Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Bridal Tea

My daughter was recently asked to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of her dear friends.  She and two of the other bridesmaids decided to kick off the wedding events with a bridal tea.  Since my daughter lives in New York, and the other girls live and work here in the Richmond area, she asked for my help.  Of course being the wonderful mother that I am, I agreed.  

The girls met and planned what they wanted to do.  They decided on the pink and gold color scheme, and an early afternoon tea.  So with about a week to go, I pulled out some accoutrements, and started to stage the centerpiece for the tables.  I decided to use a silver tea set, silver candlelabras with candlecups for flowers, and stacked teacups.
The day arrived and the girls came over early to help set up.  We snapped this picture while still setting the table with plates, glasses, and the centerpiece.  Minutes after this picture was taken, buckets of rain came down, and even though we had canopies set up, everything was soaked.  We had a decision to make.  Take a chance that the rain would stop, or bring the event in.  We all wanted it to be outside, but it just wasn't worth the chance.  Problem was we only had two hours to re-set everything inside, get the food prepared, shower and dress.  Not enough time, so the girls called all the guests and asked them to come an hour later.  Luckily, that worked out.
We threw everything in the dryer, ironed some of the napkins, and set up my kitchen table with a leaf.  It was a little crowded, but no one seemed to notice.
 Yes, everything would have been much prettier outside, but you can't control the weather.  It still looked pretty, with the pink and white flowers, gold trimmed vintage glasses, and all the teacups.
 I used the gold paper doilies instead of chargers to save space, and white vintage plates trimmed with gold.
 We decided the pink tulle table runner looked best for a romantic, vintage feel.
We used a variety of teacups and pearls.

 Party favors were cellophane bags filled with loose tea from "Alice's Tea Cup" in New York, and a Chocolate Chip scone.  We placed these in the cups and saucers at each place setting.
 The girls had a drink before eating, and the choices were Sweet Tea Sangria, Suicide Tea, Fruit Infused Water, Strawberry Lemonade, and regular Iced Tea.
 I used glass candle holders as bases for the stacked teacups.

 For flowers, I used hydrangeas from my yard, pink roses, pink and white carnations, and baby's breath.


 We set up the food table in the dining room with a long white cloth topped with a pink floral cloth.
 The menu consisted of tea sandwiches--cucumber and pimento cheese, ham biscuits, caprese bites, cheese straws, and strawberry/blackberry spinach salad.
 Part of the centerpiece was this cloche filled with stacked cups, and small vases filled with flowers.


We set up desserts on the island.  We had rainbow cookies, brownie bites, 
 candy-dipped rice krispy treats,
Cheesecake filled strawberries, different types of banana bread, pound cake, and of course cupcakes.
Can't believe I don't have a picture of the cupcakes, but they were delicious.

 Desserts also included scones and macaroons.
 The girls decorated the family room with "tea" type accessories.

Hope you enjoyed our Bridal Tea.  The pictures would have been lovely if we could have set up outside, but everything turned out ok in the end.

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,
--Betsy

Sunday, July 24, 2016

An Outdoor Bridal Shower, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Taylor's Outdoor Bridal Shower.  With the BTB, the MOB, FOB, my hubby, a friend, and bridesmaids helping to set up, we were able to set up the morning of with time left to shower and dress before the guests arrived at 1:00.
A cute banner provided by one of  the BTB's bridesmaids adorned the outdoor tent.  This is the area we had available for gifts as the guests arrived.  
A cute picture of the BTB and GTB sat on the table with the gifts.  Since I have terrible handwriting, I cheated and used the computer.
One of the games played was "Who Am I?"  Each guest jotted down a memory, and the BTB read each one aloud and guessed who had written it.  She got most of them right!  Party favors were cute gold boxes tied with white ribbon which held candy and were passed out to guests at the end of the shower.
Another bird feeder umbrella decorated the gift table.
I was trying to find a suitable clipboard or paper to record gifts and names but the MOH was a step ahead of me and used her laptop.  Another bridesmaid made the ribbon bouquet to use at the rehearsal.
The BTB preparing to open the many gifts.

One creative shower gift was a basket of wine to celebrate a year of firsts.  Each one was labeled with clever "firsts" of which I can't remember right now.
The ribbon bouquet after all the gifts were opened was quite cute!
The BTB reading the memories!
A silver tray with chalkboard center listed drinks available which consisted of white wine Sangria, pink lemonade, and sweet tea.


We set up a selfie backdrop on the basketball court.
  Props were available for the girls to use for the all-important selfie.
Another game we played was guess my age!
Drink decanters were set up on the tea cart.
The BTB with her guests.
Bridesmaids!
Yours truly with the BTB and MOB!

I hope you enjoyed your visit today!  Next week I am hosting a Bridal Tea for one of my daughter's friends, so be sure and stop by! 

Hugs,
--Betsy

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

An Outdoor Bridal Shower Setting!

A friend of mine's daughter is getting married in August, and I was excited to give her a bridal shower this past weekend.  The weather cooperated, even though we had to wait until the day of to set up because of rain.  With a little help from friends and family, the shower was a success!
The MOB provided this cute flag which could be seen from the street.
A bridal wreath adorned the front door.  I used a pew bow which I had made for the wedding of a friend in the center, along with roses and baby's breath.
Since the shower was outside, we directed guests with a sign so no one had to go up and down steps unnecessarily.
This cute sign welcomed guests to the backyard.  The MOB's bridal veil was used to decorate.
I found these cute bird feeders at Tuesday morning so I purchased two.  Loved the little umbrella, and though you can't see, it has a little bird perched on the bottom.
It was supposed to be sunny and hot.  Instead it was cloudy and muggy, but the canopies did provide some much needed shade for when the sun did peep out.  I set tables for 32 guests.  The pew bows I made were used at the corners of the canopies.
I painted an old silver tray with chalkboard paint on the inside and Annie Sloan on the rim.
The theme was pink and gold.  I used two gold candlesticks with candlecups to hold arrangements for the tablescape.
Since the tables I was planning to use weren't very wide, I began looking early for something low, long and narrow.  I found exactly what I was looking for at a consignment store.  The brass floral container was dirty and black, but after cleaning with brass cleaner, it looked almost brand new!  This arrangement was used on the center table.
I made seven of these pink and white runners.  It's hard to see, but the fabric has little birds on it.  So I pulled out my love birds to use on the tables.
This table was set for 20 guests.
I have been collecting white china trimmed in gold, and I had enough to use for the shower. All the patterns aren't exactly the same, but worked well together.
The iced beverage glasses are Chelsea by Godinger, from the Shannon collection.  I purchased these at Tuesday morning a few years back when I had an outdoor dinner for my son's high school graduation.
I used gold doilies under the plates instead of chargers.  Chargers were just too big for the narrow tables.
As for the tablecloths, I used solid white with a lace overlay.


I also used the round tables on the patio.  Since I kept the umbrellas in, I used white battenburg placemats, and changed to pink napkins.  Vases of stock, snapdragons, and alstromeira decorated the tables.
I needed one more table for four, so I used a folding round table.  

The buffet was set up using two rectangular tables and a round table in the center to hold dessert plates and forks.
Buffet table before food...
Buffet table with food!
A gold and white urn holds the flowers for the centerpiece, and I used two small silver vases with just one flower.
The menu:  ham biscuits, salad with fruit and pecans, cheese straws, spinach squares, caprese bites, and chicken salad with croissants.


Dessert table was set up using a white tablecloth and a pink overlay.  For this table, I used several of my glass pieces that are trimmed in gold.  I scout these out at estate sales.
Dessert table with food!  
The BTB's cousin made this adorable cake!  It was chocolate inside, moist, and delicious!
She also made the cute cake pops.
We had strawberries dipped in pink candy coating, pink m&m's, and homemade chocolate/nut/coconut cookies.  The cookies were made by a friend, who was so gracious to help me out!  These cookies are so good, it's impossible to eat just one!
Also, golden oreos dipped in pink candy coating, more cookies, and chocolate covered almonds.  Another pink cake, just in case we ran out of dessert lol!  The flowers here were baby's breath and pink carnations, in a crystal candlestick with a candlecup to hold the floral.
The centerpiece consisted of a large crystal compote that I found at a consignment store.  I decorated it with a white tulle "wedding" skirt on the bottom stem and a floral in the bowl.

Thinking this is picture overload, so I'll stop for now.  Part II coming soon, with more pictures from the shower.

Thanks for stopping by!  Come back soon!!

Hugs, Betsy