We decided to hold the event at the Owen Rose Garden in Eugene. We didn't want to pay to reserve the gazebo, so we just crossed our fingers that no one else would want it on a Wednesday evening--we figured we be safe... and we were!
Both Marisa and Jennifer are event planners in the making, so they had a lot of great ideas for the food, decorations, etc.
LOTS of food! Finger sandwiches, fruit skewers, fresh veggies, iced tea and cupcakes... LOTS of cupcakes! lol
We borrowed a set of my grandmother's dishes to match the wedding colors and "tea party" theme...
|Here comes the bride!|
After eating, we started the games with a "How well do they know each other?" type of game.... you've probably seen these before. The groom is asked to answer a bunch of questions about the bride and their relationship before hand and then the same questions are asked of the bride at the shower... seeing how close (or how VERY far away) their answers are can be pretty entertaining. =)
Then we had a little fun and used our creative sides with a wedding dress design competition... out of toilet paper of course! =)
The group was separated into three teams of three with Brittany (the bride) as the judge. Each group chose one person to be the "model" and the other two "designed" the dress. =)
|My mom, Jenn and Marisa|
We were very bad Oregonians wasting all of that paper... someone made a joke about rolling it back up and taking it home... =)
|Brittany and Jenn in their tea party attire|
After the games, it was time to open presents!
Little did Brittany know that the opening of presents was going to turn into a game in itself. As she was opening the gits, my mother was taking down notes of everything that she said. When she was done, her quotes were read back to her as things that my brother may hear on the wedding night.
There were lots of "Thank You's" of course, but some awesome lines were also recorded... such as "you really don't want me to get in there, do you?" and "It's a lot wrinkle-i-er than I thought it would be". LOL It was great! And very hard for both my mom and I to keep a straight face as we knew what was going on throughout the present opening process.
On a table we also had an apron (wedding colors) out with some fabric paint. Each guest was asked to decorate/leave a note/whatever for the bride as a souvenir.
We had a great time. And I think the ladies who were there really enjoyed themselves! =)