In case you can’t tell yet, my little sister’s name is Barbie. She is named after my grandmother and has fully embraced the name. Some people say, “What were your parents thinking?!” but really, she loves her name and takes full advantage of the paraphernalia with her name. The closest things out there to Kat are cats themselves. I hate cats.
For her bridal shower I began an inspiration board a few months ago. From that inspiration board I focused in on a few key elements that I wanted to bring to her bridal shower. I settled on a pink candy buffet, pink donuts (I wanted to do cupcakes but since cupcakes would be a part of the wedding, I didn’t want to/couldn’t compete with them). My sister in law and I made pendant flags to decorate with. I spray painted a large tree branch and hung it with bagged cotton candy with custom labels and pink beaded necklaces. The idea was to use pink crystal rock candy but my shipment was delayed.
Thank goodness for all of the breast cancer research fundraising products out there; I found pink Oreos, pink whoppers, pink pixy stix, pink Twinkies AND starburst has a bag with just PINK AND RED flavors in it. Add that to Twizzlers, candy necklaces, pink and red ring pops and you have a beautiful buffet! Ideally I would have had larger glass containers to put these items in but keep in mind I was traveling with ONE bag from the Midwest to California.
I served a 6 foot Subway sandwich with toothpicks complete with the Barbie logo, shoes or purses on them. Also with logo stir sticks I served tea, pink lemonade and a vodka drink called the Pink Cotton Candy. Delish!
When I was to be married five years ago, my sis wanted to throw a shower for my where all of my friends would bring mismatched tea cups and saucers as gifts. That not really being my style (I mostly like things to match), I nixed the idea. Good thing because the gift idea was perfectly suited for her style!
The invitation read:
Barbie & Richard both like tea time in a special spot,
so we’ll shower the bride with tea cups and saucers or a pot.
They needn’t be new or to a matched set,
and if there’s a story, please write it down so she won’t forget
Because she is moving to England with her English gentleman, I also asked guests to pitch in a few dollars for shipping the treasures to her new home.
Barbie received adorable tea pots, cups, saucers, creamers, sugar dishes, aprons, tea collections and wonderful stories to accompany the treasures. Most touching were pieces from friends grandmother’s china sets, hand painted tea pots and wonderful stories!
Her England girlfriends had never experienced a bridal shower (apparently, not a tradition in England) so we played some crazy bridal shower games. It was really fun!