Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Sweetheart Shower Part One....

As most of you know, I've been planning my little heart out for my best friend's wedding. Saturday was d-day, and it could not have been better. I really enjoyed the whole process and I can't wait to start pulling together details for the next shower!


The concept for this party was "Aria's Sweetheart Shower." When we went dress shopping, Aria referred to her dress as, "not your average sweetheart," and I thought, "Well, neither is Aria!" and there the concept began. Not to mention Valentine's day was just here, and love was in the air. 

I worked hard to create little details that would make the shower meaningful. This post will focus on those little details. Tomorrow, we'll take a look at the food and decor!

So I give you, a sweetheart shower (in the details)....

Aria loves all things vintage-inspired, and is also a musician. So I tried to work hints of both into most everything. Including the invitations....

As guests walked in, they were greeted with a sign to ask them to fill out a name tag, as well as to put their address in an address book. I will bring this same book to all the wedding events, so then Aria and Scott will already have one started for their new life together....

 I tried to work in hints of sheet music wherever possible...

After guests settled in, they were asked to fill out "words of wisdom and well wishes" for the couple....

We read two of these before we opened each gift....

And, of course, I had to cutesify the containers....

And even the tops of the jars....

Aria had a special seat, with a special sign.....

And, she ended up with one HUGE rehearsal bouquet...

Even the favors were personal...

One of Aria's favorite movies is Moulin Rouge. Guests left with a memento picture frame with a quote from the movie, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."...

Thank you dollar section at Michael's!

I have SO many more details to show you. Stay tuned this week for floral arrangements, gourmet food provided by the chef groom, a sweet candy bar and a cute way to decorate cupcakes!!

I hope you've enjoyed part one of the tour, can't wait to see you for the next installment. 

Come back and see me!
~Kara

17 comments:

southerninspiration said...

What cute ideas!!!! I love it all!

Suzanne
Aria is a lucky girl to have you for a friend!

Laurie said...

Could this BE any cuter? I totally love it!!!!!! You've got some great ideas there!

Reese & Marie said...

That is amazing, adorable and so unique. Your thoughtfulness and attention to detail really shine through. What a lucky girl she is to have a friend like you!!!

Megan said...

Wow girl.. you did SO good!! Everything looked amazing! :)

Trina said...

You did an amazing job! Can't wait to see the rest!

leaca said...

looks like it was a hit. you should be a party planner.

Simply Complex said...

Very nice. You should set up your business. Everyone knows you want to!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Your friend Aria is lucky to have you as a friend!! Super great ideas!! I'll keep them in mind when I need to throw a wedding shower for my daughters someday.

V and Co. said...

lol!okay peed my pants with the broken screen thing!...i can't wait to get THAT phone call!

Liz said...

I am just so impressed Kara! You are officially the queen of showers. :)

Leigh said...

FABULOUS! Great ideas and inspiration there, Kara!

carolyn said...

Everything was perfect!! Good job!

Julia said...

Holy cow, Kara. You outdid yourself. I want one of those parting gifts....how cute! Great work. Aria is lucky to have such an awesome friend.

Shannon said...

All those ideas are awesome! I love the address book idea. That is perfect. I can't wait to see the decor! So far, everything has been just darling!

Angie said...

I know everyone must have loved being at this shower! You did a wonderful job! So many cute details!

Handmade Housewife... said...

She is very lucky to have a friend like you take so much time to think of all the little details. You did a fabulous job! I love the frame favors...very creative :) I had to wear my bow bouquet as a hat...must be a southern thing but nonetheless embarrassing. Just a thought, he he :)

-Hayley

Hera said...

You're so creative and crafty! Give me some of those talents. Just like an 1/8 of them, and I'd be set. Well done maid of honor!