DIY: Couple’s Shower

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I was lucky enough to find a lifelong friend sixteen years ago. Kathleen and I met when she moved schools in third grade, and we have been tight ever since. Our friendship has evolved over the years, and last year she asked me to be her maid of honor. This past weekend, I threw a woodsy-chic couple’s shower for Kathleen and her fiancé, Tyler. There were plenty of flowers, and I did lots of DIY projects. Here are some of the photos from the day.

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Instead of buying cupcakes, I decided to make them myself! You can totally get by using a box cake mix (I used Pillsbury). The secret is the homemade buttercream icing. My grandmother’s recipe is:

  • 1/2 stick of margarine
  • 1/2 of salted butter
  • 1/4 cup of Crisco shortening
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (Pure vanilla extract only– no imitation!)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar (can add more to get thicker consistency)
  • Mix all together with hand or stand mixer until fluffy

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For the gift table, I decided to go with a card basket instead of a box. I found this basket at Hobby Lobby. It’s great because it has a chalkboard on the front! Also from Hobby Lobby, this cute little money box that says Honeymoon Fund.

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Personally, I am not a big fan of shower games. I think they can take up too much time, and often times no one wants to play. So instead of typical games, I made a piñata! This was not difficult to make. I took leftover cardboard boxes and three different sized mixing bowls. Get some good scissors, duct tape, and lots of tissue paper and there you have it– a wedding cake-shaped piñata.

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Our venue had the most beautiful fireplace, so I knew I wanted the mantle to be the centerpiece for all photos. I created the floral initials by taking cardboard letters from the craft store and cutting the top open. Next, hot glue some floral foam on the inside (I got mine from Dollar Tree). Finally, attach fake flowers and greenery. To give the letters a boost, I added in some books. I accented the floral letters with a spray-glittered “and” sign, a couple of candles (from Rifle Paper Co. and Anthropologie), and some potted plants.

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One of the plus sides of living in a woodsy area? Plenty of fallen trees. The logs used in all of the centerpieces were from fallen trees in my front yard (thanks to my dad and his chainsaw for the help). The pots came in a pack of three from Dollar Tree, and the flowers were from Lowes.

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And here’s me with the happy bride! Do you enjoy party planning? Let me know if you find any of these ideas helpful. Happy crafting!

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