- Mrs. Taffy
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union
Once Mom Taffy had the spring theme in her head, her plans reallystarted to blossom! In this post I will share some of the fun, colorfuldetails from our shower.
First up – check out these adorable cupcake holders that we found! Ilove the vintage, graphic look of the tulip inspired print and thescalloped edges.
Although we did have cupcakes at the shower, my mom used the cupcakeholders above to hold M&Ms and Skittles on the tables for ourguests – a colorful tribute to my sweet tooth!
I already shared the cute seed favors that my mom put together and the signs thatI made to go with them. She had me in charge of signage for the event,and asked me to make something for each table so the guests would knowabout the favors. I immediately thought of the vintage Valentine that I gave to Mr. Taffy, which I purchased the same time we bought the vintage shower invitations.The cute gardening birds fit perfectly with our theme! I changed theValentine in Photoshop to personalize it for use as a double sidedtented sign for the tables. I’ll show you the before and after:
And the other side:
As well as adding text, I cleaned the Valentine up a bit and swapped hair colors on the girl and boy. Also, don’t mind the really faded opacity on the first sign, it was as brightly colored as the original at the shower.
And now, here are the other favors, which definitely looked very“bridal”, and were perfect for a shower, as well as a wedding. My momtied it in the spring theme with the contents of the boxes.
Last fall, Mom Taffy picked up the latest issue of Martha StewartWeddings, as she was intrigued by the favor display idea on the cover.
It mainly caught her eye because the two blues used on the boxes arestraight out of our color palette! Way before she wanted to do anythingfor the shower, she wanted to do this. She ordered the light blue favorboxes from Sophie’s Favors,when her arm was still in its cast, so Mr. Taffy and I assembled theboxes for her. Later that week, Taffettes Miss A & L came over fora night of ribbon fun time.
They are awesome! In the distance, you may be able to see our blackbirdcage for the guestbook, and my Taffy ornament from Mrs. Eggplant!
We used the 1.5″ Xyron machineto adhere the ribbon, which was 3/8″ wide. The Xyron was amazing!!! Wecould feed two ribbons in at once, and the adhesive came off ofeverything except the ribbon, which made things very quick! We didn’thave to cut any adhesive off at all! Pre cutting all of the ribbon tothe box diameter beforehand also helped. For the bows, we used photosquare adhesives, as we didn’t want the entire ribbon to be sticky sothe bows would have some loft.
A somewhat blurry image of the results. We were only expectingaround 50 people for the shower, so we had to modify the way the boxeswere stacked compared to Martha Stewart’s image. Mr. Taffy made afoamcore piece that stood in the middle, which helped make the “cake”look bigger than it was. I happened to have white tulips in the houseat the time, and I loved them so much with the boxes that my mom usedthem on either side of the “cake” at the shower instead of more ediblegoodies, like on the MS cover. We did find the exact cake stand on thecover, which we really needed to fit the width of the boxes. It is fromthe Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s, but they don’t have themonline anymore. We called every store in Metro Detroit before we foundthe size that we needed, and had to travel a bit to pick it up! It wasquite the goose chase.
To go inside the boxes, my mom made chocolate bird nests the week ofthe shower. She mixed melted milk chocolate with coconut and let themdry, then placed Cadburry mini eggs in the center. Here is a picture ofone: (the nest was very small on this one!)
This was a very simple DIY favor, and they were very delicious.
The day before the shower, my mom baked lemon and chocolate cupcakes, along with a few batches of buttercream frosting.
That evening, Taffetes A, L, and I went to my mom’s to help with thefrosting. Of course, we got to frost some to try first, just to makesure that they were OK.
Now that the details are out, I can’t wait to blog about the showeritself, which was filled with joy and love. I was happy to help my momwith the shower plans as her broken arm healed.
Did you help with any of the execution of your shower?
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