The time has flown by since my sister got engaged last August. I cannot believe her wedding is in four months! This past weekend I hosted a bridal shower for her at my home. I was in charge of the champagne brunch and her other three bridesmaids, her best friends from college, would handle the games and cake. It was a lot of work planning, decorating, and cooking, but all worth it because it was a wonderful celebration and most importantly, my sister had a great time.
Preparing for this party was definitely a family effort. For the party favors, my Grouchy Husband helped me personalize glasses that my youngest sister, later planted her home grown basil plants in.
The girls helped my Grouchy Husband put up the canopy in the backyard. With his special helpers, this thirty minute task took over an hour. My mom spent three weeks getting the yard ready and planting flowers. My dad took a week off of work to fix the fence, paint the bathroom, put up the blinds, paint the front door, and a whole bunch of other jobs to get the house ready for the party.
My youngest sister juiced 100 oranges for the fresh squeezed orange juice. This made a lot of juice.
I made dozens and dozens of paper flower decorations to decorate the house.
Kimbie and her fiance, Mike, have put a lot of time personalizing their wedding not only for themselves, but also for their guests. Kimbie wrote a special note to each of her guests on how they have influenced her life. We hung the notes for everyone to read. This is what my note said:
“As a kid, sneaking into your room to read your diary defined sisterhood for me. Now as an adult, I realize how much more fulfilling it is to be connected not just as sisters but as real friends. You are a smart and totally committed mom and wife. As is common for younger sisters to copy older sisters, I would be so lucky to follow in your footsteps.”
Really special, right?
All the food for the brunch was homemade. This was A LOT of work, but the food was all delicious and everyone enjoyed it. The menu consisted of shrimp cocktail, roasted tomato and mozzarella caprese salad, garden salad with my mom’s homemade dressing, salmon nicoise salad, my sister’s favorite potato salad, Aunt Alice’s baked manicotti, Dumpling Mama chicken and vegetable dumplings, my father in-law’s ribs, fillet mignon sandwiches, and fruit. For drinks we served bellinis, lemon-cucumber infused water, fresh squeezed orange juice, Pellegrino, and wine. I had a helper that day, Alix, and he plated everything so beautifully.
The games the other bridesmaids planned were so fun. This was the wedding themed pictionary.
The last game was very special. My sister was asked questions like what was her favorite color, favorite restaurant, etc, and her bridesmaids coordinated with Mike to send in a video of his response to the questions. It was very touching to hear his answers to questions like when did you realize my sister was the woman you wanted to marry. The whole room was teary eyed.
The cake was from Lulu’s Bakery in Scarsdale and it was beautiful and delicious. My mom made her famous pecan tarts and my Aunt Alice made her world famous creme puffs (that didn’t make it into the picture).
Kimbie and my mom are here with Mike’s mom (next to my mom), Mike’s Auntie Joyce, and our Aunt May.
Here is my sister with her three best friends. They drove all the way from Boston for the party. One is seven months pregnant, one just had a baby a month ago, and one is in residency. They are such great friends to her.
My girls had a great time at the party. They had lots of attention and had so much fun playing the games with everyone. I was so busy hosting, my mom had to mingle and take care of them at the same time. I don’t know what I would do without my mom.
My Grouchy Husband helped me make this sign for the party. Kimbie was a little upset that I didn’t ask if she was changing her name before I made the sign, because she wasn’t…oops. But besides that little mishap, the party was a huge success! I was so busy hosting the party I never had a chance to take a picture with my sisters at the party so the next day we all dressed up in our party clothes again and took the picture. Can you tell we aren’t wearing makeup?!
I wish my sister a wonderful life with her soon-to-be-husband, Mike, and am so happy I was part of giving her an amazing bridal shower. I could sleep for days, or until one of my babies needs something to eat or go to the bathroom.
A very excited sister and Matron of Honor,