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DIY: Bride & Groom Thank You Cards + Bridal Shower Games

February 24, 2015
When my mom and I began planning for my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s bridal shower, I knew I wanted to add personal touches wherever I could. We’ve all seen the infamous Mustache + Kiss graphic, which I loved, but there was only one problem – my brother doesn’t have a mustache. Instead, he has this giant, bushy red beard so you can imagine my excitement when I noticed that PicMonkey (I’m a huge fan!) had a variety of beard graphics. My future SIL, Cassie, is also known for rocking quite the pink lip so immediately I knew what the graphic theme of their shower would be:

After Christian and I got married, I remember going through so many Thank You cards and thought, what a cute gift personalized thank you cards would make, especially for a shower! I found a package of 10 Textured Cards & Envelopes at Michaels and used PicMonkey not only for the graphic but also for the font at the bottom: five of the cards say “cassie loves andy” and the other five say “andy loves cassie.” This really was so easy and I would totally do this, using other graphics, to make my own Greeting or Thank You cards. (Currently in the works, actually. Stay tuned) πŸ˜‰ 

Not only did Cassie love the cards but my brother loved the graphic so much, he’s planning on using it as his next tattoo. I don’t want to pat myself on the back or anything, but um…. the fact that my artwork will go on and on (and on)? Queue me up, Celine. We’re about to duet this little number.
When it came down to the shower games, I’d seen so many bride and groom Q&As but, wanting to save some money – as well as personalize it, I decided to make my own, using PicMonkey again! Of course I continued the beard and kiss theme… 
This was really fun for me to make (considering I know my brother so well, I was laughing so hard while coming up with some of these questions) and it was so much fun for everyone to play. I found cute little gifts in the dollar section at Michaels for the winners of the game = cheap and easy!

I had two “projects” for the shower guests, one of them being a Date Night Jar. Just because you get married, doesn’t mean the dating should end so I wanted to give Andy and Cassie something that would help encourage the continued dating πŸ˜‰ 

I took the shower theme’s graphic and printed them out in little square cards (on stock paper). The idea was for each guest to write down a date idea on a card and then put all of the cards into the jar.  We actually ran out of time at the shower for the guests to do this (bummer!) but Cassie loved the idea so much that she’s going to put out the jar and date night cards next to the Guest Book at the Reception for ALL of the wedding guests to fill out! Now Andy and Cassie will have lots and lots of date ideas (no excuses, bro!) πŸ˜‰ 
The other shower project for the guests was a photo album (also found at Michaels), to be filled with marriage advice. I put a picture of Andy and Cassie on the cover, and then all of the shower guests wrote out their own marriage advice on recipe cards, which were then stuffed into the album.

While I will not be going into party planning professionally (I know. You were totally going to ask.), I really did have such a fun time creating these fun, personalized gifts and games for my favorite couple! 
Have you ever thrown a bridal shower? Did you make personalized items?

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  • This is too darn cute!!! I love it!

  • This is too darn cute!!! I love it!

  • That’s it… you’re hired. & your mom! haha. These printouts are just so stinkin cute! I love you made sure every detail matched. and how cool that your bro wants that tattoo! ADORABLE! πŸ˜€ LOVVEEEE!!!

  • That's it… you're hired. & your mom! haha. These printouts are just so stinkin cute! I love you made sure every detail matched. and how cool that your bro wants that tattoo! ADORABLE! πŸ˜€ LOVVEEEE!!!

  • so in love with the cards!!! so cute. and we did date night ideas at my sisters- people wrote their ideas on wooden spoons- so that they could read them when cooking to spice things up and they were quite interesting. loved reading them- esp. from aunts, my mom, etc. you did such a great job!

  • so in love with the cards!!! so cute. and we did date night ideas at my sisters- people wrote their ideas on wooden spoons- so that they could read them when cooking to spice things up and they were quite interesting. loved reading them- esp. from aunts, my mom, etc. you did such a great job!

  • Thank you! It was a lot of fun to make πŸ™‚

  • haha! You always make me smile πŸ™‚

  • Holy molly girl, you are next level party planner! Those cards came out beautifully, I love them. Picmonkey had so many great options, I think people disregard it because it’s not photoshop but for small stuff its really great

  • Holy molly girl, you are next level party planner! Those cards came out beautifully, I love them. Picmonkey had so many great options, I think people disregard it because it's not photoshop but for small stuff its really great

  • girl…..you are beyond talented. I am obsessed…. I feel like PicMonkey might make my top five best friends list. ha! I love the personal touches. This is just another reason to throw at my husband for why we should get married again. Seriously.

    • Seriously, thanks to PicMonkey I only LOOK beyond talented πŸ˜‰ haha. I vote for you & your hubby to get married again!!!

  • girl…..you are beyond talented. I am obsessed…. I feel like PicMonkey might make my top five best friends list. ha! I love the personal touches. This is just another reason to throw at my husband for why we should get married again. Seriously.

  • sounds like your party planning skills are on point! i love personalized touches like these:-) and i also love those cards, so sweet! xx

    • I sure have gotten my diy fix this past month! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

  • sounds like your party planning skills are on point! i love personalized touches like these:-) and i also love those cards, so sweet! xx

  • Okay, you need to come throw my next shower for whatever because this stuff is so cute!! You did an awesome job chica πŸ™‚

  • Love these ideas! You are so creative….and super thoughtful…they are lucky to have you!

  • Love these ideas! You are so creative….and super thoughtful…they are lucky to have you!

  • Ever consider party planning? WOW! Love all of these ideas. I’m definitely sending you the date for my daughter’s grad party. You would blow it out of the water! I love the date night jar. Such a great idea and so sweet!

    • Now the planning I could DO! Plan and create and then hand it off to someone to host. Perfect idea!! ha!

  • Ever consider party planning? WOW! Love all of these ideas. I'm definitely sending you the date for my daughter's grad party. You would blow it out of the water! I love the date night jar. Such a great idea and so sweet!

  • That is so sweet of you to help them make thank you cards. For my wedding, we designed a thank you card that held a small photo that we provided at our photo booth. Guests can just insert the photo in it and it becomes a nice take away picture frame. It was one of my favorite crafting projects for the wedding! Hope this will inspire some new ideas for you =)

    Juju
    http://www.jujusprinkles.com

  • That is so sweet of you to help them make thank you cards. For my wedding, we designed a thank you card that held a small photo that we provided at our photo booth. Guests can just insert the photo in it and it becomes a nice take away picture frame. It was one of my favorite crafting projects for the wedding! Hope this will inspire some new ideas for you =)

    Juju
    http://www.jujusprinkles.com

  • HOW AWESOME are these? The personalized touches, the sweet gesture…I love it all! Excellent work πŸ™‚

  • HOW AWESOME are these? The personalized touches, the sweet gesture…I love it all! Excellent work πŸ™‚

  • How clever!! I love this idea! Would be a great idea for Blog Thank You cards and Post Cards and Christmas Cards. Emily, you are amazing.

  • The wooden spoons thing is adorable!! So cute!

  • Seriously, thanks to PicMonkey I only LOOK beyond talented πŸ˜‰ haha. I vote for you & your hubby to get married again!!!

  • I sure have gotten my diy fix this past month! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

  • haha! You are sweet to me, Kel πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Thanks, Shelly! I've had so much fun!

  • Now the planning I could DO! Plan and create and then hand it off to someone to host. Perfect idea!! ha!

  • Thank you, Emelia! πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh these are all amazing ideas! You could totally go into party planning!! I’d hire you in a heartbeat! The bearded kiss design is awesome πŸ™‚

  • You are too kind, Rebecca!! πŸ™‚

  • Liz

    You are soooo talented!! I agree with Rebecca…you should be a party-planner or designer…amazing <3

  • Liz

    You are soooo talented!! I agree with Rebecca…you should be a party-planner or designer…amazing <3

  • chall1018

    I can’t tell you how much I love this! Awesome, Emily!! And
    how cool is that he wants it for a tattoo? LOVE!

    • Thank you!! And I know it- if he ends up going through with the tattoo, I’m going to do a post on it πŸ™‚

  • Liz! You make me sound so great! ha! πŸ™‚ Thank you xoxo

  • Thank you!! And I know it- if he ends up going through with the tattoo, I'm going to do a post on it πŸ™‚

  • Aaaand…I totally failed and didn’t see this post πŸ™ But I DID do the first game with all of the questions for my sister to answer. It was pretty hilarious! I love the other two ideas as well. Very cute! And you are so creative with the beard/kiss thing. It’s awesome! I love that it’ll be your brother’s next tattoo!

    • aw! haha!! The game with the questions is so much fun – I asked my brother his answers super early in the morning and his responses were pretty dead-panned. It was hilarious. (Cassie still got most of them right, she knows him so well and what he’ll say)

  • Aaaand…I totally failed and didn't see this post πŸ™ But I DID do the first game with all of the questions for my sister to answer. It was pretty hilarious! I love the other two ideas as well. Very cute! And you are so creative with the beard/kiss thing. It's awesome! I love that it'll be your brother's next tattoo!

  • aw! haha!! The game with the questions is so much fun – I asked my brother his answers super early in the morning and his responses were pretty dead-panned. It was hilarious. (Cassie still got most of them right, she knows him so well and what he'll say)