I recently had the pleasure of hosting a bridal shower for one of my dearest friends, Casey Musser. Casey is one of the sweetest, down to earth girls and I was beyond honored when she asked me to be her Maid of Honor. I wanted to design something that reflected Casey and I thought an outdoor garden dinner would be most fitting. Casey is a girl after my own heart; she loves to cook, take trips to the farmers market, and enjoys all aspects of nature. I chose to have the dinner at Tiny Boxwoods, a restaurant and plant nursery in Houston, Texas. The private outdoor gazebo couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for an intimate, charming garden dinner. If you haven’t been to this restaurant you should plan to go because I feel it is one of Houston’s true gems. At night time the atmosphere becomes magical.
This is the first party I have thrown since I made the move back to Houston. One of my favorite things about throwing a party is when I connect with women who inspire me with their talents. I couldn’t have pulled the night off without the help of these three women: Rachel Nieman, Tamara Menges, and Crista Elycee.
Casey’s color scheme for her wedding was going to be lavender, and I wanted to carry the lavender theme into her bridal shower as well. The minute I saw the chalkboard invites with a lavender border on Minted I knew they would make the perfect invitation and set the mood of the party. Rachel Nieman addressed the envelopes and created the cutest insert card with her outstanding, whimsical calligraphy. I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw how they turned out.
Tamara Menges created the most breathtaking lavender lush botanicals. She is one incredible, talented, floral designer. I am just in love with her. She also helped me with the votives and candles that were placed inside the gazebo. Everything looked so enchanting when the night turned dark.
To display the menu I kept with the rustic garden theme and used an old chalkboard I found on Etsy years ago and had Rachel do an artful design. I also had her write everyones name on some zinc garden markers I found. I think they made the perfect place cards. I have no words to describe how awesome Rachel’s calligraphy looked.
Since it was an August dinner outside I knew there was no way we would escape Houston’s hot, humid weather. To try to help, I found these vintage lace accordion fans and placed them at each setting. I also wanted everyone to take home something personalized to look back and remember, so I had some custom hankies from Wedding Chicks made with one of my favorite bible verses that I think describes Casey and the rest of the women at the party:
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future” Proverbs 31:25.
All of these pictures were captured by the coolest photographer, Christa Elyce. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be able to share with you this special evening. If you are considering a photographer, she is one of the best. Christa is so down to earth, I felt like I had known her for years. These pictures capture the essence of the dinner and bring back the best memories!
I think the night turned out exquisite and it will definitely be a memorable evening for me. I am so blessed Casey let me be a part of this special journey. Through her I have met some of the dearest people. Casey I love you and wish you a lifetime of happiness!!!