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Guest post on Perpetually Engaged

10 Oct


Behold BHLDN guest post

On September 27, I guest posted for Nikki at Perpetually Engaged! Check out my new fall picks from Anthropologie’s BHLDN. Thanks to Nikki for having me!

Real Bridal Shower: Katy at Tangerine Hearts

2 Jun

Hello! My name is Katy Mary, and I blog over at TangerineHearts. I’m not only a blogger but also a future bride! After gushing about the lovely bridal shower my Mom & sister threw me, Jaime invited me to come and guest post here on 27 and 1 Dresses. I decided to share my favorite part of my bridal shower, and any bridal shower: the shower games!

No bridal shower is complete without some silly, maybe slightly embarrassing games. Shower games provide entertainment while also getting all of the party guests interacting with each other. It’s a great way to get everyone to mingle and laugh, a lot. The first game at my shower was played at my expense when I was quizzed on how well I know my fiance with 15 trivia questions! I got 10 out of the 15 questions, not bad.

But my absolute favorite shower game? the Wedding Dress Game! The game works by breaking your party up into teams- we did teams of 6- give everyone a few rolls of toilet paper, (yes toilet paper!) and then have them create wedding dresses using only the TP. Sounds ridiculous right? Well it kind of is, but it’s also really fun. The winner is whomever comes closest to what your actual wedding dress looks like.

We gave each team 10 minutes to complete their designs. Check out what they came up with!

Didn’t they do a great job? It’s amazing that you can do all that with a roll of toilet paper. Since some of my party guests already know what my dress looks like, we decided to award each lovely lady who allowed herself to be wrapped in toilet paper with a gift. We had a blast playing this game, and I’m sure you will too.

 Do you have any favorite shower games? I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks, Katy! I love the TP game… I may need to do that at one of the showers I have this summer.

Real Bridal Shower: Gerber Daisies in New Jersey

25 May

Thank you, Melissa, for sharing this beautiful New Jersey bridal shower. Melissa and the bride to be, Erica, are sorority sisters of mine, so I love seeing all these pictures!

A few weeks ago, I went to my friend Erica’s bridal shower in New Jersey.  Erica is my first friend to get married and has given me the opportunity to be a bridesmaid for the first time!  I was so excited when she handed me that cookie two summers ago with a rhyming poem asking me to be a bridesmaid.  Two years later, it’s finally happening.

Her mom organized the bridal shower and asked us bridesmaids to plan a few games.  One bridesmaid volunteered to make a video with the fiancée based on the game show The Newlywed Game.  She asked the fiancée a series of questions about Erica and recorded his answers.  At the shower, we asked Erica the same questions and she had to answer how she thought her fiancée would answer.  For every wrong answer, we planned to give her a piece of gum to chew.  The idea was that by the end she’d have a giant wad of gum in her mouth.  However; Erica got one out of 10 questions wrong!  The game was a lot of fun anyways!

The second game we coordinated was a Bingo game.  The Bingo cards I made had answers to Erica trivia questions.  Guests had to know the answers to the questions and get five right in a row to win.  We had a few prizes for the first few guests to win.  Erica and the guests also loved this game and it was a fun way to share some fun and embarrassing trivia about the bride-to-be.

The bridesmaids took care of the games, and Erica’s mom planned the rest of the shower.  It was held at La Cippolina in Freehold, NJ.  She used gerbera daisies to decorate the place settings, the center pieces, and the cake.
With the shower invitation, she included a recipe card.  Guests brought their filled-out recipe card to the shower and placed it in a box for Erica.  Along with the cooking theme, her mom had guests sign a platter instead of a traditional sign-in book.  I loved this idea and plan on using it for future showers.
Everything went very smoothly during the shower.  Guests enjoyed wine for the first hour and then the Italian feast began.  We played the games between lunch courses.
Guests enjoyed cake while the bridesmaids helped Erica open her gifts.  We created an assembly line to get through the gifts as fast as possible.  My job was to create the bowquet – as Jaime coined it!  Erica’s mom purchased a plastic tool to use which made my job pretty easy.  I tied ribbons through each hole and used tape to secure each bow to make sure it will be in tact come rehearsal time in July.
The cake was one of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted too.  It was a strawberry cake with two types of frosting between the layers, vanilla and strawberry.  I wolfed it down after completing my bridesmaids duties.  I also loved the tuxedo chocolate covered strawberries.  Each guest received two of these giant treats.
Erica seemed to be floating on air the whole afternoon.  I imagine she’ll be 5 feet off the ground on her wedding day!
I love the gerber daisy theme and great tips for the bowquet. Congrats, Erica!

Guest post: DIY Bachelorette Buttons

20 May

I am so excited for Kate from Domestikated Life blog to show us the buttons she made for a bachelorette weekend.

Thanks, Jaime, for inviting me to share the buttons I made for a recent bachelorette weekend.The bride-to-be we were celebrating didn’t want a traditional bachelorette party with hot pinks and zebra prints and feather boas, (if you’ve ever been in the wedding aisle at a party store then you know exactly what I mean!), so I had to get creative with decorations and favors to keep the event festive, but not too girly.

To make these pins I bought a few packages of 2.25″ clear buttons at the craft store (you can purchase them online too).

Next, I made a template for the design, printed the images on a sheet of paper, and cut out each piece to fit inside the button.

Finally I added a little sparkle and replaced the “O” with a diamond-ring sticker, you can find similar ones in the scrapbooking section of your craft store. I made one extra special pin for the bride-to- be and we tacked it on her gift bag.

They were a big hit; we scattered them with Mardi-Gras beads around the table and let guests pin them on to their shirts or necklaces as they came in.

Thank you Kate for sharing this fun DIY!  Want to make your own?  Download them here!