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The phrase “wedding party” may typically be used to refer to those ‘maids and ‘men who flank a bride and groom on their big day — but it’s also the term we used when throwing Emily and Ryan’s pre-wedding shindig. The term (whispered) shower is kind of a dirty word in our group — evoking images of trite games, forced oohing and aahing, and bad, crustless finger sandwiches. A wedding party, in this sense, is the absolute opposite, and guarantees delicious food, a variety of bubbles and bourbons, and camaraderie that is infectious.

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The best place to start is with a theme — ours was vintage southern chic. His and Hers signature cocktails of mint julep and citron champagne kept the trend going. Food was supplied by our dear friend (who has a second career waiting for him in the kitchen) — the menu included fried chicken with remoulade and biscuits. The Mr and Mrs cupcakes may have been my favorite – red velvet with cream cheese frosting and strawberry with champagne frosting!

Flowers and decor are key in setting the theme for any party, and this was no exclusion. Rather than scattering picture frames about the house, we used the tv to broadcast a loop of Emily and Ryan’s favorite photos. A vintage tissue paper bride (that Red Hen had for me) made an appearance, while the centerpiece on the main table kept things more modern and eclectic. A chalkboard banner created a focused space for gift opening. And, of course, flowers everywhere.

We couldn’t escape the need for an activity, so we kept things casual with a station to write the happy couple notes containing advice and best wishes for the future.

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Overall, we achieved our goal of a gathering that celebrated the love of two people very dear to us, showering them with love and a really great party!

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Need to throw a baby shower party? We’ve done one of those, too! Check out that post HERE.