November 14, 2011

A DINNER PARTY (AND A CONTEST)

Friday evening, baby sister and I threw middle sister a bridal shower. The big day is still three months away, but with holidays fast approaching and the out of town bridesmaid in town, we knew we had to do it in November. Despite winds and sprinkling right as guests were arriving, by the time everyone went outside to officially start the festivities, the weather was perfect.

I wanted to do a fancy little sit down dinner and have it outside under twinkling lights. Baby sister and I wanted simple flowers, candlelight, and glittery ribbons (the holidays are coming after all) and basically something really pretty to celebrate middle sister's coming wedding. Based on the chatter, laughs, and the showering of lots of "fun" presents, we are sure middle sister loved it all so much. Best of all, was having her surrounded with all her closest friends!
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Want to see more details and tons more pictures, along with the whats, whys, and hows of the party decorating? Check out my HOUZZ Ideabook. This is where the contest part comes along...

I, along with 29 other bloggers, are participating in a little contest of how we change up a space for some holiday entertaining and all you have to do is leave me a comment in my ideabook here. The great part is that if I win, one of my readers will win too!

First place is a gift card to my favorite online retailer for $750 and a reader will win a $250 gift card to any online retailer of your choice. Second place is a $400/$100 and third place is $200/$50. Now, out of 29 other bloggers, chances aren't so bad, right?! The blogger's ideabook with the most votes wins.

You can leave a comment about anything (as long as you leave it here), from what you liked to what you would have done to maybe something you are coveting for your home! Each comment equals one vote, so please do leave me a comment on my ideabook. It was fun putting together the shower for my sister and I hope it inspires you for some parties in your future.

So don't forget to leave me a comment/vote here and if you want to blog, facebook, or tweet about this contest to help get more votes in, that would be much appreciated too! Remember if I win, one of you win too. Thanks friends!!!

*nighttime pictures taken by ica images.

34 comments:

  1. the outdoor lights with the glittery ribbon look so magical! def very inspirational!=]

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  2. What you create with your sister for your sister is absolutely great. Can't wait for my one year older sister to marry, I hope that I'm able to give her something that special!

    Love,
    Penny
    http://fabulousimpressions.blogspot.com

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  3. ruby this is the most amazing bridal shower i've ever seen! one of my best friends is marrying her bf in july 2012 and i'm so excited :D
    it is the first wedding for me i've ever been to

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  4. GORGEOUS table settings !!!
    LOve it !
    You are gifted !

    Enjoy the day,
    Meve from http://lookbookmeve.blogspot.com/

    ox-

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  5. Wauuuuuu!!!! It´s amazing!!!!! Good job!!!

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  6. Oh it's lovely! The lighting is my fave - well done! xx

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  8. Awww, love it Ruby!! you + rj did an amazing job!! :) Hope you win!

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  9. I love the ribbons above the table! It's so pretty. And donut holes have never looked so good.

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  10. This looks amazing, Ruby!! You know how to throw a party lady!

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  11. wow, i love the vintage feel, the pretty lighting...everything looks so soft and well, pretty.

    it looks great! how could she not love it?

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  12. Wow, this is so beautiful! I love the sparkly lights and ribbons. Heading over to vote! Xo, Katie

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  13. You could make a fortune as an event planner! Every party/picnic/gathering you throw is flawless in design and execution. I love it

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  14. This makes me want to have a backyard so I could throw a dinner party like this!

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  15. A wonderland!!!
    Commented on houzzz good luck!

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  16. I voted.
    Great concept. Loving the night lights and the food display

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  17. Looks beautiful great job mother of 4!!!!!!! I hope you had lots of help :-) Gorgeous.

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  18. definitely beautiful! i hope i can make one my own.. hehe

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  19. Are you kidding me with this bridal shower? So gorgeous! Your sister is one lucky bride. Glad you guys had such a wonderful time:)

    Sofia

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  20. Wow!! Great table!! Looks really lovely

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  21. Lovely! I think you did a great job!

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  22. Wow! Everything is so beautiful!!!!!! I love it! What was in the little package on the plates tha said indulge? I am guessing some kind of sweets.

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  23. You certainly accomplished the goal of making this simple but elegant. I'm also curious about the post the that held your lights...are they metal?

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  24. Such a beautiful set-up... so dreamy!!!

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  25. Ruby this is stunning!! Come craft with us please :)

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  26. beautiful!

    i also wanted to let you know (i'm sure you know) that i saw your breakfast birthday in mingle! congrats!
    http://www.stampington.com/mingle

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