Friday, March 1, 2019

Showered With Love

Y'all. This weather. Ugh. 

I just needed to get that out of the way so we can discuss all things bridal shower. 

Last weekend the bride's bestest friend aka her sister planned and hosted the loveliest shower for the soon-to-be Mrs. In true Daughter1 fashion she thought of every little detail, except perhaps exactly how long it would take to assemble this fabulous balloon arch. 


You should know Daughter1 is very particular about her diy and the balloons needed to be placed just exactly precisely so. The instructions said it would take anywhere from 45 minutes to 160 minutes depending on the size arch you ordered, and of course ours was ginormous (definitely the way to go!) so took every minute of the 160. Thankful for sisters-in-law who are also diy-ers and helped us get it all put together. 

The shower was held in our neighborhood clubhouse which is a really lovely neutral space with loads of room, comfy seating, and plenty of tables and chairs available. 

There wasn't a theme per se,  just lots of pretty pastels and florals to match the gorgeous invitation. Minted never lets us down when it comes to printed products. I have never ever been disappointed with anything I've ordered from this company and I highly recommend. Their customer service is also fantastic. 

Our menu was brunch and along with egg and veggie casseroles and an assortment of salads we had a crockpot of homemade tomato basil soup and a tray of pimento cheese sandwiches which were perfect for a gray day. 

Did I tell you the weather has been abysmal? 

We had a yummy mimosa bar (neglected to snap a picture) and I ordered three flavors of scrumptious cupcakes from a local baker (neglected to snap a picture). Daughter1 provided these darling little favors -

Yay! a picture!, and  I had floral arrangements made for the tables. We snapped lots of photos under the balloon arch, which was worth every minute of labor! 

Lots (and lots) of family came to town to celebrate our girl and she was absolutely beaming the whole day long.

So special to have her grandmas here to share the love. I have to say I hope I look like this when I'm a great-grandmother...

Daughter2 is gaining a wonderful mother-in-law and we loved having the groom's parents in town for the weekend.

Her soon to be mother-in-law gifted Daughter2 some beautiful Italian linen napkins and table runner which would go perfectly in my dining room. Ha! 

Lots of Daughter2's teacher friends were in attendance, and a very special young lady also joined the party. While in college and a few years beyond, the bride babysat for this sweet girl and her brother too. Her mama has been so kind to my girl and I loved finally getting to meet them both. And I did snap a picture but I don't want to post it without asking. 

My daughter watched hers go from toddler to tween and she watched my daughter go from a brand new college student far from home to grown up woman 'goin to the chapel'.

There are things in this world that make me so happy. 

The bride loved being surrounded by so many of her favorite people, and she received so many nice things. Some from her registry and a few surprises too, which are always fun.

This girl loves to bake and has wanted a Kitchen Aid for a long time now. This one is adorable! My momma who also shares the baking gene gave her a special edition Kitchen Aid in matte blue with a white hobnail bowl. 

I think she likes it.  

This is the cheese tray Daughter1's mother-in-law made for Daughter2. Shh...don't tell, but I plan to stash it in my cabinet when she's not looking. It's gorgeous! Daughter1's mother-in-law turns bowls and also gave the bride a beautiful salad bowl she had made. 

A full fun day all the way around, but my favorite part was this-

photo credit: my sister-in-law

My girls side by each.

In photos like this one I catch a glimpse of the little girls they once were. The smiles, the arms wrapped tight. The way they lift each other up.

They live miles and miles in geography from one another, but are still thick as thieves. Peas in a pod. Kindred spirits. Confidants. From the moment daughter2 entered this world her big sister has loved her to bits. And that love has been returned to her 100fold.

This past weekend was a wonderful prelude to the big day.
Can't wait!!


  1. Oh, how lovely, Joyce! It looks like a truly splendid time!

  2. Perfect! Well, except for the weather. I enjoyed reading all the details and seeing pics!

  3. A post full of love and fun and wonderful memories made. Your girls are precious and are so blessed. Thanks for sharing!! The big day is coming!!

  4. I just love bridal showers and this one looked really sweet. What is more fun than seeing all that love for your daughter?!

  5. Looks like everything was perfection! I'm sure daughter 2 felt very celebrated and rightfully so. Yes, our weather is super ugh too.!! Have a great weekend!

  6. Wonderful and wonderful. Oh my those grandmothers are fabulous!

  7. Such a lovely day for a lovely bride to be. Everything appeared to be perfect. I love all the special touches, but mostly that sister hug. Thanks for sharing this special day with us.

  8. What a fun post, Joyce! That dreary weather outside is just a background to all the beautiful color inside! That balloon arch is stunning!

    Thank you for sharing this fun with us. I look forward to the wedding blog post(s)!!

  9. The balloon arch is beautiful and the tables look lovely. I do love the Something Blue favor. So glad she had such a wonderful shower. I enjoyed all the photos.

  10. It all looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the love.

  11. A heart that was already huge when you became a mother to these two will only grow bigger and warmer as they walk from phase to phase and share their new lives with you. The circle of life is amazing! Make every moment a memory to re-live over and over will make ageing a bit more acceptable!!!

  12. It looks like a beautiful party. Your girls are so cute. Enjoy your week.

  13. The floral arrangements on the table are very pretty. Looks like it was a lovely event.

  14. I just love bridal showers! Looks like a very successful one at that! And I love how stylish the grandmas are!! Have a great week.