Sunday, August 21, 2011

A wedding shower for Elaine

It was a beautiful afternoon for the shower, hosted by Elaine's bridesmaid and future sister-in-law and held at her future mother-in-law's home.   Shasta and Sandy did a wonderful and large amount of work with the planning and executing of all the many fun and beautiful and tasty events of the day.  Many thanks to them both for sharing their talents and love.
Peach Bellini's, iced tea and lemonade, mini water bottles with specially printed labels with Elaine's name were provided at the beverage bar.

Shasta was creative with ribbon on the banister (sorry for the weird camera angle!)  I neglected to get a photo of the "E + C" banner which was posted on the front door.

The yellow and gray theme was carried out everywhere.  I loved the filled apothecary jars.

The long banner just fit on one wall of the living room.  We will reuse the banners at the rehearsal dinner.

Sandy is an excellent cook and we enjoyed the quiches very much, along with homemade poppy seed bread and banana bread, plus sausages and fresh fruit for luncheon.

"E" words were displayed around both rooms.

The gift bags here filled and waiting to be given out.

Elaine's grandmother being surprised as she won the "Left/Right" ring box game and earned some beautiful padded hangers.  Lots of laughter during this and a quiz game on Elaine and Chris.  Then we broke into teams of three for Elaine's favorite shower game, the Toilet Paper Wedding Gown competition, of which she was the judge.  My partners were Nicole and her daughter Olivia, soon to enter 6th grade.

We went with a halter style wrapped to the hip and accented with a veil....

....and a bouquet.  We had 15 minutes for our challenge.

The winning team designed the short dress with braided trim.  (Stacy was docked points for using her own belt as an accessory.)  I don't know where the team was going on the dress that my Mom is wearing but it was quite avant garde (and hilarious)!

More fun and laughter as the Bride-to-Be opened her gifts.

The lovely Shasta ferried them to and fro and saved pieces of each gift's paper and ribbon for a later project.  Elaine refused to break any ribbons so I guess that means no grandchildren.

Divine Red Velvet Cake.

Lemon Cakes with fresh raspberries. 

The gift bags were filled with some of Elaine's favorite things, including peanut butter filled pretzels and caramels from See's Candy.

Shasta, Elaine and Sandy in the afterglow of the party.  Many effusive thanks to the hostesses!

My mom and me with the lucky bride-to-be.  A wonderful day!


Barb said...

What a fun time...and your banner is just awesome!

Shay said...

It all looks like great fun. I love the grey and yellow theme. Im just wondering if this is a sign of things to come for the big day.

Those TP wedding dresses are pretty special and the food looks delicious.

Vivian said...

So many impressive things at the shower. It looks like a wonderful time -- the food, the decorations, the TP dresses, the lovely smiles all around, the gift bags, the promise of a wonderful upcoming wedding.
Thanks for sharing the fun event.

Michele said...

What a nice time!!! Everything looks so lovely......especially that amazing banner :-) The dress competition is hilarious!!

Kate said...

Love the TP wedding dresses! Looks like a lot of fun. Your banner looked great, as did all of the other decorations and food.

*karendianne. said...

I am so warmed in my heart. I'm happy for the bride and I'm loving you for being the best mom. You get a big huge hug for that.

Darlene said...

What a beautiful shower to celebrate a beautiful bride-to-be.

Libby said...

Sounds like a lovely shower but better still is it seems like she is gaining some great in-laws!
Love the toilet paper gowns *s*

Stephanie D. said...

What a lovely shower! Very nicely done!