Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Weekend Recap @ Tea Room (My Surprise Bridal Shower)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Saturday was my birthday and I had plans to go shopping + dining with two close girl friends in a little downtown area. It was the perfect way to spend the day with friends: brunch, mimosas, and girl time. After walking through some small boutiques, my friend said that she had somewhere to take me, but I couldn't know until we got there. Little did I know, she was taking me to my surprise bridal shower.
First, let's talk brunch. I love a good french toast with thick eggy bread and lots of fruit. It paired perfectly with my orange juice mimosa. A full belly is a great way to start a day.
My maid of honor got a breakfast panini that came with the cutest basket of fries. It was pretty hard to resist trying a few of them. 
We pull up to a tea house and I just figured we were getting some afternoon tea since we all looked so cute for my birthday - it seemed like a sweet thing to do! However, when we walked in, I looked straight back and saw some out of town family members all sitting at a table together. I immediately walked over to the table, and saw that there was another table behind them full of my closest girl friends. It wasn't until I saw boxes and bags from our registry store that I figured out that they didn't visit town for my birthday but it instead was, of course, a bridal shower. 
After many kisses, hugs, and a few tears from being a bit overwhelmed at how many out-of-towners were suddenly in town just for me, we sat down for tea. Each table got two different teas to try. Every tea pot and tea cup was different, just my style.
Afternoon snacks came out, many little pastries to chose from like chicken salad sandwiches on croissants, scones, and chocolate covered strawberries. So many little details for the perfect tea time like sugar cubes for your cup and jams for your snacks.

For me, the highlight was seeing so many familiar faces that have traveled far to see me. It made me feel so special to be with all of them, knowing they came all that way just for me. I'm not one for being the center of attention, so I would have loved to have been able to spend more time at each end of the table talking with my girlfriends, catching up about their lives too. But it was such a whirlwind of an afternoon.
If that was any indication of how fast time with 20 of your loved ones goes, I can't image how fast the wedding day will go with 120 of our favorite people there. It really put into perspective how much of an effort must be made to not get swept up by the moment and to consciously take a minute to appreciate now.
My mom made champagne cupcakes for the shower as well. They were topped simply with powdered sugar, just the right amount of sweetness. It made for a lovely ending to the afternoon.
Of course, I am so thankful for all of the sweet gifts that everyone made an effort to get for us, but I am infinitely more grateful to have been able to share this day with all of those lovely ladies that I know.
Adieu, Yelle

21 comments :

  1. Everything looks wonderful! I am glad you had a nice time with your loved ones! How exciting!! oh and Happy Birthday too!

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  2. Those champagne cupcakes look awesome! I'm sure your wedding will be so beautiful! Happy belated birthday! <3

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  3. This is the cutest little thing :)
    Surprise parties are THE best...especially when people you don't get to see very often make it.

    xo

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  4. How fun! I've always wanted to go to a tea room, what a perfect celebration!

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  5. what a sweet surprise, and happy belated!

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  6. That was such an awesome surprise! All that food looks amazing, especially those fries!
    ~Ashlee
    http://ashleenikol.com

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  7. That looks like such a fun time! Those champagne cupcakes look amazing! Happy belated birthday!

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  8. What a wonderful day that must have been! Looks like it was really beautiful, how sweet of your friends and family to surprise you.

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  9. Oh this post just warms my heart and makes me hungry! I'm glad you had a wonderful day :)

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  10. Happy Birthday! Everything looks wonderful! xxx

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  11. wow yelle! how wonderful is that?! and it looks like such a sweet place to have a bridal shower. what work someone/s went to to keep it all a surprise and coordinate all the out of town guest. i would be pretty overwhelmed too - that is just the sweetest thing. not a birthday you will ever forget. xo

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  12. Wooowm this is perfect! I hope you had a great time!

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  13. oh wow! This looks amazing! What wonderful friends and family you have to do something so beautiful for you! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a fellow capricorn :)

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  14. Happy belated birthday! This looks like such an awesome surprise bridal shower (and the food looks delicious!!)

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  15. All this looks...AMAZING! I totally agree with you. Gifts are nice, but it's getting to spend time with people that makes the day special. Looks like a great time.

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  16. What a beautiful celebration! You clearly have thoughtful and amazing friends, this party is so "you"! I think I might need to bookmark this and send it to my girlfriends when/if the time comes! I think I'm too neurotic and controlling to let people plan things for me though, so I can see myself throwing my own shower, haha. Everyone loves a tea party, don't they? Well it seems like you had a very successful birthday party and surprise shower. I love the mismatched tea cups, super whimsical and fun! xo

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  17. What a fun twist to your birthday celebration! Looks like a really great time!

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  18. Everything is so pretty and kudos to your mom for making those lovely cupcakes. Sounds like you had a great day! :)

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  19. everything looks so yummy and gorgeous! Love the tea cups!

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  20. Happy Belated Birthday! It looked like you had a really special day that you wont ever forget.

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