July 29, 2014

a bridal shower for a gal who never wanted a bridal shower

what? no bridal shower?

i know...asinine really. perfectly preposterous. 

which is exactly why my dear, sweet cathie and i took matters into our own hands and made this bride have her very own bridal shower.
see? she's totally bridal. 

another thing she is? a graphic designer...very artsy. 

this made me super nervous because girlfriend has an eye for the visual, she's not afraid of color, and i basically wanted to show her that a bridal shower could be fun...and we wouldn't even make her play games.

well, now that cathie and i are fully recovered from pulling this off, it's time to brag about the menu and decor we snazzied together.

true to form - i'll be tooting our horns. toot toot.

our bride, gina, is also gluten intolerant. (talk about a high-maintenance bride!) so, sweet cathie and i knew we wanted the menu to be completely enjoyable for her, since most get togethers she attends she has to go without or ask a lot of questions...or pack her own. i can imagine this is the pits.

the menu consisted of | veggies and fruits. shrimp, beef, and chicken skewers with a chilled dipping sauce. a bang up sweet potato salad...that i should post the recipe for so that all can enjoy. crackers and cheeses...and of course champagne and wine.
putting together a shower is a lot of work...mostly just the set-up and take-down.

so as soon as guests started arriving, the champagne was cracked and i enjoyed my sips...and what a tease it was. i really really wished i wasn't pregnant at this shower. not only could i not enjoy the soft cheeses, but the tiny glass of champagne from the cute stripy straw was just not cutting it. i wanted five.
alas, we all make decisions. and i made the decision to not only be pregnant for gina's wedding, but four other weddings farmer and i will be attending in the coming weeks. shoot me.

another fun component of the shower? this photo booth. 

what was once farmer and my trash became gina's photo booth treasure. i simply painted some stripes on this piece of wood, and then cathie and i scavenged our costume boxes for props. 

the banner? it says, "he put a ring on it." i wish it was readable.

it was a hit...figuratively and literally.
everyone left sufficiently fed, beveraged (not a word), and with a sweet souvenir of them and the bride to be. 

cathie and i are going to call it a win.
and while cathie and i are oh so happy gina let us bully her into having a shower...we're glad we don't have to do it again.

showers are a lot of work...and that photo booth backdrop was heavy.
 xoxox gina. i absolutely cannot WAIT for august 31!


  1. The photo booth looks great! and I would say for a non bridal shower gal, this was the perfect non bridal shower.

  2. this looks so fun & a cute twist on your average shower. love all the small touches of color & the champagne in mason jars!

  3. She's lucky to have friends like you two! Looks like it turned out great!

  4. You did such an amazing job! Other people really know how to make a bride feel special. It's during those times that you really see how loved you are! Good for you for giving your friend such sweet memories.

  5. This is the best thing that i have ever seen! Y'all did so good, and it looks so good and fun! Kudos to you gals!

  6. This looks so adorable, you guys did a great job!!!

  7. You did a great job! Love the photo booth

  8. this looks like great fun, I'm glad you gave her a shower! I'd be so happy to have a surprise like that!

  9. Flamigos and kelly green.. this Southern heart is in love!

  10. Aw that bridal shower turned out super cute! I love it :D

  11. You did a fabulous job!! Makes me wish I had a bridal shower to plan ha ha :)

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  13. Gina Heideman (bride)July 29, 2014

    Wow, I made the blog! It was an amazing shower thrown by two amazing and thoughtful gals. I'm officially into being a bride now, thanks to Karli and Cathie! I know it was a lot of work for them but...can we do it AGAIN?!

  14. The shower looks amazing! You will have to share the recipe for the sweet potato salad, I love sweet potatoes and I love potato salad... seems wonderful.

  15. The shower looks amazing! I can tell you put so many thoughtful details into it to make the day perfect!

  16. This looks beautiful! I especially love the photo booth and all of the stripes. What a lucky bride!

  17. Gorgeous!!! Yall did a fantastic job!!


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