Fun Wedding Shower Ideas

Looking for fun wedding shower ideas?  Look no further! My long time friend, Jan, shared some photos from her niece’s wedding shower, hosted by her family.  The cookie favors are absolutely adorable, and I love the variety.

 

Another plus to these favors? They are individually wrapped with a delicate blue ribbon.  This way, they are not only hygienically sealed, but can easily be saved by guests to be enjoyed later with a cup of tea or coffee.

Jan introduced me to a charming German tradition.  Read below for a lovely story, and please enjoy the lovely photo of Jan’s own German Bridal Cup. Love the roses in the cup!

The Legend of the Nuernberg Bridal Cup

“Centuries ago, in old Nuernberg, the nobel mistress Kunigunde fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith. Although Kunigunde’s wealthy father (a powerful nobleman) did not Traditional German Wedding Cupapprove of this pair, it was clear that she only wanted the goldsmith to be her husband as she refused many titled and rich suitors who asked for her hand in marriage.

Her father became so enraged that he had the young goldsmith thrown into the darkest dungeon. Not even his daughter’s bitter tears would change her father’s mind.

To her father’s dismay, imprisoning the young man did not end his daughter’s love for the goldsmith. Instead, he could only watch as his daughter grew paler and paler as a result of the separation from her true love.

The wealthy nobleman reluctantly made the following proposal: He told his daughter, “If your goldsmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride”.

Of course he was certain nobody could perform such a task…

Inspired by love and with skillful hands, the young goldsmith created a masterpiece. He sculpted a girl with a smile as beautiful as his own true love’s. Her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised arms held a bucket that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards a second drinker.

The challenge was met. The goldsmith and the nobleman’s daughter joined hands in marriage and with the bridal cup set forth a romantic and memorable tradition as charming today as it was originally hundreds of years ago.

To this day and to many couples the chalice remains a symbol.
Love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.”

German Toasting Glasses

 

Special Wedding Dances

Special Wedding Dances…what do I mean by this?  Well, of course I mean the standard ones, the “Father/Daughter Dance” and the “Mother/Son Dance”. But there are other dances of significance you may want to consider.  Yes, they are a little old-fashioned, but they are not only crowd pleasers, but make cherished memories as well.

Above is a photo of my parents dancing and WINNING the “Anniversary Dance”. All married couples were invited to dance to a pre-chosen song. Then the DJ politely asked couples married less than 5 years, then 10 years, then 20 years to leave the dance floor.  This went on until only one couple remained, the longest married couple.  As I mentioned earlier, at my daughter Maggie and son-in-law Robert’s wedding, the winner of the “Anniversary Dance” was my parents – at 63 years.  I was very proud, and isn’t it a lovely photo?  It’s a picture I will always cherish.  My parents always could “cut a rug”!

Maggie and Robert also chose to recognize their parents.  They played our wedding song and Robert’s parents’ wedding song as well, and we all danced to them. Above you see Rob’s parents, Debbie and Bob, on the right of this picture.

The next photo doesn’t showcase any special dance, but I love the picture.  The little girl, (not so little anymore!), dancing with Rob, is his new sister-in-law, my youngest, Julia. They have a wonderful, big brother/little sister relationship, as I think is apparent in this picture.

The next captures a lovely moment during the “Mother/Son Dance”.  Debbie, mother of the groom, looks just beautiful – and so happy.

And what wedding reception could be complete without the “Father/Daughter Dance”? Above you see my lovely daughter and my husband dancing to James Taylor’s “Smiling Face”. It’s now a family tradition for our daughters to dance with their dad to this song at their wedding.  Both our older girls have so far… All four of our daughters know their dad thinks of them when he hears it.  🙂

So don’t be afraid to be a little “hooky”. You’ll love the results, and so will your guests.  This post is a nice segue into a “Guest Blog” post my oldest will be writing and sharing with you soon…

All Photos: Stephen Wang

Wedding Jewelry

Wedding Jewelry …

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You have your dress, your veil, your shoes…now it’s time to choose your jewelry. You want your jewelry to compliment your dress, not distract.  It’s vital that you select your jewelry to enhance your ensemble.  Above is a helpful chart that can point  you in the right direction.

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The bride in the photo above has chosen well for a strapless gown  Her necklace is elaborate, but that is ok, as her bare neck and shoulders are a good canvas for it. The bride’s earrings compliment her choice as well, as they don’t dangle and distract.

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The next bride has taken a different approach- but I think it works as her dress is so simple.  Perhaps, though, it is a little much?  I know I would probably focus on her shawl of jewels more than she would like.

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Our next bride opted for no necklace OR earrings, and I have to say I like it it. One focuses on the lovely lace of her gown, not her jewelry.  Her hair ornament is a nice twist.

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I like the broach on this bride.  It’s an attractive touch and the oversized earrings go nicely with it.  Had she added a necklace, it would have been over kill.

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The epitome of grace and bridal perfection? Jackie Kennedy. If you’ll notice in the above photo…no jewelry – at all.  With the beauty of the bride and the elaborateness of the gown, none is needed.

“SPLINTERED SILENCE” A Book Review

“Splintered Silence” is a new book by the talented Susan Furlong.  Furlong is a cozy mystery writer, but “Splintered Silence” is a new genre for her.  It’s a thriller, and boy does it thrill! I LOVE the cover…

I couldn’t wait to read “Splintered Silence”, in fact I “preordered” it twice, having forgotten that I had done it when it was first announced.  A quick blurb from Amazon:

Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it’s hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up . . .
 
After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco—both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she’d hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps.
 
Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the “settled” townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco’s training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide. Soon it’s clear that Brynn and Wilco are in danger – and they’re not the only ones.
 
After the police identify the dead woman, Brynn is shocked to learn she has a personal connection—and everything she’s been told about her past is called into question.
Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is . . . and put her back in the line of fire.

Furlong writes with the gift of always making the reader desirous of reading just “one more page”.  There are never sections you wish to skip.  One never wants to ‘cheat’ and read ahead – you just might miss something.  Her writing flows naturally, all the while keeping you on the edge of your seat.  I shouldn’t confess this, as I have many responsibilities, but I read “Splintered Silence” in one sitting.  Did I loose a little sleep?  Yes…but I’m still young enough that I can muddle through the next day.  I loved this book…and you will too.

Above, the beautiful Susan Furlong

Cozy mysteries more up your alley?  Click on the link below to be directed to a previous blog post where you can read about Furlong’s ‘Georgia Peach Mystery Series’, and how to order, if you’re so inclined!

Furlong also writes another cozy series, ‘The Novel Idea Mystery Series’ under the pen name, ‘Lucy Arlington’.

Click on the link if you’re interested in these charming books. “Off the Books”