Lace Bridal Shower

The best man in our wedding is engaged and I had the pleasure of designing the shower for his bride-to-be a couple weekends ago! We were told that the bride liked lace and that the wedding colors included grey and blush pink so we based our theme off of these tidbits.


Never underestimate the power of Baby’s Breath. Bunches of these babies together are simply breathtaking. I made the centerpiece above by wrapping the stems of the baby’s breath with floral wire and sticking them into a half circle of floral foam. Below I stuck stems directly into the chandelier.
   
A few lace touches: I used my Silhouette to cut wrappers for the water bottles that resembled lace (top right), folded doilies onto the napkins (middle right), and wrapped bottles with lace and blush pink ribbon (bottom right).
   
For the food, we wanted to serve individual servings rather than full plates so we incorporated mini foods such as veggie cups with ranch dip at the bottom, mini shrimp cocktails and chicken salad served in tiny glasses with mini forks. My mother-in-law and her sweet friends hosted the shower and did a beautiful job executing the mini foods. The display was better than I could have imagined. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought it had been catered!
The invitations (top right) were designed by none other than Three. We made personalized cupcakes in a jar (above) with a sticker on top that said “J & J” (Jamie and Jerrod) and coordinated the colors with the shower. These were the bride’s personal favorite and many guests ended up taking these home as favors.

   
We ordered Bunditinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes. If you’ve never tasted these before you’re missing out. They will change your life.
   
I wanted to incorporate the letter W, the first letter of the groom’s last name, in as many ways as possible. I used a tutorial online to make the yarn letter W which I gave to the couple at the end of the shower to keep. (I just Googled “yarn letter tutorial”â€ĶI don’t remember which tutorial I used but there are many!) I made Strawberry Shortcake and piped white chocolate W’s to stick out of the top. To make these, I sprayed wax paper with Pam, melted pink white chocolate (which I found at Michaels…you could also just put food coloring in white chocolate) and used an icing bag to pipe the letters onto the wax paper. When they dry they peel easily off the wax paper and you can use them however you want!
 
Congratulations Jamie and Jerrod! We can’t wait for the wedding!!!  
A special thanks to the hostesses: Malena, Cyndy, Judy, Cynthia, Janie, Karen and Merry!

Fall Shower for Baby Jayde

Last Fall I helped host a shower for one of my best friends from college, Lynsday. Lyndsay and I were in a sorority together in college and although we were in the same pledge class, we didn’t really get to know each other until we became officers together our Senior year. I remember the first time we had lunch together. We shared our visions for the upcoming year and it was like we were reading each other’s minds. We both knew immediately that we were going to make a great team. Fast forward to present day and we’re still working with our team of officers! The hostesses included the President, Treasurer, Sr. Representative and Social Director of our sorority (Lyndsay was our VP)!

I wish I could take credit for introducing Lyndsay to her husband, who happened to be my husband’s roommate in college and childhood friend, but it wasn’t until after college that they met and fell in love and now they have been blessed with their first child, Jayde Marie! Special thanks to Ally for taking these photos while I ran around like a crazy person. 🙂

 
We served pink raspberry sparkling cider to guests upon arrival.
  
Lauren, one of the hostesses and Social Director Emeritus of our sorority, was responsible for the vision behind the decor. In fact, if you happen to need interior design services in the Houston, Texas area, Lauren has her own company, Studio L Interior Design.

We used cupcake liners to make a banner for the stairs.
Lauren also designed Jayde’s nursery so she had the idea to make these frame letters of Jayde’s name to use as decor for both the shower and the nursery!

  

We wrapped individual bottles of orange juice with gauze and pinned them with clothespins to look like diapers. I will post a DIY on these soon!

The hostesses made Jayde a onesie for each month of the first year of her life. We hung them as decor around the living room where the guest of honor opened her gifts and then had her guess who had made which onesie.

Special thanks to ALL the hostesses! Please excuse the blurry picture but I liked this one better than our traditional “stand stoically and smile” picture.
Congratulations Lyndsay! Jayde is blessed to have you as her mommy!

Dual Gender Baby Shower

It is trending right now for parents to wait to find out the baby’s gender until the birth date. Not knowing the baby’s gender can make planning a shower difficult and many are opting to host sip n’ sees after the baby is born but today I want to share with you a way you can throw a shower prior to the baby’s birth.

My cousin Chandra and her husband decided to keep the gender of their baby a surprise but this is their first baby and they had zero baby supplies. As a result, we decided to plan a dual gender shower for both a boy and a girl as opposed to a gender neutral shower. Chandra had already picked out the name Layla for a girl and Drake for a boy, so we split the room in two and decorated one table with all things boy and the other all things girl! We tried to split up the foods into “boy” foods and “girl” foods but when my husband saw the veggies on the boy table he promptly informed us that vegetables are NOT boy food. They matched the boy table better so we left them. What does he know anyway?

First I want to share the invitation which was designed by the guest of honor’s sister, Aubrey. Chandra and her sister are the principle designers/photographers for Three.

 Could they be any cuter?!

 Is it a Drake or is it a Layla?
 We made mustaches and lips to put on straws using my Silhouette.

 This Peppermint Punch via Better Homes and Gardens was a hit!

Upon arrival guests were encouraged to choose either a Drake or Layla pin to determine which they thought the baby would be. We made snails for Drake’s pin and flowers for Layla’s.
 Since Chandra didn’t know what she was having, some guests opted to bring money or gift cards instead of gifts. We had them hang their cards on our money “tree” (bird cage).
 Guests were also encouraged to decorate neutral onesies for the baby-to-be. We printed out pictures to help guests with ideas but this creative crowd didn’t need our help.

As a side note, this theme would also work well for a gender reveal party. The concept might be the complete opposite but the theme works for both!

Oh and for the record, It’s a Layla! Born January 16, 2012 at a healthy 9 lbs. 4 oz.
Birth announcements by Three.

The “Shoe” Game

As promised, here are the questions I asked my parents for The Shoe Game we played at their anniversary party. I found these questions in several places around the internet and tweaked them a bit to match my parents’ personalities so I advise you do a Google search if you want more suggestions. This list is safe for anniversaries/grandparents/children whereas other lists can get a little risky. 😉

-Who made the first move?
-Who said “I LOVE YOU” first?
-In high school, who broke it off the most? (My parents dated all throughout grade school and lived on the same street. Every time they broke up my mom would send her baby brothers up the street with a wagon full of my dad’s stuff and my dad would send his baby sister back down the street with my mom’s belongings.)
-Who has the wackiest family?
-Who’s the better driver?
-Who’s the faster driver?
-Who is in control of the checkbook?
-Who spends more money? (They both chose each other for this question)
-Who wears the pants in the family?
-Who steals the cover’s more?
-Who is most likely to let Boo sleep in the bed? (Boo is my parents dog)
-Who’s most likely to get lost?
-Who’s most likely to ask for directions?
-Who has gotten the most speeding tickets?
-Who is the bigger baby when they get sick?
-Who is the first to say “sorry”?
-Who’s the one that started the fight in the first place?
-Who forgets things the most?
-Who is always right?
-and finally… Who do you love the most in the whole wide world…(My dad held up his own shoe for this question, which had everybody rolling!)

My Parents’ 30th Wedding Anniversary

My parents celebrated 30 years of marriage this year and so I of course insisted on throwing a party (duh). My cousins threw their parents a wonderful party last year and I wanted to make sure my parents felt just as special. The difference, though, is that my cousins had nine adults to help plan their parents soiree and I had me, my sister (sort of) and my husband (who I was trying to boss around to a minimum). My brothers were both MIA as one plays professional baseball and the other is away at college and my sister is in the midst of her senior year (and thus still at my parents’ house under their every watchful eye) so I started working on the party last year knowing what I’d gotten myself into. Needless to say, when all was said and done we were all 100% exhausted and so glad it was over. With that said, everything was perfect.

We couldn’t have prayed for better weather. It was a perfect 72 degrees with a slight wind and scattered clouds. Perfection. I also made sure I sprayed vigorously for mosquitoes the day before. (Side note: number one question I want to ask God at the pearly gates: The mosquito? Really? What was your thinking on that one?) As with any and every party we encountered a few roadblocks along the way. On the day of the party we were hanging the stringed lights and discovered that if you connect more than three strands together they will short. Oops. So we had to disconnect, fix the lights and rewire. My husband deserves a medal for all his hard work on this party. I would have had a nervous breakdown if he hadn’t been so helpful. Ok ok I did have a nervous breakdown but I would have had two nervous breakdowns. We also had a difficult time detangling the strands of my dessert table backdrop. I was THIS close to just cutting them. This close. The party was held where my parents’ were married which at the time was my granny’s house but now belongs to my mom’s sister. My aunt and her family worked tirelessly making their backyard perfect for the party and it was. Ready for me to prove it? Ok!

My cousin Aubrey took pictures for us. She just showed up and offered, like an angel. She and her mom also made the sign below and sell customized signs on their website!

My husband and I went through desperate measures to cut Magnolias down from the tops of the trees. On Thursday before the party we had made sure there were enough to cut down on our property and when we woke up Saturday morning the ones we had found were all brown so not only did I have to sit on his shoulders to find an acceptable flower to cut, we also had to climb onto the roof of our house! I’m not a big fan of heights or 90 degree angled roofs so just imagine me in a half squat, half standing position trying to maneuver my way across the roof at snail-like speed.
SURPRISE!!!
We played the “shoe game” that you often see at weddings. The premise of the game is that I would ask a question in which the answer would either be “Steve” (my dad) or “Rene” (my mom). To answer the questions, my parents each held one of my mom’s shoes and one of my dad’s shoes and held up the shoe accordingly. It ended up being highly entertaining, especially considering the fact that my parents answered every question differently. I will include a post next week with the questions I used for the game!
Happy 30th Anniversary mom and dad!!!
My sister Morgan also took a few photos at the party…
We “blindfolded” my parents so they wouldn’t suspect where we were going. I didn’t have actual blindfolds so kitchen towels sufficed. 
 For their first surprise, we sent them on a gondola ride!

On the dessert menu: Double Fudge cake truffles from Romano’s Bakery, Carrot Cake cupcakes from That’s the Cake (my parents wedding cake was carrot cake), cookies from Tiff’s Treats and Bread Pudding Whoopie Pies from Society Bakery.
We made my parents a scrapbook (on the right) of letters from their friends and family and modge podged the front with copies of their old love letters we found!
 We hung my mom’s wedding dress, hat and shoes at the sign in table.

A special thanks to the following vendors:

Design/Coordination: Events by Shelbi Rene
Invitations/Photography: Three by The Quill Pen
Food and Catering: The Prairie House
Cake Truffles: Romano’s Bakery
Cupcakes: That’s the Cake
Cookies: Tiff’s Treats
Whoopie Pies: Society Bakery
Gondola Ride: Gondola Adventures

I can’t say thank you enough to the following individuals who, without their help this party would not have been a success:

*Preston Rampy (as my dad said, my company should really be “Events by Shelbi Rene and Preston”)
*Ed and Barbara Bonneau
*The Heard Family
*Marsha and Shannon Bonneau
*Aubrey Bonneau
*Troy Bonneau
*Rick and Jane Smith
*Derrick and Chandra Chen