Oct 30, 2017

Brittany's Chinoiserie Shower

Brittany's bridal shower was at our home. 
 Barrett was beyond excited to take on this task and in fact insisted on it.
She is so good and has so much fun planning events.  

The theme and decor was based around the classic blue and white chinoiserie pattern,
with some pink, green and white touches. 

Barrett had ultimate say in everything. She made the banner, tissue flowers, worked with Brooke 
(the other sister who is a graphic artist) with the invitations. She also came up with menu 
and did the food prep. While she was busy with all of the baking and mixing, I did all of the 
decorating and set up. 

Brittany looked so pretty!

That is my veil hanging on the front door!

Since Brittany and B were going to Thailand on their honeymoon,
the guest book was a Thai cookbook.

I set up this little display of some of Brittany's baby things.
That is her dress and shoes she wore home from the hospital along with the gold bangle 
her daddy gave her. (Yes, he gave all three girls a gold bangle to wear home from the hospital! Sweet, right?) Also, there was her silver spoon, fork and cup - I even polished them! A picture of her in the hospital all dressed to come home and another picture of her "playing wedding" when she was about two was there too. 

The food was set up in the dining room.

Barrett strung pompoms on fishing line and made the cutest garland!

The menu:
curry chicken salad tarts
pickled shrimp
mushroom gruyere puffs (so good)
veggie and an oriental dip
cheddar cheese ring with strawberry preserves
caprese skewers
deviled eggs

The beverage station and dessert table were set up in the kitchen. 

pink lemonade punch
pineapple limeade punch

The sweets:
sugar cookies
pecan tassies
mini carrot cupcakes
mini banana puddings
vanilla macarons with strawberry curd

Look at how cute this cookie arrangement was!  Barrett was so meticulous 
about arranging them.  

It makes me so sad that my mom is not here to enjoy her grandgirls 
growing up and being a part of things like their showers and weddings. My mom 
died in 2010 (I still cannot believe it) from breast cancer. She was a HUGE part of their lives and loved them so much. She would have loved every minute of all of these events and would have loved rolling up her sleeves and helping. She made the best souther banana pudding and it was the girl's favorite thing about going to her house. She taught all of them how to make the custard from scratch and how to slice the bananas just right!

So, we wanted to include banana pudding at the shower, but wanted to have individual servings of it instead of a big dish of it sitting on the table. We found these small paper baking cups that were perfect for this!  

Barrett 's perfect little macarons

We decorated the mantle in the living room as the backdrop for the gift opening.
With the exception of the banner, we were able to pull things from all around our house
 to create this look.

We found the PERFECT pack of scrapbook paper for the banner
and the pompoms brought it all together.

 Lola - she is just one of the girls! 

Barrett officially welcoming and thanking everyone for coming

Of course, Brittany really enjoyed opening her gifts. She received some very nice things.
Brooke designed the monogram and crest that was used on the 
wedding stationary and signs throughout the reception
and as a shower gift, she painted (watercolor) it.  
We had it framed and used it at the reception also.

Charlie was the entertainment! 
He is a C-L-O-W-N!

my girls

the bridesmaids

I love that my girls are older now and really love and are good at organizing and hosting things. 
(It sure does help me out!) 
I enjoyed this day so much, but pretty much felt like Lola when it was all over!


Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Love the idea of a signing a cook book as the guest book. I am stealing that idea! We are planning Megan's bridal shower for June, but it will be at a restaurant (in her college town) since I no longer have a house in Michigan. I do love a bridal shower at home though.

Joyce said...

Your girls are so pretty and so talented! Looks like a wonderful day all around!

Debbie said...

What a lovely shower! Your girls are beautiful & such ladies. You've raised them well! It's such a joy to read your blog & I enjoy Lola & Charlie as well-sooo cute!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

What a fabulous, mouthwatering party!!!