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Bachelorette Bottles

DIY bottle tu-tu
Remember when we dressed up wine bottles for your next bachelorette party? Well, well, well… we wanted to make sure we gave you beer drinkers out there just as much bachelorette love! So whether you’re the bride-to-be, an all-star Maid of Honor, or one rockin’ bridesmaid… cheers to you and your favorite ladies drinking in style!
dressing up a beer
beer craft
How cute are these little beer bottle tutu’s? We used blue and black, but you can use any colors of tulle to create the tutu color combo that works for your party theme.
drink craft
ribbon and tulle craft
Beyond some ice cold beer bottles, all you’ll need to create these adorable skirts is some ribbon and a whole lot of tulle (which is a type fabric that you can find at any fabric store for pretty cheap!).
drink craft

The tutu’s are removable, so you can re-use them as you finish your beer and move on to your next one! Therefore, you really only need to make as many tutu’s as number of guests at the bachelorette party.

beer bottle tutu
All you have to do is tie (and knot) a piece of sheer ribbon around the bottle to start. Then taking lots and lots of long rectangles of tulle (you’ll have to cut these out of a large piece of tulle), tie & knot a piece of tulle around the ribbon. Repeat this process over and over again until you have made your way all the way around the bottle and have covered the entire base of ribbon with tulle.
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If you get a team of bridesmaids to make these, you’ll have a whole lot of tulle skirts in no time! I think it’s proven that these adorable tutu’s make your beverage of choice taste that.much.better! Enjoy!!
And don’t forget to combine these adorable bottles with dressed up wine bottles like these….

 

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  1. Serena

    I love this post! My cousin, who is a ballerina, is getting married in August, and theses ‘tutus’ will be a perfect way to decorate the mini champagne bottles for her bachelorette. Thanks for sharing ūüôā

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  1. Serena

    I love this post! My cousin, who is a ballerina, is getting married in August, and theses ‘tutus’ will be a perfect way to decorate the mini champagne bottles for her bachelorette. Thanks for sharing ūüôā

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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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    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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A Christmas Tradition

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The O’Halloran Family Cookie Day

1,000+ sprinkles on the floor.
 56 sticks of butter.
 30 batches of cookies.
 24 bakers and helpers.
 9 different kinds of cookies.

1 special tradition.
Ever since I can remember, we’ve held cookie day in my mom’s kitchen right before the holidays. When we were younger, that meant my brothers and I could each invite a friend or two over, and we would spend the day baking and decorating with my mom.¬† Sweet smells would fill the house and each friend would leave with a plate¬†full of cookies piled high!¬†¬†My brothers and I would make cookie plates for all of the neighbors, and take turns ringing the doorbells on our deliveries.

Some years, my grandma, Meme would come all the way from Missouri to help.
Some years we decorated gingerbread houses (that undoubtedly would fall within hours)



Some years we wore ugly sweaters, ugly aprons, and even one time a bunny pajama ensemble.
Bridge rockin’ the bunny pajamas from A Christmas Story
As the years passed…cookie day evolved into a big PARTY. Instead of 1 friend, we were each having 3-4 over for the big day!
 
Yes, cookies were baked. Cookies were decorated. and gosh darn it, cookies were eaten! But it transformed into a day focused more on friendship, laughter, and getting together around the holidays.
 
Now, all¬†of the¬†“kids” are adults. And instead of drinking hot chocolate…we’re drinking sangria and beer!
My mom, being the overachiever that she is, bakes 20 batches of cookies beforehand just to prep for the big day. Yep, you heard that right. Twenty! Starting after Thanksgiving, she starts whipping out a few batches each night and then freezes them. ¬†Her freezer can’t hold all of the cookies…so she enlists the help of neighbors and friends and uses their freezer space too! Pretty crazy right?
 
Then the big day comes.  Everyone arrives around noon and we start getting to work! 
 
My mom delegates responsibilities. 
 
Rolling dough. 
Mixing up the batter.
And the best job of all…decorating!
Somehow there are always enough jobs for the 20+ “cooks” in the kitchen.
Without a doubt, something always goes wrong! Cookies burn, baking soda is forgotten in a recipe, or we run out of sprinkles!
 
But in the end it always works out.
It turns into a magical day that people of all ages enjoy!
That rolling pin is my great-grandmother’s! It is a part of cookie day every single year. Talk about tradition!
After the final cookie is decorated…it is then time to make the big cookie plates!
 
Personally, this is my favorite part. Everyone creates a big plate to bring home, and grabs a handful of each of the 9 different types of cookies. ¬†You load up your favorites (For me, that means the coconut¬†krispies and peanut butter Reese’s cookies), until all of the cookies are gone!
Think of all those calories! Thousands….yikes!
My mom says I will soon “inherit” cookie day and give her a much needed break. ¬†No more late night baking and messy kitchens for her! She certainly has been a trooper all these years, and I admit it probably is time for her to pass the torch to me.¬†
 
That means I should probably start preparing now for Cookie Day 2013!
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your holiday is filled with plenty of love, laughter, and your own special Christmas tradition!
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“These are a few of my Favorite Things!”

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Warning: After reading this post you will officially have the Sound of Music’s “Favorite Things” song in your head for the rest of the day! (Listen to¬†this and jam out!)

First, if you haven’t seen the Sound of Music….go rent it right now, watch it, and come read this post after you’ve seen it.

Okay, I’m happy we got that out of the way.

Now, that we’re all on the same page I can tell you about this fantabulous party that my mom and I threw this holiday season. ¬†We called it the “Favorite Things Party.”

We’ve all seen the Oprah episodes where the audience leaves with new cars, diamonds, and #tonsofswagthatmakesmejealous!

Well this is similar to Oprah’s version…but on a budget. (okay a hell of a lot smaller budget!)

Here’s how it works:
-We each invited friends and family (only women) to the party, and ended up having a group of about 24.
-In our invitation, we told everyone to choose a favorite item that they have absolutely loved over the course of the year.
-Bring 3 of that same item and try and spend about $90-$100 total. (So choose an item that has about a $30 value)
-At the party, explain to the group why you’re obsessed with your favorite thing.
-Then you’ll have a chance to choose 3 new things to bring home to keep for yourself or give as a holiday gift.

We sent out the invite and got such a wonderful response. All of the women were pumped, but many were a little nervous about what to bring. We assured everyone that it was all in good fun and they shouldn’t feel any pressure! We said choose something you really do use and love…anything from kitchenware to beauty supplies!

After the date was set…we started to brainstorm how to really make this party unique and fun. That’s when we decided to stick to the lyrics of the song from the Sound of Music.

We went with a purple, silver, and white theme (very girly and holiday glam) and then created little areas to display all of the lyrics of the songs.

We actually wrapped up small Christmas broaches that we found for $1 (Might look good on an ugly sweater!)
They were perfect as party favors!
Most of the items were found at the Kane County Flea Market (if you’ve never been..go! It will blow your mind). And other items we crafted ourselves.
Jan and I were very happy with how it all turned out. It took some time and effort…but the extra work took our party to the next level. And I think all of our guests appreciated it!
Okay, so now onto the good part. The PAR-TAY!
We had food & drinks galore…but by far the best part was the “Favorite Things” portion of the night. To get it started, we had everyone pick a number out of a basket. Then, we started at #1 and went through #24..and had everyone “sell” their item to the group.
Wow…let me tell ya. There were some FABULOUS favorite things.
From makeup…
To wine and cork stoppers…
There was such a wide assortment of goods, and they were all amazing! It was hard to choose what to take home!
We had 3 rounds of picking. (1-24, 24-1, and then from the middle) To speed up the process (and not put anyone on the spot) we had everyone go up in groups of 5. It worked out fantastically!
Everyone had a fabulous time and got some great gifts for Christmas!
I would definitely recommend a party like this for the holidays. What a fun way to bring women together and learn about all of the new amazing products out there.
Jan and I have decided this party must be an annual tradition! We are already looking forward to Favorite Things 2013…
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