The bridal showers were for my daughter, and the wedding was for a friend's daughter; two events I got to just sit back at and enjoy, one was full-out WORK!!
Last week's shower was given by the groom's family and was just lovely. All we (including the groom's mother) had to do was attend. It was at the country club and everything was just lovely, genteel and quiet (of course I didn't have to do any of the work, so I enjoyed it even more). Slices of quiche, fresh fruit and petite muffins. Pure perfection. Shoes, pearls and feathers were the theme throughout and the centerpieces were sweet. I saw none of the background work, so it appeared seamless and effortless. Though I KNEW it wasn't.
This was a dear friend's daughter, so I was privy to the behind the scenes work, preparation and planning and agonizing over details. Knowing all that went into it, I was even more impressed with the end product.
The maid of honor, my other daughter (and work horse) works nights, so she couldn't get there until after noon. Happily the groom's mother offered to help, so the two of us showed up in the morning. This is what we walked into.
I asked, well begged, the sweet girl at the desk if we could use the facility's washing machines. She graciously allowed us to use them. We walked the soiled linens back through the pool area ( ONE THOUSAND DEGREES, like I wasn't hot enough) and got them in the wash.
One hour later, the front desk assistant brought our clean linens to us (new best friend). Back to decorating! We used vintage frames and chalkboards from Faded Velvet for signs.
With these great memories I'll climb the stairs now, off to bed to dream of wedding bells, champagne and candlelight. And well frankly, just to rest my aching body!