mary loves musicals

a few weeks ago, some of my friends and i hosted a bridal shower for mary, whose wedding is in june. we decided the theme should be musicals — just for fun.

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i illustrated the table cards to explain how the food all tied in to the theme. at the end of the party, those table cards went into a book that also had additional illustrated pages of special quotes each of the hostesses chose (signed with personal well wishes for the happy couple). i chose hairspray — “without love, life is like the seasons with no summer. without love, life is rock ‘n’ roll without a drummer.”

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nina’s house was filled with gorgeous tulips, too. it was such a fun, colorful day (just a few days after a big snowfall, too).

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after everyone had a chance to enjoy some of the food, we launched into the first game. the objective was to try to pronounce a character’s name from a couple of mary’s favorite musicals — with a giant marshmallow stuffed into your mouth!


katie developed a “chipmunking” technique.


i had no idea how difficult it actually was until i tried it, but luckily i was too busy taking photos and only had to attempt it once. 🙂

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then, to the next game…


i’m not sure where jane found this one but it was both hilarious and completely inappropriate. yes, there is video. no, i’m not posting it (i promised everyone [and myself] that i wouldn’t embarrass us all like that).

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michelle’s coconut cake with coconut ice cream was ohmygodyum. i wish i had some right now.


and then it was time for gifts!

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nina was the purveyor of gifts.

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katie explains why its very important to have at least one nice, big serving tray. and she sure picked a lovely one for mary!

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this was so cute – mother of the groom put together a whole picnic kit, complete with rainy day substitution!

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custom apron for mary, who loves aprons.

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and, finally, the hostesses presented the book that includes the table cards, our well wishes, and…

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a ticket for her and her future husband to see the musical of their choice. 🙂 (judging by her face, i think she was surprised and very pleased!)


i’m so excited for her wedding! it will be at her family’s farm in south dakota and guaranteed to be a super fun time.

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