the hot air balloon invite is one of my favorites and works for so many events (i just whipped out another version for a friend hosting a baby shower). this invitation is a 5x7 flat with clover green envelopes. i love using a colored envelope for parties, to help it pop out of the mailbox. i came across the green and gray theme after a stroll through crate & barrel one afternoon (so garden lush and fresh!). i was excited to design something vintage, classic and cheerful for this couples shower. the hot air balloon motif came in mind since these soon-to-be newlyweds are headed off on big adventures come fall. my niece lucy has found her perfect match. hurrah.
sarah, my sister-in-law was co-hostess and made the whole party come together with green and white serving platters, a fun mad-libs activity, lime green picture frames for favors and even divvied up food assignments for me. i've decided this is the only way to host a party: don't prepare any of the food! thanks to everyone who came!
we set out the couple's favorite sweets on an old baby changing table (freshly painted) and placed gifts on the lower shelves and in a nearby wagon. to go along with the hot air balloon theme, we featured different quotes about love in frames for party guests to take home. the vases of pink roses were a last minute obvious idea–since they were in full bloom on the bush backyard–i couldn't help but scatter them around.
to get the party rolling, everyone filled out a mad-libs questionnaire about the couple. later we bound the copies together as a quick take-home gift for the couple. i love the picture of lucy's great-grandmother bernice filling out advice for the couple! she is definitely the wisest among us. we also played a raucous game of $25,000 pyramid, my personal favorite party game to customize. (my family gets reeled into playing one of my made up games at almost every family function. lucky them.) here is an action shot of me and my belly playing an awful version of vanna white. everyone was a good sport to play along.
after the game, sarah's ice cream sandwiches put everyone in a good mood before departing. new love is the best excuse for a celebration. congrats, lucy and robbie!