I couldn't help it. I was too excited about Jessie being pregnant and showing her how much we are going to miss her (she just moved to Texas. I've been crying for a week).
As you know, the morning of the shower, Taylor worked like a hero to complete the landscaping. And then it rained. And rained. On and off all day. I kept harboring hope that it would clear up by the evening, and we even brought in my brother's propane heaters for the patio. But with 45 minutes until start time it was nothing but storm clouds and cold, wet. So we called it.
I give you:
How to host an Indoor Garden Party
The original plan was to have everyone sit at long tables on the patio. I rented white folding chairs and borrowed tables from Taylor's office. I had three main ideas for decor. First, fresh flowers on each table. Indoor alternative: flowers covering the mantle and every other surface in the living room.
Second, DIY Geronimo balloons. Have you heard of Geronimo? Amazing. And pricey. I ordered some giant balloons, had them inflated locally, and did my own snazzing up with pom poms and mylar wrapping paper. They are larger than life, all out fun!
My third decor plan was to string an absurd amount of fabric bunting from the overhang of my porch to the fence, so it would wave above us. My friends and I spent hours cutting old fabric scraps and stitching up the bunting, but with such a small window of time to switch gears, it didn't make it up. Sad!
I had planned for each place at the table to be set with a boxed dinner, tied up with fabric. Indoor alternative: one on each seat. (Taylor had teased me for serving dinner in boxes instead of on plates (too traditional, I told him!). We were really grateful for the boxes when all the ladies ended up needing to hold their dinner in their laps!)
My sister-in-law, Melissa, brought our family's BTS cake (recipe soon) and Taylor and I made the lemon cake. (Translation: I made this cake and my favorite lemon cream cheese frosting frosting, showed Taylor this picture, and he built the cake. And then he looked at me and said, "That's right. I can build you a patio and a cake.")
My brother is a beekeeper, so naturally we sent home everyone with a little jar of honey. When it comes to favors that are charming and useful (which is a definite requirement for me), this is my absolute favorite!
Me and my giant belly
Welcoming them to the indoor garden
Haylie sampling the lemonade
Katie and the other young girls were the most darling servers
Party committee: Melanie, Stacey, and me with Jessie
I love you, Jessie! We cannot wait to see that little babe!
And that is how you host a garden party...inside.
36 inch balloons, tissue pom poms, and yellow stripey straws--Shop Sweet Lulu
Take Out boxes, salad containers, and sandwich paper--Cash & Carry, a local Restaurant Supply store. I also like this site for this type of thing.
*photography by Stacey Morris