A few weeks ago (months? what day is it?) my favorite people in the world and I hosted a bridal shower for one of our best friends. We played with her wedding colors, dialed up the “girly” for this personal shower, and really let the hot pink, gold, chevron and floral patterns run wild. Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions served up some DE-lish light bites, and the signature cocktails were flowing. A friend (and local party/style guru) and I made sure everything from the invitations to the signage to the guest towels was branded with flair. I arranged the simple florals, and she created that FAB floral wreath of the couple’s wedding monogram. A fun trivia game focusing on the bride and her move from Kansas to Texas kicked off the unwrapping of the gifts, and cookies with the same design as the invitations sent guests out the door (hopefully wanting more!)
Oh. My. Gosh. You guys. I am STILL hurting from the weekend. Feel free to judge. These bones are definitely getting old. The good news: I can just now stomach writing about the total blast that was the Scottsdale Bachelorette Bash. We arrived at the Biltmore on Friday, and I instantly felt a connection to this luxurious compound. I knew we would get along just fine.
Picture me here with a glass of champagne
Since we were flying from east to west, we arrived at 11am and had the whole day to layout and shop. I picked up a super cute Lilly dress on sale for 75% off. I can’t find a picture of it on the internet, but I swear it exists and it is this really fun turquoise with a pleated skirt and gold brocade top. Anyway. There were 17 (yes) of us here to toast the beautiful bride, and we all met up at that gorgeous firepit above before heading out to Mastro’s for dinner.
Here is a link to the menu, if you are a fat kid like me and love reading menus
We got our dance party on later that night and into the next morning… and once my bestie (the bride’s sis) and I realized we had been up for over 26 hours, it was time to hit the hay. Of course I’m a superfreak and can’t sleep past 8am, so I was up 2 hours later, bumbling around the pool and spent the whole day catching up on all of
the important current world affairs Justin Bieber’s breakdown. Now that I’ve explained my antics that led to this 5 day sleep deprivation, I have to tell you the BEST part of the weekend: the lingerie shower!
Lingerie showers are such a great opportunity to give your bride the most fun attire that so girls few buy for themselves! I love shopping for these parties and picking out what I think will make her feel sexy (or comfy) or just happy to own! Sometimes these showers are called “personal” showers, and invite the guests to give other personal items, like jewelry…basically anything that is strictly for the bride, and not for the couple. Lingerie showers can be thrown (as this one was) at a bachelorette party or at home (a bridesmaid’s home, a private room at a restaurant or country club, or at a fun venue like a salon!), and are usually over the top girly. So here are some basic ingredients from the Scottsdale shower that made it an occasion to remember!
1) Food: think tea party fare and light bites. Wine and cocktails are a must! It can be fun to come up with a signature “pink” drink named after the bride, too!
2) Gifts. Panties, bras, nighties, and more! I already posted this gift guide, but it is a great place to start!
3) Games! Remember, opening gifts can take awhile, so you will probably only have time for one or two games. We did a panty line (with poem) and a question game for the groom!
The panty line poem is read by the hostesses, and each stanza corresponds with a pair of panties. Here it is…
Disclaimer on this: Make sure you give the groom a list with the pronoun “SHE” (i.e. How many children does SHE want to have? If SHE could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?) because my adorable, only-child husband answered all of the questions about HIMSELF when we did this at my bachelorette party. Love you, babe.
D) Favors! It is always fun to leave with a little gift! These lingerie cookies are always a hit, or you can put together a little gift bag (with the nail polish you want your maids to wear at the wedding!)
Shop the Bachelorette Lingerie Gift Guide on this post.