Forty Faces of the Groom//1920’s Dinner and DIY party ideas

So what I haven’t mentioned in all of these 1920 Bachelorette Party posts is that my friend is marrying the most hilarious, ridiculous person on the planet. And really, that isn’t an exaggeration. Her fiance is a real stitch, always having something to say or comment on, always ready to make a joke and laugh loudly.  So without him coming to this celebration we were all a little down… we wondered what he would have to say about the madness of the night. I knew I wanted to incorporate him some way into the night, but I just didn’t know how. Then, as Ashley and I were  plotting, it came to me, we would use his face on our stir sticks and straws. But it didn’t seem enough of a statement that he would make! I sat on the idea a little longer, refusing to give up because Lord knows he never does.

Then Friday during lunch, as Ashley and I were creating our stir sticks, it came to me, we would also use his face to tell our guests what types of pizzas we were having for dinner. And we would make little bubbles of the smart-ass things he would have to say about our gourmet pizzas (he never understands why we just don’t put bacon and more bacon on them).  Needless, to say, this completely ridiculous addition to our party was the highlight of the night. There were more pictures taken of the groom than anything else. And that lucky bride? Well, I gave her the extras to take back home.

PROJECT ONE with Forty Faces of the Groom::: Food Labels

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First, I photo edited his face from a picture. Then cut & pasted it, so twenty faces would fit onto an 8×10 once we printed it out. Then, we were able to cut out his face out and glue it onto these sparkly 1920’s circles. (Yes, It was a little frightening to have 40 of those smiles looking up at us during the project!)

Then, we made conversation bubbles to put his not so politically correct comments on. We attached them to tooth picks and stuck them in the center of the pizzas. (Note: I decided not to put allll the pizzas and comments up— the internet never forgets ;))

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^^^ Included::: red sauce with cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Green peppers, pepperoni, and onions. ^^^DSCF8148

^^^Included on this pizza::: my red sauce, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and kale. ^^^

DSCF8150^^Included on this pizza::: Refried beans in leu of sauce. Green beans, corn, tomatoes and scallions as toppings.^^

(We also had vegan pizza, with hummus and fresh veggies, a “Greek” pizza w/artichokes, tomatoes and kale, a veggie pizza and another Mexican pizza with taco seasoning added to the red sauce.)

PROJECT TWO from Forty Faces of the Groom::: Straws

For the straws, we simply taped the circles onto straws. (We had to add an inappropriate groom comment to label the straws.)

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Pretty ridiculous, huh? I wasn’t lying y’all! But if you’re planning a Bachelorette party, this is such a fun way to spice it up a little bit!

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DIY 1920’s Bridal Shower Games

Instead of playing games at my friends 1920’s Bridal Shower, we our bride made a memory box.  Personally, I’m not a big “game player” at parties, so I’m always looking for a way to do something without having to actually “do” it, you know? So, instead of a group game, we set up this little craft-station table (below). We asked people to get a heart from one of the baskets and write marriage advice on it. Then, we asked people to grab a little booklet from the other basket and write their favorite memories of the bride in them. When people were done, they put them both in the cute 1920’s heirloom box in the center of the table.

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I stopped by Crissy’s house on Sunday night and she had the box sitting out among her things. Together, we pawed through it, her reading the advice and me laughing, and Sean rolling his eyes at us. It’s definitely a sweet little something that she will always be able to hold on to throughout the years. And when she’s mad at her guy, she can open in up and get a little extra advice from her ladies. advice basketmemory basketNow, we’re on to Bachelorette Party planning… There is much fun to be had yet in 2013!

 

1920’s Wedding Shower

So, this is my best friend. Readers, please meet Crissy.

Crissy opening giftsShe is beautiful and intelligent and every ounce of crazy. She’s my person in life. You know, the best friend who you can’t shake, no matter what. The best friend who calls you first thing in the morning because they’re pissed or laughing. The best friend who can tell you’re upset and makes fun of you until you laugh and realize how ridiculous you are acting. The best friend who knows you; I mean, really knows you.

Anyway, this great friend of mine, Crissy, is getting married this coming New Year’s Eve. But before the snow hits Michigan, our friends and I decided to throw her a 1920’s Bridal Shower. It was a perfect day, with sunshine and a slight breeze, sangria and laughter, and lots of ragtime music playing in the background.

dessert tableCcrissy and daniellecheers sign and tablecard suitcasetable settingsThe spread::: a make your own sandwich appetizer buffet. Because we did the party at two in the afternoon, we wanted people to have lots of light things to munch on. I ordered three types of bread from this great local bakery and picked up some Naan at Costco. Friday night, I furiously rolled all of the ham, turkey & chicken. A mom of our friend also made a great chicken salad spread. We had a plethora of cheeses.  Cut carrots, sweet peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes were also offered. Toppings were mayo, mustard & hummus. To say this least, this was the perfect afternoon snack as we celebrated our friend’s marriage.

The music::: I ordered a CD from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from i-tunes for our background tunes.

The details::: I used this little machine to cut all of the hearts for the party. Hearts were used as labels for the food, labeling guests glasses, and for guests to write advice to the bride.

Since it was a 1920’s bridal shower theme, we used lots of pearls, ribbons and gold! We found the pearls on the food table @ Hobby Lobby in their Christmas Decor section— score! And that fabulous sparkly CHEERS sign came from Michaels. Each of the letters was on sale for 75 cents! Hooray. Our friend Barb already had that cool window chalk board.

In addition to our centerpieces, I went to the library the morning of the shower and rented books about all things 1920’s. There were fashion books and jazz books, prohibition books and film books, too. It was fun and free way to add a little punch to our centerpieces. Plus, it allowed all of us to plot our outfits for the upcoming 1920’s Bachelorette party!

It was a great party. And we definitely pulled out all of our best tricks for it! There are few better things in life than celebrating someone who really deserves the best. She and her fiance area  walking love story and we can’t wait to continue this 1920’s themed wedding in October at her bachelorette party.

Cheers.