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A Spring Bridal Shower

A couple of months ago, we held a bridal shower here for one of my nieces.  I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures from the occasion.  Beginner blogger + newbie photographer= very few photographs, and when you have 50 women running around your house, you get kind of crazy busy! So some of these photos were taken of the “leftovers” after the shower, but they still give you a good feel for the occasion.

T H E    M O O D

The wedding was set for early spring, but it was late winter.  We wanted the party to appear spring like.  You know that feeling at the end of one season when you are just dying for the next season to arrive?  Well that was my state of mind at the time of planning the decor.  Bright yellow tulips (with a few white ones) seemed to be the perfect flowers to use for arrrangements.  I do not like “arranged” arrangements so I usually just throw a mass of flowers in a container (in this case – a cookie jar) and voila!  an un-arranged arrangement appears..casual and pretty.

The rolled up kraft paper in the photo actually served a purpose (besides diverting your attention from the well used countertop in the photo).  The paper was used as a runner down the middle of the table. We placed several markers about, and the guests were instructed to write words of “marriage wisdom” for the engaged couple.  I think they did a good job…advising them to remember to laugh, be patient, hold hands, and other such sweet things.  When the party was over, I rolled up the paper, tied it with a yellow ribbon, attached the invitation, and wrote the date of the occasion on it.  This was my niece’s first bridal shower, so I think it will be a nice way to remember the event.


T H E   M E N U

The menu was full of delicious goodies – ALL of it homemade – not by me though.  I did “the house” and the drinks, and the other hostesses did the food prep.  This was the menu.

 Here’s my Sunshine Punch (It is sadly in need of ice in it though.)

and the coffee.

Ignore the jars of cereal.  They stayed out for the party.  Since all my cabinets and closets are quite full I had nowhere to hide them. 

I drink my coffee straight up black, but here’s the set up for those people who like to muddy up theirs with cream and sugar. 🙂

Here are a few of the leftover pecan tarts.  For some reason, they did not rise in the middle, so we just disguised those little holes with a dollop of whipped cream. They tasted delicious.  (I think whipped cream makes everything taste better, so I was glad for the reason to use it!)

The grape salad was a winner, but somehow I did not manage to get ONE SINGLE BITE of it (too busy talking to everyone I guess.)  Anyway, I made a batch later so that I could have some (recipe coming soon.)

T H E   M U S I C

I always think about a play-list when planning any event.  The company is the essential factor; the food is important, and the setting is significant, but I think all of the senses should be considered…even down to which scent of candle will be burning during the party, if any – Henri Bendel’s lemon verbena for this one. (I know I go overboard in planning.)  Anyway, in thinking about a bridal shower I like to do love-songs, and then I consider the age of the group attending.  Our guests ranged in age from 17 to 87, so I decided it would have to be classic love-songs – some with a contemporary edge.  Here is part of my music pairings for this bridal shower:

At Last by Etta James

Come Away with Me by Norah Jones

It Had to be You by Frank Sinatra

I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You by Ingrid Michaelson

The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

When I Fall in Love by Natalie and Nat King Cole

The Look of Love by Diana Krall

Everything by Michael Buble

Stardust by Harry Connick Jr.

I have an old cd – Forever Yours  (sold by Hallmark and available here) that has most of these standards performed nicely by Julie Crochetiere.  Another choice, and somewhat more upbeat, is the soundtrack to You’ve Got Mail (available here.)  And finally, nothing beats Pandora to me.  The Michael Buble station works well for a bridal shower, especially when you have such a variety of ages in attendance.

 T H E   M E N

What did men have to do with this party, you ask?  Well, we were all having a wonderful time – sitting everywhere all over the house … eating all the party food, laughing and talking.  It was supposed to be a “drop in” shower, but no one left after they got here.  They just found themselves a place to sit, and they stayed.  (I take that as a sign of a good party and a compliment to the hostesses that no one wanted to leave. 🙂 ) 

Late in the afternoon, while we were enjoying ourselves talking and eating, the phones started ringing.  It was the men.…husbands, and grandfathers, and fathers, all calling to tell us about a severe storm headed our way.  I went to check the radar,and it did look very bad.  Many of the guests had driven a couple of hours from out of town so they had to hurry to get back home.  You have never seen a bunch of women move so fast! (well maybe at an After-Thanksgiving sale at Target, but that’s a different story..)  Everyone started packing up the gifts in boxes and bags as fast as we could and then running them out to my niece’s car.  All the food was hurriedly cleaned up and furniture put back where it belonged.  All the guests made it out before the storm hit, but some of the hostesses were drenched.  One even had water up to her calf just to get in her car.  For the next hour my husband, daughter, and I watched the news of hail, flooding, and tornadoes in the area.  We were quite blessed to have been able to enjoy the party, get everyone out safely,and have no damage to our home from the weather.

Oh, and one last thing..this niece’s older sister got married a few years ago, and ironically one of the heaviest rainstorms we have ever seen came up 20 minutes before her wedding started.  Most of us got soaking wet just trying to get in the church!

So… have you ever had any weather emergencies interrupt one of your big events? 

We’d love to hear!

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Katie - April 14, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Welcome to blogland! You’re off to such a great start! Love the idea you had about the runner – I’m going to use that next time we have a shower! Can’t wait to see more posts from you – I’m sure we’re all in for a treat!
Thank you for your sweet words Katie! I love using the paper runner at parties. It works great for wedding showers AND for baby showers too (writing parenting advice). So glad you stopped in for a visit today!

Elizabeth {lovely little parties} - April 14, 2012 - 11:15 am

Kelly! When did this happen?! I didn’t realize your blog was up and running. My mom actually told me about it….she told me to check out a blog that she found on Tessa’s through the comments, low and behold it was you. anyway, welcome! I’m off to look through your other post now.
Elizabeth, SO glad you found me! I just took the blog out of “construction mode” last Wed., so please tell your mom thanks for sending you over. I emailed a few people to tell them it was up and going, but I have a hard time with “self-promotion.” (A blog in itself IS self promoting, but telling others about it just has not gotten into my nature yet…haven’t even told my friends and family around here yet. 🙂 ) I ended up doing all the customization myself on a Prophotoblogs template. I love Prophoto, but don’t love that you can’t have threaded comments…so my comment to you is below my comment to Tessa. Maybe prophoto will add that one day. Anyway, thanks for reading and jumping in the conversation!
p.s. Thanks also for the follow on Pinterest. I have been pinning your stuff for awhile now…so you will see some of the same stuff! (Great minds think alike!)

tessa - April 14, 2012 - 9:07 am

happy saturday, kelly! i was so excited to open this post today. i knew about your shower from your emails and i was hoping you would do a post. it looked so beautiful and fun. ok, how about a little DIY on your handwriting!!!! special pen? did you take a class? God given gift? haha. i wish i could write like that, it looks so pretty. love all the details and couldn’t agree more about music. your niece must have been thrilled! xo, tessa

ps. now that you are blogging, you should think about changing your settings so i can reply directly to your comments through email and vise versa. i never go back to check on blogs when i leave a comment. others might. since my comments come right to email i usually reply directly to the person who left the comment through email. i’m still not able to reply to you this way. sometimes i’ll reply on the blog when i can’t do it through email but i’m not so good at this. though i just left you a couple replies to your last comments. whew. sorry to be so long winded. another blogger told me about this when i first started blogging and i was so grateful b/c it makes blogging so much easier. this is my pay it forward to you. 🙂
Happy Saturday back at cha, Tessa! We just got home from the first of daughter’s college orientation visits. Whew! Glad you liked the shower stuff. To answer your handwriting question, I have never taken a class, but have taught lettering classes. I do hand lettered invitations and all the paper stuff that goes with weddings. The pen for the shower was simply a chalk pen. I guess I just like to doodle!
I read your p.s. about the settings and looked all over my dashboard but couldn’t find a way to do what you were saying. I did all the customization of the blog myself (all the fun “pretty” stuff) but have very little technical knowledge when it comes to the other stuff. Then I jumped over to your blog and saw where Elizabeth said you can’t do it in WordPress…so I guess I can’t do it. Do wonder why our avatars are not showing up on each other’s blogs, but they show up elsewhere…could be another wordpress vs. blogspot issue. Maybe Elizabeth knows…
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Come in the Door

It has taken a very long time to reach this point of typing words for the first post here – a lifetime of home design obsession, years of blog reading, over a year of blog design and logo study, a year of WordPress research, (because I was such a chicken about it) and last but not least, more than a month of working on the layout to get it ready for inviting you in.  But the place is finally ready.  Hallelujah!  So welcome to my home here at Talk of the House.

I feel like you are new friends who are visiting for the first time, and I’m both excited and nervous!  If you were here in reality-land I would invite you to come in the front door.

 This is the real front door of our home.  This is the door I want people to come in.  It opens into our little foyer, and you can then walk straight into our great room….but I have a problem with this door…

Do you see this door here?


This is the door everyone comes in, and I can’t figure out why they do.  (It’s not always open.) I don’t think it looks any more inviting than the other door on the outside.  In fact, when you come in this door you are faced with a wall hung with bookbags and jackets, doors concealing one of the world’s smallest laundry rooms, and our study which is usually being invaded by monstrous piles of books and paper.  I can understand people using this door if they park outside the garage.  It is the closest door to it, but here’s the crazy part:  They park in the parking space out front and walk right past the real front door to come in this one.  I just don’t get it.  Does anyone else have this same issue, or am I the only one who even thinks about this? (That is entirely possible.)

I’ve been searching through dozens of pictures on the internet to see if I could find something that might inspire some solution.  There are a lot of beautiful front doors out there.   Perhaps painting it yellow would draw attention to the real front door.


Young House Love 

(above and below)


Maybe I just need to sit on the steps out front like the woman above.  That might be a little hot in the summer here in Georgia though.

Or perhaps I need to replace it with folding front doors. They could just walk right on in it without having to knock or ring the bell. (This house is amazing, but how in the world do they keep out the insects? It’s in South Carolina, for Heaven’s sake, so I know they have insects.)

Southern Living

Maybe I need big green shutters beside it to draw more attention to it…

(I do love this shade of green!)

Vreeland Road

Red doors are my true love (especially at Christmas.)  I have already tried painting it that color, but it just did not look right…not nearly as pretty as this one.

Or perhaps I should replace it with a beautiful stained one with a transom window above it (and replace my old lights with these gorgeous carriage lanterns too while I’m at it.)

The Inspired Room

Maybe I just need to leave it open like this gray one.

I love how you can see all the way through the house here.


Unfortunately, I am not sure any of these ideas would make our visitors change their habits.  Perhaps putting one of those yellow police tapes with “Crime scene – do not cross” across the other door would deter them.

Then again……….probably not.

If you have the same problem, or even better, if you have an idea for a solution, I would love to hear from you! 🙂

Until next time…

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Marge Rintoul - June 1, 2015 - 8:13 am

I really like the entryway door picture, with the green shutters! What paint color and finish did you use?

Row. - May 1, 2014 - 11:29 am

I’m so glad you decided to start a blog. it has brought me so much inspiration. I’m still trying to catch up on the older posts : )

Sue - March 19, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Hi Kelly,
I am commenting in 2014 on your very first post so I hope you see this! I had to comment because I have the very same problem and it drives me crazy. Unfortunately, I don’t have a solution so I hope as I read on, you may have discovered one. Whenever we have guests, especially out of town guests they come in our garage, or our kitchen door. I guess it is closer, but what a bad first impression! I was just glad to read this to know that it bugs someone else besides me:-), my husband thinks I’m nuts.
You have a beautiful home and blog.
Thank you for commenting Sue! No solution to the problem yet…other than hanging a sign that says, “Please come to our real front door.” LOL You are definitely not alone in the aggravation of “the other door” problem.
Thank you for reading and commenting. 🙂

Jessica - December 30, 2013 - 4:45 pm

I LOVE your house! Where did you find the floor plan?

Belinda - September 24, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Just found your blog and I love it!!! I have been searching for over a year now for just the right exterior house/trim color for my updated frame house. I fell in love with yours!!! Please share the body/trim color with me and my search will be over.
Well I am glad you found the blog and that you are enjoying it, Belinda! The body of the exterior is a Martin Senour paint called Pelham Gray, and the trim is all painted a Benjamin Moore paint called Brilliant White. The porch ceilings are painted Lyndhurst Timber, which is a Valspar paint from Lowes.

Chelsea - March 19, 2013 - 10:30 am

Hi Kelly,
I came across your blog from Nine and Sixteen this past weekend. I spent all weekend reading your archives and admiring your home. Do you plan to share a floor plan? I love how you have a very traditional southern home with a two story living room, very grand. Can’t wait to keep following. I love your traditional style and southern charm.

Kelly - February 18, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Kelly, I have decided to start at the beginning. Thank goodness you have been blogging for less than a year or I would be in soooooo much trouble! I do need to sleep sometime!

Love, love, love your blog!


Jordan - February 5, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Thank you for sharing. Some of these look like the front doors of my mom’s and sister’s front doors in ottawa. Where were they originally made?

Terry - January 14, 2013 - 2:03 pm

I love the pictures. I have been contemplating painting my door red. Thanks for the inspiration.
Terry – I just love a red door! If our front door were a solid door (or at least 1/2 window) instead of the French door, I would paint ours red. I did try it once, and it just wasn’t enough surface to look good. It would be great at Christmas. Hope you do try it out.


Susan - October 20, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Just found your blog yesterday and am loving going through your archives on a cool Ga. fall Saturday! I LOL’ed when I read your comment about the folding doors and bugs!?!?! I came across that same picture somewhere and I had the same exact thought! HUGE mosquitos in SC… in the world can these doors be realistic?!?!?! Beautiful….but not reality for suthiners! (BTW….loving all your posts…SO glad I “found” you!)

Susan – Wasn’t that crazy about the bugs? I won’t even open a window here that doesn’t have a screen on it…too many flying critters around these woods!


the farmer's wife - April 21, 2012 - 10:01 am

You could put a mat at the front door that says “Welcome”, and put one at the other door that says “Not so much…” : )
I am laughing out loud at this Julianna! Best idea yet!

Holly - April 19, 2012 - 8:57 pm

congratulations girl! it looks so the photo of cute and the exterior of your house.YUM love those painted shingles..loves
Oh Holly! I am so glad you visited here!!! I love the shingles too….and if we had known when we built how much easier they were to do (and how much better their upkeep is) than the board and batten, we would have done the entire house in them. I hope you will come back to visit again soon. You don’t know how much I appreciate your comments!

Pam Wilson - April 18, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Kelly, it’s just beautiful! I have spent the last hour looking at all of the fantastic ideas. You are as inspiring as ever!! Now I know where I can come when I need some “Kelly energy”!
Hooray you found my blog! Glad I could give you an hour’s worth of reading material Pam. Please come back again, and thank you for leaving your sweet comment here.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses - April 13, 2012 - 10:32 am

Welcome to the blogosphere, Kelly! Your site looks GREAT already–can’t believe you just started. I’m loving the red. The photos are beautiful (I’m swooning over those doors) and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your lovely home in weeks to come, too.

P.S. I clicked around and it’s all working fine from my end! 🙂
Thank you so much for the sweet compliments Julia! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your looking around here and leaving a comment. So glad you liked the red…starting a blog was my act of “braveness” for the year, and doing it in red pushed me further into the “crazy brave” category in my mind. 🙂 Hope you come back for more visits soon.

Layla - April 12, 2012 - 11:25 am

Yay! SO fun to see your blog here today, Kelly!
You know I love your beautiful house, and I can’t wait to see a lot more of it here in the days to come!
Welcome, welcome, welcome, my friend!

Layla 🙂
Aw Layla, thank you for the big welcome! I wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for you. :)More of the house is coming soon. I’ve got a party post and a “food from the party” post coming in the next couple of days. House post will be Sunday or Monday…so please come back! Thanks again for visiting here.
p.s. Tell Kevin not to judge my photography too harshly. I learned alot from his class, but obviously have a loooong ways to go!

tessa - April 11, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Yay, Kelly!! Congratulations! Your blog is just as beautiful as I knew it would be. I think both your entrances look pretty darn charming. This conundrum reminds my of my in law’s home. For years when I was first dating my husband I couldn’t understand why no one went through their front door. Everyone came through the side entrance even if it meant walking right past the front. I finally asked if something was wrong with the door. My MIL told me she hand’t opened it in years. YEARS. I think it’s because everyone that came in their home felt like family and the front door felt too impersonal for family plus the side door walked right into her kitchen which is where you could always find her. I can’t wait to follow along on your blog. it is sure to be a favorite!! xo, tessa

ps. love the red!!!
Tessa, I am THRILLED you were my first comment! YAY! Thank you for stopping by. That is TOO funny about not opening the door in YEARS. Our side door is also closer to the kitchen, and that may very well explain it along with the “family” feeling of the people who come in (whether they are family or not.)
So glad you like the red. It wasn’t overwhelming on my laptop, but when I viewed it on a large monitor it seemed a bit much. I may have to tweak it.
Thank you again for reading AND for commenting. You are a sweetie!

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