Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tool Shower - Wedding Fun for a Man

Have you ever heard of a tool shower for the
prospective groom?

My friends Ann and Sue Ellen have given 
 the men in our family a tool shower when
they have gotten married.

(From left to right Mike and Ann and Sue Ellen and Steve - 
ours hosts.)
I think this was a tradition in Ann's neighborhood
growing up and she has brought it to our neighborhood.
It is such a fun idea because the wedding focus always
tends to be on the bride - and a man does need some tools!

The theme was men's tools.  I just loved this little twig
tree decorated with tools.  Notice the runner on the counter?  Doesn't it look like peg board?

No, this wasn't dessert, this was a darling centerpiece for 
the table.

Magleby's sheet cake was for dessert.  Sue Ellen's 
family owns Magleby's restaurants - yes I have
very influential friends (if you are from around here
you know how wonderful Magleby's is, especially
their chocolate cake.)

There was also pasta with blackened chicken and
a choice of red or white sauce and these wonderful
cheesy rolls that Ann made.

They not only got spoiled with good food, 
but he got spoiled with fun tools. 

Why shouldn't the man have some fun 
with wedding preparations too.

                           The guy gets to invite his family and friends
to shower him with tools that he might need
everything from hammers, to rakes, to screwdrivers
and more!

We chose to give him BBQ tools to go along
with his new gas grill that he got for his birthday.

Really a fun idea for your next wedding.  I bet nobody
will have been invited to a tool shower before.

Thank you to such wonderful friends
who would spoil us like this.

A little after that we just had our final shower
 for family
and as the Bride's Dress made of
cupcakes was such a hit at the neighborhood
shower, I thought
I would try to make one this time.

I made the cupcakes the day before
and covered them with plastic wrap to keep
them moist.

Then looking at a picture of the 
number of cupcakes for each row I
laid them out on a tray.  Then I frosted each
one using a 1M tip.

So easy to make!  I made the frosting and frosted them
in about half an hour.

Almond Frosting Recipe

1/2 C. softened butter (no substitute)
4 C. powdered sugar
pinch salt
1 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
3-4 T. water

Place the butter, sugar, salt and flavoring in a mixing 
bowl with the whip attachment.  Add 3 T. water and
begin to beat the frosting.  Add more water if needed.
The amount of water differs greatly depending on the
humidity in your air.  Let the frosting beat about  5 min.
The frosting should be fluffy and creamy.  

Place it in a large pastry bag with the 1 M tip.  Begin
at the center and pipe a little mound then circle 
around and out until the whole cupcake is frosted.
Frost all the cupcakes and pipe in stars or an
extra row around the cupcake to fill in any gaps.

Use jewelry to decorate dress.  This was a
bejeweled ribbon I had and a brooch.

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Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. The men seem to be really into the shower, Jac!! Love that cupcake dress, it is so amazing. You make everything seem so easy. Lovely neighbors like that are a gift from God. xo

  2. What a good idea!
    Your cupcake wedding dress turned out amazing - was there any doubt!

  3. That is a clever idea! I've heard of "Stock the Bar" showers and "Tools for the Grill" showers for the guys, but this is a new one for me.
    Your wedding dress cake is also adorable.
    All these wedding showers must be fun! ~ Sarah

  4. Jacqueline,
    What fun! We have given basic tools for wedding gifts in the past, just because I loved the set of tools from my inlaws that they gave me for christmas when we were engaged. I still use the toolboc and the tools! My hubby already had his own tools, he is a farmer, farmer's tend to get them when they are in high school. I am glad you are having such a great time. You'll get a much needed rest in about three weeks! I hope you have a relaxing trip planned!!!!

  5. Hi Maam J,

    Wow! this is a great idea. Tool Shower is what the groom need. The men must have fun too. LoL* very cute.

    TY for the pretty tips on how the dress cake. Must try.

    Happy Sunday.

    Hugs from D´Box in Stockholm.
    /CC girl

  6. This is great and what a fun !!...looks like a great party to me.....such a nice idea !! the cupcake wedding dress cake !! from me...x !!

  7. Sounds like a great idea. I know the guys must have had a good time.

  8. So fun, I love the nails etc in the apothecary jar! I am doing a Mexican shower this summer and am going to try making a Mexican wedding dress cupcake cake, yours is so adorable! Thanks for sharing your method!

  9. This is a fantastic idea! I wish someone had done this for my husband when we were getting married. What a wonderful tradition.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. I've not heard of this in our area....but what a great thing to do!
    Yes...every man needs tools and this is a fantastic way to shower him with thing he might need around the house....
    thanks for sharing..

  11. What a fantastic idea. I've got a good guy friend getting married soon and I'm going to throw a man-shower! I have a lot to catch up with here...

  12. What a fun idea for a shower for the groom! Love the cute centerpiece jar of nuts and bolts :) Love seeing how you frosted your wedding cupcake dress~ it makes me wish I knew someone getting married to make it for!


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