Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

Ok, so this post is WAYYY overdue considering the shower was in MARCH, but without further adieu, here are some pictures of the Little Black Dress Bridal Shower I helped plan for my best friend.

As I said, the theme of the shower was “Little Black Dress”  Yes, there was a dress code and everyone did have to wear their favorite LBD.  We tried to carry the theme throughout the shower through decorations and favors. The candy/dessert bar was by far the focal point of the shower.  The cupcakes were from “Taste and See” located in Milford CT –  I HIGHLY recommend this cupcake shop if you are in the Connecticut area.  The women who work there are so sweet (no pun intended) and they are very reasonably priced.   Aside for accommodating my vision and making beautiful cupcakes, they are also DELICIOUS! Here are a few pictures of the dessert bar:

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I wish I hung this banner from the dessert table but we thought it would look nice for when the guest walked in to read “From Miss to Mrs.” This banner matched the invites I made (which you can find here.) 

Of course every shower has to come equipped with games.  The first game we played was the toilet paper bride game.  Each table received 4-5 rolls of toilet paper and were asked to pick one person from the table to create a wedding dress on them out of the toilet paper.  Each of the tables got super creative with their designs; some made bouquets, head pieces, bows and even a train.  We set a timer for 20 minutes and at the end we called each one of the “brides” to the front for Jessica to vote on her favorite. The winner, along with the table, received small gifts to take home!DSC_0308 - Version 2 DSC_0311 - Version 2DSC_0327 - Version 2 DSC_0342 - Version 2

Another game that we played was Bridal Bingo.  I designed the bingo cards to match again both the invites and the banner.  We placed a bingo card at each setting and asked each guest to fill in the blank squares with items they think Jessica may open as gifts.  As Jessica opened the gifts and called out what she received, people would cross out the item on the card.  The first 5 people who filled the card yelled BINGO and again won some door prizes.

We also had a door prize from the raffle ticket that the guest brought in from their invitations.  On the invitation, was a removable black Velcro dress.  The guest wrote their name on the back and brought in the raffle ticket.  Jessica picked out 5 winners from the raffle to win the door prize.  What was the door prize?? Little Black Dress Wine of course!!

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Jessica really wanted a glamour, sparkle shower.  We got the black sequin table runners fairly priced in NYC’s fashion district.  It was a fun train ride into the city with a visit to M&J Trimming.  If you are a bride and you are looking for any garments, head pieces, belts, basically any accessories GO TO M&J TRIMMING.  Walking into the store was like walking into heaven and everything was inexpensive – GO GO GO

 Here are a few pictures of the centerpieces:
For favors we of course had the candy/dessert bar, but also included Jessica nail polish.  Each of the nail polish colors were picked specifically because of the name “Jessica” of course – but also the colors reflected wedding colors. “I Do” and “Wedding Gown”
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The night was truly wonderful and we had so much fun at the not-so-traditional shower.  The night even ended up with a little bridal party fun 🙂 Here are a few other fun pictures from the night:

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Photos Courtesy of Stacy DeMonte (1,2,3,11,14) and Brittney Dishian (5,6,13,15,17,19_.  Please contact me at for inquiries.


Birchbox Remix

Every month I look forward to getting my Birchbox in the mail.  What is a Birchbox? “Birchbox delivers the best products and the best insider secrets, without any fuss. Every month Birchbox members will receive a curated box of luxe beauty samples. Each box will span beauty categories and deliver exciting products that fit into both your day-to-day routine, and into those days when you want to turn up the drama a notch.” -Birchbox

When I first signed up I had to join a waiting list, but boy was it worth it!  I look forward to getting my box each month that I will literally run to the mailbox when the mailman comes to deliver it.  You never know what you are going to get in the box, but items range from make-up, nail polish, perfume, snacks, hair supplies etc.  Totally worth the almost 10 bucks a month, I promise.

Anyways, for those of you who don’t know me, I have a slight hoarder problem when it comes to nice shopping bags and boxes.  I have been saving the Birchbox box each shipment and have collected quite a few, just in case I ever needed it.  This past weekend I went to my good friend’s bridal shower where I got her a gift card.  I felt bad just getting her a gift card in a card and wanted to make it look extra special when she opened the gift.  That’s when my creative wheels were turning and I decided to turn a Birchbox into a gift card holder.

Here is what the box looked like before:

I first took a 12×12 inch piece of scrabook paper and used a paper cutter to make a strip 12×3 inches.  This was just enough to cover the logo on the box top.  I prefer to use Elmers Craft Bond glue stick for all paper crafting.  It is the ONLY one I use because it is THE BEST.

After covering the logo and gluing the strip on (I just decorated the lid of the box, not the bottom) I then decided it needed some contrast.  I have been quite obsessed with burlap lately, so I added a strip on to the craft paper.  I held on the burlap by hot gluing under the sided of the lid (picture below)

Next came my stickers.  I used “The Bride Stickers” from Jolee’s and the Bride Crystal Rhinestone sticker.

I also added on some ribbon.  I glued on the strips of ribbon with the hot glue gun the same way I added the burlap.  I also tied and added the bow hot gluing it on and placing the ring sticker from the bridal sticker packet in the middle of the bow. 

Lastly, I added some brulap inside of the box to bed the gift card.  I bought a clear plastic shrink wrap bag, put some monogram towels in and tied it with burlap and the same ribbon I used on the box. I chose to put a gift card in the box, what are some other fun items that would fit in that you can gift?  I would love to hear your ideas!