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The Perfect LEGO Wedding Proposal

That typical engagement ring box is SO 2013. What better way to ask someone to build a future together than to build a wedding proposal out of Legos?! My brother proved that Legos aren’t just for kids anymore by proposing to his girlfriend in an elaborate Lego scene.

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My brother Danny and his new fiance Stasia share a love for all things nerdy. Everything down to superheroes, comic books. action figures, and yes… Legos. When it came time to pop the question, incorporating all this into the proposal was essential!

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After countless hours of searching for the right set and a couple days of building, Danny presented Stasia with an eye-spy she will never forget. Above is the whole set and right in the middle you have Bruce Wayne on bended knee proposing to Poison Ivy. (The kicker: Stasia was Poison Ivy for Halloween their first year of dating. And yes, she has red hair!). Once she saw the ring she said yes and now they are planning to live happily ever after!

Some close ups of the structure below:

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Leave your congrats to my brother and future sister-in-law in the comments!

Bridal Shower Game: Who Has The Groom?

My best friend is getting married and a couple of weeks ago we have the bridal shower! Now, I’ve never been to a bridal shower before but I was told that no bridal shower is complete without a slew of fun/silly games. The first game we played was “Who Has The Groom.”

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Based on the picture alone, I know you’re excited. The game is simple. All you need to do is find Chris, the groom! As you can see we have our real groom (in the middle) and a ton of imposter grooms such as Christian Bale, Adam Sandler, and Daniel Craig. Let’s start from the beginning…

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First I found a picture of our handsome groom-to-be in addition to some pictures of other celebrities. I tried to find celebrities I knew the bride would appreciate. For example, Colleen is a huge Syracuse basketball fan so I made sure to include Carmelo Anthony in the mix. She also likes The Big Bang Theory so we had to make a Jim Parsons groom as well!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure your celebrity heads are all about the same size. This will be important when it comes to the next step…

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Once I found the heads I had to get them some bodies! Frankly, I googled some men in suits and found some excellent headless Men’s Warehouse models that worked perfect for my game. I chose one man who was looking left and one who was looking right so no matter which celebrity head I found, it would look right on the body.

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A little cutting, a little gluing and voilà! You have a groom and several imposter grooms. Now that you have these adorable cut-outs, what comes next? The game element!

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I placed each groom in a sealed envelope. I then taped each envelope under each of the chairs at the shower. Nobody even knew the game existed until we told everyone to check under their chairs to see if they had found Chris. I had made 50 grooms but there were less than 50 guests. In order to make sure Chris’s envelope got selected, I placed a heart sticker over his chest. Not only did this make him clearly standout as the correct groom (in case someone who hasn’t met the groom found him!) but also I could feel the sticker through the envelope even after it was sealed. That way, I guaranteed that Chris wasn’t in the leftover or unused groom pile.

Although the bride-to-be (top left) didn’t find her man, everyone was excited to see who they got and share with the table which groom they ended up with! I even saw some people trying to trade celebrity hubbies.

The game was quick, easy, and something fun to interject into the party. The person who found groom won one of the gift baskets the bridesmaids created. I highly recommend this game to others planning bridal showers. You won’t be disappointed!

The Making Of A Movie Gift Basket

Turns out being a bridesmaid comes with lots of arts and crafts projects. To some, that sounds really annoying. To me, it’s a dream. All the things I have been pinning for years can finally be brought to life! I can even make my own pin-worthy things!!!

First stop on the bridesmaid train was the bridal shower. All the bridesmaids decided to make a themed gift basket that would be used as the prizes for the bridal shower games. Being the movie buff that I am, I went with the movie-themed gift basket.

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First we need the contents of the basket. I decided to include some DVDs, popcorn, and classic movie candy. Depending on the price of the basket you could also include a gift card to the movies.

As you can see, I stuck with a theme and added only bride movies — Bride WarsFather of the Bride, and The Princess Bride. The popcorn and candy I picked up at the supermarket and the movies were easy enough to find on Amazon.

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Next you need to take a trip to Michael’s to get the pieces to put the basket together. I needed:

  • A basket (in this case I used an oversized popcorn tub)
  • Shredded paper
  • Pretty ribbon
  • Plastic basket gift wrap

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Using the shredded paper, I stuff the basket to add a little height. I then positioned the movies, popcorn and candy in a way I thought would look nice for the basket, keeping in mind that the back would be on display as well. In order to keep things in place, I just stuck extra shredded paper between the loose areas. Everything stayed in tact pretty well!

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Finally I needed to wrap it. I carefully places the basket inside the plastic bag and tied a knot at the top with the ribbon. There was a little too much plastic bag sticking out on the sides so I taped it down with clear, double-sided tape.

Seeing as this was my first gift basket, I was pretty happy with the result! It looked really nicely put together and the person who won it was excited about the contents!

What themed basket would you have chosen?

DIY Despicable Me Minion Costume

My favorite part of Halloween is making my own costume. This year I decided to be a minion from the movie Despicable Me. I have a knack for taking things that wouldn’t necessarily be cute (i.e. costumes for boys) and making them awesome. Take a look at the world’s easiest costume.

You need the following:

  • Denim shorts/pants (or overalls)
  • Suspenders (not needed if you have overalls)
  • Yellow top
  • Solo cup
  • Headband
  • Felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Google and a printer

Let’s start with the eyes since this essentially the whole costume. If you google “minion eyes” you will get a ton of results. Print out one (or two) and cut it out.

Take your solo cup and cut it down to the first line. You can then glue your eye(s) into the cup. Next, grab your headband. We need to attach the solo cup to the headband. You can do this with staples but I chose to sew them in!

Boom. Your eyes are done. Now we need a Gru logo so there is no mistake of which villain you work for. I found the logo online (google!) and printed it out. I then pinned it to some felt and cut out the shape. You’ll need both black and white felt for this. One sheet of each from Michaels is more than enough!

Once you have cut out your logo, you can safety pin or sew it to your yellow shirt (or front of your overalls if you have them). Put everything on and…. TADA!

You’re a minion! Are you adorable? CHECK! Did you spend a lot of money? NOPE! Congrats and happy Halloween!

Diary of a Bridesmaid: The Side Effects

This year I will be a first time bridesmaid for one of my best friends. Seeing as I’ve never done this before, I am not jaded yet and am actually genuinely excited to participate. I still have about 11 months until my friend’s wedding and already I have been experiencing some unavoidable side effects from being a bridesmaid.

1. I am planning my wedding. Not outwardly in a crazy Pinterest board (yet) but in my head. I am making clear notes on things I like that she is doing and things that I would tweak. The fact that I am not in a serious relationship doesn’t seem to bother me at all.

2. When I speak to my friend, we only talk about her wedding. This is not her being obnoxious and obsessed. Frankly, I want to talk about it too. I want to know what’s going on, what’s being planned, what progress has been made. I am an excellent audience for all things wedding.

3. I am on a diet. The bride is the queen and she’s going to look HOT. However, I will be in some of these pictures and I want to look nice too. Not to mention, I’m bound to bump into people I haven’t seen in a while ::cough cough:: my ex ::cough cough:: so it doesn’t hurt to look good for those people as well.

4. I am a pinaholic. I was always a little obsessed with Pinterest, but I have gone into overdrive now. I want to find all the coolest drinks and bachelorette games and DIY bridal gifts I can find. Whether I make them is another story… but I have tons of inspiration!

The wedding is still practically a year away. I’m sure I’ll come down with more side effects as the bride gets deeper in to planning… and I can’t wait.

The Best DIY Halloween Costumes

Time is running out! You better get your act together and figure out what you’re going to be for Halloween this year. Sure you can run to Party City and be a “slutty [insert profession here]” or you can be creative and make something (don’t worry, it can still be slutty). Below are some DIY costumes from friends of mine. Hopefully we spark some inspiration! Also, check out last year’s blog here for some of my oldies but goodies!

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Kate Gosselin, Max from Where the Wild Things Are, Beatnik, Alice

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Cast of Saved by the Bell

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Pumpkins
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Quailman

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The Blur

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Snood
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Snap, Crackle, and Pop!

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Connor from Boondock Saints

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The Nanny
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Teen Wolf