This weather sucks! Although, for a few hours this morning we actually had some clear skies and we didn't have to wear mittens - woohoo! Now, as I'm ready to kick the boys into the backyard for some fresh air before the thunderstorms arrive (again), the clouds are rolling in and it's getting dark out there! Too late! We've had so much cold weather... and if it hasn't been freezing, it's been raining - spring seems to be taking it's sweet ol' time this year.
I've been neglectful in my blog-mistress duties! It's been crazy busy around here (when isn't it?!?) I thought with the bridal shower out of the way (keep reading for details & pictures!), life might just slow down a wee bit. That was wishful thinking. With California dreaming, some kids returning from mat leave, trying to organize my tax info, sort-of spring cleaning and all the regular stuff on the go, I find I'd rather sit down and get a mini-escape in a book than absolutely anything else - and that's usually after getting up at 6:30 and go, go, go all day til kids are tucked into bed, house gets tidied for the night and I finally get to sit on the couch uninterrupted for more than 5 minutes - sometime around 9 pm!
So... as I've been rather distracted/preoccupied/neglectful, I'm a few weeks overdue on posting pictures from the shower. We had a fantastic turnout for our tea-shower themed party. The bride-to-be, my sister, Becky, was spoiled and I'm thrilled it was such a successful event!
2/3 of the Bridesmaids (the other girls aren't local):
Best Wishes Banner & Gift Table:
Food Table & Congratulations Banner:
Plants (courtesy of Mom) that went home as favours:
We offered a few different types of tea, had a pot of coffee going and we did a raspberry iced tea for those who didn't want something hot. We rented a room at the Aurora Seniors' Centre - which ended up being an excellent venue! We had 5 round tables (pink tablecloths with plants above as centrepieces), 3 banquet tables (beverages, food & gifts - with black tablecloths and skirts), approximately 40 guests and a ton of fun! Our local party store rents out dishes & cutlery so I splurged on actual teacups, saucers, and teaspoons for a slightly classier touch. The decor was simple, sticking to a pink & black theme reflected in the invites.
I created the banners using my Cricut, cardstock & some ribbon. I cheated with the lettering - I found some adhesive letters in the 'school project' aisle at Walmart on clearance -woohoo! It still seemed to take forever to cut out and assemble what I had but I absolutely love how they turned out.
For an extra keepsake for Becky, I also created colour-coordinated "Advice for the Bride-to-Be" cards - an idea I stole from an old back issue of Scrapbooks Etc. Part of Beck's gift from me was a set of hand-crafted thank you cards (postage stamps included!) using the same colours again, hand-stamped with ribbon. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of both projects before the big event. Whoops!
On the gift table, I decided to take advantage of Kev's business resources and created a small black & white poster with various photos of the happy couple (sourced from Facebook, of course) tiled with a cutesy sentiment. I 'borrowed' a table-stand from Kemik and it was a nice addition to the overall decor. Using hand-crafted for all those extra touches means quite a bit of extra work - but it lends it a special touch that hopefully reflected how special we think she really is!
My favourite photo of the day:
He's just might have been the cutest guest there - of course, I'm a little biased :) Hope you all had a lovely Easter!