Isn’t It Nice When Things Just Seem to Come Together?

Do you find yourself wishing for things to simply work out easily? That things should just plain go your way? No problems, no worries, no hassles? Me too! And amazingly, every so often we put our thoughts out there and everything works like a charm.

Let me tell you how my daughter’s bridal shower just seemed to gel to perfection out of thin air.

I recently moved from NY to Las Vegas, close to where my daughter and her boyfriend are currently living. The decision to move cross country was made about 2 weeks before my daughter called me with the good news: she was engaged. No more boyfriend, now fiancé.

Cut to the present.  A bridal shower was in order, as her wedding is coming up shortly and I was the one to make it. What did I know about hosting a bridal shower? About the customs and requirements? Nothing! Thank goodness for the internet. I’m a research nut – when I need to find an answer, I start Googling around. That’s Step 1.

I find out there are foods to serve, timing, location concerns, themes, games to play, brunch or dinner or sexy lingerie party, prizes, gifts, invites, surprises, decorations, goodie bags – the list of possibilities and combinations goes on!

So what’s a Mom to do when confronted with all these details? I make lists and outlines. I organize all my thoughts and rearrange them and mold them until they seem to make sense. And that’s Step 2.

Now the hard part. How was I going to make this party something special, unique and memorable for us all? How would I put together all the necessary pieces so it was a shower that met all the requirements of bridal shower-dom  with a twist that was extra special?

Welcome Pat, my wonderful friend and partner at Busy Bites. One Sunday afternoon a while back, she got a group of women together to make Vision Boards (collages of pictures and words about what we hope to have or where we want to be in the future). The idea is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want in your life, where you want to live, and what your dreams are, your life changes to match those images and those desires.

Now wouldn’t that be a great idea to make for my daughter at her shower?

Perfect. Somehow I’ll figure out how to make and host a Vision Board-making shower! But how? Step 3 – a unique twist. Done.

The following week, my daughter brought me (as a guest) to her women’s networking group where each of us was given 30 seconds to present who we are and what we do. As we went around the room, the spotlight shone on one woman who briefly told us about her day job and then, to my utter amazement, announced her new venture: “…and I also host classes where we make Vision Boards.” My eyes widened, jaw dropped. Could this be a dream come true? Did someone plop me down at this meeting by design? Coincidence? I don’t think so. As you can see, my Vision Board dream was in full motion and the shower was coming together like a charm.

Sometimes the magic works and it’s so wonderful when you can revel in the joy of creating something your loved ones can enjoy and share with friends and family. The shower was great – a Tea Party at my home. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne punch, tea sandwiches and nibbles, homemade pumpkin cookies, fruit salad and more, with a surprise visitor helping us to create a very special Vision Board for the couple entitled “You are the center of your world”.

Of course there was the bow and ribbon hat for cuteness and the recording of remarks made by the bride while opening the gifts read out loud to the group as her words to describe the wedding night. That’s always good for some embarrassed laughter. Lovely gifts, lots of photographs and a big hug by my daughter at the end.

Step 4: The Shower. A grand success.

Isn’t It Nice When Things Just Seem to Come Together?


7 Responses to “Isn’t It Nice When Things Just Seem to Come Together?”

  • Ann Zenone Says:

    Hi Karen, Your daughter looks so much like you. Hope all goes well for the wedding events. Bring pictures next time you’re in town!

  • Martine H Says:

    Hi Karen&Pat
    The group is getting along; It is a singing group. So far it’s 5 people. We are planning to sing for Christmas. We are very excited.

  • Ivana Says:

    Good luck with the wedding events!

  • Radiance Pearl Says:

    Thank you for all the great posts from last year! I look forward to reading your blog, because they are always full of information that I can put to use. Thank you again, and God bless you in 2010.

  • ola Says:

    I’v decided to change mylife my olny daughter has go off to college and I’m.
    Well home alone with nothing to do and
    I need something else in mylife. I have
    my church but I’m not at church all the
    time.I would like to find a parttime job
    jobs are hard to find.So hopefully this
    is a good move for me..


  • Pat Says:

    Hi Everyone

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Will get Karen to post the wedding pictures.


  • Pat Says:

    Transitions always seem tough and yet one never knows what good will surface as we move forward. Wish you the best in finding your new role in life.


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