No, we’re not talking about what Miss Sox’s mom said before Mr. Sox proposed (that story is still legendary…). We’re talking about my incredible bridal shower that took place just yesterday!
My bridesmaids, sister, aunts, cousins, friends, and parents worked so hard on this event, and it really showed. It was a total surprise (because they know I love surprises) and totally fun. Want to see some highlights? Yeah, you do!
The day began with Mom and Dad Library saying that they were going back to their hometown to put memorial baskets on their parents’ graves. They also had plans to catch up with an older couple who used to be Mom Library’s neighbors. Mom Library had spent Friday afternoon making the memorial baskets for the graves at Aunt C’s house, so I figured it sounded legit. Wrong!
I woke up and had a feeling something was up. I had received a text message from Bridesmaid Al the night before that said, “Hey lovah! Yyyaaayyyyy!” Um… Yay what? Okay… Red Flag #1. Sister/MOH Library also came home pretty early from her boyfriend’s house, but he had to work a lot on Sunday mornings and we had made plans to go shopping for a dress. Oh well. Maybe it would happen later in the day after we went shopping. When I put on the dress I had planned on wearing just in case my shower was that day, Sister Library told me I looked “ridiculous” because “we weren’t having tea with the Queen.” I tried to stand my ground, but decided maybe I could come up with something more casual. We jumped in Sister Library’s car and headed to Portland. Halfway there, she exclaimed that she needed to sign up for a swim instructor licensure course at Saint Joseph’s College on the way to the mall, so we needed to swing by. Red Flag #2.
When we pulled into the college, Sister Library started rambling on and on about what room it was going to be in. She also started to think that we should have parked in another lot. Red flag #3. Once I got out of the car, I noticed Bridesmaid C’s cute blue Ford, and I knew. Why on earth would she be here if it wasn’t a party? They were busted! We walked into the student center and into the room filled with friends and family.
The best part? It was toga themed!
Miss Sox and Bridesmaid/Cousin A rocking their togas
Bridesmaid C in her lovely floral toga
The invitations had asked our guests to either wear a toga or something green to celebrate our honeymoon locations (get it? Rome equals Romans who wore togas and green equals the color of Ireland… all caught up? Excellent!). Sister Library had even made a toga for me with a veil attached to the back!
The man on the bag behind me decided to start the bachelorette party early…
I was so excited for all of the people who came to celebrate with me. Aunts from my family and Mr. Library’s family, both of our grandmothers, tons of cousins, family friends, and even Dad Library were in attendance (I have to admit, it was one of my favorite parts that my dad was a part of this party! It meant a lot to me! I’m tearing up as I even write this down!).
Dad Library working his griddle magic on our delicious crepes
Sister Library and I when we walked into the room
Closest to farthest away: Old neighbor D, Mom Library’s old neighbor J, Gram Library, Aunt K, Cousin K, Cousin B, Cousin Ke, Nana G (not my nana, but close enough), Aunt P, and Aunt CClosest to farthest: FMIL’s family friend A, FMIL’s family friend J, Second/third grade teacher B, FMIL Library, Granny Library, Mr. Library’s Aunt S
And oh man, was there ever delicious food! These ladies knew what I liked! We ate crepes (mixed by Bridesmaid C and cooked by Dad Library) with different types of fillings, fruit salad made by Aunt P (she totally carved our bird symbol from the invites onto the watermelon bowl!),
yogurt parfaits, champagne (which I am totally a fan of now!), juice, coffee, and lemon water. There was also trail mix on all of the tables. Yum! Oh. And there was…
CAKE! Mmmm cake. Delicious marble cake with beautiful frosting flowers. You can be sure that most of this was gone by the end of the shower.
Once people had had some delicious food, I was ushered over to my decorated chair and instructed to start opening presents. Aye aye, Captain!
See that mountain of gifts? Our guests really were generous! I could not believe how big and bold all of these lovely ladies went to make me feel special with their shower gifts. Honestly, having them there to have fun with was good enough for me! It felt like the pile was endless. Actually, it got to the point where people were getting a little antsy, so we took an intermission to get more food, cut the cake, and play a game!
We played my new favorite bridal shower game: toilet paper bride! Oh my gosh, I love love love this game! We had four teams, and there was no shortage of laughter from anyone. I may want to reinvent this game for other types of parties…
Aunt C in the first picture was named “Pirate Bride,” and Cousin K in the third picture was named “LA Bride.” The lovely lady in the last picture, Family Friend A, was the winner, though I gave old neighbor D (second picture) style points for being modest when her dress fell off!
After everyone had laughed themselves silly and I had made a run to the little bride’s room, we settled back in to finish the gifts. Man, it still looked like a mountain! There were some amazingly generous and heartfelt gifts to receive, like this afghan that Gram Library made for us:
Sister Library’s face in that photo? Priceless! Mom and Dad Library also got us a Kitchenaid mixer (YES!) in cornflower blue (DOUBLE YES!). I cannot wait to try it out!
There were, of course, some unmentionables that cannot be shown but can be giggled over. Miss Sox had the exact same thought as me when shopping for gifts and told Bridesmaid Al that she wanted to be that bridesmaid. Sound familiar? It’s the exact same thing that I wrote in my post about her Panty Line! I must say, though, she was much nicer than she could have been!
My shameless and devilish thoughtful bridesmaids made me a “Honeymoon Survival Kit” that I had to open in front of everyone, including Dad Library, who had shown up to help haul stuff home. Thankfully, Cousin Ke told him to take a walk. I think he ended up passing back and forth outside. When a trooper! This “kit” had some interesting contents… Tylenol, lip balm, lingerie, message oil, and the one thing that we only “really need”: a foldable toothbrush! Hilarious, albiet embarassing, to talk about lingerie and massage oil in front of Mr. Library’s grandmother, who kept a stone face throughout most of the lingerie gifts. Hah hah… oops.
Once the gifts were all opened and the last of the games were played, we began clean-up and “put Ms. Library’s stuff in Dad Library’s truck.” I got so many hugs and “see you when you walk down the aisle!”s; it makes me so excited to be getting married in 54 days!
To all of you who attended and/or helped out, thank you. Thank you thank you thank you! I felt incredibly loved and special, and I couldn’t have planned a better shower for anyone. It was perfect and I loved it. And I love all of you!
How did your shower go? It did have as great of a theme as mine? (Good luck achieving that!)