My sister Kathy, who is Karen's godmother, my sister in law, Georganna and Allison threw a bridal shower for Karen yesterday. They did a very nice job. The decorations were lovely. The food was yummy and abundant and much laughter and many smiles were shared as female friends and family gathered. It has been many years since I attended a bridal shower and I honestly don't remember playing any games at those I did attend or host all those years ago. Allison cooked up a few games and they made me laugh and they were pretty fun, too. We had a purse scavenger hunt where we looked for things like band aids, rubber bands, something that used to be alive, toys, batteries, magnets and a long list of other things that I certainly did not have. All I had from that list of about 30 items was a magnet (on the back of my work name tag) and batteries (in my camera). We also played wedding gift bingo and crossed off the gifts on our cards as she opened gifts. Another fun thing she did was ask Karen a series of questions abut Joe that she had previously asked him to see how many of them she answered the same. Every time, she got one wrong, she had to put a piece of bubblegum in her mouth. By the end, she need a kleenex to catch the drool from such a giant wad of gum in her mouth.
Here is the big story for me, though. I learned that I need to have one of those Oprah fashion make overs. I bought a new purse, new shoes and a new dress for this occasion. When I walked in, Kathy and George both gushed over my shoes. I was feeling pretty good cause I, of course, like them, too or I wouldn't have bought them. After everyone else had left, Allison picked up my purse and said, "whose purse is this?" I answered, "mine." Her reply was that it didn't look like something I would normally carry. Karen chimed in. "I know. It's really cute, isn't it?" I laughed and said to my sister and my sister in law. "Did you just hear my children diss my fashion sense?" They agreed with my kids! George said she was just thinking about great I looked in that dress and those shoes and how she was liking the new me. Does anyone know Oprah?
I also did something I'm feeling pretty good about. Yesterday morning, I got the idea to make a mini book for Karen's future mother in law using the engagement photos I had taken. I had a set of 8 round drink coasters I bought at Michaels for 50 cents. I covered each of them with some BG Euphoria paper, inked the edges purple, matted the wallet pics I had made and put them on each side of the coasters except for the front one. I used my cropodile to punch a hole in each and then connected them with a binder ring and tied some ribbons to it. I put a thicker title (in love) on the front, slapped a pink heart and a turquoise butterfly punch on it and called it good. It took me about 2 hours to make and I was starting to sweat the time before I had to leave for the shower. I gave it to her and she cried as she looked at it. That reaction was all the thanks I needed. My only regret? I forgot to take a picture of it!