Thursday, August 30, 2012

Showered With Love... And Sugar!

Hello Ladies!
Are you ready for pretty picture overload? It took me a few days to sort out and edit the photos, but at last! I can reveal my biggest, and most favorite project of the summer; a bridal shower for my best friend, Melissa. I've been working at this a long time, and the day went so very fast, as they tend to do, but I tried to get good pictures to show you guys, so here we go!

 I think think is the most pictures I've ever attempted in one blog post, so get yourself a nice cuppa tea and get comfy, this is going to be a long one!
(As always, if you'd like to view any of the pictures in large format, just click on the image to open it in full screen)
Oh! I'm so excited I'm jumping ahead of myself, let's go back to the beginning!

To greet Melissa's friends & family and signal them to the right house, I painted a sign to put out in the front yard.

I propped it up on the lawn with a Shepard hook hung with a pretty, white wreath with a ginormous pink pinwheel flower.

Streamers to start the festivities and usher everyone on the way to the porch. I love steamers!

You can't see it very well in the picture above - it's hanging up by the front door, but this is a bunting I made a few weeks ago. I learned how to do a tiny rolled hem in order to make this bunting, just 1/8" hem! I used this tutorial to teach myself, the directions are clear and concise. I've had this fabric forever, it's so pretty and pink and... frothy! It has a sort of flocked, velvety feeling. I found five full yards of it wadded up in the corner of an antique store, it was in perfect condition. Five dollars!

I held the shower out in my backyard. We have a long patio, a big shade tree, and the whole yard is surrounded by a fence shrouded in ivy and honeycuckle. I love our backyard and I really need a hammock, but that's a different story. Let's take a spin!

I had 16 guests so I rented  tables & chairs and topped the tables with my favorite vintage tablecloths from my small, but growing collection. 

I kept the tablescape simple, just the centerpiece (lemon scented topiaries from Trader Joe's) and the plates topped with a pretty napkin and each guests favor, a sandlewood fan. It was supposed to be scorching hot that day, so I chose fans as favors to keep everyone cool, but as it turns out the weather was perfectly beautiful!

To decorate the columns on our roomy, but boring, white patio, I wanted big, bold, colors that shout happy!

I also made three long lengths of felt bunting to hang between the columns. It was soft and fluttery and did I mention... colorful!

Ooooh, color-ific!

Speaking of color, how 'bout this guy? My family and I saved TP rolls for months to make this piece! This eco-easy wall art was inspired by a piece I found on Pinterest. Simple and fun, lots more ideas can be found here. And here's a good place to state that, Pinterest was INVALUABLE to me in planning this party. There's so much good stuff out there for us crafty peeps, and Pinterest is a fantastic way of keeping it all organized and under control. Here's mine, come find me!

 I just never get tired or bored color, I love them all, especially bright, happy ones!

I spy the blushing bride!

Ahh, the sweets buffet! There's so much to see here, let's dive in to all these goodies!
A mix of homemade and... not homemade.

Hoo-boy, Cherryheads & Lemonheads!

And cake! You guys, the cakes! I made both of them, the recipe for this chocolate dream was from my favorite blog of all time, Alicia Paulson's Posie Gets Cozy. I've long admired her beautiful cakes (all of her cooking, actually) and have wanted to make one for a long time, so I was happy when she posted these cake recipes recently, I used this one with the Cloudburst Frosting. I topped the cake with fresh strawberries, blackberries and blue berries. The white cake (pictured above), a Blackberry Cloud Cake was inspired by this one, but I'll admit to some short-cuts here, I used blackberry, not raspberry, and Cool Whip instead of the fancy (read: time consuming) ingredients in the original filling. It was incredible. I could have scarfed the whole thing by myself.   

Candy covered Rice Crispy Pops, inspired by the ones in this post.

Fun fact: my boss gave me a small, bright red, desk-top Jelly Belly gumball machine as a birthday gift several years ago. It's been collecting dust in my office for years, so I brought it home, gave it a coat of pretty pink and viola, instant upgrade! It was a happy accident to find Skittles in the same colors as the party pallet, these are called Skittles Blenders.

Strawberry cupcakes, yum!

Marshmallow Poles, so pretty, so tasty!

These are my favorite, they're called Champagne Bubbles!

Not to be confused with regular, but no less pretty, wedding bubbles.

More tasty treats, blackberry yogurt covered pretzels, lemon cookies, salt water taffy and citrus gummies. You'd think I was trying to dole out cavities, lol!

Good ol' Country Time Lemonade
Paper straws & pretty napkins.

Oh, and let's not forget about the cocktails!
This drink was deelish and perfect for a hot day, it's called Skip And Go Naked and came from Susan Branch, I modified it for a crowd, and the crowd loved them!

There she is, the lady of the hour, my beautiful friend!

After a light luncheon (that I totally forgot to take pictures of), we played games...
(this one's called Poke The Bride, and I'll let the picture do the talking)

Cut the cake...

 And watched Melissa open her gifts.

These wee monsters were my gift to her, made just for us by Chelsea of Love & A SandwichMelissa chose the pink one, I got to keep the blue

To send my guests on their merry way, I had a few more sweets and a hint of what to look forward to at the wedding on the way out the front door. I do love a fall wedding.

Here's a shot of the backdrop for the desert table, sans desert. I'm really pleased with the way this came out and thought you might like to know a bit about it. I spent several evenings leading up to the shower sewing ruffles, ruffles into crepe paper, that is. It's very simple, and gives a lot of bang for the bucks, I used this tutorial. 
To make this background I ran a long piece of wood trim through the top and bottom of a vintage bed sheet, then stapled long pieces of the ruffled streamers to the top of the sheet (securing it in place to the wood trim), then hung the whole thing at the top of the patio wall. To add a finished look, I added a swag of white balloons. I pinned the streamers to the backdrop here and there so they didn't blow around quite so much. Simple and effective, and if I haven't used this word too much already, pretty!

I really enjoy hosting parties, I throw my whole self into them and give it my best. Plus, your best friend only gets married once, and I wanted to give her a beautiful little party. Melissa really enjoyed herself and loved all the details. She stayed the weekend with me, and we ate breakfast out under the tree the next morning. It was lovely. I couldn't have pulled this party off without help from my mom and my husband, they're the best support team ever! 

I wish you all could have been there too, I would have saved you a Skip And Go Naked! 

Well this has been quite the epic blog post, and it's way past my bedtime! Did you make it to the end? Hello? Just kidding, teehee! Let me know what you think! Have you guys thrown bridal showers? What kinds of things did you do, tell me all about it!


suzitee said...

OH WOW! Lisa, you have totally outdone yourself! All the little details are so perfect and so so pretty. I love the backdrop, and I really love the Welcome sign...set the mood perfectly! You have the perfect backyard for hosting a looked beautiful. Well done my are the hostess with the mostess!

TheMistressT said...

Wow and zers! This turned out so cute and cheery and great! If I weren't in the midst of packing up my house I'd follow through with all the inspiration you've provided for me to up my game for Delia's party in a week and a half!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Beautiful! Your friend is very lucky to have someone as talented as yourself in her life. You did such a great job. :)

giddy99 said...

Everything looks so amazing! You really knocked this one out of the park!

olisa said...

WOW. Just, WOW. You are the party diva, lady. Beautiful. Every single detail.

my cup of tea said...

Lisa you ROCK! Great job! What a wonderful gift to your friend! Love the color choices, the candy and Oooo the CAKE! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Kira - said...

What a gorgeous colorful party! It looks like the bride-to-be was having such a good time. You're such a great friend for putting on this bash for her!

Beedeebabee said...

Lisa, You thought of everything, and made it all sooo beautiful with all your special, creative touches! I loved all of your decorations, the happy colors, the candies and cakes, the buntings, the front yard sign...just everything! I'm sure Melissa will keep the memories of the lovely day you gave her close to her heart forever!...I loved all your pictures too! xoxo

Amy Cluck said...

Oh my gosh, the shower turned out amazing! I want to use a few of your ideas for my wedding. So pretty. I especially love the dessert table.