Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bridal Showers & Bachelorette Parties (picture overload)

Forgive me...I'm just now posting about my 2 bridal showers and 2 bachelorette parties.  Mainly a lot of pictures with a little blurb about what we all did.  Oh and I was only planning on having 1 bachelorette party, but the 2nd was kind of just an excuse for us local girls to go out in the limo!!  But it was fun, and I'm so blessed with wonderful family & friends!!

1st Bridal Shower was held in our hometown by my Mother In-Law's friends/my friends, and 1 of my bridesmaids.  There was a great turn out of guests, lots of gifts (seriously blessed, people!), and yummy cake!!  My mom, both grandma's, and my maid of honor were able to attend.  My 3 other bridesmaids were back in the city, they weren't able to make it.  There weren't any games, which was my request, because it was a large shower.  I think most of the guests were pleased with that decision, because it allowed more time to chit chat.  It was a really fun time!!  Here are a few pictures (I won't bore you with pictures of me opening gifts)...

cutest.zebra cake.ever
don't you just love the red high heel?!

Tracy, Ashley S (bridesmaid), Me, Diane, and Lori
The fabulous girls who threw the shower!

My mom, Me, and Mother In-Law

Me & my MOH Ashley! {besties}

Gma Jo, Mom, Me, Mother In-Law, D's Gma Bonnie, and Gma Jean

My 2nd Bridal Shower was held in the big city, as I have several friends that I keep in touch with.  I lived there for about 7 years, so I just had to have one there.  My bridesmaids were all in charge of this one, and it turned out to be fabulous!!  They all know me so well...I love Pink and I love Zebra, so they combined the 2!!  Just like the 1st shower, I requested no games, because we were tight on space, also a large crowd, and I wanted to have a little more time to chat with friends that I hadn't seen in forever.  Here are some pictures...

Me with the sweets table.
If you look closely in the back there is a black frame with
pink & black zebra fabric, that was advice for couple.
I loved all of the advice that we received, such a cute idea instead of games!
 
Homemade Cupcakes, and they were all super yummy!!
Top to Bottom: Smores with topped with Marshmallow frosting and graham cracker crumbs,
Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting,
and Cherry Limeade (the green thing was supposed to be cotton candy, but it was a very hot day)
These were all made by my amazing sister in-law Kelli, and brother Jerrod!

another look at the cute sweets table
 
Pink Peanut Butter "Zebra" Cookies
You can find these babies on Pinterest!!
 
"Love is Sweet Take a Treat" - sweets table sign
 
Mel, Ashley, Me, Aimee, and Danielle
The amazing bridesmaids, minus Ashley S.

Me & my personal attendants: Jen (cousin), and Kelli (sister in-law)

me & the mom's!

Amber, Nicole, Me, Kelsi, and Rachel
My old small group ICCC friends, who have turned into great friends!!
After the bridal shower, we headed downtown where we reserved some rooms for the evening.  Me & the bridesmaids, plus Jen & Kelli, and another friend, split 2 King Suites which also were connected.  We had so much fun getting ready together, doing each others hair & makeup, and having some drinks!  We had supper down in the hotel restaurant, went back to the room to do some fun shots, and came back down just in time for the bachelorette party to start!  I had some friends come down and meet us, as well as some of our local friends made the trip up to the city as well.  We had some drinks in the hotel bar, and then headed to the downtown hot spot where there are several bars and a huge open area to hang out.  The theme was Pink & Black!! Whoever came had to wear something pink & black.  Here are a few fun group shots, but the rest of the pictures aren't blog friendly!! ;) 

Top Left to Right: Mel, Jen, Mom, Jess, Kelli, Ashley
Bottom Left to Right: Amanda, Me, Aimee

Me, Amanda, and Mel

I am sooo blessed!!! :)

Amazing Bridesmaids who put this whole thing on!

Taking a fun shot without the use of our hands!! ;)
 I was pretty tired that next day, I think I only had 7 hours of sleep total for the weekend (friday & saturday combined). It was the longest.trip.home.ever. No joke, 5 hours on the road, and it was windy & hot. Also, I ended up leaving my shower dress in the closet and the hotel never was able to find it. So to whoever took my dress, I hope you're enjoying it as much as I did!  It was brand new, only got to wear it the 1 time. :(  Other than that, the whole weekend was a blast, love my girls!!

On to the last bachelorette party...it was more of a last minute thing, but man it was a blast!  D was out of town at his bachelor party, so we decided we were going to go out.  Well a few of the girls decided it was going to be a #2, rented a limo, had supper at Boondocks, and then it brought us back to town to the local hole it the wall.  I've never laughed so hard in my life!!  My friend Jess even made me a special veil that I wore to supper, and then I took it off, because I kept sitting on it.  Here are a few pictures...

In the limo...Me, Jess, Janel, and Mom
 
Party People!!
Kaylee, Lauren, Buffey, Kristi, Janel, Penny, Diane, Mom, Jess, and I (in front)

a view of the condom veil!

Mom, Tracy, and I

Lauren, Me, and Jess

Mom and I
 There ya have it!! Sorry for the picture overload, but at least I only showed a few from each event. I loved all of them, and think we need to make it a point to have more girl nights!