Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wedding Shower Tablescaping

Rachael's wedding shower
...was a gift for her...
but
it was also a gift for me!
*
I enjoyed the preparations for this so much.
So much was learned from all of you.
~ thank you ~

I saw these pink dishes in my new favorite consignment shop
several weeks ago.
Service for 10
in pink.
...from the '50's...

Could I just leave them there knowing how sweet they'd look on our buffet table?
When they were reduced to $30 for the whole set...
I knew they were meant to be on our table!
We had disposable plates as well, but our first guests loved using 'real' plates.

I bought the vintage napkins on eBay ~ 9 matching linen napkins for $6.95!
I took Friday off from school and it was wonderful!
I got so much done.
We took out all our serving dishes ~ especially the vintage ones!
platters from my grandmother's set and two pink glass Mikasa dishes from my sister.

Saturday morning, I frosted the cupcakes...
Amanda frosted the angel food cake and we assembled the hors d'oeuvres.
Amanda was my right arm that day!
 *
The sands of the hour glass seem to disappear as we approached noon.
Everyone would be here by 1pm.
My nieces, sister and sister-in-law were awesome helpers that last hour!
It was like conducting an orchestra!


We had a dessert table with the cupcakes, angel food cake and cookies.

I went with pink and green flowers
and love baby's breath.
My favorite things were our "homemade" cupcake stand

and the pretty Martha Stewart paper dahlia favors

Later this week, I'll post some of the food pics.
This was a gift for Rachael, but I feel all the richer for it.
 *


Blessings to you all,

34 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Maria, what a beautiful shower, and I love your thrifted pinks! SO pretty! And the pretty bouquet on the silver tray and the deliciously pretty cupcakes in the tower. Loved the whole table. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall and seen everyone ooooh and ahhhh over it all.

Happy Tablescape Thursday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

koralee said...

Oh Maria...what a sweet sweet mom you are!!!! I adore everything...your daughter must have been thrilled...those pink dishes are amazing...love and hugs for many more special days. xoxoxoxo I am off to look at Ali's photos of the shower we had for her...

Julie Harward said...

Thats how it is isn't it...the more we do for others, it blesses us! Everything look so wonderful, you really went all out and it shows! What a fun day!!! :D

Barb said...

Dear Maria,
I got teary just reading about your preparations and seeing the beautiful presentation. The buffet (AND the dessert table!) look absolutely lovely. The shower will be a treasured memory for Rachael and your whole Family.

Lana said...

What an elegant and romantic shower!!!! How lucky for her and how lucky for you!!! I pray that you all felt blessed!
Hugs, lana

Christi Williams said...

It is all looks so wonderful. I love those pink dishes, I would have been doing the Happy Dance finding that treasure!

It's me said...

Pink !!! is my favorite!!....oooohhhhh i love all of this Maria........you are such a nice mom !!!

HAPPY DAY ENJOY !!!..........Hugs from Ria.........

Johanna said...

I am sure your daughter was very delighted with that wedding shower. You made a phantastic work. This pink dishes looks really nice and so does the whole buffet. I like the stands with the cupcakes. All looks so nice. You are a really loving mother.
Be blessed and best greetings to the young couple, Johanna

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Green &b pink are my fav colours too. Lovely...

So nice setting with the sweet corner. Wish I could grab some of those yummy cupcakes.

Happy TT Day!

Wanda said...

Just so beautiful, Maria! You put an extra special touch to everything!
♥...Wanda

Tricia said...

Simply gorgeous! I know your guests were delighted with all the delicious food so beautifully presented. Love the cupcake tower -- what a great idea!

Deanna said...

Dear Maria, This is a sweet presentation! So nice. Really like the soft pink and white.

God Bless,
d

Rosie said...

oh, Maria...this is so precious...I love to get together with giggling girls and when you pair this with such a special celebration...it doesn't get any better...Love Rosie

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Oh so pretty, I love the four tiered cookie display, and those pink dishes-wow! I'm sure everyone had a great time!

Diana said...

Well Maria, you sure did do it up right! The table was beautiful and I loved the pink plates, very retro!
You should be VERY proud of yourself mom! Even though I know that it was all done out of love!
Love Di ♥

Barbara said...

Everything is absolutely lovely! What a find those pink dishes are!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Great looking buffet set up and delicious looking food!
I LOVE those pink dishes and the sweet vintage napkins!

Mimi said...

Wow, everything looks wonderful...even the pink dishes!

Kansas Amy said...

Very beautiful and inspring. I'm hosting a bridal shower in June!

Dianne said...

Beautiful, Maria, and I can't believe the dishes for only $30--that is unheard of--makes me want to go consignment shopping.

And a day off from school to boot! You can't beat that--! As much as I love the little hooligans, a day off was a bit of heaven.

Keep enjoying the richness of it all.

B SQUARED said...

I've gained weight just looking at these pictures.

Miss Merry said...

What an amazing set of dishes! I love pink dishes and these are so perfect for a "girls" event. The food looks so wonderful. What a lucky lady to be honored by you!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Pink Dishes! Perfect for a bridal shower. I can feel the love you put into each detail.

Teresa said...

Maria!
Maria!
Maria!
Maria!
What a lovely lovely table for your sweet BRIDE!
All of the FRESH flowers just give it that little sweet KISS of YOU my dear!
The cupcakes are just lovely...
and I do adore the stand they were on!
Everything looked so yummmy!
Such a sweet celebration!
And let me just say...
those PINK 50's dishes...
are MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wanna come visit you and be served up on those dishes! So special!
They were meant for you!
One day...you and that sweet little grand-girl will get those sweet PINK dishes out...
and pretend you are having her bridal shower!
I just know those dishes are going to make some magical memories in the years ahead!
Can you BELIEVE I just had to suffer through looking at all of that yummy food and I am on my 6th day of no food!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xxooxoxox
What a sweet sweet Mother of the Bride you are!
I can't wait to journey these next few weeks with you!

Oz Girl said...

Maria, what a gorgeous presentation for the shower... the cupcakes look divine, and the plate they are on is gorgeous... and I really love your thrift store find, indeed, how COULD you pass it up?!

xinex said...

Wow! What a feast! I am sure Rachael was so pleased. I love the plates with their sweet color. Your buffet table is so beautiful!...Christine

Christi Williams said...

Oh my Gosh!! I Love, Love, love the pink dishes!! And what a deal!! Everything looks so cute!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Maria, love your table! Can't believe you got those dishes for $30. What a bargain and you are right, it must have been meant to be! I've given showers and like you enjoyed it so much!

Rosie said...

Ahhh...dear girl, I love when you pop over for a giggle or a smile, because I go to your lovely world for a little respite time...thank you for indulging me...have a beautiful weekend, with your family...love Rosie

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Maria, the tables are beautifully styled! The flowers are so pretty. The cupcake stand is awesome, candy for mouth and eye! Your new old pink plates are truly wanna-haves. I'm sure your daughter loved each and every single detail. You've got the sweetest touch!
Have a wonderful new week, I'm glad to be back and I'm off to read your past posts. xxooxx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Maria, just wrote a message but somehow it disappeared...
Your tables are beautifully styled. The flowers are so pretty and that cake stand is awesome, a true candy for mouth and eye. Your new old pink plates are true wanna-haves! I'm sure your daughter enjoyed each and every single detail. You've got the sweetest touch!
Wishing you a most wonderful new week, dearest Maria. xxoo

Vicki said...

Maria, the tables looked beautiful. I adore those pink dishes!! Your family is blessed to have such a loving mom. You had some wonderful helpers, too. I hope you are having a lovely Sunday. Have a terrific week ahead, my sweet friend~Vicki

Rosie said...

Hoping your Sunday was full of BLISS ...
...cause here comes Monday...
sending a "X" & a "O" to get your week started...Love Rosie

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm gradually going back and reading some of the posts I missed over the past weeks...I'm glad I found this one. Everything looks so beautiful...I'm sure all the guests were thrilled as well as the bride and her mom! I'm glad it turned out to be special for you both.