When Aline and Cherie asked about throwing their wedding at our house, they wanted to know if we had any giant games. We used to have giant Pick Up Sticks and a picnic blanket-sized game of Checkers but, nope, we don’t have Cornhole or a giant Connect Four. They rented both and also brought bubbles. The games were a hit, and the bubbles were the best!
If you want to add giant soap bubbles to your next outdoor event, here’s what you’ll need:
giant bubble solution
sense of magic
*Wands and giant bubble solution can be purchased or made.
Aline and Cherie’s flowers, cake and chuppah were as sunny as the day! What made everything even more beautiful? The love and affection flowing from friends and family to the two brides. I loved the flowers–yellow and white with soft green accents, Aline’s lace dress, Cherie’s blue suit, and the couple’s matching sparkly sneakers.
Aline and Cherie’s friends built a chuppah out of birch logs. Wishes from friends and family were printed on green paper, cut into leaves, and laminated. Shout out to Aline’s sister Gavi for sewing the leaves onto the fabric that created the roof of the chuppah.
The gorgeous, rustic-looking, strawberry shortcake wedding cake was baked by Cherie’s sister Cristal. Shout out to Cristal for maintaining her focus and composure while the house and yard buzzed with people setting up and arriving from out of town.
It’s amazing how tents, tables and chairs can transform a space, especially after tables are decorated. At my niece’s wedding in our backyard, a pretty and relaxed tone was set with gauze runners, long boughs of eucalyptus, small and medium bud vases, wood-framed photos, and wooden coasters. Hon, you know I love texture and color, so I found the play of filmy blue fabric, soft green leaves, sharp wooden edges, smooth clear glass, and bright yellow flowers a pleasing combination.
Tents, tables and chairs created places to gather and eat.
Set on top of light blue gauze runners, eucalyptus boughs encircled wooden frames, bud vases and wooden coasters.
My niece created DIY decorations/favors by modge-podging photos onto wooden coasters.
Aline and Cherie’s dog, Mochi, may have been with a dog sitter, but she was there in spirit.
It’s not often that my daughter recommends a book to me, but my youngest really wanted me to read Landline by Rainbow Rowell. She had read it and, because it’s about a mom who tries to juggle her work, home life and marriage, she thought I could relate. Familiar were–dare I say it?–the time before cellphones, the mom needing to write, and the questions that plague a marriage. All normal. All relatable. I wasn’t as emotional about the story and characters as I was about Eleanor and Park, but Rainbow Rowell hit the whole doubts-about-where-my-life-is right out of the ballpark.
Quotes from Landline:
You don’t know when you’re twenty-three.
You don’t know what it really means to crawl into someone else’s life and stay there. You can’t see all the ways you’re going to get tangled, how you’re going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten – in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems.
She didn’t know at twenty-three.”
“She thought of … the way he never made made her feel crazy, even when she was acting crazy, and never made her feel like a failure, even when she was failing.”
“Having kids sent a tornado through your marriage, then made you happy for the devastation. Even if you could rebuild everything just the way it was before, you’d never want to.”
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Does every Bachelorette-ish dinner need games? Probably not, but why not?!
Searching for activities that felt getting-remarried-appopriate and age-appropriate took some doing. “How Well Do You Know the Bride?” and “How Well Do You Know Your Fiancé?” were the winners. Here’s how they work:
“How Well Do You Know the Bride?”
Each guest picks a question out of a bag and answers it. The bride-to-be confirms or corrects the answer. Fun!
What is (the bride’s) birthday?
What color are her eyes?
What is her shoe size?
What is (the bride’s) middle name?
Who is her favorite author?
What is (the bride’s) favorite food?
Where did she go to elementary school?
Where did she go to college?
What is the name of her college boyfriend?
Who is her celebrity crush?
Where did (the bride) and (groom) meet?
Where are they going on their honeymoon?
What song will they rock out to at their wedding?
Where is (the bride’s) dream vacation?
“How Well Do You Know Your Fiancé?”
Before the dinner, the groom-to-be answers the list of questions. At the party, the bride-to-be has to guess her fiancé’s answers. Funny!
What is your favorite color?
Do you have any unusual birthmarks?
Where did the two of you have your first kiss?
Who steals the covers?
What is your favorite breakfast food?
Who said, “I love you” first?
Are you a beer or wine guy?
Do you have a pet name for (the bride)?
Who has better dance moves?
Where would you love to travel?
What is your ideal date?
What do you do that annoys (the bride) most?
What does (the bride) do that annoys you the most?
What is one item that you own that (the bride) can’t stand?
What is one item that (the bride) owns that you can’t stand?
What does (the bride) think is your most endearing quality?
What do you think is (the bride’s) most endearing quality?
The funniest questions were 12-17. My sister mostly guessed her fiancé’s answers correctly. I’ll take that as a good sign!
Hubby and I attended an October wedding in Paso Robles, a city in San Luis Obispo, California where we were amazed by the ever-changing landscape. One minute, there were farms, the next wineries, forests and the Pacific Ocean. Gorgeous!
Not only was the landscape a treat, the wedding was beautiful and–hon, you know I love a theme–I appreciated the DIY details that the bride attended to. Shout out to Linh, the lovely bride who put it all together.
A chalkboard sitting on an easel greeted guests.
Handprinted signs pointed the way. We didn’t know that ceremony would be under a..
…300 year-old tree. This floral backdrop set the mood for the romantic, airy wedding.
Lining the aisle were mason jars hanging on hooked stakes.
Next up: DIY wedding decoration continues all this week. Happy planning, hon.