Yesterday, we had a bridal shower for my niece. Our house was bought oh so many years ago because both my husband and I saw the potential for good parties in the space. Another way to put is, the house has flow. It is easy to move from one room to another. That said, my sister in law, who lives in Florida, asked if the shower could be at my house, here in New Jersey. The bride grew up in New Jersey and it was centrally located for our New York and Pennsylvania guests. No problem, she knows that I love a good party and that I have made so many, that it has become second nature to me. The hitch? The bridal party was actually in charge of making the shower, and I was just helping out. It went better than I had hoped and they were a delightful group of young ladies to get to know.
I will post pictures from the shower and tell more about it in the next post, but right now, I would like to tell you a little bit about the center piece on the table. Let me start with the vases and the concept, 2 vases, 2 concepts. The bride and groom are getting married on the beach in Florida. So the centerpiece has a beach theme, however, her favorite flowers are orchids and I wanted to include them. What you see here is an extremely large (almost 3 feet across, glass bowl/vase on a pedestal. Inside this bowl I first layered some beach sand, and then some sea shells and then some sea glass. I then place a large glass vase down in the center of the globe holding the beach theme, filled it with water and then the orchids. Everyone oohed and aahed and said it was beautiful, but of course they would...they were guests. What do you think? Did I nail it? Beachy...orchids included?
A little about the huge globe vase...it was an unexpected find at Marshall's, on the bottom shelf in the corner. I moved several items away to pull it out, thought of a million things that could go into it and what a statement it would make. Just imagine carrying it through the store and parking lot. They did not have a bag big enough to contain it, and yes I seat belted it in to make sure it didn't go flying through the car on the way home. As I was bringing it into the house my son looked at it and thought jelly beans...fill it with jelly beans...well, that would be expensive! It may wind up being a terrarium...home to a red eft. Possibly some pretty Spring bulbs like hyacinth, or maybe something else. What would you do with it?
This post is being linked to Susan's
Metamorphosis Monday at her blog Between Naps on the Porch. As well as Smiling Sallies blue Monday
for the blue sea glass. Tomorrow, there will be party pictures.