Hawaii Bridal Shower Ideas : Recipe Book!

Looking for a unique gift for your BFF and Hawaii bride-to-be to be that’s fun and affordable?  Here’s a great idea … A Recipe Book for the Bride!

Here’s how you do it:  Include a blank recipe card in your bridal shower invites.  Before the party, have each guest fill out their favorite recipe or ones they think the couple will enjoy.  On the day of the shower, collect all recipe cards and punch 2 holes in each card.  Secure with binder rings and there you have it…  the perfect gift to give to the bride ~ a starter recipe book with all of her favorite girls favorite recipes!  Super cute right?!

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This may be one of my favorite bridal gift ideas!!  With this recipe book, couples can experiment together by cooking as a pair or for each other.   It a great way for them to explore new foods and learn each other’s preferences!  Brides may even get a few “secret family” recipes 😉 Score!!  I myself have always wanted my grandma’s secret teriyaki recipe but so far no such luck.  I may need to start throwing some hints for when I get married.

Do you have any fun bridal gift ideas?  Please share we’d love to hear them! 🙂

Happy Thursday Everyone !

xo, Kelli
Best Day Ever Hawaii Wedding Planners
www.BestDayEverHawaii.com

Q&A: What are your suggestions for a bridal shower venue on Oahu?

2.22.12

Hi Nicole & Erika,

Do you have any suggestions for a bridal shower venue??

Sincerely,
Diana

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From: Nic&Erika
Date: February 23, 2012 2:15:20 PM HST
To: “Diana”
Subject: Re: Bridal Shower Suggestions

Hi Diana,

Bridal showers can be at a friend or family members home.. or at a restaurant. Most restaurants will allow you to have a section or room for your shower as long as you contact them ahead of time. There is often a minimum food/drink fee.. but you can ask your guests to chip in. Generally you would have your bridesmaids plan this event for you or your Hawaii Wedding Planner. Here are a few suggestions on places to have bridal showers on OAHU:

Waioli Tea Room: Cute, restaurant in the back of Manoa Valley that has a really pretty atmosphere and will allow you to have an entire room in the back for your party. The food is very good as well. This is one of my favorites!

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Tikis Waikiki – Beautiful ocean view – good food – they let you decorate and will section of a part of the restaurant for your party

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Lulus Waikiki – Same thing – great view.. good food – decorations are allowed and they will let you have a section for your shower.

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Mariposa – Located in Ala Moana (inside Neiman Marcus) – this place has the best food (and amazing popovers w/strawberry butter baked fresh daily) – a little pricier but also a great view and wonderful place for a shower.

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The Pagoda – Their buffet is amazing. Think crab legs, fresh poki, sushi, shrimp tempura, prime rib, and more.. plus an entire dessert bar complete with hot azuki beans and mochi balls and a soft serve machine. Plus, they will let you bring in table decorations. You can even request a pagoda on the Koi pond if your group is not too big. A great place for a shower.

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Yogur Story – Keeamoku St. – Cute atmosphere, a little cozier in feel than some of the other larger places, good food – and they do let you decorate. Just make sure to make reservations ahead of time. Parking can be tricky though.

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Hope that helps some:)

Nicole
Best Day Ever
Hawaii Wedding Planner 


A Hawaii Bridal Shower: The Lovely Dwaynette

I helped to host a lovely Bridal Shower for soon to be bride – Dwaynette, this past Sunday, January 15, 2011. The shower was held at Waioli Tea Room in Manoa and hosted by Dway’s bridesmaids (Charmaine, Dwaylene, Lisa, & me).

For those of you have never been to Waioli Tea Room… you have to go! It is such a cute place. Located in the back of Manoa Valley, it is surrounded by what feels like a rain-forrest & beautiful hawaiian flowers – all in an intimate setting that afternoon tea parties – yes, i’m serious, tea parties. You can choose your choice of teas & petite sandwiches & desserts… Or just go with their regular menu, which is also really amazing! Waioli Tea Room is a little hidden gem, surrounded by a beautiful setting and made extra special with little vintage touches -everywhere.. plus, the food is spectacular. Think homemade guava sweet bread french toast with fresh whipped cream and maple syrup for breakfast and curried chicken salad sandwiches with homemade wheat bread for lunch, complete with freshly brewed lemon honey iced tea or coffee. Additionally they have rooms in the back that are perfect for bridal showers. I just learned that they also now do weddings. If your in the Manoa area on Oahu, you have to check this place out.

Ok, back to the bridal shower… Since Dway’s theme/colors for her wedding are deep plums/purples mixed with magentas and cherry blossoms, I decided to do the bridal shower decor with the same details. It began with the design of the Bridal Shower Invitation. I incorporated cherry blossoms to the corners and her colors of magenta and darker purples throughout. I used a fun font to encompass Dwaynette’s fun personality – and her LOVE of Cinnamon Girl (she is now manager at the Ward Warehouse store:) with her photo – How could I not include her photo – this girl should be a Cinnamon girl model, seriously.hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette

To carry the design throughout the shower I had designed and framed a few signs for the tables of Dway and her fiancee Travis blending the magenta design into the edges of the photos to carry out the theme. I also designed her her photo and the cherry blossoms into her sign-in sheet and pen and completed the design with a fun hologram silver ribbon. Char had an idea to have prizes for the girls so I created a raffle box that mirrored the same design elements. To bring it all together, I added magenta boa feather pieces to the favors which had tags that matched the rest of the design and brought the magenta feathers into the centerpieces as well. Magenta confetti was sprinkled throughout the table settings and magenta & purple balloons filled the room.

It was an afternoon filled with girly laughter, blessings and good wishes… Sexy lingerie, silly photos, awesome food and wonderful friends. It was an honor to be a part of of such a momentous occasion for one of my best friends, Dwaynette.hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynettehawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynette

Dway & her crazy bridesmaids. Little Jade (the flower girl) isn’t sure whats going on…

hawaii bridal shower, bridal shower, waioli tea room, dwaynette bridal shower, dwaynetteA very happy Mother of the Bride…

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A very special Congratulations to the soon to be Bride – Dwaynette. From your favorite Hawaii Wedding Planner – Best Day Ever Hawaii (and one of your oldest & best friends – Nicole). Can’t wait for the big day in February!