Monday, April 23, 2012

How to be a good Wedding guest

Oh, that time of year is upon us. The smell of buttercream and flowers are in the air. The words to the chicken dance (or at least the melody) is stuck in your head. Your mailbox is filled with save the dates, and invitations to showers, engagement parties and weddings. It's a wonderful time of the year. So, let's just take a few minutes to refresh ourselves on how to be a good guest.

#1 - Return your RSVP card.

Honestly, there is nothing more irritating than people who do not return their RSVPs. It takes 2 minutes and it is already stamped.  For the happy couple it is very frustrating trying to figure out how many people to plan for when you have 20 RSVP floating around.  I understand, I slipped on one last week and heard it from my mom. I did return the it with a note to the Bride apologizing for being late. One final note on this, if you return your RSVP that you are coming at the last minute you can't make (I know it happens) - call the Bride (or her Mom or the Groom or his Mom) and tell them please.

#2 - Attend the Ceremony

I know the reception is the fun part, but there has been alot of planning and time spent on the ceremony as well.  Go and Enjoy.  Hold your partners hand while the Bride and Groom say their vows, it will remind you of yours.

#3 - Dress Appropriately 

No Shorts, no flip flops, no jeans, no t-shirts, and no gym shoes.

#4 - Watch your fluid intake

The open bar is tempting.  It's like going to a buffet, it's like they want you to stuff yourself and feel awful later (or in the morning).  This will cause you to say things that you don't mean, for example "When did your wife start dressing like Michael Jackson?" -- yes I did overhear that at a wedding.  A couple of drinks will get you loosened up for the 'Electric Slide' - just don't get too loose, if you know what I mean.

#5 - Thank the Bride and Groom

It's important that you get alittle face time with them.  Thank them for the lovely dinner, and sharing their special day with you.  The best way to excuse yourself?  "Well, I know you have alot of other people to see, I can't wait to catch up with you after your honeymoon."

#6 - Don't Forget the Gift

Get a card, write a check.

#7 - Enjoy Yourself

Eat, drink, dance.  Catch up with family and old friends, make some new ones!

#8 - Put your Phone Down

Turn it off before the ceremony.  Only use for pictures and important calls (or texts) and I am talking babysitter important, calls and texts during the reception.  Do not post any pictures until the reception.  Be engaged in the event.  Sit back and have an actually conversation.  Dance with your date.


PS - So now you know what how to act, find out What to get the Bride and Groom.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Golf Themed Wedding Shower

We had so much fun putting this together.  It was a whole family effort including my Dad and my Hubby, who stamped out flowers and made weights for the balloons.  But most of the credit goes to my Mom, my sister, and my niece without them we wouldn’t have gotten anything done.
The color palate was easy, we went with the colors of the wedding apple green, and royal blue, and we used those for the table cloth colors and then added paper flowers for decoration.  The centerpieces were simply balloons with golf balls used as weights.

The cake balls were the hardest to put together.  We started with chocolate and strawberry cake and mixed them together with vanilla frosting (neapolitan cake balls).  Then we added some more vanilla frosting and white ball sprinkles to finish off our cake ‘golf’ balls.  We frosted sugar cookies to look like ‘greens’, and added a tee to tie the whole thing together.

The cake was beautiful and big Thanks to my sister for arranging it.

Since this was a shower that spanned across two families and a lot of friends, we decided that name tags were definitely in order.

The games were short and sweet.

Guess the number of balls and tees in the jar.

Then two more, one the being the famous, here are a bunch of kitchen gadgets, see how many you can remember.  My favorite one (yes, I know have a favorite shower game) was the game were we ask questions (were all the answers were numbers) and then one with the lowest (like golf) number difference between their total guess and the right total wins!  Thanks to my other sister for this one!

Like I said it was a wonderful day and weekend, I'm still tired!