More Monograms, More Gold. Wedding Shower Extravaganza!

This past weekend, I was delighted to co-host a wedding shower for my friend Stephanie. Stephanie loves gold too -- perhaps even more than I do. And though I can't take credit for any of the work in planning (that truly goes to a number of other girls who did the heavy lifting), I've been dying to share the photos. 

It truly was one of the most fabulous Southern showers. First, our bride: 


Our friend Laurie Ann hosted in her home. A talented interior designer, it's always a joy to see her latest addition.  I was drooling over her newly recovered leopard print chairs. Be still my beating heart. But I digress.

A golden themed party needs party hats, naturally:



In addition to gold, Stephanie also loves her some monograms. Olexa's in Birmingham did the cake -- one of the last time our friend will have those initials on something! 


We kept the food simple, like the heart shape finger sandwiches pictured above, cheese straws, and fruit. (Thank you Publix for saving the day when I forgot to make a fruit platter and you whipped one up in less than two hours!)

Laurie Ann did the flowers, cutting these sweet peonies from her parents' yard. Good timing, peonies.

She made the vases with painters' tape and gold spray paint. How great do they look? 


When it came time to open gifts, some of the best quotes in the history of wedding showers happened. 

Among my favorites:

When Stephanie opened her box grater: "Do you know me? I make a lot of pimiento cheese."

On a cocktail contraption: "This is a good tool. There's a jigger for the gin."

And from many, many people: "It's monogrammed!" 

The girl knows what she likes. Including her new monogram. On a big coffee mug. For "coffee." Aw yeah.



Now, back to the gold. She got so many beautiful gifts. Gold linens, gold pillows. A gold dish sponge! My reaction exactly, sweet flower girl: 


I'm a big favorite of the ones that came from her family's shop, The Cherry Zebra. They're in Columbus, Georgia and yes they do ship. Which is good because I need all of this things from there stat: 


And of course, The Cherry Zebra monograms.

Which brings me to one of my favorite quotes of the afternoon, from Laurie, Stephanie's sister: 

"There are 52,000 stitches in that pillow!" Love. (That's Matthew, by the way, the groom-to-be.)


The guests went home with these sweet treats from Cakes and Moore in Columbus, GA:


It was a lovely afternoon. And perhaps we'll get to plan another kind of shower for Stephanie in the future????