I'm hoping the insane amount of pictures I am planning to upload doesn't slow down the blog...we'll see!
So a few months ago, Kim came up with such a cute theme for the shower....yellow polka dot bikini! Perfect, not only because we had never seen this theme used before, but yellow was one of Jess' wedding colors. We (Kim, Steph and myself) all got together and started planning.
We found a great shop on etsy that we loved. Tori from SweetBeeDesigns was amazing to work with. We told her exactly what we had in mind and what we wanted our invite to say and she immediately set up a custom listing and had a proof back to us in no time! She was willing to send as many proofs as we needed to be 100% content. I'm not kidding when I tell you she was super fast. She also custom made our toppers...
and water bottle labels.
I didn't print out the water bottle labels until the Friday night before the party (not smart!) and came across some trouble getting them lined up with my blank water bottle labels. I emailed Tori and she literally had the problem fixed in a matter of minutes. It had something to do with her using a PC and me using a mac. I was really impressed that she responded so quickly on a Friday night. Another reason why I will use her again and would recommend her to any of you if you have a party or shower, and need some cute invites or party printables.
So, here are our invites ready to be sent out in the mail...
I added a cute bikini to the return address labels from the PDF file I purchased.
Front door sign...
We decided to have a dessert bar along with our dinner.
Steph and I made this doilie banner to hang above all of our sweets. :)
Here are some of our desserts....
Paula Deen's lemon blossoms
lemon squares and lemon cookies...lots of lemon!
chocolate covered pretzels
white chocolate fountain with marshmallows, rice krispy treats, brownie bites, and fruit skewers
...and the only thing on our dessert bar that we can't take credit for baking ourselves (we just added the doilie wrappers), were these amazing cupcakes from Twist. They were cream cheese pound cake and I'll say it again...they were AMAZING! And how cute are those fondant toppers? There were three different designs and in my last minute haste, I didn't get a picture of the other two, polka dots and a "D" for Jess' soon to be new last name. :)
For dinner we had chicken parmesan and chicken alfredo from a local Italian restaurant and a homemade salad.
We made Jess a birdcage blusher veil. :)
We had paper straws and made personalized name flags so we could all keep up with our drinks.
Playing a fun game to the tune of "itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini"
I hope no one is offended by this next picture... Everyone was asked to bring an extra pair of panties that suited their personality. Jess had to guess who brought each pair. I have seen this game played so many times and I have never seen anyone get as many right as she did. She probably guessed 95% correct...CRAZY!
Jess, got to open some pretty packages...
Don't worry, I'm not sharing what was inside those pretty packages.
Group shot with some of our ruffled garland in the background.
Our traditional bikini cookies and a water bottle for the road...
Unfortunately, our cookies didn't turn out as pretty as we prefer. Sometimes royal icing can be a royal pain! :)
Sisters are the best!!!!
A little Dr. Pepper to get us through clean up.... :)
Jess was too kind and bought us all hostess gifts...
HeartArt by Kathy Cate...love it!!
Jess, we had a blast planning this shower especially for you! We are so excited to have you as our sister! Love you!