I’m beyond excited for my friends Alli and Michael, who are finally gettin’ hitched in less than a week! If you knew this wonderful couple, I think you’d be pretty excited too.
The other bridesmaids and I wanted to throw them a couple’s shower that wouldn’t be too stuffy, girly, or formal (considering the groom is quite the guy’s guy).
Well, the bride-to-be happens to be one of those people who’s obsessed with Christmas. This girl could give Buddy the Elf a run for his money. Seriously, I think her Christmas countdown starts on December 26.
What better theme for their shower than “Christmas in July” (well I guess technically it’s Christmas in August, but who’s keeping tabs?). We could decorate using stuff we had in our attics. Since the theme is naturally corny, it helped keep the mood casual. And it would make for some great memories.
Location: The pool at our friends’ townhome complex (read: FREE!)
We decided to send out Evites to save a little money. But to give it a personal touch, my friend Holly (clearly the artist of the group) designed the invitation, and by paying a little extra, we were able to customize the Evite with her image.
The Delightfully-Tacky Decor:
- Candy Cane Pool Noodles (see instructions here) leading to the pool entrance
- Flamingo lawn ornaments (from Five Below) wearing tiny santa hats
- Wreaths and ornaments (from our attic)
- Light-up palm tree (procured from a bridesmaid’s parents garage)
- A giant, lei-wearing Santa (also procured from a bridesmaid’s parents’ garage…apparently they have some killer parties, too!)
- Paper snowflake decorations and cheesy santa headbands from Oriental Trading Co
- The shower was at 2 p.m., so we decided to go with a light snack. A nacho platter from Willy’s! Can’t go wrong with queso and guac.
- We made some margaritas using a recipe we’ve bee using since college (which includes tequila, beer, and frozen limeade mix). We re-named it “Grinch Punch” for this occasion.
- We ordered the cupcakes from Piece of Cake. They don’t do custom designs, so we customized them ourselves with snowman and umbrella toppers. They turned out super cute.
I personally am not huge on typical “shower” games, especially when it’s a co-ed shower. But we set up a cornhole and ladder ball which was a big hit with the guests.
This year is flying by so fast that before we know it, we’ll be celebrating the real thing!
What about you? What’s the wackiest party or shower you’ve ever thrown, or attended?