I’ve been so blessed to have my best friend from college living in Anchorage at the same time as me! It’s been really special for us to be together this year as she recently got married and is planning for a lot of changes in life.
Since she and her husband had a small elopement, it worked out better to have her wedding shower after the event itself. (I labeled it a “Wedding Shower/House Warming” on the invites.) Speaking of invites, I picked those out at Target– my favorite one-stop-shop for putting together a party– and they set the theme for the afternoon. Peach, mint, and navy!
The shower was on a Sunday afternoon, and I spent all Saturday setting up the decorations for the shower with the other shower host and a church friend. It was a beautiful space and really provided an awesome backdrop for the few decoration we made using crepe paper, tissue paper, and lots of fresh flowers.
The day of the shower, I got there early to help facilitate and finish arranging as all our friends brought over finger foods and desserts. And of course, I made sure there was sweet tea to go along with the lemonade 🙂 I also created a flower crown for the new bride to wear as she sat in her seat of honor and opened gifts.
I had such a fun time putting together games and activities for the shower as well. They all got great feedback from the guests so I think they are worth hanging on to for any future showers! We played “How well do you know the couple?” and “Name that movie love quote” games, which I customized to include info on my friend and her husband, and many of her favorite movies, respectively.
I also found an activity online that I thought was really sweet and would be a meaningful reminder of the shower. I ran by Michael’s and grabbed a few decorative keys, burlap tags, and kraft paper tags. I tagged each of the five keys with a different “Key to Marriage” written on the burlap tags. Then, during the shower while the bride was opening presents, I had the guests take kraft paper tags and write out advice and attach it to the corresponding key. This was a huge hit with the guests and my friend loved having these to take home, read with her husband, and display on the wall.
Overall, I think the shower was a beautiful time to celebrate my friend. We were able to shower her with practical gifts as well as encouragement as she enters this new stage of life. I’d call that a wedding shower success!