Right in the middle of last weeks melodrama, was my need to be finishing preparations for the wedding shower I’ve been planning these last couple months. This, I must say, is exactly the reason I farm out much of the food prep to every last person who offers to bring something. With four small children, I really never know what any given week will hold. And last week was the worst I could have imagined!
Still, the show must go on, as they say… the party at least. With a fever close to 103 after the Tylenol kicked in, I began thinking through some back up plans. Who could I call to decorate? Who could run the show? Late Wednesday night I summoned the energy to sit down and type out a couple emails “just in case”.
Thankfully, I was feeling a little better by Friday… better enough to push through and finish those details I was supposed to be working on all week. Friday night we were at the church decorating what we could until Sweet Pea had a relapse… all over the floor.
Still, insanity aside (and it was a bit on the insane side) the party was great. Everyone had fun, bride and groom got lots of presents, we spent some time praying for them, and the food was fabulous!
More importantly than the food, however, was the look…
I’m collecting these letters, one shower at a time. I love putting the bride and groom’s initials out on the food tables. The boxes are wrapped in paper bags (cheaper and easier to find that craft paper) and trimmed with eyelet lace. (my pinspiration)
This pic doesn’t look quite the same as the others because I used my phone to take it. I never did get one of this table with my nice camera because not all the food had arrived. I’m so glad I snapped this one to send my mom after things started! At least you can see how it came together.
The words above the table were supposed to say Eat – Enjoy – Repeat, but I couldn’t find “repeat”… until that evening at home that is. Oops! Oh well. No one else knew.
I call these “Compromise Cookies”. I got the idea on Pinterest (where else?) I asked the bride and groom what their favorite cookies were. Then I made a half batch of each dough, mushed them together, and scooped out the dough for each cookie with a little of each included. This is how they turned out. Super fun!
“Stuck together” Capri Salad. (pinspiration)
A topiary of donuts. Mother and sisters of the bride made these for me. I LOVE the pink! (pinspiration)
Part of my back up plan was to ask the lady in charge of decorating at church (that’s where the shower was) if she could pinch hit to decorate the party for me. She said she couldn’t be there Friday night, but could set up the tables and chairs Thursday and she’d do a few things if she had time. When we arrived Friday night, it was beautiful. Most everything was done and done just like this pic. The only problem was that I had all the burlap at home with me and guys were coming. So I made some changes and added in the burlap. But this spot I left almost just the way it was. She did great work!
This is another spot I barely touched… just added some burlap in the back. That little make up bag was for the cards. (pinspiration)
I just love the way these pearls turned out. Can you see it up there at the top of the pic? My mom strung a LOT of pearls on thread so I could drape them around. (pinspiration)I didn’t have enough for the whole room, but I did have enough to go above the food tables. It really added a touch of something fun!
When I put them up Friday night, Tornado (age 6) decided they look like spiders in a web. I decided that could be the guys part of the party… a bug theme.
These are the favors. Sugar scrubs. (pinspiration here)
But that wasn’t going to work for the guys. And really… the guys. They were troopers for being there. Especially the young married ones. There just had to be something for them! I purchased some peanuts in bulk (the cheapest nut I could find) and put a label on the jar that said… “‘Nuts’ for being here?”
I think that about does it. My Burlap and Lace… and pearls… and brown paper wedding shower. I literally couldn’t have done it without the help of all the friends and family that pitched in food and time to make this a success! You all made it beautiful!