- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2018
unless you ask me to invite 80 people to your bridal shower…..
THIS actually happened on the day after Thanksgiving, at a birthday party with my sister, we’re at the buffet digging into meatloaf and baked potatos and she’s telling me how excited she is for everything and oh by the way, “I was working on my guest list for the shower like you asked and it’s at about 80 people, ok?”
I must have made a face, sometimes when I have my brain blown out of the back of my head by someone, I’ll make a face and she’s like, “What?!”
I take a deep breath, put a dollop of sour cream on my baked potato and tell her, “No.”
She was ok with it, at least she acted like she was, but I have got some serious concerns about my sister’s expectations for the upcoming year and what exactly that is going to mean for me and my wallet…and I’m fearful about dissapointing her, since she’s REALLY excited, I don’t want to fall short here, Nona is an overacheiver by nature.
Can I bounce this idea off you clever things and get some feedback?
I’m planning on hosting 30 guests, that number includes her 6 person bridal party, leaving 24 additional guests for her to invite, I’m in the camp that thinks bridal showers are the nearest and dearest to the bride, not mini-wedding part 1.
As a member of a rustic and charming mountain country club, I am entitled to free room rental and only required to pay for food, it’s a lovely place with handicapped access, elevators, valet and coat check service and other amenities that will make my life so much easier, and it’s only a 20 minute drive out of town, but placed cleverly to give that mountain feel.
I’ve selected a top floor meeting room that can accomidate 120, but it’s my intention to set up one long table for everyone to gather around and eat, and have ample room at the end of it for everyone to move their chairs and do gifts later. This room also has a lovely set of french doors leading out to a private roof top patio with views of the Rockies from every side.
I’ve planned for champagne punch, a turkey and roast beef carving station with fresh rolls and sandwich fixings complimented by chips and dip, a cheese mirror and grand marnier cream cheese stuffed strawberries.
For the favors I’ll be providing antique tea cups and saucers with loose teas for the ladies to select and take home with them.
I’m also planning on hiring a professional photographer for the event, my guestbook is actually going to be letters from the guests to the bride, I’ll include the notes in the invitations for them to write in private, and I’ll collect them at the shower and put them in a book, in seperate envelopes so she can read and revisit them, at different times in her life, I’m also going to have her write a letter to herself, since hey, she’s a guest too!
My theme is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a printer is making pocketfold invitations where I can include the letter paper, driving directions and the invitations. I’m not going over the top with it really, I’m just planning on having an old mirror at the entrance over the table with “We’re All Mad Here” on it, guests will leave their letters in a box there.
For the centerpieces I’ll be painting the roses red and hide a doormouse in one of them, whoever finds that gets a gift basket. The tea cups are self explanatory and I’m having the eat me, drink me and take me tags made.
Be honest….for a high expectation bride, would this blow your skirt up? Anything not jiving?