We started with the invite, which I designed myself (address deleted, 'cause I don't want y'all showing up at my house). If you are planning any kind of event and are not fond of the super techy programs like Photo Shop, Microsoft Publisher is a great way to go. It's what I used to come up with this:
When it came to decor, I collected old Coke bottles and "milk" bottles (really the pre-packaged Starbucks bottles) for the flowers. I also printed out old ads from the 1950's that went along with the housewife theme.
We asked everyone to bring Ashley a gift that would help make her the "perfect" housewife. Most of us kept it PG, but she did get some um, interesting, presents as well. Here is our darling bride displaying some of her wares (and her awesome ribbon bouquet).
This was a pretty laid back and casual shower, and the theme made it just the right amount of kitschy and fun. Plus, it gave me an excuse to bust out the red lipstick, which I can't rock on a normal day!