We had a blast celebrating two of my favorite people last weekend! I really enjoyed co-hosting my brother and soon-to-be-sister-in-law’s wedding shower with Madeline’s aunts, sisters, and my mom – everyone worked so well together and had a great time collaborating. One of Madeline’s aunts was gracious enough to host the shower at her house, which worked out perfectly with the crowd we had.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, the theme for the shower was Sweet Home Chicago due to Kyle and Mads both being from (and having a deep love for) Chicago, but currently residing in Austin, TX. We had a lot of fun pulling together windy city-themed decorations and treats. As you will notice, a lot of the decor is focused on red, white, and powder blue – these colors were taken from the Chicago flag. (If you’re interested, you can read about the symbolism of the stars here)
Mads’ aunt made the adorable Portillo’s-esque awning (see below) that was hanging above the food table, and Mads’ sister created the cute menu board featuring a few Chicago favorites like italian beef sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, and chopped salad – but all in bite-sized portions so that it was still easy to eat while socializing and moving about the party. A big thanks to Mads’ aunts, sisters, my mom, and anyone else who brought in yummy dishes – everything was delicious!
We wanted to make sure that no matter what room you were in, you were feeling the love. We scattered DIY’d decorations along with an assortment of photos of the lovely couple and flowers in various-sized vases. I wrapped some of the vases in a fun red and white chevron pattern to go with the Chicago flag colors.
As part of their wedding shower gift, I had found Benton Park Prints on Etsy to create customized art for Mads and Kyle. Dan, the artist, creates really awesome prints about bacon, beer, music, animals, and places he likes to visit. He already had the heart-shaped Chicago flag and skyline available in his store, I just asked him to add their last name and wedding date. It turned out great and I would definitely order from his shop again.
As I had posted last week, we made sure to have a signature drink for the occasion. We set up a mimosa bar complete with various juice and fruit options. To help guide guests, I downloaded and printed the chalkboard sign from the blog By Stephanie Lynn
There was an extensive dessert bar with cupcakes, brownies, Eli’s cheesecake, sugar cookies, kolacky’s, and madeline cookies. (Even more tasty treats were featured on other tables outside of the image below.)
When I was creating the party decor, I wanted to make sure that there would be pieces that Mads and Kyle would be able to use in their home (if they so choose) without it looking too “bridal showery.” One of these pieces was the state string art I made after seeing something similar on Pinterest.
And here’s the wrapped wine bottles, with Mads’s and Kyle’s initials, that I had used my technique of removing wine labels on a few weeks back. We also decorated the chairs for the bride and groom to sit on while opening their gifts. And to complete the Sweet Home Chicago theme, we handed out delicious Garrett’s popcorn as party favors as guests left the shower.
Though Kyle and Mads’s visit seemed all too short (truth be told, I don’t think any time frame would be long enough!) We were so happy to be able to show them how much we love them and how excited we are for their big day!