This past weekend was filled with love. laughing, and hard work. I'm still tired from the whirlwind, and the day of the shower I ended up going to sleep at 8 pm. Still, it was totally worth it to see how happy it made my cousin.
But now to the party. The original plan was that they were getting married in September, and I was planning a shower for early summer. Which meant I was still in idea gathering mode when they called and told me they'd moved the wedding up to February. This was like a month ago. So I had to get going stat.
I already had an idea board made up, which helped with planning.
In the end, I used a ton of Pinterest ideas, sourcing from online shops, and cruising the valentine's day section for most of our supplies. I think it turned out just perfect.
BHLDN. I also got a huge spool of baker's twine that we used all over the place.
The menu was tea sandwiches (chicken salad and cucumber dill), greek salad, olive dip, cheeseball, fruit salad, and vanilla cake with buttercream icing. We served the greek salad and the fruit salad in little candy cups with wooden cocktail forks.
Shop Sweet Lulu. We also got the cups for the salads and some polka dotted balloons for the front porch from this site.
We had a great time and were really thankful for all of our family who came out in the terrible rain. I loved seeing so much of my family that I only get to see once a year or so. And it was great meeting the groom's family and spending time with them. I think Emily had a great time, and she definitely got lots of great presents (me and Brett went in with my parents to get her a red Kitchenaid Stand mixer. She can't wait to use it!).
It was such a fun party to put together, even if it was so much work. I think that's really illustrated in the cake. Which took about 5 hours to put together, maybe more. But when we cute into it and revealed what was inside, it was definitely worth it. I may do a mix next time, though!