As I mentioned earlier this week, my brother is getting married at the end of this week - such excitement! Of course, we had to celebrate welcoming my brother's fiance into our family. I'm so excited to be gaining a sister. It's always been just my brother and I, it's nice to see our family growing a bit as we get married. To celebrate the upcoming wedding, I offered to host a shower for my side of the family. I had lots of fun putting my Silhouette to use (and some of my new found Royal Icing skills!)
First off, I made the shower invitations. I looked at hundreds (ok maybe not hundreds, but it seemed like it) of ideas on Pinterest. And then I ran out of time, lol, and needed something relatively simple. This idea fit the bill for the most part. I used a dress card from the Silhouette store, but cut it in half.
First I wrote out my text in Microsoft word so I could use the spell check. Then I transferred my text and placed a text box inside the dress shape in Silhouette Studio. Next i used the print and cut feature (my first time!), to cut out two dresses per sheet of paper. I cut the top half of the dress out of a pretty silver paper and glued that on top of the dress with the text. Then I used a hot glue gun to glue the tulle over the top, an finally added a blue bow (to hide my glue marks!).
Other than the fact that neither my mom or I caught the fact that I wrote down 2013 instead of 2014, I was really really happy with how these turned out :)
Gift - Dishcloths and Thank Yous
So once the invitations were out, I needed to come up with a gift for the lucky bride to be. I wanted to come up with something small, but useful for my future sister in law. Keeping with her wedding theme of blue and sliver, I made her some blue dishcloths (because I make a pair for every bridal shower I'm invited to), and then I decided to make some thank you notes to match the invitations. When my aunt threw a shower for me when I was engaged, she gave me a set of thank you notes that matched the invitations that had been sent out. I found it to be a very thoughtful gift and it made it very easy to quickly write my thanks yous after the shower. Since this was my first time hosting a shower on my own, I wanted to do the same thing for my future sister-in-law.
I used the same dress card pattern as I did for the invitations, but added blue ribbons and a thanks stamp from Paper Smooches.
I made a simple meal for lunch during the shower, but I wanted to go a little bit fancier for dessert. After checking with the bride to be, I learned that she preferred cookies over cake (which was just fine with me). This gave me another chance to practice my royal icing skills. I found a dress cookie cutter at Williams Sonama and decided to make hearts for something a little smaller (and simpler!). The cookies were definitely a big hit with my guests! I put their initials on the hearts and created white dresses with blue sashes and bows.
Have a great day!