Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pretend Party Planner

After Chelsea got engaged I called my sister Debbie and told her I would be throwing a bridal shower for Chelsea so if she (the real party planner) could just watch out for ideas. The next morning she had sent me a folder with several pictures of ideas. One of the pictures was a random picture of a girl holding a purse with the British flag. I began to wish I could some how think of a way to fit London & Paris into the theme since we loved our trip so much. Then it hit me... I See London I See France Let's Get Chelsea Some Underpants!
I called Debbie she loved it as well we talked about ideas & soon we had pretty much planned what we wanted to do.
The invitation

The red phone box were pins that the girls could take off & wear to the shower. We also asked them to bring the moustaches with them.

Inside we asked the girls to bring some underwear that they thought described them so we could have Chelsea guess who brought which pair. Which we were going to hang using a clothes line & clothes pins. I stamped words on the pins like I Heart Paris, I Heart London, Cheers & Oh La La. Here is a picture from Debbie's baby shower so you can see.
Next up was the food, Debbie had these cute take out boxes that we used. Inside we had baguettes with pesto, mozzarella, tomato & lettuce which is what I ate while in Paris. Then we added crisp which is the name the Brits use for what we call chips.

For desert we found someone who liked to bake and hired them to make blue macarons. Then I made red velvet cup cakes since I know Chelsea likes them & it fit with the color scheme of red & blue. I also made the pendant flags with the French & British flags in the picture above.

Debbie already had the little pendant flags you see that we hung from the tree's from another party she did & the Chinese lanterns.

Then we made our own home made photo booths. We just got cardboard boxes & painted Big Ben with the London Eye & the Eiffel Tower on the other. (Something I should have learned but didn't when painting the Eiffel Tower is start from the top.)

When on our trip in Edinburgh we walked by this window display, I loved it and wanted to make my own version & stick the word phrases for the photo booth.

& voila!

We were now ready to dress up to take pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower & Big Ben!
Oh La La indeed

It may seem like a lot to put together but really we has so much time we just did a little here & there. I had a lot of fun brainstorming & making stuff with Debbie. And really the shower could not have been lovelier so happy to have good friends & my great family who helped me.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Full Heart

Today was the bridal shower I threw for my friend Chelsea, you may remember her from our trip to Europe last year. But this post really isn't about the shower I will wait till I get the real pictures from Mimi to do a real post. But as I was driving home from my sister's this evening my heart was full of love. Love for my beautiful friend Chelsea & her happiness. Love for my sister who hardly knows Chelsea but because I like her she likes her. She not only let us use her yard/house not even two weeks after giving birth, she also helped plan, make & get ready. Then my mom who drove in early to help with the kids & make the food. If not for her help I would have been a stress case. Today is also my other beautiful friend Mim's birthday. Who is such a great person she didn't care when I asked if it would be ok if we did Chelsea's shower on her b-day. Then after I watched the first Harry Potter movie with my nephew William who pretended to be Harry the whole time, I got loves from Gracie & held baby Joseph. Not to mention my brother in law Russ who was so helpful & didn't seem to mind at all that I just came and took over their day.
Then to top it off I saw this when I was pulling onto my street. My cup runneth over, so many great people to be thankful for.
Here are a few shots I got just so you can get a taste of the shower before the real post comes.