Monday, June 27, 2011

Old + New + Borrowed + Blue Bridal Shower

For the bride, a special mock-birdcage veil to wear for the night.
Made by yours truly. I think I need to make one for me.

I loved throwing this shower.

I had these grand plans of using big white flowers in painted mason jars but when I went to buy/find jars from the thrift store they were almost as expensive as brand new canning jars. I placed them in my cart, all the while looking for an alternative.

The thrifting gods were shining upon me because I found that big beautiful tool box thing. It was shanty looking and a little scary but I figured a good coat of aqua paint {$5 gallon of oops paint from Home Depot - a fortuitous find!} would make it PERFECT.

Luckily, I was right.

The night started with a photo scavenger hunt from Bountiful to South Jordan. It was so awesome. It gave me an extra hour {after I met the bride and the guests to do my hostess duties} to prepare dinner while the teams drove to the various locations taking pictures and racing to the ending location.

After all teams arrived we sat down for dinner of Grilled Shrimp with Tomato & Mushroom Salad, Chicken Salad on Croissants, Ginger Mango Lemonade, Fresh Strawberries, Vanilla Cupcakes and Vanilla Cake with Raspberry-Blueberry filling.

Hands down, the cake was my favorite part. I tooted my own horn for it. I'd love another reason to make one, like, yesterday. It was THAT.GOOD.

Huge props {and even bigger THANKS} to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law {Sarah} for totally bailing me out and helping me with setup and cleanup. I was in my usual time crunch.

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Bridal Shower for Becka

I need to edit all the pictures but here's the first one and I can't wait to share more.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the table sans guests but you can see how it was set in this one!

I'm so happy with how it turned out.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Old + New + Borrowed + Blue Bridal Shower Invites

I stole the theme idea from my blogging friend Laura! Go check out the cute shower she threw last month!

One of my bff's is getting married on Saturday in Utah. Huzzah, Becka!

I'm putting together a great girls' night/bridal shower for her TWO short days before her wedding. Talk about last minute, right? Right. It's going to be great seeing all the fun girls she's friends with and some friends I haven't seen in a long time.

I dreamed up these invitations one night and they quickly got ridiculously out of control. But that's how I do it. We all know this.

I'll give you a quick run-down of the steps, should you want to recreate something similar.

Banners: sculpey clay and/or fimo clay, hand molded into the desired shape. Stamped with $0.99 alphabet stamps purchased from Roberts Crafts here in Utah. Oven-baked for 13 minutes on 230 F. Used a tiny drill to make the holes I punched pre-baking MUCH bigger to thread ribbon through.

Silhouettes: chalkboard contact paper found at Michael's. You can get a roll for $5. I used maybe a 1/2 roll for 18 invites.

Envelopes are old 5x7 manilas that I bought at an estate sale. They're probably 30 years old but got the job done.
Then this all went into a 6x9 manila envelope to mail. They all arrived safe and sound, no broken banners and without padding. Thank you, Postal Service! {Good to know for future mailings.}

I love how it all came together. I had to keep one for myself so the bride will have to steal one from one of her sisters to keep!

Gay Paris

Jordan from Oh Happy Day is giving away a trip to Paris.

I'm so not even joking!

I'm only posting this here to get another entry, because I kind of don't want to share this giveaway.

But I love contests THAT much and who wouldn't love a free trip out of the country, right?

Enter here.

Saturday, June 04, 2011


I have read about a store called Orson H. Gygi on a few blogs and when I was getting married {5 years ago} I saw the billboards.

This visit, I decided it could be worth the trek and I'm so glad I made the effort to actually go!

My mom was in town and I knew she'd probably love this store, so off we went! Here she is looking at one of the many cake stands they sell.

And not to mention their wall of gorgeous cupcake liners.

colorful aprons

pretty displays
and a rug I want
I'm so glad I found it! I'll be visiting again, I'm sure.