one saturday, two showers

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be the guest of honor at not one but two bridal showers.  How lucky am I!?  Well, I should point out, one bridal shower and one couples shower where Todd had a place as co-guest of honor.

Custom wine labels - one of many special touches at the shower.

My first shower was hosted by my aunts and sister for all of the ladies on my mom’s side of the family.  As if being able to spend the room with a group of women who I love and have helped shape me from a young age weren’t enough, my Aunt Lori, Aunt Judi and Em went all out to make the shower really special.  Lunch was amazing, a beautiful smorgasbord of chicken pot pie, salad, fruit kebabs (expertly skewered by the youngest shower attendee, my cousin Claire) and decadent desserts.  We played a game where we had to attempt to match up couples’ wedding photos with their 50th anniversary pictures.  It was fun, really challenging and a great reminder of where Todd and I are aiming – we’ll be celebrating our golden anniversary in no time!  We wrapped up the afternoon with a wine tasting that featured wines from places that mean something to me: Argentina, Spain and Northern Michigan.  All of the little details like that made the day so special, I loved every minute of it.  My talented photographer cousin, Rebecca, was in charge of capturing the day on film and I can’t wait to see and share her shots!

In between showers, I meant to bake a batch of the Cookies and Cream cupcakes I found at the other day but Em and I ran some errands and also, out of time.  Thankfully, Todd is amazing so he whipped up a double batch of them so we’d have dessert at the shower.  They turned out so delicious, the frosting tasted just like Oreo cream, yummy!

Cookie and Cream Cupcakes!

Our second shower was hosted by my maid of honor and sister, Emily along with Todd’s best man, Travis.  Todd’s parents graciously lent us their house for the night and let us take it over with about 25 friends.  It was great for our friends to intermingle and get to know each other and so fun to have an excuse to get everyone together.  Dinner was my favorite, pizza – yum!  We spent the night chatting, eating, playing Todd and Kate trivia and just enjoying time together.  I feel so lucky to have such a great group of friends support us and I’m so lucky to have my sister as my maid of honor.  She is so generous and thoughtful, I couldn’t ask for anything better.  Thanks to all of our friends for their generous gifts and spending the evening with us.

What was the best part of your bridal shower?