmaid for the 5th (!) time this summer and have been enjoying every minute of the planning process.

Have you ever noticed that there are some songs that seem like love songs, but then you listen to the lyrics and realize they’re not at all? Case in point: When a Man Loves a Woman. That’s not a song about good love!

So when I was charged last month with putting together a bridal shower playlist, I tried to listen carefully to every song to make sure it was actually positive. I came up with this list, which I’m happy to share with you!¬†It’s a little bit reggae, a little pop, a little old school, and a lot of love. The playlist is hosted on Grooveshark, so you can easily stream it at your shower through the internet.

Do you know any other deceiving love songs? What songs would you add here? And am I misinterpreting any of these lyrics?

Thanks to Jaime for letting me guest post!


Thanks, Annelise! This is a great playlist that I will be using for my friend’s shower later this month.