When you are part of a large, fun-loving quirky extended family full of inside jokes and crazy traditions, you feel kind of sorry for the young gals who choose to marry one of our boys.
Since we want to make them feel welcome and a part of the family right away, we throw them a one-of-a-kind bridal shower full of family traditions and craziness!
So when Jackie said yes to my nephew Stephen, we gathered the clan and dug out our infamous, homemade and unique Bridal Shower game.
We throw a dice and share memories, or Nana-Shirleyism’s, or embarrassing pictures of Stephen, whatever the space tells us to do.
And since the object is to introduce the new bride to the family, we had to have a space telling us to “Dress-up”! We dig out the dress-up clothes (just like the grand kids have for years at Nana’s house) and we all find something fun to wear.
And I do mean ALL.
Dressing up is a tradition that started in my Grandma’s spare room before I was born.
It is something we take seriously.
Something else we take very seriously is food.
Everyone cheers when we get land on the “Eat” space!
Then we swoop down upon the table of goodies wearing out lovely dress up attire and fill our plates with deliciousness!
And I do mean fill our plate.
Such pretty food just begs to be eaten!
There is also a space for the bride-to-be to open a gift.
And even some of those are unique and full of funny stories.
Like this vintage cheer leading outfit that has been a gag gift within the family for 30 years or more. This sweet gal was such a good sport!
It was such a honor to bless her with gifts and laughter and traditions!
Welcome to the family, Jackie! You fit right in!