Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Outside Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

One of our favorite children's teacher ( Miss Buettner) just got married! I offered to help out any way I could, and she asked if I would host the wedding rehearsal dinner for their families who were coming from the mainland. I said sure! They gave me money for all the food, and I knew I could work some inexpensive magic outside on my lanai.

I ordered local food from Keneke's - Mahi Mahi with Butter Cream Macadamia Nut sauce,
Shoyu Poke, Island BBQ chicken, egg rolls, dry hot wings, sliced purple sweet potato, and brown rice. I went to Costco and purchased the salads, pineapple, mango, papaya and to Foodland to buy the Hawaiian sweet rolls,and desserts! Lilikoi chiffon cake, pineapple macadamia cheesecake, and chocolate haupia pie.

I took one of my bamboo frames and put their wedding announcement inside, then placed it in the center of the table.

I went outside and cut some Heliconia, tea leaves, ginger, birds of paradise and ferns for added color.

I moved my rattan table out to the right side of the covered lanai for the drinks.

For the drink table, I had ice tea, ice water with lemons, and of course-POG! Pineapple, orange and guava juice.

I rented 3 tables and some folding chairs...
which I set up on the lanai.

Then I placed the white tablecloths....

Because I don't have lights outside, I added 3 candle holders on the center of each table. (I bought the middle and smaller size candle holders off of Craigslist.)

Then I placed the napkins and a set of bamboo chopsticks at each place setting.

I added plumeria flowers we picked in the afternoon, for color.

Yellow plumeria flowers around the candles. Very fragrant!

Bright pink with dark orange centers!

White with light yellow centers..

Small party favors- chocolate covered macadamia nuts at each setting.

All the candles lit up!
Hawaiian music playing lightly in the background...

Sun starting to set...

Almost party time.

Waiting on the guests to arrive.

When the guests arrived, I didn't take any pictures.

But here is after the party, while I was cleaning up.

Bride in the middle, cousins on the sides. Tired, happy, & excited.

Very happy night. She said it was perfect. Mission accomplished!

Welcome Home Celebration cards

These are the cards I made to coordinate with the celebration party pack I sent to my daughter in law, on behalf of my son's service overseas, and their May birthdays.
I used the scallop edge punch on the bottom of the card.

I embossed the blue paper with my Cuttlebug wallpaper embossing folder.

I stamped the star onto Red Riding Hood paper and then used my star punch to punch out the shapes.

Added silver brads for masculine bling.

Used S.U. Red Riding Hood ribbon at the top and tied the word celebrate onto the ribbon.
Here are the invites and the fabric banner. Cousins.

Celebration Time!

I made a celebration packet for my son's welcome home party. (He was deployed for 7 months and even missed his second son's birth.) My daughter in law wanted Americana colors for the celebration-red,blue,tan and white and both their birthdays fall near Memorial day in May.
I love a color inspiration challenge!
I went to the thrift store and picked out sheets. (we don't have a fabric store handy and the sheets run $1.99 each!)
I found so many navy and brick red options.

Online I found a fabric banner template (triangle)

I set the template on each sheet, and cut out four flag shapes per sheet.

All the fabric cut out ...

Now, all sewn ...

then turned right side out.

Pressed flat and ...

sewn onto home made bias tape. (I used strips of the blue sheet).

One big banner family!

Here are the blue plastic plates, a tablecloth (Ralph Lauren Queen sheet), red cups, white utensils, invites, and the flag banner.

Little flags from Pier 1 last year. Thought these would look cute in the hamburger or hot dog buns.

Invites with party supplies.
For a faithful military wife's party...

to celebrate he husband's return.

Welcome Home Garrett!! I am thankful for your service!

Here's a picture of the dining room at their party.

New picture for my bathroom

I got this picture from Ross for $5.49. I liked the frame but didn't need the coffee picture inside.

I took out the picture...

I put this 1980's postcard ( Oak tree- Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, 1948 Ansel Adams)

inside the frame.

Then hung it right above towels and bathroom essentials.

Looks great in my bathroom, (window glare on picture.)

and frames the postcard perfectly.

Who knew?

Couple weeks ago I caught a "masked man" in my backyard ...

"Spidie" golfs?

Who knew!