Mar 30 2011
When I was wedding planning, I was blessed to find a group of women who were also planning their weddings. Greg and my already-married friends were also blessed because it meant I had other people to talk to about weddings who cared about it as much I did. That is a magical thing. And, as grateful as I am to these women for keeping me from being a total wedding blowhard during conversations with my future husband and long-time best friends, I’m also grateful that we are all still friends years after we’ve all walked down our respective aisles.
So now that we’re several years out from all the weddings, here comes the baby boom! We trade off hosting showers and I was the happy hostess for our friend Leslie who is having a little girl.
Leslie’s wedding colors were bright pink and green so I wanted to do a muted version of that with a springtime theme–flowers and birds and just a sweet, light motif. Today I’ll post the invites, table, and favors and next I’ll post a few recipes, including appetizers, punch and cheesecake pops. Sarah from Decorate This made the most AMAZING cake and cupcakes, beautifully decorated with peanut butter frosting and chocolate filling.
Table set-up. Sorry, readers, once again you only get to see what’s left after the party. I refuse to be a hostess who makes everyone wait and watch while she tries to get the perfect photo for her blog. Guests first, blog second. Backdrop is just crepe paper held on with painter’s tape (ribbon covering the tape had fallen down by this time–again, sorry), green bird appetizer plates from Pier One, green and pink placemats and napkins from Bed Bath and Beyond, tulips from Giant.
Cake pops nestled well into a rectangular vase filled with M&Ms–I love decor that doubles as dessert! I actually bought a bunch of bags of M&Ms the day after Valentine’s Day to have enough for this (there were 2 vases) and used the red ones for another party. The pink and white ones were sealed up in a ziptop bag for a few weeks to remain untouched–pure torture for Greg (though I’m betting he grabbed a handful now and then…)
I had to think a bit about favors since I know we have some dietary restrictions in the group. Edible favors are my favorite but it’s not cool if they exclude someone. Luckily, themes that are in-season tend to be easy to work with and lend themselves to easy inspirations. I happened to be in Pier One and spied these adorable little bird ornaments. Apparently, Pier One would have me believe people decorate Easter Trees with delicate ceramic ornaments–this is far more sophisticated than the twistie-stuck-in-a-plastic-egg ornament of my youth but I’m reluctant to believe people have classy Easter trees. Anyway, I had to go to two stores to track down the right colors (and I think a Pier One employee bought the white birds I had on hold that “got lost”) but they are so cute and were only $2. They’d look just as cute on a Christmas tree or perched on a kitchen counter as they would on the mythical classy Easter Tree. For the party, I had them looped around fake pink blossoms on the gift table.
All in all, I hope Leslie had a good time–I certainly had fun planning and hostessing and seeing my group of girls (and the two little ones already here!).