March 17, 2010

a garden party

On Saturday, we (all the bridesmaids) threw Linda a bridal shower in her mom's glorious garden. We didn't have to do much as the garden was already so beautiful and colorful, but I lugged some of my vintage cafe chairs, made some flower garland, and made Ben cut off some flowering branches from our tree and we were ready for a party!
garden party bridal shower

The lovely bride-to-be said, "It feels like my birthday!"
the bride to be

Remember this? Well, True, Brave and I ended up making a pinata for the occasion, inspired by this one. Though, we made ours with pages of a vintage book and I wrote "Linda loves John" on some of the pages. It was a perfect little game for the bride who requested we don't play any of the traditional games, there was no toilet paper wedding dress for this gal!
the vintage book pinata

For the favors, I made some red velvet cupcakes in a jar and styled it just like this. I had so much fun calligraphing the top of the jars as I haven't used my very newbie calligraphy skills since high school when I took a calligraphy class. I want another occasion to make more cupcakes in a jar, it was so much fun! I am nerdy like that and like to do these kinds of things.
red velvet cupcake in a jarred velvet cupcakes in a jar

There was so much yummy food and we all happily indulged, maybe a bit too much.
our garden partygarden party

After which, we played the "underwear game." To play the game, each guests were to bring a underwear/lingerie gift that matched their personality and then Linda (the bride) had to guess who each underwear/lingerie gift was from. She did pretty well, but she did have 18 wrong guesses.
underwear game ready

Thus, her punishment for each wrong guess was one spin and Linda was spun a total of 18 times right before she was to hit the pinata. The pinata was funny as it didn't want to break, and I thought that I didn't put enough layers, guess I was wrong!
the vintage book pinatadarn thing wouldn't break

Adults are so much friendlier after a broken pinata. When kids go after all the goodies, there is not even one left on the ground, when adults go after the goodies, everyone is too nice to be greedy that there were still some candy left.
adults are so nice when it comes to a pinata
It was really such a perfect day and it was such a team effort to pull off the whole party. All the bridesmaids really did such a wonderful job! I guess we all love Linda lots!!!

Of course, occasions like this are fun because you get reunited with friends again and we might be all together again for the flea market this Sunday.
the coco chanel girls (minus one)
Want to see more of the shower or other accounts of it? Check Danni's, Helen's or Jenny's blog. That's what happens when bloggers come to a party!

One more month until the wedding and I (and Linda) still have lots to do!


  1. What a lovely shower. I love the cupcakes in a jar. They were so cute!

  2. I LOVE RED VELVET! and in a genious and cute. I bet it was delicious and all you gals are so pretty in your cute outfits!

  3. I am saving, like, three ideas from this one event!

    Your calligraphy looks amazing, not newbie at all.
    Glad you guys had a good time.

  4. You did a fabulous job. So good, that I was kind of wishing I was a friend of the bride so that I could be there too ;)

    I'm loving those jarred cupcakes! Sweet!!!

  5. How beautiful!! And cupcakes in a jar is such a clever & adorable idea :)

  6. Wow..what a wonderful shower in a beautiful setting. You guys have great ideas. I am definitely going to try the Red velvet cake (i think a cake like this does not exist here in Germany).


  7. I love this bridal shower....seems like you all had so much fun & it was so pretty & such a beautiful day! It gives me some ideas for when my girls get older....although I think we will have a party similar to this (without the panty game) this summer just for the pinata.And those cupcakes are fabulous and look yummy!Your friends are lucky to have such smart,talented friends! Will you be my bff? :)

  8. Just checked out your links for the cupcakes in a jar but don't understand it b/c yours are different....did you make the batter as a cake & then once done just spoon cake into jars with frosting on the bottom and top of the jar? girls would love this....too bad I sold all my bell jars before we moved...ugh!Thanks for your help!

  9. Sounds like you guys had a great time! I loved the pictures from Danni's blog. The one of Soul is just TOO adorable! Love it.

    Those cupcakes look delicious!

  10. What beautiful party! It seems like you guys had a great time and I love the pinata.

  11. how beautiful! you did such a wonderful job - what a great friend you are :) those cupcakes look to die for - love the jar idea. man do i wish i lived wherever you live (cali i'm guessing?)

  12. Gorgeous! I love the cupcakes in a jar -- my friend is having a shower this weekend; maybe I'll whip some up :)

  13. Love the thought of you guys whacking the crap out of pinata at a bridal shower.

  14. oh my!!! the whole occasion is beautiful but i am totally inspired by the red velvet jars & cant wait to try my own! :)

  15. Please share what is layered in the cupcake jar, I can see cake and cream cheese frosting, but there is something white at the bottom...what is that? Looks deeelish and would love to try these out next time I have a get together.

  16. Wow those red velvet cupcakes look fantastic! Would you ever consider doing a tutorial on how to make them? I would love to know!

  17. she wearing a pair of panties on her head to hit the pinata? awesome!

    and, yes, a ruby-ized tutorial on the cupcakes in a jar, please!

  18. I love the pinata. Looks like a great shower!

  19. That looks like such a fun party! Really great work on the pinata and the cupcakes :)

  20. this looks positively magical! the pinata was gorgeous and those cupcakes in a jar...omg! I am going to make those one day! so pretty!

  21. this is such a great idea. now just need the occasion. what a beautiful shower too.

  22. That pinata is amazing!!! What a great idea. The cupcakes look so good, too. What a fun time!

  23. Gorgeous! I love that pinata...and the red velvet! BEAUTIFUL

  24. Ruby, you are such a sweet friend. Love the pinata and the red velvet!! You make me want to eat some red velvet cupcakes!
    Happy Weekend.

  25. I just made red velvet cupcakes (same recipe) in a jar like that :) My best friend has been getting a cup cake a month from me for her birthday, and I remembered this post. Thanks for the creative idea!

  26. The panties game you played was perfect for a shower I helped my sister with. Thanks for the inspiration (always). I posted about it on my blog -


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