4.01.2011

Showering Me with Love

This past weekend, Ryan and I went back to Illinois for some planning and marriage counseling... but mainly for my bridal shower.

Yay!

It was Saturday afternoon at my aunt's house. I was surrounded by 25 of my family and friends, and way too many gifts!


After everyone said hello and got a drink (mimosas? yes, please!), we started with a couple games. I was so relieved that neither of them was that game where you make a toilet paper dress. Why? I dunno. It's just not my thing.

First, everyone was given a piece of paper with a bunch of trivia questions about Ryan and I. It was rather impressive what detailed tidbits were included. Some peoples' answers were rather funny. For "what is one thing Kelly and Ryan have in common?", one of my friends replied, "bacon".

Funny, but true.


The person who got the highest number of questions right won, and received a prize. That was my friend Rachel, from high school...


After that, we played a "Price is Right" style game where we had to guess the cost of a number of household items. The person who got each price closest won a prize. I did horribly.


After games, it was time to eat! They had a delicious spread of sandwiches, wraps, fruit spears, veggies, chips and salsa, and more...


Immediately following lunch, my aunts passed around dessert. I went straight for the mini cheesecake...


After we were done stuffing our faces, and I was satisfactorily full, it was time to open gifts.


We received so many wonderful things. A glass food storage set...


An apron from Anthropologie...


An IKEA umbrella (an homage to where Ryan proposed)...


And a Simpons figurine of Homer holding Marge (The Simpsons is our favorite show)...


That last one was from Ryan's mom. I definitely want to find a place to display it at our wedding!

Meanwhile, my lovely cousin, Alaina, was hard at work making a bouquet out of all the ribbons...


I think it's usually a job for the bridesmaids, but I only had one there (my MOH, Colleen, who sat next to me and took notes). But Alaina did a wonderful job!


There was a large debate over whether it was a bouquet or a hat. I've never heard of a ribbon hat before. It doesn't even make any sense (at least you can use the ribbon bouquet again!). But they made me put it on my head for a photo op anyway...


On their way out, guests could help themselves to a bag of 2 cookies...


One cookie was a heart with Ryan and I's new monogram in it, and the other was a big white wedding dress...


I had such an amazing time, and it was really great that so many of my friends made the trip out to attend the shower! Ryan and I had quite the time trying to unpack all the gifts and find room for everything (the hardest was our kitchen!).

I'm usually the photographer at family events, but it was really nice to have my younger cousin, Julie, take over for the afternoon. I got so many great photos, and didn't have to stress about it.

Overall: Bridal Shower = success.

4 comments:

Danielle said...

Aww, it looks like you had so much fun!! Love that Simpsons figurine and those cookies are awesome!

Laura @ Wine and Cheese, Please said...

Aww fun! I love your photos :) You look too cute with that apron on!

kksdds1 said...

Was lots of fun at the shower! Your Mom's sisters sure know how to entertain and put on a wonderful event.

Saying I do said...

that seems like such a great shower! mine is this weekend and i'm soo excited!

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