Before I get to the exciting stuff, I first have to express my sadness. Not for Whitney Houston (yes she was a phenomenal performer, but the second she went on record with "crack is whack" it was only a matter of time), but I'm mourning the loss of my Alienware laptop. Hubby assures me that it MAY not be a total loss yet, but the screen keeps going black and we've determined its a hardware issue not software. My laptop has been a faithful friend and photoshopper for 6 years. You'd think it would be all excited- it got a new harddrive LAST WEEKEND! But alas it needs some serious medical/it attention and the prognosis is bleak. On a much lighter note: B's bridal shower was Sunday!!!! It went off without a hitch :) (what a relief)
We held it at the groom's parents' condo clubhouse. It was a very nice space, but it needed personalizing and brightening up. Here's what I had to work with:
It was a nice space with nice light and it worked out PERFECTLY.
It occurred to me as I was loading up the Jeep with all my supplies and decorations and food, however that I may have gone a tiiiiiiiiny bit overboard. I also forgot my camera because I was running around like a crazy person, but luckily a friend and my mom came to the rescue (Thanks!!). I just wish we had gotten a few overalls of the room before guests arrive, but I was shocked that they showed up early. Who does that?!?! ;-)
We catered a few items and friends and family contributed the rest. There was another table of food that I didn't get pictures of. I should also mention, this shower was 100% gluten free. B has celiacs disease and gets super super sick from anything gluteny. She also blogs about her gluten free culinary adventures at glutenfreeboston.com. I wanted to make sure that she could enjoy everything single thing at her shower, so I did everything in my powers to make sure Gluten knew it wasn't welcome there.
I think I've mentioned before, I do not enjoy cooking (that's what I have Hubby for), however baking is another story. I decided to try my hand at gluten free cake pops
and creme brulee (since B isn't a big cake person).
They were both all gone by the end, but I got rave reviews for the creme brulee. Playing with fire (to brulee the tops) was just an added bonus. I also wanted to draw your attention to the food labels. With so many food allergies of the guests (nuts, potato, crab, tomato, just to name a few) I like to make sure everyone can clearly see what they can eat or not. I'm more excited about what I propped these labels up with: pieces of birch log freshly cut from my aunt's yard and spray-painted silver. I kind of love them. Maybe later in the week or next week I'll take a few and style them around my house. For something so simple, they're pretty sexy if I do say so myself.
Paint sample confetti. I think the guys at Home Depot were onto me though.
I'd be lying if I told you everything worked out perfectly. A few of my decorations jumped off the wall and tried to make a run for it several times.
Oh well. I really don't think anyone cared at that point. (Notice some more silver birch logs snuck onto the mantel)
I'm the one perched on the arm of the loveseat- I was grabbing presents for the bride to be to open.
And here's the beautiful Bride-to-Be. I hope you enjoyed the shower as much as I enjoyed planning it!!