Over Labor Day weekend, I made an in-and-out trip home to Massachusetts for the sole purpose of tending to my favorite bride-to-be: Erin Gunn! Erin’s bridal shower and bachelorette party were both being held on that Saturday at her parents’ house; as a bridesmaid, it was my duty to be there and do things like put a serious dent in this six-foot-long cured meat sub from the locally renowned North End Deli:
Normally, I would not select an option like this from a menu, but somehow it seemed like the most appealing thing upon which I had ever laid eyes.
I grabbed myself a beverage from the porch …
… and settled down in a comfy chair with my slice of sub and a pickle:
(I don’t normally like pickles, either! What is up with me and the salt lately??)
When I finished lunch, I rustled around in the the candy dish and came up with this:
I also decided a gin and tonic was in order since it is tradition to consume alcoholic beverages when a guest in the Gunn household:
After the food, Erin started in on the gift portion of the afternoon. After she gracefully let her new Waterford crystal goblet roll from her lap onto the floor (everyone’s heart stopped for a moment until the goblet was confirmed to have survived the fall), she opened the most exciting present a lady can receive:
I am so jealous of all the kitchen gadgets she got! It almost makes me want to get married so I can register for these goodies, too. Almost. If I ever finish grad school, maybe I will have a married-to-myself party and register for a KitchenAid.
I also snacked on Sunchips because they were there:
Since I was in attendance, you know what came next:
Clearly, the Gunns did not get my memo about needing to fit into that bridesmaid dress!
Side note: I am such a cake connoisseur that, when Erin asked what the difference was between the two cakes, I was able to confidently tell her that the cake on the left was yellow and the cake on the right was chocolate! I have cake x-ray vision. Cake and I are so tight that I don’t need to see through the frosting to sense what is underneath it.
The cake was good. (Surprise!) I might have had five pieces. (Surprise!)
(Fun fact: If you look closely, you can see Mike’s dad in the background on the left and Erin’s dad in the background on the right. Shortly after this picture was taken, the boys took off to Erin’s brother’s house to drink beer and watch football and just assert their manliness in general.)
Our friend Jes, one of the other bridesmaids, put together goodie bags for the occasion:
I love that sparkly witch!
The bags were were full of Halloween candy (reminder: this is appropriate because Erin’s wedding falls on Halloween) … including this way-too-exciting peanut butter cup:
When the shower started to wind down, the men returned for refueling:
That is Mike, the groom-to-be, eating some of the Captain’s famous pizza. Erin’s dad (aka the Captain), makes the best pizza in the world, and he’s been making it every Friday night since the beginning of time. The shower was on a Saturday, so we hit the Gunn household at prime leftover time. Fun fact #2: I despised pizza until I was 18 and tried a slice of the Captain’s pizza.
I was stuffed from all the cured meat subbing, but I had to have a couple slivers for old time’s sake. A slice of margherita and a slice of pepper and mushroom:
After the pizza, the men disappeared again, signaling that it was time for the real party to begin. Erin’s sisters had planned ahead and made sure we lined our stomachs with plenty of absorbent frozen appetizers, such as taquitos and jalapeno poppers:
Pizza bites and mozzarella sticks:
And spinach and buffalo chicken puff pastries:
And what’s a bachelorette party without a three-foot-tall red-headed blow-up man, right?
The party included balls of all shapes and sizes, including these Oreo balls that Jes made: Oreos pureed with cream cheese, rolled into balls, and dipped into chocolate.
Mmmm, they were delicious and elegant. Not all of the balls were so subtle, though.
Rice crispies treats:
And I think that is the extent of the pictures I have that are (barely) suitable for the general public 😛
If you were going to have a bridal shower (whether in honor of your marriage to yourself or to someone else), what would you put on your registry first?