There are two life-changing events coming up in my family. One is the birth of another grandchild (my oldest daughter is expecting in January!). And the other is the marriage of our son next June. Both events are going to be glorious...and both events will require a shower, which, quite frankly, brings back really great memories.
You see, I've hosted three already: one for my middle daughter's wedding, one for my middle daughter's baby, and one for my oldest daughter's wedding (in that order).
They were all a lot of work, but also a lot of fun and a really big hit (or so I've been told).
That's why I'd love to take this opportunity to share them with you now. Hope you enjoy the pics and even get some ideas -- whether for an upcoming shower you're planning yourself or for a party of any kind!
BRIDAL SHOWER TEA PARTY:
|The invitation actually had a real teabag tucked into a slit in the cup|
|My husband made this pouring teacup fountain centerpiece for the buffet table|
|Salads (nestled in curled cucumber slices) were placed at each setting|
|Homemade Vichysoisse Soup|
|Variety of tea sandwiches: Black Forest ham, grilled vegetables, chicken salad, and cucumber|
|Variety of homemade pastries, including Scones, Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Mousse Cups, Petits Fours, Cream Puffs with Grand Marnier Cream, and Chocolate-Hazelnut Grelot|
|Homemade teabreads included lemon-lavender, lemon-blueberry, orange-poppyseed, cranberry-nut, and banana -- accompanied by Devonshire cream, lemon curd, and various jams, jellies, and marmalades|
|The beverage table featured many different kinds of tea (of course!) plus hot cider spiked with cinnamon sticks|
|Each guest favor included a teacup and saucer, miniature jar of apple cider jelly (which my sis-in-law made), and a chocolate-dipped biscotti|
BABY SHOWER LUNCHEON:
|The appetizer table included an assortment of cheeses, crackers, fruits, nuts, chutneys, olives, and...|
|...a variety of sparkling ciders|
|Soups included Lobster Bisque, Roasted Red Pepper Bisque, and Cream of Wild Mushroom; Sandwiches included croissants with a variety of fillings, including chicken salad, tuna salad, and turkey or roast beef with cheese|
|The sheet cake was flanked by a tower of 10 different kinds of truffles plus...|
|The favor was a CD soundtrack from the Broadway musical, Mamma Mia!|
FRENCH DESSERT BAR & MOVIE
|The registry insert card|
|Yellow-striped tent canopies over white linen tablecloths with sheer runners and toile napkins|
|Hurricane candle centerpiece is surrounded by lavender plants|
|The lavender plants were given away as guest favors at the end of the night|
|The dessert buffet table|
|Homemade Creme Brulee, Salted Caramels, and Palmiers are in the foreground|
|Homemade raspberry lemonade|
|Other beverages included Perrier water, iced coffee, and Champagne|
|Tower of truffles|
|These homemade Madeleines contained dried lavender buds|
|Homemade Cherry Clafoutis|
|Homemade chocolate-dipped Macaroons|
|Homemade Fruit Tarts|
|Homemade Chocolate Mousse and Cream Puffs|
|Homemade Lemon Pots de Creme with Raspberry & Mint Garnish|
|An evening view|
|Set-up for our outdoor movie presentation of French Kiss, starring Meg Ryan|
|The bride-to-be in her vintage French sundress!|
GIRL!! This is absolutely amazing stuff... what a gorgeous spread and such cute ideas.
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