Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Here Comes the Bride...

The Pretty Bride-to Be

I must have been a party planner or even a party girl in one of my previous lives.

I love to plan parties.

Birthday Parties, Holiday Parties, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers...
I could seriously plan a party for almost any reason.

After Chloe was born, I found myself lacking a key element in party planning, t.i.m.e.
The party gene was wiped out completely for awhile, but has slowly come out of hibernation over the last couple of years.

Lucky for me, my cousin Araceli is getting hitched in a mere five weeks.

Since she is sweet as can be, and really more like a sister, I (actually my mom and I) graciously (since I'm such a great hostess and all) volunteered to host her bridal shower.

I started my planning fairly early (which is rare for me), and ordered some totally awesome invitations from the super nice and really talented Vanessa. Her shop is chock full of some really cool paper goodies. Super reasonable prices and the best customer service.

Since I am so, umm, shall I say "particular," I kindly asked if she would make some labels, inserts, and even Thank You tags to match. This is the invite I chose for Araceli's soiree.

Pretty, huh?

My mom was kind enough to host the party at her casa so, my job was mainly to decorate and bake like a whirling dervish.

Here's the Party Table. Lots of cookies and sweets.

My favorite half of the table. I fashioned a tablecloth out of Heather Bailey's Pop Garden.

Araceli's favorite cupcakes. Red Velvet.
I found those vintage bride and groom picks on Etsy.

Aren't these roses gorgeous? Wow, gotta love Costco.

And look at these babies...they'll put any fancy flower shop's flowers, to shame.

Party Favors.
You can kind of see the matchy Thank You tags.

Araceli and her mama.

The ladies enjoying the gift opening.
There's my mama in the glasses.

Ina Garten. Love her.
Time to break out those new pots and pans, girl.

Me and Ara.

I have to say, it was a lovely shower.
Appropriate, for a truly lovely person.


Vanessa "Paper Chick" said...

Everything turned out so beautiful! Thanks for the mention!

PamperingBeki said...

Holy cow, you need to come plan my next party!

I totally stink at party planning. Seriously every year like three days before my kids' birthdays I go, "Oh! I better pull something together!"

Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time... not to mention you worked hard on that party!