Fun Wedding Shower Ideas

Looking for fun wedding shower ideas?  Look no further! My long time friend, Jan, shared some photos from her niece’s wedding shower, hosted by her family.  The cookie favors are absolutely adorable, and I love the variety.


Another plus to these favors? They are individually wrapped with a delicate blue ribbon.  This way, they are not only hygienically sealed, but can easily be saved by guests to be enjoyed later with a cup of tea or coffee.

Jan introduced me to a charming German tradition.  Read below for a lovely story, and please enjoy the lovely photo of Jan’s own German Bridal Cup. Love the roses in the cup!

The Legend of the Nuernberg Bridal Cup

“Centuries ago, in old Nuernberg, the nobel mistress Kunigunde fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith. Although Kunigunde’s wealthy father (a powerful nobleman) did not Traditional German Wedding Cupapprove of this pair, it was clear that she only wanted the goldsmith to be her husband as she refused many titled and rich suitors who asked for her hand in marriage.

Her father became so enraged that he had the young goldsmith thrown into the darkest dungeon. Not even his daughter’s bitter tears would change her father’s mind.

To her father’s dismay, imprisoning the young man did not end his daughter’s love for the goldsmith. Instead, he could only watch as his daughter grew paler and paler as a result of the separation from her true love.

The wealthy nobleman reluctantly made the following proposal: He told his daughter, “If your goldsmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride”.

Of course he was certain nobody could perform such a task…

Inspired by love and with skillful hands, the young goldsmith created a masterpiece. He sculpted a girl with a smile as beautiful as his own true love’s. Her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised arms held a bucket that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards a second drinker.

The challenge was met. The goldsmith and the nobleman’s daughter joined hands in marriage and with the bridal cup set forth a romantic and memorable tradition as charming today as it was originally hundreds of years ago.

To this day and to many couples the chalice remains a symbol.
Love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.”

German Toasting Glasses


English Bridal Shower Tea Party



I had the recent pleasure of attending a real “English Bridal Shower Tea Party”, hosted by an honest to goodness Englishwoman!  My favorite thing, besides the food, which I’ll describe a little later in this post, was the authentic teacups.  I’m sure the hostess wishes she could say she owned all the lovelies pictured above, but alas, even she does not.  Where did she come this precious china?  Well, for local readers, there is a company in Middletown, Connecticut Rental Center, which rents them.  They not only rent, they deliver them to your party location, and provide pick-up service for return!  Don’t live in the Hartford area?  I bet this service is offered in your neck of the woods as well — Just google it!  Funny how “Google” has become a verb…









The flowers were gorgeous, elegant and understated.  And the food…to die for.  It was exactly what you’d expect from an English High Tea— lots of tea… 🙂 … scones, clotted cream, jam, macaroons, cupcakes, cookies, and the most heavenly tea sandwiches I’ve eaten.  My favorite? –the smoked salmon, cream cheese.  And of course, if you chose to partake, these was the quintessential British Pimms cocktail, (see photo below), mimosas or chardonnay.


BJPG44 Two glasses of Pimm's cocktail with orange and mint. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.

The bride was gracious, (her mother is British, and the hostess a friend of hers), and was a perfect gift recipient.  It’s more difficult than it looks to be gracious as one receives gift after gift.  One game was played.  The guests gave themselves points, (see photo below), based on what they had in their handbags.  And wouldn’t you know it…I had JUST changed out of my ‘mom purse’.  No one could have beaten me had I taken THAT baby to the party!!


The wedding is next week.  To quote my generous and patient husband, “I sure am looking forward to attending a wedding I’m not paying for.”  Ha ha 🙂

Photos #1 #2 #4 – Mary P Karnes

Wedding Gown Cupcake Cake



What will the special dessert at your bridal shower be?  How about a wedding gown cupcake cake?  I’m sure you’ve seen these all over the internet, specifically  I asked my mom for help with my daughter, KK’s shower, and she found this cake and texted me a picture. I think it’s adorable!  We did, in fact, make the cake for the party.


If you want a tiny peek, you can see a little of it on my post titled: Shower Buffet Tables.  I have other pictures, but was not thrilled with how it came out, so I’m not going to share…If I ever make another, I will copy it more closely to these gems you see here.  Aren’t they lovely?


I know what I did wrong.  I…well, Julia my youngest, made all the cupcakes, (sidebar…the cupcakes were the best our family has EVER tasted.  Julia did a fantastic job.  I think it was all the butter she added…), frosted the cupcakes, and then assembled them into the dress form.  How it SHOULD be done, is to assemble the UNFROSTED cupcakes in dress form, (see the bottom photo),and THEN frost them, making sure the frosting touched all cupcakes involved.  🙂


Our guests knew right away what the design was, though, so we must have done an ‘ok’ job.  We tried using real jewelry to decorate the cake, (i.e. pearls), like the one cake above, but it didn’t look as nice as the gorgeous bow my friend, Debbie, fashioned from delicate ribbon.  We got THAT part right… Another issue, is that the guests hated to take a cupcake and ‘ruin’ the cake.  I suggest asking a few family members or close friends to begin taking cupcakes to get the party started!  Piping would have helped give the ‘cake’ a festive look as well.  We just frosted the cupcakes with a few swirls. At least we had a good time creating it!

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Bridal Shower Favors



Bridal shower favors …the little thank you to your guests for attending your party, and gifting you with much needed items to start your new life.  Don’t discount these presents that may range from crystal frames to placemats.   I still have mixing bowls, tupperware, and linens from my showers thirty-one years ago.  So…what to give your guests when they graciously attend your bridal shower?

Well, it can range from the extravagant, think a Waterford crystal vase, to a token – a perfumed soap or a few chocolates.  What about a theme?  KK had a “Tea” for her shower, so we chose a guest-take- away with a “Tea Party” theme.  The top photo is of a teabag that I ordered from   I originally started to order on-line, but had a few questions, and placed a call.  The customer service rep was terrific.  My personalized tea bags arrived in just 3 days – with no shipping up-charge!  FYI, the teabag is plain white, the “personalization,” a sticker.  Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?  It makes for a nice keepsake, for KK and the guests.


Each guest received a pink bag which included the tea bag, a “Tea” shaped tape measure, a few truffles, and a honey straw.  And don’t forget Aunt Cindy’s gorgeous “Tea” candle favor!  (if interested, you can click on the following link and it will direct you to my post: “Fun Bridal Shower Ideas”  It made for a nice, cozy favor.  Below is a picture of the the favor bags grouped in my window sill.


Photos: Mary P Karnes photos
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