Monday, April 26, 2010


Hello again!
                 It's the last week of April, and YES, showers are expected today! My theme has been consistant thanks to Mother Nature;)
  Wedding showers have a long history, supposedly started in the late 1500's early 1600's when a Dutch girl from a prominent family fell in love with a miller boy.  Her Dad was NOT happy about their upcoming union and refused to present a dowry. (Dad thought this would stop the wedding)
The neighbors of these lovebirds knew this was true love and decided to gather some of their own precious possesions and present them in a parasol "showering" the Bride with the gifts. This so touched the father, that he gave his blessing on the marriage- and a new tradition was started!
So... if you're one of those who dislike showers- blame the Dutch! lol

Showers became popular in the U.S. around the 1890's and continue to this day. They are usually given by the maid of honor and bridesmaids, but may also be given by family, friends, or co-workers.
Traditionally, gifts are given for the couple to begin their new lives together as husband and wife. With the passing of gay marriage in many states, there are now more same sex couples getting married and having showers also.   Today, many couples already have set up a household before the wedding and gifts are sometimes themed for an interest of the couple , the theme of the wedding, or a specific type of gift such as a kitchen, bedroom, or honeymoon shower. Showers have truely evolved since that little Dutch girl!

The general purpose is to show the couple your support of their marriage and showering them with blessings and best wishes for their "Happily ever after."<3
Happy Planning

Saturday, April 17, 2010


As I look out the window, a week later, it's still raining!  April showers for sure;)
I'm going to divert a bit and skip the shower talk and head right to a great suggestion for a Father/Daughter
song. Edwin McCains " Walk With You " - I recieved the sample CD in the mail & love it.
I've put the Youtube link on my Twitter page. Hope you enjoy it.
Here's some lyrics from the chorus :
I’ll take this slow sweet walk with you

You’ll let go of my hand to say: I do

He will discover just how blessed a life can be

I know cuz all those years ago

Someone handed you to me

O.K.- NOW I'll get on to the "shower" part of the April showers.
 I am curious as to what your thoughts are concerning bridal or wedding showers?
What do you think of a wedding shower where men are also invited vs. traditional bridal showers?
I've been to both, and lately men have also been there. It's been fun listening to their comments and take on the gifts etc. They seem to add humor to the gathering! Especially when it's a lingere' gift ;)

How about games?  Bridal BINGO? Bridal Pictionary? Create a veil? or Dress the Bride?
( with toilet paper!) Who said it? Having guest write advice, tips for a happy marriage, or some memory about the bride or couple. Most of these games get folks involved , break the ice, and add laughter to the shower. It gives your guest something to do while you open your gifts, and lets them get to know one another, and YOU even better! When the wedding day comes they'll be more at ease, and so will YOU!

Next blog will deal with the location!
Happy Planning everyone!

Monday, April 12, 2010




Hi everyone!  Well, March has marched away and we're already into April.
What do you think about in April?  Why, April showers, of course!  Which is exactly what I've been thinking about...Bridal showers that is!
I met with Lydia Blanchard of Sweet Lydia's S'mores n More on Sat. to check out her delicious creations and discuss our common wedding planning interest.  She makes the cutest and SO delicious personalized S'mores n More.  She presented me with a personalized chocolate covered (w/ pink chocolate drizzle)
sugar cookie s'more in a flower shape on a lolly stick, wrapped and tied with pink ribbon and a personalized label, a dipped chocolate pretzel ( blue drizzled), and a chocolate covered ( green drizzled) graham cracker S'more.
I must admit, they surely came in handy this weekend to munch on while sipping tea and doing taxes!
Almost made it easy work, but taxes are taxing ... and eating was a nice diversion;)

How do you order these for wedding or shower favors?  Just get in touch with us on our contact page  or directly with Lydia at
If your are in the Lowell Ma area, you can taste sample some of these at Brew'd Awakenings on Market St.
where Lydia works her magic downstairs and appears with delectable goodies to sell to YOU!
I'm calling this blog April Showers 1. Hey, it's a month of shower items to blog about. I figured this would be a great place to start!
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Happy Planning!      Kathie