Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sarah Jane's Shower

I have to say, I just don't know how J. Lo did it in The Wedding Planner. I'm but a measly shower planner, and I'm straight-up tuckered out.

It's serious business.

But so dreamy and so much fun and so blessid worth it.


We showered at my place, beneath the Maples.

My master plan included a Friday morning trip to the Farmers' Market to buy flowers. I secured a sitter and pictured myself walking out with armfuls of blooms. I left bloomless.

Plan B: Grocery store tulips and roses mixed with anything we found blooming in our respective yards. Lois and Holly made those flowers beg for mercy as they whipped them into eleventh-hour masterpieces. I could not have imagined anything more beautiful. And thrifty!

The menu: A sandwich I invented, the Fun Salad, Donna's divine potato salad, and cheese/crackers/grapes. With Loey's rhubarb punch.

The sweet stuff.

Aren't we a cute couple? You should've seen us 18 years ago...

Party Planning Committee.
(Just one hour prior, we were a gaggle of cackling chickens - sans heads.)

The swoony lovebirds.

The smile.

Sarah Jane, I have loved you since the day I met you. Thank you for requiring/insisting/demanding that I be your friend. I would have surely come to the same conclusion on my own, but some risks just aren't worth taking.

Also, thank you for marrying R. I really like him.

61 comments:

  1. beautiful.. everything... and looks like no rain!

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  2. Lovely! Are the bangs new?

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  3. Awww, that looks so sweet!
    Beautiful decorating. Wow. Love it:)

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  4. What a beautiful shower! Goodness...it looked like somethng out of a magazine! How wonderful to have created those memories right in your own yard.

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  5. Congrats to the happy couple! I think you could have another career - party planning. You know, in the spare ten minutes you sleep now! ha!

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  6. Everything looks just loverly!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  7. verrry sweet and delicious.

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  8. Everything is so lovely. The food looks delish. You look great. And the bride-to-be is positively glowing.

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  9. kinda in love with the scrabble food cards. That is brilliant.

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  10. You did an amazing job from what I can see. You are one talented lady...and tall. Wow, girl, I didn't know you were that tall. How lucky are you!!

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  11. how beautiful that looked...you did an amazing job...I love that it was under the maple trees...so fun, bright, and cheery!!!

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  12. Gorgeous!!! Love all the small touches.

    xo,
    cristin

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  13. Shannan,
    This is beautiful. I love everything. I LOVE the quilts hanging in the background, that is such a great idea. Looks like it should be in Country Living. Your place is beautiful. The photos are beautiful! So are all of you girls! : )
    Congratulations to the swoony lovebirds!
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  14. What a lovely setting for a shower!! It looks beautiful and the bride to be is glowing!! Job very well done Shannan!! Have a great week!!

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  15. You really outdid yourself with this shower! I don't think you missed a detail. I love the use of scrabble letters. That was really perfect!

    Stop on over to my blog, I am having my 1st ever giveaway!

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  16. Looks fabulous and so inviting :)

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  17. This is one of the prettiest showers that I have ever seen! It does look straight out of Country Living!

    I can tell that you two have such a long-lasting, fun and very sweet friendship. What a blessing!
    (And I bet that she has forgiven you for the Ozzie picture)

    I have to steal a few of your ideas,
    Joyce

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  18. This is gorgeous! Where are those cake stands from?

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  19. you HAVE to submit these wonderful details to a party blog! what ADORABLE details!!!

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  20. What a great looking party, i love, love, love the hankies!

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  21. Goodness girl! That party is straight out of a magazine. Amazing details. What a fun, fun day.
    If we combined hankie collections, we could set the hankie/hanky world on fire!
    Love it.

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  22. It looks like it was an amazing party. Great Job!!!! I think that Ozzy is lucky to have a friend like you.
    The photo's are great!

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  23. Wow! Looks like it was a beautiful day! Love the handkerchiefs on the line...gorgeous, just lovely!

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  24. LOVE IT! I think I need to have a baby girl to hang vintage hankies in her room. I think you are a great friend to have too! Best wishes to the happy couple!

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  25. Unique and elegant. Love all the not-so-ordinary details. Best friends are so worth it, aren't they?

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  26. Gorgeous and perfect my friend! You guys did a wonderful job. I so wish I could have been there! I'm sure Sarah had an amazing time and enjoyed every bit of the shower. :) :) Thanks for sharing pics with us!

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  27. Everything looks absolutely beautiful!

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  28. WOW, What a wonderful friend. Will you PLEASE
    post some of your wonderful decorating ideas/pics. Love the sheet music and the hankies.You just raised the bar. I always thought the pictures in the magazines were styled by pros. Now I know you people really do exist Thanks for the inspiration. (But really I need more pictures)

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  29. oh my oh my.
    so lovely, shannon! i'm all swoony over here now. haha

    <3

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  30. "measly shower planner"?!?!? I think not, my friend. I felt like I was at a shower directly out of {insert name of your favorite decor mag here}. Seriously, you swooned me and I wasn't even the guest of honor!
    I'm just wondering why Ralphie didn't get a mention in this post. ;)

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  31. Come on, now. How amazing was that? Just amazing! Did you wear a headset like J Lo in the movie?? I want to have the leftovers and I don't even like leftovers. But, i would definitley like it this time. :)

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  32. Everything looks so beautiful and fun!!!

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  33. She party looked like something straight out of a magazine! Great job girl... =)

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  34. Looks like you did a killer job on the shower! Very cute! :)

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  35. You did an awesome job!! I would be honored to have you plan one for me. Hmmmm what do I need a shower for?? I'll try to think of somethin'. Girl you ARE tall...WOW:)

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  36. swoony with a capital "S"! Gorgeous! Magazine-spread worthy!

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  37. Well, first off. I wish you hadn't felt it necessary to deem the title of this post, Ozzy's shower and I'm not sure how I feel about all of your blog friends now calling me Ozzy on a regular basis, which is what I fear. But, as for the photos, and event itself, you more than rocked my socks off, you rocked everything off (figuratively speaking!). I truly and wholeheartedly loved it, more than loved it. I adored it. I swooned in it. I drank it up. It passed by way too quickly and it really does have me fearing the wedding will pale in comparison, say what you will. Just sorry I'll never marry again, so you can throw me another one...and no comments on a baby shower! ;)

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  38. What a swoony shower! You guys did a great job :) I love that your bestie demanded you to be her friend. I did the same thing to my bestie - she thanks me now for hunting her down every day on the school bus to sit by her!

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  39. Beautiful!! Wow. You throw an exquisite party!! I bet it was wonderful and FUN! :) Ozzy's lucky to have you!!

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  40. How lovely and beautiful, you did a great job, what a lucky girl to have such a great party.

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  41. Beautiful party! I love it! I love a party thrown at home over any other kind. It means more to everyone involved.

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  42. WOW...it loooks WONDERFUL!!! I love the idea of it being outside. You did such a great job! They are a ton of fun to plan but then when it comes down to the "doing" part, thats where I always go a little crazy haha. You've got me itching to plan something now! :)

    Jana

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  43. Watch out wedding planners! Seriously, it looked amazing! You could paste those photos in any magazine and I would buy it! But, more importantly, how blessed are you to have such sweet life long friends. Congrats!

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  44. Shannan, the shower was simply perfect! Country chic just like our Sarah Jane! I can't wait to come back for the wedding! Oh, and Ruby was so great with my Lily! She kept her from turning into a crazy baby!

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  45. HA!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the name change, I DO appreciate it! :) And I hope you know I was only half-joking! :) I think Sarah Jane's shower does sound much more swoonier, don't you?

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  46. Sarah Jane, the way to seek revenge is to follow her around in blog world and write snarky comments about her comments to other people. I do it to her, and it's so much fun. Of course she may hate me for it, but I can't help myself. I've never met FPFG, but I like to imagine she has a sense of humor that can handle it.
    Sincerely,
    Someone who enjoys a good natured ribbing and thinks you two MAY or MAY NOT use the word "Swoon" an awful lot.
    Congratulations by the way.

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  47. it all looks so beautiful. magazine worthy. happy wedding to your sweet, sweet friend.

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  48. Wow it looks beautiful, I wish we had a place outside to have such a swoony shower! I love the bunting, I need to make one to have on hand for those last minute showers! she is lucky to have you as a friend!

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  49. What a wonderful party you hosted!!! You did a way better job than I would have done...WAY BETTER. Love everything in every one of those photos. I am so glad you had a lovely day.
    -FringeGirl

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  50. What an amazing shower you threw for your girlfriend! I am so impressed! Your pictures look like they are straight out of a swoony mag. L-O-V-E the use of your scrabble pieces. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I've recently become a follower and added you to my blog list - love your blog!

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  51. Dreamy dreamy shower!! You can plan an outdoor tea party for me any day of the week ~ well ~ in summer here you might want to check the forecast!! ha ha! LOVELY lovely shower! the details are right up my alley! Love scrabble letter usage! and the hankies hanging!! lovely!! I have used scrabble letters for many things... I will add that to my mental tip list!! =)

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  52. Im sure you made your best friend so happy and feel so loved!! This is so pretty it should be in a magazine!! Great job!!

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  53. So jealous- I love what you did- the farm- the setting- i love planning those kinds of things- but always spend too much-but now with blogging-so many things you an do- Looks so beautiful-like the music sheets under the plates- i will have to use that.-
    looking foward to following you-
    Karryann

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  54. Gorgeous shower what a lucky couple!

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  55. oh so lovely... love it completely. :)

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  56. Uhhhhh that looks like a beautiful party!!!! Oh and tell your friend that I have that same collander in white. ;-)

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  57. Such a beautiful presentation! I wondered how you did the music sheets as placemats? The flowers are absolutely beautiful.........thank you for sharing! I love your blog.....

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  58. Oh! It all looks so incredibly gorgeous. You would be a fantastic party planner. What talent--and what a joy to do this for such a dear friend. P.S. I have that same little colander Sarah is holding. I use it all the time! Fun!

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  59. This is beyond beautiful! I keep looking over the pictures!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  60. You did a great job!! And my little Sarah was worth every anxious moment of your planning. The smile on her face said it all. Sha you truly have a gift. I looked and looked, but did not see one gray hair of Ralphie anywhere. Are you sure he really showed up as a shower crasher?? I can't wait to see the pictures of the fabulous June wedding....How on earth will you top the shower???

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  61. LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
    I thought of you all last week and dreamed of joining you!

    Although the Internet could crash any moment I wanted to make SURE I saw the pictures of the dreamy shower... Well done sis!

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