Bridal Shower Fun

Every once in awhile, I like to do an off-children-topic post. I recently went to a friend bridal shower and I for me, I know getting married made me even more excited about these events. One of my friends, Danielle, got me a silky robe with my new name, “Mrs. Thompson” embroidered on it for my bridal shower and I just thought it was the sweetest, most thoughtful gift. I started getting gals that for quite awhile and I’ll probably do it again in the future.

For this bridal shower though, I copied my friend Rachel, who did a wine basket bridal shower gift for our friend Danae. She told me she found the idea on Pinterest, so I started poking around. Sure enough, there was lots to find. So, I read a bunch of blogs about how to make the basket and I started my project with my own personal touch.

First, Devon registered for this awesome party bucket, which I used for my base. I found this .pdf template of the poems on a blog linked to from Pinterest. I copied and pasted the text into word, changed the fonts and the color of the text, but surely you could just print them off as is as well. I had some leftover paper with different prints on it. I printed off the poems, cut them out, secured them onto the printed paper and voila, tags. I also happened to have a wine bottle punch from a previous project, so I punched a few wine bottles to jazz up the tags. I had some cute “ribbon,” so I used a heart punch I had and threaded the “ribbon” through it.

I also happen to collect corks – for no apparent reason since they just sit in vases or drawers occupying space that could otherwise be used for good. This was the perfect allocation of said corks. I dumped them all in the bottom and situated my wine bottles. I read on one blog about buying some washcloths or towels on the registry to help protect the bottles, so I did that as well.

I tried to get some of the bottles to be relevant to the occasion. For the girls night out, I picked a yummy bottle of rose (because it’s pink). For the first fight bottle, I chose a Mark Ryan bottle called Numbskull. For the first anniversary, another Mark Ryan bottle called Long Haul. For the first New Years, a bottle of bubbles.

Here’s the final product. It was so fun to make and hopefully the bride to be will enjoy them throughout the year following her big day, always reminding her of the magnificent wedding.

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First step

There’s so much going on and time is flying by so quickly I feel like I cannot update this blog fast enough! First things first, Ellie took her first official step yesterday. She’s been standing up and letting go for a few days now, but a lot of times if you’re close to her she’ll just lean forward to fall on you. Why stand when you can snuggle, right?

Yesterday when we were at Nanna and Papa’s (also known as Terry and Molly Thompson), I stood Ellie up while I was sitting on the ground next to her with a bit too much distance for her to just fall on me. She had to take one little step to get to the point where she could fall on me and she did it! I was so excited and I just wanted her to do it over and over again. She was not there to impress though. Once her mission was accomplished and snuggle was achieved, she called it a day.

In other news, we’ve gotten quite a few compliments on Ellie’s new super warm jacket and I have one word for everyone: Costco. Honestly, it’s the place to go for these things. It’s a super cute bright pink down jacket with removable hood and faux fur lining for $20. I mean, who can’t use a little faux fur in their wardrobe? It’s a staple for every nine month old as far as I’m concerned.

Here are a few recent pics of the Ellie Belly.

As soon as we put them on her head, she wants to rip them off!

As soon as we put them on her head, she wants to rip them off!

What better gift could there be?

What better gift could there be?

Ellie's first experience with Santa - and a perfect one at that.

Ellie’s first experience with Santa – and a perfect one at that.

This is her favorite face lately.

This is her favorite face lately.

Hanging out in my PJ's

Hanging out in my PJ’s

Traveling with mom and dad to Whidbey Island for lunch

Traveling with mom and dad to Whidbey Island for lunch

I'm swimming it in, but isn't it cute?

I’m swimming it in, but isn’t it cute?

So much fun with Uncle Sean on Thanksgiving

So much fun with Uncle Sean on Thanksgiving