Sunday, April 18, 2010

April Showers -- for a bride to be.

Springtime in Virginia is beautiful. This week it looks like the azaleas and dogwoods are right at their peak. It was a lovely Saturday for a bridal shower given by my daughter and me for my nephew's sweet fiance Becky.

Pink azaleas are my favorites. We had a soft rain early in the morning so everything looks fresh and pretty.

The bushes are just loaded with blossoms.

A welcome from Spunky. He says, "Come on in, we've been expecting you."

A white tin full of white flowers in honor of the bride. I like this so well, I think I'll leave it up for awhile to replace my wreath.

I had to cut a few branches to bring inside. They look sweet along with a little cherub.

He's so sweet and seemed the perfect touch of "Love blooming" for a young bride to be.

Becky along with two important women in her life. My sister-in-law, Marti, mother of the groom on the left. Joyce, mother of the bride on her right. All lovely ladies.

Becky with her mother and sister, Cindy, who will be her Matron of honor.

The guests arrive. Friends Sandra, Joanne and sister of the groom, Lori.

Sister of the bride and Kaci, sister of the groom.

Our guest of honor.

Time for some refreshments. Would you care for some punch? or lemonade, iced tea or water? How about a cupcake.

Katy made some delicious red velvet cupcakes piped with cream cheese icing all layered with a vintage bride and groom topper.

Best wishes for the bride.

Sideboard filled with wedding items. I'll be posting more on these two for Tabletop Tuesday.

A chalkboard posting of the special day.

The table is set. I realized after the party that I didn't get any pictures of the actual food -- but I'll just walk you through (you'll have to use your imagination).

We've had 8 dessert plates from Rick's grandmother for years and I found another 6 that matched exactly at Goodwill a couple of months ago.

Take your plate and I'll tell you all about the goodies.

Three champagne glasses were filled with mixed nuts, jordan almonds and butter mints.

Silver tray filled with huge strawberries stuffed with cheesecake filling.

Silver bowl filled with cream puffs.

Crystal plate of cheese straws and silver tray of chicken salad cups.

This antique butter dish held my shrimp cheese ball and the platter it sits on had cracked pepper water crackers.

This silver tray with the divided glass platter contained an assortment of vegetables and the crystal cup contained ranch dip.

An overview of the table.

Overview of the centerpiece. I liked this so well, I'm using it again for my Tablescape Thursday post set for a special anniversary -- If you're celebrating an anniversary in April, let me know and I'll dedicate it to you!

A picture of our guest of honor with the shower hostesses. I'm on the left and my daughter Katy is on the right.

I had one favor left in my basket at the end of the shower.

Sweet little "Bliss" bags for each guest.

Containing a wonderful Merlot scented votive.

So glad that you could join us for this delightful celebration. Weddings are such fun!

See ya!


  1. What a perfect bridal shower event! The bride is beautiful and the place and decor is very charming. The flowers are just blooming as the bride to be is glowing...Chistine

  2. The beautiful azleas just took my breath away! I love Virginia, my Mom's sister lives there and it's a beautiful state! You did a wonderful job on this shower, the bride is just gorgeous! I bet she was thrilled!

  3. The.Perfect.Shower.
    If anyone could do it I knew it would be you. Everything was beautiful, outside and inside.
    Ahhhhhh. So pretty. Loved the photos!

  4. Martha! Martha! Martha! The bridal shower must have been so much fun! Everything is simply beautiful! The table is gorgeous and those beautiful crystals and food! Oh, it's so pretty! You've done so well, my sweet friend. It's great to see you up close and your pretty daughter! You look like a doll! I would have loved to have been there.
    bE a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  5. Everything is so beautiful! Showers are so fun for the brides :) They are getting married on the same day my daughter is to be wed too!

  6. Lovely! I can certainly picture the delicious-sounding food. And, thanks for sharing the Virginia in bloom photos. Ah, I remember it well.


  7. Everything is just beautiful! What a lovely event and all the gorgeous azaleas! Ours are budded, but we are still having frost so I hope they survive!

  8. Oh wow...from the azaleas to the table...awesome post. I sat here with chills it was so pretty. Thank you for sharing this with me today. I needed it!

  9. Oh, you have a lovely smile. Your daughter so resembles you as well. Two beauties. What an elegant shower you both did. It is certain to be the stuff of fond memories for everyone that attended.

  10. Oh, and your house is really, really lovely and gracious.

  11. I enjoyed seeing all these pictures and details, especially getting to see a good picture of you!


  12. Martha how wonderful I didn't know you had such talents! You blow me away girl. I so wished you lived next door. My sister with her cakes, flowers from me and such beautiful
    tablescapes and designs from you. What a team we would make. So happy for the bride and groom.