This past Sunday was my bridal shower, and it was better than I ever could have imagined. My bridesmaids, maid of honour, family and friends did such a wonderful job organizing this event, not just for me, but for all the guests who attended. I heard from more than one person that it was the best shower they've attended! (I must say, in all fairness, they did not attended Ashley's shower which I organized. Just kidding! hehe)
The theme was Perfect Pairings of Wine and Food. I'm not sure if these were the exact words they used, but this is the theme I took away from the event.
My mother's BFF, Marie-France, is a Sommelier, and played a huge role in the shower. With the help of my and bridal party, she lead my guests and I through a fun, interactive and informative wine tasting.
Each wine was paired with the perfect appetizer which included cheeses, smoked salmon baguettes, bruschetta, mushroom tarts, fruits and nuts. All the food was homemade with lots of love. And even though we were pairing our wines with quite fancy appetizers, Marie-France said we should really just eat whatever we like with our wine. Even if it's potato chips and champagne!
Here are some of the people who made my day so special:
Ashley, my MOH, and the ring leader of this fabulous event, with Jenny and Lisa my bridesmaids
A nice group shot, with Sacha my sister in law to the right
Here I am with June, Derek's mama
And receiving a nice toast from my own mama
I am lucky enough to have a second mother in law - here's Heather with my cousin Dean
The work put into all the little details was so sweet. Upon arriving, guests were greeted by an nontraditional guest book. Everyone wrote an encouraging message on a piece of paper and slipped it into this wine bottle which is meant to be opened by Derek and I on our 1-year anniversary. So sweet!
Here are the adorable wine charms Ashley made by hand. On the reverse was a number which was used to draw a prize.
There were also 2 quizzes for guests to participate in. One was based on the information we learned throughout the wine tastings. And the other was how well everyone knew me.
Dessert was delicious: lemon and lime cheese cake tarts, fresh fruit and cake. All home made and to die for.
It was an overwhelming day filled with my favourite people, delicious food and so many generous gifts. I know everyone had a really great time, and I did too. What it did make me realize is how fast time flies when you are the guest of honour at these types of events. It's something I hear time and time again from brides about their wedding day, and I experienced it a little bit at my shower. I couldn't believe how exhausted I was by the end of the day, even though I felt like I hardly did anything. Socializing is hard work I guess!?
So again, a big thank you to everyone who attended and all the work everyone did. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!