Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rustic elegance bridal shower...

Finally ....the day has come and I'm able to show you some of the things I have been working on for my little sisters bridal shower..
I cant believe it.. even as I type this that my baby sister will be a wife! Memories flood into my mind as I gathered pictures and supplies to give her a bridal shower where family and friends can celebrate together and share the joy she is experiencing..

and here she is all smiles...


This is the beginning of the idea..plastic pedestals painted and made to look like old rusty metal..textures that represent a rustic elegance theme that Lily has chosen...



Brown tablecloths layered with green grass mat, brown burlap, branch runner and pedestals topped with a rustic wood stained in dark brown...




and here it is all dolled up!





And topped with yummy cupcakes made by my sister Holly...maple and triple threat chocolate with peanut butter filling....



We had great food thanks to my niece Merissa who is Lily's maid of honor..that's sister in law Shelly..thanks to her for lending her home for this event..it was great..



Rustic breads and pasta salads and pinwheels oh my!



So perfect...that I cheated on my diet...yes I did! heheee





Coffee punch and limeade... I prettied them up with tulle and wooden tags..









Our drink bar....


Our guest were welcomed with this wooden heart that I originally had above my bed...I added the letters and colored ribbons in Lily's colors..





A little sentiment of Lily's feelings this night... remember this from a post long ago?..Well, it's done!



Our tables for the guests...we had a beautiful evening as the weather cooperated...it was nice!

Wild flowers go with the rustic woodsy feel.... the runner is wrapping paper from the dollar store..


You don't have to spend alot if your willing to scavenger the fields and Costco has great deals on white flowers..love it


Lanterns offered by a friend Ruthie..thanks! We had a candlelight evening that made it magical.
oops posted twice....



And this is a favor that I dreamed up as a thank you gift for our guests..Lily is a hardworking college student who is planning a wedding ..the nicest gift we could give was to help with the "thanks you's "for all the great gifts she received..so instead of thank you cards they received this ...I don't know about you but I would rather get one of these than a card that I read and throw out! lol

A votive candle in clear glass wrapped in burlap string and pearl..covered in tulle.... tied and tagged with wood chip, acorn star and thank you charm.



All clustered together in an old crate I bought at a flea market...

photos of Lily and her fiance' Carlin..



My son Carlin made this wooden sign that I clipped the photos to..she loved it so much she will be using it at her wedding...
The card basket and extra photos for guests to pick through...


The "brides chair".... I had this chair in my office that I thought would be perfect to put by the gifts...with ribbons, tulle and a wooden garland I revamped it's extra special...
A look at the whole area...Games were so fun and I enjoyed the guests faces as they tried to draw a wedding dress off the top of their heads!


And the game that had guest designing wedding dresses out of toilet paper..good times..






And the winner! Well done with great details.....

Lily picks her favorite with a smile!

opening presents at dusk by candlelight...

The entry to the party lit by candles...



What a great time..Lily was so thrilled and she enjoyed her bridal shower...
As for me.. it was a blast to plan and I want to thank Lily's maid of honor Merissa and her second made of honor Karie and all her bridesmaids..your all so great..thanks for making this event one to remember! Thanks Shelly for letting us use your backyard..Duane (her hubby) for all the yard work and everyone who helped in their own way..Holly thanks for the cupcakes! So.... its back on the diet and on to the wedding!!!! Thanks for stopping by! love ya mean it!Stephanie







15 comments:

Angela said...

It's all so lovely!! The coffee punch sounds interesting, I haven't heard of that!

Ann On and On... said...

What an amazing day! Everything looked beautiful!!

Sharla said...

how pretty I cant wait to see the wedding now! I wish I could have made it:(

Kulla Klan said...

She's so pretty! Wow...you guys did an awesome job....it's gorgeous!! ...And, the food looks great:)

Marydon said...

A am highly impressed with this exquisite & creative shower. Your details are fabulous.But what the heck is coffee punch?

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Oklahoma Granny said...

What a lovely setting for a bridal shower. Every detail was just perfect and the food looks yummy!

Kristi said...

Wow!!! Everthing looks Awesome!!! What a creative and unique shower..one she will remember and cherish forever!!!

BECKY said...

Wow Stephanie! You all did a fantastic job! It is absolutely awesome! I know your sis was soooo blessed by it all!!

Your favors are adorable...wonderful idea! I just love it all!
Where did you find those huge glass jars? I'd love to have a couple!

Would love for you to post the recipe for the coffee drink!

Thanks for sharing this special day! All that's missing is a sister pic!!
HUGS,
Becky

marrydresses said...

All are perfect

Aunt Naomi said...

Wow...it's like it should be in a magazine or something... You did such a great job. So wish I was out there now instead of having to wait for September. Thanks for posting these great pictures... and I so love the engagement pictures, too! Thanks again. Hugs to you all.
--Aunt Naomi

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Beautiful!!!!!! You have one blessed sister. I bet her wedding will be beautiful as well. Take care~

Out in the Fields said...

Okay, admit it! You are way too creative!!! How are you going to top all that for the wedding?? I love that rustic is coming back in, and combined with elegant, it's a favorite.

Windy Ridge said...

OH POO! I missed it, was at the ocean with my hubby:) So glad you posted photos because I knew it would be AMAZING! Eye candy! Crazy that little Lily is all growed up. They need to hang the sign that Carlin made in their home, what a great piece!

msusan said...

wow this is AMAZING!

Lily said...

thanks again for doing such an amazing job on my shower!!! I had a really great time! i could totally tell how much love and thoughtfulness went into all it!! love ya!!!