This past weekend, my mom and I threw a Couples Shower for our friends, Kathryn and Brian. Originally we were going to do a traditional bridal shower, but decided it might be fun to include the guys.
Here is the invite I created for the shower. Costco has a blank greeting card that you can upload your image or design to and get them printed. You can get fifty, 6 x 7.5 photo cards and envelopes for fifteen dollars, its a pretty sweet deal. Plus, every additional twenty-five cards is five dollars.
|Couples Shower Invite|
We provided the main course, a couple side dishes and a couple desserts. Then we asked people to bring a favorite dish to share, plus a recipe for the couple. My dad deep fried a couple of turkeys, that were delicious and gone pretty quickly. I made a fruit pizza (recipe below) and some rainbow fruit kabobs that I saw on Pinterest. Parker loved the fruit kabobs!
|B & K Fruit Pizza|
Fruit Pizza Recipe
1 Cup Butter
8 Ounce Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 3/4 Cups Flour
Mix softened butter and cream cheese together, add sugar, then egg, almond extract and vanilla. Then mix in dry ingredients.
Spread onto a greased jelly roll pan (approximately 13"x18"x1")
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
Cool and then frost
8 Ounces Cream Cheese
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Blend softened cream cheese, with vanilla, then add powdered sugar to desired consistency.
Top with fresh fruit of your choice (I used blueberries, strawberries and grapes)
|Rainbow Fruit Kabobs|
We kept the decor pretty simple and put together flower arrangements in old jars, with rocks in the bottom and raffia & ribbon tied around them. We bought a few flowers at the store and then I picked some out of my parents garden. I can't wait until I have a garden big enough where I can cut flowers to make arrangements for inside my house. I love having flowers around, it brightens my day!
|A breezy family photo, minus Parker, who refused to be in the picture|
|My Mom, Mother of the Bride, and Dad|
|Bride, Mother of the Bride, Maid of Honor (Bride's sister)|
|Margette & Suzanna (my sister)|
|My dad working on the turkeys|
Games. We didn't want to go overboard on the games, especially since we were including the guys.
When people arrived, we had them address an envelope to themselves, to help 'the soon to be bride and groom' with their thank you's. Later in the evening we drew a name from the pile of envelopes and the winner got to choose a prize. It wasn't really a game, but someone got a prize, so we'll put it in the game category.
Guess the Age. We put together a poster board of pictures, when Brian and Kathryn were growing up and people had to guess the age they were, when the photo was taken. People could play this game at their leisure and participate if they wanted. The person who got the most correct got to choose a prize. The person who won, was a childhood friend of Kathryn's and got 7 out of 10 right.
What is this? A Kitchen Gadget game. This was our one somewhat organized game of the night, my mom would hold up a kitchen gadget and people had to guess what it was. She wouldn't let people touch it, just look at it. When my mom first told me about it, I thought it would be a pretty easy game, but then she showed me the gadgets beforehand and I think I knew 3 out of about 20 gadgets. I was wrong, it was a hard game. Some of the items included a wine stopper (the easiest one), a stir stick (that looked like an actual paint stir stick covered in silicone), an olive picker, a weird egg whisk, a tool to remove kernels of corn from the cob and many others. I wish I would have gotten a picture of all them. The person with the most correct got a prize. Then all the kitchen gadgets were a gift to the couple.
We had a basket full of prizes that people could choose from, including: lottery tickets, hand lotion, make-up bags, mini games, etc. We also had a basket, full of hand made dish rags that my grandma makes, as a party favor.
|Guys participating in games|
|Ryder chillin' in the grass|
|Trying to figure out what kitchen gadget my mom was showing them|
Our gift to the couple, was a fun print of Montana with a lot of cities and towns spelled out in it. I ordered it from B and A Prints Etsy Shop. It looks like they have all the states on their Etsy shop, for anyone who is interested in a unique gift. I was very happy with their Etsy shop and received the print within five days of ordering it.
Happy Champagne Thursday!
Cheers to the Happy Couple!