Wednesday, September 23, 2009

In Case of an Emergency

MOB 024 Last night I hosted some special girlfriends for dinner.  This group of women has been getting together more or less monthly for the last five or six years.  Sometimes we do potluck in someone's home, and on other occasions we'll have dinner at a restaurant followed by a movie, especially if there's a good chick flick out.

MOB 006 A few years ago when our children started getting married, we began throwing Mother of the Bride (or Groom) showers.  Gifts range from lotion and foot scrub to aspirin and drink mixes—anything to help ease the tension of planning a wedding.  Last night was Glenda's turn to be honored, since her daughter Anna is getting married in a couple of weeks.

MOB 021 MOB 022 When Connie's daughter Bromleigh married in June of 2006, Luna presented her with an emergency box.  It contained such things as safety pins, a sewing kit, Tums, Tylenol and hairspray.  Over the years, it's been passed down to other MOB's and MOG's with each of us adding to the box.  Each MOB's or MOG's name and the date of her son's or daughter's wedding is written inside the lid.

The two bottles of vodka, probably left over from Luna's days as a flight attendant, were original to the box.  They are still there, never opened.  However, they did go missing for a while.

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When Karen presented the box to Becky in March of 2007, the bottles of vodka were nowhere to be found, and we accused Karen of consuming them, mindful that she had every right to do so.  Karen, however, told a different story, insisting that she removed them from the box and hid them so that her mother wouldn't see them.  Later on when Karen moved and was cleaning out a chest, she found the vodka and returned it to the emergency box.  Maybe Glenda will find a use for it this year.

MOB 011Several items were added to the box this year.  Janice furnished white chalk.  She heard somewhere that it can be used to cover up minor stains on the wedding dress.

MOB 015I had a real problem with static cling when Brent married in 2005, so I bought Static Guard for the emergency box, and I also threw in a pair of scissors.  Side note:  If you don't have Static Guard available, dryer sheets rubbed over your legs make a great substitute.

With swine flu in the news, Sherri included hand sanitizer.  A huge Alabama fan, she also graciously contributed some Auburn orange Tic Tacs for Glenda to enjoy.

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These special special bridal beads that Luna brought last night can be worn by the MOB or MOG so that everyone knows just how important she is.

MOB 009 And perhaps the best addition of all was this wine cork.  Luna explained that when the father of the bride starts asking too many questions about how much the wedding is costing, you just quietly stuff it into his mouth.

Sadly, one original item is missing from the emergency box, but nobody will confess to taking the leopard skin undies.

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17 comments:

Keetha Broyles said...

These are GREAT items, and what a lot of fun!!!

Just Breathe said...

What a fun idea.

darnold23 said...

That is just the coolest idea. Thanks for sharing it. GO HOGS!

Tonja said...

Oh, I think this is the best idea! The Mother of the Bride OR Groom deserve a little pampering, too! I am going to put this on my list of 'things to do' next time someone gets married! Thanks for sharing!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a fun and creative idea -- looks like lots of fun with friends.

Sue said...

What a fun idea....leave it to events leading up to a Southern wedding....and a perfect excuse for the ladies to get together....

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kathy, this just looks like so much fun. That is such a great idea! Did you have a great reunion? laurie

Malvie said...

Now that's funny.

Baumbastic said...

What fun! And you learn as you go.

Candy said...

Welcome back, you have been missed.
Loved being a 'fly on the wall' at your party. What a fun thing to do, so clever and a great tradition.
Thursday Blessings ;-)

Sue said...

Kathy, I am so doing this for my SIL. Her daughter, my god-daughter, is getting married next June. You are a wealth of ideas, I'm using your gift unwrapping idea for Annie's shower. Thanks you so much for sharing. Glad you had a blast with your contemporaries! hugs, Sue

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

This is the best idea!

Keeper of our Home said...

That is so hilarious!!

~Mrs. M

Sarah said...

What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

Sherri S said...

This is TOO funny! What a neat idea for friends.

Robin said...

This is such a great idea!! Thank you for sharing with us!

{{{HUGS}}}}

Robin :o)

xinex said...

Oh how fun! What an original and great idea!...Christine