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My Chicago Bridal Shower

It took a whole lot to get there (you can catch up on the full adventure here), but I finally made it home for my Bridal Shower.

My mother planned a lovely afternoon at Mesón Sabika in Naperville, Illinois. It’s a gorgeous former mansion turned delicious Spanish restaurant, and we had a beautiful room all to ourselves.

Greg didn’t stay for the shower, but he did come to help set up… and take this picture! Lucky Greg!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My mom did a wonderful job with the decor, carefully curating it to reflect the party’s theme: roses and flowers as a metaphor for Greg’s and my love blooming and growing. Insert an “awwwww” here!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

She thought of everything, including these cute charms to make sure no one mixed up their champagne glasses!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My grandmas were the first to arrive…

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

…one of them even expertly coordinating with the decor!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My cousins Alexa and Kris were also in attendance.

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As were my cousins Trisha and Erin and their mom, my Aunt Linda.

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My newest “niece” also made an appearance!

(Oh and so did her mom, Amber, my close friend)!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was my first time meeting little B, and clearly she was just as excited to see me as I was to see her!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And last but certainly not least, my friend Jenny attended as well, jumping in to help my mom whenever she could.

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Once the champagne cork popped everyone arrived, the party officially started!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And my mom gave a touching toast.

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We ate fabulous food and drank fabulous sangria, and when the meal was over the games began!

My cousin Kris won a travel game where guests had to guess which countries I’ve been to, which countries Greg’s been to, and which countries we’ve been to together. She credits her success to being an avid reader of Wanderlust in the City, which I fully support!

(Hi, Kris!)

Then we moved on to Jeopardy, where the guests split up into two teams and answered questions about Greg and me, my favorite one being: “The thing Ashley and Greg want to try for the first time on their honeymoon.”

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The answer is scuba diving, of course!

Why, what were you thinking?!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Afterwards, as we did at my NYC shower, I read through the cards that each guest wrote highlighting a favorite memory with me. They ranged from the sentimental (the first time my mom held me as a baby) to the hilarious (that time in high school when Kris took me to get my belly button pierced and we didn’t tell my mom – sorry, mom)!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Before everyone left there was one more activity: creating the favors.

My mom had arranged dozens of fresh-cut flower varieties next to empty glass vases, and guests were able to create their own bouquets to take home with them. Everyone seemed to love them and complimented my mom on such a clever idea!

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I had such a wonderful afternoon, and loved having the chance to celebrate with some of my favorite people who I don’t get to see that often now that I’m living in New York City.

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My mom truly outdid herself, and created a beautiful afternoon full of memories that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

My Bridal Shower at Mesón Sabika - Chicago travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Now I’m feeling a little bad about that belly button ring – ha!

Love you, mom!

~A

For all of my wedding-related posts, click here.

For all of my Chicago travel posts, click here.

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