Saturday, September 18th, 2010
Shower Time Ladies
pearl and stone earrings gift from Mom
pearl necklace from Elsa Peretti gift from husband
flower engraved bracelet gift from grandmother
blue green dress from Loft
black belt from NY&Co.
blue green sandals from Payless
You guys don't get to see my Friday outfit, and to be honest, I can't remember why. It could be that I stayed up really late working on stuff for the shower or I may have just not worn something photoworthy. Either way, you'll have to settle for this photo heavy post of my friend's bridal shower. Without revealing too many personal details about the bride to be and her hubby to be, I can say that I work with him and have known her since high school. They met at my house during a pasta night (old college tradition) and have been inseperable. I feel like I should be a match maker or at least have more get togethers so any of my single friends out there looking for a significant other can find that person.
Back to the shower, I helped OBB plan an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party bridal shower. I helped make decorations and food and pick out decor like plates and ribbons and stuff. Here are some photo highlights of what we put together.
Cheshire cat nametags for bridesmaids that I made after an attempt at ribbon ones turned out way too grade school.
One of six hand watercolored pictures I did while sick then later matted and mounted on foamcore.
Drink Me tags that OBB made and cutout by hand for the iced tea we served. It's still too hot here for only warm tea.
Frosted sugar cookies from one of the bridesmaids. Guests who didn't understand the theme and other non-guests who saw the cookies were confused.
Chocolate chip scones and raisin scones with fresh whip cream I made for the party. These are turning into a bit of my specialty food.
I used a tea party food recipe from one of the bride's many cookbooks for these open face tomato, basil, mozzarella and olive tapenade sandwiches.
OBB made this cake stand and the cupcakes and the cake. She is the uber baker.
Now, onto my look for the day. I got up still having to make some of the items for the shower so I dressed quickly and then blew out my hair, changed clothes, packed the car and went to pick up the balloons we had ordered. My hair was completely attacked by those balloons so I was glad I didn't do my hair or makeup until after I got to the party location. I used my standard makeup and just pulled the top half of my hair into two side twists that met in the back. Thank you Strawberry Koi for explaining that using two bobby pins keeps your hair in place. You can see a closeup below that also shows off the color of my dress well.
I purchased this dress while shopping with OBB at a super sale at Loft, and she said that it would be perfect for the shower. I also realized it would be perfect for a cousin's wedding in October if I dress it up a bit. The dress pockets are superb for stashing a camera at parties and lipstick for retouching after you eat sugar cookies and other yummy snacks. I added some pearl accesories and simple flat shoes for standing up and my black grommet skinny belt to rough it up. The cheshire cat looked great as a little black accent and helped people remember my name. I wore an apron for a little while at the shower but only so I wouldn't get food on my dress. Guess what? I still got tea on my dress but it washed out after some pre-treating.
I met a lot of people in the bride's family and finally got to hang out with the other bridesmaids. When they went to pick out their dresses, I had just flown in from Korea so I couldn't wake up to save my life. Big shoutout to my husband for helping make delicious sandwiches and dips. He also let me take his car which I know was a sacrifice because he hates my truck. I'd say we could call the party successful and now we just have to do a bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and the wedding. I am getting tired just thining about it.