Monday, October 24, 2011

"The Perfect Pair..." A Shoe Themed Bridal Shower

One of my FAVORITE bridal showers of ALL TIME....
"The Perfect Pair!" I got this idea from a-friend-of-a-friend...
and ran with it! First of all, this theme fit the bride-to-be perfectly.
Her name is Jerica and I don't know anyone who loves shoes MORE!
This shower was thrown in October of 2010. Aren't the invitations PERFECT?!?
Head over heels in love =)  *Contact info was removed from this invite*
The main way that the "shoe" theme was incorporated was by
providing a box lunch, IN shoeboxes.  Since the shower was during
lunch time, a box lunch was appropriate.  I ordered the shoeboxes
(here), and although it was a pretty big expense, it was well
worth it!! Since the bride's favorite color is pink, we used a mixture
of pink's, black, and white in our color scheme.

Each box lid was tied with a coordinating ribbon over top a napkin and
utensils, and inside the boxes were chicken salad sandwiches, fruit,
homemade chex mix, a cute cupcake, and a cup for their drink.
**Note: if you decide to do this, line the box with tissue paper first
to help keep the boxes from getting too messy on the inside. **

We set up a drink table with pitchers of pink lemonade embellished with
limes, as well as water.  My sister, Rebekah hand painted and decorated
the shoes that were hung over the drink table... isn't she so talented?!?

Since the tables already had so much on them with the boxes, we
didn't really need much for centerpieces.  BUT we used some tall
skinny vases with pink austemaria flowers just to give the tables
some height.  On the round tables, we used larger vases that had
hand painted shoe signs (by Rebekah, again).

In the picture above, you can see "The Perfect Pair" sign that
Rebekah made (which we made my husband hang from the ceiling).
You can't really tell from this picture, but it looked like it was painted
 on shoe box lids (it was really lids from envelope boxes, but who cares?!?)
The sign said "The Perfect Pair" on BOTH sides - so cute, right?
We also started a craze with our friends by making tissue paper balls as
extra decor.  Such a simple, inexpensive project that makes a lot of impact!
See the tutorial here. Here's a couple views of the whole room:

We wanted to have a cute backdrop for Jerica to open her presents, so
we duplicated the invitation.  I love it that we used different ribbons (and
a boa!) to hang each sign... it turned out **perfect.**
Also, a party isn't complete without background music - we chose fun songs,
like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Wishing, Hoping, Thinking & Praying."

For the favors at this shower, we bought mini nail polishes in various
shades of pink, tied a skinny black bow around them, and put them in
a cute hat box.  The door prizes were baskets of various things for your
feet/legs (razors, lotion, etc.) but also a few things that were just pink.

One game we played was to guess how many shoes Jerica owns, as well
as how many shoes the groom (Brandon) owns.  We had both of them
count ahead of time so we would know. A door prize was given out
to the person who guessed closest for the bride and for the groom. 
A couple weeks after the shower, Jerica realized she forgot to count
her winter boots that she hadn't gotten out of storage yet... oops!!

The other game we played was the Highest Heel Contest...
I haven't blogged about it yet, but we played this game at my personal
shower, which was about nine months before this one.  Since there was
quite a bit of time between them, and only a handful of people were at
both parties, we decided it was ok to duplicate the game.  Plus, how could
we NOT do this game, when it goes perfectly with the theme?!? 

The fourth door prize went to the person who had a pink feather
boa remnant in their shoebox lunch.  I like the idea of someone
winning a prize based solely on pure luck =) 

This was one of my absolute most FaVoRiTe showers to throw -
Thanks to Beth Calvert and her daughters, Kemble Ruff
and Kitty Hurdle for all their hard work and help.  And, of
course, my sister and mom.  It was definitely a group effort! 
Here's a picture of the party planners and the bride....

AND... just because I LOVE this picture..... here's the
bride's shoes that she wore to the shower - now
you understand why this shower was perfect for her!

Have a great day, and God bless!!!


marla alc

all of your ideas are absolutely creative. i love the head over heels. im planning a shower with a shoe theme. do you rent out your head over heel sign

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