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8 Virtual Bridal Shower Ideas

19 Mar

Are you planning a virtual bridal shower and stuck on ideas?  Yes – it isn’t the same throwing a bridal shower virtually, but with a little planning you can make their day special and memorable.

What is a virtual party?

A virtual party is where your party is thrown over a service like Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, etc.  You can invite your friends and family to connect and celebrate the bride-to-be in a safe way.  In many ways virtual bridal showers are ideal for those with little kids, guests who are far away and may not have been able to attend at all.  Another great bonus?  No driving time!

Here are 8 engaging ideas to celebrate your bride-to-be virtually:

1. Plant flowers

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You can send everyone a flower kit ahead of time (you can find these online) and have everyone plant the seeds of her favorite flowers or plant.  Everyone will have something to remind them of the special day that also serves as an instant favor.

2. Spa Day

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If you’re all at-home, why not throw a spa day party?  Send all your guests a fun box of masks and tell them to dress in their robes and slippers.  You can all catch up and talk about the big day while doing a little self-care at the same time.

3. Catered Lunch

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You can treat all your guests to lunch through Uber Eats, GrubHub, or your local favorite restaurant if your guests happen to live in the same area.  Send your guests themed party supplies ahead of time and they can feel a part of the bridal shower with personalized plates, napkins and cups that make it feel cohesive.

4. Painting Class

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Send everyone a small canvas and painting supplies.  You can search up an (easier) painting to all do – either send a picture with the supplies or email the image.  Everyone can paint together and enjoy their favorite beverage.  When everyone is done, you can make a collage of everyone’s paintings to share on social media or better yet – to send thank you notes.

5. Cocktail Hour

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Celebrate the bride-to-be with raising a toast!  Send personalized glasses to the guests ahead of time with cocktail napkins and small treats.  Have the guests make the bride-t0-be’s favorite cocktail or glass of champagne/wine.

You can print the cocktail recipe on a napkin, in the invite or email it ahead of time.

6.  Go down memory lane

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Have your guests send you pics and videos of them with the bride-to-be to include in a slideshow.  Make sure to include pictures of the couple from their childhood years and create background music that the couple love.

7.  Movie Night

Host a movie night!  Have your guests watch a movie chosen by the bride-to-be and everyone can stream on Netflix, Hulu, etc.  Make sure to take “intermissions” and you can have trivia questions with prizes.  You can also send movie essentials ahead of time to guests like personalized popcorn boxes, microwave popcorn and candy.

8. Open gifts

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A more traditional approach is to have all the guest send their gifts ahead of time and have the bride-to-be open them during the virtual bridal shower.  This way you have the opportunity to see her reaction to your gift and also know that she received it.

We hope these ideas inspire your virtual bridal shower planning!

XO,

Jennifer

 

5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home!

19 Feb

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day that’s celebrated by those who are Irish (and those who are a “wee-bit Irish” for the day!).  During the pandemic, parades have been cancelled and many restaurants/bars are closed.  You can still make the fun happen at home with some of our ideas. But who is St. Patrick and why do we celebrate this holiday?

St. Patrick. Photo credit: History.com

According to Britannica.com, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17.

5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home

1. Make Irish Food

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Celebrate the day with traditional Irish dishes such as classic corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and Irish soda bread. We found great recipes on FoodNetwork.com to inspire you in the kitchen.  We are also inspired by the dessert/treat recipes we found on GoodHousekeeping.com.  You can bake shamrock cookies, whip up shamrock shakes, enjoy grasshopper bars or Bailey’s brownies.  So many fun ways to get the family together in the kitchen to celebrate.

2. Irish Party Supplies

Deck out the house with Irish decor!  Hang shamrock garland from the fireplace or in the kitchen.  Add green shamrock cut-outs on windows or on tables.  Add more fun with personalized St. Patrick’s Day party supplies like napkins, plates and cups.  Top off the day with fun hats, shamrock necklaces and wearing your favorite green top.

3.  Enjoy Green Beer

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You don’t need a crowded bar to enjoy this tradition.  Enjoy your favorite beer with some green food dye. Whether it’s a pint of Guinness or something else, why not raise your glass and say an Irish toast?

“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.”

4.  Watch an Irish Movie

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After enjoying a traditional Irish meal, why not relax and watch an Irish movie?  You can explore the 50 best Irish films ever made from the Irish Times to get ideas.  Some classics are The Quiet Man, My Left Foot and Brooklyn.   Don’t forget to make some green popcorn to enjoy during the movie!

5.  Celebrate Virtually

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While many parades have been cancelled, you can still celebrate virtually. Ireland’s 2021 St. Patrick’s Festival will run from March 12 through 17 on a dedicated TV channel and website. You can celebrate by watching musicians, artists, and of course, marching bands.

How will you celebrate this year?  Tell us in the comments below!

XO,

Jennifer

Outdoor Thanksgiving Ideas

11 Nov

With Thanksgiving around the corner, people are trying to find ways to stay safe but still see their friends and family.  A great way to enjoy Thanksgiving is to host an outdoor get-together.  Instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, you can rethink the menu for 2020 and different ways to entertain.

 

SEATING

If you don’t have enough chairs, ask everyone to bring their favorite outdoor chair.  If the weather is cooler where you live, have them bring an outdoor blanket.  You can always build a fire and/or use outdoor heaters if needed.

MENU

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For food, why not try an outdoor soup and turkey chili bar?  You can serve soup and chili in individual disposable cups and have plastic utensils wrapped in napkins.  You can also do this with hot cocoa or any other hot beverage.  Another great idea is to have everyone BYOB to keep sharing to a minimum.

For desserts, try serving apple cobbler or pumpkin pie pre-sliced.  You could also serve apple cobbler warm in disposable cups using disposable utensils.

RECIPES

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For a twist on Thanksgiving turkey, we love this turkey chili recipe from FoodNetwork.com.  You can serve with individual bags of crackers and cheese.  For a great fall soup, try a creamy roasted pumpkin soup.  You can garnish this with pepitas for color and crunch.

DECOR

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For some great outdoor ambience, try piling gourds and pumpkins amongst mums.  You can add these near serving tables or near entryways.  You can also sprinkle in mini-gourds and pumpkins on the serving table.

How do you plan to spend Thanksgiving this year?  Share your entertaining ideas below in the comments!  Stay safe and be well.

XO,

Jennifer