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Rachel’s Bridal Shower

by Courtney on May 19, 2012

Rachel’s bridal shower was a success!

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We (the bridal party) all got there earlier this morning to set up and get things ready for the bride-to-be. Luckily, there really wasn’t all that much for us to do, since the venue did a wonderful job of getting everything organized and put together.

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We took care of the centerpieces for the tables, put out the mini picture frames filled with pictures of the two lovebirds as favors, and set up the cupcake table…

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Remember how I said I had a little bit of baking to do the other day?

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It was a surprise for Rachel, so I didn’t want to say anything on here in case she was reading, but I offered to bake the cupcakes for today’s big event. I kept the flavors simple: vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and Oreo cake with a new kind of frosting that tasted pretty darn similar to the inside of an Oreo.

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I was also psyched to have found these interlocking hearts at the store, which matched perfectly with her theme for the wedding. So fun!

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Shortly after we finished setting up, our guest of honor arrived and was smiling from ear to ear.

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I just love her. Smile

We started out by playing a few fun games, one of which entailed Rachel having to guess various answers that her fiancé, Steve, gave on some questions we asked.

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Obviously, she didn’t quite agree with some of his answers. Winking smile

Afterward, we sat down to a delicious brunch of scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, French toast, fresh fruit, bagels, and pastries.

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My plate.

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Oh yes…and there were mimosas. And they were deeeeelicious.

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After brunch we played a few more games and then it was time to open gifts.

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The bridal party all surprised Rachel with a gift that she thought she wasn’t going to be able to get for another month or so and, as you can see, she was a little surprised.

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We all got her her Fingerprint Guest Tree Print for the wedding, courtesy of our talented friend, Christina. You may remember her work making an appearance here on STSL a couple of times.

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Christina did an awesome job of incorporating all of the things that Rachel wanted on her tree print and I know it’s going to look awesome once it’s all “fingerprinted” after the wedding.

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After the gifts were open, it was time to dig into some cupcakes!

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I opted for a vanilla, but I got good feedback on the Oreo ones too, thank goodness…I always get nervous when my cupcakes are being eaten at an event that I’m actually attending.

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The Bridal Party – who seriously can’t wait to party it up in just a couple short months!

So much fun today with the girlies…now it’s time to go get ready and head out for the evening. Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!

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1 Linda May 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

That finger print tree is an amazing idea!! Thanks!

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2 Shari May 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

What a lovely shower (and wow, those cupcakes look DELICIOUS!)! :)
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3 Sana May 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

The shower looks soooo lovely :)
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4 Michelle@Peachy Palate May 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Your cupcakes look incredible, so pretty and perfect! Looks like you had a great girly day!
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5 Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Fun! I love bridal showers … good food, good friends, and lots of laughter! ;)
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6 Shannon May 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

That bridal shower looked like a lot of fun. The cupcake stand made me smile. She’s so lucky to have a good friend like you! I could go for a vanilla or Oreo cupcake right about now… ;)

Where did she (and you) get your dresses? They’re beautiful.

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7 Courtney May 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Rachel got her dress from The Limited and I actually got my dress about 3 years ago from Boscov’s

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8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Looks like such a fun shower! And those cupcakes look amazing – oreo cupcakes?!?!
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9 Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter May 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Aww, what a fun day! :) I want a cupcake now. :)
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10 Ellie@Fit for the Soul May 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm

oh man what a fun day, for reals! And you seriously did a beautiful job with the cupcakes and they look really prettyyyy……love the wrappers! :) *sigh* this makes me wanna get a bridal shower and a wedding all over again. haha! Do you get that feeling often too?!
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11 Courtney May 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Yes, ALL the time! Minus the planning part…I just want the party again :)

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12 Khushboo May 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

soubds like such a fun day and I’m loving your dress :)
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13 Lisa May 20, 2012 at 12:24 am

Love the design that is beautiful. Your cupcakes look amazing too! The shower looks like a ton of fun, how could it not be when your with your friends, food, and mimosas! ;)
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14 Paul H May 20, 2012 at 1:16 am

I really liked the cup cakes….(:
You all enjoyed very much and great photos with cool dresses !
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15 Angela @ Sleep and Repeat May 20, 2012 at 6:23 am

Aw, looks like such a fun time! Your cupcakes look AMAZING too!!
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16 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake May 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

The bridal shower looks beautiful!

And the Oreo cupcakes sound fantastic; I’m sure they were a hit!
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17 Linz @ Itz Linz May 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

GORGEOUS! this looks like a mini-wedding!
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18 JJ May 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

I love your dress and the black V neck with white belt and black high neck on the right! Can you share brands or shopping info? Thanks!

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19 Courtney May 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thanks! I’m not sure where the black dress with the belt came from, but I know I actually got my dress about 3 years ago from Boscov’s. Totally forgot I even had it, in fact :)

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20 Danielle May 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

The shower looks so great! I love the cupcakes, they look fabulous, and so professional! You need to start your own cupcake business and I want one of them right now :) They’re so pretty! Love the hearts on top!

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21 Courtney May 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Haha, thanks Danielle!

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22 Farrah May 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

Where did you have the shower? It was so pretty!

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23 Courtney May 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Normanside Country Club in Delmar – it’s beautiful there!

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24 Angela @ Health, Happiness & Harmony May 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

I love the idea of the fingerprint tree! Your cupcakes looks delicious too! So glad you had a fun time. :)
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25 Maddy May 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

SO FUN!!! LOVE it!
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26 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

What a fun shower and the cupcakes look to die for!!
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27 Karen May 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

The cupcakes look delicious! My bridal shower was yesterday too! We also had plenty of cupcakes and mimosa’s it was a beautiful day filled with love and sugar :)

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28 Courtney May 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Awww how fun! Congrats :)

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29 Natasha@yogininoms.wordpress.com May 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

your cupcakes look beautiful and so do you! I’m glad you had a great time :)
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30 Monique May 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Your cupcakes look really pretty!! What do you use to ice them?

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31 Katy May 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

The decorations look great! I love that picture frame idea. I am planning a friend’s shower in July and I need all the tips I can get :-)
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32 Tori May 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

My best friend got married in December and she had the tree with the fingerprints as her guestbook. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen! It looked amazing and will definitely be a cherished item.

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33 Leah @ DeLeahLicious May 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

My bridal shower is coming up soon! This made me really excited. :)
PS-you are in a TON of weddings!
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34 Courtney May 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

Hahaha, no kidding! ;)

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35 Katrina May 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

Do you plan to share the Oreo Frosting recipe? It sounds like something I’d love to try!

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36 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

I’m getting married on July 14 too, and my bridal shower was on Saturday :). I love the fingerprint tree!
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37 Trudy May 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Oh funny! I’m getting married the same day! I was reading on the tree and was thinking…wait a minute…

Looks really great though :)

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