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Casey’s Engagement Photos: Part 2

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Happy Friday! Today I’m revealing the second part of our engagement photo session. You can view yesterday’s more casual look right here.
We decided to get all glammed up for this set of photos. It certainly felt a bit out of the ordinary for us, but that actually made it kind of fun.
And there was champagne involved, so that always makes things interesting…
Sophisticated and dressy engagement photos
Engagement photos
Dancing and kissing
Champagne glasses
Drinking champagne
Engagement photos
We’ll end with a big cheers to the weekend! Hope yours is filled with love, laughter, and plenty of bubbly.
Opening champagne
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Casey’s Engagement Photos: Part 1

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I have a little treat for you lovelies…our engagement pictures!
We took them a few weeks ago, and we are so excited they’re finally in. This “part 1” features a more casual look. We decided to go with the love letter theme and feature some of our hundreds (we literally have hundreds!) of love notes from our high school days. We set up a little picnic area and actually sat there and read through some of them as our wonderful photographer Gina, from Gina Cristine Photography, snapped away.  We even used the rustic love note box that I created in this post.
Gina did a terrific job and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
We’re hoping to use a few of our favorite pictures for our save the dates (any ideas for me for our save the dates? I’m struggling to come up with something creative and “us”…)
Come take a look at our photo session…
Casey and Michael Engagement Photos
Casey and Michael reading love letters
Typewriter
Engagement Photos
Engagement Wedding photos
Casey and Finn
Casey and Michael Engagement
It was such a fun time and we loved every minute of it (even though it was freezing outside!)
Be sure to tune in tomorrow for “part 2” of our pictures. We definitely take things up a notch and get a little dressy and glam.
Here’s a sneak peek…
Feet Picture
Until tomorrow…
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  1. Shannon

    Good Morning!
    I am in love with your photo shoot! For the Save the Dates, I think the one of you reading a note while your fiance reads over your should is adorable (its just above the typewriter pic). I also adore the one where you are both laying down with the letters scattered around and shot from above!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Shannon! Yes, I love those 2 photos as well. I’m trying to come up with a good way to make the save the date kinda like a “love letter” in itself. Sounds good in my head…but finding it hard to execute. Ha!

  2. Shannon

    Good Morning!
    I am in love with your photo shoot! For the Save the Dates, I think the one of you reading a note while your fiance reads over your should is adorable (its just above the typewriter pic). I also adore the one where you are both laying down with the letters scattered around and shot from above!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Shannon! Yes, I love those 2 photos as well. I’m trying to come up with a good way to make the save the date kinda like a “love letter” in itself. Sounds good in my head…but finding it hard to execute. Ha!

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  1. Shannon

    Good Morning!
    I am in love with your photo shoot! For the Save the Dates, I think the one of you reading a note while your fiance reads over your should is adorable (its just above the typewriter pic). I also adore the one where you are both laying down with the letters scattered around and shot from above!

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  2. Shannon

    Good Morning!
    I am in love with your photo shoot! For the Save the Dates, I think the one of you reading a note while your fiance reads over your should is adorable (its just above the typewriter pic). I also adore the one where you are both laying down with the letters scattered around and shot from above!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Shannon! Yes, I love those 2 photos as well. I’m trying to come up with a good way to make the save the date kinda like a “love letter” in itself. Sounds good in my head…but finding it hard to execute. Ha!

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Bachelorette Party Favor

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A bachelorette party is the perfect excuse to get dressed up with your favorite ladies, drink fun cocktails, and have a crazy night out on the town.
A few weeks ago we both had a bachelorette party on our calendar, and we knew we wanted to bring a unique gift! Typically we’re big fans of showering the bride-to-be with cute pajamas and new undies (like in this post), but for this particular party we wanted to sweeten up the night with a party favor.
Bachelorette Party Favors
Inside that cute little package…
Ring pops
is a tasty “diamond” ring!
These favors were a hit with all of the ladies, but our fav part was that they were incredibly cheap & easy to make! If you can tie a bow…you can make these. Trust us.
orange ribbon
All you need is ring pops, cake boxes (JoAnn Fabrics Wedding Section), ribbon (which we coordinated with the bridesmaids’ dress color), tissue paper (1/2 a piece per box), and our FREE PRINTABLE!

Download the free printable here! Sidenote: We printed ours on white paper, but it could be a fun touch to print these tags on paper that aligns with the wedding colors, or if you really want to get crazy, maybe even a patterned paper.

Ring pop in  box
Just pop that sucker into the cake box with some tissue and tie it with ribbon. Then print our free printable, cut them out, and use a hole punch so you can thread it through the ribbon.
Bachelorette party Favors Last Fling Before the Ring
Trust us when we say that the other party-goers and the bride-to-be will thank you for your yummy gift! We think everyone truly appreciated the much needed sugar rush on their way out to dance the night away!
Ring Pops Party
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These 2 almost-brides are getting ready to plan their own bachelorette parties. Any advice for us? Any fun party ideas out there? 
 
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Rustic Love Note Box for Engagement Photos

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Guys, I can’t even tell you how excited I am about wedding week.

Wedding Week

There is just something about weddings that makes me all ooey gooey inside. Even before I was ever planning my own wedding, I had a fascination with this momentous event. I never missed an episode of Four Weddings or Say Yes to the Dress, and I dreamed of the day I could plan my own big day.

But now that it isn’t just a dream, and it’s a reality…I’m completely anxious and freaked out. What if I make the wrong choice for flowers? What if no one likes my dress? What if our food tastes bad? And worst of all…what if people don’t like our decor (the pressure is on when you have your own craft & DIY blog!) All of these thoughts are spinning around my head as I work to check things off of my mile long wedding checklist.

The thing is we have so much time until our big day. Our wedding is set for October 11th, 2014. So I’m afraid that if I start any project now…I’ll hate it in a year.

So this wedding week posed a bit of a challenge for me. What could I do now (a year and 2 months ahead of my own wedding) that I would still like later on? And how could I incorporate “something old” into my project?

Wedding Week Something Old

That’s when I thought of doing a project for our upcoming engagement photos! We’re getting our pictures taken in October and I wanted to do an outdoorsy setting, maybe with a picnic, or playing games on a blanket. Something totally us…comfy, relaxed, and fun!

Here’s some of our inspiration…

All pretty gorgeous right?!
I decided I want something for us to do while our pictures are being taken. That way we can avoid the awkward posing, and instead just relax and have fun with it. I decided to go with the idea of reading all of our old love notes to one another.
Finn and I started dating back in high school, long before we ever had text messaging.  Back then to stay in touch throughout our school day, we would write one another long love notes. They were all done with good ol’ pencil and paper, and we would fold them up tightly into different shapes. We would pass them to one another in the hall, or sometimes we would even have some of our friends act as love note messengers throughout the day.
Old Love Notes
The crazy thing is we both still have most of those love notes! They’ve moved with us to each place we’ve lived, staying packed up in various plastic baggies and boxes.
I’m thinking for our engagement photos it would be romantic and sweet to bring out all of the old notes and read them to one another. I imagine us having a picnic, cozied up on a blanket, the notes spread out all around us, laughing and reminiscing as we go through each old piece of paper.
So, for my Wedding Week DIY I made a rustic love box to hold all of those old notes.
Love Note Box
It took me hardly any time at all to transform a boring wooden box, into something rustic and romantic.
Wooden Michael's Box
I found this box at Michael’s for less than $5.
Minwax Wood finish stain
I then did a light coat of stain on both the inside and outside of the box, letting it dry overnight.
Stained wooden box from Michael's
Once it was dry, I was ready to add a few personal touches.
Wood Painter Marker
I used this wood paint marker to draw a heart and our initials on the top of the box (Michael & Casey) and a few words on the inside.
Rustic Love Note Box Wood Wedding Engagement
M & C in heart on wooden box
Love Notes
While transforming the box, I read a few of our old notes.  Most of them were hilarious (our priorities as 16-year-olds were pretty funny. “Wanna come over after school and have dinner with my family?” “Whose house are we going to after Homecoming?” “Did you study for that physics test? I’m so nervous about it!”)
Love Notes
Some of the notes even discuss how we hope someday to still be together, getting married, and growing old together.  It’s so crazy to think that it is now actually happening and I’ll be marrying my high school sweetheart.
Our engagement pictures are still over a month away, but I’m excited (& prepared) for a wonderful time capturing the love between me and my best friend.

 

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  1. christina @ homemade ocean

    Ohhhhh I love it sooo much!!!! I think it is so neat that you still have those treasures! Imagine your kiddos reading them one day…..ohhhh I am tearing up just thinking about it hahahah 🙂

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  2. christina @ homemade ocean

    Ohhhhh I love it sooo much!!!! I think it is so neat that you still have those treasures! Imagine your kiddos reading them one day…..ohhhh I am tearing up just thinking about it hahahah 🙂

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  3. Kristy Joy Doyle

    This is adorable!! But, I’ve got to say I’m kind of confused….I thought your fiance’s name was Finn?? Who is M?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Haha…GREAT question! My fiance’s last name is Finn…first name is Michael. Everyone pretty much calls hims Finn (including me!) I need to start getting used to calling him Mike or Michael, since my last name will soon be Finn!

    2. Kristy Joy Doyle

      Ohhh, ok I get it!! Wow, was I confused. Congratulations you two! How cute that you are high school sweethearts 🙂

  4. Kristy Joy Doyle

    This is adorable!! But, I’ve got to say I’m kind of confused….I thought your fiance’s name was Finn?? Who is M?

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  5. DIY Playbook

    Haha…GREAT question! My fiance’s last name is Finn…first name is Michael. Everyone pretty much calls hims Finn (including me!) I need to start getting used to calling him Mike or Michael, since my last name will soon be Finn!

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  6. Kristy Joy Doyle

    Ohhh, ok I get it!! Wow, was I confused. Congratulations you two! How cute that you are high school sweethearts 🙂

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  1. christina @ homemade ocean

    Ohhhhh I love it sooo much!!!! I think it is so neat that you still have those treasures! Imagine your kiddos reading them one day…..ohhhh I am tearing up just thinking about it hahahah 🙂

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  2. christina @ homemade ocean

    Ohhhhh I love it sooo much!!!! I think it is so neat that you still have those treasures! Imagine your kiddos reading them one day…..ohhhh I am tearing up just thinking about it hahahah 🙂

    Reply
  3. Kristy Joy Doyle

    This is adorable!! But, I’ve got to say I’m kind of confused….I thought your fiance’s name was Finn?? Who is M?

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  4. Kristy Joy Doyle

    This is adorable!! But, I’ve got to say I’m kind of confused….I thought your fiance’s name was Finn?? Who is M?

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  5. DIY Playbook

    Haha…GREAT question! My fiance’s last name is Finn…first name is Michael. Everyone pretty much calls hims Finn (including me!) I need to start getting used to calling him Mike or Michael, since my last name will soon be Finn!

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  6. Kristy Joy Doyle

    Ohhh, ok I get it!! Wow, was I confused. Congratulations you two! How cute that you are high school sweethearts 🙂

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Wedding Week Kickoff

You guys have known for awhile now that these 2 rookies have weddings on the way. (Read about Casey’s engagement here, and Bridget’s right here.)

Even though our impending nuptials are looming…we haven’t exactly gotten on the bridal bandwagon. It’s not that we’re not excited about our weddings, we’re just a bit overwhelmed.  Because when you write your own DIY blog, people have incredibly high expectations for your big day.  We’re afraid our guests will expect every single detail to be handmade, and a one-of-a-kind, never before seen idea.  Let’s just burst that bubble right now: Not.gonna.happen.

However, we do want some of our wedding details to be personalized and DIY’ed. So to burn a fire under us, we dreamed up the idea of creating a WEDDING WEEK!
Wedding Week

When we saw that Christina and Alysia were also newly engaged, we knew we had to ask these two lovely bloggers to join our big week o’ weddings.

The purpose of this week? To get some wedding ideas flowing, and create a DIY project for our big days!

Oh and to keep things “interesting” we decided to go with the four must-haves for any wedding…

Old. New. Borrowed. Blue.

We split up the words between the four bloggers, and each used one as a general theme for our project.

Our first project will be on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to tune in. In the meantime, you can check out Christina & Alysia’s blogs to get to know these brides-to-be.

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Library Inspired Engagement Shoot

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Remember our love for libraries? We thought it was only fitting to incorporate this little hobby of ours into the second part of our engagement shoot. (You can read part one right here)
Library Inspired Engagement Shoot
Library Engangement
Engaged in a library
Library Engagement Photos
Engagement Photos
Engaged
His & Hers Engagement Photos
Things I loved & learned:
– Like I said before, it’s fun to go to places that mean something to you and your relationship. For us, the library was one of them. I loved that it not only offered a unique venue, but it also reflected us as a couple. (ya know, the whole teacher thing?!)
– This may sound like the weirdest idea ever, but BRING your own books. No, not because there’s not enough of ’em in the library, but because an engagement shoot is busy and typically you have a strict time limit with the photographer. I loved the pictures with the books, but I didn’t have time to pick books that were meaningful or at least had catchy titles. My advice? Bring books that are meaningful to you or have titles that you love… so that when the book shots come up- you’re ready to say “cheese!”
– Call ahead. The library we visited was so accommodating and welcoming. We called ahead to make sure bringing paparazzi into this sacred area was okay. I would absolutely recommend this!
– Go at a slow time so there is less of an audience. Of course people will stare at you as you basically smooch in every nook and cranny of the library… do you blame them? Yes, slightly awkward…but totally worth it.
– And the biggest advice…enjoy it! How many times will you have the chance to smooch in the library on camera? Hopefully only once…why not make the most of it?
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Engagement Photo Shoot

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The save-the-dates are sent. The engagement photo shoot is done and the photos are finally ready to share! Here’s a glimpse into day one of the two day engagement shoot picture reveal. Today’s photos are based on a few of our favorite things- simple, old fashioned fun. Come take a look…
Tandem Bike Engagement Pictures
Engagement Photo Shoot
Engagement Props
Tandem for 2
Engagement Shoot
Engaged- Pictures
Old Fashioned Engagement Shoot
Things I didn’t love:
– The weather. Holy humidity! I.was.dripping. No, not in diamonds… in sweat.
– Sweat was only the start of these problems. The humidity was doing nothing fabulous for the hair. Note to fellow brides… bring extra hairspray ladies!
– We had to drive a pick-up truck to the shoot in order to lug the tandem bike. The kicker was that the pick-up truck didn’t have air. Over 90 degrees, dripping humidity, no air conditioning… not the perfect recipe for a once in a lifetime photo shoot!
 More importantly, things I LOVED & learned: 
– Bring props! I loved that we brought a few simple props that made the photo shoot reflect things that we love. There’s no right or wrong, it’s what special to your relationship. Think about what you love doing together and run with it.
– Do something, don’t just sit around! I love that we had a little “activity” planned during our shoot because riding around this spectacular neighborhood made the shoot far more natural and absolutely hilarious. We felt like we were on a genuine date, rather than an awkward photo shoot.
– Don’t sweat the little stuff. Humidity, a non air-conditioned pick up truck, or anything else that pops up along the way…. go with it! It’s what makes the journey memorable. The good, bad & ugly- it’s all worth it so sit back with your honey and enjoy!
If you’re diggin’ these, tune in Thursday for part two of our engagement shoot! Spoiler alert: there’s a wardrobe change, a different atmosphere, and a whole lot more lovey dovey-ness.
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  1. Runt

    Oh my gosh, these are too cute! I love everything about them. The Hubs and I didn’t even think to do engagement photos but they seem like a pretty popular idea! Can’t wait to see the next round!

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  1. Runt

    Oh my gosh, these are too cute! I love everything about them. The Hubs and I didn’t even think to do engagement photos but they seem like a pretty popular idea! Can’t wait to see the next round!

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Non Traditional Bachelorette Party

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I’ve never been in a wedding before. Not as a bridesmaid, not as a junior bridesmaid, and not even as a flower girl. Until now that is! My big sister got married last weekend and guess who was the co-maid of honor? This lady!!
The good news: I didn’t rock this hair-do.
The bad news: it is my first rodeo, so I worked hard to navigate the duties of this special job with zero experience. Books, Blogs, Interviews, Advice…. I did my research. Correct me if I’m wrong, but my research had me believing that the only reaaaal responsibility a maid of honor has before the big day is to plan the Bachelorette Party.
Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. Clearly, you don’t know my sister. The one who kindly requests that we do not throw her a Bachelorette Party (Or a shower, or an engagement party, or anything else that goes along with pre-wedding celebrations).
 I begged, pleaded and insisted that I throw a tiny little party. The answer: NO.
I refused to allow my big sister to miss out on this right of passage, plus, I only had one job… and she was saying to forget about the only job I had? Yea right.
I, of course, had to respect the fact that she did not want the attention that came with the traditional bachelorette party. So, I was forced to get creative and find a loop hole that made us both happy.

That’s when I brainstormed the idea of a non-traditional bachelorette party. I drafted a letter that explained the premise of this party and SECRETLY sent it to 35 of the special women in Katie’s life.

The letter read:

Ladies,

So what do you do for a bride-to-be that doesn’t want a shower, cringes at the thought of a Bachelorette Party, and wants nothing else but to stay out of the spotlight until her big day? The answer: be creative… very, very creative.

As sisters of this oh-so-humble bride, it’s hard not to give Katie the attention we feel she deserves while also respecting her wishes. With a little creativity and lots of help from all of the important ladies in Katie’s life (like YOU), we think we’ve found a loop hole within Katie’s requests. (Shh… don’t tell her!)

Instead of throwing Katie a bachelorette party and forcing her under that glaring spotlight she dislikes so much, we are hoping that this alternative demonstrates that same level of love, support and overall thoughtfulness without that dreaded attention. Here’s the TOP SECRET plan:

Each important lady will send Katie 1 pair of underwear. Pick a pair of panties that remind you of her (yikes) and send them via mail to her house. Feel free to add a fun note, piece of marriage advice, or whatever else you feel fits the ticket (we won’t ask) into your box of love. If you’d rather not send this package through the mail, feel free to drop it off at the O’Connor’s house and we will get your secret package to her (again, no questions asked). Within this envelope, you will also find a date and/or a week that we are encouraging you to send your top secret package to Katie. With each important lady following this secret schedule, we are hoping that Katie will be able to receive a new scandalous treasure in the mail each day for a month! How could she not love this alternative?

If you are interested in participating in this non-traditional Bachelorette celebration in honor of our favorite big sister, send a pair of undies (size **) with a little note to her address:
                            The future Mrs. Smith
                            Address Here
                        
Blah, blah, blah… you get the point.

Love,
Bridget & Maggie

Each lady also found a date in her envelope. This date was the day (or week) we wanted each of these special women to send their scandalous packages. My co-maid of honor and I planned it so that Katie would receive a new pair of panties each day for over a month!

To kick off the month of undies, the maid of honors presented these fun treats to the bride-to-be:

We used cookie-cutters in the shape of a heart to create the “bottoms”. Before we baked the sugar cookies, we cut off the point of the heart to create the “butt” effect.
With some icing and a little imagination, we were able to create lots and lots of fun panties to present the bride-to-be!
What an easy, creative, and classy dessert to bring to your next bachelorette party.

After presenting her with platters of scandalous cookies, we explained to her the general guidelines of her non-traditional bachelorette party, but did not tell her who was sending what, and how many packages she would be receiving. We just advised her to keep an eye on her mailbox.

For a month, our grateful big sister received package after package of undergarments. Each one was creative, individual, and included hilarious & valuable marriage advice. [Mature eyes only]

“Spoiling the Bride” is an understatement! These mailers went above and beyond expectations.

This is just a small sneak peek at the endless supply of underwear that came flooding into her home. Some mailers went above & beyond that panty guidelines. Check out their packages…

Bridal Gear… check!

Panties for the marathon runner that she is…. check!

Honeymoon towels… check!

An equation for the bride-to-be, who happens to be a MATH teacher. (Her + Him = Baby Smith) #yikes

Talk about adorable and over-the-top creative!! And the creativity of this package didn’t stop here…

It was accompanied by a story of Katie and Joe filled with every math term you could possibly imagine… the math terms even got a little risk-ay at times. Oww Oww. You can imagine that a fellow teacher was the mastermind behind this unique package.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this Non-Traditional Bachelorette Party to any Bridesmaids who are trying to spoil a bride that hates the spotlight. With a little creativity and a lot of love & support (literally) there’s still a way to pamper your bride-to-be without embarrassing her ((publicly)) along the way.

A special thank you to ALLLLL of Katie’s family and friends for making this possible! All of the creativity and generosity made this “party” unforgettable. Katie is very lucky to have such a supportive (and hilarious) team. xoxo 
 
PS. Photo dump of the amazingly special day coming soon!! Stay tuned my fellow brides. 
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  1. Ashley W

    This is the cutest idea I’ve EVER seen for a “bachelorette” party! Definitely keeping this in mind for the future!!

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  2. Lee Lee

    For the record, cutest, most creative bachelorette party ever!! And….. I loved your hair in that first pic, B $$.

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  1. Ashley W

    This is the cutest idea I’ve EVER seen for a “bachelorette” party! Definitely keeping this in mind for the future!!

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  2. Lee Lee

    For the record, cutest, most creative bachelorette party ever!! And….. I loved your hair in that first pic, B $$.

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Engagement Resolution

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From what I make of wedding planning so far, organization is KEY! With so much to keep track of, I feel like I’ve been on information overload and my wedding to-do list already seems endless!
Just like the famous idea of a New Year’s Resolution, I’ve decided to make an Engagement Resolution. This resolution has been created to combat any feelings of stress and avoid any Bridezilla moments. So.. from now until the big day, I’ve officially dedicated myself to an organized engagement.  

First Task of Engagement Organizing: Bind our Engagement Cards.

Project Stats:
Little League Level DIY
15 minutes to complete
Supplies Needed:
Cards (obviously)
Ribbon (I used a ribbon handle off of an Ann Taylor LOFT bag) #FREE
Hole Punch
Scrapbook Paper
Stickers
Glue
Cardboard/Cardstock (optional)

I attached both the title page and back page to a sturdy piece of cardstock. This gave the covers a more sturdy feel. This step is completely optional.

Mission One: Check!

And to think that this organizational tool can be used for any celebration? Gather up your cards, bring your to-do list, & join team organized!! #ineedyoursupport #likeseriously

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  1. Colleen @ Miss Petite Sweets

    I love this idea! I’ve just had our engagement cards in a box for the last few months but this is way cuter!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Great question. I’m still a little undecided myself. Right now, the cards are displayed on my office desk. I’m sure I’ll eventually put them in a memory box with all of my other photos & such.

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  1. Colleen @ Miss Petite Sweets

    I love this idea! I’ve just had our engagement cards in a box for the last few months but this is way cuter!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Great question. I’m still a little undecided myself. Right now, the cards are displayed on my office desk. I’m sure I’ll eventually put them in a memory box with all of my other photos & such.

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March Madness Themed Date Night

I’m so lucky to have Bridget as my best friend. But because the girl is so darn creative, she sets the bar pretty high when it comes to gift-giving. She is that girl who gives the most thoughtful, creative, fabulous gifts for birthdays, weekend visits, and “just because.”

So after her recent engagement, I knew that I needed to do something fun & out of the ordinary for my BFF and her hubby-to-be. 
I enlisted the help of my own hubby-to-be, and together we came up with a creative engagement present and date night activity for our favorite couple!
March Madness Date Night Activity Basket
It’s March and for any sports lover out there that means it’s time for basketball! Since we’ve had brackets on the mind around here, it was only natural that our brainstorming session included some b-ball themed ideas. 
We decided to roll with it (pun intended) and create a MARCH MADNESS DATE NIGHT! 
First step was to gather supplies for our b-ball themed basket.
Sports Themed Gift Bag
Baby trophies, mega-phone, and poms…
Big League Chew Wine Sunflower Seeds
And some sports themed snacks, along with some wine (just because we all know wine makes everything more fun)
Nerf Hoop
Okay so that’s what’s IN THE BASKET, but how does the date night work?
Envelope with #1 written on thr front
Envelope number one contained instructions for the night. The letter instructed Bridget & Matt to open this basket together, alone, and on a night when they had an hour or two to spare for some fun. 
Yellow paper with instructions
After opening up that first envelope, the couple was prompted to open #2. 
Money for pizza
This envelope included a twenty dolla’ bill, and instructions to order pizza! After all, they were going to need some fuel and energy for the activity that was to come…
After ordering their pizza, B & M were instructed to open the activity portion of the date. Envelope #3…
White paper with directions on it
Here are the directions we gave this dynamic duo:
1. Set up the nerf hoop that is included in the gift basket.

2. Within this envelope you’ll find 3 brackets. One for Bridget, one for Matt, and one final sheet that you will complete together. Each bracket has 64 words that (we feel) describe you guys as a couple, and as individuals.
Tournament Brackets
3. Fill out your brackets individually. The end goal will be to pick a word that best describes you as a couple. 

4. Then, work together to fill out the final bracket. We have intentionally set up the bracket so there may be some “conflict.” If that ever happens (and we sure hope it does!) you will have to use the nerf hoop and ball to settle the dispute. You will each shoot “free throws”, one at a time, until someone makes it (other person gets to match). The player who makes the shot, gets to choose the word that wins the round. 
Tournament Brackets
5. Work together to fill out the entire bracket. In the end, you’re both winners!

Finn and I had such a great time coming up with the 64 words to describe Bridget, Matt, and them together as a couple. We gave the sentimental and nice words low seeds, such as “loving”, “supportive,” and “family-oriented.” We knew those words would make it far. 
The high seeds were really fun to create. We tried to pick words where we knew they might disagree. For example, Bridget is a White Sox fan…Matt is a Cubs fan…so we knew they might have to settle that “dispute” via the nerf hoop. 
March Madness Basketball Gift Basket Sports
Here are some pictures from their surprise date night!
 
 
In the end they chose the word FAMILY ORIENTED to sum up their relationship.  I think it fits our favorite couple very well (it was our #1 seed)!
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