How to throw a bridal shower

Well, we are gearing up for wedding #2 in as many years here in the Goulet household.  A few weekends ago, my daughter, Kayla and I threw a bridal shower for my other daughter, Ashley.  I was feeling a little out of shower world, since it’s been a long time since I’ve attending bridal showers, but with Kayla’s help as to what’s current for the younger generation, I think we pulled off a great shower.

First off, how can you throw a shower without visiting Pinterest? Tons of ideas and shortcuts for what to do, serve, eat and decorate. We both added to our Pinterest board and lol, we discovered we had both pinned alot of the same images, so great that we were both on the same page.

I was looking for an inexpensive and easy to make takeaway for the shower guests and Pinterest didn’t disappoint. We made these little hand scrubs, made with only two ingredients, sugar and lavender dish soap, perfect for gardening season. I found all the supplies needed at the Dollarama, Michaels and the grocery store.  You can find the link to the recipe on my Pinterest board, link above.

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And here we are in the process of making them. It only took the two of us a few hours one evening.

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The hardest part was threading the thin purple ribbon through the tiny labels, but here’s a tip, a sharp toothpick worked like a charm.

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I added in a little plastic silver spoon so you can just scoop out a little of the scrub at a time.

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And here they are all ready for the guests to grab as they leave.

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We both liked the idea of a Mimosa bar, with champagne and a selection of juices, perrier and fresh fruit. This was a great crowd pleaser, if you didn’t want to imbibe, then you could have the perrier or juices on their own, garnished with fruit in a pretty champagne flute.

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We had a ton of help with the food from the shower guests and it all came together beautifully.

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And a family friend, made the gorgeous cupcakes, in the wedding colours of dark purple, cream and gold.

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Aren’t they adorable and we added in little tags that said, “I do”.

We played a few shower games and Kayla suggested that we have a wedding theme photo booth for some fun and silly photos. It was well used, and all you need is:

  •  a plain wall
  • some decorations,
  • a tripod,
  • a camera with a timer, and
  • some silly props, we got ours at a party store and Dollarama.

Here’s some of the silly results.

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It was a great way to spend an afternoon with a bunch of wonderful people!

Lisa

 

 

One Room Challenge – Week 2 – Sewing/Craft room

So, it’s already Week 2 of the ORC and to recap, I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge , which was started a few years ago by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share their one room transformations that they are attempting to do in a mere six weeks. You can follow along the featured designers here and my fellow linkers here, as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results.

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For last week’s post click the link below.

Week 1

I’m sharing my mood board for my sewing/craft room this week and a few other updates as well. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen some of what I’ve been up to this week.

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Sources:  Fabric | Pottery Barn; Light fixture | Dainolite/Marchand Electric; Paint | Benjamin Moore – HC-146 Wedgewood Gray; Wallpaper | Quilt – Hygge & West; Drawer unit | Ikea; Clock | All Modern; Chair | Ikea; Fabric | Tonic Living; Sconce | Ikea

So this is a little design lesson in my choice of fabric and the inspiration it provided for the room.  Starting with the paisley fabric, which by the way was actually a duvet cover I found in the clearance section of Toronto’s Pottery Barn last fall.  It was exactly what I was looking for, a fabric with a fun pattern that had the orangey, rusts in it to coordinate with the existing orangey wood tables that I had.

Because I wanted a warm/cool mix in the room, it was easy for me to pull the turquoise out of the fabric to use as a wall colour.

The turquoise office chair was a totally serendipitious find at Ikea yesterday. It was labeled “last chance” on Ikea’s display wall and when I went to the furniture pick up aisle, it was the last one! And it is exactly one shade darker than the wall colour. Totally meant to be!

The Ikea drawer unit in grey repeats the grey in the fabric and the light fixtures in black complement the fabric and a little bit of black in every room is a must! The Quilt wallpaper in cayenne from Hygge & West is the perfect graphic print to contrast the paisley fabric. You’ll just have to keep visiting to see where it will be used. The last little pop of pattern is a cheery little turquoise and white chevron fabric from Tonic Living to add a dash of colour in an unexpected place….teaser 🙂

I love the gold wall clock that I’ve shown here, but unfortunately it’s out of stock at All Modern, until June….sob. So if anyone knows of a similar one, please let me know. And why did I choose gold for the clock, well it repeats the bit of gold in the two light fixtures and the golden yellow in the drapery fabric. See there is a reason why every item is selected.

I also picked up a few storage items at Ikea yesterday, which I’ll share next week. And my luck was still holding, when my painter called on Monday to say that because of a delayed job, he was available to start this week. Woot! So this is happening now!

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Till next week!

Lisa

One Room Challenge – Guest Participant – Sewing/Craft room – Week 1

Hi everyone, well this year I’ve decided to join in on all the fun of the One Room Challenge (ORC).  In case, you don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, here’s the details.  It is a genius idea started a few years ago by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share their one room transformations that they are attempting to do in a mere six weeks. You can follow everyone along as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results, by clicking on the logo below.

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So here’s the room that I will be transforming in six weeks. Drum roll please…..

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Ain’t she pretty….NOT. Yeah, it’s a little embarrassing but I’m hoping that everyone reading this has a room just like this. The room that becomes the place to put everything we’ve yet to find homes for.

This space, up until a few years ago was my daughter’s room and back then it was very pretty and tidy. Once she moved out, we left her furniture in here, until she bought her house last year.  So once the furniture was gone, we put in some second hand office furniture, that I plan to incorporate into my sewing/craft room. Skip forward to this past December, when I repainted 90% of the house, except for a few rooms, this obviously being one of them, and ALL the extras came to live here.

Anyways, I figured this would be a great way to get me to actually finish this room.

WHAT’S STAYING AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

  • I’ll be keeping the orangey wood toned tables and shelf but they may get a little love in some form or another
  • the carpet is also staying
  • the room will be painted a fun but soft colour
  • the baseboards are going to have to be either repaired or replaced (courtesy of my daughter’s bunny)
  • lighting definitely has to be addressed
  • storage, storage, storage and more storage for fabric and craft supplies
  • window treatments of some sort

INSPIRATION

So I had a hard time finding some inspiration shots but I’m kind of going for a combination of this type of look.

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**All images via Pinterest

But my real inspiration is this fabric, which I’m hoping to use as drapery.

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So it’ll be colourful, but yet calm and pretty eclectic. I’ll be posting as things progress, so you can also follow me along on Instragram.

Again, you can click on these links for the featured participants here and my other guest challenge participants here, to see what they are up to.  Until next week…….

Lisa

 

Rustic and warm wedding table setting

Well, so far I’m hitting a new post every 6 weeks…Yikes.  I will be trying to improve my deplorable record in the upcoming weeks.  Stay tuned…..

As I previously mentioned, my son got married at the end of September at our cottage, it was a beautiful day, sunny and a little cool, perfect when you are doing plenty of eating and drinking ;-).

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This wedding was a labour of love and we had many personal touches to make the day extra special for the newlyweds.  My new son-in-law shares of love of all things decor and DIY with me, so we kind of went to town on wedding DIY decor.

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The rustic and warm table settings got many oohs and aah so I thought I’d share them here with you.  Justin, had a very specific vision for them and I just gave him a hand implementing his ideas.  I think they turned out beautifully.

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They had decided on terrariums for the centrepieces, together with some vintage silver vessels filled with tiny baby succulents.

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Aren’t they adorable?  We managed to get most of them done with lots of family help, on the long weekend in September.  The large terrariums were given to the wedding party as a thank you for being part of this special day and we hope they live a very long life in their new homes.

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I think the first thing that was decided upon, was to use burlap runners (hard to see in the following pics).  I found ready made ones online but they were a little short for our long wood tables, so I just sewed two together to make it work for us.

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The table numbers were printed up on paper that looked like chalkboards and we just inserted them into these budget friendly white frames.  The name tags were also printed professionally and placed in “previously loved” wood branch place card holders.

The caterers provided the gorgeous wood boards, and votives and we think that the terrariums looked absolutely spectacular on them.

Together with some beautifully simple white platters and dishes, that pop…. and…VOILA!

You have a simple, rustic yet so interesting and warm wedding table setting.

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Lisa

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