We decided on a brunch theme and held the shower at a cute little Italian restaurant in central Massachusetts. With family coming from all over New England, it was the perfect location for everyone. We focused all of the decorations for the shower around this beautiful Etsy bridal shower invitation suite.
You might not be able to see, but one of the MOH's sisters made this thumb print guest book, and she actually put all of the guests' names as the roots of the tree. It came out so beautifully! As additional gifts for the bride, guests were sent blank recipe cards in their invitations and asked to bring a family favorite back to give to the bride. My fellow bridesmaids and I also gave Laura these matching thank you notes, all stamped and return addressed to make her "thanking" after the shower much easier.
For games, I rounded up all the photos I could find from her dad's house, and we did "How Old Was The Bride?" Her childhood babysitter won - how sweet is that??
We also reused a lot of the decorations from her bachelorette, since the colors were the same, and made another photo booth - guests loved it!
Even the cake matched the colors of the decorations. It had chocolate ganache in the middle, and was SO delicious! Laura cut the cake with her grandmother before she opened her gifts.
Not pictured, but another bridesmaid came up with a great game to play during the gift opening that really kept everyone engaged. She gift wrapped four candles and gave one present to each table. On the front of the bag was a list of ways the bag could be passed: "pass two to the right if the item is for the kitchen, hand to your neighbor on the left if the gift contains wood, pass across the table if it's something green, etc." Everyone was very intently paying to each gift, and those ladies who won loved their surprise gifts at the end.