2. The editors at BuzzFeed Life recently threw wedding showers for two of our male co-workers.
Because we love them. And because wedding traditions deserve to be fucked with. We called these parties for the grooms-to-be “bro-dal showers.”
3. Our first bro-dal shower was a casual afternoon party for Ahmed Akbar, who will marry his fiancé Salimah in July 2016.
Since this was a guys-only party that included several Brooklyn residents, the masculine ~lumbersexual~ theme felt appropriate. But! This theme would work just as well for a “Lumberjill” bridal shower, a couples shower, or any gathering of lumbersexuals.
4. There was a meat and cheese board piled high:
9. Whiskey shots with moonshine-soaked cherries:
12. We got fake beards from a Halloween shop and set out a bunch of DIY supplies.
Guests were paired off and had five minutes to create a fancy beard.
13. Even though some of our guests had real ink, everyone had fun with the temporary tattoo station.
16. The moonshine may have helped the guests unleash their inner lumbersexuals.
22. And — because it’s a wedding shower tradition — the fiancé came by at the end.
Lumberjack & Lumberjill 4ever.
23. The second bro-dal shower was for Tommy Wesely, who will marry his fiancé Matt in October.
There’s long been a connection between gay men, comic book superheroes, and camp, and we wanted to show how to turn comic books (or any geeky love) into a more elegant affair. (Turns out: lots of metallics and matte gold spray paint.) This sophisticated theme would work just as easily for a birthday party, engagement party, or swanky dinner party.
24. Use of the phrase “tablescape” was encouraged. As in “Wow, that Gotham-inspired tablescape looks great.”
The buildings are inexpensive 3D puzzles with a couple coats of matte black spray paint added.
27. Pro tip: All desserts look better when they’re stacked.
(The macarons were not given a coat of matte black spray paint; we had them custom-made.)
29. There was a tasting menu of seven cocktails, all inspired by different Batman characters.
32. A seven-cocktail tasting menu = everyone had a pretty great time.
34. The guests played classic shower games (like answering trivia questions about the couple) while getting increasingly drunk and therefore bad at playing them.
35. Also, the fancy black macarons turned everyone’s tongues black.
36. Go forth and bro-dal!
Styled by: John Gara, Lauren Zaser, Rachel Wilkerson Miller, Jess Probus, Matt Ortile
Photography: Lauren Zaser
Lumberjack recipe development and styling: Christine Byrne
Batman cocktail recipe development and styling: Rachel Sanders
Invitations, menus, and games: Justine Zwiebel
Lumberjack party products: Black disposable dishes; round galvanized charger; galvanized tray; moss; vintage copper shot glasses; moonshine and cherries; mini chalkboard sign; wooden utensils; tin planters; succulents; wooden ax; photo booth backdrop; photo booth props; camping tattoos; bear tattoos; bear pillow; beard oil; beard comb; napkins; moss table runner; tablecloth; lanterns; tiny trees.
Batman party products: Flowers; black macarons; silver geometric vases; long black planters; Chrysler Building puzzle; Empire State Building puzzle; gold flatware; napkins; place mats; tablecloth; gold confetti glasses; gold candle holders; Batmobile; candelabras; photo booth props; photo booth backdrop; black geometric votive holders; silver chargers.
Some of the props and decor were loaned to BuzzFeed Life or given to us free of charge.