Monday, July 30, 2012

Grand *Summer Wedding Shower*

We had a grand old time last night....  
We (The Shower Team) hosted a Wedding Shower Dinner Party 
for the son of dear friends of ours and his lovely bride-to-be.  

It turned out to be a nice evening after threatening to rain all day.  
The shower team (all of us are long time friends of the grooms' family) 
got to work weeks ago, planning and scheming and cooking and wrapping.
It all came together beautifully.

Matt and April, the guests of honor

We had plenty of food, lots of fresh summery fruits and vegetables,
and plenty of delicious wine from the Groom's family's very own vineyard, Blustone.
(How cool is that?)

Their Chardonnay is my favorite- I like to call it our "House" wine!
Delusions of Grandeur, obviously...

We went with a simple color scheme of seasonal green and white flowers
with aqua Ball jars and napkins.


My friend Jane did the flower arrangements and they were stunning.  
She's an artiste!

Matt is an accomplished sailor,
so these napkins were a nod to his love of the water...

I found the idea on Pinterest- 

We served everything buffet style... 
with the threat of rain, we couldn't risk setting the tables in advance...
Even though we're in desperate need of rain here, I was glad it didn't happen last night.

Flowers and candles

The bar, set up for the big night...

Some Appetizers...
 Easy marinated fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes.

 Black olives stuffed with blue cheese.

Apologies to the gals that brought the other appetizers... 
they were eaten before I could snap pictures!

The groaning board of salads and sandwiches-
Orzo, chick pea and basil/red onion/peach salads,
beef tenderloin "sliders" with arugula and horseradish mayo, 
grilled corn on the cob and watermelon. 

Plenty of delicious, best of summer food.

For dessert, individual pineapple upside down cakes with vanilla ice cream.

These were great and so easy.  I found the recipe on Pinterest-
My friend Patti perfected this recipe - 
she made it easier by using Trader Joe's cake mix 
and also used butter instead of oil.

Sweet lovely Joan, mother of the groom

and Tom, super proud father of the groom

The wine and conversations flowed easily, happily.

Twenty two people for dinner on the deck...

 Good friends, warm summer nights, Celebrations...

Just Grand.

Linking to:
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
The Ivy Cottage Cowgirl Up! 
Tuesdays Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Crazy for Color at The Space Between
Time to Shine Party at A Diamond in the Stuff
Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife
Uncommonly Yours Link Party at Uncommon
All Star Block Party at Simply Done Wright
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Sizzle Into Summer Party at DIY By Design
All Stars Block Party at Simply Done Wright
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Tablescape Thursday at between Naps on the Porch
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground
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  1. Just grand is right. That was an absolutely beautiful party. I loved being able to pretend I was a guest, as I took in every detail in your pictures. Beautifully done.

  2. What a beautiful setting, looks like it was a fabulous celebration!

  3. Looks like you do work for Southern Living Magazine. Beautiful! enJOYed

  4. This is just beautiful! The lights in the trees definitely set the scene!

  5. what a beautiful event. Love every detail!

  6. Gorgeous party - can't go wrong with aqua mason jars! Everything from the food, wine (my favorite!), and decorations (love those cute life saver napkins!) is perfection!
    Glad you joined our Color party!

  7. WOW, just stunning!!! Makes me want to dine outside :) Thanks for lining up.

  8. Looks just grand to me! The perfect evening, in fact. Beautiful setting with family and friends. :)

  9. It looks absolutely beautiful. What a gorgeous party. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  10. Loved taking a peek at your wonderful event!

  11. You're right, it WAS grand! Classy and stunning! What beautiful food and beautiful decor. Your yard was the perfect place to host this lovely evening.

  12. How gorgeous! Love the outdoor lighting, the floral arrangements, and the food looks fabulous. Yum!

  13. Looks like such a great party. And a very cute couple! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  14. What a beautiful setting!
    They must have been thrilled :)

  15. Oh my, such a beautiful setting and everything looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at TTT.

  16. Everything is lovely! I'm glad you didn't get rained on!

  17. beautiful....lights are lovely and yum does that food look wonderful ! Those napkins are so attractive...that was a good idea!

  18. Very nice. The blue jars, the lifesavers...the food looked GREAT....I am in bed...dieting...hungry...reading this and WEEPING!

  19. Everything turned out "Just Grand"! I love the decor you chose, and the food looks amazing! Glad it was as lovely as the handsome couple!

  20. You know I love this!! Just wanted to thank you for linking up. :)

  21. Such a beautiful setting and beautiful decor! Love the touches of blue ... and that nod to the water love with the Life Savers!

    Thank you so much for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!



  22. I arrived here via Stuff and Nonsense. You decorated beautifully for this event!

  23. Congrats to the bride and groom. Best wishes for a happy life together. I love your setting. wow.. And green and white with the aqua.. so perfect. Loving the idea for the napkins too.. I just love the bar set up.. the lights are fabulous.. Great idea!! xo marlis

  24. oh my goodness....this is just so so wonderful. I know the bride and groom appreciated this gorgeous evening so much. And that and how cute are those life saver napkin rings. I had to put that one on my board. I really enjoyed my visit. ~

  25. Beautiful! for taking me to Napa, a place have never been and now hope to go Love the wedding pics!! Looked like everyone had funny.

  26. This is a beautiful setting, and I just adore those lights!!


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