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renniekins
renniekins
Bridal Shower
My sis threw me a bridal shower on saturday, and it was quite wonderful. I was rather overwhelmed through most of the week beforehand - making sure people hadn't forgotten, making sure to clean the house (since my mom, sis, and niece were staying over), making sure supplies were picked up, cupcakes were made, and making sure I wasn't being too overbearing or bridezilla-y.

On that day of I was a wild combination of excited and terrified. My mind kept switching between "they're throwing a party just for ME!", to "oh my gosh they're throwing a party for me?!?!" In the end I had almost 30 girls show up, friends from all walks of my life. My family, my high school, my skating team, M's family, wives of M's friends who have now become my friends, some coworkers, and girls I've met at con sorts of events.

It was wonderful, and humbling, to have so many people come and express their care for me.

My sister and I decided to request an "impractical" theme. We don't have a lot on our registries, and we were afraid they'd be used up by the wedding if too many people shopped from them for the shower. The impractical theme generated all kinds of delightful creativity though! A few people got me fun or naughty things to wear, there were plenty of chocolates and adult beverages, there were many silly things, candles, games, and other such fun. One person brought Costa Rica to me, another put together a Bridal Day Emergency Kit. I got a pre-loaded electronic picture frame, stuff for Christmas, adult literature, and two alpacas. Rock on!

Instead of Traditional Bridal Shower Games, we decided to have a cupcake decorating contest. We set out lots of homemade cupcakes and tools, and everybody got creative. Then we set them out to be voted upon later on during the meal.

Additionally, during the meal, we played a M and R Trivia Game. M and I spent a few hours the weekend before taking a walk down memory lane and coming up with around 40 questions. Some were about us as kids, some were about us as a couple, some were from college or work.... we tried to make sure that some could only be answered by one or two people in the room.

The goal was to get people interacting with the table they were sitting at, to get to know one another. We had each table complete against the others. I drifted from table to table, refusing to help out, but happy to grin knowingly when they struggled with a question.

People were cheating outrageously, and it was such fun to see. Not really cheating, I suppose, since there were no rules. Just... taking advantage of the tools at hand. One table tried calling M's brother for help. Another had pulled out several smart phones and were madly googling our lives, searching LJ and Facebook, and trying to find our wedding website. A third table tried texting and calling one of M's best friends, and traded hints or answers with the table behind them. Another table tried to trade a smart phone for a mom (both our mothers sat at the same table).

In the end, the team which had named themselves "Love Unlimited" took the prize. Sadly I've misplaced the answer sheets, so I don't have full details about what they got right or wrong, but I did have a good time telling everybody the answers (and associated stories) when the game was through.

After that I opened a plethora or presents, and felt much love and generosity swirling around the room. What a great group of friends were there -- and that group doesn't even include all of the people in my life I count as Friends. I'm blessed in many many ways.



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aiela From: aiela Date: November 9th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really glad you had a great time, and I'm sorry I had to miss it. It was going to be Fusion before I could see those folks again and I had planned the trip in September.

But I really wish I could have been in two places at once!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
We missed you, but I definitely understand!
fachless From: fachless Date: November 9th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
My favorite parts were Kate writing the title of one of the books you got as Something for Girls in all seriousness and the fit of laughter that ensued when I informed her that Something was actually "something" and had been your PC transformation for the young ears in the room. The other was the "small frosted plates" (aka candle holders). Such a YOU moment! Especially in light of all the candles you had been unwrapping...I haven't laughed like that in ages! Try to save a day/evening between x-mas and new years for some euchre so we can laugh some more!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Heehee! Yeah, I tried to be subtle about the naughtier gifts I received. Not sure how much Genevieve picked up on, hopefully not too much. The girl who gave me the nightie from "Bottom's Up" told me her son (5 years old I think) asked what present she'd gotten me. She thought about it for a bit, then said, "jammies."

The small frosted plates? yeah okay, my brain stopped working a bit perhaps. (: But you're right, it was very "me".... it's the obvious things that I have trouble figuring out sometimes!

It was so great that you were able to make it, thanks for making the drive!! Mike and I are planning to be in town for Christmas, so I can definitely make a euchre night happen. Just send out an email when your travel plans are more finalized, and we'll schedule some euchre therapy.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: November 9th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
the glasses tag makes me smile (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Adds to the authenticity of the moment. Yeah, that's it...
susmadel From: susmadel Date: November 9th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah! Thanks for posting all the details since I was stuck here thinking about you. Glad it was so much fun!

P.S. Curious to know if your new Alpacas are getting along. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
The alpacas are getting along great! They're both sitting on top of the television right now. I will call you soon and tell you more details... it was a lovely afternoon, even though we missed you dreadfully.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, it was fun! (:
bunjamin From: bunjamin Date: November 10th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you and your friends/family had a good time :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes we did, thanks!!
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, thank you! (:
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