Sunday, 22 May 2016


I met my friend Stephanie at university when our small satellite campus moved to its own place and not one shared by the bigger tech university. We did some really fun and neat things while at Trent and since then we have both moved on from the campus and into bigger and better challenges. Stephanie moved to Montreal but every time she visits Oshawa I make it a point to visit with her. So I was honoured when she asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. We recently hosted a bridal shower in Oshawa for Stephanie and it was a lot of fun.

The bridal shower was held at her home church in Oshawa which was neat as there was a lot of space for us to prepare. Stephanie's soon-to-be mother-in-law surprised us all with her unique food creations and her homemade doughnuts. I was in charge of the cake and spent fifteen minutes in the store thinking of what writing to put on. The teacher inside me knew that "Congratulations Stephanie!" was not acceptable and I tried to remember what cakes I had seen in the past. "From Miss to Mrs. Our Best Wishes, Stephanie!" was what I came up with and I am quite proud of that!

 Games are my favourite part of any shower and each of Stephanie's bridesmaids (except for her younger sister) were asked to come up with a game or something guests could  do for Stephanie. Stephanie's Maid of Honour, Chandra, came up with writing marriage advice for Stephanie on Jenga pieces so when Stephanie and Ben are playing Jenga they can read the marriage advice their friends gave to them. Ashlyn came up with a fun "How Well Do You Know the Bride" questionnaire and I came up with a kisses estimation jar (pretty brilliant because the jar full of kisses is also the prize). For the party favours I purchased hand soap at Michael's and tied tulle bows around them. They were a great decoration piece and a usable item for guests to take home.

When planning the shower, Chandra wanted to stick with Stephanie's colours, lavender and grey. Chandra also thought of the vintage theme and had cute mason jars with flowers on each table the guests sat at and she brought doilies to write game instructions on. I saw the chalkboard sign at Michael's and instantly knew that it worked with the vintage theme and thought it was a nice added touch to my estimation game.

 Overall the wedding shower was a lot of fun and very successful. I enjoyed trying all the different foods people made for the potluck style lunch we threw and watching Stephanie open her gifts and thanking everyone was nice. Stephanie is a very thoughtful and kind friend and she deserves the best during her wedding season. 

Have you been to a bridal shower recently? What are your favourite games to play? Do you have a food item you always bring (mine is fruit punch)?

Xo. Tara Berries


  1. Looks like it was a fun event and those donuts look yummy. It's been a long time since I went to a bridal shower and I don't remember any games, but those certainly look fun.

  2. I haven't been to one in a while, but this is definitely the season for it!

    Alix |

  3. I love the Jenga game sign-in! I saw an idea for that awhile ago and wished so much that I had done that for my wedding. Sigh, if only Pinterest had been around then. I'm always a fan of guessing how many of something in is in the jar, just because it's simple. I also like the price is right game, and present bingo. :)

  4. This shower is so cute!! I love the vintage theme!!

  5. Very nice, stress-free and not too fancy. That is my kind of wedding celebration

  6. A beautiful place to get married. I went to my friend's wedding here this past weekend. This place is beautiful, one of the nicest locations for a wedding I've ever been. The ceremony at New York wedding venues was very nice and felt very intimate.