It used to be that there were a slew of June brides. June was the unofficial designated month for traditional nuptials to take place. But nothing seems to be all that traditional anymore. Weddings are happening regularly all through the year. Take for example in my own family. I was married in the blazing hot month of August (my wedding cake’s frosting melted off the cake during my twilight reception). One of my daughters chose October for her wedding and the other daughter was married in the merry old month of May. Still, having a June wedding just seems to be the appropriate cultural custom.
I have a dear friend whose daughter will be getting married next month, right in the middle of June. Since I love to host parties, I offered to throw a bridal shower for my girlfriend’s daughter last weekend. May is the perfect month to host a bridal shower for a June wedding. Not too far away and not too close and stressful either.
Meredith B. got engaged in February so I had plenty of time to plan her bridal shower. Right away, I found out what Meredith’s colors were so that I could incorporate them in to my theme. Meredith chose navy blue, bright yellow, and slate blue. None of these colors go with my home decor (which is neutrals and green) so I had to figure out how they could be featured without looking too strange in my home. I was on the hunt for interesting things I could use. I ended up finding Waverly table linens at Ralphs Marketplace (of all places) and I put together a pretty cool centerpiece if I say so myself, using a yellow vase I had stored away from who know when, and a perfect light and dark blue, super big, silk hydrangea flower. Navy blue ribbon added that final touch. I also collected some more serving pieces for the buffet table, equipment that I knew I would get lots of use out of for future gatherings.
I created some cute invitations, using for the background, scrapbook paper that I got at Michael’s that had all three colors on it. The invitation wording was printed in navy blue ink on transparent paper and I attached the two separate pieces of paper with a navy blue bow at the top. I always like to include an “RSVP-Regrets Only” message on the invitations I send out. It helps me to plan for the meal and any other goodies I might feel like throwing in. I am a big fan of proper etiquette (that is a post for another day) and hope others are too. After all, an RSVP is just common courtesy shown to the hostess . And I make it real easy by just asking for notice of regret. However, with some of the parties I have thrown lately, it doesn’t seem like many people feel the same way I do when they see such a request in writing. Meredith has courteous friends and family, because I actually got several notices of regret by email and cell phone before the big day. I really appreciated them following through with that small gesture.
The key to throwing a great shower is teaming up with people you trust and who care about the guest of honor as much as you do. Again, being old fashioned and etiquette minded, I never include family of the honoree to help out with the shower. I just feel this is “all of their’s” day and want them to just enjoy the party. In the case of Meredith’s shower, two other friends of her mother’s offered to help. We split up the food assignments which made it easy on everyone. My menu was for a brunch: Breakfast Enchiladas, Fresh Fruit, and Homemade Cinnamon Rolls. Light and yummy. To drink, I just had ice cold water with lemon slices served in a glass decanter. One of the gals offered to supply the paper goods. She used navy blue which was the perfect accent to the light blue and yellow table.
Having a shower also gives you the opportunity to spruce up your home from the every day clutter that sets in. Not only did my wonderful husband help out here by vacuuming and cleaning the tile floors, he mowed the lawn and trimmed our overgrown, winter-ignored foliage in our
front yard planters. By the 10:30 a.m. start time, our home was ready for guests, both inside and out.
Once the guests arrived, I directed everyone to the buffet line. They really seemed to enjoy the meal that was offered. Then, it was time for the best part: opening Meredith’s gifts. She got some lovely things, from personal (a woo-woo nightie) to practical (cooking stuff) to fun (a picnic basket loaded with supplies) to conventional (navy blue pillows for her furniture). I love to examine what everyone gives to get ideas for the next time I need to get a clever present. My gift was a platter, in her colors, with her new last name printed on it. I figured, when Meredith needs to bring something to a potluck, she won’t have to mark her plate. It has already been done for her.
The party lasted two hours from start to finish, including loading the goodies in the car and clean up. Another successful party for the memory books. How fun it was to be a small part of Meredith’s whole wedding experience.