Hi everybody, I’m sure you all remember Marie from my Afternoon Tea post. Today she’s going to be guest blogging (that’s right ladies and gentlemen, I’ve entered the world of guest blogging) and sharing with us these awesome cards that she made to use as a bridal shower game. Enjoy!! (thank you, Marie!!) PS. The picture’s were taken by Marie’s brother’s fiancee (and they’re awesome).
Greetings! One of my close friends from home is to be wed on St. Patrick’s day this year, and I am one of her faithful bridesmaids to see her through this momentous occasion in her life. Her bridal shower occurred this past January 28th ,2012. For her bridal shower, each of us bridesmaids divided, and most certainly conquered, tasks to pull together a spectacular bridal shower. My most important task was to put together a simple game (one that is done at many bridal showers).
The game: We ask the groom a set of questions well before the bridal shower. At the bridal shower, we ask the bride the questions and she has to guess his answers. Some of the questions we asked the groom were: What is groom’s favorite color? Is groom right-handed or left-handed? What would the groom say is the bride’s most annoying habit? Who said I love you first? Where did groom propose? What was groom’s first job?
As you may surmise, these questions allow the audience to learn more about the couple and see how well they know each other. The twist to this game is that if the bride gets the question wrong, she has to chew bubbalicious bubble gum. It can be quite interesting to see someone chew 7 pieces of bubble yum gum if they answered 7 questions wrong while trying to answer the next question.
I wanted to add an additional twist to the game. My inspiration came from a bridal shower I attended last year for one of my cousin’s. The maid of honor mounted the questions on beautiful cards and gave them out to the attenddees of the shower so that the audience could engage in the game as well by asking the bride the questions when it came to their numbered card. In addition, the cards were lovely enough to keep. Thus, I decided to make handmade cards in hopes that the bride and groom would keep them and have something to look back on throughout their life of where they started.
So, if you haven’t been paying attention – -
My Mission: Making about 20 of the same homemade cards. They had to be simple enough to replicate, but beautiful enough to make a keepsake. Color inspiration was easy as the bridal shower colors were predetermined by the bride: green and purple, (which is slightly different than the actual wedding day colors).
The materials: Cardstock paper in green, purple, and cream, Fine sharpie markers in purple and green, and Ribbons in … can you guess it??? Yes! Green and Purple! Simple right?
The tools: Borrowed an awesome Papercutter and a design edger from craft extraordinaire Chrystina Noel
My Plan of attack:
I worked on these cards over a period of 2 days. The first day I cut down the green and purple paper (unfortunately I no longer have the cards in my posession so the dimensions I am unsure (purhaps 4×6 inches?). I also cut down the cream paper (writing portion) and played around with how I wanted to use the paper design edger.
The second day I was in a time crunch and my sidekic, Matt assisted. We started working on these cards at 9 p.m. at night. I put him to edging the cards (maybe not the best choice because of the limited number cream paper I precut), while I worked on ribbons. After some slight frustrated outbursts because the materials were not cooperating as planned, Matt and I switched tasks. He glued the cream paper on the green or purple cards while I design-edged the cream paper. We took a break to go to the diner to eat some sustenance as well as coffee to keep us awake. What was a savior was some good music, Matt singing and being comical as well as the occasional finger on the ribbon while I tied.
What would I have done differently? Honestly, what I chose fell into place quite beautifully, and I love how they came out and so did everyone else, especially the Bride (she loved the game). I wish I would not have procrastinated so much (but then I wouldn’t be me). Also, the paper – design-edger was finicky and would get stuck down – despite the right amount of love handling, I think we just overused it. Maybe something that can hold up to a lot of repeated punching of paper would be good. Any suggestions?
All in all, this mission was a complete success.
Today’s CUPID numbers are U-24 & U-14.
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