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BRIDESMAID GIFTING: Birds of a feather


[Bridesmaid Brady Bunch]

We have known who we wanted to be our bridesmaids and groomsmen for way longer than we have been engaged, as they are of course our nearest and dearest!  Because of that, and the fact that they all had the date on their calendars, I guess I took my sweet time in reaching the launch phase! #girlgottawork!

But I have an excuse! I started tossing around ideas in the back of my mind as to how I was going to ask my bridesmaids, and as recalled HERE, no gems worthy of my gals were coming to mind! Whyyyyyyy!

After drumming up a multitude of ideas that didn’t end up resonating with me, I was stumped and kind of bummed! So a few/many Fridays ago, I am working late. Like past midnight/it’s actually now Saturday late, and my pend list for the next day pops into my inbox as per usual and I decide to take a break from the monotony to take a look at what I had lined up for my productive Saturday.

While my work items are regimented and always have specific due dates, I also use my pend system as an artificial memory keeper- typing in any weird ideas that pop into my head and pending them for a random weekend day to remind me to explore/execute said idea. Needless to say, I never know what my own Ghost of Yet to Come is going to remind me of! Oh life.

Mid-list this little stunner appears:

Translation: A while back I randomly wondered if Oriental Trading Company was still in business, and upon a quick Google I saw that it was. Something about my memories of OTC, includes inflatable items. I don’t remember why, but a ton of years ago I found an inflatable parrot leftover from a party pack of inflatable animals (weird, I know) in our party supply closet at home and I felt compelled to inflate it and hang it in my sister’s room so she’d have a question mark face when she got home. That’s how I roll, I love a good question mark face.

Anyways, the light of my life (and now Maid of Honor!) my sister Elyse (“E”) is in college at the University of Texas in Austin, and I miss her dearly! I am always thinking of weird stuff to send her in the mail to let her know I am thinking about her, and that I am still the weirdo big sister she grew up with! So I hop onto the OTC website and am considering a pink flamingo and all of a sudden my brain realizes that this absolutely fulfills my requirements for a peculiar “Will you be my bridesmaid?” vessel.

I am pretty sold on it, but still want to see what other awesome inflatable animals exist out there. Options have value. So I hit up Amazon and Google and come up with a few, but nothing is really trumping the pink flamingo. UNTIL I decide to search for a swan, you know, just to check it out since it’s kind of a universal wedding symbol. BOOM. Sauciest inflatable animal I have ever laid my eyes on! FFWD to me having MAJOR issues finding enough of these swans in the appropriate size (wanted it to have a sizable impact!), but finally do and order them. Plan it all out in the next 24 hours because I’m nuts like that and basically have everything ready to roll, just need the swans to arrive! Get a phone call from New Jersey on the following Monday that goes like this:

NJ POOLMAN: Hi, we received your order for a lot of inflatable swans over the weekend. We looked high and low in our warehouse and they are nowhere to be found!
ME: Wow, what a system you have over there! How long will it take if you order them directly from the distributor or manufacturer? I need these puppies ASAP.
NJ POOLMAN: Uhm, well…. it’s sort of off-season for inflatable pool items.
ME: So, you cannot get them?
NJ POOLMAN: I’m afraid not, sorry! What do you need all of those swans for anyways?
::CLICK::

I scurry off to man handle Google in a way that it wasn’t meant to be in hopes of finding these swans that in my mind are now irreplaceable. Finally find a bro with a shoddy looking pool supply website and pull the trigger. Who cares if he steals my CC info? I’ll leave that to AMEX, as long as I get the swans!!! Blind shopping rage is unmatched.

THEY FINALLY ARRIVE. Upon their arrival, I seriously drop everything to inflate them. I proceed to tie each one of them up with grey ribbon (wedding color integration, heyooo!) to attach the card I made, pop them into the boxes I had adorned with creepy question marks, affix the corresponding FedEx labels and ship them out! Henry Ford would have been proud of my assembly line action for sure!

SO – my favorite aspects of this idea are  1. It’s RANDOM! I sent it inflated in a box with question marks on the outside of it. So when they opened the box, it was basically like HEY! look at me! 2. It’s of course DEFLATABLE, so the 20 inches of awesomeness can be deflated and put away (…for a rainy day?) or tossed! So it’s not taking up a considerable amount of room for anyone! Which I love. Because I hate clutter. and I love storage.

The rest is pretty self explanatory VIA the pictures. The only thing left to add is that each person sent their picture to me within like an hour of receiving their package and it honestly made my life. It would have killed me if I had to wait in suspense any longer. They all know what an oddball I am, are all still my friends despite that fact, and all said yes!

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