Bridal shower ideas

The three special touches that every Bridal Shower needs

Let’s be real. I’m not an expert on party planning.  For my sweet cousin’s bridal shower, we had to tie the photo backdrop to a doorknob.  The fabulous games went unplayed because there were enough prizes for everyone and the Kentucky weather wouldn’t cooperate. Regardless, we were pleased with the results with the coffee themed/succulent-centric bridal shower. The shower was “the perfect blend” of traditional shower activities and pinterest-y nonsense. No matter what “tradition to pinterest ratio” you choose, here are the three things that every shower must have:

  1. Some traditions

If you’ve been to any good Southern bridal shower, you know that for every bow that bride breaks, she is destined to have that many children.  Two broken bows = nuclear family. Twenty broken bows = a feature in People magazine. I don’t know what crazed lunatic started this rumor, but I love it. It’s not sound logically, and it always makes everyone slightly uncomfortable.

Another lovely tradition is saving all of those mangled bows for the rehearsal bouquet.  Everyone knows that the maid of honor needs to practice holding over-priced flowers on the big day by holding a dixie plate full of stick-on bows.  I don’t remember if my rehearsal bouquet made it to the actual rehearsal, but I just love the act of collecting the silly, unbroken bows for no rational reason.

  1. Something personal

Often, the best conversations start by looking at the throwback pictures of the bride and groom.  Of course, everyone is eyeing the cake in the corner, but there is nothing more delightful than spotting a 90’s mullet in a Polaroid picture.  For showers, the golden rule is: as many pieces need to be as specific to the bride as possible.

  1. Something Extra

This is my personal favorite rule. There should be little moments where you go a little overboard.  Not cray-cray, but just something unexpected. For me, this was personalized coffee cups, and not one, not two, but three ladder shelves that were sent directly from the pinterest gods.  Now, I know ten years from now, I’m going to look back and make fun of my ladders and boards shelves, but at the time, they brought me (and hopefully the shower guests) so much joy!

Nailed It Y’all!

The Netflix series Nailed It! really speaks to me. I’m a creative and competitive person but with mediocre abilities. Therefore, Nailed It! is my super bowl.  The show, hosted by Nicole Byer and all seven octaves of her vocal range, gives bakers an example dessert to create.  Bakers have roughly 1/10 of the time needed to complete the sugary creation all with the hopes of winning $10,000 or getting a glimpse of Wes, a dreamy off-camera worker-person. I don’t know what Wes’ official title is but, I’ll let you know when I get called up into the big leagues.

Nailed It is currently asking its couch potatoes with a sweet tooth to apply using #BakeYourSelfie. The application is an offer I couldn’t refuse. Here’s a few reasons why I would make the perfect Nailed It! contestant:

  • I’m the queen of Pinterest fails
  • I’m a teacher, so I’ll be immune to all of Nicole’s distractions
  • I’m the daughter of a gifted baker, but lack the patience and precision to create the perfect bakes!
  • I, on the other hand, am gifted at having the confidence to attempt a project but lack the skills to execute perfectly.
  •  This is the only reality competition that I’m somewhat qualified
  • I’d die if I was cast on Survivor 
  • I’m too broke for the Real Housewives franchise
  • Big Brother doesn’t make sense to me
  • Why does Jeopardy! have to be in the form of a question?
  • I’m too Southern for The Great British Baking Show 
  • I can’t even be trusted to follow the recipe on the application 🙁
  • But, I definitely #NailedIt with this knockoff Tasty video:

Regardless of how the cookie crumbles, I’ll always have the sweet, sweet memories of those horrific adult-sized glasses on my child-sized face.

The Definitive ‘Fixer Upper’ Episode Ranking (Part ONE)

Welcome to the definitive ranking of every episode of Fixer Upper!  We take the best episodes and the worst episodes and turn it into your dream internet list.  Each episode has been carefully ranked according to buyer interest, Chip and Jo chemistry, “front elevation” overhaul and much more!

There are some conflicting notions on the official episode number, so each episode has a Friends title to help with any confusion. So put on your best leather earrings and throw on a regional t-shirt.  It’s time to get to work.

Do you have the guts to take on this Fixer Upper list?

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The Magpie-in-chief

 Here’s everything you need to know about me.  This is peak Megan.  She’s sporting double denim, adult-sized glasses and a sassy, floral accessory.

In my post-peak Megan world, I enjoy gathering and sharing weird little bits of pop culture, entertaining ideas and any other sparkly little tidbits that I find interesting.   Hence, the magpie.

Odds are, as you read these I’m somewhere in Kentucky surrounded by dogs and becoming all too invested in my newest pop culture obsession.

Thanks for visiting!  Feel free to hang around.