When I moved from Ohio to Nebraska in the middle of my sophomore year of high school, I thought I was doomed on the social front for the rest of high school.
I just had two and a half years in the state before I was sure I’d be leaving for college, so I doubted it would make sense to get “tied down” with a new group of friends. More realistically, I doubted whether any girls would really be willing to open up and let me into their already established lives.
I was wrong.
The friends I made in my few years in Nebraska are among the very best in my life. I know I can call any one of the girls at any hour of the day with good news, bad news or only-interesting-to-Emily news.
That’s why it came as no great shock, but a lot of honor, when my friends said they wanted to throw me a bridal shower. For the past few months, they’ve been planning, crafting and creating to make the shower come to life.
I even got some sneak peeks of the action, as my sister and her friend baked up some treats.
Shortly before the shower began, Dan’s family arrived from Kansas. They were sweet enough to drive all the way up for the shower!
Then, we loaded the cookies and cupcakes up and drove to my friend, Katie’s house, where the shower was being hosted. The first thing I noticed was a huge spread of food — much of which was from Trader Joe’s!
The next thing that caught my eye was all the cute, handmade details!
As more friends started arriving, the fun really began.
Before breaking for food, the girls gathered together for a few pictures…
Including the obligatory “does this look weird” shot…
Then it was time for food! I loaded up my plate with veggie sushi, fruit salad, mini Quiche, spinach and artichoke dip, chips, hummus, carrots and a small piece of flat-bread pizza.
Round #2 included dessert: a personalized cupcake, chocolate-drizzled strawberries and chocolate-filled raspberries.
As the sun began to set, we headed inside for games.
First up was a cute game that my friend Kristin has been organizing. She sent both Dan and me questionnaires to get our answers to such questions as “cookies or candy?” or “toilet paper rolled over or under?”
Kristin also made little crown and mustache pieces for all the attendees.
Then, she asked the questions and gave either Dan or my answer. The girls all then had to guess whether it was Dan’s response, my response or both of our responses — which they indicated by holding up the mustache, crown or both.
I must say, it got kind of heated…
Sydney, the winner, got a monogrammed gift bag with white chocolate-covered pretzels and a dark chocolate bar.
Then we moved on to designing my bridal dress — with toilet paper.
The group split up into two teams. Each team then got four rolls of toilet paper and five minutes to create the perfect look. Once again, it got kind of intense. My mom even tried to block the other teams’ view.
When time was up, the models showed off their dresses and I got to choose the winner.
Based simply on the fact it is a July wedding, I went with the dress with short sleeves.
Finally, it was time for me to open gifts.
Afterward, we all sat around, chatted and laughed for a while. Before we knew it, the 7-9 party ran into 10:30, so we said our goodbyes and went our own ways.
As I got home and reflected on the party, I couldn’t help but think it was absolutely perfect — just like my friends.