January can be a depressing time for lots of people, myself included. The holiday season is over and the cold, dreary weather shows no signs of letting up just yet. However, I always try to find things to get excited about, no matter the time of year. Right now, Valentine’s Day and my close friend Caitlin’s upcoming destination wedding (in which I will serve as a bridesmaid) are sustaining me. Her wedding will take place in Key West, FL in mid-March and I’ll be traveling home to NJ for her bridal shower at the end of February.
In the meantime I’ve been gearing up for these big events by helping the bride plan, doing a couple DIY projects, and of course piecing together my outfits for the shower, rehearsal dinner, and bachelorette party. I recently scored an awesome black sequined clutch for $1.99 which will go perfectly with a couple of my fancy frocks, and a beaded multi-strand necklace in coral and teal (the wedding colors) for $3, both from Goodwill. I splurged a bit on the dresses themselves (buying anything from a retail store is a splurge in my book) but have definitely saved on accessories by thrifting!
Caitlin is also a pretty thrifty, DIY lady. She has some great ideas for decorations and has asked me to make a bunting for the big day. I’ll be sure to share photos of both the process and the finished product. I’ve also been helping her out with the arrangements for the shower. In researching game ideas, Caitlin came across a wonderful Etsy seller, Blackberry Graphics, whose work I’d love to share with you. I bought these beautiful printable shower bingo cards from her and would not hesitate to recommend her work!
As you can see, the cards look great and are very customizable. I got exactly what I wanted, fast, and the seller was very sweet and cheerful. And just FYI, I have been provided no incentive to promote this seller’s work; I just love the Etsy community and think Jen deserves your business if you’re looking for printable invitations and other stationary for weddings, showers, etc.
I am so excited to take part in all of the events coming up! I know they will be beautifully decorated and very fun. They have definitely added some excitement and anticipation to these winter months, and a mini-vacation to Key West is the perfect cure for winter blues.