Halfway through the party, dark, ominous clouds rolled in and all 80 guests we were forced inside! We had just enough time to rescue the food and my pretty yellow chairs before a mean thunderstorm hit. It was a party to remember, with lots of helping hands, laughter, and rain!
How cute are Sarah and Jason?
Here are some additional party details:
Coffee filter flower garlands: I was trying to keep the shower budget-friendly and I wanted lots of DIYs. I've made coffee filter flowers before, but never this quantity or size! I decided to define the party area with six posts and then string the flowers around the perimeter, placing one pink flower every 18 inches. They were gorgeous and just perfect little puffy pink balls. They turned into ombre flowers after the rain, and I was able to salvage them all after the sun dried them out!!
I mixed three different shades of pink and simply dipped a stack of approximately 20 filters into the water. After they were about 1/2 saturated, I set them on the grass for an afternoon to dry. Each flower consisted of 10 dip-dyed coffee filters. After they dried, we formed each filter into a flower shape, strung 10 filters onto fishing line, and then tightly tied those 10 filters together. We made 1000 of these. I owe my friends and family BIG TIME for helping string these beauties together!
Favors: I love giving little gifts that people will actually use. So I re-packaged sweet pea seeds in linen burlap, added a hand-dyed coffee paper flower, a white luggage tag, and tied it all with white cotton string. They were charming!
Flowers: I was able to purchase all the flowers at a wholesale market (my mom actually went for me - she's the best assistant in the world!). I used peonies, ranunculus, roses, pitsaporium, tree fern, queen anne's lace, and baby's breath. I used to be opposed to baby's breath, but recently, I love it on its own, in a pretty little vessel! For the vases, I used my collection of silver plated accessories. My dear friend Wendy put the arrangements together - I love her eclectic floral designs!
Ribbon Curtain: Ever since seeing Design Mom's Easter decorations, I've been crazy about using ribbon! I found a ribbon heaven - the Berwick Offray Ribbon Outlet in Hagerstown, MD - where I can spend $2 for about 100 yards of satin & gros grain ribbon.
Invitation: I purchased pink floral DIY invitations at Target ... $35 for 50 blank invitations and reply cards (which Sarah used for her thank you notes). I spent a few hours designing the invitation text on Photoshop, and simply printed them out on our home printer! I purchased a 2 1/2" circle punch and made the "it's a surprise" inserts, and attached these to the main invitation with a gold paperclip. Simple and sophisticated.
Menu: We wanted to use farm fresh ingredients and provide light, summery dishes. We made easy-to-prep buffet dishes for a large crowd, and many of our recipes came from Martha Stewart Living.
For dinner: tomato wedges sprinkled with sea salt, mussels al limone, grilled crudites with balsamic dressing, blanched fresh vegetables with white bean dip, grilled London broil, penne with garlic scape pesto, lima bean salad with feta cheese, halved hard boiled eggs sprinkled with sea salt, potato salad with watercress and bacon, carrot raison salad with ginger and yogurt.
For dessert: red velvet cupcakes, fresh berries.
For drinks: red and white wine, Aqua Panna water, iced tea sweetened with fruit juice.
Hope you're inspired!