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In Lifestyle on
December 9, 2017

How to Throw a Bridal Shower

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In February, one of my lifelong friends Rachel will be getting married! When she asked me to be her Maid of Honor a few months ago, I was so excited.

Rachel and I have grown up together–she’s truly like a sister to me. We’ve been through our awkward stages together (lol) and have so many fun memories. Most importantly, we’ve been there for each other through the good and the bad. Life is by no means perfect, but it’s so much better when you have friends like Rachel in your life.

As you probably know, part of a MOH’s duties is to throw the bridal shower. For Rachel, I knew it had to be nothing but the best! Pinterest was my best friend during the planning process and I found so many cute ideas that I wanted to recreate. I had so much fun putting everything together, so I wanted to write a blog post with some tips & tricks and photos from the day! If you’re planning a bridal shower anytime soon (or are looking for inspo for your future shower lol), keep reading:

5 Bridal Shower Ideas

Entryway Sign

One of the first things I knew I wanted to make for Rachel’s shower was a cute entryway sign that everyone saw as they walked in. I decided to make one with a chalkboard! I practiced the design on a sheet of paper and just went for it. I used a chalkboard marker instead of traditional chalk so I could get bright white, smooth and crisp lines. I propped it up outside my front door and tied a batch of pink and white balloons to it. It was a simple and cute way to greet everyone as they walked in!

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Photo Booth

Another element I for sure wanted at the shower was a photo booth. I used a pink sheet and nailed it to the wall outside and ordered a cute ‘Miss to Mrs.’ gold banner. To bring in some green, I purchased a string of (fake) eucalyptus. It brought in the pink, gold, and greenery color scheme Rachel will be incorporating into her wedding.

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I also purchased some cute photo booth props on Amazon and put them on a card table next to the photo area. I love how minimal and cute these ones were!

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Cute Desserts

What’s a bridal shower without cute desserts? I found these cute gold cupcake toppers on Amazon put them on top of vanilla cupcakes with light pink frosting and chocolate cupcakes with white frosting to tie in the color scheme. I used a marble slab and flipped some bowls over to stack the cupcakes on so that some of the cupcakes were elevated more than others. They were a hit, especially since one of the bridesmaid’s mom made the vanilla cupcakes herself!

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Gift Table

I also knew I wanted to make the gift table area cute. I purchased a small chalkboard sign that I wrote ‘gifts’ on and placed it next to a flower arrangement (made by one of the bridesmaids, Abby) and a photo of Rachel and her fiancé, Zac. It was simple, but added a personal touch to the table!

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Rachel opened her gifts in front of the backdrop, and she took a photo with each of the guests and the gift they gave her.

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Games!

Last but not least, a big part of the shower was spent playing games! We played the clothespin game and I also lead a ‘Who Said It’ game. I asked both Rachel and Zac a series of questions before the shower, put together their answers, and mixed them up. I printed them on a card and the guests had to guess who said what statement–was it Rachel, Zac, or both?

The last game we played was led by two of the bridesmaids, Chelsea and Brittany. They gathered up photos of Rachel from when she was younger and passed them around, then we all had to guess what age she was in each photo! The person who guessed the most correctly won. 😉 It was so fun looking through all of the cute photos of Rachel!

Overall, I had so much fun throwing Rachel’s shower. If you’re planning or attending a shower soon, I hope you found this post helpful and were inspired! If you’ve thrown a shower, tell me about it in the comments below. 🙂 I would love to hear from you!

 

Love Lauren Michelle

In Lifestyle on
September 8, 2017

Quick Trip to LA

Museum of Ice Cream
Quick Trip to LA - Love, Lauren Michelle

Hi everyone!

A few months ago, a few of my good friends and I planned a trip to LA for Labor Day weekend. It seems like just yesterday we planned it and now it’s come and gone! I had SO much fun on this trip and we had the chance to do some really cool things, so I wanted to share a quick recap on the blog!

It all started when my friend Reagan and I discovered the Museum of Ice Cream on Instagram. We always talked about how cool it would be to go, and then one day, we had lunch with our friend Mary who said her and our other friend Taylor had been talking about how they wanted to go too! We looked up how to get tickets and saw that the museum was actually going to be moving to San Francisco soon, and they were about to launch the last tickets for LA. So, we decided we were going to try to get tickets!

Reagan, Mary, Taylor and I all work together, so the day tickets went live we all were pretty anxious about whether or not we would actually be able to get them. Luckily, after waiting in line for a few minutes, we snagged 4 tickets for September 3rd!

We were so excited about getting tickets and we planned to spend the weekend in Malibu and LA to knock out some things on our bucket list. Here’s an overview of what we did over the 3 days of our trip!

Day 1

Saturday started bright and early at 5am. We grabbed some Starbucks and hit the road, heading towards Malibu. We decided to take the longer route so we could drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. It was amazing!

We checked into our hotel in the afternoon and decided to head to the first place on our list: Malibu Farm. We had seen so many photos of this cute restaurant on Instagram, so we knew we had to go! The restaurant is on the pier, so you overlook the ocean while you eat. We had an amazing lunch and took some fun photos.

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We headed back to our hotel to freshen up (it was pretty hot that weekend), and then we hopped in the car and headed toward THE BACHELOR MANSION! We were all pretty starstruck and decided to be sneaky and take some pictures of it over the fence.

Next, we stopped by The Malibu Cafe. This outdoor cafe had the cutest little food and drink stands and shops.

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After that, we headed to the beach to take some photos and watch the sunset. It was so beautiful! The tide was coming in and the waves were huge!

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Afterwards we were pretty hungry so we ended the night by getting some Mexican food. On our way back to the hotel we saw some paparazzi waiting outside Nobu, a sushi restaurant, and we decided to ask who they were waiting for. They said they weren’t waiting for anyone in particular but some of them had seen Khloe Kardashian and Scott Disick at the fair earlier!

Day 2

Day 2 was Ice Cream Museum Day! We started our morning by getting coffee at a cute little shop by our hotel. It was probably the best latte I’ve ever had! Then we went to SunLife to get some smoothie bowls.

After having breakfast, we left Malibu and headed toward LA. We heard Taylor Swift’s “…Ready For It?” for the first time on the drive and listened to it over and over again!

Once we arrived to downtown LA, we had some time to kill so we took some photos outside of the cutest nail salon called Base Coat! It was right next to the museum.

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Labor Day Weekend

Once 1:30 rolled around, it was time to go to the museum. You couldn’t miss it–the entire building is painted bright pink!

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Being in the museum was a whirlwind, but it was so much fun. There was so much to see and we stayed busy taking photos the entire time (we were in there for an hour and a half). Each room was so unique and we had the greatest time. Here are some of my favorite photos:

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The famous sprinkle pool

After visiting the museum, we headed to our hotel in LA and relaxed for a bit (we were exhausted!). We then headed into the city for some dinner and even sat several tables away from Kylie Jenner’s assistant. We kept waiting for Kylie to show up but unfortunately she never came.

We had a sweet craving after dinner so we decided to get some dessert at Milk. This ice cream shop is known for their macaroon ice cream sandwiches, and now I know why! I tried the green tea and rose flavor.

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Day 3

We couldn’t leave LA without stopping by Alfred Coffee and Alfred Tea Room across the street. We got both coffee and tea that morning, and I tried boba for the first time! I’m not sure how I felt about it, but the cute pic I got by the pink wall outside made it worth it.

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Alfred Coffee

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Alfred Tea Room

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After enjoying a nice breakfast, it was time to hit the road and head back to Phoenix. This trip was such a blast and I’m so glad I got to share it with Mary, Reagan, and Taylor. They made it so much fun! We’re already planning our next adventure. 😉

What are your must-see places in LA? I would love to hear in the comments below!

 

Love Lauren Michelle