To greet guests, we used an antique window to display some romantic quotes from Jane Austen.
Moma with mother-of-the groom
One of my favorite parts of the shower was the Croissant Bar! I used book pages from "Persuasion" to make the banner.
I used different cake stands to vary the height of the serving dishes to add interest.
Our Croissant Bar had pimento cheese, chicken salad (both from Sam's), ham and turkey and several homemade butters (click to grab the recipe!)....strawberry butter...
...smoked paprika and rosemary butter...
...whipped blueberry butter...
...and the crowd favorite, cranberry honey butter! It was really fun to mix and match favors. I loved the chicken salad with the cranberry honey butter, the turkey with whipped blueberry and ham with the paprika and rosemary.
Of course we had to have some sweets! The heart petit fours from Edgar's Bakery were perfectly delish and dainty!
Speaking of dainty...how cute are the tiny forks for the fruit cups?!?!?
I was really excited to get custom sugar cookies from Telah's Cozy Cookies, a local place that I knew did super cute cookies! I sent her the shower invite and she matched the silhouettes perfectly! Plus, they were so yummy!
Black and white heart picks for the turkey...
Baby's breath added that special bridal touch...
We matched the petit fours and True Love punch (cherry limeade mix plus ginger ale) to our hot pink napkins, brightening up what would otherwise be a black and white bridal shower.
I had seen a photo frame like this on Etsy and decided to DIY it. Meg and George had a piece of wood from the family's cabin that they didn't mind me painting. I designed the text on Canva and printed it out the right size then used transfer paper to trace it onto the wood. Then I used a paint pen to fill it in. It was a bit nerve-racking but I'm happy with the results...and I think Sarah was too!
I had one more craft with the "Persuasion" book pages...a corsage for the bride! I basically cut a circle out of the page, made a spiral and just hot glued it in place.
Some of the small vignettes we had around the room...
It wouldn't be a Forester party without some sort of game, so Moma came up with a great one! We collected marriage advice for Sarah by having each guest complete each of the three sentences: "A good wife always...", "A good wife never...", and "A good wife remembers..."
We had fun listening to both the mother-of-the-bride, mother-of-the-groom and the bride read the responses out loud. We added up and there was almost 350 years of marriage experience represented by all of us!
Then it was time for the gifts! I think Sarah felt showered by much love and pretty gifts to set up her new home!
We pray that Stephen and Sarah are completely, and perfectly and incandescently happy together!