The Panty Poem: A Great Activity for Bridal Showers & Bachelorettes!

As I promised a few weeks back, I wanted to dedicate a post to the Panty Poem activity we did during Michelle’s bachelorette in New Orleans.

I originally got the idea from my friend Demi when she was planning Vanessa’s Bachelorette last year, and I knew it would be a hit with Michelle as well! The way it works is, every girl attending the shower or bachelorette is assigned to bring a pair of underwear that is related to a milestone in a marriage (wedding night, pregnancy, 25th anniversary, etc.) and each pair has a poem verse that goes with.

I found a few poem options, including this one from The Knot but I kept running into the issue that no version had more than nine verses. So I looked online until I found enough options to inspire me to crank out the extra verses and edited the poem to fit Michelle’s life. Then, it was time to design the tags, which I included in each of the girls’ welcome kits so that they could tie them to the underwear before we did the activity with Michelle. Without further ado, here’s the full panty poem version, and some really funny reactions to a few spicy pairs of underwear…

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This was Michelle before she knew what was going on, and the clothesline ready to be filled!

The Panty Poem

This bride tribe has a gift
All for our cheeky bride
Married life requires some underwear
We got you girl, it’s time!

Michelle, these undies are to last you
All throughout your life
And Brian will be pleased to say
He has a sexy wife!

So listen up to hear about
Your lifelong panty plan
And though this is for the bride

The groom for sure will say OH MAN!

1st Pair: Wedding Night White

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The first are for your wedding day 
Of course they are pure white 
We know Brian will shout, “Hooray!” 
When he sees you on that night

2nd Pair: “Love At First Bite” Pizza Undies for Rome

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The next are for your honeymoon 
Your first stop will be Rome
So we got you this festive pair
To kickstart all the nom nom nom

3rd Pair: Honeymoon Lace

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For your next stop, we got you these
They’re sexy and all lace 
We hope you’ll leave your hotel room 
‘Cause Spain’s a gorgeous place!

4th Pair: Valentine’s Day Red

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On Valentine’s you’ll wear this pair 
Before you hit the bed 
Cuz Cupid’s arrow in the air
Shoots tushies that are red

5th Pair: 1st Anniversary Leopard Print

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After a year has passed, you’ll face 
Anniversary number one 
With these you’ll surely have a blast 
‘Cuz leopard’s so much fun!

6th Pair: Leather Set

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And when you’re feeling ready
For your own kind of 50 shades
We know this pair will have Brian
Feeling like your personal Mr. Grey

7th & 8th Pair: Pink & Blue Pregnancy Undies

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Then when the time is right for you 
And don’t be saying, “Maybe” 
You’ll wear your little pink or blue 
In honor of your baby

9th Pair: Edible Underwear

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For random days where there you are
Wanting to spice things up
Brian can enjoy a trip down south
And take these off in one gulp

10th Pair: 25th Anniversary Silver

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And when your years of wedded bliss 
Become the big 2-5 
Don’t worry – you’ll just slip this on 
To keep the sparks alive

11th Pair: 50th Anniversary Gold

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On your 50th anniversary
You’ll be total couple goals
So this pair will be your version
Of winning Olympic gold

12th Pair: Granny Panties!

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When finally you’re old and gray 
With these you can’t go wrong 
‘Cuz sorry Meech but at that age
You just can’t wear a thong

And that’s the Panty Poem! She totally didn’t see it coming and had so much fun and laughed her butt off with all the crazy underwear she got! And the clothesline looked pretty cool at the end 😉

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Have you guys done a Panty Poem before? Share any cool/funny verses you’ve heard below!

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#MyBestFriendsWedding Chapter 7 Part 2 – Nola Bach Weekend Activities (#TravelTuesdays)

You guys know by now that I can write for days on end, which is why I put the bach items in a separate post. Ready to dive right in to the day-by-day itinerary of the bachelorette I planned for my biff Michelle? Buckle up!

Oh, one thing. Michelle had one request: no strippers. Disclaimer: it wasn’t me!

*If you want a version of the plain hourly itinerary without my schpeal, here you go!*

Thursday, March 1st: Arrivals, Set-up, Welcome! 

I flew out early on Thursday morning to set up the apartment. Vanessa (Michelle’s future SIL) and Stephanie (day of coordinator) were also flying in early for a meeting with a client, and Ashtine (bridesmaid) would land in the afternoon. The bride and the rest of the crew would arrive at night. I headed to our HomeAway rental (Michelle wanted us all together, so a hotel was not an option) as soon as I landed. The location was PERFECT, near Bourbon and Frenchmen but not in the midst of the party craze. Stephanie put together the welcome boxes for the girls before heading out to her meeting (thank you Steph!), and I had lunch at Cafe Envie across the street while I waited for Ashtine to land. When she got to the apartment, we went to Walmart (the one on Tchoupitulas, which has a full Liquor Store inside) to stock up on supplies for the apartment. Here’s our shopping list. I ordered Uber Eats from Louisiana Pizza Kitchen for dinner to be ready at the apartment while we got the girls at the airport. Caro (bridesmaid) had this awesome idea to get picked up at the airport in a party bus, so we booked with Luxe Limousine, and our driver Darrow was AWESOME! He was there early, and even accommodated our request to stop for a drink before dropping us off. Thanks Darrow! Once we got to the apartment, we quickly changed, ate, and headed out to party on Bourbon! The best stop of the night was undoubtedly Cats Meow, which is always a great time with karaoke and consistently great MCs running the show! We even got on stage for a rendition of single ladies 😉 (video at the end!)

 

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Friday, March 2nd: NON-STOP Activities! 

We started off our morning with light breakfast in the apartment, and surprised Michelle with the Panty Line Poem. We caught her totally off guard and she loved it! For brunch, we headed to the most memorable meal of the whole trip – Atchafalaya. Then, it was time for the Gray Line Original Walking Cocktail Tour, where the group got to try Absinthe, Sazeracs, Sidecars (my favorite), Hurricanes (the good kind, stay away from the Pat O’Brien’s blend), and more! After the tour we headed back to the apartment to get ready for the nighttime activity: a Diva Royale “Real Housewives of New Orleans” Drag Show! They actually called us earlier in the day to let us know that they were merging the drag show with a Hunk-O-Mania… aka male strippers (remember, not my fault?!). We just rolled with it. When we got to Mags 940 (show bar), I was approached by the owner of the drag show to ask if we wanted to put Michelle in the hot seat. With Michelle’s consent, I said it was fine as long as she was only in a drag segment and not with a stripper. They respected our wishes and Michelle had an awesome experience on stage with a gorgeous, funny and great queen (video at the end!). The brides from other groups in attendance got the full Hunk-O-Mania treatment and we had A LOT of fun watching it, but Michelle (or her fiance) definitely would not have been ok with that lol! The show ran long and we were INCREDIBLY late for our dinner reservation at Three Muses, but they were SUPER accommodating and accepted our rescheduling needs. The food was delicious and the night ended partying on Frenchmen Street!

 

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Saturday, March 3rd: Sisters, Beignets & Aphrodisiacs! 

During my first trip to Nola in 2014, I had Sunday brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. Envisioning a floral brunch outside in the courtyard with a live jazz band, I pulled the trigger and made the reservation. The said they couldn’t guarantee courtyard seating but they made it happen and it was GORGEOUS. We couldn’t have asked for better weather that entire weekend, and the brunch was  whimsically beautiful AND delicious. After brunch, we had free time to walk around, try Cafe Du Monde/Cafe Beignet, visit the French Market, and have a lax afternoon until our 4:00pm Aphrodisiac Tour from Witches Brew Tours. Our tour guide Marillyn was just a delight, so funny and knowledgeable and she had a blast with our group. She gave us background stories on aphrodisiacs and then took us to experience them first-hand – chocolates from Sucré, hot sauces from the Pepper Palace, a quick look at toys and other fun items at Mr. Binky’s Boutique, oyster shooters from honestly I can’t remember where, and if the group is up for it, you can also fit in a quick visit to a Voodoo shop which is part of the Nola charm. For our last Nawlins supper, I booked us dinner at Criollo inside the Monteleone hotel, so we could pass by the Carousel Bar. I told the girls even before the trip not to get excited about the bar as it’s IMPOSSIBLE to get a seat on it, no matter the time of the day, so they knew it was more of a picture opp than anything else. To our huge surprise because of our party size, the Criollo staff welcomed us in one of their private rooms. We felt like the Real Housewives of all the cities rolled into one, getting VIP treatment! It really was the perfect closing to the trip. We actually sang happy birthday to Michelle here because her birthday was coming up that following week, so we got those festivities started. After dinner, we headed out to enjoy our last night in Bourbon and then made our way back to the apartment for a few hours of sleep, before catching our flights back home.

 

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I hope you enjoyed my endless recount of this weekend that I will forever cherish as I hope Michelle and the rest of the girls do. New Orleans is a very fun city, and a top choice destination for bachelor/bachelorette parties because of their chill party scene, yummy food (seriously, you have to make an effort to find bad food in Nola), and cheap drinks!

Made it this far? You unlocked our FINAL RECAP VIDEO! 😉  

#MyBestFriendsWedding Chapter 7 Part 1 – Bachelorette, WCB Style!

Bridal Shower? Check! Bachelorette Party? CHECK! And I simply can’t believe it. I’m sitting here typing this up, freshly off the plane and starting a firm bronchitis treatment because of course I can’t plan a trip of this magnitude without some serious consequences, but I digress… It already happened. So let’s get to talking!

Since putting together the recap for our activities the way I want to is going to take a little more time, I wanted to start off by showing you all the crafts I made for the bachelorette, and then I’ll do a separate post with the trip deets.

Once we knew New Orleans was the destination, I perused Pinterest endlessly to find the perfect crafts/items to have for all the girls in attendance. Also, it was a huge priority for me to keep all items as cost effective as possible, so I scouted all sites and scheduled my shopping around Black Friday, which really paid off, especially for the black shirts which I managed to get at 50% off! So, without further ado, here’s the rundown of what, how much, why, and action shots galore!

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A panoramic shot of all the items spread across the floor pre-packing!

  • The Shirts: the shirts were the only item I planned on running by Michelle for approval, because I wanted her to be surprised with the rest of the bundle. Nola has a bunch of sayings and themes that are fun, but I absolutely fell in love with the “Til Death Do Us Part Is For Quitters” skull shirt concept I came across on Pinterest, and so did Michelle. A few weeks later, she found the “That’s What She Said/YASSSSS” concept and because by that point her obsession with rose gold had taken full effect, we had found our color scheme. The t-shirts were from Target and the tank tops I got from Shirtmax (Tip: they run HUGE, so size down!).
  • The Tumblers: Save A Cup has the best pricing for skinny tumblers. I added some more rose gold vinyl to Michelle’s to make it stand out.
  • The Mardi Masks: now this was a fun journey. Masks are not cheap and this was not the item to splurge on. I found an idea on Pinterest to make masks with puffy paint and tulle, and I tried it and even though they were ok, I knew they were going to break if worn. Fortunately, I found some on Ali Express for about $1 each (with S&H!) which was PERFECT. To the left you can see the puffy paint mask which was cute and all, but I just didn’t want to risk them breaking off. On the right are the lace ones from AE the day they arrived, and I loved the look when I tried it on! Michelle’s was white, of course 🙂
  • The Sleep Masks: in an ideal world I would be rich AF and be able to get the girls PJs as a gift, but since I’m not and this is real life, the next best thing were sleep masks. Ali Express came through for me here again, at just $0.40 per mask (also with S&H) which was INSANE! I wanted to add a cute saying and since we were all about the rose gold and frosé life, “Wake Me Up For Frosé” was a no-brainer.

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  • The Hair Ties: we’ve all seen the “to have and to hold… your hair back!” and “helping you tie the knot” cute hair tie packs, and at such an affordable price for the Fold Over Elastic (FOE), these were a go. The math is roughly about 10 inches per hair tie, so since we had 13 girls I ordered 5 feet of the ones we’d all have, 3 feet for the ones that were only for bridesmaids, and the smallest amount available for the ones for Michelle. Her pack said “here to help you tie the knot” while the ones for the rest of the girls said “to have and to hold your hair back.”
  • The Beads: I’m pretty sure it’s against the law to do New Orleans without beads, right? Anyway, because by this point the rose gold obsession was becoming an epidemic, can you take a wild guess about what I did?

Yes. I spray-painted beads. My spraying knew no bounds during the year and every time my mom saw me with a can in hand she’d run in the opposite direction “before I decided to paint her too” lol. Full disclosure here, the paint pealed off a bit when worn so I don’t recommend doing it, but for decoration it’s fine! (Also, yes I looked for rose gold beads EVERYWHERE, and it seems they don’t exist just yet).

  • The Décor: I wanted to keep things simple for the apartment because we wouldn’t be spending much time in there, so I focused on one big piece: “Bach Shit Crazy” balloons. I also spray painted a couple of trays, the wooden one I got at a thrift store for $0.95 cents, and the other one I got at the dollar store to hold the kit of medicines and common items for the girls to share if needed.

The last thing I planned as an activity that doubled as decor was a Panty Poem. It actually made a perfect dressing moment for the fireplace! And that’s what the spray-painted clothespins were for 😉 The pink quatrefoil-shaped cards are the tags with the verse of the poem corresponding to each pair of underwear. I’ll do a separate post where you can read the poem and see Michelle’s reactions.

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That’s it! I hope you guys liked the items and the rose gold overload, and as promised, below is a breakdown of the price per item per person, which I was closely monitoring so that I could stick to my goal: the entire bundle for each girl should be <$30!

#MissionAccomplished #LikeABoss

Split Per Person

Making It vs. Buying It… What Gives?

The “why buy it for $7 when you can make it for $92 worth of craft supplies?” meme runs my life. I have a very hard time just buying something when I KNOW I can totally make it myself and it will turn out almost identical to the original. The satisfaction of seeing something made by me next to something that is produced elsewhere is so tempting, that I find myself having a dilemma on a weekly (if not daily) basis. “But isn’t it more expensive when you have to buy all the supplies and you probably won’t use all of it?” you say?? Nonsense.

My most recent and blatant example of the ridiculous journey I was about to embark on to make something instead of buying it was for my best friend’s bachelorette that I’m planning. The destination for the bach is New Orleans. Woot! What’s synonymous with Nola? Masks. Should I buy them? Honestly, even if I found really cheap masks, like at Walmart, they’re still not cheap enough to include in the bundle of items I’m making for the girls, and it’s a hard expense to justify. While browsing Pinterest for inspiration, I came across a pin that listed very easy instructions on how to make a mask with just puffy paint and tulle! Ooooooooo! Jackpot! What could be easier than making a mask out of puffy paint? In this particular instance, the paint and tulle I’d need would actually probably come out cheaper than buying the masks anywhere, so that part of the plan was solid. What wasn’t so solid was the amount of time it would take me to make the masks, which I was ultimately ok with, but after making one and trying it on, I knew there was a fundamental problem with them: puffy paint stretches, but only so much… I knew the masks would last 2.5 seconds before one of the ends snapped, and I didn’t want to be all proud and mighty giving the girls things I’d made myself, only to have them fall apart on Bourbon five minutes into the night. This is what the project was looking like:

After 3 puffy paint masks, I decided to take a look at Ali Express, and hoped to find something extremely cheap that would surpass the flimsiness of the puffy paint mask structure. Surprisingly, it didn’t take long to find really cute lace masks for really, really cheap. Like under $0.60 each cheap. I thought about it for all of 6 seconds when I immediately decided that in this case, buying was a no-brainer. My saving grace through this process was also that I began planning this practically before my friend even got engaged, so I’ve been doing things with plenty of time, and I didn’t have a problem placing an order for items that would take about a month to come in from abroad. With shipping, 13 masks came out to $11.04 dollars! Yes, all of them! TOTAL! I know.

Absolute steal, absolutely worth it, and unquestionably cheaper than buying all the materials you’d need to make the mask, which if you didn’t own, you’d need:

  • Big tube of Puffy Paint
  • Tulle
  • Parchment paper
  • Printout model of mask
  • Clips
  • Ribbon

As a crafter, I did of course have all those things in hand, so my expense to make the masks would’ve technically been zero, but realistically, that money had already been spent, and in this case, the outcome wouldn’t have been equal to or superior to the purchased product.

Today, buying wins!

Liana’s Fabulous #BubblyForBubsie NYC Bachelorette Props

What do you do when you’re going on a bachelorette with your group of closest friends? Lots of things, but if you’re me… You. Make. Props!

One of my really close friends, Liana, is tying the knot at the end of the month and so we’re going all out with the “last fling before the ring,” all the way to one of her favorite places: New York City. Her sister and Maid of Honor, Katrina, very kindly requested I made some props for the big weekend, and of course I was very excited to make this set, being for such an amazing friend and what was promising to be a super fun weekend. The color scheme of some of the bach items was pink and gold, so I knew I’d stick to that for the props. Without further ado, some pics of the set (I forgot to do my semi professional set-up before leaving, so the pictures aren’t that great. Also, we barely got to use the props because of the back-to-back schedule we committed to haha! #BachLife

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The props were a surprise for Liana, and when she saw them she said she may be biased, but this was her favorite set I’ve ever made! I’ll take that type of bias any day 😉 Happy wedding my dear friend!

#MyBestFriendsWedding, Chapter 3: The ProMOHsal!

Guys. It happened. I’m still so excited I can barely contain myself… My biff Michelle asked me to be her Maid of Honor!!!!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ❤

I wanted to share this with you all because 1. This legitimates this series even more since I’ll be documenting every moment of the journey as I #makeallthethings in my official role as crafty MOH and 2. I really think Michelle made the most meaningful boxes, so I just have to show y’all how amazingly she did!

Even though most of us knew we’d be bridesmaids because we always talk about it, it was a beautiful moment to see the boxes with our names on it, and even more – open my box and find the “Will you be my Maid of Honor?” card in there. We didn’t know when she’d ask us because she wanted to keep it a surprise, but of course the perfect moment was at the engagement party, since we’d all be there already and she didn’t have to get us together on a separate occasion. I did have a feeling she was going to do it that day because she asked me for help in making some stuff with my Cricut she was going to include in her boxes (and some for Brian’s boxes as well), and they asked for it literally in the midst of my crazy week finishing stuff for their party and all the other orders I had due that same day… But I digress 😛

So, the box-opening moment – ah! My adrenaline was rushing. Michelle’s mom, Marta was looking at me and smiling so I was super anxious and then bam. I saw the words and started jumping! Now let’s go into the BEAUTIFUL stuff my biff got for us. As you may have seen on the interwebs, the “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” boxes are very in right now, and a lot of them have the same few items: a small bottle of champagne, a nail polish, maybe some jewelry with a knot in it (a “help me tie the knot” reference), and some other random item. Michelle wanted to do something different, and she KNOCKED it out of the park!

 

Isn’t it beautiful? This is what she included:

1. A picture of her and each bridesmaid in an adorable frame.

2. The “Rosé all day” gummies from Sugarfina.

3. A customized golden pouch with our names on it.

4. The most beautiful little compact mirror, customized with our names as well

5. The color palette preview of our dresses!

The “Color Palette” words glued to the inside of the box lid were what she asked me to cut out with my Cricut, because of course that cannot be done by hand. And for Brian, they asked me to cut out a bow tie and four buttons, to do this:

FYI – Brian’s boxes were also a knockout. He included a flask, the Cuba Libre gummies from Sugarfina as well, and a wooden bottle opener you hang on the wall with the guy’s initials engraved on it. BOSS GROOMSMEN!

Bring on the MOH duties sonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

Vanessa’s Nauti Bach!

Yo-ho, yo-ho, horders are back! As you may have noticed, my most recent posts don’t include orders, and that’s because I’ve had to put my shop on “Vacation Mode” which shuts down all incoming requests. This due to the fact that my work-craft balance has been a little heavier on the work side since last June, so I’ve had to take a bit of a hiatus from my prior order-driven rhythm. But that ends today, thanks to Vanessa’s Nautical Cruise Bachelorette order!

Demi – one of Vanessa’s bridesmaids and a close friend of mine – asked me back in early February if I could make some shirts for a bachelorette weekend cruise to the Bahamas. Since I hadn’t really been making things, my fingers were itching to create something new, and with a close to two-month prep period, I thought I could for sure deliver the order on time. It would be 14 shirts, 4 different styles and one seriously committed crafter. I’ve only made shirts once before, so I was really excited to broaden my clothing portfolio.

The funny part is, because Demi has seen a lot of my work and she was really committed to her vision, she started asking if I could also make some other things for her like a banner… and some sashes… and some hats… and next thing I knew, the order went from “just shirts” to a whole event package! And. I. LOVED. It!

Let’s run through the final product and some action shots –

Cruise-Boarding Shirts: 

Words (and even these images) don’t do justice to how BEAUTIFUL that gold vinyl looked in person!

Nassau Day Shirts: 

Sashes: 

Banner & Tassel Garland:

Photo Booth Props: 

Sailor Hats: 

Captain Hat & Booty Veil:

 

And that’s how this bridal party went super mega ultra nauti, courtesy of WCB!