Remember how I mentioned that after the Mary Lillie Memory Club Luncheon that the decor got a repeat for a precious co-worker that is getting married? Well, here it is in all the detail. I apologize that the picture quality isn’t top notch, but occasionally a busy hostess just doesn’t have time to stop to take the good pics, so I relied on my handy Iphone along with the help of the bride-to-be’s Iphone and together we were able to get the details to share. It was such a nice evening with co-workers and friends of Ashton’s. We ate some tasty food, opened gifts and shared some much needed laughs.
As you can see in the tablescape picture, the purple runner my sister made worked perfectly for Ashton’s shower as well. I just set the table buffet-style rather than for a sit down affair since we had quite a few more people than my table would sit and we wanted a more relaxed atmosphere anyway for the shower. Blue and white hydrangea replaced the purple tulips from the luncheon and also worked double duty for yet another party that I hosted a few days later that was definitely not purple since it was to honor the soon-to-be-mommy of a sweet little boy.
The menu was simple as it was a small crowd. I was the biscuit making queen between the bridal shower and baby shower serving roasted pork tenderloin with tart cherry preserves on rosemary garlic biscuits for Ashton and a simpler chicken salad on biscuits for the baby shower, which was more appropriate for a mid-afternoon party. Both parties feaured Greek pasta salad, which I will share the recipe a little later. The pasta salad is great for a crowd, is easy and inexpensive to make and can be made ahead of time, because the longer it sits and marinates in the fridge the better it gets.
We served a variety of artisanal cheeses with crackers and blue cheese stuffed olives as well. I found these really cute chalkboard food/garden labels in the dollar bins at Michael’s Crafts. Instead of chalk, I used a silver Sharpie as it was a little easier to write with. Even though it wouldn’t be a big loss to just toss them since I wrote on them with Sharpie, I am going to re-use them later by painting over them with chalkboard paint that I have in my craft supply boxes.
Making the sweets was a little tough on the ole willpower since I gave them up for Lent, but since it was all stuff I have had before, I at least knew they were yummy and would be enjoyed. Pretzel rods were dipped in melted lavender candy wafers and then I added some white candy pearls for a little “fancy”. Since the shower was on a Thursday after work, I didn’t have a lot of time to make the cupcakes, so I purchased them from Kroger and requested purple sprinkles, but I did make the diamond ring toppers with a candy mold I had and the lavender candy melts. My roll out cookie recipe and basic royal icing recipe never fails me, so I made tulip-shaped cookies iced in a deep purple for the guests to complete our sweet treats.
We took up a collection at work to buy Ashton gifts from her registries at Target and Williams-Sonoma. Since I am insanely Type A and love for everything to flow with the color scheme of the party, it was great to be able to wrap all the gifts to coordinate. Remember the pretty purple and aqua glasses from the Mary Lillie Memory Club Luncheon, well they were definitely put to use for Ashton’s shower. I am a big fan of personalizing a party for the guest of honor, because I think it makes them feel very special. Since we were working on a budget, I simply went to my stamping box and pulled out the midnight purple pigment ink pad, my “J” stamp and this beautiful peacock stamp. Yes, I know her napkins look a bit like the Joss and Main logo, but I didn’t notice until after they were done and you know what, I think they’re pretty! The wine tags were made with my circle punch and gold/white baker’s twine and stamped with a “J” for her soonto-be new last name.
I used white stock and tulips on the coffee table, which allowed me to re-use them for the baby shower a few days later. I was able to prolong the life of some of the purple tulips from the luncheon to use in other areas of the house like the kitchen and bathrooms. I think the purple and aqua party reprise was definitely a hit the second time around, too. It really put all the decor to good use again. There was even enough fabric left to make a purple tablerunner to give Ashton like the one that my sister made that I used on the table for both parties. I also sent her home with a stack of stamped napkins and along with all her kitchen/entertaining gifts that she racked up on, it was like she got a pre-made party in a party! This girl is ready to entertain as Mrs. J!!!
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