One of my favorite things to do when the weather gets warmer is to hang some lanterns. I have large metal lanterns on my front porch all year long, but when it’s warm, I love to hang smaller ones from the roof on my verandah and on my clematis-covered trellis which covers a seating area in my back yard. They are so cheerful and inviting and I love spending time outside when they’re lit. It’s no wonder that I love Kim Mitchel’s song Patio Lanterns–if you’re Canadian of a certain vintage like me, you’ll recognize that classic.
A couple of years ago, I watched an amazing lantern festival at Lightening Lake, which is a provincial campground in Southwest B.C. It was simply fascinating to see masses of handmade paper lanterns of all shapes and sizes lit and sent adrift on the lake. If you ever get a chance to see a lantern festival on water, go for it!
Did I mention that I love weddings? I did? Oh well, you’re going to probably hear about it another gazillion times if you hang around this shabby blog for long (please stay…I promise I’ll share the ball).
So here’s the thing: Showers are WAY more grand then when I was a blushing bride (1000 years ago). Back in the day, somebody would call a few girlfriends, light a couple of candles, slap some appetizers on a plate and buy a cake featuring various unmentionable body parts in the most sickly, fleshy colors. Et voila, it’s a party.
These days, we’re talkin’ seriously creative and seriously beautiful. I want a do-over. I can actually hear my mom picking up the phone as I type. My afternoon is going to be spent on the phone calling all my girlfriends, aunts and cousins who hosted my wedding showers and apologizing. “I’m just a stupid kidder…I really loved my showers”.
Aren’t these just the darlingest cookies? They’re from a new cookbook called Cookie Swap (by Julia M. Usher). I can see putting them in clear plastic boxes and giving to guests as party favors!
At Nicole Jane Home, I carry the best glass drink dispensers EVER!!! I wish I had come up with the idea! I’d drop this blog like a hot cake and skeeedaddle on over to the Cayman Islands for a lifetime of luxurious leisure. Sorry, I’m back from my momentary drift into dreamland…anyhoo…I sell out of these drink dispensers every time I bring them in. Brilliant!
I have proof that I’m not just being biased. Look at these drink dispensers at very cool parties. I think the shape and size of ours is even better, and the ice holder at the bottom means the ice doesn’t dilute the drink and it covers more surface area (phew…I knew that Physics 12 would come in handy).
The bride & groom at this wedding served raspberry sweet tea and lemonade to their guests…awwwwe!
Lanterns are the bomb (see how hip and jiggy I can get with the teen lingo…the kids love it when I talk like that…NOT). I want to be at the party where they have these adorable lanterns. I’m going to sell Nicole Jane Home and just make paper lanterns (“Hide your homework paper, Jane…mom’s got the scissors out again”).
There. That’s Part One (A) of my 45-part wedding blog line-up. I’m really on to something here!!!