Vintage Bridal Shower

I had the joy of planning a bridal shower for my nephew's fiancee. Because she is from Japan we wanted to show her some of the Canadian customs around weddings and showers. We wanted to give her something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for her wedding day.

1. Start with four round cardboard boxes from the dollar store.

2. Paint two of them ivory, one gold and one a blush colour.

3. Add a sparkly sticky trim also found at the dollar store to the lids. Glue some flowers to the smallest lid.

4. Print the saying on the computer and glue one phrase to each box.

5. Inside the 'something old' box I placed a beautiful handkerchief from her fiancee's grandma in some tissue paper.

6. Inside the 'something new' box I placed a gift card from a lingerie shop from her future mother-in -law.

7. Inside the 'something borrowed' box I placed a crystal party ring from a grandmother.

8. Inside the 'something blue" box I put all the things you need on the wedding day that were blue; a small bottle of Listerine, foot lotion in a blue container, breath mints, Kleenex, lotion, etc.

The bride was delighted with all the items and enjoyed opening each one.

We collected money for the couple instead of gifts so I attached twine to a picture frame and added small clothespins and also a saying with sticker letters. Guests were asked to bring cash and they attached the cash to the clothespins on the


I also decorated a white picture frame with blush and ivory plastic flowers and used sticker letters to put a title on it. As guests came we took photos of them with the bride holding up the frame. Each guest also brought a family recipe and we will compile them into a family recipe book with the photos from the shower on the page with the recipe they brought. This will make a great keepsake from the shower but also give the bride some great ideas for making favourite family recipes.

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