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Nichole and Arnold’s Wedding Day!

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The Happy Couple. All photography by John Kendelhardt
The Happy Couple. All photography by John Kendelhardt.

As I have said, God has blessed me with beautiful wedding couples this season and Nichole and Arnold are no exception! I met them through a wonderful old friend and Michelene and I worked with them for months leading up to their wedding. It was worth it! Nichole had a vision- she loved the classic book “The Secret Garden” and set out to create her wedding around this theme. She succeeded! Her wedding was at Stonebridge Nursery in Economy and the setting was just perfect to fulfill Nichole and Arnold’s dreams!

Nichole and Arnold in the Garden

I loved the individually created centerpieces, vintage decor, and stunning colors of this wedding. Many components were a part of this day, one of which was a native dance! Arnold grew up dancing in the Bolivian folkloric dance group Alma Boliviana, which means Bolivian Soul. Nichole wanted her family and friends to fall in love with Arnold’s beautiful culture, just as she had.

Native Dancers

I asked Nichole and Arnold to share some thoughts with me about their wedding. Here is what she said. “I loved how everything had a purpose and was a part of the story. The flowers, the colors, the decor, the secret garden theme. All of it was intentional. There is a line in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden that goes,

“Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”

Our day was full of magic. We worked so hard beforehand, and on the day I just let go and let it all happen. I put my phone away, let my incredible bridesmaids help me with my dress, and 13 foot veil (that was made for me in Bolivia!!) and just allowed myself to get lost in the beauty of the day. It really couldn’t have gone more perfectly. Even the rain came on cue, not a minute after Arnold and were announced and made it to the dance floor under the tent. As it poured with all its might while Arnold explained the table dedicated to the fallen soldier, some remarked that the tears of fallen comrades were pouring down from heaven. There were so many little ways that God’s presence was with us throughout the day. Stonebridge Farm has a dreamlike quality about it that makes you get lost in the beauty of it all. The day after the wedding, when we had finished cleaning everything up at Stonebridge, Arnold and I walked hand in hand through the garden one last time, our hearts so full of love and happy memories that we thought they might burst.

Arnold said, ” When I saw her walking down the aisle toward me, I had such a wave of emotion. I’m not one to cry, but I could barely hold back the tears when I saw the most beautiful angel coming towards me. I knew without a doubt that I had made the right choice and that this was just the beginning. It felt surreal and so real all at the same time.”

I can’t wait to share these pictures with you! Nichole and Arnold, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for including us in your wedding day!!
Arnold Pre Ceremony Dress BluesNichole Pre Ceremony BridalRed Wedding Shoes KDEJewelry Nichole and ArnoldBridal Bouquets June wedding FlowersNichole and Arnold's ChurchNichole and Dad down the aisleMarried! Nichole and ArnoldThe Wedding Party Nichole and ArnoldDrop and Kiss Nichole and ArnoldFlower Girls Entering ReceptionNichole and Bridesmaid in RedTable Setting Flowers My Secret GardenEntering through the Garden DoorsIn Memory OfThe Wedding CakeNichole and Arnold Close up DancingHappy Flower GirlNichole and Arnold Peek a BooGorgeous Tree

Day of Wedding Coordination: Katherine’s Daughter Events

Church: Church of the Assumption, Bellevue PA

Nichole’s Dress: Essence of Australia, Bridal Beginnings

Shoes by Nine West (with added bling!)

Venue: Stonebridge Nursery 

Caterer: Medure’s Catering 

Props – Vintage Alley 

Florist- Forget Me Not 

DJ Loyal- Loyal Martinez

Photographer- John Kendelhardt 

Wedding Cake by Carrianne Odorisio, friend of the bride

Nichole’s hair by Jaymie Petroff Nevin of Brides Beautiful

Make up by Kaly J. Nelson

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Tara and Jeff’s Wedding!

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Tara and Jeff
Tara and Jeff

This season’s bridal couples have touched a special place in my heart and Tara and Jeff are no exception. Tara and I worked together for almost a year on her wedding day. She had beautiful ideas and did a fantastic job planning her details. I loved the blue with white polka dot dresses for the bridesmaids, paired with red shoes! Her gown was from David’s Bridal and it was stunning! Other gorgeous details such as mini sunflower bouquets and rustic decor wedding cake made this day something to remember for a long time.

The reception was at the South Fayette Fire Hall and boy, was I impressed! They did a fabulous job with the food, bar, and of course, the famous Pittsburgh cookie table. The icing on the cake? It was the entire bridal party doing a group shot on the big yellow fire truck!

Many thanks to Sasha Danielle for these amazing photos. The other wedding vendors are listed below, after the final picture. Tara and Jeff, thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in your wedding day!

Love,

Joanne

Jeff in Black and WhiteTara Black and White

Tara's Shoes

Lipstick from daughterAround the Corner 3

Married!Jo and TaraTara and Her BridesmaidsRed ShoesMarriage LicenseTara and Her DaughtersTara Family and MomTara's Hair with FlowersThe Field Shot Tara and Jeff

Flowers OutsideEntering the HallHead TableChoose a seatLittliest DaughterTara and Jeff Bridal DanceCake RusticCupcakesThe Pittsburgh Cookie TableTara on the Fire Truck with Bridal PartyTara and Jeff on the bridge

Photographer: Sasha Danielle

Bridal gown and Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

DJ: Bobby Hillen 

Florist: Floral Magic 

Cake: Bethel Bakery- Pure and Simple

Reception: South Fayette Fire Hall

Limo company: A Tortorice

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Honey Wine on a Honey Moon

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The Beautiful Dundee Farm
The Beautiful Barn at Dundee Farm, Sewickley PA.

On June  20, 2016, the Full Moon appeared on the same night as the summer solstice! It is rare and the last time this occurred was in 1948. By landing exactly on the solstice, the Full Moon didn’t just rise as the Sun set but was opposite the Sun in all other ways too.

The Sun was very high and the Moon was very low. Even in the wee morning hours, it was still low! It forced its light through thicker air, humid at this time of year, and the combination of this made the moon amber colored.  This is why the full moon during the solstice is called a Honey Moon. 🙂

To celebrate this momentous event, the perfect opportunity presented itself recently when King View Mead and Burgh Bees hosted a honey wine tasting event at Dundee Farm, a real working sheep farm in Sewickley, PA.

Wine tasting at its best!
Wine tasting at its best!

Scott Neeley is the founder, owner, and head wine maker at King View Mead. But wait, what the heck IS mead? On their website, KVM describes mead as such. “The oldest of all alcohols, mead’s history predates medieval knights, Viking exploration and the Roman empire. It even goes back before the time of the Egyptian pharaohs.  The oldest known recipe for mead is from the text Rig Veda, created 6000 years ago, and many believe it was stumbled upon by early man as they gathered honey, which fermented over time.”

Scott Neely, left, greets visitors at Dundee Farm
Scott Neely, left, and Sam Shepard, right, greet visitors at Dundee Farm

If the attendance and enthusiasm of the guests that evening is any indication, people love mead! Many guests willingly sampled the delicious wine that Scott graciously poured. Katherine’s Daughter Events, sponsor of Beefuddled Farms Honey Parties, was on hand to mingle with fellow honey and wine lovers. There were many beekeepers there as well! King View Mead is a supporter of local honey and held a drawing that night. Three beekeepers won hives.

This Bee Observation tower was very popular!
This Bee Observation tower was very popular!

Delicious munchies abounded and the gorgeous scenery around Dundee Farm was the perfect backdrop for this evening. Even the rain dared not interfere. Where will the next King Mead event bee? Check out their Facebook page for all the latest information! Katherine’s Daughter Events is looking for another perfect opportunity to collaborate with King View Mead and Beefuddled Farms on an over 21 event to give even more people the opportunity to taste mead. Stay tuned!

Twinkle Lights Dundee Farm King View Mead

 

 

 

 

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How the Weather Can Influence Your Event

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Blankets are a great idea for outdoor events! Source.

Yesterday it was May 15 and the temperature hovered in the 50’s. The day before saw temperatures much the same including big dark clouds, wind and rain. This is Pittsburgh- the windy city. It is also a city where if you are planning an outdoor event you need to consider the weather.

We always forewarn our clients that if they choose to have an outdoor event in April (don’t even consider it), May, September or October, they must either have a back up plan or reserve patio heaters from a local rental company. These can be placed around your pavilion or outdoor area.

In our experience, even barn weddings can be quite chilly in early spring or fall. Guests will frequently dress in clothing that is not warm enough. We were witness to short dresses and sandals at a barn wedding last year where temperatures hovered in the 60’s with wind and rain. Part of the barn was wide open and yes, it was chilly.

What’s the best way to deal with these issues? Here’s a checklist if you’re absolutely set on a May, September or October outdoor event:

  1. Is your venue/barn heated?
  2. Does your pavilion or tent have sidewalls that can be rolled down in case of rain?
  3. Have you reserved patio heaters from your rental company?
  4. Consider baskets of rolled up lap blankets placed around the barn for guests.
  5. Have an insert in your invitation that reminds guests to dress appropriately for the weather.
  6. Have a back up plan if you are at an outdoor pavilion.
Source: Pinterest

If you’re renting a pavilion in a questionable weather season, consider having a church hall, community center, or fire hall on reserve in case of chilly temperatures or bad weather. This may cost you just a bit, but the peace of mind is worth it.

 

 

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Come to a Honey of a Party!

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Lots of Honey! Photo by Michelene Cain
Lots of Honey! Photo by Michelene Cain

“it all comes of liking honey so much.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Katherine’s Daughter Events is proud to announce our Summer 2016 sponsorship of Honey Parties by Beefuddled Farms! Jim and Michelene Cain have just launched their website, BeefuddledFarms.com and it contains lots of information on their honey business. We are bee-yond excited to fill you in on all the details!

Photo by Waldeck Photography
What Does Honey Smell Like? Photo by Waldeck Photography

If you are wondering what the beeswax you will do at a Honey Party, let us tell you! In a safe environment (no rambo bees!) you will learn all about bees, eat the honey you help harvest (atop a dish of vanilla ice cream and honey graham teddy bears- YUM!), and go home with a sample jar of honey. You will also find out what you can do to protect pollinators!

The cost is $10 per person, payable on the day of the party. You need to rsvp ahead of time as only a limited number of attendees are accepted. If you have multiple children or grandchildren, please tell Michelene in an email and she will work with you on an affordable price. Make reservations or ask Michelene any questions at beefuddledfarms@gmail.com.

There will be four dates available-

June 18, 1-3 pm

July 16, 6-8 pm

August 13, 1-3 pm

September 24, 3-5 pm

All Honey Parties will be held in Clinton Community Park, Clinton, PA.

Map of Clinton Community Park

What a great way to spend a summer day! Learn more about bees and pollination in a family friendly environment. Additional jars of honey will be available that day for purchase. Email Michelene today at beefuddledfarms@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Check out Beefuddled Farms website by clicking HERE.

We look forward to seeing you at a Honey Party this summer! To read about last summer’s Honey Party, click HERE.

Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Waldek Photography
Photo by Waldek Photography
Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Michelene Cain
A Gift for Everyone- Photo by Michelene Cain
A Gift for Everyone- Photo by Michelene Cain
Jim and Michelene and a Friendly Attendee!
Jim and Michelene and a Friendly Attendee!

 

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Ordinary IS Extraordinary! Our First Book!

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My first book! The Beautiful Cover is by Karen Captline of Better Be Creative
My first book! The beautiful cover is by Karen Captline of Better Be Creative. Editing by Daleen Wilson of Sunday’s Child.

If you have ever wondered why we do weddings, here’s your chance to find out. Our owner/founder, Joanne Jamis Cain, has self published her first book!

Here’s an excerpt from her latest post on Katherine’s Daughter:

When I received the first early copies of my book, I gave one to the mother of my granddaughter Penelope. Jessica is my friend and the partner of my son John. She is the manager of the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Allegheny Valley, PA.

As luck would have it, Jessica, Penelope and I went on a little field trip yesterday. We visited another Restore and stopped for lunch afterwards. We talked about how to market my book and Jess offered to do a review for me. I took her up on the offer!

So here, without any further ado, are Jessica’s thoughts on “Ordinary IS Extraordinary.”

When I read Ordinary IS Extraordinary I was nursing my infant daughter, Penelope, and read most of it out loud to her.
We cried at different parts for different reasons…
I had tears in my eyes when Joanne shared her journey of rediscovering her faith and loving herself.  I smiled as I pictured her as an awkward young person.  Looking down at Penny while we read, I couldn’t help wondering if she would face some of the same challenges in life.
I was inspired by Joanne’s discoveries of growth, as the lens she saw both the world and herself through, changed as her experiences colored the glass.
When I closed the book..I found myself savoring so much of her insights, that I let out a huge breath I didn’t know I was holding…and with it a burden I didn’t realize was there.  As for Penelope, she always loves hearing her Nana’s adventures, even when she’s hungry.
Grab a cup of Jo, your favorite snack, and devote a morning or afternoon to walking in her footsteps.  I know you’ll enjoy the landscape.  The writing is honest and you’ll feel as though she is sitting across from you on that lounge chair, having a coffee, sharing in your delight along the way.
From Jessica Levine
John, Jess, and Penelope Katherine
John, Jess, and Penelope Katherine

Jessica, thank you so much for your beautiful words!

Click HERE to order my book on Amazon. There’s a Kindle version too! You may want to order two books ;), one for you and one for a friend.

When you read Ordinary IS Extraordinary, I’d love to hear from you! Please email me at joannejamiscain@gmail.com with your thoughts. If you are a blogger that writes on spirituality, I would be happy to send you a book to review.

Thank you and God Bless!

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In the Company of Beautiful Women

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Photo by Mary Yohannan
Photo by Mary Yohannan- Life is Better Through Traveling

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
Roman Payne

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I believe there are no coincidences. A friend of mine likes to say, “Is it Odd or is it God?”. Spiritual paths and journeys can cross with others at any time. I’ve been blessed to have this happen to me many times.

One of those times was last fall when I was contacted by a friend of mine to discuss a business idea. Tracy and I met for coffee and we had a great talk. During that time I mentioned my blog and spiritual journey, and my quest for putting together a small inspirational book. “Ordinary into Extraordinary” was the working title of the project. Tracy told me she wanted to host an empowerment weekend for women in the spring of 2016. “Can you finish your book by then?” she said.

Always being up for a challenge (and a good kick in the butt), I said yes. At first I was editing my favorite blog posts for a compilation book. This was the initial idea but by month two I was bored, restless, and trying to decide what to do. Enter my fellow blogging goddess, Sunday’s Child. A long talk from west to east coast, lots of encouragement, and a brave idea emerged. Begin a new book, write like there’s no tomorrow, and finish it by the retreat.

As if that wasn’t enough God power for me, enter Karen of BetterBe Creative. I met her just a couple of years ago and she is another goddess. A graphic designer with a beautiful, comforting personality, she has agreed to take on the task of designing my first cover. And guess what? She knows a publisher who can print the book. I’m self-publishing so figuring everything out is up to me and Karen. (PS. this book will eventually be available through the web for purchase- YAY!)

A few nights ago I had the honor and pleasure of meeting the other speakers. Joy Bufalini is missing from this picture (she had to leave first) but trust me, she is as awesome as rest of us.

From L to Right: Yours truly, Mary, Kate, and Tracy.
From L to Right: Yours truly, Mary, Kate, and Tracy.

After we each introduced ourselves and told our little story, I was infused with gratitude for what God has brought together. Tracy and Mary have organized this retreat at the beautiful Antiochian Village in the quaint town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania.The dates are April 1-2. We are motivated entrepreneurs and have all been through the school of hard knocks. We will share our stories with you at the retreat and tell you how we have taken our lemon filled lives and made lemonade.

I realized at our little dinner that this will be a retreat about self love and self care. We the speakers will encourage you to lift yourself up and move beyond the blocks that may be holding you back. The friendship and love we will show you will be with you for a long time. You will be changed by this weekend I promise you.

Click HERE for the registration link to the Women’s Empowerment Weekend.

Check out the agenda!

Agenda for WER April 2 2016

I will be staying Friday and Saturday. Come and join us and be transformed.

Blessings!

Joanne

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Nichole + Arnold

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Photo by Kendelhardt Photography
Photo by Kendelhardt Photography

We love to hear true love stories and Nichole and Arnold have one of the best we have ever heard. Their wedding will be this summer at Stonebridge Farm Nursery, Big Sewickley Creek Road, Economy, Pennsylvania. Nichole loves the book “The Secret Garden” (by Frances Hodgson Burnett) and is modeling her wedding after it. There will be lots of roses, ivy and ferns. Joanne ironically just read “My Secret Garden” again after many years before signing onto to coordinate Nichole’s wedding!

We asked Nichole how she and Arnold met and fell in love. She told us the whole story and honestly, we couldn’t say it any better!

“On July 10, 2014 I was leaving dinner with a friend in Squirrel Hill when I decided that I just wasn’t ready to call it a night. I love to go salsa dancing, but during the school year I don’t get many chances to go. So, I decided to take advantage of a summer Thursday evening and went to Seviche downtown for their Latin night. I went by myself, which is something I never do, so I was a bit nervous as I sat down by the bar. I wanted to have a better view, so I attempted to turn my tall chair around without bumping the person next to me. I was unsuccessful and after bumping a chair, I heard the person next to me say, “Are you alright there?” I was a little embarrassed but we ended up talking and he asked me to dance (bachata). I’ll never forget seeing that first smile of his, so warm and captivating. Through conversation that followed we realized that we had been living a block away from each other in Sewickley for the past 3 years!! He had been taking his neighborhood runs past my front door for the past three years and we never once ran into each other. We even had both worked in Moon and both went to the same gym.”

Photo by Kendelhardt Photography
Photo by Kendelhardt Photography

Nichole said they spent the next hour or so dancing and talking until a group of her friends happened to walk in the door. Arnold may have thought she was taken and so he thanked her for the dance and politely walked away. Nichole was disappointed he didn’t stick around and so she was relieved that he showed up before she left and asked to see her again!

Photo by Kendelhardt Photography
Photo by Kendelhardt Photography

More of Nichole’s own words. “We’ve talked so many times about how many things had to fall into place for us to meet that day. He wasn’t planning on going out but had decided to give a friend a ride at the last minute. One of my favorite little details is that he had picked up his friend that night at a house that was on the same street as the house he would purchase a year later and where he would propose to me! He didn’t even realize it until after we were engaged!”

Photo by Kendelhardt Photography
Photo by Kendelhardt Photography

“We have found such joy and love together, and our story is so special to both of us. Arnold brought me a single red rose on our first date and we have decided to carry that symbol of love and beauty into the theme of the wedding. We also chose ivy since it is a symbol of fidelity and friendship. We both feel so blessed that God would allow us to meet and brought us together at just the right moment. We are so excited to share our commitment to the love and friendship we have found in each other with all of our loved ones. Oh and I bet you can guess what type of dance our first dance will be!”

Nichole and Arnold, we are so looking forward to your wedding! Congratulations and Best Wishes!
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Holiday Entertaining Tips

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Available at Cuttings, Sewickley
Cute Serving Bowls! Available at Cuttings, Sewickley

Are you the Christmas host or hostess? We entertain often during the holidays and we’ll tell you- it’s not too late to get it together without being frazzled. Check out our tried and true holiday entertaining tips and have your holiday down pat!

  1. What type of party are you having? Whether you are inviting guests to your home for a quiet evening, Christmas eve or day dinner, or a big holiday party, clearly define your vision. Cozy dinner and drinks, large holiday soiree, or hot chocolate party; think it out beforehand and decide exactly what you’d like to do.
  2. Decide on your budget. Easier said than done but this is an important step in the process. Consider whether you want to spend extra money on themed decor or paper products or if you’d rather put your money into different types of food, drinks, or dessert offerings.
  3. Take care of the core meal.  We’ve had a few lessons learned when delegating important parts of the meal to guests who are (ahem) a bit unreliable. Take care of the core meal yourself- meat, potato, bread, vegetable- and then add extra dishes by spotlighting what your guests or family members can bring.
  4. Make a list. Write down everything you’re going to need. If you haven’t started your list yet, this is the time to do it.
  5. Shop as you go. It’s better to get a few things everytime you’re out and about than to wait until the week of the party and do it ALL. Plus, it’s easier on your finances as well. Get your paper products one day. Buy wine and other alcoholic purchases another. Save the perishables for the week of the party so those are fresh.
  6. Do as much as you can at home before the big day. Can you set your dining room table a day or two ahead of time? Consider making a timeline for the day of and the days leading up to the party. The more you do beforehand the easier your life will be. Imagine taking a hot bath or a nap a few hours before dinner. You can do that if you plan ahead.
  7. Set things up so all you have to do is minimal maintenance. If you have to constantly heat appetizers in the oven, you will be in the kitchen all night! Think of ways to prepare, serve and replenish food that does not involve constant kitchen time- like using chafers, or serving a few (cold) platters of cheeses, bread, and olives and a (hot) dinner. Or recruit a shy family member(s) to be in charge of heating appetizers and food.
  8. Enjoy your own event! Put your favorite dress on, light the candles, and pour the bubbly. Time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and mingle with guests. (Monitor your own alcohol consumption if you are in charge of the entire meal- no one likes a drunk hostess!) Do your best to keep an eye on things, but also expect that mishaps may occur that no one anticipates. Spills, and other minor stuff can happen but be a sport and smile and solve the issue. Don’t be a drama queen if things fall apart.  Just keep going!
  9. Have a plan for the next day. Do some clean up but also have a good day of rest. Heat up any leftovers for dinner and save a bottle of wine for yourself. Don’t give in to the urge to put everything away in a single day. Just relax and reflect on your great party!

If you follow these ideas, you’ll be sure and have it all together! Relax and enjoy yourself at your own party!

All Around the Christmas Tree!
All Around the Christmas Tree!

Related Articles:

Holiday Entertaining, The Huffington Post

Easy Holiday Entertaining, Love From the Oven

At Home for Christmas, First Home Love Life

 

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Jessica and John’s Storybook Baby Shower

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Honey Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing and Marzipan Bees by Event Cakes PGH
Honey Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing and Marzipan Bees by Event Cakes PGH

It was a beautiful autumn day, perfect for traveling near and far. Many guests came to wish Jessica and John showers of happiness for their new baby, Penelope Katherine, due on John’s own birthday of January 9.

We all love nature and the Walter J. Brannon Community Center in Sewickley, Pennsylvania highlighted the gorgeous wooded surroundings. Jessica chose a theme of Children’s Storybooks for her shower. Here’s how we wove the invitation, food, books, cookies and cupcakes together for a magical experience.

Centerpieces were Pop Up Books!
Centerpieces were Pop Up Books!

The centerpieces were pop up books, such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, Narnia, and others that Jessica found on Amazon.com. The invitation was on Etsy –Once Upon a Time There Lived Parents to Be- by OliviaKateDesigns.

Jessica’s favorite colors are yellow and green so we went with happy lime green linens on the round tables of guests, and white on the rectangular food, gift, and cupcakes tables. At each place setting was a “Penelope” cookie. Diane Stewart of Sweet Bites Cookies did a fabulous job on these beautiful cookies!

Cookies by Sweet Bites
Cookies by Sweet Bites

Now for the snacks. From our own library of children’s books we chose Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham (deviled eggs and mini slider sandwiches). Next to a pumpkin patch book, we had a warm crockpot of an easy-to-make pumpkin soup. By the different salads, we had the classic book, A Secret Garden.

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham
Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Soup!
Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Soup!

What’s a sandwich without pickles? Pickles to Pittsburgh!

Thank you to Kris Hughes for her homemade pickes!
Thank you to Kris Hughes for her homemade pickles!
We even had a real cow bell!
We even had a real cow bell!

At the coffee and drink table, we chose another Dr. Seuss book, Mr. Brown Can Moo next to the coffee creamer. On the dessert table, we highlighted the beautiful “Penelope” banner, made by our thoughtful and oh- so- kind blogger friend from Washington State, Sunday’s Child!

The Penelope Banner!
The Penelope Banner!

The cupcakes were extra special. John’s sister Michelene, and father Jim are beekeepers so we had Brandi Hugar of Event Cakes PGH do a honey vanilla cupcake! The batter included Beefuddled Farms delicious honey! The cupcakes were decorated with cream cheese icing and marzipan bees.

Marzipan Bees and Honey Vanilla Cupcakes
Marzipan Bees and Honey Vanilla Cupcakes

Jess and John's Baby Shower Marzipan Bees

The cupcakes were next to a ball mason jar of zinnias, lavender, and mint from John’s mother’s garden. Jessica picked Ruby Lee and the Bumble Bee children’s book for this table.

During the opening of the gifts, John’s sister Michelene and her friend Stephanie treated the guests to a fun storybook game. Each table was a team and took turns answering questions of quotes from famous children’s books. (Email us through our contact tab and we’ll be happy to send you the questions!). All guests received a two ounce honey sample from Beefuddled Farms to take home as their prize!

We so enjoyed planning this storybook shower for Jessica and John. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this day such a happy memory for all!

Opening gifts. Photo by Amy Burkhart.
Opening gifts. Photo by Amy Burkhart.
Jess and Pink and White Balloons
The Mother-To-Be, Jessica

Jess and John's Shower Centerpiece

Venue: Walter J. Brannon Community Center

Cupcakes: Event Cakes PGH

Cookies: Sweet Bites Cookies

Linens: Ambassador Rentals

Honey: Beefuddled Farms

Styled by Katherine’s Daughter Events.

Thank you to our picture takers- Michelene and Amy. A special thanks to Stephanie for all her help!

 

 

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