I am one of five sisters, just in case you are new here. Back in the early "oughts" when my oldest sister had her wedding, and then a couple years later when I was married, blogging was practically non-existent, and Pinterest and Instagram hadn't even been thought of, so things were much simpler.
Fast forward to 2013. The third-in-line sister started planning her wedding. With blogs. And Pinterest. And Instagram. And a million "how-to-have-the-perfect-wedding" websites. I had already started decorating for parties for friends and family by then, so she recruited me to help out. I ended up throwing her a little bachelorette party, and doing much of the decor for her wedding and reception.
And the precedent was set. I threw a donut-themed bridal shower for the next sister, and did decor for her shabby chic pearls-and-lace themed wedding. (Which I realized somehow never made it on the blog, perhaps due to lack of photos, as being both a bridesmaid and coordinating reception set-up and decor can be pretty intense, and not leave much time for photography!)
That just left the last of the sisters. We kind of had a "wedding-every-two-years" thing going, so why stop now? The youngest got married last week, and I helped put together a little bachelorette party for her. She *adores* coffee, so the sisters agreed (we just work better together!) that her love for the caffeine bean would make a cute theme.
We debated a myriad of color schemes, ranging from hot pink (this sister loves bright colors, and it seemed "party" like) to dark brown and turquoise (she already had a bridal shower with those colors). We talked about using the wedding colors, but we finally settled on a neutrals color scheme, with a little black and gold thrown in. The wedding preparations had been hectic, and we thought having a soothing little laid back get-together was perfect.
I loved the idea of using natural coffee filters in as many places as possible, and that ended up working so well. I put together the decor for this party in about six hours, the day before and the day of, so I needed it to be quick and easy. I needed to keep things on the frugal side, too, because if you've ever been in a wedding party, it's not cheap! I wanted to save without being stingy. The coffee filters were less than $2, and I have enough left I could do three more parties if I wanted! Score.
amazing coffee truffles-ganache with espresso added? Yes, please! I will add, perhaps because my house was warm (It was HOT that day, over 95 degrees!) that I needed to pop them in the freezer to firm up for about 30 minutes after I scooped them and before I rolled them cocoa, but they were a big hit and very delicious.
I put together the "My cup overflows" printable, and I really love the way it turned out. Incorporating Scripture into any event I do is not only part of my "signature" but in my mind, a necessity. The Word is appropriate in every situation and season, and I am always thrilled when the Lord brings the perfect verse to mind for something. This print is extra-special, as it will grace my sister's new kitchen.
my own advice when setting up the display on my Expedit. I pulled things from around my house that coordinated with the color scheme and theme and put them together. I "borrowed" this cute ribbon garland in advance of its use at the wedding reception, I like to make these, but I actually bought this one from Michael's, because with a sale and coupon it was pretty much cheaper than I could have purchased the supplies. I gathered all the white coffee cups I had (I had more than I realized, I must I admit!) along with some brown books, a gorgeous sepia photograph one of my talented sisters took and a cool vintage voting district map that was a gift from another sister.. I also used this as an opportunity to play with my new felt letter board. I hope to get a lot of use from that!
I would say I was pretty pleased with how it all came together. My oldest sister was a huge help with the food, that isn't my strong suite, and she really handled most of that. My mom came over to help me clean, so don't think that I just threw up decorations in my already immaculate apartment! Haha, NO! Truly, after all these years, I still follow my own tips and tricks from my "31 Days of Perfect Party Planning": I found my buddy, I did it for someone I loved, I kept my theme tight, and made a bunch of garlands!
In some ways, putting a little event like this together is cathartic for me, especially since I was in the throes of planning for the reception. Huge events like that *still* overwhelm me, and I know it sounds counterproductive, but doing a small party like this helped me to gather my focus, and was a "win" that reminded me that I could push through and manage to pull the reception decor together. That may make the blog someday, we shall see-it was a lovely autumn boho/barn wedding, and it came together SO much better than I could have hoped.
But seriously, I cannot say this enough: I don't do anything that anybody can't do. Creativity isn't innate for some of us, but just like a muscle it gets stronger the more you use it. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, just keep changing things until it feels right. It gets easier!
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