No matter what it would take, my personal goal was to make sure M would have a memorable time. Suffice, to say, I believe we achieved just that!
We dubbed the event: Cooks & Queens.
Cooks was M's bridal shower.
We wanted a Martha-Stewartesque theme as M does love cooking and all things related to the home. Ingredients to this part of the day included:
- Cooking class with all of M's girlfriends. We did this at The Cookery in BGC - a cute little place that is perfect for this sort of thing. Their kitchen is a lot of fun, and there is a space wherein you can enjoy what you eat after. This worked out perfectly for us as it doubled as a venue to do the more traditional part of a bridal shower - gift giving and games.
- We jazzed up the place a bit with lots of personal touches - a special vintage-looking apron for the bride, placemats / serviettes / serving dishes in the appropriate colours, speciality popcorn for pica-pica, big 'ol coffee cans stuffed with bright flowers, baking bowls filled with equally cheerful fruit, bunting on the wall, give-aways also in the right theme (large box graters filled with delicious chocolates from kuwait and a set of ref-magnets we printed with kitchen themed life quotes)
- Another special give away from the bride - book which we filled with "recipes" from all other women in Maica's life
- Gift-giving and Games - what bridal shower is complete without this? The most fun ones I feel are the ones that are slightly more personalized - hence a trivia game about M. Hehe. We had gifts as well that were kitchen-themed.
Queens was M's bachelorette.
We took it beyond strippers and R-rated games and went instead to a drag club! This was done at Club Mwah on Boni Ave. The venue looked like versace-exploded inside with its large gold lamps and zebra-print carpet. But the show? My goodness, the show was brilliant! Talent-filled, varied and 200% entertainment.
- M of course needed to spend the evening in the usual crown & sash
- We brought the groom with us! Well, more like masks which we gave everyone to wear.
- Alcohol (need I clarify this further?)
- The venue was in on it as well! Towards the end of the evening, one of the male dancers dressed in a white wedding tux and a mask with the groom's face came to dance with her bride-to-be.
Few other things that helped stitch the whole day together:
- A personalised invitation to all attendees which covered all the details for the day
- A hotel room near the cooking venue - so we could quickly get ready for the evening, and then retire to at the end of the night
|Chocolates & kitchen life-quote ref magnets in grater boxes|
|Flowers in coffee cans, placemats, popcorn and serving dishes|
|The Cookery's lovely set up in BGC|
|Ingredients for one of many things we made that day|
|All ready to go! Now to surprise the bride to be|
|More of The Cookery details|
|Taking notes as we listened to the chef|
|Mediterranean chicken on 3-garlic pasta|
|Each of the team's lemon & parsley gougeres - lol from decent to fail! all tasted delicious regardless|
|Apple pie - without a bottom crust. Hehehe|
|Amazing talent at Club Mwah|