Anddd We Have a Winner!

I can’t wait to give this book away.

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The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith has been one of the most helpful books I’ve read in a while.
Like I said before, I’m on vaca and pecking this out on the phone. I’d love to provide links to sources but it ain’t happenin’ today. I snapped a couple
pics from inside the book…

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There’s only one winner in the Give-Away. For the rest of yous-guys I say go get yourself a copy. It relates to much more than Home Decor. Remember the all-important sub-title. “It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful. “
It’s another gorgeous day here at The Cape for my annual Ladies’ Week at the Beach”.

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This time, this plot of earth & sea is a gift from God. Good for the soul.
I’ve enjoyed each & every one of your comments & shares, and seeing a slew of new email & Pinterest followers.
And NOW…I know you’ve been waiting to hear who the winner is.
I can’t wait to get this book into the hands of Monique Looney!  She just so happens to be a co-worker of mine in the Operating Room.
I would have made the big announcement last night, but there are so many distractions here.

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Time to feel the sand between my toes.
TTYL my friends. Thanks for sharin’ the love.

One Year Anniversary on the Blog with a Give-Away!

One Year Anniversary on the Blog with a Give-Away!

I’m celebrating ONE YEAR here at

More Than Hungry!

  The year’s been packed tight like sardines.   Between learning How to Blog, I’ve worked full time and married off two {of 3} daughters.

Sharon & Gary

Britt and Zach

Learning the technical aspects has been laborious.  I just want to write for goodness sake.  Looking back to my first posts here, here & here I see progress.  But I want the space to look like what’s in my head.  NOW. 

I’d hire design out to a profession-ahhlll in a minute if I could.  

But I’m on a roll with no plans to stop.

In lieu of having you over to celebrate, I’ll settle for a little Give-Away.

I’m giving away a copy of a book that’s influenced me in a Big Way in the last year.

And I mean that downright for a fact.

The Nesting Place Book

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith

The subtitle says it all.

“It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful”

Yup – it’s become my so-called mantra for…the blog, my house, this skin I’m in.  The phrase has been stuck in my head and that’s a darn good thing.

If there’s just one thing to pass on I’ve learned this year, it’s that.

It doesn't have to be perfect

Beautiful Calligraphy by Lindsay Letters

 I’m so done with perfection.

In my last post about the summer fireplace {here} I mentioned the author when I used one of her ideas.  Both her blog & book encourage us to be more comfortable with – and even revel in – the imperfection all around us.

Donna and Eve

So Stick With Me. 

{And Mr. Hungry too.}

 We have so much to share…unfussy entertaining & hospitality, encouragement in the kitchen, around the table & home, with a splash of buffoonery for good measure.

And believe me - it ain’t gonna be perfect.

If you want in on the Give-Away,  you have up to 5 chances.

1) Become an email subscriber.  So many of you make your way here from Facebook.  Sign up to subscribe by email, so that each time I post something new you’ll find it in your in-box. You won’t miss a thing.  For doing this, I’ll put your name in the hat twice!!

2) Share this post on Facebook.  Spread the Love!  

3) Follow me on Pinterest ~ {Here}.   It’s one of my favorite ways to relax and be inspired.  You’ll find thousands of things I’m obsessed with.

4) Leave a comment for me here on the blogI LOVE to hear from you.

Believe me, you’re gonna wanna read this book.

The Nesting Place Book Cover

A winner will be randomly chosen Monday  – July 28th at 7pm (Eastern Time).

And DO come back.  You know I love company.

xo

The Summer Fireplace

The Summer Fireplace

I love my summer fireplace.  It wasn’t always so.

We may be a little crazy.  It’s only been 3 weeks since we had the last fire in it.  In June.  That’s New England for you.

It sits at the end of our looong Great Room. The raised hearth makes it visible everywhere.  If there’s no fire lit – I’m antsy, like there’s a black hole sucking out life.

It’s just not right.

So we keep a fire going practically every single night of the year, except for summer.

We’ve tried a variety of summer options in years gone by.  It’s always been a mix of pillar candles & holders in varying heights & types.  For years I only allowed white candles and then switched to a mish-mosh of whatever color I could get cheap.  I could be driving a Ferrari for all I’ve spent on candles in my lifetime.

Fireplace colored candles close martini glass

I knowww….there’s wayyy too much shtuff in and around the fireplace that year It’s one of those times you look back & ask yourself “Really?? – I did that?”.

I finally came upon a solution that makes me happy.  The inspiration came from one of my very favorite blogs.  This is what I saw:

nester fireplace upright branchesThe author of the fantabulous blog the Nesting Place is Myquillen Smith, a.k.a. The NesterI’m telling you, you MUST stop over & take a gander.  She’s a Blog World Rock Star.  She too wrote a post {here} about  fireplaces where you’ll find lots more inspiration.  I pretty much wanna be a big copycat and show you every one of her pictures.  Don’t miss it.

For me, I need a little candle action.  I don’t care if it’s 90 degrees out.  I came up with this.

Fireplace Summer Day Candles full color corrected

I took her idea of logs standing on end and added smooth beach stones & candles.  Three’s enough for summer.  And yes, I light them pretty much every night, except when we’re out around the firepit.  The “candleholders” are actually drinking glasses I found at Homegoods.  The glasses slip in & out of wicker sleeves.  I only use them for candles.  I like how they add to the organic look.

Fireplace one candle up close

Fireplace three candles lit

 Fireplace Summer Day Candles close color fixedSo how about you?  Do you have a fireplace you could spruce up for summer?  Or year-round if you don’t typically light it?

Here’s more inspiration.

fireplace ballard mirror{via Ballard Design}

If you have some sunshine, you can’t go wrong with the traditional look of plants or a potted flower.  I love this one.

summer-fireplace white flowers

Or this big Boston Fern.

fireplace with boston fern{via}

It’s not my  personality, but I think this one’s genius:

disco-ball-fireplace-10{via}

It’s the perfect little stage for an interesting vignette.

Here’s one with a couple of “random” décor pieces.  I doubt I’d have thought to put them together, but for some reason it just works.coral and bust in fireplace {via}

fireplace with moss balls{via}

fireplace with shells{via BH&G}

So if you’ve got a fireplace, stop looking at a black hole.  Get in there.  Play around with things you find in the yard, on the beach & around the house.  It could be a new happy place for you.

Mine is.

Fireplace one candle up close

I’d love to hear if you’ve been inspired to make a change.  And do share if you have another summery idea for the rest of us.  K?

love you all.  ~donna

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Mr. Hungry Style

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Mr. Hungry Style

Father’s Day is just around the corner friends! 

June 15th

Have you thought about how you’ll honor Dad this year?

I no longer have the privilege of having my father or grandfathers here ~ I’m sad to say.

I miss my Dad.

He had a big influence on Mr. Hungry.  That man lived by the premise “If Mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” – and well, that’s one fine influence from my perspective.

huffpost parents fathers quote{via}

He LOVED cooking, especially grilling over a wood fire. Those guys grilled together on many a Father’s Day through the years.  It’s what they wanted to do.   Their favorite fare was a marinated boneless leg of lamb.  Here are a couple of old pictures with lots of fine memories.

phil and dad at grill

I love this one.  They look like Gilligan and The Skipper.

Phil and Dad Gilligan and Skipper

So on this Father’s Day, I’m able to thank the Good Lord for the Dad he blessed me with and honor Mr. Hungry as father of our three daughters {a.k.a. my three birds}.

 But back to the main reason I’m here, which is to inspire you with Father’s Day gift ideas…

Mr. Hungry Style

It’s time to think outside the tie box.

 The price range runs the gamut from under $15. on up to a couple of pricey items to chip in on.  Undoubtedly, food & drink ideas show up It’s Mr. Hungry Style after all.  Hang in there if that’s not your Dad’s thing.  I’ve got plenty to share.

Here Goes!

Stemless Wine Glasses: Wine glasses see lots of use around here & are always getting knocked over. I feel bad when company breaks one – for their sake.  Don’t they realize this is a common occurrence?  I’m not sure why we don’t own any of these.  I love these bubble infused ones from Crate and Barrel. They’re super reasonable at $2.36 each.

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 {Crate & Barrel}

(Can I just sit down to that little spread right now?  That cheese plate looks AH-mazing.)

A few stemless glasses, a bottle of wine and a hunk of stinky cheese would be a mighty fine gift in Mr. Hungry’s book.

Wooden Serving Board:  And that reminds me…how about a wooden serving board.  The one above is from Crate & Barrel too {here}.   But check out Etsy.com  for a huge array of others.  They’re handmade pieces of art in every price range, such as this beauty:

cutting board walnut{source}

Corkcicle: Have you seen these?  It seems like every respectable home should own one.  Keep it in the freezer & you can quick chill a bottle of vino to optimal temp when the need arises.  Even reds benefit from a slight chill when things are heating up outside.

corkcicle-069776633{via Amazon}

Chillsner:  For the beer drinkin’ Dads out there.  This (literally) cool gadget goes into your bottle frozen & keeps your brew frosty to the last sip.

Chillsner{via Amazon}

Give that to Dad with a mixed six-pack of micro-brews.

Mason Jar Martini Shaker - As with wine glasses, we’ve broken a few shakers in our day.  With this one, you can easily replace the glass with another 32 oz Mason Jar.  He has one, loves it and would highly recommend it.

mason shaker{via Amazon}

BBQ Roasting Pan: The versatility & nice BIG size make it the most used item on the grill the last couple of years.  If you know my Grill Master— that’s saying a LOT.  It comes with a removable can holder to cook up some beer can chicken.  He LOVES this.bbq pan pc{via The Pampered Chef}

The superior quality of all their grill pans & tools are a pleasure to use, with a big selection to choose from.

His favorite place for quality everyday basics in clothing is Duluth Trading.  If you’ve never gotten their catalog in the mail, you can {here}.  It’s unique, with hand-drawn illustrations & entertaining descriptions that are a hoot.  Of course you can shop on-line too.  Here are a few of his favorites.

The Long Tail Tee: He’s got a drawer full & has worn them for years.  Their heft & quality are the best.  There’s a slew of colors, with & without a pocket and with short or long sleeves.  A nice feature is the extra 3″ in length that keeps the backside under cover.

Ix-nay on the acks-cray.

long tail tee{via Duluth Trading}

They even offer it in a bucket dubbed “crack spackle”,  which would be a cute introduction – for the right guy – to this superior line of tees.

crack spackle {source}

Their jeans ~ Like no other.

Ballroom Jeans: Come on people.  I didn’t name them.  The description says “crouch without the ouch”.  Nice – right?

ballroom jeans{via Duluth Trading}

And their boxers?  I know a few men in the family who think they’re the best they’ve ever worn.

Bucknaked Underwear:  “Like Wearing Nothing At All” and super cool because they’re made from a nylon blend.  The customer rating is 5 Stars – with over 2600 reviews.  For goodness sake people we’re talking UNDERWEAR! They can’t be half bad.

duluth boxers{via Duluth Trading}

Okay – enough about that.  Seriously, their clothes are awesome and Mr. Hungry will rave about them if asked.  The site carries all sorts of other great gifts and gear too.

Cyclops Hat LED Clip Light:  Mr Hungry uses a headlight when he goes out to replenish wood at night for the fireplace, or when the poor guy’s rummaging around in the creepy crawl space under the house.  This would be handy for pretty much any Dad out there.  We have a couple of them.  It’s a bright 5 bulb LED light that clips on to the brim of a cap, allowing for hands-free lighting.  Imagine the possibilities – under a car hood, walking the family pet, during a power outage, etc.  And it’s under 15 bucks.

cylcops light{via Amazon}

A list of gifts Mr. Hungry Style wouldn’t be complete without books and music.

We’ve had this Bose Bluetooth Speaker for nearly a year.  It gets used every day.  It’s simple to link it to your smart phone or tablet and wirelessly stream your music.  It’s portable & easy to pick up and move from room to room or outside.  The sound is true Bose quality.  They’ve since come out with a mini version too.  Either of them would be one mighty fine gift.

bose-soundlink-550pxBose Soundlink {source}

Soundlink miniBose Soundlink Mini {source}

They’re worth every penny.

And speaking of worth every penny, I gave him this leather backpack – ohhh maybe 25 years ago.  If the house was burning this is what he’d run back in to get (after me of course).

This is what it looks like today:

Phil's Backpack

Obviously it gets a ton of use.  It’s the only bag he carried on a recent drive cross-country.  It goes with him to the beach and on every trip he takes.

You can find similar ones ~

Father's Day Gift Ideas

{here} & {here}.

Music plays a Big Part in daily life.  If we’re not listening to it on the speaker, likely we’re watching a Concert DVD.  We have quite the collection.  In this house, it’s a favorite late-night past time.  Here’s one we don’t have that I’m sure he’d like.

CrossRoads DVD{source}

Have you heard of the Italian Zucchero?

I’m letting you in on the music world’s best kept secret in the USA – but that’s starting to change with a big U.S. tour this year.

We’ve watched his 2004 concert DVD umpteen times over and if you’ve been to our house you’ve likely danced to it.  This guy is HUGE throughout the rest of the world.  His music spans multiple genres in the most unusual way.

Here’s the one we have:

Zu & Co  {source}

Take a look at who accompanies him on that one…BB King, Pavarotti (!), Eric Clapton, Brian May from Queen and many more!  But he’s got a newer one we don’t have yet:

zucchero{source}

It was just released this year.

hint hint hint hint hint

Here’s another concert we watch over & over.  We’ve yumped around quite a bit to this one too.  It’s feel-good music.

Jason Mraz DVD{source}

And last but not least, a list – Mr. Hungry Style –  wouldn’t be complete without BOOKS, books and more books.  He’s a voracious daily reader with a quirky need to only read hardcovers (well excuuuuuuse me).  No paperbacks allowed.  And certainly not a tablet – Horrors.  I’m pretty sure his number one favorite gift would be a gift card to Amazon, so he can indulge the passion without the guilt.  He almost always buys used books.  Here’s the stack he’s working on right now.

Phil's Summer Book Stack

His favorite novels include obscure Scandinavian mysteries and anything by John Grisham.  For non-fiction, he reads all the Malcom Gladwell books (like Blink and The Tipping Point) and scads of early presidential history.  And way more than that.

You can order an Amazon gift card in all different styles or print one out at the very last second.

Amazon-Books-Gift-Card

 Well I could go on a lot longer, but that’s my list for Fathers’ Day 2014 – Mr. Hungry Style.

I hope I have your wheels turning.

  How about you – do you have a great Father’s Day Gift idea to share with the rest of us? 

Hurry now.  It’ll be here before you know it.

love ~donna

 

Mashtini Bar & More – Bridal Shower Mini Series – Part 3

Mashtini Bar & More – Bridal Shower Mini Series – Part 3

 Welcome Back!

I’m wrapping up this Bridal Shower mini series.  The first two posts {here} and {here} explained how it was a Display Shower with a tasteful neon & gold color scheme.

Shower Wedding Dress and Fireplace And speaking of tasteful, this last part has all the details on the food and drink.  At MoreThanHungry, obviously we’re all about the food.

We started with something I’ve wanted to try since I first heard of it -

A Mashtini Bar

It’s mashed potatoes in martini glasses with a variety of toppings.  Mashtini Ingredients

Shower Martini Glasses From Above

Shower Mashtini Bacon in the Bottom  It’s a very reasonably priced appetizer spread and easy to prepare.  If you’re making it for a crowd you’d have the added expense of renting martini glasses.

Shower Martini Glasses on buffet  For 50 people, 15 pounds of mashed potatoes were made and it was just the right amount. Toppings included steamed broccoli, grated cheddar, crumbled blue cheese, sour cream & butter, caramelized onions, fresh chives and of course LOTS of BACON.  {Here’s my helpful hint if you ever find yourself in line at a Mashtini Bar…put a little bacon in the bottom of your glass first :) }.   I’m one of those bacon fanatics.  I have an entire {Pinterest board} devoted to my bacon adoration.  Check it out!

Shower Sharon Susan Mashtini Bar

Shower Ashli Molly Mashtini

Mashtini Top DownHeck – this could be the main entree for a party.   If so, I’d make more potatoes and include other toppings such as shrimp, diced ham or chicken.

But the food kept coming.  For the main course we served one of our most well-loved recipes.

Chicken Marbella

 No – not Chicken Marsala.  Have you heard of it? Chicken Marbella is one of those iconic go-to recipes that’s a great choice to make for a crowd.  It ALWAYS receives raves.  It’s from The Silver Palate Cookbook.  Don’t turn your nose up at critical ingredients that include prunes, capers & green olives.  Flavors mellow and meld together making it rich and flavorful.  When I ask people if they can guess the secret ingredient (prunes) – no one can.  Some think it’s balsamic vinegar (it’s not).  The only variation was using  boneless breasts cut into large pieces rather than whole parts.  It needs to marinate overnight, so plan ahead.  It’s excellent warm or room temperature and flavors improve even after a couple of days.  It’s a superb make-ahead dish.  You can easily Google that recipe and find it all over the place.  I’m telling you ~ give.it.a.try.

Along with the chicken, we served a Caprese style pasta salad, grilled vegetables and caesar salad.

Mr. Hungry grilled a variety of vegetables outside over a wood fire.  Yes, he’s fanatical like that. Veggies included asparagus, green & yellow squash, mini tri-color peppers, mushrooms and carrots.  The carrots needed pre-cooking in the microwave before hitting the grill.  All were drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

Shower Veg and ChickenI missed taking a photo of the Caprese Pasta Salad.  Darn.  It’s quite simple and doesn’t really need a recipe.  We used Penne tossed with a combination of halved grape tomatoes and mini fresh mozzarella balls, sun-dried tomatoes, good olive oil, grated Italian cheese and Salt & Pepper. Oh – and plenty of fresh chopped basil added at the last minute.

I find these California sun-dried tomatoes in the Produce Department and get the ones that are julienne cut (rather than whole), so it’s one last thing to prep.  Be sure to add every bit of the oil in the jar to the salad too.  It’s full of flavor.

Sundried tomatoesThe last menu item on the buffet was Caesar Salad.   I like to make my own croutons when I have the time.  Simply cube bread and sprinkle or spray with olive oil.  Season with dried herbs if you want and toast them in the oven.  They’re sooo much better than rock-hard nuggets out of the box.  To add a special touch for the occasion, we used cookie cutters to cut bread into heart shapes.  (If you’re cutting them into shapes, use a dense sliced sandwich bread such as Arnold or Pepperidge Farm).  In the past I’ve cut them into stars too.

Shower Caesar SaladIt’s one of those things that takes just a little more time, but the pay-off is worth it.

Shower Napkin Basket

It’s all in the details.

Shower Menu and FlowersFor beverages, we kept it simple.  No punch bowl, no mixed drinks.  Besides a pretty glass dispenser of water with lemon, we had bottles of Orange Cream soda (found at Homegoods) and Pellegrino sparkling water.

Shower Orange SodaIn keeping with a touch of Cupcakes in the theme, four different varietals of wines from Cupcake Vineyards were served.  Ladies were lovin’ the Red Velvet.

Shower Cupcake Wines 1A couple of years ago I picked up dozens of these vintage stemmed glasses at a Yard Sale for just 15 cents each!  They’ve come in handy with all these weddings and parties.

Shower Wine GlassesWe tied them with little tags so people could add names if they wanted.

Shower Label your glassAs mentioned in my previous post, we had help with the Dessert Table.  If anyone offered to bring something, I asked them to make some type of sweets.

Of course there were cupcakes for my Cupcake Girl.

Shower Cupcakes

Shower Dessert Buffet We also had vanilla ice cream hearts with a raspberry sorbet center dipped in white chocolate.  They’re made a few miles from my house at Royal Ice Cream.

My Mom was in charge of making and bringing all things needed for coffee & tea.

Never could I have pulled this off without the help of others.  It was huge having my daughters and son-in-laws to help for the whole weekend.  My nephew and his young son helped in the kitchen with the rest of the guys too.  Most of all though, it’s Mr. Hungry that makes it all possible.  He’s the glue that holds it all together.

Shower Gary and PhilNow you know why I had to split this into a mini-series.  I’ve been talking your ear off for quite some time.

I’ll have plenty more to share in the future, as we count down to The Big Day in June.

Ohhh My ~ the last of the baby birds will become a Mrs…sigh.

Britt little bride with doll cropped

Shower Three Sisters cropped

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Hmmmm…I’m still dreaming of those Mashtinis…

Shower Mashtini Glass Full Shot Until next time friends!

love, donna

Venue: The Lodge at Crandall Park – Tolland, CT

Bridal Shower – Mini Series Part Two – Neon Decor and More

Hey There ~  I’m glad you’re back!

This is the second post in a mini series about the bridal shower I had for my daughter Britt last weekend.  If you missed the first, you can read it {here}.  It was a casual Display Shower where guests brought gifts unwrapped.  Check it out if you’re not familiar with such a thing.  It turned out to be a great way to go.

She’s been a fan of neon forever, so I wanted to use it in the decor in a tasteful way. bz neon girlI started with creating a “Neon & Neutral Party” board on Pinterest. It helped me develop the direction I wanted to take.  I limited the number of colors, using neon coral & pink, with a little green in the mix.  Leaving out blue & purple (and black) helped make it a bit more sophisticated and less teenager-y.  Adding metallic gold helped raised the bar.

She’s grown up a little.

Britt with umbrella keep

Centerpieces were simple and very reasonable.  I purchased a bunch of neon scarves on ebay.  They were rectangular, but we bunched them up on the middle of each table.

 White enamel buckets came from Save-On-Crafts.com. Are you familiar with that site?  It’s a HUGE resource for way more than craft supplies.  Prices are excellent on home decor items and party & wedding supplies.  The buckets were only $3. each.  They held potted plants that came from one trip to the grocery store. I used white daisy mums, begonias & miniature rose plants.  Gold scrapbook paper was cut with paper punches to make polka dots to scatter all over the place.

Centerpiece Cropped

Shower Bolton Friends Cropped

I wanted to pull Cupcakes into the theme in a few ways.

If there’s anyone in the world who doesn’t know this yet (and I don’t mean to bore the rest of you), Britt just came from 2 years of full-time volunteering with a very unique non-profit organization in Las Vegas called The Cupcake Girls. I blogged about my trip there in January, during their biggest event of the year.  Let me tell you – it was the most unique vacation I’ve ever taken.  You can read about it {here} and {here}.

I made these bookmarks for favors.

bookmarks with back cropped

Blank bookmarks & tassels were bought on Etsy.  I punched a hole in the top to run tassels through and used markers to draw each one individually.  Okay – I know this isn’t for everyone…speaking of fiddly-deeee.  But I made them well ahead of time and it was a project I really enjoyed making.  You could do something similar with rubber stamping instead.  They cost less than $.50 each to make and are a useful little remembrance to take away.

Shower Bookmarks

I happened to have a couple of photos of my little Britty-Bride playing dress-up.  How fun was that?  It’s something you might want to consider doing if you have a little girl now – to save for the future.  And NO – I hadn’t planned that at all.  I  stumbled upon them in a big box of old pictures recently.  She’s wearing my veil in this one.

britt bride in frame 001

The lodge didn’t need much for decor.  It’s such a pretty place with a huge two-sided fireplace.  One of the few decor items was the tassel garland hanging across the mantle.

Shower Tall Fireplace cropped

I’d seen tassel garlands on Etsy, but they were pricey.  We turned to Pinterest for links to {directions} to make our own.  No wonder they’re pricey.  It wasn’t difficult, but took a while to make using gold metallic & neon tissue paper, gold cord & washi tape. {Thanks Shar for making that for your Mamma}.

Shower Tassle Garland

I wanted to incorporate some activities into the afternoon, since she wouldn’t be taking time to open gifts.  Jeez – there’s not much out there for new shower game ideas.  I tried looking all over the place for something different.   Quite often you hear groans at the mere mention of games at showers.

This one turned out cute.  Once again, Etsy saved the day.  All we had to do was send a photo of Britt’s head to the seller who customized an instant download to print out ourselves.  It cost a super reasonable $4.99!

Here’s the “Say Yes To The Dress” game:

Shower Dress Game

Britt numbered her choices ahead of time.  I can’t wait till I can show you pictures of her in her actual dress.  It’s quite unique and Stunning with a capital S.Shower Britt Close-Up

She made up a trivia game with a list of questions.  After everyone completed them, she called them out.  People shouted out answers.  It was fun to hear groups of people know random things about the bride and groom…like when a bunch of voices simultaneously shouted “Cheesy Gordita Crunch”!!  One question was “What’s Britt’s middle name?” – and everybody shouted “Britt!”, but they didn’t know that a “nickname” Zach calls her is Stephanie.  He’s the only one that calls her by her actual first name.

We had prizes for game winners and also a raffle.  For raffle tickets, guests had to fill out a card with a date idea or marriage advice, along with their name.  Winners were chosen throughout the shower.

Shower Raffle

The raffle cards with sentiments will be put into the same album her Vegas friends started when they gave her a shower a few weeks ago.

Shower Favor Table

Shower Photo Poster cropped

One more thing we did was to print out some information from Britt & Zach’s wedding website.  Her sisters took turns reading it, which included a super cute and poignant story about the proposal written by Zach .  You can check it out {here}.

Shower Sisters Reading

Her two sisters will be co-matrons of honor.  They certainly don’t look very matronly!  :)

I brought along my wedding dress on a dress form.  It looked pretty darned good for never having been cleaned and rolled up in a ball in the attic, since my wedding in 1980.  No ironing needed either thanks to the ’80’s double-knit!

Shower Wedding Dress and Fireplace

I still love the style after all these years.

Shower Dress Bodice

I hope you’ll come back next time for one last post in this Bridal Shower mini series.  It’ll be all about the Food and Drink.  Have you ever heard of a Mashtini Bar…as in Mashed Potatoes in Martini Glasses?

Um – YUM.

See you then!

love, donna

Sources:

Say Yes to the Dress Game – Etsy {here}

Blank Bookmarks – Etsy {here}

Tassels – Etsy {here}

White Enamel Pots – SaveOnCrafts {here}

Venue:  The Lodge at Crandall Park, Tolland, CT