blissful showers…

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”.

I just think these umbrella centrepieces are exquisite. Thank you The Knot & The Party Dress for the photo.

photo from The Knot via The Party Dress

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!

photo via Bakerella

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!

Jericho Drink Dispenser from Nicole Jane Home

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).

photo from One Charming Party via The Party Dress

The bride & groom at this wedding served raspberry sweet tea and lemonade to their guests…awwwwe!

photo by Red Tree Photography via The Knot

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”).

photo via The Party Dress

There. That’s Part One (A) of my 45-part wedding blog line-up. I’m really on to something here!!!

inspiration addition…

I just added two new links to my blogroll, and they’re absolutely worthy of a new post.

My hubby, Mark, found The Paris Kitchen for me, and I absolutely love it. It’s hosted by Wendy Lyn, an American food writer, originally from the “deep south”, living in Paris. She helps visitors to Paris find “off-the-radar” spots that in-the-know locals frequent. She offers reviews of amazing foodie spots, and gathers information from top French gastronomes about what their perfect day in Paris would look like. If you’re travelling to France, you absolutely must check out Wendy’s blog. Just makes me want to drop everything and catch the first flight to Paris.

photo of Wendy Lyn courtesy The Paris Kitchen

The other link is The Party Dress, a fantastic resource for anyone planning any kind of event. They have great ideas for decorations, center pieces, invitations…everything. I love this blog so much that I just started advertising on it.

photo courtesy The Party Dress

Do you have any favorite blogs or websites that I should know about? I would love to get your recommendations!

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