Here is a timeline of events that occurred that glorious Saturday morning:
11:30am Marissa's family & guests arrive.
11:58am Hungover and late - Jackie, Kellie, Ashley and Marissa finally arrive.
12:15pm Guests take their seats while drinks & appetizers are served. Coincidentally, we were seated at one end of the table (the kid’s section) while all of Marissa’s aunts, grandmothers and cousins sat at the far end (the adult section).
12:30pm While scoring the "He Said/She Said" game, the filled-out papers are accidentally placed atop a lit candle...
12:31pm After a minute of curious smoke smells, we realize the table is on fire. Shannon throws an entire glass of water on said fire which ultimately ends up in Michelle’s lap. All of the game cards are burnt - including the answer key - and we will now never know who really knows Marissa & Jade best...
12:35pm More mimosas, less food.
12:45pm Marissa walks down to the other end of the table to mingle with her family.
12:46pm The maids gather all of our placards, cups, & glasses from the table and stack them in front of Marissa’s seat at the table for funnies.
12:48pm We sword fight with breakdsticks and hide 1 breadstick in Marissa’s clutch... as a present.
12:55pm Marissa returns to her seat and is not amused.
1:10pm Time for gifts! Michelle had assigned us "tasks" for the gift opening ceremony. Kellie is in charge of the wrapping paper trash, Ashley in charge of photos, Jackie is in charge of putting gifts away, and Shanaynay in charge of handing gifts to Marissa to open.
1:14pm We get distracted from our tasks by our own reflections and cute boys. (Due to this distraction, there is a lack of photos of the gift opening ceremony - our apologies)
1:30pm After all the boring gifts (dishware, cookbooks, anything that isn't a wine glass) are opened, she finally gets to ours! The best part of our gift being the FEATHER HANDCUFFS from our favorite lingerie boutique Faire Frou Frou in Studio City, and the rest of our gift being too intimate to share with all of you, and probably too intimate to have been shared in front of Marissa's grandmothers... oops!
1:40pm Dessert time: Red Velvet Cupcakes. Cute, but NO carbs for us, thanks though...
2pm Bridal Shower End. The (brides)maids pack up the SUV full of gifts, say their goodbyes & thank you's (as we finish off the mimosas left on the table), and ride off into the LA sunset.
2:10pm Said SUV pulls into a Ralph's parking lot where we change into our street clothes while Ashley buys 4 bottles of Rose champagne and a bag of Doritos. All contents are consumed shortly after on a beach in the marina with 24 of our closest delinquent friends dressed in international beach volleyball costumes... (explanatory post to follow)
5:00pm Marissa finds the breadstick in her purse and enjoys the thoughtful snack
::: Fade to black :::
While this may not have been the "normal" way of assuring your BFF has a fabulous bridal shower, we say ... NORMAL IS FOR LOSERS!
You're welcome Marissa, for making this day so special.
PS I'm sorry we broke that picture frame of you & Jade at the table... Kellie did it.
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