Speaking of sensational showers, one of LIWeddings.com’s own certainly gave us all something to chat about. From a terrific twist on an old tradition or a cake that was just as delicious as to look at as it was to eat, this bride-to-be showed us what it means to celebrate in style.
We spoke with her to find out more details on her divalicious event and to get some pointers on hosting the perfect party.
So, tell us about your very special shower and where all the magic happened
It was at the West Sayville Country Club. It's a beautiful place with amazing views of the Great South Bay (especially on a beautiful day). The service was outstanding... my mom couldn't stop raving and even called the day after the shower to tell the manager what a great job our servers did. They really went above and beyond. The food was amazing too... our guests had a choice of Salmon, Prime Rib, and Chicken. According to my bridal party they were very accommodating in setting up the room the way my bridal party specified. WSCC is great because it super close to where I grew up (not to mention my dad golfs there practically every weekend - so you could only guess what him and the guys were doing during the shower) and it gave a chance for a few of the out-of-towners (FH's family) to see where I grew up.
Tell us about your theme, what inspired it, and if you plan on carrying it out for your wedding?
There was a definite beach theme to the shower that I loved. I grew up on the beach, my mom was constantly toting me, and my sisters to the beach and I grew to love it so the theme was perfect.
How did your bridal party come up with the theme, and how were they able to carry it out and do such an excellent job?
It was, from what I'm told, a collaborative effort. They held meetings and brainstormed about the things that I love. Thankfully I have some very organized and creative girls in my bridal party!
Do tell about your fiercely fabulous and very creative cake.
The cake was actually created by my sister's friend. She is in pastry school and offered to make the cake for my shower. It was vanilla cake with a chocolate mousse filling and the frosting was the sweetest most buttery buttercream. She did such a wonderful job. She even drew a heart with a "K" and an "A" inside like you would in the sand! As guests were saying goodbye they all commented on how wonderful the cake was.
What inspired the apron rather than the hat?
I'm guessing my wishing well. There was a cooking/baking theme to it. Each guest was sent a recipe card and told to write their favorite recipe and bring one ingredient for it for the wishing well. Needless to say, I don't have to go grocery shopping for a few weeks.
What were some other unique features about your shower?
The donation favor was a great and unique touch. Also the wishing well was great (I elaborate on the wishing well in the previous question). Another thing I really liked as the bride-to-be and the center of attention was opening my gifts in 2 rounds. We started before the main course arrived and then started up again after everyone ate. It was nice for me (and the guests I'm sure) to take a break and get out of the "hot seat".
What were some of the most special and unique items you received?
The most special gift I received was of course my grandmother's garter and hankie. It is passed down at each shower and every woman in the family has worn it on her wedding day. It's just so special to be able to wear it and have a part of her with me on such a special day.
One of the most unique gifts I got, and one of the best was from my bridal party. We have a dog, Cooper, and we of course have to board him while we're on our honeymoon. So our bridal party, as a gift to us, and to Cooper of course, is paying for his stay at the puppy hotel. He'll get a bath, play time, and a framed portrait for us to take home. Knowing how much Aaron and I love Cooper it was such an amazing and thoughtful gift
Where there any favors and if so, what were they?
The favor was actually a donation to Doctor's Without Boarders which is a great charity. But each guest also received chocolate and white chocolate shells to take home
What advice would you give other brides and their bridal party about planning and hosting a sensational shower and actually enjoying it?
Make it fun for everyone and try and let the day run itself. Including fun games and making the opening of all of the presents fun and interesting makes for a great time for your guests (for me, because I can't seem to shut up most of the time, I had a tendency to talk about and explain each gift with a funny story). As for the bridal party... staying organized and in communication with everyone is what seemed to help my bridal party pull of a great shower without a hitch.