Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Soiree

My friend is getting MARRIED! This totally calls for a special party! 
{Soiree is french for Party in the Evening. If you want to know how to pronounce...google it}

I cajoled Nicole {can't believe we didn't take a picture of ourselves together} into helping me, and we set off to plan a memorable evening; not only for the bride, but for all the special family and friends in her life.


{I can't imagine how people planned parties parties without Pinterest *smile*}

Pink was the color. 
Yummy was the food. 
And fun was the planning


I have officially decided that parties are way too much fun to plan...but then actually experiencing them...that's even better!


Nicole brought/arranged the flowers. 
love.


These wonderful people showed up a little early to help!!
{friends, parties, pink, love, sweets
it's all just so happy!}


Flavored lemonade served in cute li'l jars


The Bride and her Mother.


Games.
Bridal shower games can tend toward the repetitious side of things.
So if you happen to find yourself sleepless at night, start brainstorming.
You just might come up with a winner.


How dull life would be without laughter...


In case you were wondering, the TV that has the lovely Mac screen on it...that was to show a fun video of Alan {Rachel's Boy}. I sent Alan a list of questions and his brother and sister-in-law took video of it. A friend put the clips together in a fun video...and the ladies loved it! None of us really knew Alan all that well and so it was fun to see a little bit of his personality!


It was a special treat to have Rachel's grandma from east IA up for the weekend!


I love candid smiles


Gifts.


Rachel has been such a great blessing and encouragement to me over the years! 
{and I'm sure to most of you as well}
Her joyful spirit as she served God with her family, the constant encouraging words that she would share with me, her radiant smile, the fun teasing and laughter...
Rachel, God blessed me abundantly when he gave me you as a friend.
I love you!

Pictures courtesy of Kori Wissmann
{Thank you oodles, Kori!!!}

6 comments:

Julianne said...

Adorable decorations! I especially love the pink ceiling decorations with the lantern/balloons/etc. Any chance you did a little pintrest in preperation? :)

JoyfulJewels4Jesus said...

Lots of inspiration here, Anna!! I love all the special details. [smile] I'm sure Rachel was very thankful for your diligence. =) I especially love the banner...recognized it from Pinterest, I believe. [smile] Thanks for sharing! Blessings!!

With Joy in Christ,
Elizabeth

Julianne said...

wow...just realized how epically unable I was to spell in that earlier comment :) "pinterest" "preparation" - just to correct myself for my own piece of mind!

Claire said...

How fun! Congratulations to your friend.

Do you have a recipe for the flavoured lemonade? It looks so cute in the little jars :)

His Way Services said...

How sweet of you, Anna. I like the pink, adorable decorations. What a blessing to Alan and Rachel. Rachel looks absolutely beautiful.

God bless. Rebecca K.

Jenni W. said...

Great pics :) What a lovely party.

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On a side note, I follow your friend Betsy, her family's blog as well, and recently checked in with them and can't view their blog.

What happened to The Grady Family website ? I hope they come back soon, love their posts.