My First Bridal Shower {Recap}

30 Apr

My first bridal shower is over, and I’m a little sad. Despite the rainy and cold weather, it was a beautiful day. To make me feel better about the rain, my cousin texted me on the morning of the shower to reassure me that showers on the day of a shower are good luck ;).

That morning, my mom, sisters and I arrived a little early, and entered the room just in time to see Jordan’s aunt and cousin setting up the cake and balloons.

Cute, right?? I really had no idea what to expect since Jordan’s mom and sisters took care of everything, but I loved all of the little touches of pink — very “me.”

The shower was held at Hollyhock Hill Restaurant in Indianapolis, which I learned has been around since the early 1900s! It had a very cozy atmosphere, and the food was wonderful.  We had a choice of chicken or fish, but they even created a special plate for one of my sisters, who is vegetarian.

For the first part of the shower, we ate, mingled, and ate some more.

I didn’t take any pictures of the food, but lunch included the entree (fish for me),  green beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits with apple butter (so good!), salad with pickled beets (also one of my favorites), and cake and ice cream for dessert. I was definitely well-fed by the time we got to opening presents.

I must admit, I was still a little nervous when it came time to open presents. I didn’t know everyone’s names (even though we were wearing name tags, I couldn’t see all of them from where I was sitting), and sometimes I just had to say “thank you” to the crowd after opening a gift instead of looking at that person directly, which felt a little awkward. Fortunately, my mom told me later that most people were talking amongst themselves and barely paying attention to me, plus Jordan’s sisters (also bridesmaids) and his cousin (one of our flower girls) sat up there with me, so I wasn’t alone.

We received a lot of items that we’d registered for, but some of my favorite gifts were the creative, personalized ones. Jordan’s cousin gave me a box of thank you notes, and had everyone address an envelope as they walked into the shower. When I got home, I realized that all of the envelopes are stamped, so all I have to do is write the thank you notes and send them out — such a creative and thoughtful gift! My mom also surprised me with a shirt that says, “The Future Mrs. Jordan (‘s last name)” with our wedding date underneath it. It’s so cute, I kind of want to wear it to work this week :). And my friends, knowing how much I love ice cream, created a whole gift bag of ice cream essentials, including an ice cream maker, ice cream scooper and ice cream bowls. Of course, I am so grateful for, and excited about, everything we received. I can’t wait to put it all in our future home!

After I finished opening presents, people started to leave, and Jordan arrived just in time to load everything into his SUV. It was a beautiful shower, and it’s hard to believe that in just 2 1/2 months everyone will be there to support us on our wedding day! Although I’m sad that this shower is over, I have another one to look forward to in three weeks.

I just don’t want the time to go by too fast…

If you had a shirt that said ‘The Future Mrs…,”and a casual dress code, would you wear it to work?

What’s the most creative bridal shower gift that you’ve given/heard of/seen on Pinterest?


22 Responses to “My First Bridal Shower {Recap}”

  1. fitandfuninthird April 30, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Looks like a beautiful day!!! As far as the shirt goes…. Your the Bride-to-be- you get to wear whatever you want!! 🙂

  2. kitkat1126 April 30, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    That cake is gorgeous!

    The thank you with self addressed envelopes is a fantastic shower gift idea!!!!

    Haha I don’t think I’d wear The Future Mrs to work, but definitely to the gym and out and about!

    My absolute FAVORITE bridal shower gift I have seen is this wine and poem gift from the bridesmaids. I think it’s so sweet!

  3. Danica @ It's Progression April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    So glad your shower was fun, and I love the dress you wore-beautiful!
    I haven’t had a bridal shower yet (Sunday!) so I don’t know about gifts, but if I were given a shirt like that I’d wear it! 🙂

  4. Health Freak College Girl April 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    everything looks so beautiful and fun! glad it went well 🙂

  5. notsodomesticated April 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Glad you had such a nice time!! I think I understand more now why you were nervous about opening the gifts. I’m used to showers that are a little smaller and I know everyone pretty well … it would definitely be more nerve-wracking if it was a large group and I didn’t know everyone’s names! But I’m glad it turned out so nicely for you!! 🙂

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      Thank you! My next shower is a little smaller, and it’s with my side of the family, so I feel better going into it :).

  6. ittybitsofbalance April 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    The thank you cards are such a great idea! My brother is getting married in June, and his bride-to-be is pretty much calling all of the shots and making the arrangements. I can only imagine how much a tiny tedious detail like that could help!

  7. savorlifesflavors April 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Aw I’m so glad the shower went well! It looked beautiful and I love the cake. What flavor was it? The name tags were a great idea. I will know everyone at my shower, however they won’t all know each other!

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      The bottom tier was chocolate, and the top tier was almond with a fruit (raspberry, maybe?) filling. It was very good! Yes, I liked the name tag idea too!

  8. Brittany April 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    it looks like you had a great time! I’m so glad!! GIrl.. I would wear that shirt proudly!

  9. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions April 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    What a beautiful shower! I went to my first bridal shower on Saturday (not for me! For a friend), but it was a lot more low key than yours. Yours looks absolutely lovely, though! Your dress looks gorgeous, too 🙂

  10. IHeartVegetables April 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Awww how fun!!! I don’t think I could wear a future Mrs. shirt to work, even though we have a casual dress code, because I’m sure I’d get lots of pranks pulled on me for it!

  11. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish May 1, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    I LOVE all the little touches! From the cake (so cute!), to the balloons, to the creative gifts (I’m remembering the thank-you note idea for my best friend’s shower in a few months), it’s clear that your friends and family love you! I’d definitely wear the shirt to work; this is a special once-in-a-lifetime period in your life that deserves celebrating. 😀 ❤

  12. Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    This looks like such a fun time! Your dress is adorable, too! Your wedding is coming up so soon! Ah! 😀

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