|Every party needs some bunting. Also, this is the china cabinet that my dad painted with chalk paint. I heart it.|
|I saw this on Pinterest. Sadly, I ran out of ribbon before it could get really awesome.|
|Lemon cake with lemon curd filling. The stuff of dreams. Also, those are hydrangeas from my backyard. Just sayin'.|
|I saw this great idea for a party beverage in a magazine. Iced coffee with vanilla. Yum. We also served lemonade, which is obligatory at a southern bridal shower in the summer. You knew this, right?|
|Here we are, the bride-to-be, the sister-in-law-to-be and the mother-in-law-to-be. Based on this picture, I've just decided that I look better sitting down while pregnant.|
|The happy couple. I realize this shot is a little washed out, but they just looked so darn cute, I couldn't help but include this one. Notice the lack of beard on the bro. It comes, it goes. Facial hair is a mysterious thing.|
I didn't include a shot of the food table, because for some reason, I never took a picture of it with all the food, so the picture I had just looked sad, like I was throwing a party for people on a diet.
But there is one thing about the party food you should probably know about so that you can use it at your next party, and that is the Chocolate Plate, as opposed to the usual cheese plate. I saw this in the same magazine as the iced coffee party idea and thought it was genius. Just go to Aldi's, pick up some dark, white and milk chocolate bars, break them into different-sized pieces and lay them indiscriminately on a fancy plate. Perfect. I just sang that word in my head as I typed it. Anyway, other than that, there were chicken salad croissant sandwiches, a fruit bowl, cheese straws, and lemon cake. Yum.
Next time I throw a shindig, I'll try to borrow a better camera than my little point and shoot and attempt to wow you with fancy pictures. That probably won't happen soon, since I won't be sleeping longer than 3 hours at a time for a while after this baby gets here. But, when the time comes for another party, I'll see what kind of photography magic I can conjure up for you.
Also, here's the link to the summer party idea that I used as a template for this one. It's Better Homes and Gardens: http://www.bhg.com/party/easy-summer-party/ You can see the chocolate plate in this picture, which is obviously the most important element in this party theme.