#MyBestFriendsWedding Chapter 5: The Bridal Shower

Ok guys, so by this point I’ve shown you the invitations and the place tiles, and I’m going to try to make this as short as possible so – welcome to my best friend’s Moroccan Bridal Shower!

AH! The first big event I’ve been preparing for for MONTHS as Maid of Honor finally came and went and I have to say, mishaps and all, it went so well and the most important part is that Michelle loved it and had an awesome time! Michelle’s mom and I planned it together and she was a crucial part in all of it turning out as nice and great as it did, so thank you Marta for all of your help and support with it! Some behind the scenes info:

  • Michelle had mentioned she wanted a Moroccan themed bridal shower before she was even engaged, so I knew that would be the theme, BUT it usually comes with an extremely colorful scheme. When I started my Pinterest board, I tried to focus on the ideas that had the most white, orange and pink to make it more bridal. And then, Michelle fell in love with rose gold, so that became the main accent color next to the white.
  • A few months into the planning, Michelle said to me: “you know I want people to actually come dressed in Moroccan attire, right?” and I was like no, I did not know that, but we can absolutely make it happen! And so we did, as almost everyone came donning their best kaftans and headpieces ❤

With this all said, let’s split the party in sections so that I don’t keep you reading for three hours:

  • The Backdrop: I’m openly admitting, I was in over my head with this one and at the end of it all, I had to let it go. Even though I started the research months in advance, I could not find a backdrop that I liked until one day, I found an image that I liked as inspiration, but it wasn’t there yet. Then I had the idea of hand-painting it onto a canvas with the Moroccan door architecture style and I was like YES THAT’S IT, THAT’S WHAT I WANT! So I ordered the canvas, designed it, cut out a stencil, got to work with the paint… and then realized it was going to take me much longer than anticipated, and I didn’t even know if it was going to come out well and I had other things left to do. So, with all the pain in my heart, I had to scrap the idea, and I ended up buying simple curtains and called it a day. Textbook definition of over-committing. It was fine and no one knew the original idea, but such is life!
  • Custom Glasses: when Marta and I were looking into tableware, I didn’t want to have plastic cups because they would cheapen the look, and then I remembered the acrylic stackables I used for my Friendsmas party a couple of years back. The problem was, people don’t usually keep track of their cups at parties, so I decided to use vinyl to put their names on it, solving the missing cup issue and also adding a favor they could take home! Win, win!
  • Décor: all I will say here is that I depleted Home Depot of their rose gold spray paint (but good thing rose gold/copper is in because I was definitely able to find TONS of things that were already rose gold, and in some cases, Moroccan too!)
  • Favors: I found these jumbo tea lights from IqraMehndiDesigns on Etsy. She was so great to work with and made the order to fit our color scheme beautifully. Did I mention she’s all the way in Bulgaria and thank God for planning with due time, because it takes two months between making and shipping these to arrive?!?! After the timely arrival, all we did was put them in boxes with filler, a ribbon and a tag 🙂
  • Food & Desserts: Marta took care of ordering the food from a Mediterranean restaurant and it was very yummy! I also asked the groom’s mom, Mayda, to make her infamous Greek salad which is always a hit at parties, and it absolutely was! For dessert, we ordered baklava, and also had some delicious “bundtinis” from Nothing Bundt Cakes, as well as some Ferrero Rocher chocolates, which you guessed it, we sprayed them rose gold too 🙂

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  • Games: I asked the rest of the bridesmaids to help me figure out games that were fun, and we came up with: wear the ring and don’t say bride/Michelle, how many kisses in the jar, Michelle trivia, and find the groom (a picture of Brian hidden somewhere in the party, which he hid himself and it was hilarious!) The prizes were baskets filled with a small bottle of Rosé, a picture frame, a notepad, and a pen – all rose gold of course.
  • Guestbook: since Michelle didn’t want to have a traditional guestbook at the wedding, I thought it would be cute to get her a photo book with pictures of her whole relationship with Brian, and ask guests to fill it with advice for her. She absolutely loved it and it wasn’t a big expense since Shutterfly constantly runs free album offers, so all I had to cover was shipping (plus a few extra bucks for a specific theme that had rose gold, of course).
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The digital proof of the guestbook cover ❤

  • Setup: from the moment I started thinking of the party, I knew that I wanted it to be in my backyard because I had a very specific vision of the table setting around the pool, with a tent for the weather + vibe. It all came together so nicely and Michelle kept telling me she thought the layout was genius, and she loved it all! With a little math figuring out table sizes and organization, it all worked out great!
  •  Snapchat Geo-filter: after Michelle’s engagement party, her sister Andrea was like “we forgot the filter!” and ever since then, I had a mental note to do it for the bridal shower. I worked with DesiPaperThings on Etsy to bring it to life, of course, in white and rose gold.
  • Welcome Sign: I had spray painted my silver easel to make it rose gold for Michelle’s wedding, so I figured we could use it for the shower as well. And because repurposing is queen, I recycled a canvas from a “Paint With a Twist” party that I didn’t like by using gesso to flatten the surface, and with the stencil I created for the failed backdrop I turned the whole thing into a welcome sign 🙂

Of course, I also made props, including a big frame. Marta brought over a portable speaker for the music (we used a Latin music Spotify playlist). We made frosé as the signature drink of the event, and everyone genuinely seemed to have a great time ❤

Because I really try not to make everything seem perfect as we tend to do in social media, here are some of the things that didn’t go as planned (but of course we didn’t let it tamper with the day):

  • Restaurant forgot falafels, which Michelle was looking forward to the most
  • The weather: the amount of wind we got that weekend, we’ve seen only for tropical storms. It was INSANE. The setup was a mission, the tent people got there late because they had to buy sandbags for everyone they set up that day, and it was madness. We also got some rain the morning of while we were setting up the linens, but thanks to the unruly wind and the sun that came out later, everything dried off in time for the guests’ arrival.
  • A table flipped: the wind was so crazy that one of the tables flipped AFTER we had set it up with plates/place tiles/cups (and we used bottles of water and the tiles as weights to prevent things from flying off, but this entire table fell into the pool). Michelle’s dad helped us fish everything out of the pool, but a couple of the place tiles remained under water until the next cleaning… Action shot of the fishing out!

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ALL IN ALL – amazing time, so happy with how it all turned out, and I know Michelle enjoyed it so: Mission – ACCOMPLISHED!

Check out this 1-minute video slideshow that showcases the whole event in just 60 seconds 🙂

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#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!

#MyBestFriendsWedding, Chapter 2: The Engagement Party

Now that my best friend got engaged, I am the happiest crafter alive, and I’m ready to make ALL of the things. First stop: engagement party central!

My biff (that’s what we call each other :P) Michelle, like most women, has had an idea of what she wants her wedding to look like, so her mom Marta and I are going with a similar feel for the engagement party. The rustic vibe is very in right now and she likes it a lot, so let’s get to it!

Michelle’s parents have a beautiful home with a great backyard where they’ve hosted lots and lots of parties, so we know the space pretty well and have an idea of how to set things up to maximize each area. This Pinterest board has a lot of the inspiration for the stuff I made for the party, so let’s dive right in to the final products!

  • The decor: I’ll wrap a few of the items into this category so this doesn’t end up the long testament my blogs usually are hehe… Our color palette for the party was Blush Pink, Taupe, Ivory & Rose Gold. Lots of burlap, lace, and a vintage classic vibe made everything really pretty and Pinterest-y!
  • The photo booth & props: Brian (Michelle’s fiance) is very handy, so Marta and I asked him to build a rustic-looking frame that we could drape and place in the garden to create a photo booth area. Brian did such an amazing job that I almost didn’t even want to dress the frame, but at the same time I’ve been loving the mixture of delicate with rustic/industrial so with his part done, it was time to make it pop. The fabric Marta found for the frame was shiny, shimmery & splendid. I also did a “she said yaaasss” banner, and added some vintage bulbs and baby’s breath to make it all come together. To finish the look, we hung a bunch of mismatched lamps from the tree, and it all looked beautiful both during the day and at night! For the props, I wanted to do something different from what I always do, since after all, props are kind of my niche… I actually started to design a completely different idea from what it ended up being, but I’m super happy with the end result. I used burlap paper, designed the props on PowerPoint, printed them out, cut & glued them to cardstock for hold and voila! Awesome props to complement an already great photo booth area!
  • The favors: I didn’t get any good pictures of the final product here, but long story short: plastic bags, burlap strips, circle “Brian POPPED the question, Michelle said yes!” tags, popcorn. You get the idea!
  • The calligraphy: boy oh boy do I hate my handwriting/penmanship. I’ve always wanted to have pretty handwriting, but it’s just not in my skill set. I can pull off a few tries but I hate writing slowly and when I go fast, there’s no way to control the strokes… So when Marta showed me the boards and table tent signs, I kind of swallowed hard and said ok… I got this! I did those the night before the party, and I was so stressed the entire time. If I’m honest, the first tent signs didn’t come out as good as the last ones. It’s true what they say, calligraphy is a practice thing. Although some people are just born with those magically beautiful calligraphy skills!
  • Some close-ups: making this cake topper gave me so much life! I couldn’t stop staring at my Cricut cutting the rose gold card stock stuff! And I had a full blown photo shoot with the mason jars when I finished dressing them… O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D. Have I mentioned I don’t typically like burlap?! I know…
  • The edgy fun part: when it comes to Michelle’s family, there’s always something fun/edgy/borderline inappropriate thing happening, and I’m all too happy to oblige and do my part for it. This time around, Marta bought an apron for Michelle’s uncle as he’d be cooking the dinner during the party, and again, thank you Pinterest for this awesomely hilarious idea 🙂

After about a month of prep, I’m truly so happy with how everything turned out and now I can focus on the bachelorette, bridal shower and whatever Michelle asks me to make for the wedding! (please biff, let me make it allllllllllllllllllllllllll! haha kidding! no, not really…)

 

PS: Oh and one last thing – this was something new I decided to try: window cling! I wanted to make something for the bar area, so I went with some string lights, a “cheers to michelle & brian,” and that’s all she wrote! For real this time!

I added a heart with a “to” afterwards but this picture is where the window cling shows the best!

It’s Officially Ordermageddon!

Friends, I don’t know how this is going to happen, but we don’t have a choice. I have officially accepted orders for three events happening on the same day, and another one a week after, meaning I’m working simultaneously on four big orders right now. I get very excited when this happens, and it’s not like when I’ve had 7-8 Etsy orders shipping out together, because those are standard sets of props for the most part… these are more like event packages. I will link back here once the events take place so you see the end result, but as of now I have:

This post is specifically about the props for the other engagement party that’s on the same day as my best friend’s. Let’s get to work!

Meaghan is a good friend from college, she’s currently living in Orlando, but her best friend Mary lives down here. Meaghan just helped Mary’s boyfriend propose to her, and now the engagement party is in the works. This is probably the simplest order out of the bunch (thank you Meaghan!) but it’s still very important to me to do it well and get it all done with time so that there isn’t crazy pressure to finish multiple orders together.

The request was:

  • A set of props in black and gold to go with the color scheme of the garden-themed engagement party.
  • A big ring frame, in rose gold to reference Mary’s engagement ring, based off of one Meaghan saw on Pinterest.

Meaghan gave me free rein on the prop design, and when I sent her the digital proof she approved so I got to work with glitter card stock galore.

After I was done with the props, I got to work on the ring. Besides making sure the final contraption would be sturdy enough, I had another issue: rose gold is just starting to become widely available in many materials, so unfortunately there were no big poster boards to use, but rather long strips of card stock. I let Meaghan know that there would be a line where the cards met on one side (the other would be covered by the ring silhouette) to make sure she’d be ok with it, and she gave me the green light.

I mixed solid card stock with glitter card stock for the “diamond” and Meaghan absolutely loved the outcome! You can see the line of the cards meeting in the bottom in direct opposition of the diamond point, it totally wasn’t a big deal, but I wanted to warn Meaghan nonetheless so she’d know in advance.

Now that these are done, let’s get on with the other three orders before I have a panic attack!

Event Planning – Jill & Jorge’s Beach Proposal

2014 is definitely the year that brought me back to doing events – and I’ve loved every single one. I’ve planned/crafted for/set up a baby shower, a bachelorette, a few birthdays, a baptism, and a couple of other things here and there, but one of my favorites definitely has to be this proposal. I’ve known Jill and Jorge for about five years now, and they’re one of the most adorable couples ever. They have been together for eight years, and a lot of that time was spent apart, living in different states or cities. Once they were finally in the same zip code, our group of friends jumped for joy.

At some point in late February, Jorge reached out to me with an idea for a beach proposal, and he had a date: April 12th (because Jill’s grandma would be in town). He drew up a sketch of what he envisioned, and let me run wild with it. He originally wanted to propose at Sunset Pointe or Ft. Lauderdale beach, but there was an event that weekend, and we had to look into other options. I had been to the Anglin’s Fishing Pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea once before, and I thought this would be the perfect place for the event, so we had a “site visit” and he was on board.

Since this proposal involved our whole group of friends, I held a crafting session for the girls so we could work on the signs and other props we would need. Everything was exactly what Jill wanted. Her cousin was also in on the planning, and she helped us refine the details to make it perfect for Jill. I also had the very nerve wracking duty of capturing every moment, and I definitely felt the pressure to capture everything and not miss a single beat. Without further ado, here are a few shots from one of the most emotional proposals ever!

And finally, our whole group got together for a pic with the newly engaged couple!

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Congrats Jill and Jorge, and thank you for letting me be a part of this beautiful moment ❤