Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wedding Wednesday #9 - a shower, Red Gate Farm style



Last Sunday was the second and final bridal shower... one with a bit of "Red Gate Farm" flair!

The invitations set the theme and style for the shower.... pink, red and aqua goodness... with a bit of Cath Kidston and country feel.

The weather here has been challenging, at best.  We had downpours on Friday and Saturday... with a bit of thunder and lightening to add to the excitement.  Fortunately Sunday was looking like we might escape the days of rain.  By Sunday morning I had decided to live dangerously and hold the shower OUTSIDE!

So, welcome to Red Gate Farm.... have a stroll around the house to the back yard...

A bit of whimsy in the decorations... and vintage in the honeycomb/paper bells that I found at the local thrift store for $.39 a piece...

Pull up a chair...

The sky may look a bit gray and drab but it was getting mighty warm by now... and the rain was looking like it would definitely hold off.

It took every chair I owned for seating...

Perhaps I could intest you in a little pink lemonade?


And, of course, there are color coordinated paper straws available for your enjoyment, in what else but a little milk glass pitcher.

Now that you've had a little refreshment, it's GAME time!  What's a bridal (or baby) shower without a game or two?  I used to collect ideas for games from a cousin that is the BEST at this... of course now games and ideas abound on the internet... but one idea I got from her years ago was to make the games up in a little packet of some kind.  For this shower the packet is covered with a card I had printed from an image off of the internet.  Then little packets were made with a pastel colored brad in the corner... but a ribbon works well too.

One of the games was about "what's in your purse/bag"?  A fun one for sure... the most points wins!

And my all time FAVORITE shower game is BINGO!  You play it during the gift opening.  I find that people pay more attention during the gift opening with this little idea.... it works great for baby showers too.  The cards take a bit of time to make up so that they are all different but it's not too bad with a computer and printer... if the bride and groom are registered it gives you lots of ideas to put on the cards.  I like to add some very generic and some very specific items....

Once the games were over it was time to eat!  And you can now see that yes, we do occasionally have blue skies here!  The food was mostly planned as small, bite sized items... easy to dish up so that everyone can move through the buffet quickly.

I couldn't resist adding my vintage strawberry jars... I once heard that jam came in these little pots although I'm not sure about that.... (and please ignore their dust... I should have wiped them off first!)

Other decorations included my rotating "thing" meant to hold pictures... with bits and pieces to reflect the shower colors and theme as well as the bride and groom...

I couldn't resist "Johnson's Bingo".... the groom's last name (and soon to be the bride's) plus BINGO!  Enough said....

The wedding date...

The buffet table was actually made up of two old doors and two saw horses.... my standby for picnics and parties.  Throw a tablecloth or two on it and voila... serving space!


I've amassed quite a collection of serving trays and plates... so I went to my stash and pulled out everything pink, aqua, red, white and pastel-y.... plus I found these fabulous paper doilies at Michael's and the pink rose tray at IKEA in just the perfect colors!

And I can't pass up the paper plates and napkins... most were Cath Kidston but were all pink, red, aquas, pastels and florals again....

My grandma's vintage forks and a piece of Cath Kidston fabric put in an appearance...

And after the meal?  Well sweets of course... loaded with strawberries and raspberries.  Sugar cookies, chocolate thumbprints... both Martha Stewart recipes...

Fabulous raspberry white chocolate cupcakes and to take home, little cups filled with truffles from and made by a local candy store.

The cupcakes were even baked in cute little floral paper wrappers!

By the end the lemonade was gone and the peonies a bit droopy...

So to finish up the party, I had rusty old wheel barrow full of flowers that I had grown from seed for guests to take home....


And fortunately, for my sanity,  the weather held through out the shower and it turned out lovely...

Even though I forgot so many little things I wanted to do... but that always seems to be the way I operate!

Today's wedding post is quite appropriate since the soon to be married couple is celebrating a 3 year anniversary today as well!

Looking forward to some quiet weekends and home... but at 7 plus weeks until the big day they won't be quite for long!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

First day of summer.... and finally some sun!

Yesterday was the first day of summer...  and FINALLY a sunny day here in Washington state!  Week after week we've been living up to the reputation of gray skies and rainy days while reading about heat waves and 90's in other parts of the country....

I think my gardens let out a bit of a sigh yesterday and again tomorrow when they all felt the glow and warm rays of a summer morning...

Although most of the perennials seem to have "weathered" the past few weeks just fine, the annuals and the vegetable garden have just sort of stopped.... unless you count the weeds... they don't seem to have any problem growing.  In fact it's kind of hard to tell what is veggies and what is weeds in the vegetable garden!

 My poor little impatiens that I so carefully planted seed by seed have barely grown since being planted in the gardens mid-May... some even just gave up and disappeared.  After a record number of seeds sprouting I think my plant count is actually down.... I don't think the down right cold temperatures haven't helped either.

Fortunately it's not all "bad news" in the gardens.  The alyssum and lime thyme seem to thrive in this weather....

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly flowers can bloom when a bit of sun warms them up... the day lilies that surround the garage are loaded with buds just waiting to open..
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The first of the Bonica roses are putting in an appearance...

And I couldn't resist this sunny little spot at 6:00 am yesterday when I was getting ready to head out for work... I'll admit, I was thinking a bit of a cold might have to come on suddenly (cough-cough), so that I could stay home!

I'm pretty sure after all of June's rain the hanging baskets and window boxes could use a bit of something the next time I water.... a bit of Miracle Grow might help perk them up after the soaking they've had.

And hot pink is a welcome sight no matter what the weather brings....

Hopefully we can see more sun than rain over the next few days... especially Sunday afternoon when "the ladies" will descend upon Red Gate Farm for a bridal shower...

And perhaps you can pretend that the garden hose isn't hanging out in the last picture...

Looking forward to a busy weekend,


linking up to this week

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wedding Wednesday #8 - Making a list, checking it twice

The weeks have been flying by... the count is now down to just over 8 weeks until the "big day".... fortunately all of the "big" stuff has now, officially, been taken care of with the last items of bridesmaid dresses and suit purchases.


As you may recall, I'm a list maker.... sometimes I even have lists of lists.... so of course when we heard the news of the engagement and upcoming wedding my first purchase was a new notebook dedicated to wedding planning....

A cute Cath Kidston notebook with a fabulous, aqua, over sized rubber band to keep all the odd and ends inside the notebook that is rapidly filling up with lists and bits of paper...

Lists of questions for vendors as decisions were made...

As well as literature and contact information for chosen vendors...

Color swatches and samples... and really this is a dark purple, not black!

Copies of fun items like the save-the-date postcard...

As well as the official invitation...

Trying to stay on top of everything, big and small, the last few months has certainly been a challenge... but finally we are now we're on to the DIY and the details.  I'm sure the next 8 plus weeks are going to fly by and I don't want to get to the final days and realize we'd forgotten to order the favors... or get votive candles for the holders... 

Needless to say, the notebook has taken up permanent residence in my purse... which is fortunately VERY over sized... so we don't miss a thing!

This weekend is another bridal shower, at Red Gate Farm, so I have a few things to get done before Sunday... one of which is to sit down with the bride to be and go over lists that we've both made... deciding on details like hair, final table layout and centerpieces, design of favor bags, etc, etc, etc....  Good thing we both have lists!

Tick tock, tick tock,