DIY + GIRL TALK | Easy Gold Leafing DIY, and the Only 3 Bridal Shower Activities You Need For a Great Party!

Me again.  Happy Friday evening, peeps..


One fun thing I like to do from time to time is not drink enough water all day and then see how my work suffers.  This game I don’t recommend trying at home.

However I do have some games for you today that I think you should definitely try at home…
or wherever you hold your next bridal shower, more appropriately… because FUN and BONDING and DRINKING and GIRL TALK and so, so much more.

And after that, I’ve got another one of our swell tutorials for you from the ladies at Kindred, and it’s pretty cheesy you guys.  HA HA HA I kill myself.

Puppy Update: right now, because I need to write and he’s going to lay on my laptop if I put him on the couch, our new puppy is leashed to a doorknob in front of me – so I have a puppy wandering around aimlessly in front of me with the World’s Saddest Look on his face, while my “Calm Meditation Radio” pandora station, which usually helps me to write, is instead adding a tragic instrumental narrative to the guilt-story building in my head about this puppy’s soul-crushing journey into oblivion as he tries, with futility, to temper his desire to be near me.  It is jarringly depressing and impeding the writing of this post.  But it’s not worse than cleaning up defiance piss throughout the house with your bare feet, so.

Part I

So I went to a newly engaged friend’s bridal brunch on Sunday, and it was more fun than I ever could have imagined a bridal brunch in SoHo being.  On a scale of 1 to Lauren Conrad I feel like Lauren Conrad whenever I’m in SoHo.  So having an actual reason to be there meant I felt like Lauren Conrad after she found out she was getting Whitney’s sloppy seconds Teen Vogue trip.  And then after a few hours of having a great time with these girls, most of whom I’d never met before?  Lauren Conrad when she finds out Jason is staying with her for the entire summer, instead of doing his own thing.  So, GOOD.

Anyway it was kind of exactly what I needed becaussssseeeee…


#1: Bloody Fucking Marys.


exactly what I needed, guys.

I had around 3.5 (over the course of several hours, don’t judge me).  They were no bloody mary with a miniature cheeseburger in it, but they got the job done.  (the job being me getting to a point where I was feeling super slaphappy and in the mood to talk about everything from long engagements to cunnilingus).


sorry, I just love this table so I wanted to show it a bunch.

Btw- I tried to convince Christina, the girl who made them and organized the rest of the activities and food, to become a wedding planner.  I’m still working on her.

#2: The Game “What’s In Your Purse?”


you can click the image above to get a larger printable version // game can be found here

I really expected to win this one – I had 7 tampons and usually don’t leave home without enough pennies at the bottom of my bag to feed a small village for one year.  Wouldn’t you know, I’d emptied them out before I left so as to appear more, how do you say, in control of my F’ing life.  The ONE time you guys.

Girls- this game is great because it takes the shame out of having a disgustingly overstuffed and disorganized purse, and actually turns it into points, points that help you to win challenges at bridal showers!  I LOVE BRIDAL SHOWERS YOU GUYSSSSSSS

#3: Toilet Paper Dress Challenge

This is exactly what it sounds like.  You pair up with a partner and one of you wraps the other in a single roll of tp until a dress forms magically.  Mine turned out pretty incred (I’m in the middle below), and I have to credit my partner, Christina, for the entire design.  I was going to wear it home on the subway but we were all drinking a thousand bloody marys each and we had to go to the bathroom over the course of the day, so..


Girl even had the presence of mind to hand me the leftover tp roll for a bouquet.  And she even instructed me hold it in the appropriate spot – right in front of the vagina.  This girl is on point!

Now… check out today’s DIY, from our dear friends at Kindred!

Part 2 

Nothing completes a party like a well-selected curation of cheeses… and today’s DIY will help you keep all of those tasty cheeses organized!  Be sure to choose a wide range of flavors and origins for all your guests to enjoy… and maybe a wine pairing or two ;) 


  • Sea glass (you can get this most anywhere, like Etsy; I bought a whole tub from target for $5!)
  • Gold leaf (which you can get online, like here, or in most craft stores)
  • Permanent pen (come on)
  • Skewers/toothpicks (you have these in your cupboard)
  • Adhesive (in your gold leaf kit, or buy separately at an art store; can use clear glue if you’re in a bind)


Pretty and subtle… and a great excuse to throw a cheese party! Don’t forget to add plenty of vino ;)

xoxo kindred


Thanks to Kindred for yet another great tutorial.  And special thanks for having it involve gold leafing and cheese, mmm mm.  *goes to fridge*


Label(s): Renee, {Bridal Shoots + Showers}, {DIY + Freebies}

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  1. Ashley on September 23, 2013

    Love these! I would kill in that whats in your purse game hahaha :)

    Also love the DIY, it’s so easy and turned out so good! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Nina on September 23, 2013

    Looks like fun! Makes me want to have a bridal brunch now, wasn’t planning on it..

  3. Sabina on September 26, 2013

    It looks like you had a lot of fun. I bet that everything was really tasty.

  4. Charmaine/ All in a Soiree on September 26, 2013

    What insightful and thoughtful tips! Thanks for sharing

  5. Amber on September 30, 2013

    What a fantastic idea! I am a wedding planner in St. Thomas and have been keeping an eye out for ages for something to make my cheese platter stand out. While this sea glass would look elegant in any setting, I am very excited to see it on the beach.
    But after reading this post and seeing the photos, the standard rule applies: before I craft, I must eat!

  6. Aly on October 10, 2013

    We did the toilet paper dress challenge at my bridal shower, and it was hilarious. Of course, my trendiest friends too it way too seriously– but my gosh they came up with some cool ideas! Great post :)

    • Alison on October 16, 2013

      Thanks Aly. And yes you’re so right! Trendy fashiony friends come up with the BEST. STUFF. Lol stuff but incredibly on point stuff. So fun to play these games with people like that

  7. Tagaytay Wedding Planners on October 11, 2013

    Very nice information, very useful tips. :)

  8. Sophie Muller on October 11, 2013

    It looks fun and delicious! loved the pictures :)

  9. Miss Joan's Bridal on October 15, 2013

    Such fun ideas!

  10. PhotoFun on October 17, 2013

    That is such a great idea! I might have to steal it ;)

  11. Martin on November 3, 2013

    Great food shots!

  12. Tagaytay Wedding Venues on November 20, 2013

    Gonna try this one :)

  13. Anchal on December 8, 2013

    Awesome pictures and great ideas.


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