Bee is for Boy

July 31, 2010

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Well, Kelly’s Baby Shower has come and gone, and without a hitch. And it was perfect, exactly like I had imagined it. Except when I imagined it, I greeted my guests calmly, like Grace Kelly. Instead, I was a sweaty mess. But that was ok, because this party was NOT about me. It was about Matt and Kelly and their baby boy, James David. Who just so happens to be our Godson. It’s beyond special and happy, and two people who mean the world to me deserved a party that rewarded them for being such good friends and parents. Without further ado…

Instead of organized games, because it was a mixed shower, and because no way was I stretching out a piece of string to ‘fit around mommy’s belly’, I scattered a few ‘activities’ around the room. Branches held tags that guests could write guesses for James David’s birth date, weight, eye and hair color…all that good baby stuff. Guests could also leave JD wishes and blessings in a little notebook (that will become a small scrapbook of sorts for Matt and Kelly to remember the day. As soon as I get around to printing photos.), and play a matching game of celebrities and their baby photos. Which were actually hilarious. Antonio Banderas was the easiest. The celeb photos were hung on a fabric strip backdrop topped with paper garland.

I got a ‘honey’ of a deal (sorry) on these honeycomb vases that I can’t wait to use at every dinner party ever. My original plan was to use white daisies with yellow centers and black-eyed-susans as flowers, but while at the Athens Farmer’s Market one blissful Saturday inspiration struck in the form of the zinnias and sunflowers and wildflowers for sale by the local farmers. They were stunning. They had to be mine. And they were exactly the kinds of flowers I would want to buzz around if I were a bee. Polka dot cups held popcorn for snacking. Linens were black underlays with black and white toppers on the squares, black floor-length with a yellow sash on the hi-boys, and a floor-length stripe with a yellow topper on the food table. I love the striped linens. I wish I could have kept them!

Now for the delicious part: the food! I kept it simple, it was the middle of the afternoon, after all. Tea sandwiches and cupcakes. But not just any cupcakes: Lavender Honey and Orange Honey that were so delicious there were none left! Our specialty beverage of the day was a lavender champagne. I had so much fun ‘testing’ the lavender syrup and champagne…it was not a tough job at all. It’s my new favorite drink. I also planned on making a ginger syrup to add to mimosas, but the best laid plans usually lay where I left them. I did make toppers for the cupcakes out of the same papers and stamps used on the garlands and invitations, which made me happy because it took very little time but really pulled the cupcakes in to the party theme.

Guess which one is the mommy-to-be? That could be too easy. Kelly in the middle at the top, with us all cooing over the best baby shower accessory…a real, live baby! And a quiet one, taboot. Me setting up the food table, and then my hubby and me. And I look like a hot mess. But it was worth it – I think everyone enjoyed the party, and I must admit to being in a bit of post-party depression. It was just that good.

Can’t wait to meet you, James David! And to throw you amazing birthday parties.

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Been a Little Busy

July 2, 2010

So much has happened since my last post… and over the next two days, I’ll publish all of the posts that I should have put up in June.

First, we’ll visit the Cocktail Party, the signature event of a golf tournament. I had a thousand-dollar budget, which made me a kid in a candy store! Of course we had to integrate the golf theme, and I found the preppiest plaid linen in kelly green and aqua shades, which made me think of the beach…so I wound up with a golf-at-the-beach theme. Pretty perfect for a hot summertime golf party, no?

I knew I wanted to build on the oceanside aspect of the theme and use golf as the accent, so I planned vases filled with golf balls submerged in water with floating candles, vases filled with sand sprouting coral and dune grass paired together on small tables and hi-boys. Tall vases filled with golf balls had glass and net bouys hanging from them, and tall vases filled with sand and shells. To emulate the plaid linens that I used on the specialty stations, I made plaid runners from chair ties and wide ribbons. I placed floral arrangements atop vases filled with sand and sea glass, and used all kelly green votives.

The menu signs were an actual picture of the plaid linen and a shadow outline of a shell with the menu item description in a white frame. There were even seashell candy favors for the wives, with a cute sign that said, “Behind every great man is a great woman…” and thanked the wives for letting us steal their husbands for three days straight. The food was incredible, with a roast suckling pig, handmade fish tacos, literally a ton of shrimp cocktail and imported oysters, beautiful intricate desserts, crab cocktail, firecracker shrimp, carved beef tenderloin, and strawberries au poivre. Which is my new favorite dessert.

Above the seafood bars and fish taco station, I hung actual fishing nets and filled them with sea glass-colored paper lanterns with pinch lights (remember these from the Opus One dinner?) suspended in the middle. As the sun set, people began to notice they were lit from within and kept looking for the power cords. Heehee 🙂 Pinch lights were also used in the giant wrought iron fish so it would ‘glow’, and submerged in vases filled with cracked ice gel, which we bought for the Opus dinner but didn’t use because it looked too modern. Which made it perfect for this party!

While the players and their wives really show up to this party for the food, the rockin’ band, the vodka slide and open bars…I was so proud to hear them say it was the prettiest the room has been for this event, and proud to still be receiving compliments three weeks after the party! It was a LOT of work. But I had fabulous help. And I can’t wait to do it again 🙂

Pics below, Party On!