My very good friend and coworker Rebecca is getting married in September, so we threw her a work shower this month.
There are 9 of us in our department, and Rebecca will be the final gal to get hitched. I figured out that we have around 132 years of marriage experience between us. Isn’t that cool? So, I thought a theme celebrating the sweetness of marriage would be fun for us all. I used cupcakes and bright colors throughout. (For you Cricut users, I used this as an excuse to pick up two new cartridges for all the decor – Opposites Attract and Sweet Treats.)
Plus, Rebecca loves cupcakes, so I went with that. “How sweet is is” was born.
(She’s going to be such a beautiful bride, right?)
We had a dinner at a local cafe (which coincidentally is my favorite place). For you locals, you must go to Cafe Fresh. Now. They have yummy food and bake delicious cupcakes.
Because we were celebrating the sweetness of marriage, I asked all my coworkers to bring me a photo of their wedding days. I framed them in inexpensive black frames and lined the area with them. I think everyone enjoyed looking at each gal on her big day, from 1976 to 2007. =)
We ate and drank, of course.
And, we even had two “big freakin’ cupcakes” for dessert – chocolate and carrot. (They easily served 5 apiece.)
For each gal, I made honey butter like Darby’s.
I thought it was a “sweet” gift that most people would use. (It’s awesome on toast.) I just put it in a small jar with a piece of scrap fabric and a tag. (I also made a cupcake placemat for each setting.)
There are many fun games to play at showers. (Unless you are anti-game, and then you won’t like any of them.) But, since it was a dinner, I just created a personalized trivia game about my coworkers. I asked every person to send me their:
- wedding year
- wedding month
- wedding colors
- favorite or funny wedding memory
- “How many of us used red as a wedding color?”
- “What month is the most popular for us to get married?”
- “Who used aqua and peach for her wedding colors?”
- “Whose husband woke up the day of the wedding with strep throat?”
- “Who forgot her marriage license at home and had to send someone home to get it during the ceremony?”
- “Who cried all the way down the aisle?”
I forgot to take a picture of the gift, but we went together and got Rebecca a honeymoon gift package. Rebecca and her fiance are avid travelers, and heading to Peru on their honeymoon. So, we gave her a “Just Married” tote bag. Inside, we put a personalized album for wedding or honeymoon photos, a Lonely Planet Peru guidebook and a Visa gift card to use on their honeymoon.
And, even though this is by no means a flattering picture of yours truly, I think it’s hilarious. I totally have crazy party-planning eyes, don’t I? A coworker took this right before Rebecca arrived and I was taking a final look. Unfortunately, I have a feeling I have these crazy eyes most of the time at work. 😉
I really enjoyed planning details for this party. When you are celebrating with a close friend, I think that is always the case. I hope Rebecca thought it was sweet, too.