kristen's bridal shower

well hello, guys and gals! it has been a nice little break from blogging, but i have kind of missed the motivation of the picture project from last year. i'm thinking i need to come up with some sort of regular feature again. until i think of something fabulous (or not), i should have plenty of renovation posts in the coming months.

but this is just a quick peek into a bridal shower i helped host for my sister, kristen, who is getting married at the end of this month. i teamed up with one of her bridesmaids, kate, to throw a vintage valentine theme party a few weeks ago and we had a lot of fun planning. kate came up with the theme, and we surfed the webs for ideas. we found this post from a google search, and we used tons and tons of ideas from it (it's a really fun site, so check it out! lots of fun party ideas for kids). i followed the tutorial for the cupcake-liner pom poms on the mantel, which ben happens to like a lot. so they are staying for a bit. and kate found a ton of old valentines on etsy, which were fun to use in our decorating!

the menu was pretty simple: chicken salad sandwiches, bread with cilantro-cumin butter, fruit, and red punch. for dessert i made cupcakes and kate made whoopie pies with strawberry filling.

the one thing i wanted was a picture of me, my sister, and my mom, but i completely forgot. but i do have this awesome picture of my sister from a game we played. (no, that is not what she came wearing. but she was a good sport and put it on——blindfolded, while we laughed at her.)

a big thank you to everyone who came and to kate for hosting with me. kristen, i am so looking forward to your wedding. praying for you and tyler!