Monday, April 13, 2015

Right Up My Alley


Months ago, I mentioned in a blog post that our son is getting married.


The wedding is now just 3 months away and last Saturday the first real wedding event, the bridal shower, was held.


I am so fortunate that my future daughter-in-law and her friends trusted me to make a lot of the decorations for the bridal shower - they know that crafting is "right up my alley".


Aylin loves coffee, so much, that the Maid of Honor suggested coffee as the theme for the shower and I had fun creating coffee related decorations.


A LOVE IS BREWING banner greeted guests as they came through the gate.


The background on each flag had math questions because Joshua is a math whiz and will be graduating with a 4th degree, this one in math, in just 6 weeks.


Aylin's mother's Turkish samovar served as a beautiful decoration beneath the banner.


The shower was attended by family and friends on both sides so I created a "get to know you" game to mix up the crowd - it was wonderful to see everyone beginning as strangers and hugging goodbye with "see you at the wedding" as they departed.


Aylin's family is from Turkey so each guest was given a bracelet with the Turkish good luck charm of the eye-like symbol know as a nazar.


Plants potted in teapots, cups and other crockery decorated the tables and


cards with coffee or tea quotes were strewn along the tables and throughout the house.


Unfortunately, I was too busy enjoying incredible Turkish dishes and chatting with everyone to get photos of either the food or the dessert tables.


As guests left, they filled burlap bags with their choice of coffee beans as their parting gift.


I have been so busy these last few weeks creating things for the shower and now it is time to move on to the wedding.


These boxes from Betsy at My Salvaged Treasures will be part of the decorations and she is also making me a set of Mr. and Mrs. forks.


Steve teases me about everything I am doing for the wedding, but he knows that I am in my element.

67 comments:

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

This is so neat! You did a fantastic job, and it was a perfect color scheme for you with the bracelets. I love the fork and spoons for the wedding!

handmade by amalia said...

You more than lived up to their trust, what a beautiful shower.
I love all the little details, can't even pick a favorite.
Amalia
xo

BeachGypsy said...

Glad your hand is coming along nicely! This was an amazing and fun shower! Love the banner! And the bride chair! Their engagement portraits are nice!!

HEATHER GRAHAM said...

What a wonderful shower! I can't wait to see what you've done for the wedding. Your children are lucky to have you! Sweet!

francis said...

I love all this happy news . Makes me smile . Thank you for sharing . Best wishes from Holland

Rita C. said...

Oh Carol, this is just so awesome! I love everything you did, from the coffee to the math, and I'll bet your son and future dil did too, not to mention the guests! I can't wait to see all the wedding decor.

Laurie said...

Everything looks so cute and fun! I agree, it's right up your alley. My daughter got married this past Saturday. We've been in the 'mode' for the past 3 months. It was absolutely beautiful, if I say so myself. I'm not over it yet, haha! It was wonderful and fun, but I am exhausted! Wishing you much fun in the planning and crafting of all things wedding. Can't wait to see your crafting creations.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely and fun shower! I look forward to seeing what all you do for the wedding.

Have fun ~ FlowerLady

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What an absolutely PERFECT idea. So much can be done with this theme, Carol, and I just know you are already brewing up (sorry for the pun) loads of ideas! YAHHOOOOOO! It's good to see you back in action my friend! Oh how lovely are these days getting, with warmth, sun and green starting to poke through the ground! LOVE! Anita

September Violets said...

What a fun theme for a shower! Love the potted plants in the tea pots. The charm bracelets & coffee sacks were a great idea for a parting gift. Can't wait to see all that you will bring to the wedding ;) I love the shot of the happy couple sitting among all the books too! Wendy

Anne Davis said...

What fun!!! Don't overdo it though, you'll want to be in tiptop shape to enjoy the wedding!!!

xox

Kathy said...

The coffee theme is very clever and you pulled it off perfectly!

Pamela Gordon said...

That looks so so fun! Congratulations to the happy couple! I love the coffee theme and the banner is perfect. Have fun with the wedding preparations.

Debbie said...

oooo, you are soooooo in your element!!! such a beautiful shower, every detail was tended to!!!!

and what a fun theme to work with, everything "tied" together nicely!!!!!

Diane Lynn said...

Looks like the shower was a fun time. Loved the shower theme and your special touch with all the d├ęcor. Congrats and looking forward to wedding stuff!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love the coffee theme you came up with and all of your clever and creative decorating ideas. Sounds like everyone had a great time. Thanks so much Carol for sharing my (YOUR) boxes and forks. I know your creative wheels will be spinning and spinning up until the big day.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a fun shower and I love the theme!! The Mr and Mrs forks are so sweet. Betsy is so good at what she does! You are enjoying this very much and I'm so glad you are able to be very involved!
hugs,
Linda

bobbie said...

Everything turned out beautifully! Well done, my friend!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Your creativity is amazing and the shower is beautiful! It is a huge milestone for your son and future daughter in law and it must be so rewarding to help out with the decorating and themes. I love the Mr and Mrs forks. Those are so cool.

Connie said...

Oh Carol, you were certainly in your element! What a lovely party. I love the ice breaker game that you created, I'll have to remember that. The photos of the couple are so creative, too. You must me feeling better and getting more motion in your hand. I certainly hope so:)
Connie

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh what a beautiful and fun shower. Everything was perfect. You really out did yourself - I know that everyone had an awesome time. The coffee theme was perfect.
I am so glad that your back blogging again, as I have missed your posts. Sounds like you hand is getting so much better.
Have a terrific week.
Mary

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh what a beautiful and fun shower. Everything was perfect. You really out did yourself - I know that everyone had an awesome time. The coffee theme was perfect.
I am so glad that your back blogging again, as I have missed your posts. Sounds like you hand is getting so much better.
Have a terrific week.
Mary

20 North Ora said...

what a fantastic job you did on all of the decor for the shower! How lucky they are to have you to help. Exciting few months ahead. Enjoy!

Judy

Laurel Stephens said...

What cute decorations for the shower!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Oh what a cute theme for a bridal shower. I also love to help planning such things. I adore the coffee and cream quote too. Exciting times ahead.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol OMGosh I'm so impressed and think you have a calling for an out of retirement part time position. Party planning just is a natural for you. The coffee theme shower was brilliant with your future Daughter-in-law in love with the bean. I thought the Nazar eye bracelets as gifts was a very touching gift. You too my friend have been very busy... Can't wait to see your magical wedding favors and decorations.
xoxo,
Vera

Kim said...

What a fabulous party and congratulations! I have never heard of anyone having a coffee themed shower...how totally cool! :) Everything looks just gorgeous! I bet it was an awesome day.

Rue said...

The party looked absolutely delightful, Carol. I loved the coffee theme :)

xo

NanaDiana said...

Oh-what-fun! I think I like the prep for these kinds of things almost as much as I do the actual event! I love everything you did- from the banner to the sweet little planters you used. GREAT idea about the "get to know you" cards, too. Now----on to the wedding!!! xo Diana

Suzan Sweatman said...

What fantastic idea's Carol - I LOVE the Josephine Baker quote !
And I love how you incorporated your ( soon to be ) daughter in law's culture into the party !
Congratulations - such a fun time - I'm sure the wedding will be spectacular with your touches.
xoxo

Down by the sea said...

Lovely pictures of your son and future daughter in law! She couldn't have chosen anyone better to help with bridal shower, you have such talent in planning and creating a gorgeous display! Sarah x

Lorrie said...

Weddings are so much fun! Your coffee shower theme banner is great. Enjoy all the crafting.

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
I wanted to stop by before my surgery tomorrow and say how nice all your creative and loving shower ideas were. So happy for your son. They are the cutest couple. I know you are so excited. Now on for the wedding. I know it will be so beautiful.
I will be in touch soon.
Kris :)

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
This sounds like so much fun.
I just love all the creative COFFEE ideas. :-)
I love the photo with the umbrella.
Carla

Kelly said...

How fun! I loved how you incorporated the coffee theme throughout the shower. You are always so creative! Your future DIL was lucky to get to have you do that for her. I'm sure it was very memorable!

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cynthia lee designs said...

What a great theme for the shower. Love the banner that you made. Sounds like everyone had a great time getting to know each other.
~Cindy

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, what a wonderful shower and great theme. Love all the decorations and the game idea is awesome. The banner is really a cute idea. You made everything perfect and I love those Mr and Mrs. forks too.
They are such a cute couple. Best wishes to them both. Now on to the wedding. Have fun creating!
CM

My Garden Diaries said...

You are so in your element!!! Your decorations for the shower were outstanding!!! And what a cool theme!! I'm so happy for your family! They are an adorable couple! Enjoy all the planning! Nicole xo

Debbiedoos said...

How exciting! That has to be the cutest shower theme I have ever seen! you did a great job. How exciting your son's wedding is getting closer too. Cheers!

Renee said...

4th degree, wow, congrats to your son for that. They look like such a happy couple. That was a cute wedding shower theme. Great decorations.

Consider It All Joy said...

Weddings and special occasions are so much fun when we are given the freedom to create! You will so enjoy the next couple of months, I'm sure! Many blessings to you, Cindy

CatieAn said...

How fun and what a lovely party. I bet you just got up every morning and smiled while involved in all the preparations!!! Congratulations on adding a new daughter to the family. After making and doing for 4 weddings I envy you.......always loved every minute of it. But then you have baby showers and all sorts of family events that you get to help with.....

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

What a fantastic idea to use a coffee theme. I just love the bracelets that everyone got to take home and the coffee beans. You are so creative with all your ideas. I just know your Daughter In Law was happy. Super Job!!!

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Weddings are wonderful! You really nailed all of the details for the shower. Can't wait to see what you do on the big day. Three months are going to fly by for you!

Sally Somervill said...

I love the photo of the cute couple with the books all piled around them, really unique. The sign you made looks so charming, sounds like a fun party!
xo Sally

Sally Somervill said...

I love the photo of the cute couple with the books all piled around them, really unique. The sign you made looks so charming, sounds like a fun party!
xo Sally

Jen Kershner said...

So much loveliness! What a blessed family you will be!

Cynthia said...

What a super job you did,. Everything looks pretty and seems like a fun shower. Don't forget to take care of yourself too.

Cindy

Helen Philipps said...

How lovely, Carol!! You did such a wonderful job creating the decorations! I loved everything, especially the banner and the bags to take home the coffee beans....and all the quotes....and the game with the pink pencils......
Such happy family times!
Helen xox

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness, Carol...you are SO amazing!! Your ideas and decor were just perfect. You should be an event planner! :-) I love the photo of your son and his fiancee in the pile of books and then the one of them on the beach. And that your son just got his 4th degree and in math of all things...wow...brilliant guy! Must take after his mom, right? :-)

fiona anderson said...

I'm sure Aylin is extremely happy that you're going to be her future mother-in-law, you've already created some wonderful memories for her and your son.

lynn said...

congrats to the cute couple and for the 4th degree! the coffee theme party is so adorable, carol. love the couple's picture with the umbrella. many happy blessings to them!

Susan said...

It all looks so wonderful. The quote from Josephine Baker is perfect.

HWIT BLOGG said...

So much inspiration on your lovely blog!
Have a beautiful day, take care...
Titti

Nancy's Notes said...

What a time in your life! In your element, indeed and how wonderful is that? Thanks for sharing, each photograph is awesome!

Nancy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Carol, how sweet of you to do this for her. You put in so much thought and it turned out so cute. I am sure she appreciated it so much!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Carol, I can just tell by your words that you had so much fun planning Aylin's bridal shower. I loved the photograph of your son and his sweetheart surrounded by so many books, what a lovely couple they make.
Ooh Turkish food.... now that will have been fabulous.
Best wishes
Daphne

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a nice theme for a shower! And I love the picture of them at the beginning of your post!

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

Fun, fun, fun! Enjoy it all!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a great month to get married in - yes I had a July wedding.

Loved all the pictures from The Bridal Shower ..... exciting and fun times ahead.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

What a great month to get married in - yes I had a July wedding.

Loved all the pictures from The Bridal Shower ..... exciting and fun times ahead.

All the best Jan

anny said...

Each decoration is an eyeturner, I like it very much.
All the best to you and your family.

Jann Olson said...

What a fun theme Carol! The love is brewing banner is just the cutest thing! You know that I love the teapots filled with flowers. They look like such a darling couple. Congrats and have fun creating!!
hugs,
Jann

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

This was fun to see. What a fun theme...love the samovar, the beautiful banner and all of the personal touches! :)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Such an interesting post. You can use empty plastic milk jugs to water the plants. Make four holes in the bottom, set them by the plant, and fill them as needed. They will water the plant slowing instead of all at once, which will be of more benefit. They won't look pretty, but I'm sure you could paint them to be pretty. They need pebbles on the bottom or some broken pottery, so they don't blow away. azplantlady.com shows how to do it. It works well when plants can't be hooked up to irrigation.

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