More Wedding Shower Fun!

 

Many of you know by now that my family is friends with four other families and have been for years and years.   We’ve traveled together, do holiday celebrations together and we support each other in all the family endeavors we are each involved with.  And, of course, with this being the year my son got married, well, he was the one who got the fun and support……from the entire group….which makes it so special and fun.

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My friend, Kathy, volunteered to host the shower at her house and I have to share her cozy little cottage of a home with you.  First of all the entrance to her home is so welcoming and inviting you can’t wait to take a peak inside after seeing the charming front porch.

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She’s co-owner of a store here in town called Celebrations and has access to all sorts of goodies and the works of local and semi-local artists.  Like this cool plaque.  (She actually had one made for each of us one year at Christmas in our own personal colors.)

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Once inside you’re met with her cozy family room replete with these beautifully stained concrete floors.  How cool are these?

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She has a wonderful collection of crystal votives that are always aglow with soft candlelight. 

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Her back yard is equally as charming and inviting with her beautifully manicured gardens and touches of  black and white, red and yellow.

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And, here’s the gang of mama’s in the group.  As I’ve said before we call our group the “Rita’s” short for “senorita’s who like margarita’s”.  We were at a Mexican restaurant drinking margarita’s when we came up with that. And we laughingly refer to ourselves with the acronym R-I-T-A’s as “Rocking, Intimidating T@#$! and A@#$% .  (Don’t ask….that’s just how we roll.)  Meant to be a total joke of course and that’s just between us……don’t tell the kids, they’d be mortified – our little secret.  And, yes, these are the same women from my last blog post on Cindy’s art show.  Scroll down and take a look at her drawing of us on yesterday’s post and see if you recognize us.  We are out of order here, but you can see she did an amazing job on the rendering.

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It was a yummy, casual barbecue……just right for a relaxing, fun evening with family friends.

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Time to chow….for most of us at least…Becky (in front) looks like she might be meditating….not exactly sure.   Smile

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My daughter and granddaughter….

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My son and grandson…..

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Our kids have come to be lovingly referred to as the second generation “little Rita’s”.

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You may recognize this gorgeous couple from my last blog post, too.

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And, here’s our newest little Rita…..just weeks old for this picture and already partying with the gang.

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My granddaughter loving on her grandfather she calls, Doogie.  A name his sons and their friends dubbed him as teenagers.

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After dinner it was time for the soon to be bride and groom to don a veil and top hat for the “Wedding Pictionary Game”

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All the Rita’s gathered around – big and little – or should I say old and young???

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The premise was to pull a heart shaped card with the word or phrase on it referring to marriage or weddings they were to draw.  Girls against boys – each team had to guess what it was.

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Somehow every drawing seemed to be a stick figure of sorts….

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And, in the end Daniel and the boys won which inspired him to playfully gloat and celebrate with “the Tebow”. Too funny.

Another great time with the Rita’s celebrating the lives of our “little Rita’s”…..moments we all cherish.  Our group, with the addition of new second generation husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, and even third generation grandbabies is now up to thirty-three I think. Fun, fun, fun.  And stay tuned, because of course we will be having a baby shower for our newest little Rita soon!

Happy Decorating!!!

Every Girl’s Dream: A Fairytale Wedding Shower

 

Where do I even begin?  I recently attended an outdoor wedding shower on a gorgeous sunshiny day here in Texas where every single decorating detail was  so expressive and charming I didn’t know where to look first.  My friend Judy’s daughter is getting married in two weeks so her sister, Jan, teamed up with some of Judy’s friends to host one of the most beautiful wedding showers I’ve ever been to.  Or, maybe the word is adorable…….or  creative…..or maybe precious is the word that suits it best.  No, better yet, I think it’s all four of them:  Beautiful, adorable, creative and precious!

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Jan (who’s also my good friend, by the way) was the lead hostess in charge of all the decorating and the attention to detail was just amazing.  Every table, nook and cranny had something sweet and creative tucked in.  Like this table above – notice this adorable picture?  Jan printed it off in sections on her computer and then mounted it to a board for a charming, unique look.  I mean……..how cute is that?!  (And it doesn’t hurt to have such a beautiful couple in the picture!)

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This cute little shelf displayed accessories as well as food. What a cute little creative touch and great unexpected use of this piece.

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Jan made these charming little party prizes by decorating the lids to mason jars and filling them with small chocolate Easter eggs.  What a great little keepsake.

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She made an adorable little niche where Cassie and her fiancé, Collin, could sit and open up presents.  Jan, who has a booth called Fabulous Finds at an antique mall (Witherspoon Antiques) in Granbury, Texas, reupholstered these chairs herself. If you’re local peeps you need to go check it out!  (She also has her own jewelry line called Jade Designs that she carries there as well as her furniture and accessories.)

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Even the gifts people brought were amazingly creative!

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Adorable hostess gifts.  These are wine bottles with picture labels of Cassie and Collin.  Jan decorated them by creating these fabulous flower and ribbon bows for the tops.  Just beautiful.

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Lots of sweet pictures of Cassie and Collin sprinkled throughout.

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This is a more distant view of the cozy little niche Jan fixed up for them to open presents.  Isn’t it charming?

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There are special privileges in having your own booth at an antique store.  All the more reason to justify collecting antique dishes for the last six months so there would be enough beautiful table settings for an entire wedding shower.  These tables were beautiful.  And, now she’ll get to sell it all in her shop.

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So girly….

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So charming….

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And I’ve always loved the look of white table and chairs on a green, grassy lawn.

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Take a close look at this incredible piece.  It’s an old door she got for free….

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She embellished it by stenciling on these appropriate words for a young couple in love and starting out their lives together.  And she did another picture by printing it off in sections again and enhancing the color on her computer.  She mounted it to a board in sections and then mounted it to this door. Absolutely incredible looking!

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The beverage table was even charming!

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We know where she got her creative gene.  This cake was made by her mama and my good friend, Juanita.   Just as delicious as it was beautiful.

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She even made these simple chalk boards look charming and sweet.

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She ordered this turquoise cotton candy online and bagged it up as party favors for each guest to take home.

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This suitcase is where everyone put their notes to the bride for her to read later.

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The bar was filled with pretty little drinks…..

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Colorful, festive….

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And, yummy.  These chocolate martinis were like having a dessert.

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It was a great turn out.  Everyone had tons of fun.

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This is Judy with her daughter Cassie.  If they look familiar it’s because Judy is the choreographer for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Cassie is a current cheerleader.

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And, unbeknownst to me till I arrived, CMT was there filming the whole thing for the DCC series.  If you look closely here you can see the camera crew to the right of this picture.

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They interviewed Jan during the shower which was a bit of a nerve wracking experience for her.  That’s more Judy’s “thing” than hers, but I’m sure she did great!

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This suitcase is a piece that Jan made Cassie as a wedding gift at Judy’s request.  Judy had seen a friend do one so she asked Jan (the crafty sister!) to do it for her.  It’s a memory box for Cassie to keep all her special keepsakes for the upcoming wedding and other special memories.

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Jan took an old suitcase and glued on the scrabble letters to spell out these words.  Then she glued on this belt for a little character and interest.  She created a little frame with scrap paper that she actually printed of the internet (yes, she did!) and mounted to scrabble pieces to frame this cross that Judy wanted on the front.

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The inside was lined with maps of meaningful, special places for Cassie and Collin – Texas where they live, Florida where they met, New York where she went shopping for her wedding dress, etc. And, she strung up a decorative area for her keepsakes to hang from with clothespins.  Have you ever seen anything more girly and cute?

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And, that hanky in front with the kitty-cats on it……that’s the invitation!  We each got our own unique hanky where she ironed on the oval invitation info and stitched around it to make it look like it was stitched on.  Just adorable!

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I won this cute prize in the Bridal Bingo game!

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Cassie, who can dance and sing in front of thousands and thousands of people. is a little shy when it comes to speaking to a crowd, but wanted to say thank you to everyone…

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So she rose to the occasion and gave a mini speech. So cute….

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Here she is with her mom, aunt Jan, Grammy and Granddaddy, cousins and fiancé.  Such a sweet, little family.  Love them!

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This is Cassie with her beautiful cousin, Amelia, who got married last year.  I did a blog post on her shower a year and a half ago.  You can see her creative, beautiful event here.

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Aunt Jan with Cassie….

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Me with my two high school besties.

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Jan didn’t even have to wait to get back to her shop to start selling items.  This young girl bought the vintage table cloth right off the table as she was leaving!

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Cassie with all the hostesses who worked together and did a fabulous job to make the shower special, beautiful and yummy.

I don’t know how you can step away from this without tons of creative ideas for your next shower or party. I know I did!

Happy Decorating!

Wedding Shower Wonderland!

 

Tiz’ the season for weddings and that means lots of wedding showers and planning and happy tears for mom and her friends.  When you’re my age and in a circle of friends who’s kids are all graduating college and embarking on their new lives it tends to bring lots of engagements – which in turn brings lots of engagement parties and showers and excitement and celebrations. And, did I mention a great many happy tears?  Last weekend I attended one of the most elegant, beautiful showers I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to some doozies)  for my good friend, Barbie, and her precious daughter, Madison.  The hostesses spared no expense in their decorating and the festivities.  There’s tons of pictures to see (maybe I overdid it – but I couldn’t stop myself – it was all so magical and pretty)  Take a look and see what I mean….

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This was the entrance into the home.  Lots of wedding white to welcome the guests and set the tone.

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Our good friend, Becky, pretending this gorgeous home was hers. (We want to live there.)

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(I couldn’t resist adding this picture of her sneaking her cute mug into my blog shot.)

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Another view of the welcoming entrance.

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Even this sweet courtyard had wedding white tucked in the mix.

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(These have nothing to do with the shower……I just really like these doors!  Cool, huh?)

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When you enter the home it has the unusual layout of the kitchen on the immediate left.  It’s a large “dream” kitchen…..cozy, warm, inviting and decorated for the occasion to the hilt.

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By the way, how fab is this incredible vent-a-hood?

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This is one of the beautiful tables – it’s displayed in the kitchen.  (Right outside the window is that adorable courtyard you see as walk into the home.)

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Look what they did with the chandelier.

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Just another view of this amazing, cozy kitchen.

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A little blurry (sorry) but, isn’t this a wonderful sitting area?  Wouldn’t that be fun to have right in your kitchen?  Love that!  I want to move in.

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The kitchen mantel was decorated with wedding touches for the event.

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Here’s Barbie, the emotional mom, with her beautiful bride-to-be daughter,  Madison.  (She definitely has that happy wedding glow about her.)

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Every nook and cranny was decorated for the occasion.

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Even the office had touches of wedding white.

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They even dressed up this urn outside the dining room French doors with white for the occasion. 

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See it here at the other end of this gorgeous table?  Beautiful!

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And, would you just look at this stunning ceiling?

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Notice the chandelier in here is draped in white as well.

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How girlie and wedding-esque is this for a table?

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Wedding details were everywhere:

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And,  though it had nothing to do with the shower, I just can’t pass up showing you this adorable backyard courtyard:

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We’ve all been friends for years and watched our little Madison grow up into this beautiful bride-to-be.  We are so happy and excited for her!

For all of you blushing brides and mother’s of the brides – if this shower didn’t give you tons of fabulous ideas then I don’t know what will.

Wish you all a blissfully happy wedding season and of course….

Happy Decorating!!

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