Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Travel Theme Honeymoon Bridal Shower

I couldn't have asked for a better group of bridesmaids! They all complement and balance out so well. Some of them wear the creative hats, some wear the party hats and some wear the organizational hats. They threw me the BEST bridal shower ever! (and I'm not just saying that because I am biased).

The shower had a travel theme since the Mo and I love to travel, (duh)! The thoughtful details they tied into the shower was incredible and the final presentation left me speechless.  I am so thankful and lucky to have those girls in my life along with the rest of the girls that came to celebrate (or celebrated with me in spirit)

We had about 50 guests total, some came from out of state and some were local. The guest list comprised mostly of family and close friends as well as some new friends. Special thanks to Nicole Sakr for capturing the special day with her special talents!

Christine came the night before and helped rolled the napkins and woke up early to set up the tables and chairs and decorations and get the party prepped and organized.

My cousin Pam and her husband did an amazing job on the shower invitation.  It was designed to look like a boarding pass on "Srey Airways", didn't you know that I had my own airlines?

Zacha spent sleepless nights stalking my Facebook albums to get pictures of the Mo and I to display throughout the tent.

She made fun travel theme signs that read "Arrivals & Departures" for the gate and signs for the individual tables.

My sister was inspired by a facebook wall post that one of my friends left on my wall and went out and gathered supplies to make these cute heart paper pendants constructed from maps.

My friends were kind enough to help out with food and brought some of my favorite dishes.  The International buffet included dishes from around the world but mainly stuck within Southeast Asia since my mom made a lot of the dishes.

Zacha made wonton shells out of wonton wraps and filled them with shrimp, onions and cream cheese.

Nat made my favorite seafood paella and I just returned her paella pan a couple of days ago, (I know, I'm a bad friend)

For someone that doesn't cook often, Lisa Khinn made the effort to accept my request of making delicious coconut shrimp.

I love seafood stuffing and Sophea's seafood stuffed mushrooms made my tummy happy.

Melissa made an awesome low fat pesto, grape and chicken pizza.

My future sister in law sure does know how to make a mean Mac & Cheese 

 My mother made fresh spring rolls and served the "nuoc mam" dipping sauce in individual containers for a less messy meal.

The weekend before the shower, my mother and sister made hundreds of Cambodian beef and chicken sticks.  I am very grateful because I know how tedious it is to cut and thread each piece of meat onto that stick.

It couldn't be my bridal shower without my ABSOLUTE favorite food in the world, my mom's famous eggrolls

 Sushi is among my favorite food so it made it on the menu for the bridal shower.

I love Greek food and my friend's mom makes the best dolmades and Greek pastries.  I was honored and extremely grateful that Rula brought them to the shower! They were delicious!

All the food was so tasty that even Odie wanted some!

My family believes in having more than enough food at each party and sending people home with food.  Takeout containers with my blog logo was provided so people can pack food to enjoy later.  The eggrolls were gone in a flash! (ahem, Amsi!) JK

Zacha incorporated the "Srey Airways" logo into the napkin rings and used Travel themed brads from Oriental Trading to garnish the ribbons that did not have the logo.

Of course chopsticks were available if some of the guests preferred to use that instead of silverware.

The girls got a beautiful 3D wedding dress cake from Sugar Coated Bakery in Dracut.

Zacha made individual banana creme pie trifles served in cute little cups.

There were cupcakes that were topped with edible "Srey Airways" logo..

If anyone knows me, they know how I party.. and that usually means.. there is plenty of booze involved. To keep it a bit classy, there was a mimosa bar where guests was able to make their own concoction using different kinds of champagne, juices, schnapps and garnishes.  They even got to pick out their own glasses, champagne flutes for the light weights and goblets for the lushes.

 The charms were travel themes and included passports, airplanes, cameras and globes.

For the non drinkers, my cousin Pam brought Halo Farm's Iced tea all the way from New Jersey.  It is my favorite childhood drink from "summering" at their New Jersey home.

A bridal shower is not a bridal shower without games.  Sorya did a wonderful job creating a custom bingo card with pictures of the Mo and I and our vacation hot spots.

Zacha came up with a great idea of having the guests help contribute to a scrapbook filled with advice, pictures and memories.

There was a "scratch ticket" game where the guests each received a scratch ticket upon arrival and the winning ticket holder received a prize.

One of the games we played was the "Passport Game" where Sorya would read clues about a country that the Mo and I have or intend to visit and the contestants had to guess the country by placing a "stamp" on the appropriate page in the passport.  One of the clues was "the country where the Mo and Kim fell of a motorbike, Exhibit A" with "exhibit A" being a photo of my face following the accident, it was hilarious!

Since it was a "Honeymoon" shower, most of the gifts were purchased via our honeymoon website via honeyfund.  The bridesmaids wrapped the vouchers so that I would still have something to open at the party.

One of the non-honey fund gifts received was a extremely creative coupon book made by Sophea.  The book included vouchers to be redeemed on our 18 girls bachelorette party trip to Miami for dinners, desserts, activities and manicure/pedicure.  It totally blew me away.

I had so much fun that day and I am truly grateful and thankful to my bridesmaids and the guests who came.

More pictures to enjoy!