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

 

 

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

It’s a new year and finally, a new post

Happy September! Doesn’t September feel more like the beginning of a new year, than January? It always has to me. After a ridiculous long blogging break, I’m trying to get back at it. Lots has been going on here.

The cottage kitchen was finished in late March/April and I LOVE it. I am trying to get it published so I’m very limited on what photos I can show here, but here’s a few teasers.

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All photo credits above: Melissa Kew Photography

We also took a short but fabulous trip to Nashville and Memphis in May. My appreciation for country music and cowboy boots has increased exponentially after this trip.

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The view from our hotel room.

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The site of a civil war clash.

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We both picked up cowboy boots and a friend got the same ones.

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We both thought this highway sign was hilarious but accurate.

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In Memphis, we had to do the Graceland tour.

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And of course, Sun Studio, the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll.

We also had another very short trip to Quebec City this summer, where I used to live many, many years ago as a child. It is my favourite Canadian city, so old world and charming.

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Work wise, I finished up a condo decorating project in Mont Tremblant, a complete master bath remodel, started a new client’s living room/dining room/kitchen remodel, commenced another bathroom renovation, helped another client with the finishing touches to her mid-century modern apartment, gave a bunch of consults for painting and decor clients and I’m so excited to be starting a client’s very challenging and huge cottage renovation this Fall.

I’ll be sharing some pics of these decorating projects and renovations in the next while.

On the family front we have been very busy. Our youngest daughter graduated from her Masters program and started her first permanent job with the Government. Our other daughter got engaged and bought her first house, all in the same weekend in March. One of our sons moved back home from out west and will be going back to school this year.

And last, but certainly not least, our eldest son is getting married at our cottage, in like….less than 3 weeks. Whoa, that scares me to write that.  We are well into the throes of final decorating projects and this past long weekend, we were a beehive of activity. The beach got de-weeded (is that a word?), long grass got trimmed and manicured, trees were cut back, things got painted, take away gifts were embellished and readied, terrarium centrepieces were done, chalkboards were written on and general planning and details were ironed out.

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Lisa