Recently, a friend of mine (holler for a dollar, Candice!) had her “bridal shower” here in town, and I couldn’t help but get a kick out of the theme. Thrown by her mom and aunt, they decided to do a “Wine & Whiskey: Stock the Bar” themed celebration, and I gotta admit… I thoroughly enjoyed it :)
Instead of bringing your typical BB&B / Target / Crate & Barrel / fill-in-the-blank-of-your-fave-registry gift, friends and family were requested to bring their favorite bottle of booze (be it beer, wine or otherwise) and / or their favorite barware accessory to stock the couple’s latest home remodel: their new bar! Now, before anyone starts calling the authorities for potential abuse, I think it’s important for me to state their case :)
Candice is everything but traditional. Since moving to Chicago six years ago with her long term beau, they’ve really already built a life together. Candice is the kind of girl, if she wants a gravy boat – for whatever reason one would want a gravy boat – she’ll buy it. If she wants to drop everything and take a trip to the Canary Islands next week?? Well then, by golly, she’ll book her plane ticket that day at lunch.
She really is one of a kind, and after already living together for such a significant time anyway, they really did have mostly everything they needed to make their house a home, which generally includes all the appliances, dishware, kitchen accessories, towels etc. that would normally be put on a registry. Therefore, her mom came up with the brilliant bar themed idea to complement their newest renovation, as well as their love for entertaining!
I mean, how can you not love that?? After attending such a celebration and seeing all the fun, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the fabulousness of such an event… but what’s even more amazing is the practicality of it all too! Candice and Jared (or her gentleman caller, as C refers to him, haha!) love to entertain! With the majority of both their families living in Indiana and them posting up shop in the Windy City, they highly encourage their “open door” policy and vow to never turn away a wearisome traveler or friend from their welcoming embrace. Hence, the theme becomes even more amazing!
Heck, even for the less open / more closed door couples, I still stand by this being a good idea! While I may have hung up my party hat after an incredible four year stint at IU, there are still the throw back occasions that cause for toasting. And while I’m country born and bred and will always have a taste for brew-ha-ha, it’d be nice to be able to offer something for the classier pallets that come my way when need be… especially without spending half the grocery budget to do so! Haha, booze is expensive!
In the end, it’s OBVS up to every individual couple on what will work best for them, but this was one I knew I had to share!
Cheers to C and Jared and many. MANY years of happy toasts!
Leave a Comment March 20, 2012