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Nov 18, 2020

Bridal Shower Games

I got such great responses to some of the fun little games that I created for Jen's shower last weekend, that I thought I'd post the actual jpg design files so that they're easy to see/read!  I have also designed more bridal shower games which can be found here.

I will be happy to customize one or both of the designs/invitation for you!  To get more info on this, or to find out pricing, email me at [email protected]

We all know that the most boring part of a shower can be when the bride-to-be opens all of her gifts.  Sure, it's fun when she opens yours, but it's also not so great if you got her a spice rack and she's already opened three, or, if the shower is big enough that opening gifts takes forever.  So, to remedy this issue and keep our guests entertained, I created some little games for them to do while Jen opened her gifts.  We had the junior bridesmaids go around and hand one of each out to everyone, and the ladies were able to work on them at their leisure while watching Jen open her presents!

And a few more I created but we didn't actually use:

I printed these out on card stock and cut them down to be about half-sheet size.  They were a fun little way for guests to stay busy!  We simply collected the mad lib for Ben & Jen to read later, and we revealed the answers to the 10 Questions game by allowing Ben & Jen to answer each question in front of everyone.  It was fun to see what they agreed on and didn't see eye-to-eye on!

Oh, and here are the invitations I designed for Jen's shower (changed some of the info on them though!)

*I did get the concept for the games from a Pinterest post, but all designs are my work.

Nov 9, 2020

Jen's Rustic Shower

Today, we got to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of my best friend!  Jen and I have been friends since we were little, and we grew up going to church and school together.  She's my absolute best friend in the world, and she's just one of those girls who is totally a kindred spirit.  I'm so grateful to have her in my life and it was so much fun to get to plan a day just for her!
The day was full of fun little games and lots of food and fellowship...we had such a good time celebrating Jen and Ben and I think it was exactly what she hoped for!  I had fun putting the day together and I hope Jen enjoyed it!

Nov 6, 2020

Party Planning is my Life Right Now

My best friend is getting married in January and I have the honor of being her maid of honor!  I'm so excited for Ben and Jen, and this week, I'm even MORE excited about her bridal shower on Saturday!  I love planning parties and events, and bridal showers are so much fun because there's so much you can do with them!  We're having a brunch for Jen, and I'll be sharing photos from the day after it all happens, but I thought I'd share some of my favorite party ideas and inspiration in the meantime.

 I love the look of glass bottles scattered down a long table.  
(I collect them and they come in handy so often)

 Ok, I think any kind of "bar"...waffle, s'mores, mashed potato....is so fun!
It lets your guests get creative and customize things to their liking.

Earthy and rustic...I'm totally loving anything white birch right now!

These are fun and whimsical for a spring or summer wedding or party.
An easy way to customize a white paper lantern!

I love a well-styled table of any kind, and this desert table is wonderfully rustic and just lovely!

I'm so excited to share with you all the little details that we chose for Jen's shower!

Nov 4, 2020

Girl Talk // Surround Yourself with People Who are Better than You

I know it's been a little while since my last Girl Talk installment, but October was a little busy.  And frankly, November is shaping up to be even busier.

But I've been thinking about this one for a little while, and I think it's an important one.  So listen up. Please.  Thanks.

This past month, I officially accepted a job on the Creative Planning team at our church.  Long story short, I was doing an internship of sorts with our Director of Service Planning and then something opened up and they liked me and I liked them and now we're all happy.

And for the first time in a while, I'm feeling really challenged.  And learning a lot.  And I think part of the reason that's true is because I'm surrounded by people who are so much better than me at what they do.

AJ's mom and I had a conversation the other day about being secure as a leader.  We were talking about how it's really easy to feel threatened by other people (in the case of our conversation, volunteers) who are better than you at specific things.  And when you feel threatened, you tend to distance yourself from those who are better than you.

See, it's a lot easier to feel good about yourself when you're the best at x, y, & z.  But that's not how you grow.

I once heard Andy Stanley talk about this sort of thing.  He once said "It is a fallacy that great leaders are great at everything."  Great leaders are great when they surround themselves with people who can do things better than they can.

This isn't good advice for just leaders, though I fully believe that we're all leaders in some capacity.  It's true for anyone, because surrounding yourself with people who are better than you helps you to grow.

We've all been given different gifts, and let's face it, you'll probably never be the best at everything.  Part of life is learning to celebrate the strengths of others and giving them space and opportunity to exercise and develop their gifting.

When I was in college, I did a program called the Elijah Project, where a cohort of about 14 people spent a year studying work and vocation, exploring our strengths, and doing life together.  What I learned that year was invaluable.  I went from being someone who felt threatened by those with similar interests and gifts, to someone who was learning to celebrate the gifting that other people have.

As I've developed as a photographer and started to kind of chase that dream a little more in the past few years, there have been so many times when I've felt intimidated and less-than, just by looking at another artist's images.  It took some time, but eventually I just stopped looking at other photographers as competition, and started looking at them as inspiration and fuel to become a better photographer myself.

Our culture can be cut-throat.  TV and movies teach us to put distance between us and those who threaten us and our rise to the top.  But I think there's so much more to life than being at the top.  There's nothing wrong with wanting to be the best, but in my opinion, surrounding yourself with people who are better than you leads to a spirit of humility, deeper relationships, and growth.
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