Whew! It has been a hectic few months for our family. We had college and high school graduation, and engagement, an open heart surgery, bridal showers, a rehearsal dinner, a wedding and then a big move. Oh, so that is why I am so stressed out!
My oldest son, Jared, and his new bride Samantha moved half way across the country to start their grad school adventures. We are so happy for them, and sad, but mostly happy.
I feel that I have gotten enough of a breather to sit down and blog about some of our fun, so I thought I would start with the bridal shower
There were three of us that hosted the shower, my mother in law, my mother and I. Since the happy couple would be moving so far away and packing was going to be a strain, we decided to have a Money Tree Shower. When I say we, I really mean, my mother in law had the idea! “We” ran with the it!
We mailed out invitations asking for all gifts to be in the form of a gift card or cash and placed in an envelope. The invitation told the party goer that the envelopes would be clipped to our “money tree” and we hoped they would help us fill it up.
My mom found the cutest tree at a local floral supply place, it was around $50 and she wants to use it for her Christmas decor as well. Never hurts to kill two birds with one stone, huh? It was a pretty tall tree with a very whimsical feel to it. Don’t tell mom, but I think it was kinda “Dr. Suess-y.” Mom wrote a cute little poem and placed it along with a basket of clothes pins out for everyone to clip their gift to the tree.
For food, we kept it easy! The shower was held at 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon so most folks had just finished Sunday Dinner. Therefore, we kept the menu to desserts. Costco has the most amazing cheesecake and key lime pie, everyone loved them and they were very nearly completely gone by the end of the party. Since the cheesecake and pie were the stars of the show we surrounded them with fruit, nuts, mints and Danish wedding cookies. I have to give my husband mad props (a little gangsta for ya!), he shopped for all of the food except the fruit all by himself! He even went to three stores to find those little cookies! He’s a keeper, y’all!
The Shower was held at my mom’s house. If you haven’t seen her holiday home tour be sure to check it out here. We set her dining room table using items from around her house. The kissing angels were from her grand daughter’s bedroom, the candles she saves for all occasions and the pearls that you can’t see in this photo are her everyday jewelry! You guys know my motto, ‘use whatcha got!”
Because we invited couples to this shower we felt it was only appropriate to have His and Her’s chairs for the happy couple. Jared’s chair was just a smart, dark iron and white canvas chair from mom’s home and Samantha’s chair we jazzed up a bit.
We really wanted the Bride’s chair to stand out. This chair had a very simple bottom to it, just legs and nothing fancy. Mom had about a roll and a half of 6 inch wide tulle left over from some bows we tied around various things. The tulle alone wasn’t enough to fill up the bottom of the chair. So we dug around and found an old plastic table cloth that had a lace print on it. So, I cut the table cloth into strips and tied them on. The first thing was to wrap a piece of tulle around the top of the chair legs and tie it tight. That sort of made a “clothesline” around the base of the seat to tie the table cloth, tool and curling ribbon to. Then I just alternated strips of the products and tied them on with slip knots. I just kept adding the strips till it was full and resembled a dress. We just loved it and Samantha looked adorable in her “Bride” chair.
It was a great shower and everyone blessed the happy couple with their amazing gifts. I love sharing these events with you guys. Keep a watch out for a quick wedding recap, I was able to snap a few shots of the beautiful decor before the tears started!