Bridal Shower & Weekend

My cousin, Jen, is getting married this summer so my mom & I had a shower for her this weekend.  The invitations (above) were from Target and I have to tell you how easy they were to do.  They came as blank cards and I followed the link on the back of the package to an online template that I filled out with our information and printed them out at home.  I truly am not tech-savvy and it was a breeze.  (Except for the fact that I printed them all out with the wrong date the first time- eeek!!  Thank goodness the back of the cards was blue too.) 

{Jen is third from the left and she's standing next to our other cousin, Shelly}

My Aunt Allison made the most amazing bread:

{Seriously???  I want to do this!}

The wedding is in Puerto Rico so my family whipped up some authentic Puerto Rican dishes:

{I can't remember the name but really yummy seafood stew}

...And you poured the stew over these potato balls:

{Again, I forget the name!!}

And seafood salad:

And I not-so-authentically picked up a bunch of sausage-egg breakfast burritoes from Anita's:

For flowers, I filled a few different milk glass urns with pinky-peach roses, tulips, perivian lilies and fresh white freesia:

{smell so goooood}

Jen's colors for the wedding are coral & aqua. 

{loved this "mr and mrs" paper}

Here's a picture of the ladies in my family:

{My Grandmother is in the center with her 3 daughters & all of the granddaughters}

And I loved this cup tower my cousin made.  I did knock it halfway over but she doesn't know that:

{I put it back, don't worry, I'm not evil.}

And my mom baked a rum pansy cake:

{Soooo good and too pretty to eat, but we did anyway.}

Anyway, the shower was great & we headed out that night for her bachelorette party.  I don't have any pictures of that as they were confiscated.  (haha no, totally kidding, I just didn't bring my camera.)

The DC Design House final party was also Saturday evening before the bachelorette and it was at Skip & Debbie Singleton's home in DC.  I am kicking myself for not getting any photos because their back yard is my dream yard:  Pool set right into the grass with some checkerboard slate in areas arround it.  HEAVEN.  I'm so glad to have gotten the chance to be a part of the showhouse and to have met so many great new friends. 

update-  got a pic!! :


And my little sister was confirmed on Sunday!!  I can't believe how old she's getting!! (which means I'm getting even older!  We're 15 years apart.)  I was her sponsor and the Mass was beautiful.  Congrats Morgan if you're reading!!

I'm off to start the day -kids still haven't woken up & how amazing is that?!! ;) 

Hope your weekend was great!!

xoxo, Lauren

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Maggie said...

What a full weekend! I can't believe you got those invitations from Target. I've always been curious about those kits and yours turned out so nicely! And your mom's rum cake definitely looks too pretty to eat. Yum.

Cottage Blue Designs said...

Thanks for sharing! Your party looked lovely! The food was amazing! Congratulations to your cousin! What an awesome reason to travel to Puerto Rico.
Happy decorating and living-

The Sister Sophisticate said...

Wow everything looked amazing. I would love to know what kind of stew that was, it looks delicious.

Stephanie said...

Hi Lauren! I'm not someone who usually comments (although I do really love your blog!), but I have to know which ones are the daughters in the picture? They pretty much all look like they could be her Granddaughters! Do tell!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren- Your family is beautiful. What a wonderful family shot! There is nothing nicer than celebrating with people you love to pieces.


Maison de lin said...


Thats look like a perfect weekend.
Your family looks beautiful.


Tina said...

I'm impressed by the Target invites!

I would also have eaten that whole rum pansy cake!

It looks like it was beautiful!!

Inspirational Sketchbook said...

What a wonderful shower that must have been. Jen will be a most beautiful bride! Hugs to all.

Ruthie's Renewed Treasures said...

Best times are memories created with family especially if there is good food and lots of laughter! Love the Mr and Mrs. paper too!


simpledaisy said...

Everything looks so lovely!!!!

under spanish moss said...

The Target inviations look great. Sounds like a busy and fun filled weekend. Hope your week is just as great!
Angela and Renee

Kathysue said...

You have a beautiful family, Lauren. Your grandmother is one lucky lady to have so many beauties in her family. That seafood salad looks delish!!!
I just posted my family room all dressed for summer. I got a steal on a striped rug from Wisteria, in your fav color and one of mine too, GREEN!!! kathysue

lisaroyhandbags said...

Looks like a great time and you girls and the food look amazing :)

The Green Pea said...

Everything looks beautiful. That is a sweet photo of your family. They are all beautiful...

Brooklynvt said...

LOVE those invitations! Any chance you know if those are still sold at Target!?? I LOVE THEM! (Planning a shower now and kinda having a invitation "war" with the other bridesmaids....) These would be perfect tho! And Target is priced in our budget...