A Surprise Literary Tea | Personal

A party hosted by any of the Agnew clan is sure to be one for the books. (No pun intended... really... it just came out that way). And when it's Amber, aided and abetted by my sister Tara, there are perhaps a few too many creative juices flowing, but it ends up looking like it's straight out of a magazine (or Pinterest, which is perhaps the higher honor in this day and age).

Jaclyn, Amber's sister, recently got engaged (you just saw her fabulous sunrise engagement shoot)... an event long prayed for by many. A celebration was in order... so Amber put her scheming little head to work and dreamed up a beautiful literary themed tea party, with Jaclyn's closest friends, to surprise her. It was a lovely time and all the ladies pitched in and brought delicious things to eat.

I just have to say that Amber's house is PERFECT for this. Look at that light!!!

Jane Austen is one of Jaclyn's favorites, so I calligraphed a bunch of quotes to put on the table.

She was surprised!

Ah, Jane... you make me laugh.
Thankfully, this was a difficulty Jaclyn managed to overcome... ;-)

A Breakfast at Tiffany's Bridal Shower | Personal

I'm afraid I am officially a blogging failure. I have the best of intentions to blog faithfully but life (and/or procrastination) too often gets the better of me! I'm grateful to those of you who still stick with me and my sporadic posting...

So. This year is rather a big year for us wedding-wise. No, I'm not getting married, but three of my closest friends are or have, and one of them is Emily, my "bosom friend" of 20+ years. It is wild to think we are old enough for this sort of thing, but very exciting all the same. :-)

I had to post pictures from her first bridal shower because it was just so cute!! The theme was Breakfast at Tiffany's, and while I honestly wasn't able to make it through that movie, it translated adorably into a bridal shower. We were all instructed to wear our best little black dress, pearls, and shades. The party was delightfully set up with everything in Tiffany blue, with the dining tables outside on the back porch. These ladies know how to throw a party. :-)

On arriving we were greeted with an assortment of jewels in case we needed to accessorize...

In the absence of an orange cat, Bertie had to suffice. This cat cracks me up!

Pink & Gold Hot Air Balloon Party

For years my sister and I have thought it would be really fun to have a "singles shower" - lots of our friends are getting married and it is so fun seeing them get all this new kitchen and home stuff at their showers. We thought, well, why shouldn't single girls get some fun new stuff for their house too? Besides, we love an excuse to have a party. :-)

We never got around to actually doing it, until Tara and Grace started scheming making the party actually happen. They came up with a hot air balloon theme and a pink & gold color scheme, and ran with it! Grace, baker extraordinaire, made adorable hot air balloon cookies, raspberry macarons, and the beautiful gold-painted cake. They created little hot air balloons out of gold paper lanterns with small pink paper boxes hung from them - SO cute! We spent an exhausting evening draping our entire front room in tulle and gold streamers. Some of our lovely single girlfriends came to the party and each brought a fun gift like you might give at a shower, and we had a gift swap. Delicious food and delightful conversation topped off quite the smashing event! :-)

Alas, I was too busy participating to snap any photos during the actual event, but enjoy the photos of everything untouched!

Source Credits:
Cake, cookies, and macarons: Simply Grace
Tulle: Tablecloths Factory
Gold streamers: Shindigz
Gold paper straws: Amazon
Gold paper lanterns: Oriental Trading Co.